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May 20, 2024, 05:16

Springboks star Damian de Allende powers Wild Knights into JRLO final

So reads a Planet Rugby headline. So I thought hey, let's look at this tremendous play by DDA that "powered" his team into the final.

Well, turns out the flyhalf made a clean 40m break to within a meter of the tryline, and DDA just had to pick the presented ball up and push it over the line.

POWERful stuff :ermm:

May 20, 2024, 06:20

...and then one watches Roos.

An actually powerful player that wakes up every morning and chooses violence. Damn the kid is impressive. He's got that berserker gene for sure.

In a 1 v 1, I'm picking Roos, who is actually slightly smaller than DDA, to get the upper hand 90% of the time.

May 20, 2024, 09:11


Please give us a reference wherfe we can wtch the game - a match is not won by one incident as youd escribed - it is won by contribution fo players overall.   So please help out.


What has Roos to do wiuth the topic.   He is nto a backline player and will never be.  

May 20, 2024, 09:46

May 20, 2024, 10:01

The try is at 1:11:16 in Blob's video.

May 20, 2024, 11:48

Was that Faf coming on the field carrying water? In the slow mo it looks like Dud knocked the ball forward, but then somehow he placed it….this is a typical Dud try, the rest of the team does the hard work, where he is no where involved, and then he flops over with the help of a Player pushing from the back….nothing powerful or special.

May 20, 2024, 14:19

Here’s something to notice in this try. The flyhalf breaks and Dud Allende sprints to catch up…..then for unknown reasons, drifts behind him….dropping back to 3 steps behind. Why? He should be on the flyhalf’s shoulder, ready for the pass or the offload. Juvenile defense allowed a rather dubious try…but a simple offload to a support runner was available.

May 20, 2024, 19:59

Big fucking YAWN Pakie

May 21, 2024, 07:21

Ja Dave, that's my reaction too watching The Slow Motion Man play.

May 21, 2024, 07:54

DDA has a killer instinct. He kills plays by simply being near them.

It's been pointed out here on many occasions. In a moment of advantage, DDA doesn't have the instinct to make the correct choice. He generally picks the one with the least likelihood of success.

It's why he is so rarely part of scoring sequences. 

"Here’s something to notice in this try. The flyhalf breaks and Dud Allende sprints to catch up…..then for unknown reasons, drifts behind him….dropping back to 3 steps behind. Why? He should be on the flyhalf’s shoulder, ready for the pass or the offload. Juvenile defense allowed a rather dubious try…but a simple offload to a support runner was available."

Versus this guy...

May 21, 2024, 08:05

I thought you were more rugby astute than that Pakie

Clearly Rassie has no fucking idea what he is doing picking DA at 12 since he started, despite the presence of Esterhuizen, JVR, Serfontein, Willemse, Dan du Plessis

So either Rassie has no idea or you are clueless

May 21, 2024, 12:01

The DDA conundrum ….is the hype really justified?? Video material and stats paints a darker picture as to DDA,s real abilities….maybe it’s the role Rassie have him playing as John Deere that clouds our judgement?? But for now sanity prevails and what we see is that he kills playing opportunities all the time…then when he gets a given try ( that even Ramaphosa can score) he is the saviour with his so called power play…so in my opinion the hype is unjustified and as long as Dud gets to play 12, the Bok attack will not reach the next level!

May 21, 2024, 13:08

So Rassie chose Mostert…either Rassie is stupid or you are clueless Dave? 

May 21, 2024, 14:15

No the only reason Rassie selected Mostert was because Lood was injured

We all know that when Lood is fit, Mostert is relegated to the bench - I suspect Mostert will be history this year if they go with a 5/3 bench for then RG will be the bench lock - or it will be RG starting with Lood on the bench

I know exactly where powder puff ranks in Rassie’s eyes.

DA has always bern Rassie’s starting 12 and rightly so

May 21, 2024, 15:25 in the second Lions test, a must win game, Rassie starts Mostert, plays him for the full 80...and brings Lood on as a sub with something like 15 minutes left in the game.

Lood was fit, it was a massive game...make or break stuff, and Rassie went with Moster.

But Rassie actually prefers Lood?

...everybody is a stupid prick, right?

