Springbok’s 2012 a fans tale.
November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
So the record will read 7 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in 2012. Not such bad reading and Heyneke Meyer will find it a bit easier walking on the beach and in shopping malls during the Christmas break.
A few observations of the season.
HM started of the season with a lot of weird choices in his Bok squads. Players like JJ Engelbrecht, Jacque Potgieter, Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger to name a few. It raised a few eyebrows on how players with no real form or shown ability could be fast tracked into the Boks squad. But as the year worn on HM slowly but surely realized that RSA is bigger than just Pretoria. These players Bok careers are as distant a memory as Jorrie Muller’s.
Slowly the good player came to the fore, all be it forced by injuries sometimes, but none the less especially in the forward department the team really started to look like a real Bok team. (bar CJ van der Linde)
In the backs HM also, all be it a bit to late, realized that size is not all that should count. I mean if JdJ could stand up to Tuilagi size really should not be such a big role player.
What we achieved in 2012 was work out our forwards (bar a few injuries) and work out our defense. In these two departments HM should be lauded and should take some real credit.
On the other hand our offensive play has been really bad. At times the boks looked like dear in the headlights with ball in hand and the amount of time our 9 passed to a forward next to the maul standing dead still was enough to break the toughest spirits in South Africa. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Boks squad seriously needs a attacking coach. We look like we just do not have a clue and that there is not one minute spend on backline moves during training hours.
Ruan Pienaar might be the closest we got (atm) to Fourie du Preez but he certainly ain’t no FdP!! He had OK games the whole season but his box kicking has been shocking for the most part but even worse was the amount of times he kicked away attacking ball. Though this is a illness that many a bok back had this season. Personally I can’t wait for Hougie to start at 9 again for the Bulls or maybe even young Piet van Zyl to come through the ranks.
Zane Kirchener is a bit of a problem. He is mighty under the highball a good defender but offers absolutely nothing on attack. In a game like against England he is perfect but against Nz players like him is just not good enough. I hope Taute can come through at 15 or even Ludik to take another step up?
The only real other area of concern is in the centre’s where we have an aging JdV and Fransie at 12 and JdJ at 13 and for the moment thats it. Mapoe is destined to play 13 for the Bulls next season and I hope he can get some proper game time. There is of coarse youngsters like Whitehead and Jordaan who could also step up next season.
All in all if the Boks can get most of their injured players back next season they will be right up there with the best in the world especially if they can sort out their offensive woes.