Werner Kruger
28 February 2011

Call him slow poison, the silent assassin or the rock of the Bulls scrum; it will not matter, as Werner Kruger will justify all those names allocated to him at Super Rugby level.

Kruger was at it again on Friday, proving a huge thorn in the flesh of the Cheetahs scrum and giving the Bulls right shoulders on their ball whenever it was called for. The Cheetahs scrum moved backwards all evening and Kruger had a huge role in this.

“Scrums are all about team work and no individual can be highlighted,” he says.

“It is great though if the hard work of the pack brings success on match day.”

Kruger’s contribution did not finish with scrumming. He was solid on defense, making 11 tackles, again topped the stats with cleans at the ruck (29) and his support play at line-out time was spot-on.

The prop’s great Super form in 2010 was rewarded when he was called in as a replacement for the Springbok side to play the British Barbarians.

It was a good motivator, Kruger admits.

“I have tasted what it is like and I want more. I would like to be involved with the Springboks again and play tests for my country.”


Weight and Height: 1.90m, 115kg

Born: 23 January 1985, Kempton Park

Provincial matches: 83 (Blue Bulls)

Provincial points: 25

Super Rugby debut: 2008 v Stormers

Super Rugby caps: 44

Super Rugby points: 15 (3 t)

Highlights of the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers, from Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.

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