Give Eddie his due

Eddie Andrews does not get the credit he deserves, according to Bok coach Jake White.

Speaking on Boots & All, White threw his support behind the Stormers tighthead prop, who had a solid, if not spectacular, game against Scotland last weekend.

“Eddie often gets criticised when the Bok pack does badly, but he rarely gets credit when they do well,” said the coach.

“Look at the progress he has made in a short space of time. He only started playing the game after school and he’s now an international tighthead prop – there aren’t many guys around the world who can call themselves that.

“Balie [Swart] has spent some time with Eddie over the past few weeks – as he has with every forward in the squad – and that work has paid dividents.”

Bok captain John Smit also talked up his front-row team-mate.

“I think he had a phenomenal Super 14 which showed how much he has progressed,” he said. “He hasn’t always had opportunities, but every time he’s played he has made an impact. Not enough is said about how much work he gets through because it’s not always seen. But you only have to look at him at training and the work he puts in to see why he is our tighthead.”