Mon 16 Aug 2021 | 10:01

VIDEO: Jasper Wiese on the Duane Vermeulen factor

VIDEO: Jasper Wiese on the Duane Vermeulen factor
Mon 16 Aug 2021 | 10:01
VIDEO: Jasper Wiese on the Duane Vermeulen factor
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Springbok Jasper Wiese is fully aware of the huge responsibility that comes with wearing the No.8 jersey.

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Wiese started at No.8 against Argentina in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

Having made his Test debut last month, the 25-year-old produced a stellar performance and won the Man of the Match award during the Springboks’ 32-12 victory.

The individual accolade is very significant, given he had to go up against Los Pumas No.8 Rodrigo Bruni and experienced loose forwards Facundo Isa and Pablo Matera.

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When asked about his latest performance, Wiese said:  “Even though I got the Man of the Match [award], it was a team performance and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the guys around me.

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“At the Springboks, it’s not about you as an individual but you are playing for something much bigger than yourself.”

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Aside from having huge praise for the match-day squad, Wiese credited stalwart Duane Vermeulen for his off-field guidance and support.

Wiese has been used as No.8 in the absence of injured Vermeulen.

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“No one can replace Duane,” Wiese admitted.

“He has a presence about him and ever since he joined the camp, he has been actively talking to the guys and guiding everyone at training.

“It is big boots to fill, and I don’t know if I will [fill them].

“I do know that he will be massive when he comes back.

“Although he is not playing, he helps the guys and I don’t think anyone can fill his boots.

“He [Vermeulen] is a massive unit.

“All I can only try my best,” Wiese added.

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