The Mewre the merrier! Talismanic try machine guides Canada to World Cup Finals.
Even after a double try performance that helped secure his country's eight consecutive trip to a World Cup Finals tournament, Canadian flying winger DTH van der Merwe told Rugby People that he wouldn't be counting his chickens on being a certainty to make his way into Head Coach Kinglsey Jones' squad for next year's group stages in Japan.
Speaking after guiding the Canucks to a 27-10 victory over Hong Kong at a sodden Stade Delort, the Glasgow Warriors back was keen to capture the moment and enjoy ahead of the hard work that will begin in earnest early in the new year.
An ebullient van der Merwe told Rugby People, "It's probably the hardest three weeks i've ever had, just with the stakes that were on the line. You know, in the back of your mind, you don't want to be that team who doesn't make it to the World Cup.
“Tonight's conditions probably didn't help to be honest. During the warm up, those were without a doubt the biggest rain drops I've ever seen in my life! But you know, the boys dug deep for each other, we stuck to our guns and played a really good match tonight against a classy Hong Kong side."
His double against Hong Kong saw Canada's all time leading try scorer take his tally to 37 tries in just 55 tests. The talismanic try machine added, "Right now, I'm just going to enjoy the occasion with the boys and head back to Glasgow in the morning. We're going to have to start planning for the World Cup pretty quickly though and the Coaches will have to going to our ARC matches in January and February because we are a little behind the curve with being the final qualification. But I'm just so delighted for the boys."
Inclusion in Jones' squad would give van der Merwe the opportunity to be yet another Warrior likely to board a jet to Japan, but whilst talk of transatlantic flights were the talk of Marseille come the full time whistle, the leading Glasgow try-scorer was staying grounded around the chat.
"Obviously selection is still on the cards and injuries and all that stuff happens in rugby", noted the Warriors winger who scored 51 tries in 108 appearances for the Scotstoun based side, "but naturally I'd be delighted to go to another World Cup - my fourth - and I look forward to heading back to Glasgow with another notch in my belt of winning these three games and gaining qualification - it's been pretty special."