Oct 28, 2014
Botha to face boyhood team Western Province
It will be a special occasion for lock Mouritz Botha when Saracens face South Africa’s Currie Cup winning side Western Province at Allianz Park on Sunday November 9.
Botha grew up in the Northern Cape regional town of Calvinia, supporting Die Streeptruie during his formative years, before setting in England where he has since carved out an international career for his adopted country.
Speaking about facing Western Province, Botha said; “It’s a team that I grew up supporting, and a team I’d have loved to play for when I was living in South Africa. I never quite made the grade at the time, so it’s great opportunity to be playing them at Allianz Park - it’s something I’m really looking forward to.
“Growing up I looked up to guys like Bobby Skinstand, Joel Stransky, Corné Krige, those were guys I respected a lot. I remember getting Joel Stransky’s and Garry Pagel’s autograph at Newlands when I was a little boy. It is something that I have remembered since, and it’s what I always think of if I ever get asked to sign one now when we’re at Allianz Park.”
Botha starred in the last time Saracens faced South African opposition, when the north Londoners clashed with The Sharks. The lock forward producing a series of bone rattling tackles and carries to help his side to a 23-15 win over the Durban side at a packed Allianz Park.
“For the lads here who grew up in South Africa it’s a great opportunity for us to play against a team’s such as the Sharks, and now Western Province. Hopefully we’ll have the same turnout at Allianz Park as last year against the Sharks, as it was a great occasion, and a brilliant atmosphere last time around. I heard the bar sales were pretty good on the day as well (laughs). With any luck, it will be the same again this time around.”
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