We all have opinions on players that should or should not be chosen. It’s natural, since we all like different styles of play and we do tend to be a bit biased towards our chosen team. But one thing that has become more of an outcry from all over is our style that should be more attacking. People are clamouring for the like of a Lambie, Goosen, Jantjies and Taute. Exciting young players that play a more “open” style.
One thing is sure is that when it comes to our younger crop of player at the moment, is that their attacking ability is a hell of a lot better than our older crop. Ball skills seem to be more pronounced. Our young flyhalves can all run, kick and pass and are also excellent defenders.
Our centres seem to be agile, strong, fast and with an excellent ability to step. This is shown in the way Juan de Jongh, Sadie, Paul Jordaan and Jan Serfontein play. Even our young wings are proving to be dangerous finishers when given half a chance. Mvovo, Basson, Rhule, Sithole and JJ, they all have some form of x-factor about them.
My only worry presently is scrumhalf and tighthead. We seem to be lacking a well rounded scrumhalf like a Fourie du Preez and a Ruan Pienaar. Hougaard can become it, Piet van Zyl looks good and I rate someone like Nic Groom, maybe even this Jacques Coetzee from Griquas, but they are still a far cry from the class that is Du Preez and Pienaar. Tighthead will need to be addressed soon… real soon
If you had to give me ANY player I wanted for the Boks and let me pick a match day 22, it would probably look like this:
15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermuelen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Schalk Burger (C), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etsebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtwarira
16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Bjorn Basson
If I had to pick out of what we currently have available it would look like this:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Keegan Daniel (C), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etsebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtwarira
16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Gio Aplon
And if I had to pick a side for the future, the guys to take the next world cup it would probably look like this:
15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Eben Etsebeth, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Steven Kitshoff
16 Deon Fourie, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Anton Bressler, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Jaco Taute
I know I didn’t pick Beast who will be 31 by then or Bismarck who will be 32 but the young guys will probably be better than they will be by then.