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Sharkbok

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Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:02:24

 

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Juan De Jongh is on track to make his first start for Heyneke Meyers Springboks in the tour opener against Ireland in Dublin.Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

 

Juan De Jongh is on track to make his first start for Heyneke Meyer’s Springboks in the tour opener against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday after showcasing his elusiveness in Western Province’s Currie Cup final win over the Sharks.

De Jongh, 24, has 12 Test caps to his name, but only two of those appearances have been made in 2012, and both were off the bench last month.

In fact, the Province centre had to wait until the September 15 clash against New Zealand in Dunedin to crack the matchday 22 for the first time this season.

Meyer has made no secret of his preference for big bodies in every position and De Jongh consequently started the year in fifth place on the depth chart behind centres Jean de Villiers, Frans Steyn, Wynand Olivier and even rookie JJ Engelbrecht.

But Olivier has since moved shop to Japan, while Engelbrecht’s defensive shortcomings at outside centre have seen him fall out of favour and Steyn has been ruled out of the year-end tour with an ankle injury.

And Jaco Taute, the only other player standing between De Jongh and the No 13 jersey, is earmarked to start at fullback on Saturday.

Meyer’s faith in the WP centre appears to have been boosted after De Jongh brushed aside two Boks, and side-stepped a third, to score the only try of the Currie Cup final.

South Africa have lost three of their last four matches against Ireland, and De Jongh will be determined to seize a rare opportunity to impress.

POSSIBLE TEST TEAM: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira


Sharkbok

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:03:14

 Jaco Taute must be happy he is starting at 15. It must have been difficult to displace Bob Kirchner one of the remaining bulls in the starting 15


Ek

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:19:56

Sharkbok, this is still Media Hype and purely speculation, they claim confirmed but it ain't confirmed untill the teamsheet is out. So let's wait and see.


chiproll

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:22:08

the team is not the best i will play willem from the bench as an inpack player and start coezee and kruger ont the bench and start flip


mozart

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:26:27

Coetzee doesn't have the sheer physical presence to make a difference against Ireland.....a nice player without a big punch.


Saffex

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:36:29

Agreed Chip, Flip should be starting ahead of Kruger, but Meyer is so short sighted that he reckons Kruger has to be there to make the line-out calls - wow

Agreed Coetzee ahead of Alberts, he is far more dynamic and has a much higher workrate.

Our centre combo is poor, they are both a liability, but will be ok against a depleted Irish side.

There are 5 players in that side who should not be starting: de Jongh, Jean, Pienaar, Kruger and Alberts


mozart

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:39:27

And there you have it, the swami of the wooden shack has spoken.


dan dan

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 15:44:00

Agree with A girl we have better players that could start ahead of the likes of Kruger,de jongh and Piennar!Jean is also getting a bit old and is not the player he once was,although there is no one else we could put in his place at the moment!A bit worried about the outcoe of this tour


clevermike

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 05, 2012, 16:05:43

Guesswork by a newspaper reporter - not worth commenting on before the team is finally announced.   Probably on Wednesday at the latest.


carpetmuncher

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RE: Confirmation- De Jongh to start at 13, and Jaco Taute at 15
November 06, 2012, 10:54:37

i must admit i really hate this type of journalism...

we should see what the teamsheets say


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