Gert Muller
Full names: Gert Hendrik
Date of birth: 10 May 1948
Place of birth: Vryheid
School: Port Natal
Springbok no: 428
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.83m, 89.9kg
Current age: 75

Test summary: Tests: 14 Tries: 4
First Test: 6 Sep 1969 Age:21 Right Wing against Australia at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 27 Jul 1974 Age:26 Left Wing against Britain at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
06 Sep 196921Right WingAustraliaWin: 11-3 Newlands, Cape TownWP
20 Sep 196921Right WingAustraliaWin: 19-8 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
06 Dec 196921Left WingScotlandLose: 3-6 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
24 Jan 197021Left WingWalesDraw: 6-6 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
25 Jul 197022Left WingNew ZealandWin: 17-6 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
08 Aug 197022Left WingNew ZealandLose: 8-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
29 Aug 197022Left WingNew ZealandWin: 14-32 triesBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
12 Sep 197022Left WingNew ZealandWin: 20-171 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
12 Jun 197123Left WingFranceWin: 22-91 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
19 Jun 197123Left WingFranceDraw: 8-8 Kingspark, DurbanWP
03 Jun 197224Left WingEnglandLose: 9-18 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl
08 Jun 197426Left WingBritainLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownTvl
13 Jul 197426Left WingBritainLose: 9-26 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethTvl
27 Jul 197426Left WingBritainDraw: 13-13 Ellispark, JohannesburgTvl

Gert Muller : Doc Craven

I saw Gert Muller at the second Craven week in 1965. Natal had a brilliant schoolboy team and I spotted another Springbok there, Andy van der Watt. Both came to Stellenbosch but rumours that I had specifically asked Andy to come to Maties were untrue.

Like Ray Mordt years later, Gert was tremendously strong on the run.

His younger brother was playing in a practice match at Stellenbosch one afternoon, when Gert went on to the field and said: "Excuse me Mr. ref, I just want a word with my brother, Andries." He then walked up to his brother and said: "Onthou jy nie wat pa vir ons gesĂȘ het - dat ons deur die manne moet hardloop? Met wilskrag en beslistheid kan ons deur hulle hardloop. Jy staan hier en slaap en as jy nie nou die bal vat en maak soos pa vir ons geleer het - vat ek jou persoonlik van die veld af." ("Don't you remember what dad told us - that we must run through the opposition? With willpower and determination you can get past anyone. But you're wandering around like a lost sheep. If you don't knuckle down and do what dad told us to do - I will personally take you off the field.")

Young Andries took the hint. That was Gert's entire outlook on life - as far as he was concerned no-one could stop him; nothing was impossible if he wanted to do it.

I would very much like to see what is going to happen to his offspring as his wife, Letitia, was also a fine Springbok athlete. Sporting excellence will surely course strongly through the veins of their children.