May 21, 2024, 15:30

No Mostert was chosen because of his reliability and his excellent Rugby play….Lood is a tub of lard not to be mentioned in the same vicinity as Mostert….Lood is not comparable to our inform locks like Ruben van heerden and if you ask me, it would be ridiculous to include him on form of 5 years ago or just because of reputation….DDA or " John Deere " is only worth his one skill, strength in tractoring .

May 21, 2024, 16:27

Look Buttplug I know you struggle with reality but here are some facts for you to digest

Lood was only just back from shoulder surgery when he started on the bench for the Boks in the Lions series. It was a race against time for him to be fit for the Lions series.

He injured the shoulder in the 2019 final, had surgery and was out for 6 months. On his return, he dislocated the same shoulder playing for Sale requiring surgery yet again.

Listen here fuckwit, when Lood has been fully match fit he has always started ahead of powder puff - this is a fact.

Stick to being the dickhead of a racist that you are - that’s your strength scumbag

You are a fucking disgrace

May 21, 2024, 17:34

Seems Lood has been very unlucky.

As far as I can tell, Mostert has started the majority of the important games since Rassie took over.

Must be my imagination.

Or is old Fat Lip spinning stories again...

Does it make you wanna cry a little, Fat Lip?

May 21, 2024, 17:40

Listen you ignorant racist pig go tell someone who cares

Go look it up you ignorant prick - Lood vs Mostert starting under Rassie and be prepared to be embarrassed

Fuck me you seriously know fuck all and you are a despicable racist cunt

You are not worth fucking feeding. You are an insult of a South African

May 21, 2024, 18:19

Ja sure. He has started 32 test for Erasmus….but Erasmus doesn’t really rate him

May 21, 2024, 18:35

Started 32 - name those tests

I never said Rassie did not rate him, he clearly does unfortunately - I’m saying he rates Lood higher as Lood has always started ahead of him when fully match fit which he was not for the Lions series

May 21, 2024, 20:21

Rassie is a genius and you are never wrong...but someone's must be wrong about Mostert.

Is it Fat Lip or Rassie?

May 21, 2024, 20:35

Tell us how much you hate black people Buttplug - you racist scumbag

May 22, 2024, 02:27

Eleven  at lock in 2018,  five at lock in 2019, four at lock and four at flank in 2021, five at flank and one at lock 9 in 2022, six at lock and two at flank in 2023. I underestimated his starts under Eluckmiss, there were 38….which excludes his starts as a reserve.

  Eluckmiss has been amazingly lucky….never more so than when the  low energy Lomp was run over by Tuilagi and Mostert subbed on to tackle the Boks to WC victory in 2019.

May 22, 2024, 03:37

Awe, the Fat Lil has a get-out clause. Calling me racist doesn't make your take on Mostert any more ludicrous.

So who is wrong, Rassie or you?

May 22, 2024, 10:29

Bullshit Moz your figures are wrong and we are not talking about him at flank where he has always been utterly useless so much so that Rassie replaced him with little Kwagga against the Lions

My point is that when Lood has been fit as the years have gone on, he starts ahead of powder puff - fact

May 22, 2024, 10:30

Buttplug stick to hating black people - I don’t give a fuck about anything you have to say

You are fucking scum

May 22, 2024, 11:22

Who said I hate black people?

Haha you making up stories to get yourself out of tricky spots?

Who is wrong, Fat or Rassie?

May 22, 2024, 16:17

It’s fucking obvious you dumb prick

May 22, 2024, 16:28

So, Eluckmiss played him at flank in 2021, and again in 2023 because he thought he was useless in 2021? My numbers are right….he was picked as a starter 38 times by the genius.

May 22, 2024, 17:33

I’ve checked the stats he never started under Rassie that many times and certainly some were at 7

I have never said he has never started under Rassie - I’ve said that Rassie chooses Lood over Mostert at lock when Lood is match fit - he prefers Lood and rightly so

May 22, 2024, 21:54

Knock  yourself out!

