Bok fans given World Cup dream after RG Snyman’s performance against Sharks
RG Snyman made his first start for Munster since August 2020 last Saturday, and just his second in total, when he faced the Sharks in the Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 in Durban.
The Springboks lock has had one of the worst injury runs the game have ever seen over the past three years, which includes two ACL ruptures, but was able to play 50 minutes at Kings Park. And it was quite some 50 minutes.
For a player that has spent so long out of action, the 28-year-old put in quite a shift, tackling and hitting rucks with a huge amount of ferocity. Standing at 6ft 9in, the Bok is always going to be an asset at the lineout, but he should some brilliant ball handling, particularly in contact.
With his return date continuously being pushed back, it was feared that his chances of helping South Africa at the World Cup later this year were growing thinner and thinner. But now Snyman clearly has plenty of time on his hands to show Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus that he has what it takes to play in France. His performances are only going to get better, and he has time with Munster to make a statement, although not in the Champions Cup anymore after their 50-25 loss.
RugbyCoach8 has produced a highlights package of Snyman’s game. Take a look:
Munster head coach Graham Rowntree said after the match after his side’s loss: “I am hugely disappointed, as you can imagine.
“It was a three-point game at half-time but quickly got away from us with two more tries and then the game got even looser and we were chasing the game.
“We can score tries as a team, we have proven that, but we have had a taste of what it is coming to this club and this town and we are back out here in three weeks (in the league).
“We will go back and analyse the game to see where we have got to be better.