Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
24 Feb 2014
7:13 am

Boshoff a Bok? You never know

Rudolph Jacobs

Kicking sensation Marnitz Boshoff has booted the Lions to Super Rugby recognition and quite possibly a Springbok place.

FILE PICTURE: Marnitz Boshoff during the Vodacom Cup Quarter Final match between Sharks XV and MTN Golden Lions at Kings Park on May 03, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images.

Boshoff, 25, kicked 29 of the Lions points in their 34-10 annihilation of the Stormers at Ellis Park on Saturday much to the delight of the 39 256 strong crowd.

To add that to the 21 points he kicked the previous week in Bloemfontein, he has raced to 50 points in two games and only five points in these games has not come from his golden boot.

But rightfully so, “Bossie” has given credit to the Lions pack while the entire team defended like demons, leaving the Stormers a rattled and frustrated bunch.

“The forwards made it easy for me on the day, they toiled very hard and the win has to go to the team,” said the soft-spoken Boshoff shortly after the Lions stunned the rugby world after their year out in the cold.

It was the second successive game that Boshoff has earned the Man-of-the-Match award although this time he shared the spoils with Pumas No 9 Faf de Klerk who has been in terrific form.

Asking him however whether the drop-goals are a pre-game plan drilled in by head coach Johan Ackermann, you hear a definite no-no.

“It all depends on the game situation and if there’s nothing on it’s an avenue we decided we could possibly explore,” said Boshoff.

“Hopefully the coach is okay with it!” he said.

After kicking all six place-kicks against the Cheetahs, he kicked six more penalties and a conversion against the Stormers, not missing one, while he has landed four drop-goals, three last weekend.

Ackermann said they are prepared for the fact that teams would go out to try and counter the Boshoff factor in the rest of the competition.

“Then it could create running opportunities for us, but we feel the pressure is on Bossie. It’s up to him if he believes it’s (drop-goals)an option,” said Ackermann.