November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
It will be interesting to see what changes Heyneke Meyer makes for the England game. With the possibility of losing Eben Etzebeth (cited) and JP Pietersen (injury) as well as a number of players not covering themselves with glory against the Scots the opportunity for change is there but I doubt that Meyer will make any large scale changes.
JP Pietersen’s injury will force HM to keep playing Hougaard on the wing even though he might have been tempted to give him a go at scrumhalf to try and get the 9/10 dynamic working. This might give Mvovo a chance with Hougaard moving to 14.
Pat Lambie’s inability to play a Morne Steyn style game better than Mornetjie could see Steyn taking over at flyhalf.
Should Etzebeth cop a ban we will probably see Flip van der Merwe starting at lock, not the most disciplined or smartest players on the park and although his yellow card was more of a team card it was still a stupid penalty to give away.
As the #3 tighthead prop at the Lions it was difficult to understand why HM selected CJ before Pat Cilliers in the first place but after Saturday’s performance CJ is surely set to lose his spot on the bench.
Possible team for Saturday:
15 Zane Kirchner
14 Francois Hougaard (JP Pietersen)
13 Juan de Jongh
12 Jean de Villiers
11 Lwazi Mvovo (Francois Hougaard)
10 Morne Steyn
9 Ruan Pienaar
8 Duane Vermeulen
7 Willem Alberts
6 Francois Louw
5 Juandre Kruger
4 Flip van der Merwe (Eben Etzebeth)
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Adriaan Strauss
1 Guthro Steenkamp
16 Schalk Brits
17 Heinke van der Merwe
18 Pat Cilliers
19 Franco van der Merwe (Flip van der Merwe)
20 Marcell Coetzee
21 Pat Lambie
22 Jaco Taute
23 Lionel Mapoe (Lwazi Mvovo)