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Meyer: Lambie My Flyhalf – this ones for Baylion

November 26, 2012 in Rugby

Baylion – a very Biased man, known for his absolute obsession with Elton Jantjies, in fact the light that shines out of Jantjies arse could not be quite  brighter in the eyes of old Baylion, you see he doesn’t like Lambie and try’s to play him down in almost every one of his posts, (go through them if you will) I don’t know what it is? he also has a rather strange disliking towards me, some say he is Lobo, nah Lobo was smarter can’t be him. perhaps Baylions woes are dues to the fact that the insignificant Lions will no longer be taking part in Super Rugby? wh knows, anyway after reading this article on Supersport, I thought I would share it.

 

 

The players who changed Heyneke’s mind


by Gavin Rich 26 November 2012, 00:44

 

The best Springbok coaches have been those that have been prepared to admit their mistakes and who haven’t been weighed down by blind spots, and in that respect Heyneke Meyer has offered plenty of encouragement to those who want to see South Africa rise back to the top of the rugby pile.

Meyer has been forthright in admitting that he has made many errors, and got a few selections wrong on the way through an often turbulent first year at the helm of the Boks. And on Sunday he admitted before returning home to South Africa that there had been several players he had been wrong about and who had surprised him.

Patrick Lambie, after being backed to start at No 10 in every game of the just completed end of year tour, is of course right at the top of the list of players that Meyer may have a lot more faith in now than he had when he started out back in May.

Without quite saying it in as many words, Meyer made it clear that Lambie would be at the top of the flyhalf queue when the international season starts next year. He said Lambie had done all he had been asked to do when he was selected to wear the Bok No 10 jersey, and his praise for what Lambie did on tour has been a far cry from the message he gave the Sharks player when they first met for a one-on-one interview.

Back then Meyer made it clear that he considered Lambie more of a fullback than a flyhalf, and that Lambie was low down on the list of flyhalves but second on the pecking order when it came to fullbacks.

“I did think Pat was mostly a fullback. I had seen him play as a youngster in that one Currie Cup final (Sharks against Western Province in 2010) when I thought he was very tactically astute, but I thought he had lost a lot of that since then,” said Meyer.

“He hasn’t played much as a flyhalf since then, and I felt that there were big improvements he needed to make in his tactical game. But then I started seeing in training that he could play a good tactical game, and against England at Twickenham he really underlined it. I thought he was brilliant in the wet conditions.

“One of the things I really like about him is that he never panics, and he is so level headed. One of the problems before was that he was never one of those guys who boasted an 85% success rate in kicking for goal. I wasn’t sure he could handle the pressure of being the frontline place-kicker in a test match. Remember that Frederic Michalak appeared to end the last Super Rugby season as the frontline kicker for the Sharks.”

Meyer said that as he still rated Morne Steyn’s ability, the decision to select Lambie as the first choice flyhalf on tour had been a huge call for him to make.

“He is not a natural flyhalf, but he is getting there and the more he plays there the better he will get. He is great at seeing space and playing players into it. And his goalkicking on tour was good. He showed me that he can kick under pressure. One of the reasons we won at Twickenham was because for the first time this year we ended with a 100% goalkicking record.”

While Lambie has earned a thumbs up from the coach, and the Sharks’ decision to play him exclusively as a flyhalf next year will certainly help his cause, the man who really shocked and astounded Meyer this year was actually loose-forward Francois Louw.

After starting the year by invoking the ire of many Bok supporters by ignoring the claims of specialist fetcher Heinrich Brussow, Meyer eventually acknowledged that his loose trio lacked balance and an SOS was sent to the former WP player, who has been playing for Bath for the past 15 months.

“Francois was definitely the player who totally blew me away. I think we saw in these tests over here in the northern hemisphere that it is not so much about the battle on the ground. In Super Rugby there was a lot of blowing of players for going off their feet when cleaning at the ruck, but I haven’t seen it once in the November tests this year.

