RE: JJ weet mos....
October 22, 2012, 20:34:52
Ok - I think you have some good points insofar as backline selection is concerned. I relly have no problem with lambie at full back - but I do believe that Meyer will rather play him and Goosen at flyhalf than at full back. Both are clever players and Lambie may be wasted at full back. If that be th case - I would rather play Ludick as full back.
Pietersen and Habana as wings with Rhule as back up - no problem.
The center combination is problematic - I myself would prefer Steyn at 12 - but he was very iffy this year and did not really perform as expected. In France he was from the games I saw only a crash ball player without off-;load capacity and that was probably the reason why his contract was not renewed. Since he played in tests this year - he really made one significant break - against the All Blacks in Dunedin - for the rest there was really very little to talk about. I think we must see what he comes up next year in Super 15. If he shows his rel capabilities that we know he has - yes then he could be the choice no 12 - if not then he must not be selected. Where he can improve iis drawing in defenders and off-load balls effectively, - thus creting space for the outside players. I have not seen one case where it happened this year, He probably will ,make the grade - if not he cannot be selected at 12 - it will be deva...sting to backline play to have a crah baller at 12. Maybe playing outside of Lambie and Goosen will help him - so lets wait and see.
That brings me to the issue of the outside center. I m not entirely happy with Taute in that position. However, unlike Mozart I do believe he should be given a further chance in that position in thte End of Year Tour. If in the first two tests he does not deliver - then they should use Jordaan. You give very little credit to him. I think he is a very clever player and in fact he is the key player oin the Sharks backline play. He draws in defenders and off-load really well. :udick was very good - but ,mosy of the attacks he is involved in resulted from space created by Jordaan. He also looks for work constantly abd caused a number of turnovers in possession. Defence wise - he is a touch above Taute and definitely much better than Engelbrecht in that Department. He brings down forwards easily and often tackles back backline players causing problems such as turnovers. At 96kgs I have no problem with him in all departments of center play. If Steyn does not make the grade at 12 - I would move Jordaan to 12 - bearing in mind theta he played at 12 in the Super 15 finl and hndled SBW very well through sound defece.
To be quite frank - I firmly believe Engelcrecht hs not shown enough to qualify for selection at this stage. I would like to see what he, Taute and Jordaan produce in the Super 15 next year - before making up my mind as to whome I see as the center combination that could take us into the future.
When it comes to scrummie play - I have still serious reservations about Hougaard. I have now seen Reinach playing on a number of occassions and he was exceptional on CC level. He will definitely be the Shark scrumnmie in the Super 15 series next year and we will then see how he performs on higher level. If he performs as well as he did on CC level - I would definitely prefer him to Hougaard as scrummie. I believe that Hougaard is not really a natural scrummie - whilst Reinach is one. Lets rather wait and see how it pans out next year in Super 15. Hougaard may be disadvantaged because he will play behind a forward pack that is substantilally weaker than the Sharks one and will have Steyn as flyhalf. However, lets not argue about that one.- we will be able to get a clearer picture in Super 15 next year - if the Bulls played him - and npot Vermaak as their scrummie of choice.
We gave a completely different point of view on Jantjies - I do not rate him at all - and you do. Personally he will have to be a real star next year in he Stormers backline for me to change my opibnion. I suspect that in the end he woul be dropped by the Stormers from their startng line up - because of a variety of reasons. We will also get a clearer picture about his capabilities in Super 15 next year.
For the end of year tour I think that Meyer may be tempted to bring in Ludick at full back and play Taute at 13 - if Taute does not prform well enough Meyer is likely to bring Jordaan into the mix. Lambie will most likely be used at flyhalf and Pienaar as scrummie - especially since th latter is more familiar with wet playing conditions. However, the joker in the pack remains Reinach - but I would prefer it if he plays first in a full Super 15 series - the most likely scenario.
Nobody really knows whether De Villiers will be able to tour - if he does not heaven only knows what meyer will do. He would not like to play two newbies at center - but if he does it will most likely be Jordaan at 12 and Taute. at 13. I would definitely not like to see De Jongh anywhere near the backline again.