RE: Are the boks missing a specialised fetcher like Heinrich Brussow?
September 27, 2012, 16:46:20
Welcome to the Board. You may find here some really good posters and often enough they differ on isues - so in this case I am saying I respctfully do not agree with you.
Initially Brussow was like fresh breeze in the Springbok team and I believe he was supported by most thinking people. However, there were some law changes that made fetching very difficult unless it happens virtually immediately after a tackle was made. Unless the fetcher is very speedy can get timeously to the breakdown point the result is normally a penalty against the fetcher.
The laws was changed to the effect that fetching is very difficult in cases where any player arrived at the breakdown point too late. This change has resulted in an increse in the number of penalties awarded when turnovers are attempted.All fetchers are blown up more often than before. However, it also resulted in less turnovers be affected.
Now lets get to Brussow in particular. Initially Brussow was very good - but over the last year and specifically during the recent Super 15 there were problems with him when he attempted turnovers. In the main this is the result of turning up too late at mauls to affect legal turnovers. In the last three Super 15 games ithis year Brussow himself in fact gave away 5 convertable penalties - meaning he cost his team 15 points in the three games concerned. You need a very substantial number of turnovers to off set that and those are not readily available anymore.
I also watched him playing in the subsequent CC games and he cannot be described anymore as above average, The problem in the main relates that he lost speed and thus efectiveness. This was probably the result of his injury.
I am afraid that Brussow is not in the frame for future selection - despite what Meyer said about him. I in particularly sorry to see what happened in this case - but accept that the game has moved on and that in the process the fetcher role diminished.