Cape Town - Springbok legend Os du Randt escaped serious injury on Thursday night while involved in an armed robbery outside Pretoria.
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Du Randt's former Cheetahs and Springbok team-mate Naka Drotske wasn't as fortunate however, as he sustained three gunshots wounds to the chest, arm and abdomen.
The duo, who are business partners these days, were at Drotske's brother Tinus' smallholding along with Tinus' girlfriend, Nadia Jooste, and three children when the attack occurred.
No more than five minutes after the attack, Du Randt left with Drotske, to
rush him to hospital.
On the way, however, the towering prop and
resilient hooker got into an accident.
"They were about 3km away
from the hospital and there was an accident, they drove over an island
and the tyres burst," said Jooste.
"So Os jumped in front of a car to stop people to get Naka to hospital. Os thought very quickly."
Os then stopped a second car, so he could get to the hospital to be with his team-mate.
doctor mentioned if we had to wait for an ambulance, Naka would have
died of blood loss, the doctors said that he had already lost a third of
his blood," Tinus added.
Drotske, 47, played 26 times for the
Springboks as a hooker from 1993-1999. He was part of the squad that won
the World Cup on home soil in 1995 and also played at the 1999
Du Randt played 80 Tests for the Springboks and is one of only 20 players to have won two Rugby World Cups - in 1995 and 2007.
On Saturday Du Randt, 46, took to Twitter to thanks everyone for the messages and to keep Drotske in their thoughts.