JOHANNESBURG – Marnus Schoeman does feel pain. And his body is bruised on a Sunday morning.
The 30-year-old Lions flanker confirmed as much yesterday, just a few days after another impressive, no-regard-for-his-body-performance in the 2019 Currie Cup competition, this time against Free State in Bloemfontein on Friday.
“My body is sore on a Sunday, just ask my wife,” said Schoeman when asked if he ever experienced pain during or after his efforts for the Lions.
“But, during those 80 minutes all that matters is the ball; that’s my only concern,” he said. “My responsibility is to get to the ball as quickly as I can.”
The open-side specialist might be one of this country’s smaller loose-forwards at just 1.78 metres tall and weighing 96kg, but he has one of the biggest hearts and bravest souls. Schoeman sticks his head and hands in places that should come with a No-Entry sign attached to it and he doesn’t care who or how he is taken out in trying to win the ball for his team, or slow it down for the opposition.