18 Jun 201625ReserveIrelandWin: 32-26 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
25 Jun 201625ReserveIrelandWin: 19-13 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethLions
10 Sep 201625ReserveAustraliaLose: 17-23 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneLions
17 Sep 201625ReserveNew ZealandLose: 13-41 AMI Stadium (Rugby League Park), ChristchurchLions
12 Nov 201625ReserveEnglandLose: 21-37 Twickenham, LondonRicoh
19 Nov 201625ReserveItalyLose: 18-20 Stadio Artemio Franchi, FlorenceRicoh
26 Nov 201625ReserveWalesLose: 13-27 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffRicoh
10 Jun 201726LockFranceWin: 37-14 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
17 Jun 201726LockFranceWin: 37-15 Kingspark, DurbanLions
24 Jun 201726LockFranceWin: 35-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
19 Aug 201726LockArgentinaWin: 37-15 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethLions
26 Aug 201726LockArgentinaWin: 41-23 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaLions
16 Sep 201726LockNew ZealandLose: 0-57 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityLions
30 Sep 201726LockAustraliaDraw: 27-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinLions
07 Oct 201726ReserveNew ZealandLose: 24-25 Newlands, Cape TownLions
11 Nov 201726ReserveIrelandLose: 3-38 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinLions
18 Nov 201726ReserveFranceWin: 18-17 Stade de France, ParisLions
25 Nov 201726ReserveItalyWin: 35-61 tryStadio Euganeo, PaduaLions
09 Jun 201827LockEnglandWin: 42-39 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
16 Jun 201827LockEnglandWin: 23-12 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinLions
23 Jun 201827LockEnglandLose: 10-25 Newlands, Cape TownLions
25 Aug 201827LockArgentinaLose: 19-32 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaLions
08 Sep 201827LockAustraliaLose: 18-23 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneLions
15 Sep 201827LockNew ZealandWin: 36-34 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonLions
29 Sep 201827LockAustraliaWin: 23-12 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethLions
06 Oct 201827LockNew ZealandLose: 30-32 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
10 Nov 201827LockFranceWin: 29-26 Stade de France, ParisLions
17 Nov 201827LockScotlandWin: 26-20 Murrayfield, EdinburghLions
24 Nov 201827LockWalesLose: 11-20 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
27 Jul 201928LockNew ZealandDraw: 16-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonGloucester
10 Aug 201928LockArgentinaWin: 46-13 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaGloucester
06 Sep 201928LockJapanWin: 41-7 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, SaitamaGloucester
21 Sep 201928LockNew ZealandLose: 13-23 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaGloucester
28 Sep 201928ReserveNamibiaWin: 57-3 Toyota Stadium, AichiGloucester
04 Oct 201928ReserveItalyWin: 49-3 Shizuoka Stadium, FukuroiGloucester
08 Oct 201928LockCanadaWin: 66-7 Noevir Stadium, KobeGloucester
20 Oct 201928ReserveJapanWin: 26-3 Tokyo Stadium, Chofu, TokyoGloucester
27 Oct 201928ReserveWalesWin: 19-16 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaGloucester
02 Nov 201928ReserveEnglandWin: 32-12 International Stadium Yokohama, YokohamaGloucester
02 Jul 202130LockGeorgiaWin: 40-9 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaHonda
24 Jul 202130LockBritainLose: 17-22 Cape Town Stadium, Cape TownHonda
31 Jul 202130LockBritainWin: 27-9 Cape Town Stadium, Cape TownHonda
07 Aug 202130FlankBritainWin: 19-16 Cape Town Stadium, Cape TownHonda
21 Aug 202130FlankArgentinaWin: 29-10 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethHonda
12 Sep 202130FlankAustraliaLose: 26-28 Robina Stadium, Gold CoastHonda
18 Sep 202130FlankAustraliaLose: 17-30 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneHonda
25 Sep 202130ReserveNew ZealandLose: 17-19 North Queensland Stadium, TownsvilleHonda
02 Oct 202130ReserveNew ZealandWin: 31-29 Robina Stadium, Gold CoastHonda
06 Nov 202130ReserveWalesWin: 23-18 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffHonda
13 Nov 202130LockScotlandWin: 30-15 Murrayfield, EdinburghHonda
20 Nov 202130ReserveEnglandLose: 26-27 Twickenham, LondonHonda
02 Jul 202231FlankWalesWin: 32-29 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaHonda
16 Jul 202231ReserveWalesWin: 30-14 Cape Town Stadium, Cape TownHonda
06 Aug 202231ReserveNew ZealandWin: 26-10 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitHonda
13 Aug 202231ReserveNew ZealandLose: 23-35 Ellispark, JohannesburgHonda
27 Aug 202231ReserveAustraliaLose: 17-25 Adelaide Oval, AdelaideHonda
03 Sep 202231FlankAustraliaWin: 24-81 trySydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyHonda
17 Sep 202231FlankArgentinaWin: 36-20 Estadio Libertadores de America, Buenos AiresHonda
24 Sep 202231ReserveArgentinaWin: 38-21 Kingspark, DurbanHonda
05 Nov 202231ReserveIrelandLose: 16-191 tryAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinHonda
12 Nov 202231LockFranceLose: 26-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesHonda
19 Nov 202231FlankItalyWin: 63-21 Luigi Ferraris Stadium, GenoaHonda
26 Nov 202231FlankEnglandWin: 27-13 Twickenham, LondonHonda
15 Jul 202332FlankNew ZealandLose: 20-35 Mount Smart Stadium, AucklandHonda
05 Aug 202332FlankArgentinaWin: 24-13 Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresHonda
19 Aug 202332ReserveWalesWin: 52-16 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffHonda
25 Aug 202332LockNew ZealandWin: 35-7 Twickenham, LondonHonda
10 Sep 202332LockScotlandWin: 18-3 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesHonda
23 Sep 202332LockIrelandLose: 8-13 Stade de France, ParisHonda
01 Oct 202332ReserveTongaWin: 49-18 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesHonda
15 Oct 202332LockFranceWin: 29-28 Stade de France, ParisHonda
21 Oct 202332LockEnglandWin: 16-15 Stade de France, ParisHonda
28 Oct 202332LockNew ZealandWin: 12-11 Stade de France, ParisHonda

