It was always going to take a brave effort from the Vodacom Bulls to go to Bloemfontein and beat a Toyota Cheetahs side high on momentum and adrenalin, but they did not shy away from it and did exactly that! And no one had a more heroic role in that win that Arno Botha, whose number 7 jersey was all over the place.
The big burly loose forward was included in the starting line-up and told to be aggressive and abrasive and that was exactly what he was. He hustled and bustled the Cheetahs with strong, probing runs, bruised them on defence and won his share of line-out ball when needed. In all, he delivered a very powerful display and was rewarded with a call-up to the Springboks, a move that was applauded all over the country.
Physical: 1.90m & 105kg
DOB: 26 October 1991, Modimolle
Film: Never Back Down
Food: Ribs, steak
Education: Nylstroom Primary School, Nylstroom High School & University of Pretoria
Squads: Springboks; Junior Springboks; Vodacom Bulls Super Rugby, Vodacom Blue Bulls Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup, Under-21 and Under-19 teams.