Injuries to Johann Muller and Flip van der Merwe have meant that Mostert joined Henno Mentz and Tiaan Liebenberg as the institute’s ‘Bokke’.
The 125 kilogram, two meter tall Mostert was previously contracted with the Sharks before he joined Stade Francais this year.
He was involved with the rugby institute from 2002 to 2005.
Mervyn Taylor, rugby manager of the NWU-Puk, remembers him like this: “He was extremely decent and humble off the field, but on the field he was one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen.
I remember one incident very well. We played against Ikeys in the USSA tournament and Mossie, in his own unique way, hit a ruck very hard.
The referee blew his whistle and said: ‘You can’t do that, you’ll kill people if you hit the rucks like that!’
Mossie just stood there and very sheepishly said: ‘But oom, how else must I do it then?’”
According to Taylor, it is Mostert’s ‘never say die’ approach that gave him the Green and Gold.
“He had many set-backs with injuries, but he never despaired.
He kept on fighting till he reached the top.”
Article by Bertie Jacobs.