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by: Gareth Rosslee @GarethRosslee   ·    26 February 2014

Red hot: Marnitz Boshoff

Could Marnitz Boshoff join Naas Botha, Jannie de Beer, Derick Hougaard and Morné Steyn in the ranks of great South African drop-kickers? By GARETH ROSLEE.

Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff has racked up 50 points in Vodacom SupeRugby this year and been at the heart of surprise wins for his team over the Cheetahs and Stormers.

Last weekend he racked up six penalties, three dropped goals and a conversion for 29 of the Lions’ 35 points in a comprehensive defeat of the Stormers.

It’s all going right for Boshoff in 2014, but where did he come from?

It’s been a fairytale turn in fortunes for the man from Nelspruit who looked in danger of dropping off the radar before moving to the Lions in 2013. 

Boshoff made the SA Schools team back in 2007 after coming through the age group ranks with the Pumas. This saw him picked up by the Bulls back in 2008. 

After a brief stint in Kimberley with the Griquas he moved to the Lions in 2013 – and that’s when his career really started to blossom.

Boshoff found incredible form with the boot for the Lions and was a key member of the side that earned promotion back to SupeRugby. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Boshoff is firing on all cylinders and he’s up against his former team the Bulls this weekend. They will be fearing his boot, as well as wishing they’d never let him leave Pretoria.

Who knows, if he stays this hot for the entire SupeRugby season he might just give Heyneke Meyer a little something to think about when he picks his first Springbok squad later this year.

Main image: Marnitz Boshoff during the SupeRugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Lions at Vodacom Park on 15 February 2014 in Bloemfontein. Photo by Louis Botha/Gallo Images/Getty Images.