A spe­cial kind of home­com­ing for Stander

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

Both sets of sup­port­ers gave CJ Stander a stand­ing ova­tion when he was re­placed in the clos­ing min­utes of a mem­o­rable night for the Mun­ster cap­tain back in his home town.

Stander crowned the win by scor­ing one of Mun­ster’s six tries at Outeni­qua Park in Ge­orge.

“To be back in my home­town and to play in front of my fam­ily, friends and peo­ple I know was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I re­mem­ber com­ing to this sta­dium from when I was four, five or six years old. It’s the same at­mos­phere I re­mem­ber.

“I know it has de­clined in the last few years, but it is good to see Outeni­qua full again,” said Stander.

His wife Jean Marie, par­ents Amanda and Jan­nie, and younger brother Jan­ne­man were joined by fam­ily and friends to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, with the qual­ity of the Kings per­for­mance in the open­ing half con­tribut­ing to a great evening.

“The Kings played very well in the first 20,” added Stander. “They swung the ball wide a bit and put us un­der pres­sure.

“We knew in the sec­ond half we had to come out and hold the ball, or they would put us un­der pres­sure and it worked for us in the end.”

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