Eddie Andrews will pay for a substandard work rate and be relegated to the Stormers bench if Neil Fullard is declared 100% fit to start against the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Keo.co.za has learnt that Andrews, who received a bollocking after a woeful display against the Brumbies, did not improve sufficiently against the Highlanders to warrant selection for a fifth week running.
Andrews’ contribution (be it a pass, ruck clean, lineout win etc) tally was a mere eight against the Brumbies. This compares with loose forwards Schalk Burger and Luke Watson who both registered counts high in the 40s.
Despite scrumming solidly against the Highlanders, Andrews did not feature around the park for a second successive week and the Stormers management are set to gamble on the untested Fullard.
Griquas import Attie Winter showed himself to be horribly out of his depth in two appearances off the bench against the Cats and Waratahs, thus necessitating the fast-tracking of Fullard who still has not recovered fully from a pre-season neck injury.
Should he not be deemed 100% by Wednesday, Andrews will retain jersey 3 by default and not because it is deserved.
In contrast, 23 year old loosehead JD Moller has been one of the few revelations for the Cape side this season. Having held his own against all opposing tightheads,including Carl Hayman – widely regarded as the world’s finest tighthead – he is one of the few who cannot inherit much blame for his side’s disappointing log position.