May 22, 2024, 21:59

Can you count….my advice, use your fingers and your toes till you get to 20. Write down 20 and continue using the same fingers and toes…..when you get to the end you will find you have two big toes left. Ergo 38. Comprende?

May 22, 2024, 22:28

Fuck me try wake up did Rassie start coaching in 2016 huh?

27 starts at lock 16 of which were at the start of Rassie’s tenure then he dumps him to the bench for the majority of the time until the 2023 WC when Lood was injured

I must admit I’m shocked he started that many tests at the start - no wonder we under performed at stages

The topic was not about Mostert playing or not we know the sad excuse for a lock plays - the point is, Rassie prefers Lood over Mostert when Lood is match fit - fact

May 22, 2024, 23:43

I’m giving you his full test match record. I assume you have the capacity to start counting in 2018.  So you were wrong about him not starting 38 tests. Were you lying ? 

May 23, 2024, 00:49

Watching the Fat Lip squirm when he has direct and irrefutable evidence in front of him...priceless!

I love how he immediately tries to worm out of it by taking the "but vis chart is one wot is starting in 2016 and va Genius only started coaching in 2018."


The lucky packet solicitor.

So who is wrong about Mostert, Fat Lip...YOU or The Genius?

But the best, the absolute coup de grace...Mostert's stats are ridiculously good! And after all his caps, he has built a record, demonstrable with actual numbers in black and white. And yet the Fat Lip doesn't rate him but rates a player like DDA who has some of the worst numbers ever.

Hilarious stuff!

May 23, 2024, 07:29

I said starting at lock not flank so no I was not lying at all but you won’t deal with the facts - the fact is once Rassie realised in 2019 that Mostert was not a worthy starter because clearly the only reason can be his lack of physicality he replaced him with Lood as the starter.

The only time Mostert returns to start is the last WC when Lood is out injured

My point all along is that in an ideal world where there are no injuries Mostert does not make Rassie’s starting side as it’s Eben and Lood at lock and PSDT at 7 - this is a fact

May 23, 2024, 07:31

Buttplug stick to hating black people you scum of the earth

Read my response to Moz and weep pig

May 23, 2024, 12:49

‘Started 32 name those tests’…..sorry Dave, no mention of flank. That distinction entered the mix as it became clear to you that you were wrong.

