RE: Can we wait another year for Meyer to come right?
November 11, 2012, 21:11:10
Meyer has three major problems that seem to bedevil everything. Those are -
* The worst assistant coaches set-ip anybody could ever dream about;
* Diabolical selections - not based on meritorious performances;
* An unachievable game plan given his selection of players to implement same
ASSISTANT COACHES SET UP
Meyer went lock, stock and barrell for the Bulls assistant squad crowd - especially the backline, defence and attack coaches were poor should never have been around at all. With that lot around can anone really expect any implementation of any game plan at all.
Unless there is a drastic change in the coaching set-up Meyer is doomed. However - will Meyer realize the glaringly obvious and make the required changes? I believe not - and that will remain a basis for future failures.
Lets look at the various tests series this year:-
Meyers selections for this series was not convincing. Where there was any doubt about certain selections and could not find any previous Springboks - he fell back to players from the Bulls franchise. The Bulls gad a average Super 15 this year - but the likes of Kirchner. Morne Steyn, Olivier. Hougaard, Spies, W Kruger, Greyling, J Kruger and Flip van der Merwe - was in the squad.
In this series the main falures were Kirchner, Morne Steyn, Oivier, Hougaard. Spies and the two Krugers mentioned. One would have reasonably that he would get rid of the faiures, Olivier left for Japan and Spies gpt injured - so they were out of contention for the remaining tests this year. There is no doubt that they would still have been in the squad if they were abailable, The only exclusions from the squad for the initial Super Series games were in fact the Krugers.
Despite the atrocious performances by some of the above-mentioned players in the POMS tests all of the abov players - bar the four mentioned remained in the squad for the Championship Series. When Alberts got injured he added Potgieter from the Bulls. Injury of Pietersen caused the failed scrummie - Hougaard to be moved to the wing.
Everything seems to click in the Cape Town test against the Pumas - but went drastically wrong afterwards. Kirchner failed again and Morne Steyn went from bad to worse, Hougaard on the wing was a disaster. Greyling became notorious during the Dunedin test. That test also spelt the temporary end to Morne Steyn's selection. Ther enever was a combination of two players that caused the loss of a test so comprehensively as those two managed to do.
It was not only the Bulls selections that was bizarre. Meyer also selected Jantjies and De Jongh (the latter after the injury to Francois Steyn) . Both have serious deficiencies and should never have been near the squad. Meyer virtually ignored the obvious talent of Lambie as well.
In general Meyer managed to ignore other talented players that proved themselves in Super 15 and up to the end consistentlt stuck with a squad containing virtually all the faled platers mentioned above.
The obvious improvement was in the Pretoria test - when Goosen was selected at flyhalf - it was refreshing to see a functioning backline. But then disaster struck - when Goosen was injured and Jantjies took the field in his place in the Soweto test. His fellow players saw the all-to-obvious deficeinties of Jantjies and ignored his presence for the last 25 minutes of that test.
THE END-OF-YEAR TOUR
Meyer really made weird selections in this case. He basically stuck with the failed players - but suddenly became enamoured with the idea of having foreign players included in the squad. He picked a failed player like Van der Linde and add to that Steenkamp - who is not even in the starting line up of the Toulpouse club.
On Saturday the farce became even more evident Van der Linde was suddenly moved into the starting and we were back with J Kryger as well. In the first half the performances of the forwards was diabolically poor. The reason was obvious - once the dreadful Van der Linde was removed the forward play in general improved.
Meyer insists here is a game plan - but wha is glaringly obvious is that his selections - coupled to his assistant coaches - implementation of any plan will be impossible.
Meyer can yet make a success as a coach, but then he must -
* replace his assistant coaches and appoint experts in the relevant field; and
* he must properly evaluate player performances in the 2013 Super Series and PICK ONLY THE TOP PERFORMERS IN THAT SERIES.
Will the above happen? I am not holding ny breath at all.