What I like about this team…

November 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you are good at maths or able to count the amount of players on the field and bench, you would have noticed the bench being ‘stretched’ to 8 players. This is to accommodate an extra front rower. This might possibly be after the Aussies had to have uncontested scrums in our last outing agaist them in the Championship. The fact of the matter is that this has been happening in the Varsity Cup for the last few years and i think its a very good idea. Not just to avoid the hassel of uncontested scrums but to make scrums more strategic and competitive through out the match. Think of the Curry Cup final where the young Province scrum was struggling until a substitution was made and the Sharks had a lot harder time in the last 20minutes where they previously had dominated.

The other good thing is the return of Schalk Brits. He has been lighting up the northen hemisphere and if not for the nationality rule, he might have played against us a few time already. I know they rate him very highly in the UK. On a personal note, he is also an old school mate of mine and its always good to see your friends do well.

Then ofcourse, which will be mentioned in the first paragraph of every news article and blog is the no10 birth eventually going to Lambie. One could say that HM has eventually woken to his talent but I would not go patting HM on the back to quickly. He picked his favourite son on the bench. To me it show he still does not trust Lambie’s talent. If he did, rather having the second highest rated flyhalf (based on CC form) on the bench. Steyn could do with a full season out of test rugby and only come back next year. Time away would make him more hungry and relaxed. Take Pieter Grant for instance. Before he left for Japan he was very much up and down but after returning he has been much more composed (bar the semis).

I am excited with Lambie at ten and good to see JP Pietersen back in the mix.

I am also very excited about our three looseforwards. These are really big guys. Combined with that the young Etzabeth, we could see some brused Irish. Not to mention the other mosters in the pack…BEEEAAAASSSSTTTTTT!

Some changes i would have liked to have seen is Juan De Jongh at 13 and Taute at 15. Maybe next week. And while we are at it, also pick Rule? the Freestater on the wing against the Scots.

But i know the coach will not take risks and would like to keep his changes conservative. I really hope the niggles with JdV and Flow will not hold them back or have them leave the field early. Below is the team to carry the flag:

SPRINGBOK TEAM (no of test caps in brackets)

15 Zane Kirchner (21) 14 JP Pietersen (45) 13 Jaco Taute (2) 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) (81) 11 Francois Hougaard (24) 10 Pat Lambie (17) 9 Ruan Pienaar (60) 8 Duane Vermeulen (4) 7 Willem Alberts (17) 6 Francois Louw (14) 5 Juandré Kruger (5) 4 Eben Etzebeth (8) 3 Jannie du Plessis (39) 2 Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain) (18) 1 Tendai Mtawarira (41)

Replacements

16 Schalk Brits (3) 17 CJ van der Linde (73) 18 Pat Cilliers (4) 19 Flip van der Merwe (20) 20 Marcell Coetzee (9) 21 Morné Steyn (41) 22 Juan de Jongh (12) 23 Lwazi Mvovo (7)

BUT dont underestimate the Irish. Not in drinking, fighting and also not rugby. They will grind out a win and have done so after being very much the underdogs against a much stronger Aussie team a few years ago.

This week’s drink of choice is Guinness and for lunch potato soup.

Next week we’ll enjoy a good whiskey, single malt, and haggis…deep fried if prefered.

 

8 responses to What I like about this team…

  1. I’m a bit disappointed that Steenkamp is not included. Not happy at all that Taute is at 13 ahead of De Jongh. I think Ireland is gonna take this one.

    • i dont think the Irish will win. It would be another game that the boks would need to loose rather than the Irish win, unless they play their socks off. Remember they are missing real match winners.

    • Guthro is carrying an injury and only joined the team midweek..

      The team looks good and I accept that HM didn’t want a new #10 with a rookie backup but would have started Taute at 15 and JdJ at 13

  2. It’s a much more balanced side now. I feel for Jantjies, to not even be in the match 23, and being dropped for M. Steyn must be very frustrating. If HM had complete faith in Lambie, he would have Elton on the bench, and not his favourite son.
    I like ZK at fullback he is very consistant so no reasons to drop him from starting 15, it also makes the team very flexible. I assume in the last 20min JdJ will replace ZK, with Taute moving to fullback. Although JdJ is a great runner, and solid in defence, his lack of ability to get the ball to the wingers is a real frustration of mine, he tends to forget that wingers are faster, and better finishers than he is.

    • I cant fault you at that. ZK has played well, i am not a fan but i’ll admit that much. So changing him might be unfair to the guy but i would like to see how our depth is looking in that department. i feel the year end tour is about experimenting and finding new talent and backups to our first and even second choices. With the injury list as it goes we might need to find the 5th best in some positions.

  3. only question for me was why taute over de jong. my arguments were experience ni the position and current form favour de jong. but “Although JdJ is a great runner, and solid in defence, his lack of ability to get the ball to the wingers… he tends to forget that wingers are faster, and better finishers than he is.” is a pretty good reason for a coach.

    • You make a good point but as far as i remember Taute was not that much more willing to get the ball wide in the last few tests. Cant wait for Saturday. Mate of mine is flying up this evening, very ‘jaloers’!

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