Brüssow up against the best

2009-07-09 09:34
Strong candidate (Gallo)
Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein – The world’s best fetcher crown is at stake when the Springboks, All Blacks and Wallabies meet later this month in the Tri-Nations.

The strongest candidate is Springbok Heinrich Brüssow. After his stellar performance in the Super14 and huge role in the series win over the British and Irish Lions, many people already see Brüssow as the winner.

But the Bok flank himself says “Stop the bus”!

He still wants to prove himself against Richie McCaw, George Smith and Phil Waugh. Only then will he be worthy of being called a real fetcher.

“I cannot wait to play against those guys because they are the world’s best. If I am part of the Bok team, it would be great to test myself against them. Each guys has their own strong points, so it will be exceptionally tough,” said the humble Brüssow.

McCaw will meet Waugh first on the 18th of July in Auckland. Then it is McCaw against Brüssow on July 25 at the Free Stater’s favourite battle field, Vodacom Park.

What will worry McCaw especially, is Brüssow’s success against the British and Irish Lions, and the confidence this will have given him. Brüssow soundly beat Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland’s best fetchers.

The All Black flank will also not have fond memories of Vodacom Park. Not only did Brüssow outwit him earlier in the season when they met in a Super14 match in Bloemfontein, but the Cheetahs also surprisingly beat the Crusaders. After the match, however, Brüssow was first to admit that McCaw had not been at his best given that he had been out the game for a long time.

As far as the series against the Lions helping his self-confidence, Brüssow said, “To play with a couple of experienced guys who have been wearing the Bok jersey for years, meant a lot for my confidence. I also learnt a big lesson in the series. That is, if you work very hard, you can become part of something huge that only happens once in 12 years.”

“There were many highlights against the Lions. Firstly, it was special when I ran out as a number 6 flank for the first time in the first Test in Durban. And in the second Test at Loftus Versfeld, to win in such a unique way and to clinch the series, is something I will always remember.”

With Schalk Burger suspended, Brüssow could use the Tri-Nations home matches to become a regular member of the Bok starting fifteen. The Free Stater’s baptism of fire will decide how much influence he will have in the away games.


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