RE: Super XV
July 19, 2012, 08:44:07
I was about to write something on this issue - but radtad beat me to it. I do believe that there has been a degree of bias in this case. Lets look at the individual players involved:-
15 Do not agree about Taylor at all. Dagg played well - but I would prefer Lambie. Much better in defence than the other two mentioned
Wings : fully agree with Sasu about the Habana issue - I do not think that Basson is better than Habana
Centers - No problem - but SBW has shown nothing in the last few games. Francois Steyn comes into the picture as well - but he only played two games
Flyhalf - Carter played well in the games after his return - but I prefer Cruden ahead of him. Goosen also. The latter played in a rather weak franchise compared to the other two mentioned and he was on par with them or even better than them.
Scrummie - No problem
No 8 - Kieran Reid - OK
No 7 - Pocock played in a weak team - but has class. probably the best on show
No 6 - Coetzee is a star - so no problem
No 5 - Whitelock - they really must be kidding. I will have Bekker ahead of him all the time.
No 4 - Etzebeth - no problem
Props - I do not think the Beast should be in the make-up. Good - but not good enough
Hooker - no question about that one.
I think that in the case of Carter and Whitelock there definitely was a degree of bias. Am surprised they did not pick McCaw as well, but the latter was not as good as he used to be this year.