August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized
Running out of gas, 2 wayward kicks, 1 forward pass, benching influential players, utilizing the bench incorrectly, 1 dubious TMO decision & 1 missed tackle are my reasons for why the Boks lost this past Saturday. I’m not going to go into my reasons coz another blogger already gave his 6 (which was really good by the way) and if you really want me go into detail, all you have to do is ask.
No, my blog today is about selection of the 15 players taking the field on Saturday in Pretoria against a Wallaby side that we should be able to beat. The players that impressed ironically were players that either haven’t had that much game time in a Bok jersey this season or haven’t even played for the Boks at all so far this season. Well the latter, there was only one: Juan Smith. JP Petersen didn’t have a bad game but didn’t stand out like fellow backs ala Hougaard, De Jongh & Aplon. I’m sorry to say but I’m a firm believer that the man-of-the-match award MUST go a player whose team won on the day.
- Remember the 438 game where at 1st they decided that Ricky Ponting and Gibbs must share the M-O-M award but then Ponting did the unthinkable and said the award must actually go to Gibbs – Learn from that Schalk!!
And if the Boks had won the game, Juan Smith shouldve won the award. He really could do nothing wrong when on the field. Just last week, another blogger and myself shared our differences when it comes to Smith. He felt Smith is standing in the way of young guns like Potgieter, Alberts, Kankowski & Flow where I on the other hand believes Smith should actually take over the captaincy from John Smit. Why the former was substituted and latter not is something only the coaches will know but Juan Smith, take a bow!!!
Everytime the cameraman showed Fourie du Preez during the game he was talking with an earpiece attached to his head. Whether he was whispering sweet nothings to Hougaard who was on the field, I don’t know but one thing I do know is that Hougaard had a screamer for his 1st Bok start at 9. If he can repeat that performance against the ozzies, which is highly likely, Genia & Burgess will have their hands full with the multi-talented scrummy.
Gio Aplon & Juan de Jongh once again showed that dynamite comes from the coloureds in the cape.. hahahahahaha just joking.. but they really did show its not about the size of the dog.
But with Steyn & Fourie back in the mix these guys will probably be relegated to the bench. Or will they?? I think we can safely say that Habana is definitely the off-form back of the back-three that did duty this past Saturday and if one of the 3 should lose their place in starting line-up it should be him. Jean de Villiers (one of favourite players by the way) showed once again that he belongs in the midfield and in the midfield alone. Having said that, if I had to choose the centre combination for the upcoming weekend, I’d go for de Jongh and Fourie and my decision is purely based on form. Mind you ou Pietertjie wouldn’t go wrong with bring an energized de Jongh from the bench with 20 minutes to play and cause havoc on the field but like I said, me combination is based on form. BUT ONE THING I PRAY FOR IS THAT OU PIETERTJIE DOESN’T TRY ANOTHER CENTRE-SHIFT-TO-WING BACKLINE. Please P-Divvy!! Please!! It doesn’t work and what message does that send out to the wings in the squad?? HA!? HA!? Come on now!!!
Steyn has been the subject on everybody’s lips the last couple of weeks but The Boot must be in the starting line up – more specifically – the nr. 15.
Apart from bringing that leg of his to the table, he also brings an x factor and unpredictability the backline so desperately crave at the moment. A back-three comprising of Steyn, JP & Aplon will offer much more on the offensive (and defensive) end than a back-three of Steyn, JP & Habana would AT THE MOMENT.
In front, I wouldn’t change much or even anything for that matter. Flip did enough to warrant another start and playing at Loftus would give him a bit extra oomph to deliver. But on the other hand Darren, Danie hasn’t put a foot wrong this season (well maybe a knee) so either way, it wouldn’t matter that much to me.
With return of Fourie & Steyn as well as Bismarck & the Beast looking like their old selves again, it will be interesting to see what the bench will look like. Unless P-Divvy rests Smit, one has to feel for Chilliboy. When given an opportunity in the June tests, the guy was insane playing like a 4th loosie and with Bismarck surely to be recalled one can only hold thumps for the 1st black Bok captain.
So with that here’s my 22 that should kick some Ozzy butt:
- Matfield – capt
- M Steyn
- de Jongh
- F Steyn
Now I really doubt that Pieter will give Smit a breather (eventho he needed & even hinted that in a radio interview) and I also doubt ou Pietertjie picking Flip over Danie, Aplon over Habana & de Jongh over JdV but this is P-Divvy we’re talking about so one never know.
But at the end, it really doesn’t who he plays, as long as we win gaad damnit!! And that’s why come Saturday, I’ll be glued to my seat.. once again screaming for Boks!!