You know when you were named as the chosen one for the Springbok Rugby Coach job, I was very happy. Ja, I felt sorry for ou Divvy, but he was the maker of his own destiny, like Morgan Mandela said in that Invictus Movie.
So, last year, when you started picking Bulls players like Jaques Potgieter and JJ Engelbrecht, and gave them Springbok caps ahead of players who have shown their worth in the past and were much better in their positions, I started wondering what’s in your head. Are you a zombie? Then we see poor Lambie on the bench every single game, while Zane Kirchner keeps running on as full back. I wondered, is Heyneke the only one who sees value in NikNaks other than Simba?
Last year ended pretty okayish for you, with some nice wins in the Northern Hemisphere. But now, we are in a new year, and as much as we love beating the Brits, we love nothing more than beating the All Blacks and the Aussies. We hate nothing more than losing to Argentina or some other third tier side. We want you to win. Like that song goes, We wanna win.
So Heyneke, I just though I would point out some players to you who I think you should really look at, just in case you were so intently watching your Bulls team this season and have not noticed any other players around.
Loosehead prop: Coenie Oosthuizen. Ja, not the brightest bulb in the christmas tree, but he has again showed that he is not a tighthead prop, he is a loosehead prop, and a bloody dangerous one at that.
Flank: Lappies Labuschagne. Heyneke, I know you love Steggies, and JacPot and we all love Arno, and Siya and Marcel has been ok, but you want a Springbok? Pick Lappies. I tell you, that guy is genius, he is a great looseforward and we need him. Pick him. Make the non Bulls supporters believe in you.
Scrumhalf: I know I said I want to point some players out I think you might have missed. But I also want to point some out you need to forget. Francois Hougaard. I think the ink on his arms are confusing him. His R8 went stR8 to his head. Yes, we do not have much options at scrumhalf, but Jano will have to do, with Piet van Zyl as under study and Ruan “Honniball” Pienaar to keep the ship steady.
Centres: I won’t mention Jan Serfontein, because I think he is just another one dimensional crash ball player and thus perfect for your side. I want to mention Robert Ebersohn and Juan de Jongh though. Our only decent outside centres. Except for Andries Bekker, but he seemingly is not available. Please pick them.
Wings: Habana and JP are still top class players. Stick to them, but you need some youngsters to back them up. Willie le Roux, although not a youngster is a game changer who can slot in anywhere, Raymond Rule has been looking better every year and Sergeal Peterson should get a ticket as well. Don’t forget about our pocket Rocket, Aplon.
So ja, you don’t have too much of a difficult job this year. Pick your guys you have in place and get these guys into the side. Get away from kicking our posession into the All Black’s hands and you will maybe feel the thrill of what it is like to beat the All Blacks, like Divvy had in 2009.