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Player of the week: Gerhard van den Heever

It took him almost two months, but the Vodacom Blue Bulls try machine, Gerhard van den Heever, finally got back on the road to try-scoring.

As it was with his previous effort – on August 6th against the Leopards – it was a brilliant individual effort by the speedster that got him over the line for his fifth try in the Absa Currie Cup season.

Against the Leopards, he had to burn his opponents during a 50 meter run after a line-out move, but this time he had to use some other skills and not only speed to beat the opponents.

He chipped over Griquas full back, Riaan Viljoen, at full speed and then raced Bjorn Basson to the line. It looked as if he was left behind by the flying Griqua, but Van den Heever anticipated the bounce of the ball so much better than his opponent and scored.

“It is not my first try like that this year. I deliberately kicked the ball that way, expecting it to bounce back to me and as a result did not sprint flat-out after it. Bjorn did, the ball bounced over his head and into my arms as I expected,” Van den Heever said.

“It was a great feeling to score again, as it is part of my job as a wing to score tries.” Van den Heever has high regard for Basson.

“He is a good opponent and very quick.” On whom he sees as the fastest rugby player in the country the former hurdler has the following advice. “I think they should line us up and let us race. That is the only way we will know.”

Personal details:

Full Name: Gerhard Jacobus
Surname: van den Heever
Height: 190
Weight: 93
Birth Date: 13 April 1989
Birth City: Bloemfontein
Marital Status: Single
Favourite Film: Pineapple Express
Favourite Music: Ministry of Sound
Favourite Food: Pasta
Primary School: Hennops Park Primary
Secondary School: Afrikaans High


Vodacom Bulls (Vodacom Super 14) – 2009, 2010
Vodacom Blue Bulls (ABSA Currie Cup) – 2009, 2010
South Africa (IRB Junior World Championships) - 2009
Vodacom Blue Bulls u19 (ABSA Under 19 Competition) - 2008
TUKS (FNB Varsity Cup) - 2008
Blue Bulls (U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week) - 2007
Blue Bulls (U16 Coca Cola Grant Khomo Week) - 2005

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