He might have had a magic 2009, but there is one thing Heinrich Brüssow wants to accomplish before the year is out.
Jóhann Thormählen – Sport24
The biggest rugby match in existence! That is how Free State Cheetahs flank Heinrich Brüssow views Saturday’s Currie Cup final against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria.
The Springbok fetcher described the clash between the sides as the “ultimate final” and he is looking forward to measuring himself against several of his national team-mates.
Brüssow won the Tri-Nations and a series against the British and Irish Lions this year, but still feels the Currie Cup is very special. He believes it is special because it is the jewel in South Africa’s domestic crown.
“Those things (Tri-Nations and British and Irish Lions) are very special, but the Currie Cup is very important because it is the crown among South Africa’s players,” he said.
“You play against friends and guys you know well. It is special to be able to win against those guys.”
It will be Brüssow’s first start in a Currie Cup final.
He was part of the Cheetahs 22-man squad for the final against the Bulls in 2006 and Lions in 2007. However, he was on the bench on each of those occasions.
“It’s the domestic competition and nice to be able to start. I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
The flanker established himself as a world class player this year and will be able to walk into any starting line-up. That is why he may have an enormous influence on the final.
If he’s on form, he’ll steal the ball from under the Bulls’ noses. He gave the Sharks headaches in the semi-final.
Brüssow won’t stand back in terms of physicality, even though he is small of stature. He will be licking his lips in anticipation of tackling his Bok team-mates.
The Cheetahs have unearthed an impressive loose-trio in Brüssow, No 8 Ashley Johnson and Frans Viljoen (flank). So much so that the likes of Hendro Scholtz and Kabamba Floors have been consigned to bench duty.
Brüssow steals, Viljoen brings a physical edge and Johnson breaks so well that the Cheetahs may just get the better of the Bulls’ loose-trio.
Brüssow said that a victory will crown an incredible rugby year for him.
“It will be very special,” he said.