Being sick with flu is not fun, which is why I have been so quiet. I equate having flu with making Morné Steyn man of the match on Saturday. It was a sad state of affairs when he got named above Marcell Coetzee, who for me had one of his best games.
One thing that can be said about the game is that it was, well, boring, for lack of a better word. Why was it “boring”? Simple, because it was slow and lethargic play from both teams. The Pumas showed heart and passion and given more exposure can become a very competitive side. The Boks seemed to be going through the motions. It also didn’t help whenBismarckleft. The toll of massive amounts of rugby is starting to take effect.
The Springboks game was simple enough, kick, and if you have the chance, kick some more. It is something that will backfire one day.
Our forwards gave our backs ample ball to play with and then our backs made it look like they didn’t want to play at all. Hougaard had a good game so I don’t blame him. I blame and will always blame the biggest “Steyn” in our team, that blemish that ruins attack and makes defence look like a step too far. Morné is slow out of the blocks and takes ages to make a passing decision, but is bloody quick at kicking! Frans, on his inside, would build up a head of steam only to then have to slow down so that he can receive the scissors move at a walk, or the short pass at a stroll… with 3 defenders.
When you look at the footage again and again and again (as was my privilege) then you will see that the entire backline slows down when Morné decides to “run” the ball! They start off racing but have to slow down so that Morné can make a decision that doesn’t involve an aimless kick. And let’s be serious, out of the numerous kicks he made on the night only about four or five were good (one which led to a try because let’s face it, he can’t pass, in fact he can’t pass gas he is so bad at passing). People at Newlands were bored, and they had a right to be. It was like watching chess without the strategy.
The game looked aimless and it wasn’t lost on everyone… even the Argentinean supporters were asking us whether we knew what we were doing. I dutifully replied, “Yes, of course! We give the ball to Morné Steyn and hope he kicks the ground and gets injured so Lambie could come on. Unfortunately Morné doesn’t follow instructions very well”.
And that begs my other question. Has Lambie become the proverbial bench-warmer? Heyneke’s man that is only in the team to placate the masses? I think so… and it’s a damn shame because if he was playing, I have no doubt that our backline would have thumped the hell out of the Pumas.