Rohan Janse van Rensburg was convinced he was going to die after robbers broke into his house last week.
The Lions centre, his girlfriend Anzelle von Staden and younger brother Runan Venter, were watching a movie at his house in Boksburg when three armed men entered.
After taking three computers, a TV and R40,000 (NZ$4300), Janse van Rensburg said the men were going to rape his girlfriend before backing off, instead tying up her and Venter, and forcing him to drive them to a township a few kilometres away.
'I heard them tell each other: “We have to shoot him, he has seen too much”. I made peace with the fact that it was my last night on earth. I know God loves me and I've had a good life,' Janse van Rensburg told Netwerk24.
He said he asked the armed men if he could pray before they killed him and that's when they fled.
WATCH: Janse van Rensburg on the robbery