Cheetahs flyhalf Meyer Bosman says he won’t be intimidated by IRB Player of the Year Dan Carter.
Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 match against the Crusaders in Christchurch sees the current Bok No 10 facing Carter for the first time in his short career.
In the orange corner is Bosman, who turns 21 on Sunday. He has played just two Tests and 10 Super Rugby matches. He admits he is still learning his way in professional rugby and is far from the finished article.
In the red corner, is the 24-year-old Carter who is officially the best rugby player on the planet. He has already played 24 Tests for the All Blacks and made 45 appearances for the Crusaders.
However, while Carter has spent more time in the ring, Bosman believes he can deliver a few well-timed punches on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a challenge playing against him, but he doesn’t scare me,” Bosman told keo.co.za from Christchurch. “I play rugby for contests like this. The only way I can measure myself is to play against the best, and Carter is No 1 in the world.”
Bosman also enjoyed playing against Stephen Larkham – the best Australian flyhalf – in Canberra last weekend.
“I learnt a helluva lot from him in that game,” said Bosman. “He’s a great player and has achieved so much with the Brumbies and Wallabies. Larkham knows how to outsmart the opposition, which is something I’m trying to do.”
The Cheetahs are still hurting after their 53-20 drubbing to the Brumbies, but Bosman sees no reason why they can’t stand their ground against the champions and current log leaders.
“Look, we know it’s going to be tough, but we’ve worked hard in training this week on the problem areas we identified after the Brumbies game,” said Bosman. “Losing our first two tour matches hasn’t been ideal, but we want to pick up some points over the next couple of weeks.”
Meanwhile, coach Rassie Erasmus will name his team to play the Crusaders on Wednesday. Gaffie du Toit is expected to return to the match 22, with Falie Oelschig replacing Michael Claassens at scrumhalf and Keith Lowen replacing Barry Goodes at centre. Corniel van Zyl may also come into the starting XV for Cobus Grobler to give Erasmus more options in the line-out.
By Simon Borchardt