Fans give tributes to ‘one of the best ever’, under appreciated Heinrich Brüssow

first_imgWednesday Oct 23, 2019 Fans give tributes to ‘one of the best ever’, under appreciated Heinrich Brüssow After Northampton Saints flanker Heinrich Brüssow announced his retirement, fans have looked back on a career that could have been so much more.ADVERTISEMENTThe loose forward only managed 21 appearances for the Saints since joining in January 2018 as a result of injuries, and that has been the ultimate cause of his retirement at the age of 33.It has been ten years since the diminutive flanker caught the rugby world’s attention with his performance against the British and Irish Lions for the Free State Cheetahs. Such was his display, that he was called up to the Springboks squad again for the Test series, having made his debut against England in 2008, and played a pivotal role in the victory over Sir Ian McGeehan’s side.Despite suffering an ACL injury in 2010, Brüssow was a star of the Springboks between 2009 and 2011, famed for his presence at the breakdown. While the likes of David Pocock and Richie McCaw have been the names associated with their devastating prowess at the breakdown over the past decade, Brüssow was a match for either of them.However, a long string of injuries and changes in personnel in the Springboks’ coaching setup meant that Brüssow only managed 23 international caps, and he was never a central player in the team after 2011.He made his final Test appearance in 2015, and subsequently played domestic rugby in South Africa and Japan until he moved to England. But some fans on social media were even surprised that he was still playing, as injuries have deprived him of being the player that he promised to be in 2009.WATCH: Paul Williams red card for strike on Heinrich Brussow in 2011 RWCThere are still many fans that understand what a player Brüssow was, and have paid tribute to his career on social media, believing he should have won many more caps than he did. A few fans even feel that the law changes at the breakdown, forcing the tackler to release the ball carrier before competing for the ball, were actually implemented to nullify the dominance of the former openside. That is a signal of how much of a force he was at the highest level of the game. ADVERTISEMENTWas a victim of Heyneke Meyers’ obsession with behemoth loose forwards ….— Graeme Tarr (@GraemeTarr) October 23, 2019Should be a 100 cap veteran by now. A bit like Brent Russell should have been too. Obsession with size it seems….— DataAL (@AMorrissey2015) October 23, 2019ADVERTISEMENTI rate him as one of the best, He single-handedly defeated the British and Irish Lions on their tour to SA in 2009. The number of turnovers won or penalty points created was immense.— OLLYWOOD (@ocwood) October 23, 2019While Brüssow’s 5”11’ stature made him so prolific when it came to turnovers, as he was so hard to dislodge off the ball, some feel it was also the cause for his exclusion from the Test side, particularly during Heyneke Meyer’s tenure.South African coaches in the past have always favoured bigger forwards, and ultimately players like Brüssow have been overlooked despite their skill. The same was seen with Schalk Brits, who has only in the past year been appreciated by Rassie Erasmus, despite being the age of 38.Ultimately that is the South African way, and it brings them a lot of success, but many fans are looking back at what might have been for Brüssow.image credit: Northampton Saints Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

New CPL champs TKR with most runs/wickets after uninterrupted season

first_img-Pollard, Simmons finish with most boundariesBy Clifton RossTrinbago Knight Riders (TKR) etched their names into the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) history books after, storming to their 5th title following a record unbeaten run; also ending with the most runs, wickets and boundaries this season.As if the 2020 edition of ‘Summer’s Biggest Party’ was tailor-made for Kieron Pollard and his men, TKR took full advantage of hosting all 33 matches inside their ‘Bio secure-Bubble’. Rumors swirled prior to the start of the completion about Knight Rider players getting some precious training and practice time while others were stuck inside their hotels, following COVID-19 safety protocol.If true, then TKR should give themselves a pat on the back after making the most of opportunities that were not afforded to the other franchise and as a result; finishing with the title easily and safely in their clutches.Played for the first time without fans or the party-like atmosphere as in previous editions, the familiarity of the Brian Lara Ground and the Queen’s Park Oval outweighed that of the other teams or players who may have some knowledge of the conditions.As a batting unit, TKR imposed themselves as bullies, whether it was Lendl Simmons who did a phenomenal job to end the season as the leading run-scorer with 356 runs or the combined efforts of their world-class bowling attack which saw them ending with 86 victims overall; the Riders have set the example on how to play cricket at home.In total, the labors of Simmons who should have easily had three centuries after racking up scores of; 96, 54* and 84* or Darren Bravo, who ended 3rd overall on the runs chart and second behind Simmons in the team with 297 runs, with three half-century scores (54*, 50 and 58*) as well; saw the Trinidadian franchise ending with a whopping 1,683 runs, the most by any team this year.Darren Sammy and his St. Lucia Zouks, who broke the hearts of Guyanese when they steamrolled the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the semi-finals, had the bad hand dealt to them as they suffered a thumping loss in Thursday’s final but not before ending the season with 1,454 team run; second behind TKR.The Jamaica Tallawahs recorded 1,338 runs to finish in 3rd place as leading run-getters. Pollard and his men also flexed their guns in the bowling department as their collective assault on batsman this season resulted in a number of their bowlers finishing with at least 6 wickets apiece.Again it was the Zouks who played second fiddle, as their bowlers, especially the Kiwi pacer Scott Kuggeleijn who finished as the leading bowler with 17 wickets; playing a huge part of his team wrapping up their 2020 campaign with 77 wickets to their credit.With TKR leading the batting charge almost all season, despite Warriors batsman Shimron Hetmyer holding down the number 1 batsman spot for almost the entire tourney before slipping down the ranks; it was no surprise that Simmons led with the most fours struck this year, smacking 26 of them.Pollard, who ended with 207 runs and a blistering 72 being his highlight innings, kept his rank as one of the premier T20 six-hitters after hammering 20 of them which was the most by any player this season.Even the 49 year-old Pravin Tambe, the oldest player this year and the first Indian to ever play in the CPL, managed to squeeze himself into the records books after recording the best bowling economy; a flat 4.00 runs-per over which further buffed the new champions incredible 2020 CPL accomplishments.last_img read more