Centres of attention
April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
So Meyer has selected his preliminary training squad and I think he has selected the centres who were showing some form. Given the performances to date, it leaves me wondering what the centre combination will look like come the test season. The surprising inclusion for me however was that of young Jan Serfontein. Now he will in all probability not make the final squad but he has hardly played any meaningful Super Rugby, so he has obviously been selected based on his potential as displayed for the Junior Springboks, Vodacom Cup and the media hype around him.
Be that as it may, its interesting to see that JJ Engelbrecht has somehow lost out, while his selection last year deeply frowned upon.
Frans Steyn has shown a vastly less than adequate form. This is what happens when these guys get married….Look at Morne Steyn last year also after he got married. Co-incidence, or is there something to it when young players suddenly get married that their form takes a dip on the field and the form around the waiste gets well, uhm, rounded?
To me the form centres have been De Jongh and Ebersohn. But I wouldn’t risk playing them both in the Bok starting line up. My centres would be De Villiers, who is probably already a shoe in, while De Jongh has performed well consistently for several years now. He deserves a spot. How Ebersohn and Serfontein will feature, is a bit of a mystery, while I think Frans Steyn should accept that his best position is at full back, and he will be more beneficial to the Springbok side in the 15 jumper than anywhere else in the squad.