June 2, 2010 in Uncategorized
Hey there blogland!
So my hangover has resided and the celebrations of the Bulls victory are over. The time has come to don our Green and Gold again and all stand together.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love watching the Boks play as much as possible, but this test is just another money making scheme by SARU. I truly believe having a test a week after the S14 final is stupid. The guys need rest, have we learnt nothing from the end of year tour last year.
Fine, PdV has selected a B team for this test, but why on earth are there still Stormers and Bulls in the side. I can at least think of 2 or 3 players that could have replaced the Stormers/Bulls in this side. Not only was Bekker who had a massive S14 campaign in the squad, now he gets replaced by Victor due to injury. WTF are you doing PdV???
Anyhow, here is the team that has been selected for the Wales test, with some comments of course
1. CJ van der Linde
Great, the big man is coming back to the “States” and hopefully he has learnt some things in the Northern Hemisphere that will make him an even better player. Haven’t seen him play much this year so far so can’t comment on his form or fitness.
2. John Smit (captain)
I really think the powers that be missed a trick here. We have an abundance of very capable hookers in this country and this would have been a perfect opportunity to give one of them a chance in the starting line-up.
3. BJ Botha
Good to see this guys back propping up John, they caused some chaos last year when they scrummed together.
4. Danie Russouw
What? Are you kidding me? This guy has played his heart out for 15 weeks! Does he not deserve a week off? If they were hellbent on sending a Bulls Nr 4 in the mould of Bakkies, they could have sent Flip vd Merwe. Anton van Zyl also comes to mind as him and Fondse rotated during the season.
5. Victor Matfield
Again, what?!? Rather send Muller from the Sharks to do duty for this test. He has the neccesarry experience, and was part of a pack that destroyed the Stormers in DBN.
6. Francois Louw
Again, this guy needs rest, he might be young and this was his first real season at 14 level, but do we really want to burn our players out before the reach their peak? Jacque Botes from the Sharks or Derrick Kuun (Also did not play as much) from the Bulls could have done duty here.
7. Dewald Potgieter
Two words. Juan Deysel!
8. Joe Van Niekerk
Other than Spies and Vermeulen there aren’t really high quality Number 8’s in the country currently. Maybe Kanko or Willem Alberts.
9. Ricky Januarie
Please can someone send this wannabe prop to Siberia where there is no rugby. Really PdV, if you can play this oke at 9, why not play Earl at 10. Ruan Pienaar, Jarno Vermaak, Kockot and Sarel Pretorius are all better than this “one-try” hero.
10. Ruan Pienaar
Eish, I really feel for this man, pillar to post from week to week. I don’t really have a problem with giving him another go at 10, but we really need to think hard about who the backup for Steyn will be.
11. Odwa Ndungane
Akona has always been the better of the twins (even though it’s very slightly better) but surely we have better wings in the country. I think Gerhard vd Heever could have been an option (seeing that he had a 2 week breather before the final) but he has some hamstring problem. What happened to the Freestate flyers Mapoe, Nokwe and the guy that scored that brilliant try against the Bulls last year. I think he moved to Province and never played a game…….
12. Frans Steyn
No problem here. We are a bit thin at 12. Even though I prefer Steyn at 15.
13. Jaque Fourie
Is there nobody else? We need this guy to be at his best during the Tri-Nations, he needs a rest. Can’t even think of another 13 worth mentioning……
14. Gio Aplon
Firstly, I hope this guy proves me wrong cos he can be devastating if he finds some space, but having watched a lot of international rugby, those gaps don’t often present themeself easily. I personally think he is not strong enough as proven when Francois Hougaardt manhandled him in the S14 Final. Also don’t really know of anybody staking a major claim for this position other than Gerhard vd Heever.
15. Zane Kirchner
Give Patrick Lambie a chance!
Well that’s my take on the starting 15.
I really hope that the team selected do us proud. Don’t think I will survive if I have to watch another game where a bok team get hammered by a mediocre side at best.