Divan Serfontein
Full names: David Jacobus
Date of birth: 3 Aug 1954
Place of birth: Krugersdorp
School: Vanderbijlpark
Springbok no: 508
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.67m, 70kg
Current age: 64

Test summary: Tests: 19 Tries: 3
First Test: 31 May 1980 Age:25 Scrumhalf against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 27 Oct 1984 Age:30 Scrumhalf against South America at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
31 May 198025ScrumhalfBritainWin: 26-221 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
14 Jun 198025ScrumhalfBritainWin: 26-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
28 Jun 198025ScrumhalfBritainWin: 12-10 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
12 Jul 198025ScrumhalfBritainLose: 13-17 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
18 Oct 198026ScrumhalfSouth AmericaWin: 22-13 Wanderers Club, MontevideoWP
25 Oct 198026ScrumhalfSouth AmericaWin: 30-16 Prince of Wales Country Club, SantiagoWP
08 Nov 198026ScrumhalfFranceWin: 37-151 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
30 May 198126ScrumhalfIrelandWin: 23-15 Newlands, Cape TownWP
06 Jun 198126ScrumhalfIrelandWin: 12-10 Kingspark, DurbanWP
15 Aug 198127ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 9-14 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchWP
29 Aug 198127ScrumhalfNew ZealandWin: 24-12 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
12 Sep 198127ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 22-25 Eden Park, AucklandWP
20 Sep 198127ScrumhalfUSAWin: 38-7 Owl Creek Polo ground, Glenville, NYWP
27 Mar 198227ScrumhalfSouth AmericaWin: 50-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
03 Apr 198227ScrumhalfSouth AmericaLose: 12-21 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
02 Jun 198429ScrumhalfEnglandWin: 33-15 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
09 Jun 198429ScrumhalfEnglandWin: 35-9 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
20 Oct 198430Scrumhalf (C)South AmericaWin: 32-151 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
27 Oct 198430Scrumhalf (C)South AmericaWin: 22-13 Newlands, Cape TownWP

Divan Serfontein : Doc Craven

To appreciate Divan Serfontein, one has to watch the videos of the best tries scored in South African rugby during his era. Then the terrific role he played, his quickness in the clearing of the scrum, the long passes, his nippiness and the fact that he was able to draw the whole defence before sending his line away, become abundantly clear.

He had his hardships: we once dropped him and Hennie Bekker from the Stellenbosch first team to the Victorians (2nd team), but it did him no harm - even a great player has to know when he can improve.

Divan is underrated in our history books; he was a wonderful scrumhalf.