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Mostert 'surprised' by call-up

2011-07-25 12:53

Jason Humphries

Wellington - The Springboks’ injury woes at lock has resulted in a call-up for former Sharks second-rower Gerhard Mostert who, on Monday, described his addition to South Africa’s Tri-Nations’ squad as a big surprise.

Mostert did train with the Boks before they left for the overseas leg of their Tri-Nations campaign but he was deemed surplus to requirements.

But injuries to Johann Muller (hamstring) and Flip van der Merwe (ribs) meant that the 26-year-old Mostert received a call on Saturday telling him that his country needed him.

The imposing lock, who stands six foot six inches tall, had just arrived in Paris where he had signed a two-year contract with French club side Stade Francais but he had no hesitation hopping on the first available plane and is now in line to win his first cap against the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.

“I was in Paris for five days, settling in, and I had most of my attention there getting to know the guys and then I got the call. It was a big surprise to me because I didn’t expect it at all and I got on the first plane to get here,” he smiled.

For such a big man Mostert speaks very softly and calmly, belying his fearsome performances on the field and the 26-year-old, who has battled a series of shoulder injuries which threatened to derail his career over the last two years, is just glad that he is able to take to the field.

“Making the Boks was never my top priority. I was just focussed on playing good rugby and getting over my injuries so the Bok call-up was actually a bonus and reward for all the hard work and rehab,” he explained.

Mostert’s former Sharks team-mate, and now Springbok team-mate, eighthman Ryan Kankowski said he is confident that Mostert will make a big impact for South Africa.

“I loved playing with him at the Sharks and towards the end of the Super Rugby season he was playing like a machine. I’m happy he’s here and what an opportunity for him,” Kankowski enthused.

“He’s a physical player that demolishes rucks. He’s one of those guys you want on your side,” he added.

Kankowski’s comments elicited a chuckle from Mostert.

“I think he is exaggerating a bit but I will do my best. At this level everyone destroys rucks!” said Mostert.

The former Rustenburg High School pupil said that he hasn’t played in a while but he was confident he was up for the challenge of playing test match rugby.

“I played pretty nicely in the last few games of the Super 15 and picked up a bit of form and all my old niggles weren’t a problem. I feel good at the moment, I haven’t played in a while but once you take a bit of contact you are back in the game,” he explained.

“I think my first job is to do the basic job that a lock is expected to do. Get to the breakdown, hit rucks, hurt a few people. If you do that I don’t think there is any need to do anything flashy,” he concluded.

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Comments
  • Anneleen - 2011-07-25 13:13

    Welcome to the squad, Gerhard...you most certainly are not surplus...!

      Paddy - 2011-07-25 14:02

      JY is verbaas......weet jy hoe verbaas is die Bok ondersteuners!VD Merwe en Muller is Papslange en anyway useless.Kies Rossouw op slot.Klink my Snorre het te veel "beseerdes" saamgevat op toer!

      Anneleen - 2011-07-25 14:22

      @Paddy...van die os op die jas, ek hoop hulle speel Lambie Saterdag...

  • Green Tea - 2011-07-25 13:13

    Seriously under-rated player. Look forward to seeing him do some damage.

  • bill - 2011-07-25 13:14

    Too much talk. I'm sure the aB's are trembling in their boots .Get ready for a wake up call on saturday , sonny.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-07-25 13:39

      How rude!

      Maori - 2011-07-25 13:39

      Agree - the Saffas love talking up a good game but do not deliver. Talk, talk, talk, the so-called world champions!

      Chilli Boy - 2011-07-25 13:56

      @Maori - not sure what you have got to crow about.When last did New Zealand win a world cup? With your record you will choke again, imagine how much pressure is on your team?The Springboks have won home and away, what is your choke record?

      kosie - 2011-07-25 14:44

      @ maori; if you spend some time on your own forums you will notice that all blacks and aussies talks just as much. now f#*k off to your own forum...

      Maori - 2011-07-25 14:51

      Chilli Boy, we won the last cup in 1987. Since then, a better team (during the tournament) won it. There is always pressure on the AB's as everyone else wants to beat the best team on the planet. 2011 will be different, remember this post!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-25 15:05

      Howdy @Maori - 2 things. We are not the 'so-called' world champions mate, we ARE the World Champs, until someone else takes (or we regain) the title, we are the champions of the world, and should be addressed as such, especially by a groupie of the team knocked out in the QF's....dankie. Secondly: You say the AB's have matured, learned from the mistakes of the past etc - I suggest you wait until October before making a statement like that....(I seem to recall many AB fans singing the same "we have learned from previous mistakes, we have matured" tune before the 2007 shindig in France, the shindig in Australia in 2003, the shindig in Pomland/Wales 1999..............Dankie.

