A Pretorian No.8 called ‘Big Foot’ was unleashed in the MLR
WATCH as the Pretoria-born loose forward Riekert Hattingh goes on the rampage for his Major League Rugby club the Seattle Seawolves.
The Seattle Seawolves travelled to Southern California to face a long-time MLR rival, the San Diego Legion, at their home pitch.
Both sides entered Week Three undefeated and a match full of back-and-forth scoring saw the visitors pull ahead in the second half and hold strong in a close win, 31-28.
The two-time MLR champions are well in the hunt for a third title, but it was the barnstorming charge of the American international Riekert Hattingh – son of former Springbok lock Drikus Hattingh – that set the tongues wagging.
His charge for a solo try had the commentators waxing lyrical.
Chants like “Riekert Hattingh runs people over for fun” and “Big Foot is loose on the outside” were heard on the airways.
Hattingh worked his way up through the ranks with Blue Bulls Rugby, located in Pretoria, South Africa. His career with the Blue Bulls began at the developmental U16 level, followed by participation on the U19 and U21 teams. He was part of the Johannesburg Golden Lions Vodacom Cup squad, which is from Johannesburg in 2014. His playing experience with the Blue Bulls culminated with participation in the 2016 Currie Cup on the Blue Bulls team.
In 2016, Hattingh was part of the first US professional league where he played for the Ohio Aviators. He also played for Scioto Valley/Columbus Rugby in 2016-17 and served as a Tiger Rugby Academy Coach in 2016-17.
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