Seasoned Springbok loose-forward Francois Louw was left in awe of team-mate, Pieter-Steph du Toit, following Saturday’s Rugby Championship win against Australia at Ellis Park.
Both men enjoyed memorable outings as the Bok class of 2019 kicked off their campaign, in this World Cup year, with an emphatic and fully deserving 35-17 win against Michael Cheika’s men.
While Louw delivered a quality outing himself at No 8, it was the performance of Du Toit as blindside flank that had the Bath-based man gushing.
“I said to Pieter-Steph after the game that I think I have a new hero in my rugby book,” said Louw.
“He had that blindside break, the chip-and-chase ... from which we scored a try; he’s just a phenomenal rugby player, an absolute work-horse. He’s a great guy to have in the team.”