Peet to lead the Boks in Bloemfontein

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The Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, and the 7-year-old Peet Pretorius PHOTO: YOLANDA MAARTENS

The 7-year-old Peet Pretorius from Welkom will be leading the Springboks onto the field on Saturday when they tackle England in Bloemfontein in the second Test.

The shy lad is a massive rugby fan and absolutely loves the Toyota Cheetahs.

The hooker, Schalk Brits, and Peet. PHOTO: YOLANDA MAARTENS

On Friday morning Peet got to meet his heroes at the Toyota Stadium during the Springboks captain’s run, and this was made possible thanks to the efforts of the former OFM presenter, Yolanda Maartens, and Sandra Basson, who both work at Reach for a Dream now.

The little man is fighting life-threatening illness and when he is not busy watching rugby, he just loves braaing with his dad.

Peet was overwhelmed by the experience on Friday morning, to such a degree that he almost forgot who his favourite player is.

He did however tell Courant that he has taken a liking to the captain, Siya Kolisi.

Peet is in agreement that the Boks will win on Saturday, and by a healthy margin as well.

“The Springboks are going to win, and they will win by a hundred points.”

Kolisi, himself will be celebrating his 27th birthday on Saturday when Peet leads him and his troops onto the park. The tighthead prop, Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira in his turn will be making his 100th appearance in the green-and-gold. It his almost exactly 10-years to the day since he made his debut against Wales on 14 June, 2008, in Pretoria.

Saturday afternoon’s big Test at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein kicks off at 17:05. – MORGAN PIEK