Van der Merwe has plan to deal with for­mer team-mate

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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.”

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