Rugby Championship

Test debut a blur for hooker Marx

2016-09-20 14:26
Malcolm Marx (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - New Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx says he remembers very little of his Test debut against the All Blacks in Christchurch.

The Lions stalwart replaced his captain, Adriaan Strauss, in the 44th minute on Saturday and admitted that his first taste of international rugby left him with vague memories.

"I don’t remember much," he told Times Live.

"I really can’t say much at all."

When asked about if the pace and intensity of the Test contributed to that Marx said: "Most definitely‚ it was quick and intense. They were very good at capitalising on our errors. The margin for error is so small.

Despite impressing with a a couple of bullocking runs, some of Marx's throw-ins at the lineouts left a lot to be desired.

"I can’t say what went wrong because I need to look at the video," he explained.

"I will take responsibility for that however. Maybe I threw it a bit too early. It is something I can work on and will improve on going into the next two Tests."

Earlier this month, Strauss announced that he would retire at the end of this year and Springboks coach Allister Coetzee said he views Marx and Stormers hooker Bongi Mbonambi as the players who would be in line to replace their skipper in his starting XV.

Marx, who has been part of the Bok squad for the past month, said being in Strauss company has been an educational experience.

"I learnt a lot from him‚" added the 22-year-old.

"He is a great leader and a great person. I’ve learnt a lot in the last four weeks. I will take as much as I can. I have a lot of respect for Adriaan."

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