Os warns Currie Cup packs

Os du Randt believes the Cheetahs scrum is only going to get better.

While Free State lost their first two Currie Cup games, to Griquas and the Golden Lions, they did at least dominate up front thanks to the input from their new scrumming coach.

Their strong scrummaging at Ellis Park was rewarded with several penalties, which contributed to their early 19-0 lead.

‘We were always going to strive to do better, and so far it’s been a great achievement,’ Du Randt told keo.co.za, emphasising that the players deserve most of the credit.

‘The Cheetahs forwards were always good and they have the potential to be better. All I did was polish the small things like the shoulder drives and I put some pressure on the guys. It just shows what practice can do.’

The former loosehead prop believes the Bok pack will do just as well on Saturday when they come up against the All Blacks.

‘I’m glad they are starting with Beast [Mtawarira], Bismarck [du Plessis] and John [Smit] in the front row. It will definitely be a test for them, but I think they will be alright. John has done well at tighthead, but if he does stuggle, we always have Jannie [du Plessis] on the bench.’

By Gareth Duncan