Bakkies’ fine debut dummy
Cape Town - Now overseas-based former Springbok lock enforcer Bakkies Botha
is not normally renowned for finesse.
But the 33-year-old Loftus legend reportedly produced a welcome pinch of it for Toulon in the Heineken Cup on Sunday.
The UK-based Daily Telegraph reported on Monday, following the French side’s comfortable 37-16 weekend triumph over Mediterranean derby rivals Montpellier: “Toulon stretched their lead when (former England fullback Delon) Armitage broke from defence and wing Vincent Martin unleashed Bakkies Botha
... who galloped away for a try on his debut in the competition, with an audacious dummy thrown in.”
Other reports drew attention to Botha’s performance, noting that he had a high tackle count and was a forceful lineout contributor.
But another South African playing in the match, Montpellier centre Paul Bosch, the former Maties and WP representative, might be said to have had a slightly less constructive impact on the fixture when he clashed heads with Toulon’s veteran English star
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