A special kind of homecoming for Stander
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.”