McCaw: Missing Luke a mystery

2006-08-30 12:16

Sun City - All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw says he is glad that he will not have to face Luke Watson on Saturday.

McCaw has been a thorn in the flesh of both the Springboks and the Wallabies throughout this year's Tri-nations campaign and is arguably the best in the business as a fetcher-flank.

"I saw him in the Super 14 and I think he is an excellent player and perhaps he is unlucky not to be part of the Springbok set-up," said McCaw of the Western Province captain.

"I also have lots of respect for a guy like Joe van Niekerk and Pierre Spies. They are all good players but it comes down to the type of player you are looking for.

"But I can certainly say that Luke is a tough customer to play against. I don't know the reasons why he is not there. Obviously Jake White has his reasons," said McCaw.

On the possibility that he might come up against AJ Venter in the loose-trio on Saturday, McCaw said: "He (Venter) is a physical player that definitely makes his presence felt. I do not know if he is going to play, but from our side it really doesn't matter who they select. They are all going to be desperate."

According to McCaw any changes made to the Bok side won't affect the way his side will approach the game.

"All the players in our squad have been in the mix at some stage and they know what is required from them. Here and there we have made subtle changes, but generally all the players are at the same level," said McCaw.