Goosen in a league of his own?
November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized
A lot has been said about the improvement in flyhalf depth in South Africa in the last couple of years. Not long ago we had Morne Steyn and Ruan Pienaar (a scrumhalf forced into no 10) as our only viable options. (ok maybe Butch was also there at some level)
Pienaar never really cut it at the highest level and he personally never wanted to play at 10 anyways. Morne in partnership with FdP was a good combination and won many a game for the Boks and Bulls.
But now we have some real depth with Lambie, Goosen, Jantjies, Steyn all tested at the highest level and then you still have exciting youngsters like Pollard and Swiel ect.
But one thing that this past season has proven is that at this moment young Goosen just looks to be in a class of his own, one or two tiers above the rest.
MU did the stats and it is alarming that the FH’s are getting less than 50% of the ball the SC is handling!! No wonder we are struggling.
But again Goosen in his one full game had the highest percentage of all the Bok FH this season. Not nearly as high as Nz or Aus but still better than the other SA FH’s. Is it just a coincidence? Did HM change the GP for that one game?
Now to be fair of the 4 FH Elton has been getting the short end of the stick. It is clear that HM does not rate him as high as the rest and his lack of distance with the boot might play a role in that.
I really do think HM should have a nice long chat with old Naka and ask him to wrap the youngster in cotton for the next season or so. Kinda like Nz did with Carter. He is injury prone, mostly I think because he is pushed at the highest level from such a young age. He should have been playing Cheetahs o/19 this season if he was an average player.
Although the rest of the FH’s all have potential and the skills. At the moment only young Goosen has shown the ability to become a world class FH.