• Wilco Louw’s Big Bok statement

    Wilco Louw's Big Bok statement
    Wilco Louw of the Stormers during the 2017 Super Rugby Stormers training session at Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town on 6 April 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

    It was supposed to be the match in which Trevor Nyakane won the right to wear the Springbok No 3 jersey in June, but in Nyakane’s injury-enforced absence it was Stormers tighthead Wilco Louw who made the most compelling statement to be the rock around which the Springbok pack gets built writes Mark Keohane for Sport24

    Stomers Wilco Louw scores try against Reds in the Super Rugby game played at newlands stadium.photograph:Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

    Louw was brutal at scrum time. He gave the talented Bulls loosehead Lizo Gqoboka a torrid working over, while on the loosehead Steven Kitshoff’s scrumming power and overall match contribution would have delighted Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus.

    My Sport24 column of last week focused on the significance of the north versus south derby being more a Springbok trial than any Super Rugby title champion showdown, with neither of the Stormers nor Bulls good enough to win Super Rugby.

    The match had all those wonderful elements associated with a national trial. It was fast, furious, physical and confrontational.

    Louw and his Stormers team-mate Pieter-Steph du Toit were the biggest winners when it comes to the national squad.

    Read the rest of his column at here, at sport24

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