Eddie expects backlash
15 Jun 2006
Springbok tighthead Eddie Andrews believes the Scottish front row will provide far tougher opposition in the second Test on Saturday.
Andrews scrummed well against Scotland’s Gavin Kerr in Durban, as the Boks dominated the set pieces and laid the foundation for a comprehensive 36-16 win.
Kerr is one of just four survivors in a new-look Scottish pack that hopes to provide more of a challenge for the Springbok forwards in PE.
“Every opponent you scrum against is tough,” Andrews told keo.co.za. “We simply cannot afford to underestimate the Scots, just because we did well against them last week.”
A lot has been said of Os du Randt’s dominance at scrum time, but people seem to forget the role Andrews plays in the Bok front row. The Stormers prop copped a fair bit of criticisim during the Super 14 this year, but was solid in his first Test outing.
However, Andrews knows his place in the starting XV is far from secure. Despite Jake White’s refutations of Cobus Visagie, the Saracens player has shown that he is a world-class scrummager. Free State prop CJ van der Linde has also been declared fit and will probably take the field as a replacement on Saturday.
The pressure is on, but Andrews regards it as a healthy situation for South African rugby.
“Traditionally, we’ve always been a strong side in the forwards, and we have always had very good props,” he said. “Because of this, there will always be pressure on the guys in the team to perform, but it is a good pressure, as it brings out the best in a player.”
Andrews will win his 18th Test cap on Saturday, but has yet to score a try. Does he have any fantasies about scoring from 50m out ala Richard Bands against the All Blacks at the House of Pain?
“Don’t worry about running 50m, just to get it over the line would be great,” he laughed. “I suppose it would be better to score with a forward pushover close to the line. But really, it doesn’t matter how I score it.”
By Jon Cardinelli