Van der Merwe has plan to deal with former team-mate
GLASGOW winger DTH van der Merwe is looking forward to renewing the acquaintance of Stuart Hogg on Saturday, and plans to indulge in a subtle piece of sledging on his former team-mate.
The Warriors visit Hogg’s new club Exeter Sharks in the Champions Cup on Saturday with both clubs having won their opening games in Pool 2 – Glasgow with a 13-7 home victory over Sale and Exeter having won 31-12 at La Rochelle. Van der Merwe scored his team’s only try on Saturday and enjoyed getting the better of another former team-mate, Scotland winger Byron McGuigan. He now hopes to do something similar with Hogg, but is aware that Glasgow will have to up their game to win at Sandy Park.
“Can’t wait,” he said. “It’s funny, it’s like Byron – you want to have the opportunity to play against them and if you get to tackle them or run against them, you can chat on the floor. Same with Hoggy, maybe give him a pinch on the floor or something like that – just talk about his hair. It still looks bad.
“I never got to Byron, but he was losing his head on the other side, so at half-time I tapped him on the back and asked him ‘Why are you so angry, man?’ in Afrikaans,” continued Van der Merwe. “I know that will just have infuriated him a bit more.”
The Canadian international also knows, however, that Glasgow will have to keep a close eye on Hogg, who has enjoyed an encouraging start to his Chiefs career since leaving Glasgow in the summer.
“We have to make sure we front up and don’t give him that space,” he continued. “He has that nice little goose step and that line he runs, which is dangerous.
“A guy like Stuart Hogg is a marked man on the field – teams are trying to take his time and space away from him. You keep an eye on Hoggy, but there’s [other] guys who make that team tick. They’re a quality side.”