May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
Saturdays clash of the titans at Loftus will, as always, be the highlight of the Super rugby calender for me. I will be watching the game from a flyfishing resort in Dullstroom where one of my friends has decided to celebrate his half century. In the immortal words of John Robbie, win, draw or lose…it will be a party!
The Bulls have been severly lambasted for having the audacity to allow Heineke Meyer to include almost all of them in his Springbok training group. Saturday may just be the opportunity to vidicate this unheard of arrogance.
Some players will feel the pressure more than others. Zane Kirchner is nothing more than a provincial journeyman and I’m afraid Gio Aplon/Joe Petersen will show him up as just that.
In the midfield Wynand Olivier had to endure unlimited ridicule simply because he dared to be born beautiful. It is now in Wynand’s hands literally, to change this perception. He takes on Springbok stallwart Jean de Villiers. Wynand must show that not only can he defend better than most, but on attack creativity extends further than the subtle highlights in his blonde locks.
The loose forward battle as always will scrutinise the ability or not of Pierre Spies to regain his pre-2007 form which has been sadly missing in action. If Pierre wants to be a real contender for possibly the Springbok captaincy Saturday will show if he can lift his team after two consequetive losses, and if he can lead from the proverbial front.
I hope Siya Kolisi will be fit to play as CJ Stander’s inclusion in the training squad shocked even me. Siya can make this a game that Heineke Meyer will not forget.
The Stormers wonderful locks had poor form against the Sharks. The two main contenders for best locks on the planet Etzebeth and Bekker will be tested by the almost best locks on the planet in Kruger and Van der Merwe (ok, the latter was a joke).
Lastly, I hope Steve Hofmeyer is benched in favour of Sarah Theron.