Holah excited by Heineken challenge

Ospreys flank Marty Holah says he is excited by the challenge that lies ahead in the Heineken Cup.

The former All Black said the Heineken Cup will offer a comparable challenge to the Super 14, and he is well aware of the tough nature of the tournament.

“It’s similar, there are different nations, it’s cut-throat in the groups, you have to be 100 per cent on your game every week,” the 36-cap All Black told BBC Sport Wales.

“I hear it’s hard to win away. The key is nailing the game up front so you have the set piece to work off.

“I’ll be looking to fit into the way the Ospreys like to play and adding a bit of my character into it.”

Holah made his last Test appearance for New Zealand in the 34-23 win over Ireland in June 2006, All Blacks captain Richie McCaw then keeping him out of the number seven shirt.

He arrived in Wales from Waikato last week, and impressed as a second-half replacement in the 51-16 EDF Energy Cup win over London Irish.

“It was a tough first week, I’d just come over and I was on the pitch,” he added ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Cup opener with Bourgoin at the Liberty Stadium.

“But I’ve enjoyed it, the city is really good, the guys have been great and I think I’ll fit right into the team environment.”


365 Digital

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