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Mordt – Boks can ‘bomb’ Wallabies

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Springbok legend Ray Mordt told the touring South African players that they are a good team that should be proud to represent their country as they go head-to-head with the Wallabies in their Tri-Nations/Mandela Plate challenge match in Sydney.

Speaking at a jersey hand-over ceremony ahead of Saturday’s game at the Telstra Stadium, Mordt told the players to keep in mind that they had a proud following in South Africa in spite of the negative publicity they had received Down Under.

“You have more than 40 million South Africans you will be playing for, and yourselves: that should motivate you enough,” the legendary for Bok wing said.

“I am proud of you, a talented squad that is proudly Springboks.”

Responding to Mordt’s address, captain Bob Skinstad said he personally drew inspiration from the humble nature of the Bok legend, stating that Mordt, in spite of his great achievements, had remained humble and thankful for the opportunity to play for the nation.

Mordt, who played on the wing for the springboks from 1980 until 1984 before embarking on a successful Rugby League career with Wigan, is regarded as one of the most powerful and deadliest finishers that the Springboks’ have ever had.

He had the pace to beat his opponent as well as the power to bump him off.

Mordt is one of only three players to have scored a hat-trick of tries in a Test match, and the only Springbok to have scored a hat-trick of tries in successive Tests.

The first was against the All Blacks in the famous “flour bomb” Test at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1981 – in which a crazy pilot in a low-flying, light plane disrupted the final game of the protestor-marred tour by dropping flour-bombs on the pitch and players.

All Black prop Gary Knight got struck by one of these missiles, but recovered and continued playing.

Mordt then entered the record books when he followed his fine try-scoring performance against the All Blacks in Auckland with another against the USA on a manure-covered Polo field in New York, where there were more state troopers than spectators to watch the game.
 
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