May 23, 2024, 15:14

Nope I have an issue with powder puff starting at lock, flank is where he belonged but he proved useless there as well.

My point all along has been that Rassie prefers Lood to Mostert when Lood is fit and that is a fact

The fact that Mostert did start as many at lock at the start comes as a shock as he is useless - but I guess better late than never that Rassie woke up to the fact that he needed a real lock at 5 in Lood

May 23, 2024, 17:08

So there are no other good locks apart from Lomp and he has to play a powder puff? What utter balls. Eluckmiss rates Mostert highly…..just as most rugby pundits do. He is a brilliant, durable player who is excellent in the lineouts and defense.

May 23, 2024, 18:05

Yeah there are loads of better locks but experience and knowing the system counts for plenty - plus no doubt Mostert fits into Rassie’s type of person - he is full of heart and energy, he is durable, a good team man, a fit

It’s just a pity Rassie did not see through all that and see him for what he really is and that’s a physical liability incapable of imposing himself physically where it counts

I’m a huge Rassie fan but he is not perfect - he has got it totally wrong when it comes to Mostert but thankfully he does prefer Lood and no doubt prefers RG, who hopefully will now stay injury free so that he starts alongside Eben for the foreseeable future

I will rejoice in the day Mostert is history - turning 34 this year thankfully means that time is fast approaching

We have some real class coming through at lock in Ruben v Heerden and Ruan Vermaak, both far far better locks than powder puff

May 23, 2024, 18:13

So let's get this straight: Mostert who finishes game after game is the powderpuff, but Lood "my shoulders keep popping out so I can't even play" De Jager is the real lock? If you want to see powderpuff, check Lood's attempted tackle on Vunipola in the 2019 WC Final that popped his shoulder yet again.

May 23, 2024, 18:40

Injuries don’t define your physicality - wake up Pakie for crying out loud

Are you saying RG is not physical?

Powder puff has NEVER put in a big hit, or smashed a player backwards when running into them. Fuck me powder puff could not even clean out the18 year old Georgian fullback - that’s how physically feeble he is

May 24, 2024, 03:48

Powder puff was Lomp missing Kaino in the 2015 RWC semi for a disastrous  try in a match lost by 2 points….then in the next WC he is splattered by Vunipola. Seems he specializes in being run over by loosies.

So Dave in all the many tackles Mostert has attempted tell me of one that was as disastrous as the Kaino miss….go ahead make my day.

May 24, 2024, 05:58

Let's summarise...

DDA - the best 12 in the game.

Richie - not as "good" as Kolisi.

Mostert - is a powder puff.

Rassie - Is a genius but selects powder puffs in crunch game.

World Player Of The Year - means something but also means nothing. I know, this is the most interesting award in all of sport. The only award ever that is actually in superposition. They should change the name to World Rugby Schrodinger's Award.

- note to the reader. We understand that not all readers know what collapsing a wave function means. Generally, the collapse of the wave function is caused by a conscious observer. In the case of the world rugby award, the collapsing of the wave function IE determining whether it does or does not mean something, is carried out by an insecure and semi-conscious mind connected to a very Fat Lip.

May 24, 2024, 05:58

Let's summarise...

DDA - the best 12 in the game.

Richie - not as "good" as Kolisi.

Mostert - is a powder puff.

Rassie - Is a genius but selects powder puffs in crunch game.

World Player Of The Year - means something but also means nothing. I know, this is the most interesting award in all of sport. The only award ever that is actually in superposition. They should change the name to World Rugby Schrodinger's Award.

- note to the reader. We understand that not all readers know what collapsing a wave function means. Generally, the collapse of the wave function is caused by a conscious observer. In the case of the world rugby award, the collapsing of the wave function IE determining whether it does or does not mean something, is carried out by an insecure and semi-conscious mind connected to a very Fat Lip.

May 24, 2024, 08:41

Are you saying RG is not physical?

I can clearly see RG's physicality. Where you get Lood's from is the mystery.

I think Eben would also question your theory.

May 24, 2024, 14:00

Yep that was a defining moment.

