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Praise for Brussow

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, Cheetahs, In the news on 7 Jun 2009 at 06:45
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Discarded by the Springbok selectors, Free State Cheetahs flank Heinrich Brussow received high praise from both camps after the British and Irish Lions’ close 26-24 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské, in ruing the three missed penalties by his side and the two soft tries they conceded within the first nine minutes, said that he was particularly proud of his three loose forwards – and added that he thought Brüssow played well.

He would not be drawn on the fact that Brüssow was overlooked for the Springbok squad, but said “he’ll get his chance, there is no doubt about that.”

“Brussouw played very well,” Lions captain Paul O’Connell remarked, after saying that the Lions perhaps neglected to get enough players to the point of breakdown.

“We have to get numbers there and we have to get low down,” O’Connell said, adding: “South African teams are good there [at the breakdowns].

“Turnovers can kill you and take a lot of momentum out.”

Drotské was happy with his side generally. But he had special praise for the three loose forwards.

“I thought they were superb.”

The Lions had performed well at the breakdown in their first two matches, he pointed out.

“It is one of their strengths, and I though it went well today,” he said.

The World Cup-winning hooker in 1995, who knows what goes on in the scrum, said he rated Andrew Sheridan as one of the top loosehead props in the game. It was obvious that the Cheetahs struggled against him.

Drotské admitted he didn’t think his side could come back from being 0-20 down – but in the end it was very, very close as Louis Strydom’s 77th minute drop-goal attempt flew just wide.


  • He is a fine player but besides stealing ball what else is he good at?? 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.09 09:37:00 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : is that a serious question?

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.09 10:45:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : He tackles like a machine…….(but he is no Schalk Burger now is he 😡 )

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.09 11:23:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • He is not half the player that Luke is.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.09 11:40:38 by wpw Reply
  • I mentioned yesterday Brussow is quickly changing my view on game play. His strength is how he adapts with his obvious limitations.

    If he can develop the linking and ball carrying ability of Watson he will become a fantastic player.

    And in saying that, I don’t think Watson has the abilities currently of Brussow.

    Brussow however needs a strong 7 and 8 for him to be competitive.

    I am just concerned with his ‘type’ of play that you always lose a player (how ends up on the floor 100 times during a match) in defense and that is what I believe he needs to work on.

    Figuring out when it is worthwhile challenging for the ball or slowing it down or standing back and waiting for a better opportunity.

    He is a special player no doubt.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.09 12:45:09 by Morné Reply
  • Well my work is done for the day, now all that is left is to pack for that flight. 😎

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.09 12:52:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Did you watch the game yesterday? And have you watched the Super 14 this and last year?

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.09 14:37:27 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 7) :

    The first thing that comes to mind is that when Juan Smith was injured, Brussow did not have the same impact – Juan back, Brussow was magnificent…

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.09 16:06:22 by Morné Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : 😯 😈
    brussouw was very good, daniller – shocking, jw jonker – also good 😛

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.09 18:59:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 8) : It’s proves again that the effectiveness of the loose trio is all about combinations

    @wpw (Comment 1) : He made the tackle, stole the ball and offloaded brilliantly when the Cheetah front rower scored the try.

    One of the commentators interviewed BOD during half time and he didn’t know Brussouw’s name, but mentioned that the no 6 is really making life difficult for the Lions

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.06.09 08:47:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • All over keo the feeling from the Lions camp is that Brussouw is a cheat. The BIL obviously need to brush up on their laws, tackler can play the ball once he’s released the tackled player, no offsides until it’s a ruck.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.06.09 08:54:27 by Baldrick Reply


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