“So I don’t know if you need a specialist openside, but Francois brings so much to our game and he has really been phenomenal for us this year. The good thing is that Marcell Coetzee also appears to be learning from Flo, so we should next season have two players who can both play to the ball and carry when needed to.

“Francois also plays really well with Duane Vermeulen, and he is another guy I have been surprised about. I normally like my openside flank to play to the ball, and the blindside flank to be a carrier, and then the No 8 to be a really pacy guy like Ryan Kankowski or Pierre Spies who can contribute in broken play.

“But although Duane is certainly not the quickest No 8, he brings so many things. He sets the lineout drive so well, and he is a great stealer, and works well in tandem with Flo in that regard. He is the perfect player to have at No 8 in the northern hemisphere conditions.

 

Smith’s legacy continues to rise

November 23, 2012 in cricket

Original Article on ESPN Cricinfo’s site : http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/current/story/592640.html

as you know or don’t, smith has scored an unbeaten century to carry the hopes of the Proteas and South Africa going into day 3 tomorrow, I real fine man. thought this article was pretty special. I for one hope he does not retire any time soon

 

Smith’s legacy continues to rise

Smith’s life outside cricket may eventually take him away from cricket. But until it does, there should be plenty more to celebrate. Adelaide 2012 is proof of that.

Firdose Moonda in Adelaide

November 23, 2012

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Graeme Smith take a break during practice, Adelaide, November 19, 2012

Smith would want a chance to create his own era like Steve Waugh and Ponting and the West Indians of the 1970s and 80s. Smith’s South Africa. © Getty Images

Graeme Smith had not yet brought up his half-century when a suggestion was made on social media that he would retire early in 2014. He will be 33 then.

If the careers of Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar are anything to go by, Smith should still have at least four years of cricket left in him after that. His recent deal with Surrey has brought that into question, though. Smith was recently married to an Irish woman who has a music career which will probably fare better in London than in Cape Town. He also has a young daughter and the need for family stability is apparent.

On his part, Smith has given an assurance that he would continue playing international cricket despite his county arrangement and so far, he has given no reason to be disbelieved. South Africa have fairly light winter schedules for the next few years and Surrey will release him for key tournaments like the Champions Trophy. Still, the obviousness that his family comes first continues to fuel speculation that he is close to calling time on his career.

After all, what is left for him to achieve? He’s captained South Africa to series wins across the Test-playing world barring India and Sri Lanka. His record includes the prized destinations of England and Australia. Under him, South Africa built a Test unit that always looked like it could become No.1 and finally, it did.

What’s really driving Smith is that he is not satisfied with what he has achieved. One of his first comments after receiving the mace was about retaining it, an unusually sobering statement. He said he hoped the South African team he leads in future would have the ability, “to stand firm when winds come to blow us over.” In other words, Smith wants a chance to create his own era like Steve Waugh and Ponting and the West Indians of the 1970s and 80s. Smith’s South Africa.

He also seems to know that to create a legacy that will bear his name, he has to build some of it himself. Alastair Cook motivates his troops by getting down and dirty with them and fielding at short leg. Michael Clarke captains inclusively and extends a hand to everyone. Smith influences with runs when they matter most.

He has done that almost since day he first started playing for South Africa. All of his 25 previous centuries came in matches South Africa have not lost. To understand the real significance of that, consider that 17 of them have come in South African victories – four of them in successful second innings chases. That list includes classic matches like South Africa’s win over England at Edgbaston in 2008, the match they triumphed in to take the series-lead against Australia in Perth later that year and the epic 2010 Cape Town Test, also against Australia.

It’s those innings that have led to Smith being recognised as an inspirational leader who commands attention simply by being there. He does not just tell his team to never say die, he actually keeps things alive himself. Morne Morkel, who has played under Smith for his entire Test career, confirmed as much. “He is a one of the best captains I have played under because of his passion and his pride and the way he gets us to get up and keep going is unbelievable,” he said.