May 27, 2024, 21:13

My point is that Lood is physical powder puff is not

No Lood is not Eben or Jenkins or RG but he is up there with the other test locks out there when it comes to being able to impose himself physically

You want defining moment - look no further than powder puff not being able to clean out the 18 year old Georgian fullback - the height of rugby embarrassment

May 27, 2024, 22:50

Not a defining moment…..Etzebeth is the strngest lock I’ve seen, but  apply force at the right angle and a scrummie could knock him back I’m no Eluckmiss fan, but he is not stupid enough to play a powder puff in 38 tests.

May 27, 2024, 22:52

May 28, 2024, 00:51

It isn’t hard to miss Franco Mostert in a game.

He isn’t flashy. But there are few players worldwide that possess the work ethic and workrate that he does, who consistently produces exceptional performances, but also goes under the radar when it comes to accolades.

Much like Danie Rossouw, who was the backbone of the 2007 World Cup side and an unsung hero in a team full of them, Mostert has carved out a reputation for being a workhorse, a player teams can’t do without. Ask any coach who has coached him before and they will tell you, there are few players who come close.

But his story is often one that doesn’t see the limelight. Where several of his team-mates win man-of-the-match awards, get written up by local and foreign media and find their way into teams across the world, Mostert just carries on. He knows only one way, and that is to put his head down and grind.


A perfect example of this was against the British and Irish Lions. While his colleague Eben Etzebeth became a focus of the media, Mostert simply carried his weight and did his job. Not surprisingly to those who watch closely but by the end of the test series Mostert had racked up a massive 42 tackles in the tests, Etzebeth 26. To make it more impressive was that he didn’t play 80 minutes of every game in the series either.

But it is just another example of a player who had to overcome adversity, fight his way for every place in every team and took the long, hard road to the top.

It may surprise you that Mostert was never a Craven Week player, never excelled for the top schools and spent his time in Brits, having been born in Welkom. He actually doubted becoming a rugby player when he was younger, and had to choose in high school between golf and rugby.

His father Francois, played for Free State and his older brother JP was the Craven Week captain for North West and later the captain for the Valke. So despite the love for golf perhaps it never really was a choice after all. Saying that, Mostert still loves the golf course, playing off a 3 handicap and spends much of his free time chasing the tiny ball around.


His break came when Werner de Beer, one of the Bulls scouts, asked him to come for a trial at Tuks, where Nollis Marais was coaching.

“He came from Brits and Werner said he had potential. He was a skinny lad but we let him play in a trial match against the under-21 side and immediately it showed that he had an amazing work-rate. I could see this guy would develop into a real good player,” Marais told SuperSport.

Mostert made his mark in the Varsity Cup for Tuks, scoring a try in the 2012 final by showing pace. Clayton Blommetjies took an up and under on attack and offloaded to a flying Mostert, whose try under the posts capped an exceptional win for Tuks over their old foes Maties.

Franco was the heart and soul of that match. The speed he showed in outsprinting the Maties defence won the game for us. He was such an influential player, and always lead from the front. He was always the guy to ignite the fire. If someone had to go hard, Sous was that guy. You can always bargain on him playing 80 minutes.”


Strangely though, after moving up to the Bulls under-21 side, Mostert was put on the transfer list by then high-performance manager Xander Janse van Rensburg, along with several others that would go on to make their name at the Lions and beyond.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann had just taken over, and when he was scouting for players, couldn’t believe his luck when he saw Mostert’s name on the transfer list. He immediately snapped him up.

“He stood out immediately when I saw him play for Tuks,” Ackermann told, “He was this player that never seemed to give up. When I saw his name on the Bulls list, I told my CEO I can’t believe they’re letting this guy go.

“I realised after working with him how hungry he is to succeed and how hard work was everything to him.”


But just as his career was starting at the Lions, disaster struck. Mostert was involved in a car accident and broke his hip bone. The doctor told him he may not play rugby again and his life crashed in a single moment.

“It was a bit tough for me, at the beginning of the year we played the Lions challenge and I got the weekend off and went home to North West. I got into a car accident and broke my hip. I was out for 9 months. It was tough because we were back in Super Rugby in 2014, and I had to work very hard to get back in time to play,” Mostert explains.

At first he didn’t think he was injured, but the day after the accident he couldn’t stand up. His father Francois immediately rushed him to hospital.

