Fourie: A player for a crisis situation

Henry

If one looks at the first two seasons of the United Rugby Championship, it is clear that Deon Fourie is the man for a crisis situation.

The 36-year-old loose forward – who can also wear the number two jersey – regularly pulled a rabbit out of the hat for the Stormers. Either by achieving reverse possession, or winning a penalty kick when he fights for the ball on the ground.

John Dobson and co cavalierly admitted they missed his ball-stealing skills when he was on the crutches earlier. However, there are few undercuts and Fourie was soon back at his post – ready to make things night for his opponents at the breakdown points.

Now the Springboks will hope for a similar performance from the veteran player when they face off against Argentina on Saturday.

Together with Franco Mostert and Jasper Wiese, Fourie forms the Bokke’s loose trio and a good performance in Buenos Aires can give his World Cup chances a definite boost; after all, the group to France will be announced on August 8.

“When the Springboks held up the Webb Ellis trophy in 2019, I was playing in the French second league and I was still on a train on my way back from a match. It will mean a lot to me if I can make the team,” said Fourie.

There are those who believe that the Bokke could use Fourie in a similar capacity to the versatile Schalk Brits in France. Yet he was persuaded to walk his own path in the Springbok jersey.

“If I play my cards right, I would want to play a role like that at any time; but hopefully people won’t see me as another Schalk Brit, but rather as Deon Fourie.”

For the time being, he is concentrating on this weekend’s game and, just like his teammates, he expects another fiery Argentine attack.

“Argentina plays with a lot of emotion, but that can only take a team so far in a match. We have to stick to our game plan and give our best; hopefully we will then walk away with the laurels.”

When your team has its back against the wall, you want a player like Deon Fourie in your corner. It’s not even altemit.

The match starts at 21:10 on Saturday and the action is broadcast live on SuperSport.

Springboks: Damian Willemse (full back), Canan Moodie (right wing), Lukhanyo Am (outside centre), André Esterhuizen (inside centre), Makazole Mapimpi (left wing), Manie Libbok (fly-half), Cobus Reinach (scrum-half), Jasper Wiese (eighth man), Franco Mostert (flank), Deon Fourie (flank), Marvin Orie (lock), Jean Kleyn (lock), Thomas du Toit (prop), Bongi Mbonambi (captain and hooker) and Trevor Nyakane (prop). Substitutes: Joseph Dweba, Gerhard Steenekamp, ​​Vincent Koch, Jean-Luc du Preez, Evan Roos, Herschel Jantjies, Jesse Kriel and Kurt-Lee Arendse.