In Adelaide, Smith did it again. Even though the bowlers pulled it back, South Africa’s batsmen still had a mountain to climb. A solid start would not be enough, they needed an all-day effort. Smith provided that. He survived two appeals for caught behind in a James Pattinson over when he hadn’t scored a run, a missed stumping when he was on 46 and reviewed another appeal on 78, but he saw out the day.

The third was the closest. Pattinson and Matthew Wade were both convinced Smith had edged and he was given out, but he reviewed the decision. He took some time to decide to send it upstairs and had to cop words from Ricky Ponting afterwards, but in those few seconds a lot about Smith was revealed. He is not always pretty but he is almost always effective.

Smith has never been the most attractive batsman because he hacks rather than plays the ball, symptomatic of his heavy bottom hand. As Hashim Amla will testify, being asked to change your technique simply to look good (something he was instructed to do when his backlift first appeared on the international stage) is a futile exercise if your existing approach works for you. Smith’s has worked for almost a decade.

But every few months, he comes under pressure to step down or leave the game altogether. Occasionally, it seems as though he is recognised more in other places than at home. Some of his most glowing compliments have come from competitors, like this one from Michael Hussey.

“He must have such strong mental strength to be able to play with such determination and to have the burden of being captain at the same time,” he said. “He seems to have a lot of character and determination and passion for his country.”

That patriotism was questioned as recently as last year during the series against Australia. Smith angered people with a lack of one-day form and his not returning home directly after the failed World Cup campaign was perceived as callousness. He rerouted himself via Ireland where he proposed to the woman who is now his wife. So, the fear will remain. Will Smith’s life outside cricket eventually take him away from cricket? It may. But until it does, there should be plenty more to celebrate. Adelaide 2012 is proof of that.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

Meyer picks Lambie, drops Steyn

November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

5 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16. Schalk Brits, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Jaco Taute, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

 

 

Thoughts?

Pattinson to Continue Smith Battle

November 20, 2012 in cricket

Original article : http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cricket/james-pattinson-has-no-regrets-over-graeme-smith-sledge/story-e6frfg8o-1226518401709

Criticised for sledging South Africa captain Graeme Smith during the drawn first Test in Brisbane, Australia’s fastest bowler is preparing for another full-blooded stoush with Smith and Co in Adelaide next week.

“A lot of people have spoken to me saying, ‘You shouldn’t sledge Smith, he’s done so much for the game, he’s the longest-serving captain’,” Pattinson told News Limited.

“You think about that stuff and you really respect that about them, but once you get out there you want to be a competitor, you want to beat them.

“If that’s firing up and saying a couple of words to those people I don’t think it really matters who it is.
“If you can do that to get an edge over them it’s just in the game. They’re happy to say stuff to me too.

“I really respect what they’ve done in cricket. They’re fantastic role models and they’ve done so much for their country, but once you get out there you’re competing against them and you want to try and beat them.”

Like his captain Michael Clarke earlier in the week, Pattinson believes he has done nothing wrong.

He was breathing fire and brimstone in pursuit of victory for his country and would do it again in a heartbeat.

“You don’t go across the line but you do everything you can to win,” Pattinson said.

“I take in the mentality that I try to be better than them even though they’ve got a better record than me and they’ve achieved a lot more.

“I try and be as competitive as I can be against those players.”

James Pattinson

James Pattinson celebrates the wicket of Graeme Smith. Picture: Adam Head Source: The Courier-Mail

Affable off the field and unforgiving on it, it is hard to believe that Pattinson is just 22 and is barely one year into an injury-marred career.

Australia’s best and most successful bowler in Brisbane, with five wickets for the match and the memory of skittling Hashim Amla on a no-ball, Pattinson already looks the leader of the attack.

He has 31 wickets from just six Tests at an average under 21.

Despite his early success, Pattinson knows he is up against four of the top 10 batsmen in the world (Smith,Kallis,Amla,de Villiers), some of them all time greats (Smith and Kallis).

