The devastation that Heinrich Brüssow wreaks in his job as the fetcher-loose-forward in the Cheetahs rugby team is turning into an important feature as the Currie Cup champions strive to retain their title.
Pieter Jordaan writes for News24.
Brüssow, who was unfortunate not to be included in the national training squad of 45 earlier this year, again underlined his class with a fine performance against Western Province last week.
Even though the Free Staters lost 3-9 in the rainy conditions, Brüssow was named man of the match.
Now he and fellow flanker Hendro Scholtz have an even tougher task when the Cheetahs play the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.
Brüssow is likely to be opposed by a former Grey College schoolmate and loose-forward partner Deon Stegmann.
The two have been in the limelight in provincial rugby this year and Brüssow, in particular, is now rated as one of the top fetchers in SA rugby.
WP coach Allister Coetzee has compared Brüssow to All Black captain Richie McCaw.
Coetzee also revealed after last week’s match that he had spoken to referee Craig Joubert about the Cheetahs flanker.
“Brüssow has a technique…well, I have not seen anyone like him in the Super 14. Maybe Schalk Burger approaches his statistics,” Coetzee told Sapa.
“I discussed it (Brüssow’s technique) with the referee. Brüssow slides in and basically uses his upper body to keep the tackled player off the ground before getting back to his feet again.
“If the referee is happy with that, there’s nothing one can do about it. You have to eliminate him (Brüssow) before the ruck is formed.”
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské saw the star flanker’s performance as one of the few positives to be taken from the defeat at Newlands.
“Heinrich and Hendro did better at breakdown points than the WP players did,” Drotské said.
Drotské will be hoping that centre Meyer Bosman will be declared fit to play against the Blue Bulls. The Springbok withdrew from the team shortly before the Newlands match, suffering from a persistent groin injury.
The Cheetahs selected Robert Ebersohn and Wilton Pietersen as substitutes for last week’s match but the youngsters still have to make their Currie Cup debut.
If Bosman’s problems continue, Ebersohn may get his opportunity sooner than later.Tweet