“The doctor told my father i had to have immediate surgery my father looked at him asked is he going to play rugby again. The doctor looked at him and said no. There were lots of tears running down my face and I believed all my dreams were running away,” he said.

The Lions coaches brought in a specialist, and transferred Mostert to Fourways hospital, where it was decided they wouldn’t operate but that he would have to lay in traction.

“I had tears of joy, especially when you think someone told you you were finished with rugby. I can’t describe what goes through your hear. I knew it would be a hard road to come back and learn to walk again. It was hard and it took me six months to sit up straight again.”


When Mostert returned he ran with a limp, but slowly worked his way back into the side and never looked back. He eventually won his first Springbok cap in 2016, coming on as a reserve against Ireland in a 32-26 victory.

“One of the things that sets him apart is his drive. In 2015, I dropped him for a game and I could see he wasn’t happy. He wanted to talk to me about it but he didn’t seem to know how. When he got the chance again he made a point and proved me wrong, showed that hunger again and easily got his place back in the team,” his then-Lions coach Ackermann recalls.

“I wasn’t surprised when he became a Springbok and since then he has been indispensable to the national team.”

Another setback hit Mostert’s family when his older brother JP was heading to a bachelor party with a friend, who was driving, and had a car accident, breaking his neck and being paralysed from the waist down. Mostert took it hard and became even more determined to play his heart out, for his brother and family.


“I’m playing for him now,” he told Huisgenoot in an article shortly after JP’s car accident.

“His brother’s accident had a massive effect on him,” Ackermann recalls. “The fact that JP fights as well to try and walk again, it seems that the fight is in the Mosterts’ genes. They can’t give up. France hasn’t got a scared hair on his body. Every time we were behind and got back into the changeroom, he was always the most positive guy.”

“It’s something amazing to see, to see a player so passionate about his game, and his family and how they have handled all the setbacks. To handle that and deliver consistently impressive performances says a lot about him.”

Ackermann recalls that one unique feature about Mostert, is the way he prepares for a game. While other players do individual warm-ups before a match before the team runs its lines out on the field, Mostert was always the last player to get onto the field.

“He would literally sit until a minute before the conditioning coach called the team together to run their warm-ups. I was amazed. I would see him sitting peacefully in the changeroom, doing his strapping, but I never saw him stretch. I’ve never seen players that can go out without stretching and simply play like that,” Ackermann said.

“He’s a great guy. I don’t think there is a player that doesn’t have respect for him and love for what he means for every team he plays in.”


This sentiment was echoed by both Marais and Ackermann’s assistant coach and later Lions coach Swys de Bruin.

“He is a hard-working guy. Everytime he plays he gives everything he has got. He is never injured. You know every week when you pick a side you pick him first. He plays for 80 minutes, he never gives up,” Marais said.

“The tougher it goes, the tougher he gets. He can soak up pressure and apply it like nobody else. He’s got quite an engine, he never stops.”

“A forward leader, a grinder. The guys respect him so much,” says his former Lions coach Swys de Bruin.

“Sous is unreal. We love him. He is so inspiring. If we have to pick characters for our movie one day, he will be one of the main characters.”

And while many others may get the limelight, you can bet there isn’t a coach whose team Mostert is in, that isn’t thankful he sets the bar so high. And has so much fight in him.

May 28, 2024, 07:17

Imagine being so spastic that you don't think Mostert extremely valuable.

The only way you don't rate Mostert, as Fat Lip and Mike don't, is when you have a basic understanding of the game but "looks the part thus must be the part" is where your thinking ends.

And now you know why they like DDA but are never able to provide us with evidence as to why.

Wait for it, we're about to hear that DDA is selected in world teams and thus he must be amazing. And then we'll be told that despite Richie being selected as WRPOTY that means nothing.

You can't teach these levels of stupid.

May 28, 2024, 08:38

Racist I don’t rate locks that lack physicality it’s that simple

You are too fucking stupid to appreciate DA’s role in the game

May 28, 2024, 08:42

Moz Rassie initially selected Mostert to start but he woke up to that lack of physicality and replaced him with the more physical Lood to start

This is a fact up until the last WC when Lood was injured

So while Rassie has fucked up selecting the physically inept Mostert he at least discovered the errors of his ways and rectified them.