“It is a daunting experience,” he said.

“You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t think about it, if you weren’t nervous bowling to those batsmen.

“But I think once you do your planning and you back yourself, the one thing we’ve got in our team at the moment is that we all back ourselves and believe we can do it.”

The Australians are particularly annoyed with Smith and some of the other South African batsmen for constantly pulling away as the bowler is running in.

So when Smith stood back at the last second because a bird flew across the pitch during the last day in Brisbane, with Australia pressing for an unlikely victory, Pattinson lost it.

He delivered the ball anyway and then gave Smith a spray, prompting the veteran opener to wave him away and umpire Asad Rauf to gesture that everyone should cool it.

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith departs after being dismissed by James Pattinson in Brisbane. Picture: Adam Head Source: The Courier-Mail

“It was a bit annoying towards the end there running in,” Pattinson said.

“No fast bowler likes running in 30 metres as hard as they can and then be told to do it again for no reward.

“It is annoying, but there is a lot happening at the ground.

“Graeme Smith said there was a bird flying past and there are distractions in the crowd.

“I don’t know whether he is looking closely and not concentrating on the ball enough.

“I’m not too sure whether it was a plan or there really were that many distractions.

“There wasn’t as much of it for us, and that first morning went really slow on day one because of the distractions.

“Whether that was purposely trying to hold us back a little bit I don’t know.

“The first ball when I was warming up Graeme Smith sat in the middle of the wicket and watched me warm up the whole time.

“I took notice of that and I was wondering whether that was a ploy to put me off and slow me down a little bit.”

Australia did well to finish on the better side of a draw in Brisbane after South Africa lost just two wickets on the first day and the second day was washed out.

The real bonus was Pattinson claiming the wicket of Smith cheaply twice.

“If you look at our captain, who has just come off 200 runs, your team builds a strong partnership around your captain,” Pattinson said.

“If our captain is doing well, leading really well, performing, it gives everyone else in the team confidence.

“If you can target the captain, make plans that get him out cheaply, it puts pressure on a lot of the players in the team to do well if the captain’s down.

“It might affect the way he captains the team if he’s worried about his personal performance as well.

“The one thing about the way Pup (Clarke) is going at the moment, he doesn’t have to worry about his personal performance because he’s doing so well.”

Heading into the second Test, beginning on Thursday, Pattinson hopes to bring the same aggression from the fifth day in Brisbane, when South Africa lost five wickets hanging on grimly for a draw.

“We’ve got to do nothing different as a bowling group from what we did on that last day. It was terrific,” he said.

“If we can do that and keep the pressure on and bowl with that intensity that’s going to be the key for us.

“One thing we did use was the short ball quite well on a wicket that was not offering a great deal.

“To go out there and send a message like we did on that last day is going to hold us in pretty good shape going into Adelaide.”

Lambie: STOP PLAYING FOR BOKS

November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m now sick and tired of this pathetic Springboks game plan, so mus\ch so that I don’t even want to watch a bok game untill either The coach is removed and sent to jail and replaced by another coach (Nick Mallet anyone?) or the game plan changes immediately,

But the point of my post is Patrick Lambie, Springbok Rugby is destroying him, as Nick Mallet said in the Studio he is playing under instruction, What scarred me the most was Lambie actually looked like Morne Steyn last night and thats rubbish. Lambie please, leave the Springboks they don’t deserve you, If I were you, I would move to Britain and play for Scotland, where you will be allowed to play your natural game, It will be sad losing you but for your own good kid, leave the BOKKE they are ruining you

 

Australia in for a rude awakening.

November 15, 2012 in cricket

You can call them chokers, you can call them arrogant heck you can even go as far as calling them inconsistent but don’t ever knock the Proteas when they are down because you’re likely to get a rude awakening.

The first test match between South Africa and Australia was drawn and it’s been widely and publicly, through the media been reported that Australia dominated the test match. be that as it will, the fact remains that it was still a draw and the score still reads 0-0.

