Tienie Burger

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Tienie Burger
Full name Martinus Abraham Burger
Date of birth (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Rosendal, South Africa
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
School Grey College, Bloemfontein
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker / Lock
Current team Southern Kings
Youth Career
2006 Griffons
2011–2014 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2015 UFS Shimlas 8 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2017 Free State XV 16 (15)
2014–2016 Free State Cheetahs 16 (10)
2015 Cheetahs 11 (0)
2017–present Southern Kings 13 (5)
Correct as of 6 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 S.A. Academy ()
Correct as of 22 April 2018

Martinus Abraham Burger (born 1 November 1993 in Rosendal, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the Southern Kings in the Pro14.[1] His regular position is lock or flanker.


Youth and Varsity Cup rugby[edit]

At primary school level, he was selected for the Griffons side that played at the Under-13 Craven Week competition in 2006.

He then went to Grey College in Bloemfontein, which is in Free State Cheetahs territory. He represented them at the Under-18 Academy Week in 2011 and also played for the Free State U19 side in the 2011 Under-19 Provincial Championship. In 2012, he started off playing for the U19s in the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship, but halfway through the season, he was promoted to the Free State U21 side and started six matches for them in the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship.

He once again played for them in the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship, scoring five tries in seven starts, including a brace in their match against Border U21.[2]

He started the 2014 season playing Varsity Cup rugby for the UFS Shimlas, starting all seven of their matches as they finished fifth in the competition, before returning to Under-21 action in the 2014 Under-21 Provincial Championship.

Free State Cheetahs[edit]

He made his first class debut during the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition. He was selected in the run-on side for the Free State XV for their match against Kenyan invitational side Simba XV and scored his first senior try in the opening minute of the match as they ran out 75–10 winners.[3] He also started their final match in the competition against the Blue Bulls a week later as they lost 21–22 in Bloemfontein.[4]

Burger was then named in the starting line-up for the Free State Cheetahs for their opening match of the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division season against the Pumas in Bloemfontein.[5]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Tienie Burger". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border 15-32 Toyota Free State". South African Rugby Union. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Free State XV 77-10 Tusker Simba XV". South African Rugby Union. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Free State XV 21-22 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cheetahs to rely on experience". Sport24. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.