RE: Springbok - Argentina
August 25, 2012, 23:22:21
I a,m sure that Meyer must now realise he is onto a losing proposition with that team. The backline was a disgrace and the forwards not much better. Let me analyze the players and see how they have done:-
Kirchner - 3 out of 10 - he is a dead loss under the high balls and his game was not up to standard
Habana - 5 out of 10 - did not show any thing this week
De Villiers - 4 out of 10 - tried hard, but misseed two tackles and cause one penalty and two balls in tackle situation.
Francois Steyn - 5 out of 10 - did nothing much and would have got 2 out of 10, but for the charge down try.
Mvovo - 4 out of 10 - nothing much to creit him for.
Morne Steyn - 3 out of 10 - his kicking game has deserted him once more and aimless kicking was poor.
Hougaard - 4 out of 10 - service was poor.
Alberts - 4 out of 10 - nothing to report, but one knock-on was one too many.
Potgiter - 4 out of 10 - nothing at all to report
Coetzee - 5 out of 10 - showed poor ball skills when he knocked on a ball
Bekker - 5 out of 10 - lost one line out - for the rest he was acceptable.
Etzebeth - 5 out of 10 - worked hard and tackled well.
Beast - 5 out of 10 - solid, nothing more
Strauss - 4 out of 10 - poor line out throws on two occassions
Du Plessis - 5 out of 10 - solid nothing more
Van der Merwe - 1 out of 10 - first line out he was penalized and cost the Springboks 3 points
Liebenberg - 5 out of 10 - caused turn-over
Pienaar - 5 out of 10 - faster and more effective service.
What as Meyer to do before they meet real opposition - playing like they did today would be a disaster. Iff I was in his position - I would have to replace some players.
First to go shoiuld be Kirchner - play Lambie at 15. I am totally dissatisfied with Morne Steyn. His kicking game was POOR and his passing game showed nothing. Missed two penalties - one relativewly easy and one more difficult. He was better last week - and a disaster this week. Aimless kicking was the norm and so inaccurate that in most cases the players did not even try to follow up.
I would not play Alberts at 8 again. Should play Vermeulen at 8, Alberts at 7 and Coetzee - who was not as good as he was in previous tests at 6, Flippie should be sent back to the Blue Bulls forthwith - he wasa disaster.
That backline is not showing any attacking abilities and for heavens sake replace the backline coach asap.