Sharks Currie Cup captain Johann Muller is an understandably “happy man” at the moment. A month ago he led his team to Currie Cup glory while last week his wife, Mariska, gave birth to their first-born child, Anja.
“It certainly has been a great few months,” Muller beamed. “Not only winning the Currie Cup but then to be there for the birth of our daughter is something unbelievable. 2008 is definitely a year I’ll never forget,” he tells Craig Lewis of IOL.
“I’m really blessed, there are so many things we can be grateful for. Personally, to captain the Sharks to their first Currie Cup victory in 12 years was so special and then to feel this love for my daughter is something I can’t describe,” he added.
Muller was a central figure throughout the Sharks’ Currie Cup campaign, not only did he play in all but one game but his leadership was crucial to their success.
The 28-year-old also established himself as one of the country’s leading locks and was widely regarded to have been extremely unlucky to miss out on selection for the Springboks recently completed end-of-year tour.
“To be honest, I was disappointed to not be selected but that’s life and sometimes just the way things happen,” Muller admitted.
“In the end the big man upstairs knows best and I needed to be home. If I did go on that tour I would have missed the birth of my first child, so He’s got a plan and in the end it worked out perfectly.”
Muller, who has toured with the Boks on their previous two end-of-year tours, said he thought the national team could be very proud of beating Wales, Scotland and England over the last month.
“Obviously in the first two games they didn’t play as well as they could have but it’s always going to be difficult when the players come from the Currie cup and they haven’t played together for a few months.
“Going over there in different conditions and having played a lot of rugby over the year, there were some understandably tired players.
“However, the performance against England was absolutely fantastic, they were just outstanding, especially on defence, which is what won it for them in my opinion. I’m really chuffed for them and to come back unbeaten is a great achievement. I’m also really happy for John (Smit) who was inspirational as captain and adapted really well to first play at tighthead and then after having to move back to hooker. Obviously the Boks still lie close to my heart and when they do well it’s such a pleasure for me to watch them.”
He added that he was really looking forward to the challenge of trying to work his way back into the Springbok mix in 2009.Tweet