Whats interesting for me is the fact that Australia have been chirping away since the end of the match, with Michael Clarke saying he expects the same from his team through out the series and that if they can get our captain Graeme Smith out cheaply all the time that the Proteas will fail. David Warner has also come out and said our batsmen are distracted and cannot bat for long periods of time and that our minds are not focused, says the guy that has only played 10 tests and averages below 40.

Well let me make a sound warning to the Aussies. you are dealing with one of the steeliest and mentally powerful players in the form of Graeme Smith and to think that your so called “captain Killer” scenario will happen in this series is foolish to say the least. lets remember Smith himself has downed three English captains already, knock him when he’s down and he’ll come out and treat your bowlers as if they are a disease he has come to cure, as he has done so many times in the past. don’t mess with our captain. he’ll stuff you up

Trying to sledge Amla and get under his skin??? the most focused cricketer on the planet? bad mistake, he’ll make a pitch with boulders on it look as flat as a concrete slab.Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Philander not the best in the world? let us not remind you of the 47 you were bowled out for just a couple of seasons ago.

 

Bring your mind games, you are dealing with the number 1 ranked team in the world and we sure as hell didn’t get there by falling for mediocre tactics such as the ones you have presented.

This Australia, is the awkward truth.

 

South Africa will bounce back in the second test, and all the Big mouthed Australians will be hushed

 

Test Drawn – Send Rudolph home

November 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

So Test match drawn, sucks doesn’t it? Well if you consider we were a man down I think a draw is a fair result. we were on the back foot for the entire game bar day 1 so to get a draw out of it being a man down is a good result For South Africa. Good batting by Amla and Kallis, AB will be getting a bit annoyed now as he hasn’t had a big score in a while now. Biff failed with the bat in this match but I’m sure he’ll get big runs this series, his battle with Patterson was classic, and they’ll be battling through out the series.

Rudolph is a bit of a concern for me, both his dismissals were to average balls and both were stupid shot he played, with Duminy out I think it’s time to drop Rudolph and bring in Both Faf and Dean Elgar, I know some are suggesting to rather bring in Tsolikile and have AB just bat, but honestly we need as much batting power in our line up as possible because the Aussies have shown they are going to play some cricket.

No Balls? Morne Morkel needs to be punished, simple as that, it is absolutely unacceptable, 2 wickets!! 2 wickets! that would have changed the entire complex of the game, He is not the only one that is guilty but i can tell you know, Smith and the coaching staff will have some harsh words for him.

We need Tahir and we don’t need rory, send him home, don’t know what Smith was thinking but it was the wrong decision.

My Team for 2nd test:

1. Graeme Smith (C)

2. Alviro Petersen

3. Hashim Amla

4. Jacques Kallis

5.AB de Villiers (vc)

6. Faf du plessis

7. Dean Elgar

8. Vernon Philander

9. Dale Steyn

10. Morne Morke

11. Imran Tahir

 

 

That gives us batting all the way to number 8 as well as a strong bowling attack. perfectly balanced. Faf and Elgar are sill inexperienced, particularly Elgar, so our Big 5 will need to score the majority. I still reckon our bowling attack is superb and I’m sure we’ll bounce back.

 

CLEAR MESSAGE TO PROTEAS : GET CLARKE OUT CHEAPLY!!!

 

Bok Team for Ireland

November 7, 2012 in Rugby

Team to take on Ireland

 

 

15. Zane Kirchner (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 21caps
14. JP Pietersen (The Sharks) 45 caps
13. Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions) 2 caps
12.Jean de Villiers (captain)    DHL Western Province 81 caps
11. Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 24 caps
10. Pat Lambie (The Sharks)    17 caps
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N-Ireland) 60 caps
8. Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) 4 caps
7. Willem Alberts (The Sharks) 17 caps
6. Francois Louw (Bath, England) 14 caps
5. Juandré Kruger (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 5 caps
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) 8 caps
3. Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks) 39 caps
2. Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain, Toyota FS Cheetahs) 18 caps
1. Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks) 41 caps

