Theuns Briers could, and did win matches from the wing position because he was so strong and powerful.
On our way to Johannesburg for the 1955 trials, I told Frank Mellish that we had to get Briers to Johannesburg because I believed he was Springbok material. Some believed that I had Theuns invited to the trials as the Maties were down to play Paarl that same day and it was no secret that we were wary of this powerful farmer.
The fact is that we got Theuns to the trials in Johannesburg and he played himself into the Springbok team with a brilliant performance.
Theuns went on to score five tries in seven test matches and proved to be utterly fearless on the field.