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Meyer taking control!

September 27, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Don’t fear, I’m in control


After Dunedin I wrote that I thought things are improving for the Springboks. The way they played improved, their decision making was more accurate and had it not been for the difficult and unfamiliar kicking conditions at Forsyth Bar, Dunedin, and three or four schoolboy errors, we would have beaten the All Blacks in Dunedin for only the second time in history. Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t Panic…

September 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

I have been very critical of Heyneke Meyer since the draw against Argentina in a match which was perhaps the worst I’ve seen from the Boks.

I thought we would be able to beat a pretty weak Australia though, hoping that the Springboks have learned a few things from the Mendoza abortion.  It actually seemed we did, although the game plan in the second half was not adequate to adapt to Australia who changed their game.

I was, nevertheless, still pissed off that the Springboks didn’t pull off the win. I thought they could have and should have, but they didn’t. Read the rest of this entry →

Ba(c)kkies to the future!

September 10, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

It seems to me like Heyneke Meyer just cannot do anything right at the moment.  No really. He can’t. First the game plan is flawed with kicking away good possession; the back-line seems as impotent as an 108 year old monk with a prostate the size of a pineapple, he persists with Up & Under Sideshow “Squarewheels” Zane at Full Back (he just keeps on accumulating nick names!) and then he persists with a clearly out of form Morne Steyn at flyhalf, trying desperately to coach him back to his best against the strongest Rugby teams in the world.

Now he goes and gets Bakkies Botha back after Eben Etzebeth got, rather harshly, suspended for two weeks after what seemed to be a neck spasm making his hair touch Nathan Sharpe’s elaborate chin.

Why Bakkies? Oh, wait, before Heyneke answers that question let me take a wild guess: Read the rest of this entry →

Boks lose their Spring?

August 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

So, as expected the Springboks beat the Argies in what was, except for the injury to Bismarck and the thong flash of the physio/medic, a rather dull and lifeless affair.

I wasn’t impressed with how we played and the scoreline did little to give me any sort of hope that the Springboks are on the right track to become the 2012 Rugby Championship title holders. Let’s be realistic here, if we can only muster the equivalent of points against Argentina at home that the All Blacks put up against Australia, in Australia, there is something very wrong with our game. Read the rest of this entry →

Heyneke Meyer sticks to the usual…

August 15, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

South Africa: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Bryan Habana, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira Substitutes: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Jacques Potgieter, 20. Ruan Pienaar, 21. Pat Lambie, 22. JJ Engelbrecht

Given the spate of injuries, one would perhaps come up with only 2 or 3 changes to the side that Meyer decided to stick with. I say “stick with” because it’s still the core of the side that represented South Africa against England in the June tests…and still raises questions about Blue tinted eyerwear… Read the rest of this entry →

Is Steyn’s best, good enough?

August 6, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Springboks

The thought came up when I was reading an article where Heyneke Meyer said he can coach Morne Steyn back to his best. During the weekend, Meyer selected his squad for the two matches against Argentina, and many were saddened and disappointed to see some exclusions and, the now almost deemed passengers; Morne Steyn and Pierre Spies in the squad.

Meyer says he believes in consistency and you do not chop and change a player every match. Well, it seems like, despite your form, Meyer doesn’t chop or change his team even after 3 woeful performances under him as coach, and a few seasons’ poor performances under different coaches, namely Peter de Villiers and Frans Ludeke. Read the rest of this entry →

Are the Bulls ready for the Championship?

July 23, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks, Super Rugby

The Super Rugby 2012 competition is all but done and dusted, and thanks to a stunning performance by the Sharks on the weekend, South Africa is certain to have a team in the final for the third time in four years!

The Bulls were incredibly disappointing but did not fail to meet my expectation of the loss margin. How bad they would play though, I don’t think anyone expected. Read the rest of this entry →