September 30, 2012, 22:53:42
would like to hear your opinion(s) on the Bok game, coming from a neutral who knows his stuff it would be highly appreciated.
As for my own, my celerbrations are cautioned by the fact that we played a depleted Ozzie side at Fortress Versveld. That said there were aspects of the the new Bok game I enjoyed, for one there wasn't any aimless kicking, Goosen brightened up the backline and credit must also go to Meyer for timing the kid's introduction to perfection. The service from Pienaar was crisp and Goosen's decision making was awesome. Our loose trio as well as Bekker and Elzebeth all made great contributions. Louw's pass that led to Habana's try was top shelf. There was one try in particular that stood out when the Boks firstly compressed the Oz defence before sending it out wide....a show of intelligence in my book.
On the downside, I'm still not comfortable will some of Meyer's Bull's selections although woolibulli Kirchner did have a good game. Frans is still my pick as fullback. FlipFlop Van Der Merwe is no Bok. Jean De Villiers once again showed that he has poor hands but redeems himself with good individual play, I wish that one day it would lead to a try. I also thought the Boks were a little bit better at the breakdown in the first half but not in the second and they will need to quicksmart fix that aspect of their game against a Kiwi strengh. Our defence also fell away in the second half as the Ozzies frequently got over the gain line.
Im summation without getting carried away I believe the Boks are finally on the road to somewhere, there is still a long way to go though, play at the breakdown needs a helluva lot more improvement, just running with ball in hand is better than aimless kicking but aimless running is almost as bad as aimless kicking as we witnessed in the WC. I guess what I'm saying is that the Boks are a long way off perfotming as a cohesive, skillful and smart attack. And lastly, there was a huge improvement in our discipline and here I want to congratulate Meyer for his firmness and direction.