RE: Springbok Bacline for the end of the Year Tour
October 10, 2012, 15:33:33
I think that Meyer should in fact experiment with some players that could in future become the core of the future Springbok backline as a basis to buit op a sustainable future backline.
I believe that as is nomal with him - Meyer will look at some more experienced players. Pienaar does very well in the slower Engish conditions - especially if his performance for Ukster is borne in mind. That would probably make him a candidate for the no 9 position. The question of back up is the problem. Bearing in mind that Hougaard is seemingly not in line in heay conditions - witness the mess he made in the PE test - I think the guy that may come into the picture is Pretorius - who did very well in CC for the Cheetahs.
Insofar as the flyhalf is concerned - I have my doubts about this position, there is every likelihood that Lambie will be brought in - but I do beelieve Morne may be in the squad - either as front line choice or as backup on the bench.
No 12 is a certainty - it will be De Villiers as captain.
No 13 - Meyer may wish to give Taute another chance in that position - but I would think that Jordaan will be in the squad. He is at the moment the form player on CC level in that position and showed something really special in rhe Super series as well - especially in the Reds game and the final against the Chiefs - where he played at 12.
Wings - Habana and Pietersen are the certainties - and only the back up players will be in dispute. The choice there is between Rhule and Hougaard - the latter was very poor in the last two tests. Basson just came back from injury and there is no way that Meyer will take a chance with him in the squad.
No 15. Meyer may have realized that Kirchner is not up to standard. I think that he may consider Aplon - but the latter is also no long term prospect. The only real full back that did extremely will in CC is in fact Le Roux from the Griquas. I would take him along and even try him out as starting full back. The other advabtage in this case is that Le Roux was by far the best SA full back in the SA Super Series franchises in 2012 so his selection will not be a big gamble ar all.
I don't think that Jantjies is an option at all. He was despite the reports to the contrary useless on Saturday when he had to play for the majority of the game. Hougaard may be also on the way out - especially in view of the mess he made at wing - and the fact that he really is not a scrummie at all,
I think there will be a squad of 12 players selected for the backline and I would think the following would be in the squad:-
Le Roux, Pietersen, Habana, Rhule, Taute, Jordaan, De Villiers, Lambie, Morne Steyn, Pienaar and Pretorius - leaving 2 futher choices. That could be any one of the following:-
Hougaard, Aplon, Kirchner, Vermaak or De Jongh
The latter five all - with the exception of Aplon - have some detrimental aspects in their game or have shown nearly nothing in tests, the Super 15, or now on CC level.
The players that would not be considered include Engelbrecht - he played atrociously badly on CC level for the Bulls - so I think he would not be a consideration - too big a gamble.
The main selection of a more permanent backline will be the prerformance of players in the Super 15 next year. The players will have ro perform like never before in that competition to stake their claim for subsequent national selection.