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Marx is Boks’ new Bismarck


  • 23 Aug 2017
Issue 238 Issue 238

Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx is on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine.

When Marx scored a try in the Super Rugby final he took his tally for the season to 10.

That saw the Lions hooker break the record for the most tries scored in a Super Rugby season by a forward. Only four backs crossed the line more times than Marx during this year’s tournament, which illustrates the impact the 23-year-old made with ball in hand.

He excelled in other areas of the game too. No hooker had more accurate lineout throws than him in Super Rugby this season. He was also a strong scrummager, won the third-most turnovers, and had a tackle success rate of 88%. It’s no wonder then that he is being compared to one of South Africa’s greatest hookers, Bismarck du Plessis.

Time will tell whether Marx can emulate Du Plessis, but the signs are certainly encouraging.

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In the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, we speak to former Lions coach Johan Ackermann about the Bismarck comparison, and he explains why Marx can go on to become one of the great Test hookers.

Bok forwards coach Johann van Graan looks at Du Plessis and Marx's shared characteristics, as well as their differences, while Marx reflects on his difficult Test debut last year against the All Blacks and the series against France in June.

Also in the new issue:

– In 2012, the Lions were relegated from Super Rugby. In 2017, they hosted the final. This is their story...

– By joining the Pro14, South African rugby has taken the first steps on a new journey up north

Manana column: SA Rugby has created a rugby bantustan in the Eastern Cape

– After an injury-disrupted 2016, Dillyn Leyds has gone from strength to strength in 2017

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– The All Blacks’ Barrett quotient is now up to three after a sensational debut season from baby brother Jordie

Plumtree column: The Hurricanes didn’t blame the referee for losing their Super Rugby semi-final

 Lionel Cronjé went from pauper to king during the past Super Rugby season

– We look back at the career of former Kwaru and Saru flank Makaya Jack

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– Damian Willemse has made a flying start to his senior career

– This year’s U18 Craven Week did not live up to expectations

– Paarl Boys’ High retained their No 1 South African schools ranking after another unbeaten local season

– Pierre Spies on being let go by Montpellier, retiring from the game, his plans and the state of South African rugby

– Thinus Delport's Perfect XV

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