From Bokkie to a Bok: Meet Herschel Jantjies’s very proud parents

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From Bokkie to a Bok: Meet Herschel Jantjies’s very proud parents

They tell us about their joy last Saturday, and of how they brought up their son to be SA's new sports star

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Chaos broke out on the public stands of Ellis Park Stadium when spectators realised they were sitting next to rising Springbok star Herschel Jantjies’s parents, who in a last-minute decision drove all the way from their tiny Cape hometown to see their son’s debut match in Johannesburg.

At the same time, the community of Kylemore in the Cape winelands had set up a big screen on the local school’s rugby field to watch the boy who grew up in front of them not only play his first Springbok match but also walk away with the Man of the Match award after scoring two sensational tries.

“We drove through with a Toyota Quantum, three families, 11 people. We really enjoyed it. It was a way of saving money to go in one vehicle,” his father, Sammy Jantjies, told Times Select from their home this week...

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