 
Replacements
16. Schalk Brits (Saracens, England) 3 caps
17. CJ van der Linde (MTN Golden Lions) 73 caps
18. Pat Cilliers (MTN Golden Lions) 4 caps <br>
19. Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 20 caps
20. Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks) 9 caps
21. Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 41 caps
22. Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province) 12 caps
23. Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks) 7 caps

Graeme Smith Already a Legend

November 6, 2012 in cricket

I have often been criticized for being too “Pro-Graeme Smith” for perhaps praising him a bit to much when he might sometimes not deserve it (or at least some think he does not deserve it) Often, around braai’s or during a general discussion the moment I bring up Graeme Smith people tend to look down and frown upon me. The reason for this is simple, you see South Africans just don’t appreciate the man as much as he should be appreciated and that’s a fact. I could also go as far as saying a country like England appreciates Smith more than we do – another fact. Graeme Smith’s early days as captain really screwed him, they called him arrogant, selfish and bossy, perhaps true at the time, but the Graeme Smith you see walking onto the field these days is South Africa’s and the worlds most astute captain the cricketing world has ever seen and for that credit must and shall be given.

 

It’s not just his batting record that must be praised, what with 8300 runs at an average of 50 with 25 hundreds as a left handed opening batsmen? I dare you to try and find a more prolific test opener that is still playing the game today. Add to that his Captain slaying ability and the fact that South Africa have never lost a test match when he has scored a century it all becomes clear that Graeme Smith is something special indeed.

Plenty more of this for Smith

 

One of the more standout qualities Biff has is his ability to perform under immense pressure and get his team over the line when it matters the most. Take his series winning 154 against England on an almost unplayable pitch when big names like Amla, Kallis and de Villiers could not even get past 30, or his majestic century against Australia where South Africa successfully chased 414, and who can forget his epic hundred in his hundredth test match earlier this year? His batting record speaks for itself, it not only proves what a classy player he is but also is the mark of a cricketing Giant.

 

He has recently been described as the greatest captain of his generation and some even argue that he’s the greatest cricket captain of all time. Yes with all these records one can safely say Graeme Craig Smith is one helluva player, what makes it even more remarkable is that the guy is still playing cricket for his country today, not only playing but captaining his country too, every time he walks on to the field in his whites he walks as the most capped test captain of all time, something South Africa can truly be proud of.

 

Yes he’s not just a great figure in the South African team, he’s a nations pride, or at least he should be, sadly the South African public turn a blind eye to Smith and all that he is, instead they slate him and bombard him with negative criticism for every little mistake he makes, well at least the minority, I am sure that most South African cricket fans have come to respect the mighty man and I have no doubt he once again will lift carry a nations expectations on his shoulders and stand and deliver against the Aussies and once again prove himself because unfortunately Smith would have never truly proved himself to this nation.

 

In my mind Graeme Smith is already a legend, and if not one now then surely will be one when he eventually retires from the game, and when he does, boy will he deserve it.

Bok Team for next year or two

November 2, 2012 in Rugby

this is a team I put together which I think should play for the Boks for the next year or two,  Injuries were not put into consideration. Some may feel that I have left out a few players who should be there well you right we have, there are only 22 possible positions and a hell of a lot of talent in South Africa. I did my best

No Brainer for the Bok 10

 

 

1 – Beast Mtawarira

 

There has been talk that the “Beast” has not been at his might best of late and perhaps there is some truth behind those statements. But he still makes my team by pure muscle and power; expect him to put in some mighty scrimmage performances in November to make up for Last years EOY tour. A freak runner of the ball sometimes too.

 

2 – Bismarck du Plessis (vc)

 

Take Nothing Away from Adriaan Strauss, he’s very, very good but Bismarck is another monster altogether and would be any team’s Hooker. He’s mobility, fitness and ability to turn over quality ball at the right times is what makes du Plessis so vital to the Springboks cause. He was missed in the Rugby Championship and will be missed at the EOY tour for sure.

