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Bok new captain?

June 4, 2013 in Rugby, Springboks

A little bit of a connundrum faces Heyneke Meyer as he may be forced to select Jean de Villiers’ replacement captain and centre a bit earlier than he would have hoped.  De Villiers is currently nursing a tight hamstring, and may not be ready for the first test against Italy.

It wouldn’t be something that Meyer has not been thinking about. If he at all knows, like we all do, that Jean’s likelihood of captaining the Boks through the 2015 World Cup is very slim, due to his tendency to get injured pre and during the tournament as proven since 2003, he would have already identified his captain for the 2015 World Cup, or at least have some idea.

It seems to be a two horse race actually, and we once again might sit with what many people struggled to accept when John Smit was captain.  A leader in the side ahead of the perceived better player.  I won’t open the can of worms on John Smit vs Bismarck du Plessis again, but looking at the options available right now to Meyer, it seems to stir up a very similar brew as with the previous,legendary Bok skipper. Read the rest of this entry →

Showdown in Bloem!

May 30, 2013 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks, Super Rugby

ebvserfAn epic battle awaits us this weekend as the two top form South African teams take each other on in Bloemfontein this Saturday.

It will be a battle for top honors in the SA Conference, as the winner of this match will most likely walk away with the top position in the SA log, getting apart from the much forgettable Conference Trophy, a most probably home semi final.

But it is not just the two teams that will battle each other for the SA Conference.  There are also a few mouthwatering personal battles to be fought in lieu of the Springbok side to take on Scotland, Italy and Samoa in June. Players who hope to impress Heyneke Meyer enough to get the nod ahead of their counterpart in the other team. Read the rest of this entry →

The battle for number 8 is on!

March 11, 2013 in International, Rugby, Springboks, Super Rugby

With Pierre Spies’ performance this past weekend against the Blues, Heyneke Meyer will have taken note and may even be having a wry grin on his face.  Spies’ performances over the past few years were short of satisfactory, and along with his hand injury last year, allowed for Duane Vermeulen to step up and take his place in the Springbok camp.

Many viewers will regard Spies as the better player, but it is often the non-flashy players who are doing the hard graft around the park and goes unnoticed because they do not rely on open space to ply their trade as does Pierre Spies. Read the rest of this entry →

Springbok’s forward approach smothering the game?

November 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks

 

20 more phases then Ruan will pass the ball to us….

Heyneke Meyer has done very little this year to confirm the belief the Springbok supporters had in him, when he was announced to take over from Peter de Villiers as Springbok coach.

The record shows that to date, the Springboks won 6 matches from the 11 tests to date, a success rate of 54.5%.  It seems quite average, in fact, poor, for someone who stated publicly that he believes in only one kind of Rugby: Winning Rugby. Read the rest of this entry →

John McFarland in the hot seat…

September 14, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

The Springbok E-zine brings us weekly “Hotseat” Questions and Answers  and this week if was the turn of John McFarland, the Springboks defensive coach, to field questions from the public.  I’ve picked a few answers from him which I think are interesting, confusing and indicative of the current mindset in the Bok Camp.

Full article can be read here

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Can the Boks get the win?

September 5, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Forget about the Rugby Championship.  By the Springboks not getting the full 10 points….or even just the 8 for that matter, against Argentina, and the All Blacks demolishing the Aussies, New Zealand has all but engraved their names on the inaugural Rugby Championship cup.

Team Meyer should now just focus on the bigger picture and not be concerned about winning the tournament.Rather build towards to end of year tour and get the pieces of the puzzle in place.

He should also perhaps forget about his statement about winning every match, and rather re-look at his approach to the game and what personnel he requires to deliver consistent winning performances over the long run. I know this is what he seems to be doing, picking personnel for the kick and chase, bulldozer game, but I don’t even think he has the right personnel in his side even for that game to be effective. 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 →

Genia the key for Sharks…

July 18, 2012 in Rugby, Super Rugby

End of the road?

The Bulls have all but been written off for their encounter against the Crusaders this weekend, while there is some hope for the black and white dynamites to come good against the Reds in Brisbane. Read the rest of this entry →

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