Sunday 16 June 2019

Edinburgh prop shares Van Graan memories

Pierre Schoeman. Photo: Getty Images
Pierre Schoeman. Photo: Getty Images
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman crossed paths with plenty of Munster's South African contingent during his time playing Super Rugby with the Bulls.

Johann van Graan spent seven years with the Pretoria-based franchise, so Schoeman knows what the Munster head coach's philosophy is all about.

The 24-year-old former South Africa U-20 international has warned his Edinburgh team-mates to expect a seriously physical battle in Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final at Murrayfield.

"I just missed CJ Stander when I was at the Bulls," Schoeman said.

"He'd just gone over to Ireland and Munster. Arno Botha and I are good mates and Johann van Graan was also at the Bulls. I know his dad quite well, Barend van Graan was the CEO at the Bulls, just stepped down this year or last year.

"The other flanker Chris Cloete I know from years ago... he's very good.

"They are big boys and I must say Johann van Graan's mentality, the same as it was at the Bulls for so many years is about a big forward pack, dominance, physicality at set-piece, scrums, mauls, that type of stuff is clinical.

Edinburgh will go into this weekend's clash buoyed by their win over Leinster last week.

"We're looking forward to that and coach 'Cockers' (Richard Cockerill) has done some work already in the past two days in preparation," Schoeman added. "There's some battered bodies. You can't take the foot off the pedal in games like this. You've even got to go twice as hard.

"You've got to be wise, but they manage us very nicely and coach Cockers has been through a lot of similar situations as a player and a coach, so he knows what it's about.

"You can't talk the talk, you have to walk the walk, so you have to train it. There's no other way."

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