Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
4 minute read
26 Oct 2019
6:55 am

Duane Vermeulen: Bounce of ball may decide Boks’ fate

Rudolph Jacobs

In a semifinal it will all come down to pressure, said Vermeulen, who believes the team will know how to deal with the added expectations.

Duane Vermeulen has been the general of the Springbok forwards for a while now. Picture: Gallo Images

From the serene surrounds of the Lowveld to the pressure cooker of a World Cup semifinal against Wales in Tokyo tomorrow – that’s where the rugby journey has taken robust Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen. He was in the cauldron four years ago in England, where the Boks lost an agonisingly close semifinal 20-18 to their old foes, the All Blacks, and although memories of a despondent dressing room will be hard to forget, he gets another bite at the cherry. “It’s difficult to say what that result four years ago means now, if anything,” he said. “In a way,...