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Strauss not getting carried away despite fast start to Glasgow life

Guinness PRO12 Editor

18 Oct 2012


You might think that a try against Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup means Josh Strauss has finally arrived in the northern hemisphere, but the South African believes he still has plenty to learn.

After helping the Warriors to back-to-back RaboDirect PRO12 victories against Zebre and Cardiff Blues, Strauss lined up against Northampton for his Heineken Cup debut.

And the 25-year-old clearly enjoyed himself, helping himself to a try in a man-of-the-match performance despite being on the wrong end of a 24-15 scoreline.

But despite this confident start to life at Scotstoun since arriving from the Golden Lions, the back-rower admits he is still trying to find his feet in the northern hemisphere – literally.

“Obviously, it was going to be very different coming to Europe and getting used to the conditions and everything,” Strauss told The Scotsman.

“I felt I struggled to get into the first game but got a bit better against Cardiff and then I was fairly happy with the last game.

“There is always room for improvement. I have to settle into the structures of the team. I still have work to do on the defensive structures and other things in the team’s game-plan.

“South African fields are very dry and hard so the first game against Zebre took its toll on my calves with the heavy field but it is just a case of getting used to it and getting comfortable with the conditions. It is probably the same for somebody from Europe going to South Africa and playing on a really hard field; it is different muscles having to work and a different sort of fatigue. It is just something I have to get used to – quickly.

“I play rugby because I enjoy it. I really enjoyed the weekend’s game. It was great conditions, clear skies, great temperature, the field was nice and firm so it was really enjoyable."