RE: I'm not overly....
August 21, 2012, 13:33:12
If you refer to my posts elsewhere where I did mention Engelnrecht negtively - then you are barking up the wrog tree - I did it to needle you. Englbrecht during the last month of the Super 15 did play reasonable rugby - I would not call it anything else - he really was average - nothing more. He made a few breaks that led to nothing so I would no rave about his performances on that level. He produced aboiut 10% of what Jordaan produced in the semi-final and the final so lets leave it at that.
On Saturday he came on and I watched him carefully. He got no balls to play with because Kirchner came into the backline and crashballed. He got one short pass from Pienaar trying to put him away at an angle run - but it let to nothing of substance. For the rest he made up numbers on the team sheet.
Runour has it that Habana and Bekker may not be able to play on Saturday. If that be the case - Meyer may decide to play Hougaard on the wing and play Pienaar at scrummie. The other alternative will be to keep Hougaard as scrummie and play Engelbrecht on the wing. I actually hope foe the second alternative - so that we can see whether Engelbrecht can perform on international level. If he can - it will answer many questions about his suitability for selection on international level. Many players perform well on Super 15 level and flop at international level - so a real acid test would help in this case.
The other issue is obviously what would happen if Bekker is not available. I think that Flip van der Merwe - one of the most over rated playes in the squad - would then be in the starting line up, with Kruger on the bench. Hope this does not happen - since we would suffer badly in such an event.