Bok, Locks and empty Barrells
November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
I watched the Bok test with a feeling that watching soccer would be more rewarding. Luckily i caught the last part of the game where Liverpool pulled of a comfortable victory against Wigan. It is clear to everybody that the Boks don t look as if they are enjoying themselves. If you want to see a happy team just watch the All Blacks or even the Scots or the Irish.
We probably survived due to workmanlike performances by Francois Louw, Etzebeth, Guthro Steenkamp and Willem Alberts. Nothing new further. The Heyneke gameplan still does not work. That we already saw during the games against the Kiwis, Aussies and the Pumas. Steyn is back. One giant step backwards. No Jantjies. No gametime for Taute in the 15 jersey. No specialist on the left wing. No chance for the explosive Rhule.
We have a disfunctional backline that is trying to implement an outdated form of play. This gameplan did not work against the weakest test side the Aussies fielded in decades. It did not work against a very weak Irish side and it did not work against a Scottish side that lost last week against a B-team of the All Blacks. The All Blacks also scored a half century against this Scottish side.
Our backline is moving the ball to slow and that starts with Pienaar. Also we are running to flat and it is just a question of time before the intercept tries are going to pile up against us. Most of the kicking game was a totally useless waste of good ball. High up and unders works well here when it is raining. You only kick when under pressure in your own half or if you can surprise the opponent a la Habana in their half. Unfortunately they are selling copies of our gameplan outside the stadiums , so the British teams knows exactly what to expect. The Boks is in desperate need of a backline coach. I will recommend David Campese.
The Boks need a forward coach. This same pack of forwards looked tougher than the Navy Seals a few months ago. For long periods in the second half they could not take a ball from a Scottish pack that is certainly not even close to our normal standard of forward play. Something is seriously lacking here.The players look disillusioned and not motivated.
The positive plus points is that the young players is being toughened up and are picking up valuable experience. As much as i like the trio of locks in the test team, i agree with some of the Sport 24 bloggers that Bakkies Botha should be called up to provide the forwards with some oomph. Botha and Etzebeth will be hard to contain. Etzebeth is a very athletic player and can easily take over the number 5 jersey. He is also very quick off the ground like Matfield used to be.
CJ van der Linde is definitely way past his sell by date. As good as he was in the past, he should not have been picked for this tour.As far as that is concerned i feel for Heyneke Meyer . We have very good young props and hookers coming through, but with the exception of Beast , Guthro and Jannie , the current crop is not fully ripe for full international rugby matches.
England the coming weekend will be a real acid test. England had a purple patch in their new purple jerseys against the Aussies and had me thinking that they might actually pull this one of. Clearly England will make Ireland and Scotland look like a kindergarten team, so South Africa will have to be mean lean cleaning out England at the ruck machines.. If we again kick away our possession as we did against Ireland and Scotland, then the young guns will be able to add the bitter taste of defeat to their test match experience.
South Africa need to sit up and take stock and fix what s wrong. Everything is certainly not right as far as the coaching staff is concerned. If we want to win any trophies , we need to tweak our gameplan a little. We need to allow our playmakers more freedom. Heyneke must go find the right staff. The Blue Bull coaching staff is right for the Bulls , but not for the Boks. Lets wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late.