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Monday Apr 6, 2020

New video shows why there will never be another enforcer quite like Bakkies Botha

Bakkies Botha could very well be described as a cybernetic organism with living tissue over a metal endoskeleton. Even though Botha is not the Terminator – as far as we know – this video shows that he’s pretty close and almost as indestructible. He was one man you did not tangle with.

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You had to take the good with the bad, as the occasional head-butt and resulting red card showed he didn’t always operate above board. But you knew the man meant business. The psychological impact of such a player is undeniable.

As the video also shows, he wasn’t beyond reminding fellow Springboks during Super Rugby matches just how rough a competitor he could be, even injuring some in that process.

When asked on the Dan Nicholl show a few years back if there was ever anyone during his time that he was nervous about, the obvious and immediate answer was no. A few potential exceptions may be Brad Thorn or today’s Springbok enforcer, Eben Etzebeth.

By all accounts, Botha was a consummate professional and a gentle giant off the field. He was also a decorated player on the field, showing he wasn’t merely a brawler, but highly-skilled. There may never be another one quite like him.

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