RE: Big cracks starting to show in Bok squad
October 11, 2012, 04:32:12
I think you read too much into the comments of Ruan Pienaar - I do not think there really was a spat between the two players concerned. Pienaar in all fairness was played on so many positions by various coaches that he never really found his feet ian any of those - and ultimately went to Ulster to play in his real position as scrummie. More real advice to a less experienced player - but obviously done with a purpose.
Meyer obviously wants somebody ar flyhalf and put some pressure on the Sharks to play Lambie in that position - where he played well in the past - to see whether he can still play well enough in that position. Pienaar - I believe was merely making a public comment on the issue to put more pressure on the Sharks in the relevant regard. It worked - because Lambie was selected to play at flyhalf this weekend and is likely to play there in the latter stages of the competition.
Meyer has in fact a flyhalf selection problem. In the absence of Goosen, he has to find a flyhalf for the EOYT. Jantjies failed miserably and Goosen is not available due to injury. He has an option of three choices- namely Lambie, Morne Steyn and Grant - but would probably perfer Lambie.
Insofar as Hougaard is concerned - if there is a spat between him and Meyer - so be it. Hougaard started off his playing career as a wing. He was moved to scrummie by the Bulls when Fourie Du Preez left and thus found his way into that position in the Dpringbok team. For a variety of reasons he failed miserably at scrummie - especially as he is not a batural scrummie at all. The main problem became much more evident in the third POM test - but he also had to be benched fairly early in all the tests he played in this year. When Pietersen was injured - Meyer thought that Hougaard could be returned to his original playing position at wing - since he obviously did not make the grade as scrummie. Hougaard buggered up badly in the tests he played at wing - and he is unlikely to be retained in any position in the team, especially since Pietersen is back from injury. He may be pissed off - but has only himself to blame.
As I said there is nothing much to be read into the whole situation.