Martin Pelser had only one eye. It always astounded me how he could see all over the field with only one eye, yet it never seemed to bother him and he played with fury and commitment.
He, Doug Hopwood and Hugo van Zyl formed a cohesive unit and helped the tight forwards in the set play while the tight forwards responded by helping them in the loose. Martin Pelser was strong, fast, and he had the marvellous quality of anticipation.
A tough man who could use his fists if necessary, but only if sorely provoked. He was too much of a gentleman to pick fights on the field.
Martin turned professional eventually; I don't hold it against him at all. We were caught napping when some eight or nine Boks turned professional at the time. I don't believe his heart was in it though, and I think he only did it because he possibly needed the money at the time.
One of the great loose forwards of all time.