The Bok squad for the last two test in the Rugby Championships sees little change with only Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute coming in as uncapped players. Coenie Oosthuizen comes back into the squad while CJ van de Linde comes in as one of the few props in the country who can cover both sides of the scrum.
As I predicted earlier Jaco came in because “Jaco is big, strong, fast and versatile”. Make no mistake, I believe Jaco deserves a chance because he is good enough but I foresee Pat Lambie not making the match 22 now.
As for Elton, why is he there if Heyneke Meyer isn’t going to play him. In today’s game against the Sharks he displayed all the the skills of a great flyhalf. Playing with little ball he gave inside passes, outside passes, long passes, short passes, made long kicks, short kicks, chip kicks, everything to keep his team in the game, in short he was brilliant.
But will he get game time? I doubt it.
Jaco on the other hand will be on the bench for the test against Australia and get on the field after about 60 minutes. Not that I begrudge him that, he is a great young player. Even though he is only 21 it feels like he has been around for ages. But I feel for Elton, he is the most complete flyhalf we have and he is being screwed with.
Moving on to the game against the Wallabies, this is the ideal time to give the youngsters a go. The Bok forwards have started to gel nicely against the All Blacks and if they can repeat that performance on Saturday the backs should get more than enough good ball for the talented youngsters to give it a good go but unfortunately I don’t see HM making any major changes with only Dean Greyling’s spot on the bench to be filled by either Coenie Oosthuizen or Pat Cilliers and possibly Jaco Taute getting Pat Lambie’s bench spot.
Willem Alberts (Sharks) – 15 Test caps
Andries Bekker (Western Province) – 27
Craig Burden (Sharks) – 0
Pat Cilliers (Golden Lions) – 3
Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) – 7
Juan de Jongh (Western Province) – 10
Jean de Villiers (captain, Western Province) – 79
Jannie du Plessis (Sharks) – 37
Eben Etzebeth (Western Province) – 6
Johan Goosen (FS Cheetahs) – 2
Bryan Habana (Western Province) – 81
Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls) – 22
Elton Jantjies (Golden Lions) – 0
Zane Kirchner (Blue Bulls) – 19
Juandré Kruger (Blue Bulls) – 5
Pat Lambie (Sharks) – 15
Tiaan Liebenberg (Western Province) – 3
Francois Louw (Bath, England) – 12
Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks) – 39
Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) – 7
Coenie Oosthuizen (FS Cheetahs) – 1
Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N Ireland) – 58
Jacques Potgieter (Blue Bulls) – 3
Frans Steyn (Sharks) – 53
Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls) – 41
Adriaan Strauss ( FS Cheetahs) – 16
Jaco Taute (Golden Lions) – 0
CJ van der Linde (Golden Lions) – 73
Flip van der Merwe (Blue Bulls) – 18
Duane Vermeulen (Western Province) – 2