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Adrian Jacobs’ Perfect XV


  • 17 Oct 2017
Ettienne Botha Ettienne Botha

The former Bok centre selects a team of the best he played with or against.

15. ISRAEL FOLAU
He is a complete athlete – strong, physical, elusive and solid in defence.

14. SHANE WILLIAMS
He was razor sharp in attack, a great entertainer and a popular figure among many opposition teams.

13. TANA UMAGA
He was direct in his approach and not many could handle his power and strength on attack. All class.

12. ETTIENNE BOTHA
Ettienne was exceptional and would have played for the Boks if not for his passing at the age of 26.  

11. BRYAN HABANA
One of the greatest finishers in the world. Defending against him was one of the toughest jobs for me.

10. FRÉDÉRIC MICHALAK
Flashy Freddy would unleash this backline. He possesses wonderful attacking skills.

9. GEORGE GREGAN (c)
A master tactician who ran the show, oozed confidence and commanded respect.

8. GARY TEICHMANN
Gary was underrated during his playing days. He was one of the best forwards of his era and a fantastic leader.

7. RICHIE McCAW
McCaw was a workhorse, phenomenal at the breakdown and mastered the art of slowing the opposition’s ball down.

In the next issue of SA Rugby magazine: André Pretorius' Perfect XV

6. THIERRY DUSAUTOIR
He was a strong ball-carrier, hit the ruck with great ferocity and created turnovers.

5. MARTIN JOHNSON
Johnson led from the front. He is a big unit and left opponents in pain after hitting them in the rucks.

4. BAKKIES BOTHA
Bakkies didn’t hold back. The physicality and aggression in his game instilled fear in opposing teams.

3. KEES MEEUWS
He played an anchoring role in the scrum and could be used as a battering ram. He got stuck in on defence.

2. JAMES DALTON
James was accurate at the lineout and always ready to stick it to the opposition.

1. BEAST MTAWARIRA
He’s got skills that haven’t been properly tapped into. Beast is the best loosehead I’ve seen play.

Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo_Images

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