Huge credit here to Beeld’s Pieter Jordaan for alerting me to something that I didn’t previously know about one of our most exciting young Sharks stars.
Pieter-Steph du Toit, the 19-year-old lock who made his debut for the Sharks in Super Rugby this weekend has, as we reported yesterday, been included in this week’s Bok planning group. What I didn’t realise, though, is that the young man from Swartland Hoër in Malmesbury is actually the grandson of a Bok legend from the same region, legendary Boland strongman Piet “Spiere” du Toit.
Piet du Toit was a hugely powerful player, plucked from the obscurity of the Stellenbosch under 19s, where he was playing flank, and turned into a powerful front ranker by Doc Craven. He went on to play 14 tests at tight head prop, between 1958 and 1961 and is still widely considered to be one of the strongest men ever to wear the green and gold – at least relative to other who played in the same era. Du Toit senior played his last test at the age of 25 and then went on to become a successful wine farmer , acquiring the Kloovenburg estate in the Riebeeck Valley in the late 50s. His son Pieter (Steph’s dad) runs the estate today.
Spiere, alas, passed on in 1996, at the age of just 60. He’ll rest well, though, knowing that his “grootste kleinseun” has taken a big step towards following in his Bok footsprints.Tweet