RE: Only one try vs NZ and in the CC final....who did the heavy lifting?
November 02, 2012, 21:26:08
The only criticism I would have with a centre combination of Devilliers and Dejong is playmaking ability- being able to create enough space to get their wings into the game.
However this is more when comparing to the centres in other countries like the All Blacks.
I would agree with doubts of any current centre combination would out perform Devilliers/Dejong in both all round play of defene and attack.
Both Devilliers and Dejong are strong runners, good defenders and allright at getting the outside backs into the game- under the right game plan and with a flyhalf like Lambie runs onto the ball at speed either flat or on the angle.
On defence I just do not believe the shambolic effort against the All blacks would have happened with a Devilliers/Dejong combination.
And good wing or fullback can play outside center to some degree, especially on attack. However in defence- center is a very specialist position- as Taute was found out against the all blacks
Paul Jordaan ideally should have been in the squad and would have been a good bench player.
The center combination of a fit and inform Frans Steyn and Paul Jordaan I think will outplay Devilliers/Dejong next year in the SuperXV. However I cant see any other SA center combination right now that would outplay them. The Sharks centres were schooled in the Curry Cup Final on defence, and dejong cut the line to shreds twice
Lots of other potential young centres around, but they need to excel at SuperXV level first to upsurp the incuments.