September 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
Heyneke Meyer made some changes to the match 22 for the test against Australia. Some of the changes were expected but he’s left the Boks with a very unbalanced backline bench.
South Africa: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo
Dropping Bekker from the team is a good idea but unfortunately he was stuck with selecting Flip van der Merwe on the bench as he didn’t bother to bring a better option into the squad when he had the chance.
Leaving Flo on the bench gives Michael Hooper a free run at the ball for the first 60 minutes or so although there is a bit more variation amongst the loosies with Duane at #8.
Hougaard is an ideal impact player and should have started on the bench with Mvovo on the wing.
Selecting both Goosen and Lambie on the bench means that there isn’t a specialist midfield cover. We know by now that Lambie is just there for in case Kirchner gets injured and will probably play no role in the match. Selecting de Jongh on the bench would have given the backline replacements more balance but then, Juan also isn’t on Meyer’s Top of the Pops list.
Goosen must be a quick learner, getting up to date with Meyer’s strategies and game plans inside a week. It will be interesting to see if HM gives him game time. Good luck to the youngster.