Often there are players who hold something in reserve. If one can motivate them sufficiently so that they fire on all four cylinders, they can achieve excellence.
Bubbles could not always push himself. I was a selector when I saw him for the first time, playing for Rhodesia against Northern Transvaal at Loftus Versveld. Bubbles took on the Northern Transvaal pack of forwards on his own, and he did with them what he wanted.
Rhodesia beat Northern Transvaal that day. One man! One forward!
Bubbles was one of the players who should have gone on the 1951/52 tour. Wonderful team though it was, Bubbles would have been a welcome addition.
Bubbles was like the Frik du Preez of a generation later, a little lazy. But he also had that artistic streak in him. He couldn't be forced or told to play his hardest, he had to get the urge himself.
One of the most impressive forwards I have ever seen.