His smile was cheeky as ever as he strode on to the field, South African flag in hand – but the grief was also plain to see.
Yes, there was the joy of being at a Springbok Test with a full crowd for the first time since Covid-19 hit. But there was also the pain of losing his beloved mom and aunt, the heartache acute two weeks after they were swept away at sea.
It was a bittersweet moment for Breyton Paulse when the Springboks took on Wales at DHL Stadium (previously Cape Town Stadium) in their final match of the Test series. Nobody would’ve held it against him if he wasn’t keen to work – except he knew it’s what his mom would’ve wanted.