It always amazed me that someone with such a slender, almost fragile build, could perform such huge tasks on the field of play. From the first time I saw him his kicking and exceptional quickness off the mark impressed me enormously.
After he was chosen for the 1949 Springboks I got to know Hansie really well. There was a wonderful warmth - I have no other words to describe it - between him and me from then on and I have come to regard Hansie as a son. He was so brilliant but above all he had the wonderful ability to learn, to put into practice, anything he was told and decided was worthwhile.