Mark Keohane’s Rants and Raves of the weekend for Independent Media are centred around the phenomenon that is Pieter-Steph Du Toit and the refreshing enthusiasm of veteran Schalk Brits.
Pieter-Steph du Toit is a freak. He is such a good rugby player. Enjoy watching him because the likes of Du Toit come around every second decade.
Eben Etzebeth was huge in the Stormers’ 16-11 win against the Sharks at Jonsson Kings Park. Du Toit was even bigger. South Africans should appreciate this guy. Jake White, when coaching the Sharks, said Du Toit was the most talented player he had ever coached. Now we see why White was so awed.
Du Toit was SA’s Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 he has been as potent in everything he does. He’s currently the best forward in world rugby.
The Blitzboks were awful in Las Vegas. They drew with Chile 5-all, which ranks as an all-time low and they were demolished by the United States in the quarter-finals. They were 29-0 down before they scored two consolation tries, but this was the most disgusting of SA performances in the last two years.
The world’s best are nowhere near being considered among the best. It’s been painful to watch the Blitzboks this season and clearly the next generation lacks the class of those who so spoilt us with their success in 2017 and 2018. It is one thing to chase the crown and another to wear it.
For the rest of his weekend’s Rants and Raves visit IOL