Time to Throw Caution to the Wind??
September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
Seeing that there is absolutely no way that we are going to beat the All Blacks on Saturday, we might as well throw Caution to the wind..right?
On the one hand I want Meyer to stick to his plan, his troops and his ignorance and as a result get smashed by the All Blacks. I know this is a very unpatriotic, sadistic, vindictive and selfish desire I have but somehow I feel in the long run, it will benefit SA rugby.
I figured, if we follow up the Draw against Argentina and the loss against the Aussies by a hiding against NZ, maybe, just maybe, Meyer will realise that something is seriously wrong with SA rugby at the moment. – I’m not even sure what it is exactly, We’ve all identified the obvious areas of concern, persisting with out of form players, being unable to make up his mind about his pecking order, calling up players who are most likely not match fit, leaving Lambie on the bench for the full 80, ignoring certain players since the start of his tenure(Aplon and Brussow) , etc.
While all the above may be worrying, I suspect there might be more to the lacklustre performances we’ve seen from the Springboks. Our players seem genuinely clueless, unsure of what to do next, having no idea of when to pass, kick or run… it almost appears as if they are denying their own basic instincts. – taking the obvious wrong route deliberately – This to me suggests being in disagreement with the gameplan, valuing the process of proving the coach wrong higher than results. – OR I might just be a little paranoid
I saw a sarcastic comment on Sport24 which made me think, The comment read “here’s a list of players who improved under HM:” the comment was followed by a nothing, It made me think, who is on form at the moment? Bryan Habana has been playing great rugby and so has Etzebeth, but other than that everyone seems to have disappointed us, to a certain extent. This to me is a worrying sight, We can only hope Meyer is aware of the issues that is causing this general slump, and working hard to fix it, but the pessimist in me can’t help but doubt it.
On the other hand I would just like to throw caution to the wind and see what decent/exciting team selection would do to our chances and the general mood in the camp.
From our squad, assuming both Jannie and Pat are fit for the weekend, I would select the following team, as controversial as it may be.
1. Beast Mtawarira
2. Adriaan Strauss
3. Pat Cilliers
4. Willem Alberts
5. Juandre Kruger
6. Francois Louw
7. Marcel Coetzee
8. Duane Vermeulen
9. Francois Hougaard
10. Johan Goosen
11. Bryan Habana
12. Francois Steyn
13. Juan de Jongh
14. Jean de Villiers
15. Pat Lambie
16. Tiaan Liebenberg
17. Frans Malherbe / Jannie du Plessis
18. Flip van der Merwe
19. Jacques Potgieter
20. Jano Vermaak
21. Morne Steyn / Ruan Pienaar
22. Lwazi Mvovo / Zane Kirchner
While some may argue Alberts at lock is going against the principles of rugby, It gives you another loosie on the pitch, something that can only do us good, seeing that we have been struggling at the breakdown against Argentina, England and the Aussies(NZ will be an even bigger challenge)
We will also for the first time under Meyer start with a specialist openside flanker. Although Louw’s match fitness is also questionable.
I would start Pat as he is more of an allround player, which will help seeing that Beast has not been carrying his weight in the loose. The loss of Etzebeth in the line-outs is a serious issue, but I do believe the added option of Louw does slightly soften that blow.
In the backs, I would shift Hougaard back to SH after Ruan’s shocker against the Aussies, keep Mvovo on the bench after he looked slightly out of depth when he came on, bring in Juan de Jongh, who is a player with test experience, Jean can then move to the wing(where I feel he is better suited until he regathers his lost form – as recently as the English series still, Jean thrived in the 13 jersey, looking devastating with ball in hand)
I would bring in Lambie at the back, a move long overdue and bring in Goosen at 10, this I feel is the most crucial change, as I still believe Morne is playing too deep, kicking too often, too inaccurately and directly causing our backline to become impotent. Alternatively Lambie could take the 10 jersey with Frans or even Ruan at the back – which may already make a big difference.
On the bench I would prefer a specialist SH(thus Jano Vermaak), I would also be tempted to include Ruan instead of Morne. Mvovo takes up the final spot on the bench, where Zane is also an option.
I’m not sure this team would have any chance of winning against NZ either but I do rate their chances of an upset higher. I would rather watch us get beaten by the All Blacks while playing exciting rugby, building toward something, than waking up after the game, realising we’ve lost anyway.