‘I want them to say wow Andries Pretorius,’ says Blues star

25 Mar

Thundering back-row forward Andries Pretorius has been one of the Magners League finds of the season.

Dynamic in the loose and frighteningly aggressive in defence, the six foot four inch and 17 stone powerhouse from Nelsprult has been a shining light in a pretty gloomy season for the Blues.

And now the former Hartpury College student has set his sights on tackling one of European rugby’s giants, two-time Heineken Cup winners Munster, and in particular their British Lion back-row forward Alan Quinlan.

“Playing against guys like Quinlan is a great challenge,” he said. “What I’ve been doing in training is isolating his weaknesses and I need to try and exploit them.

“Munster are full of great names in world rugby but I want them to come off the field and go ‘wow, that Andries Pretorius, we’ve to look out for him next time.”

The Blues will be boosted by the return of their six nations stars, and the likes of Lloyd Williams returning from injury as they tackle top of the table Munster in a pivotal game for their Magner’s League hopes at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight.

“We were really disappointed about not reaching our goals in the Heineken Cup and now we are going all out to achieve our goals in the league and that is to win the Magners league,” he said.

The Blues lie fifth in the league currently, just outside  the play-off places, and Pretorius wants the Blues fans to roar them on.

“The old Arms Park with everyone banging on the banners and making it intimidating for the opposition was brilliant and hopefully we can get a few more down and make the Cardiff City Stadium like that.”

Pretorius has been impressed with the northern hemisphere game in general though: “There’s less fans in the grounds but they make more noise,” and he also rates the standard of the league. “ Even with guys going to France there’s still good players in the league like Regan King and Xavier Rush, and if they choose to go like Regan has there is a big pool of talent in the southern hemisphere who’d love to come up,” he said.

And although he was coy on his long-term future, Pretorius is loving living in Wales.

“I’ve been here for a couple years now and although the weather is a bit better in Durban where I’m from I think there quite similar.

“I’m a keen surfer and Wales is great for that, I love going out to Oxwich Bay and places like that, it’s beautiful and the surf is great,” he said.

Cardiff Blues to face Munster: Czekaj, Mustoe, Laulala, Hewitt, Halfpenny, Sweeney, L Williams, Rush, M Williams, Pretorius, Tito(C), Paterson, Andrews, R Williams, Yapp


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