Comments on Younger players
October 28, 2012, 07:13:31
I have always looked at younger players as of major interest insofar as future development of rugby is concerned. Our future lies in the younger players - not the older ones that are still playing after a very unsuccessful past two years on international level.
Unfortunately due to the weather conditions - the Under 19 final was not broadcasted at all. In the case of the Under 21 game - to my mind the game was too one-sided to really assess players since most of the really good Under 21 players of WP was in fact playing for the senior side. This obviously makes an assessment of plauers very difficult. Howeer I would still try to make some objective comments:-
Venter and Howard stood out in the backlines of the two teams and both are good investments for the future. Amongst the forwards I would say that the Bulls props were very good comparative to those of WP and I like Liebenberg as a future player on higher level as well.
Insofar as the senior side is concerned I think we need to consider the following players only:-
The only three players we can look at here are Mvovo, Jordaan, Coetzee and Bresler. I think that Jordaan was the best of the three and he remains to my mind a top prospect for the future. Mvovo and Coetzee were good - but I was not overly impressed by the line out display oif Bresler - the Sharks lost too many line-outs. Part of the problem was the poor throw-ins by the Shark hookers - Burden in particular. In trying to get away as far as possible from Etzebeth - Burden's throw-ins was totally inaccurate and useless. Insofar as other aspects of the game is concerned Bresler played well enough to be considered on higher level.
The team was largely a combination of very young players and I would like to comment on most of them - since they showed that they have real potential for further development:-
Very inexperienced. he obviously was in the team to try and make linebreaks - in effect it means that he was supposed to be a crashballer. Was very good in defence and showed a lot of strength in trying to break he line. What I liked about him was that he made sure that in tackle situations Western Province retained possession. Very strong runner and good in defence. Ampole scope for future development.
The best lock in SA by a mile - and probably one of the best in the World at present. Yesterday once again proved his superiority as a lock. The sky is the limit for this 20 year old.
Kitshoff and Malherbe
Other than two scrums ending up in penalties against WP - they stood up well against the two opposing Springboks. In fact towards the end of the game - they really showed improvement and that led to a heel against the head in one scrum. Malherbe in particular was very good in other facets of the game. I think both of them (particularly Malherbe) are favoured by Meyer and they both may be in the Springbok squad to be announced today.
It would have been interesting to see a direct contest between Alberts and Elstadt as well - but that was not to be. Ultimnately I also favour Elstadt for further progress on higher level.