Brüssow the 'toughest Cheetah'

2012-12-05 20:41

Cape Town - Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow has won the "Toughest Cheetah" award for the 2012 season, according to the Rugby 365 website.

Despite missing big parts of the Super Rugby and Currie Cup season due to injury, the 26-year-old still walked away with the R20 000 grand prize.

After every game during the season, the Cheetahs coaches awarded two players with a 'toughest tackle' and Most Valuable Player award, with Brüssow the player who received the awards most often. 

Brüssow will be eager to go through 2013 injury-free as he tries to return to the Springbok fold after falling out of favour since new coach Heyneke Meyer took charge.

The Free Stater's last Test for South Africa was at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year, when the Boks were eliminated after an 11-9 loss.


  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-05 21:30

    Best no 6 in the world.

      ian.robertreid - 2012-12-05 21:35


      spillies - 2012-12-05 22:42

      And all the Bulls on this site disagree. Brussow is like a Frik du Preez. Once in a lifetime you see such a player. Well done Brussow. You're young and you will proove all these negative comments wrong.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-06 06:57

      not quite the toughest because he keeps breaking down. a bit of media spin to get him to the bok team. thats like calling juan smith achilles. oh wait

      say.nomore.39 - 2012-12-06 07:50

      In todays age, sportsman should be rated on, not only skills, but reliability and availability. Neither the permanently injured Smith, Brussouw and Burger qualify, and certainly not for positions in a Bok squad.

      nicholas.wessels - 2012-12-06 10:03

      Its an absolute travesty that he didnt play for the Bokke this year when he was over his injuries. I cannot believe that anyone cant see how valuable this guy is.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-06 10:33

      Well which other player should have got it? Sure the guys was injured, but then again there weren't any real other standouts. I can live with him not playing for the Boks, Flo was great.

      christiaan.carstens.9 - 2012-12-06 13:50

      I am a Bull and I agree so put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-12-05 22:12

    Toughest but always injured???

      spillies - 2012-12-05 22:44

      What about Schalk Burger. These flankers out their whole bodies on the line. He's still young. Give time.

      maniem1 - 2012-12-06 08:14

      jacques.I.roux.3 My ou vriend die rede davoor is dat die manne bereid is om hul ligaame op die spel tesit vir dit wavoor hul lewe en lief is elke yster kan buig maar glo my die yster sal jy nie sommer breek nie!!!!!!!!!!!

      eric.viljoen - 2012-12-06 13:19

      I don't see why Schalk's name pops up. It's not like his current injury is because of a frail body or he isn't conditioned for the contact he takes. It's because he got gang tackled by two dudes while one decided to twist his knee in the process.

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-12-06 19:57

      Schalk Burger played a full 80min with a broken thumb, now that's tough!

  • Flemstone - 2012-12-05 22:50

    Lappies Labuschagne made the second most tackles in the Currie Cup. Brussow made the 10th most in Super Rugby. He did also make the 4th most turnovers. So based on the fact that super rugby is a higher level than Currie Cup, Brussow for the win. Stats wise there really isn't anyone else that stands out besides these two.

  • philip.mostert.14 - 2012-12-05 22:58

    Die bokke het hom nodig

  • - 2012-12-05 23:18

    Peanuts for such an awesome player! Pay the money back and ask to leave and join the Weepee.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-06 06:57

      Then he will be eternally injured like most of their flanks.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-06 03:30

    A poor mans Flo

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-12-06 07:17

    A fantastic and rare talent that, when fully fit ,simply has to come into the Bok squad. I would always start a Test match with either Flo or Brussow starting as opensider. Really looking forward to an injury free 2013 for Brussow.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-06 08:01

      why would you play a guy who is known to get injured when you are building a squad with a long term view? thats silly. thats like wearing your favourite shorts with the hole in the bum to the shops and only realising it when you are checking out

      pj.fourie2 - 2012-12-06 08:12

      Agreed. Hopefully Brussow can stay injury free. With him and Flo they could take the boks forward pack to greater heights.

      pj.fourie2 - 2012-12-06 08:35

      @Simone. What would you do if Flow gets injured? Who would you play? Brussow is the only one who would not weaken the team if he replaces Flow. You need the same kind of player to replace the one who is injured. So that is thinking long term. Two players who can do the job. In your reasoning bismarck should not be picked because he is also injury prone these last couple of years. Sorry what you are saying makes no sense.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-06 09:56

      bismarck is injury prone according to my logic? hahahahaha is your post serious or are you just being obtuse for a laugh? are you a member of the cape cabal? PS: WTF is Flow? CJ Stander being the first that comes to mind. Streaks ahead of Brussow. Mobile, big, strong, fetches. Not a midget who gets hurt every few games

      pj.fourie2 - 2012-12-06 13:49

      @Simone. I am so sorry you cannot read or understand english.

  • erns.kleynhans.3 - 2012-12-06 13:50

    Kyk, die outjie is sterk! Hy tel manne met sy voorarms op.. Ha Ha... ek lag vir die ouens wat se hy's nie sterk genoeg nie.

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