CJ’s Irish growing pains

Leinster tighthead CJ van der Linde admits the European approach to the set-pieces will take some getting used to.

Van der Linde linked up with the Irish club at the end of the Tri-Nations. Having featured in a few matches, he has found himself on the wrong side of numerous refereeing decisions. The Springbok No 3 admitted the scrumming on northern paddocks is somewhat different to the set-pieces down south.

“I am not used to the way they have the scrums and the rucks so it is an adaptation you must make and get used to it,” he told the Irish Independent. “It is difficult to say who is right and who is wrong in a scrum because it is eight people against eight people and it can go both ways.

“Some of the calls were a bit funny so I will have to have a look at that.”

Van der Linde could be called up for the Boks’ UK tour in November, and will be hoping to gain some form ahead of those Tests with a strong showing in the European competitions.

The 28-year-old is in the first term of a three-year deal, replacing another Free State and Springbok prop in Ollie le Roux.