Stormers loosehead prop forward, Wicus Blaauw, says the perception that the Cape franchise has a weak tight five is a myth.
Adnaan Mohamed writes for Son newspaper that since the injury to the regular Stormers loosehead, JD Moller, Blaauw has risen to the challenge and now wants to make the number one jersey his own.
The Stormers come up against the defending champions, the Crusaders, in a crucial Super14 clash in New Zealand on Saturday.
“I think our tight forwards have held their own against every side we have come up against thus far in the competition. There has always been a perception that the Stormers achilles heal is their tight five, but the statistics prove the contrary,” the 22-year old said from his hotel room in Christchurch on Monday.
Last year Blaauw was part of the Stormers squad that toured Australasia, but he did not earn a cap.
With JD Moller out injured, Blaauw has stepped up to the challenge and aims to make the position his own. Even though Moller has recovered from his injury, Blaauw has done well and he should get the nod ahead of his more experienced team-mate.
“Even though I did not get any game time on tour last year, it was nevertheless a great learning experience for me. Now I know exactly what to expect,”’ Blaauw said confidently.
According to the prop who is 1.86 meter tall and tips the scales at 120 kg, he will have to work even harder to hold on to his spot in the team. Moller is an experience prop who has played 54 matches for Western Province and already has 36 Super 14 caps under his belt.
“I know JD and I are competing for the same position, we are great buddies off the field. . We have a great team spirit going. Competition is always healthy and it will just encourage everyone to lift their game,” added Blaauw.Tweet