Bekker’s Bok Replacement.
May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
The supposed fight for the Bok #5 jersey always seemed rather clear cut, after an initial scare where Heyneke Meyer considered bringing Bok Legend Victor Matfield out of retirement to lead the Springboks remained nothing more than a rumor, Andries Bekker was always the first choice. – The giant lock has been playing in the shadows of Victor for a few years, regularly finding himself on the Bok bench, Although some would deny it, there were some seasons where many felt Bekker was outplaying Matfield, So there seemed to be no doubt as to who Matfield’s successor in the Bok jersey would be.
Yesterday it was reported that Andries Bekker was out inujured for at least 5 weeks, meaning he will most likely miss the Test series against England. – Bekker has been very unlucky with injuries, and many have noticed that he hasn’t looked comfortable on the field, which may suggest that he was playing with an injury niggle. he has lower back and ankle issues which never fully recovered, possible poor player management on the Stormers’ part.
The real issue however is, who will be used in the Starting #5 jersey against the English?
Here’s my options.
Option A: Eben Etsebeth(currently in great form) played most of his rugby prior to joining the Stormers’ senior side in the # 5 jersey, most recently partnering Quinn Roux at age group level. he’s a great line-out option, while he also brings a level of physicality unknown to man. – This option would allow us to field relatively experienced Flip van der Merwe in the #4 jersey, with Juandre Kruger on the bench, all these players find themselves in Meyer’s 42 man training group. This option would also allow Meyer to bring back Bakkies Botha to partner Etsebeth , a man currently playing in France, with a huge amount of experience in the Bok jersey behind his name, who might well be in Meyer’s plans. Similarly Danie Rossouw could be brought into the team to partner Eben while even Willem Alberts might be a distant option.
Option B: This is the option the media have suggested already , we promote the ‘young’ Juandre Kruger to the starting line-up, possibly next to Flip or Eben(depending on Meyer) , leaving us with either an untested and inexperienced combination or a Bulls combination, who have played quite a bit of rugby together this season. this may force Meyer to Binrg back the experience of Bakkies or Danie to guide the “youngster” through his first few tests. not completely silly, as experience in the tight 5 against the English will be vital.
Option C: We bring back Johann Muller to take up the vacant #5 spot, he would then be partnered by Bakkies, Danie, Flip or Eben depending on who Meyer calls up. He adds valuable experience and leadership abilities. he has apparently been in good form in Europe. ?
So Which Option do you want Meyer to pick?