Johannesburg: The premature decline of promising South African national cricketer Nantie Hayward was due to a love triangle that affected his performance, the weekly 'Sunday Times' has revealed. Hayward was being lauded as one of the rising stars of South African Cricket when he was named in October last year as one of the top five South African cricketers of the year, but he fell foul of the national selectors when He began a streak of off-target bowling. Now the 'Sunday Times' has revealed that Hayward's poor performance was due to a love triangle in which his one-time best friend, Dewald Senekal,allegedly stole his girlfriend of four years, Tania van Rensburg, from him. Eastern Province teammate Meyrick Pringle told the newspaper that Hayward was furious when he saw Senekal driving a car that he had given to Van Rensburg as a gift. "Hayward said, 'If Dewald comes to the nets, I'll Kill him'...he was very upset about it," Pringle said. Hayward denied making a threat like that, but admitted that the "tension" between him and Senekal had affected his performance on the field. Former South African national captain Kepler Wessels said, however, that the matter "should not have affected Nantie's style at all. A professional keeps off-field problems off-field." Van Rensburg, who is happily dating Senekal now, said she had broken off Her engagement to Hayward in less than a year after she discovered that he had had two affairs during their relationship.