November 19, 2012, 13:05:48
I want to keep my comment as factual as possible... but I am up for correction...
I have followed Heinke van der Merwe since he was a schoolboy at Monument.
Every school he came up against used to fear him. I remember a cousin of mine fronting up against him in the front row, and said he is a freak of nature!
He is an INCREDIBLY strong person with explosive scrumamging and driving power.
He is definitly not the biggest person to have played loosehead for the Boks, but I am sure that he is pound for pound our best scrummager.
I remember reading an article on the Sharks website about 6 years ago..
BJ Botha said that he was the toughest bugger to scrum against and found it impossible to shove him backwards.
I dont want to sound like some of you farts that use the term "best, worst, biggest, strongest ...etc" too loosely....
But its difficult not to in this case...
Heinke van der Merwe is in my opinion... the strongest, most technically correct and fiercest loosehead that SA has produced since re-admission apart from Os.
If anyone wants to argue with me... and I am open to debate... please find me some conclusive evidence of him being bashed around at scrum time.
...that isnt to say that a scrum hasnt gone backwards as a scrum is made up of 8 people and not 1! But man for man... its very rare that he gets shoved back.
So with that in mind... I am glad that Meyer has given him a call. And so far, he hasnt let anyone down.