Fourie hails evergreen Pienaar after Currie Cup win

Ruan Pienaar. PHOTO: Morgan Piek

The Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has once again lauded the seasoned Ruan Pienaar after they won the Currie Cup for a seventh time on Saturday in Bloemfontein.

Pienaar was once again one of the standout performers in the Cheetahs 25-17 win over the Cheetahs during Saturday’s win against the Pumas.

Pienaar scored 10 points with the boot for the Cheetahs, while he once again marshalled the backline like player deserving a call-up to the Springboks again.

Fourie once again reiterated that no player in the team works as hard as the 39-year-old Pienaar.

“When we played Pro14 rugby, some of the overseas media asked about his big-match temperament (BMT) and his involvement in the game and that was three years ago,” Fourie said.

“He’s still going and probably is the hardest worker in our team at that age and this is why he can still play high-quality rugby.

“He’s an unbelievable person, rugby player, and father for his kids as well. It’s a privilege to have the experience and quality of Ruan in our squad.”

Fourie added that Pienaar’s experience has rubbed off on his understudy, Rewan Kruger, who has made a massive step-up since getting more game time in a starting role.

“He’s got a lot of confidence playing with Ruan and he’s a hard worker. He’s here every afternoon and stays after every session where he practices his box kicks and passes.

“He’s a guy that serves the team and if anyone wants to do something, Rewan will be the guy that either passes or kicks to them.

“He’s a true Cheetahs man that I’ve watched since his school days, and I thought his career was going downwards an he did find himself without a contract when he was playing at the Shimlas.

“Since we pulled him into the Toyota Challenge two years ago, he’s never looked back.”

Just last week Pienaar signed a one-year contract extension at the Cheetahs, while recently also committed to the Currie Cup champions.

Morgan Piek