“When you’re playing away from home, hostile fans are a part of the game – just like critics are a part of life. I didn’t always appreciate having naartjies thrown at me, but I did take the abuse as a form of self-motivation. Something I could never figure out about rugby fans is that when I was lining up to take a penalty kick, the would boo, but when I scored, they would cheer. That’s when I knew, the only way they can keep you quiet is by beating you.”