The Boks had a perfect opportunity to put one over the Wallabies in Perth yesterday but let it slip due to a poor performance in the second half.
To be fair, there were glimpses of the explosive Bok machine we witnessed against England in the second test at Ellis Park - and that’s the only positive we can take out of the match.
I found it hard to understand that when the Boks were chasing the game, Meyer put Lambie and Goosen on and they made an immediate impact.
Why were they not in the starting lineup then?
Simple really, Morne Steyn and Zane Kirchener read from the same book as Meyer. They understand the gameplan in which Meyer believes in and he knows that they’ll stick to his coaching template no matter what.
You can see their fellow Springboks are trying so hard to stick to the plan that all sense of creativity is stifled. These men are the cream of the crop but yet they look so confused.
They are not the same rugby players we saw in the Super 15.
Australia can always field a competitive unit regardless of the fact that they don’t have enough quality depth. Don’t get me wrong, I know Super 15 and test match rugby aren’t the same but there’s no excuse for the drivel being dished up by the Springboks of late.
Yes, Bismarck and JP are sidelined. They would’ve contributed greatly to the Bok cause but I still feel that Meyer’s plan A is taking our team back to the Straeuli era.
Anything can happen in the dying minutes of a test yet you still felt that the Boks just couldn’t manufacture a try at the death.
It was just bash, bash and more bashing up the middle of the field. Where’s the running into space? Where’s the flat passes for ball carriers to run on to?
We all know what the definition of insanity is. More bashing and expecting a different outcome.
Now I don’t want to bash Heyneke because I believe he has the minerals. As Bok coach you don’t have time like a Super 15 or Currie Cup coach has. But if this carries on then we might see the same situation that Heyneke endured at Leicester Tigers.
Heyneke simply doesn’t have the time but I’m sure a solid performance against our ultimate rivals in Dunedin will give him some breathing space (only just). The All Blacks suit our game – the only difference is that their back three are far more superior and can turn a 12-10 scoreline into 32-12 in a matter of minutes.
Meyer needs to evolve. He needs to create a dynasty with a new flock of youngsters. He needs to adapt to the ongoing rigours of test match rugby. Because every team we play knows exactly what we’re going to do.
Watching all the Currie Cup games yesterday, you could see a willingness to play attacking rugby with flair. Sadly that’s not being translated into our national team.
The Blue Bulls/Golden Lions derby at Loftus pretty much sums up everything wrong with the Bok gameplan.
Here you had the Bulls playing an identical game to the Boks. Louis Fouche kept on kicking away the hard-earned possesion by his forwards to a Lions team that graciously snapped up the ball and ran from their own 22 with aplomb.
After wave upon wave of running at angles and into space, they cut the Bulls defence to shreds and scored some superb tries which only the All Blacks are capable of at the moment.
Do we see a pattern here? Bulls rugby
Why is Ricardo Loubser the backline coach? Bulls rugby
Who is last on the Currie Cup log? Bulls rugby
My Bok team for next week::
15. Lambie, 14. Habana, 13. De Villiers (c), 12. F Steyn, 11. Hougaard, 10. M Steyn (I’d start Goosen but I fear the same thing Gaffie experienced also in Dunedin 1999), 9. Pienaar (I wish Pretorius was playing – too much flair for Heyneke though), 8. Vermeulen, 7. F Louw, 6. Coetzee, 5. Kruger, 4. Etzebeth, 3. Jannie, 2. Burden, 1. Beast