Before the Semi Finals kicked off on Saturday, I made this small wager with a buddy of mine. He is a All Black supporter, but he lobbies a case for Elton Jantjies. According to him Jantjies would be the in form flyhalf going into the finals…premature I know, since the Lions are out of the Currie Cup.
Everyone is suddenly once again noting the prodigious talents of one named Patrick Lambie. The Wunderseun has had two great games at Flyhalf, two MOTM awards and instrumental in his team’s fortune. He has shown great composure as well as a cool level head when taking on the opposition. Morne Steyn I believe was taken back to school. The big question now is whether Heyneke Meyer finally opened his eyes, taken off his Blue Tainted glasses and noted the performances of three players, crucial this weekend if the Sharks are to succeed in winning their 3rd Currie Cup under John Plumtree.
Many still question whether he is the right man for the position, but time and time again he has been the consumate proffessional, and he has shown that he has the ability to play the game that suits his style. Very comfortable and courageous under the High Ball, speed to match when running and good when joining the line from the back, Ludik would without doubt be on of my Sharks Players of the Year.
He came back home with the Springboks, hungry for game time and he has not dissapointed. He is still the way forward in my opinion, and is a better fit at Flyhalf then Fullback. His Franchise coach also came out in support of him, and I am sure that Plumtree will look to develop his skills at 5.8 instead of giving in to the immidation Heyneke Meyer seem to have over his chronies.
One of the nominees for SA Player of the Year, Daniel has relished the role of captain, and even I was very vocal about his first two games in charge. He took it on, and did me proud. Still a very good option for the End of Year Tour, very unlucky not to be kept in the Springbok Squad, the coach instead opting for brute strenght over intelligence.
This country has really had it’s amount of bad press over the last few months. The strikes by miners, truck drivers, crippling our transport system in the meantime, the killing of the miners a month or so ago, all leads me to believe that this country has gone bonkers. And if Heyneke Meyer decides that he will rather select someone, anyone else instead of Patrick Lambie at Flyhalf for the End of Year Tour, then I say our coach has gone befok.