It was claimed that Louis Fouché has the biggest boot in the country, with rumours of the flyhalf slotting penalties in excess of 60 metres already. But for the former Rustenburg High School pupil, opportunities to showcase that was far and in between, mainly because of his back-up role to Mornè Steyn.
He did show some of that kicking prowess against the Sharks on the weekend by scoring 27 points with conversions, penalties and a monster drop goal making up that tally.
For once though, Fouchè had the opportunity to show his attacking skill set too.
This is what esteemed and respected rugby writer Brenden Nel wrote in his match report:
"But with a passionate performance, and riding on the back of a superb all-round performance by flyhalf Louis Fouchè, the home side managed to confound the odds and pull off the victory with a young team full of talent.
Fouchè, the 22-year-old understudy to Bok flyhalf Steyn, put in such a dominant performance that it made one wonder why the Bulls never employed him more in the Super Rugby tournament.
From his long-range drop goals – one sailed in from more than 50 metres out – to his flawless kicking and effortless distribution game, Fouchè contributed 27 points on a night where his side really needed them.
In the first half, where they were battering away without too much reward, it was Fouche's boot that nudged them ahead every time.
Even when the Sharks went into the break 14-12 ahead, the Bulls returned with a monster Fouchè drop goal to retake the lead thanks to the Rustenburg-born-and-bred player's boot."
Good praise indeed and so true!
Names: Louis Daniel Van Zyl
DOB: 4 January 1990
Place of Birth: Pretoria
Marital Status: Single
Favourite Film: Van Wilder
Favourite Food: Lasagne
Secondary School: Rustenburg High
Provincial caps: (Blue Bulls 12, 186 points)
Super Rugby caps: Vodacom Bulls 10, 2 points).
Vodacom Bulls 2011/12
Vodacom Blue Bulls 2011/12
Leopards u.21 2009/10
Leopards u.18 Craven Week 2008
Leopards u.18 Academy Week 2007
Points: 189 (4 t, 32 c, 31 p, 4dg)