Brown raves about Ruan

Sharks and former All Blacks flyhalf Tony Brown believes Ruan Pienaar is better than Joost van der Westhuizen.

Brown has partnered Pienaar in several Vodacom Super 14 matches this season, told the Sunday Times that Pienaar was good enough to play for the Springboks in 2006 and was a scrumhalf with more ability than Bok legend Van der Westhuizen.

“He’s better than Van der Westhuizen in terms of ability. His kicking game takes the pressure off the flyhalf, he’s got a fantastic pass and his running game is outstanding,” said Brown. “There is no doubt he will be a Bok halfback this year. He’s got as wonderful a kicking game as I have seen on a halfback.”

Brown also singled out veteran loose-forward AJ Venter for his inspirational leadership of the Sharks in 2006.

“He’s fantastic with the younger players.”

Brown is hoping to play for the Sharks in next season’s competition.