 

3 – Jannie du Plessis

 

He has probably had the season of his life and is in great form, he try’s harder and harder every game which is surprising considering no one is quite near him when it comes to the number three jersey.

 

4 – Eben Etzebeth

 

The youngster is quickly gaining a name for himself with some even dubbing him the next “Victor Matfield” certainly a brilliant prospect and it’s going to be interesting to see what he does at the EOY tour.

 

5 – Andries Bekker

 

Has had an up and down career so far with Western Province as well as the boks, of course injury did not help and neither did his cheating scandal at the beginning of his career. When on for a lineout master, here’s hoping he makes the number 5 his own

 

6 – Marcell Coetzee

 

He made a fantastic start to his Springbok career but has since been used as more of an impact player by Bok coach Heynek meyer, He’s big, agile, powerful and can tackle the living daylights out of the oppositions, what’s not to like? He’s my Bok number 6 any day.

 

7 – Willem Alberts

 

His move from the Lions to the Sharks proved a master stroke, not only has he excelled for the Sharks but he has been an asset to them as well as the Springboks, has been a bit quiet of late in the green and gold but we’re sure he’ll be back to his very best soon.

 

8 – Ryan Kankowski

 

This was a tough one, Spies is out of sorts so I never really considered him for Bok duty; it’s such a shame that Kanko left when he did, the form he was (and still is by the way) was imperious.  Duane Vermeulen is a hot candidate for the number 8 but we have benched him. Kanko is returning to the Sharks next season and he’ll be all over the Bok number 8.

 

9 – Ruann Pienaar

 

In superb for at the moment but more telling is the fact that there is not really a scrummy in SA who can fight him for the number 9 at the moment, Hougaard maybe but he is seen as a wing and we agree.

 

10 – Patrick Lambie

 

This was probably the easiest selection of them all and probably one that most will agree with, funny thing is that our Coach probably won’t. There’s no weakness in this man, his tactical brilliance, his kicking at polls, his attacking flare and his pure X factor is what makes him stand out. Meyer has said Lambie will get his shot at 10 at the EOY tour. I hope he impresses the Bok coach.

 

11 – Bryan Habana

 

SA Rugby Player of the year 2012, not more to say is there? Yes there is. Pure pace, x-Factor of note and an ability to spot even the smallest and unlikeliest of opportunities. A pity he is not going to the EOY tour but he sure has a lot to offer Springbok and WP Rugby.

 

12 – Francois Steyn

 

Has been quiet of late but showed glimpses of his old self recently, injured at the moment but should stake his claim for the Sharks next season and hopefully my minds claim the bok number 12.

 

13 – Jean de Villiers (c)

 

To be honest I would not have de Villers in the team at all, but since he is the captain for now I have put him in, Jean is getting old and with the likes of Tim Whitehead and Paul Jordaan lurking de Villiers days are numbered.

 

14 – JP Pietersen

 

Players Player of the year 2012, in sublime for at the moment even after his injury, can play centre but would love to see him on the wing. JP Owns the number 14 Bok jersey at the moment.

 

15 – Zane Kirchener

 

Again, not my favorite, we would love to see Louis Ludik there but you just get the feeling that Kirchener is there to stay. Solid enough and does the basics well so can’t complain but not a Percy Montgomery, defiantly not a Monty. But does does Meyer still believe Lambie is a fullback?

 

 

the Bench will consist of the following players and yes I have left Morne Steyn out altogether in fact Morne would not even make my initial squad, as far as I am concerned, his Bok days are over. You will notice that Schalk Burger has also been left out, Yes he has.

 

16 – Lwazi Mvovo

17 – Johan Goosen

18 – Paul Jordaan

19 – Adriaan Strauss

20 – Coenie Oosthuizen

21 – Flip van der Merwe

22 – Duane Vermeulen

 

 

Thoughts?

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