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Fourie's a jolly good fellow!

2013-10-01 09:54
Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers have hailed Fourie du Preez's performance for the Springboks against the Wallabies in Cape Town last Saturday.

Du Preez was named man of the match in the Springboks' 28-8 victory, putting in a brilliant display with long authoritative passes, quick service from the base of the rucks and fine anticipation giving much-needed impetus to Bok attacking initiatives.

Du Preez provided the final pass for two of the three Springbok tries, and is still regarded by many pundits to be one of the best No 9s in world rugby.

The Rugby World Cup-winning No 9, made his second appearance for his country in almost two years, after he massively confirmed his pedigree coming on as a replacement in South Africa's 73-13 massacre of Argentina in their 2013 Rugby Championship opener.

Although Du Preez only entered the fray in the 54th minute against the Pumas, he had a significant impact from the bench as the Springboks scored five tries with him on the field. Du Preez scored a try himself and had a hand in several others as he showed his class.

Du Preez is almost a certainty to start against the All Blacks in the Springboks' Rugby Championship decider at Ellis Park.

The match kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday.

This is what Sport24 readers and the pundits had to say about Du Preez's performance:

"Fourie du Preez is without a doubt the best scrumhalf in world rugby right now," - Nick Mallett

"Fourie du Preez is bringing lovely little touches to the game," - commentator Hugh Bladen.

"Du Preez is a match winner no matter how you look at it." - Michael Demesmaeker

"Loved du Preez, wow what a stand out game he had." - Nigel van Ysendyk

"Fourie is my pick for the best Bok player of all time." - Sabelo Mashego

"Well played Fourie, you made all the difference, easily man of the match!" - NvY

"Fourie Du Preez? Where are all the critics of the coaches now? His picking the old 'Blue Bulls side'? Huh? Where are you geniuses?" - Typical thick South African

"Fourie du Preez is the best player without a doubt." - Eddison Cupido

"Fourie du Preez was en is en sal altyd n legendariese skrumskakel bly, ek hoop nie ek weet Bokke gaan 'n bonus punt kry en volgende naweek gaan geskiedenis herhaal word. Bokke gaan All Blacks weer wen net soos in 1995." - Johan

"Fourie du Preez of Eben Etzebeth kon maar Man of the Match gewees het.!. ..hulle het altwee goeie games gehad..!" - Johnny Johnson


Fourie du Preez has been in commanding form. (Gallo Images)

HAVE YOUR SAY: Could Du Preez be the Boks' key to unlocking the All Blacks' defence? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

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