      Maori - 2011-07-25 15:10

      Kosie, relax bru. Do not be such a bitter woman. I will go, like you suggested. Dankie tannie

      Adams - 2011-07-25 15:15

      @Maori - 1987, Boet , that doesn;t quite count considering the best side in the world were not at that tournament!

      Maori - 2011-07-25 15:20

      @Adams, and whose fault was it that SA was not there in 1987. It was because of your policy of apartheid that you still want to implement today. Do not blame the rest of the world for your non-participation. Bokkies won the cup on two occasions - remember, you get stats, stats and lies.

      Adams - 2011-07-25 15:48

      @Maori - Its not about why we were not there, we werent there full stop. You have not won a world cup with SA in the mix. Full stop!

      Maori - 2011-07-25 16:08

      @Adams, you clearly do not understand the point. You needed to be there to challenge a team. You were not there and why?

      Adams - 2011-07-25 16:29

      @ Maori - Dude everyone knows why we were not there, how is that relevant, yeah apartheid so what? Fact is the only time nz won it was when SA were not there, you cant change that!

  • Maori - 2011-07-25 13:41

    "Hurt a few people" - with that mindset mate, you will come second against the All Blacks. Try it on Saturday, please, I'm looking forward to see it. Wow, you are the man, Mr Mostert!

      jk - 2011-07-25 14:23

      bloody hell maori- did mtn connect you again, from who did you borrowed the money to pay for the new subscription?

      Maori - 2011-07-25 14:48

      Hallo ou JK! Nice to hear from you again - out on parole mate, but glad to hear from you guys again. I like your welcoming post - had a laugh. Back to rugby, the "choking" nonsense so boring. The bokkies hope the AB's "choke" again as that will be the bokkies only hope of retaining the cup. Guys, the AB's are matured, professional and learn from the mistakes. This year is going to be different. Keep on praying for choking as that will make you believe that you stand a chance. JK, how's mom?

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-25 17:04

      Maori, the AB's are s-l-o-o-o-o-w learners. Maybe you will get it right in another 20 year's time! Remember, there is not only the current champions who will do their best to retain their title; you will also have to beat all the other teams in your group. IF you can manage that, you will still have to play another few really classy teams to get the honour of loosing to us. Ou grootbek.

      Paul - 2011-07-28 09:15

      No Maori this time your AB's won't choke ...enjoy this saterday ,it will be the last time your AB's taste victory against our Boks this year ...and that's our B/C Team .... come that Semi-Final our Boks will squeeze the life out of your AB's ... BIGTIME PRESSURE ... and we all know that your AB's don't handle pressure all that well ... GO BOKKE GO !!!

  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-07-25 13:41

    :Pity Brad thorne is not playing - he deserves to be "hurt a little."

      Paddy - 2011-07-25 14:04

      Haha who will "hurt" him!?

      Maori - 2011-07-25 14:49

      John Smit (the fat oke) must be so glad that Thorne is not playing. What a pity, wanted Thorne to dump him again, little fat barney!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-25 15:06

      @Maori - you condoning that filthy spear tackle on John by Brad Thorne? Had John ended up with a broken neck would you have found it amusing?

      Maori - 2011-07-25 15:09

      Saffa-Cat, I will never condone dirty play - just hard and physical rugga. Do not be such a sensitive lady.

  • Maori - 2011-07-25 15:11

    Dis MOSTERT na die maal!

      Maori - 2011-07-25 16:07

      @The Bush Catable: No

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-25 17:08

      And it is strong Mostert, so be my guest and burn your tongue on him. Perhaps that will calm you down for a few minutes.

  • Willis Blue - 2011-07-25 18:45

    I am going into a deep slumber, will awake again at the start of RWC 2011. My bedtime prayer is that the following 30 names please be on the Springbok WC squad fully fit, in form and raring to go. 1. Guthro Steenkamp, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 4. Bakkies Botha, 5. Victor Matfield, 6. Heinrich Brussouw, 7. Juan Smit, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 9 Fourie du Preez, 10. Butch James, 11. Bryan Habana, 12. Jean de Villiers, 13. Jaque Fourie, 14. JP Pietersen, 15. Gio Aplon 16. Chilliboy Ralepelle, 17. Beast Mtawarira, 18. Danie Rossouw, 19. Schalk Burger, 20. Ruan Pienaar, 21. Patrick Lambie, 22. Juan de Jongh 23. BJ Botha, 24. Deon Fourie, 25. Rynhardt Elstadt, 26. Ashley Johnston, 27. Francois Hougaard, 28. Frans Steyn, 29. Lwazi Mvovo, 30. Bjorn Basson

      Grunk - 2011-07-26 11:22

      My goodness - at least (and at last) a squad I can agree with (maybe Mostert instead of Elstadt but we will see on Saturday and one of either Deysel or Alberts). A few selections I would prefer to see on the bench instead running on BUT AT LEAST NO SMIT.

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