Lessons from Dunedin.
September 15, 2012 in Uncategorized
The battle of Dunedin is now history. The Boks lost a game that they should have won. Heyneke , like a gambler on a losing streak, kept on placing all his money on 10 and 15 at the roulette wheel and walked out with only his shirt. Unfortunately Heyneke is no gambler. If he was he would have won with his money on 10 and 15. If he was a gambler and a very wise one , he would have picked Goosen in the 10 jersey and Lambie in the 15 jersey and he would have rolled in the money today.
The lessons from Dunedin is simply: 1. a Fetcher in the team is a must. 2. Morne Steyn is just not good enough. 3 Kirschner is not our best fullback. 4. The gameplan is not working(high kicks and charge) 5. When the Boks start running the ball they look like they can win .(not following the gameplan and playing like in the movies). 6. Dean Greyling is a walking yellowcard and not a test player.
Solution to start winning matches: Pick Goosen on flyhalf and forget about the Heyneke Meyer gameplan. Goosen is my gameplan. Nobody knows what he is going to do next. The perfect plan. Pick Lambie at fullback. Never pick Greyling for Boks again.Pick Brussouw on the bench as cover for Francois Louw in case of injury.Play like against the All Blacks and do not kick the ball away. Leave kicking decisions to Goosen. He knows what he is doing.
I was glad to see Flip van der Merwe coming to the party. Juandre also played well, as well as Bekker. This means that we have 4 good test locks available, which is very important, taking in account the tough nature of this competition. The forwards were full value for money except for Dean Greyling, that was a strong contender for man of the match from an All Black point of view.
With the exception of Morne Steyn in particular and Kirchner, the rest of the backline looked much better and is definitely growing into a well oiled unit. The addition of Goosen and Lambie will give direction and cement the confidence of the rest of the backline. Heyneke must just see to it that the forwards keep on delivering the goods and he must leave the rest to Goosen and forget about the kick and charge gameplan.