Heyneke’s search for Flyhalves.
November 1, 2012 in Uncategorized
Heyneke Meyer did his first media briefing for the up and coming tour of the UK.
In it he said that from next season on he would like to focus on 2 flyhalves going forward to the 2015 RWC. He also said that because the next RWC will be played in England he is looking for a tactical astute FH with emphasis on tactical kicking accuracy.
He also said that he has always been open and honest to Pat Lambie (hard to believe) and that he said a while ago to him that if he wants to push for the Bok 10 he needs to improve his tactical kicking game. He said he was not impressed with Lambie’s kicking game during the S15. (when he played 10)
He did say however that he can see Pat has worked hard on his kicking game and that he was impressed with this aspect of his game during the final stages of the CC. He said Pat will get his chance to stake his claim for Bok FH.
Very interesting indeed!!
It would be interesting to see who HM rates as his best two FH going forward. He basically have 4 FH at the moment that, according to him, needs to be cut down to 2.
Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Morne Steyn and Pat Lambie all very different types of FH’s. Thing is we only play three test on tour and there is (now) three FH on tour. Would this mean that he gives everyone, one game as starting FH? Or do he give the bench FH an extended period on the pitch? We should also not forget that we must still win all these test as world ranking points are important for the next RWC.
To be fair he would still have next season S15 to decide who he will prefer. And things like fitness may also come into play. But we have to remember that the S15 is played in a lot different conditions than the Eng winter.
I just hope he really do give Lambie and Jantjies a fair chance to stake their claims and do not start every game with Steyn and then just bring on Jantjies or Lambie as impact players in the last 20. It is difficult to really enforce yourself in those last 20 mins when the game starts to unravel.
In a separate question Heyneke said that he views young Taute as a fullback (always have) and that he sees him as the future 15 for the Boks. He only used him as 13 cover due to injuries. He did however said that he is still short on centre’s and might use him as centre again if injuries force him to. This might also be the real deciding factor why Taute chose the Stormers ahead of Sharks.
The best news out of this is that HM can see someone else in the 15 jersey than Zane. A solid S15 player but lacking the X-factor you would like from an international 15.
Now HM should just sit with his comrades and decide who his next captain will be because JdV will deff not make 2015 RWC. And the sooner one sorts out your captain going forward the better chance you have of winning the RWC.