Mostert is a physical liability - all you lot see is heart, energy and loads of process tackles - that is the value you see. I see his reality

May 28, 2024, 09:51

Heart, energy and plenty tackles.

Yeah, who on earth would want a player with those characteristics.

Lol you tit!

May 28, 2024, 10:31

Yeah you would want that at lock - a lock that lacks the ability to execute his primary functions because he lacks physicality

You select Roos at 12 of course you would want a physical liability at lock it makes perfect sense

Heart and energy hardly equates to physical productivity now does it - or are you too stupid to work that out?

May 28, 2024, 12:24

" a lock that lacks the ability to execute his primary functions because he lacks physicality " - it’s literally only you, that feels this way….Tassels and most of the Rugby experts out there, knows the value of Mostert…..and Mostert will be in the mix come game time…so give it up as you embarrassing yourself.

May 28, 2024, 13:00

Shut up you fucking ignorant prick

I’m not stupid enough to equate heart and energy with physicality

Not a single person I know rates Mostert - there are a few on here that’s it. I know Denny and Mike don’t

It’s the same with de Allende, everyone I know rates him

At the rugby on Friday night my son the rugby coach said after watching Chasing the Sun 2 it reminded him how great PSDT is. He said his performance in the final was phenomenal and he reckons PSDT is the best forward in the game right now.

And then you get some on here who think he is shit

Clearly we all watch different games

But with you Mpower you are just fucking stupid so it has nothing to do with your eyes

May 28, 2024, 13:11

Time to change the nappy again…must be strenuous to be such a angry person. There, there..Mostert is kak, John Deere is the best tractor in the world and Lomp is actually the best tub of Lard we ever had..for goodness sake just calm down.

May 28, 2024, 13:19

The immaturity drips off of the Fat Lip like ectoplasm off of the Ghostbuster Mobile.


May 28, 2024, 13:45

All you see is heart, energy, loads of tackles, brilliant lineout work including many crucial steals close to your line, first in to clean out over the down ball…..and if Eluckmiss would have encouraged offloading, excellent hands.

Admired by Ackerman, Swys de Bruin and clearly by Erasmus. A key player in two WC finals….but not rated by you Dave. Think again. Read his story which I never knew until Blob posted the article.

May 28, 2024, 13:49

Excellent article, thanks Blob.

May 28, 2024, 14:38

Moz there is no point being there to clean out if you can’t actually clean out - evidenced by not being able to clean out an 18 year old fullback

His line out work is no better than Eben, RG, Lood or PSDT

He has never displayed anything with his hands, I can’t recall him ever being part of a linking role

Yes Rassie likes him but not as his first choice starter

Rassie gets 99% of his calls spot on, Mostert anywhere near a Bok squad is a failure

The Boks would have been better served by a real lock over the years

But it’s not his biggest fuck up that would have to be selecting Orie, but I’m guessing politics played its part in that selection

May 28, 2024, 16:30

Mostert is the best lineout 5 we have had since Matfield.

May 28, 2024, 16:37

Rubbish there is absolutely nothing special about Mostert’s line out work - no better or worse than any of our locks

I’d argue RG is better as the guy is ridiculously athletic

May 28, 2024, 18:20

Oh I see, all locks are the same.

May 28, 2024, 18:35

Well yes when it comes to line outs there is very little to distinguish between the players.

It’s hardly a special art and something they spend their lives training for and doing

What’s the difference between Mostert taking a line out ball and RG or Lood doing the same?

Sure a player will miss the odd ball but most of the issues at line outs are down to the hookers throwing

I don’t see Mostert standing out as something special or different in the line outs, he certainly does not get used more than any other jumpers in the side.

But feel free to point out what makes him a better line out exponent than Lood or RG?

May 28, 2024, 19:00

He makes many more steals than either player per opposition throw….because his timing is excellent and being lighter doesn’t hurt. The proof is in the pudding.

May 28, 2024, 19:27

Come on Moz where do you get that he steals more opposition ball than other locks - if anything Eben steals the most

I don’t see any of the locks standing out as stealing more ball than others for let’s face it, it’s not that common an occurrence

May 28, 2024, 20:54


May 29, 2024, 01:49

Dave’s in the third tub.

May 29, 2024, 08:11


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