RE: Bok pack..Beeno may be right!
August 21, 2012, 06:30:59
Ha ha Clevermike, I hope you are joking? Why would you wana take a world class flank and make him a really bad centre? Thats all you would be doing to Coetzee. He will get exposed terribly of set piece at 12. Not worth a thought.
Keegan Daniel, Ryan Kankowski, Wynand Olivier, Zane Kirchner, Juan De Jongh...All world class S15 players but just lack what is needed to be world class international players. I was very pro Keegan Daniel and I really wanted him to do well but we gota be realistic for Bok rugby here and unfortunately, he, like Spies, is not the answer. When Spies is good he is damn good but how many quiet games does he have to have in between. Vermuelen is rarely ever bad. He will always give you a solid 7 out of 10 on his "off" days...Schalk too. Some people are quick to bring Schalk down when he hasn't performed to their standards but thats just because we are so used to him changing the game in our favour and getting 9 or 10 out of 10 that when he doesn't, people call for his head and in reality, he had a 6 or 7 out of 10 game...
Those are the kinds of special players we need. Juan Smith I take it is history and he is a bigger loss than Bismarck, but hey, people get old. You gota expect and plan for that.
We can dominate world rugby. We can and we would have until that "awesome" day in 2007 when some fool decided to march Jake White. He was getting the mix between back and forward play so precise that we were hurting teams. Eddie Jones was a master too. I have little doubt that we would have played NZL in the Semi Finals at the 2011 WC under them and probably have beaten that overrated Kiwi team.
What we need is Jake back or someone that sees rugby like he does. He was bringing Springbok rugby back from the dead.
We have the players now, that is for sure but no vision from management and coaches. What I dont understand is why would you start a new year with last year's tactics that didnt work? Crazy I tell you. All these coaches are too scared to branch out because in SA, you do poorly, you get fired, you do excellent you get fired, you do average and you get a bit longer before you get fired. Its a circus there. I would rather be fired and remembered like Jake White than coaches before him thats for sure.