Brumbies would love Brits
4 May 2006
Former Bok prop Ollie le Roux believes Schalk Brits would become an “international superstar” if he was poached by an Australian Vodacom Super 14 franchise.
The Stormers hooker has once again failed to impress Springbok coach Jake White, who has questioned his scrumming and line-out ability. John Smit and Hanyani Shimnage are expected to be White’s No 1 and 2 in their position, with either Gary Botha or Chiliboy Ralepele providing additional backup.
“I’m looking forward to John Smit coming up against Schalk Brits, who is one of the best hookers in the world at the moment and one incredible rugby player,” Le Roux told Cape Argus rugby writer Dale Granger.
“The Aussies would love to sign a guy like Schalk if he isn’t picked for the Boks soon. They would take him tomorrow and in a team like the Brumbies he would emerge as an international superstar. People are always criticising Brits’ scrummaging, but it is going to be interesting to see how John, who we all know can scrum, handles the rest of his play around the field.”
Le Roux also anticipated a huge match-up between the fat boys. BJ Botha will have another chance to impress White when he comes up against JD Moller, while Eddie Andrews will have his work cut out for him against Deon Carstens.
“BJ’s a very tough guy who has come through over a number of years now and learned to cope with pressure,” said Le Roux. “JD, by contrast, is a really big, strong loosehead who attacks quite viciously to try and dominate. If BJ can hold his own against JD, then he should have no problem going on to higher honours.
“On the tighthead side Eddie Andrews had a really good game last weekend. He is up against Deon Carstens, who is not noted as a devastating a scrummager, but is very powerful.”