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Beeno1

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Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 08, 2013, 11:52:29
 
Paul Willemse (Gallo Images)
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Cape Town - Former Baby Bok lock and new Bulls recruit Paul Willemse has set his sights on representing the Springboks in 2013.

The 20-year-old, who won the IRB Junior World Championship with the SA under-20 side last year, recently made the move across the Jukskei River from the Golden Lions to the Blue Bulls.

Willemse admitted he exceeded his own expectations in 2012 after initially only setting himself the goal of playing Vodacom Cup rugby. Aside from his success with the Baby Boks, he also represented the Lions' senior side in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup.

"There were many things I did not anticipate last season that came my way," the 2.00m and giant told the Rugby365 website.

"It made me realise that one should not place barriers in your way. Dream big."

And dreaming big is exactly what Willemse plans to do this year, as he expressed his desire to go all the way in 2013.

"My dream is to play for the Springboks in 2013."

This goal is also driven by former Springbok lock Victor Matfield, who now coaches the Bulls forwards
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"I told him I would like to play for the Bulls on a regular basis in 2013 and he asked me why I don't aspire to play for the Boks. When I said I did, he insisted that I made this part of my career goals for 2013. That will be my focus this season," Willemse said. (ou victor probably thinks if he can play for the Boks any lock can - Hahahahahahahaha)

He and Flip should make a formidable lock pair.  Bulle should make top six as well a sSharks and Stormers.

Lean pickings for nz sides again this year?


Saffex

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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 08, 2013, 23:02:25

This kid is the real deal, love the way he likes to impose himself - enjoys the confrontation. Ideal back-up to Etzebeth for the Boks. Has Bok written all over him.

Bok locks for the near future will be 4. Etzebeth 5. Steph du Toit with Willemse on the bench


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 01:45:54

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This guy in a way reminds me of Kobus Wiese - but he will have to improve his discipline if he really wants to get ahead in rugby - a red card in the Under 20 WC final and a more recent card in the CC this year is just not acceptable. 


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 02:18:40

Weisse was fatter and yes Willemse is a hot head, but its part of his appeal, he is aggressive and you need that in an enforcer. At 2m and 127kg he is a big unit who will need to make sure he spends many hours in the gym as I know at one point he weighed 135kg


Ek

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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 08:04:54

Saf, apparently he has lost alot of weight. The rumour is that Willemse is around the 120 now, that's about 7 kg's lost.

Actually to me the thing i didn't like about him was his weight, as he didn't have muscle, it was baby fat. If he lost a bit of that weight and turned it into muscle he could be a machine. He is however not the most manouvrable player on the park and you will also lose on pace towards the ball with him. So yeah. Hope for his sake he gets his stuff right as he could be a prospect, that is if he works on his failings.


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 08:16:40

Ek

Spot on as always - he carried too much baby fat and was too slow.   A real consideration if he can -

 *   lose the fat;

 *   build up his muscles; and

 *   do speed exercises to become a speedier player.


Ek

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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 08:35:38

Mike you forgot the most important... While we are giving advise on how to make him better

Cut his legs shorter, so you can convert him into a six :)

Give him a rocket pack so he can get to the ball faster.


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 08:59:57

But Mike is correct - how mobile is the guy. Like the size. He and Etzebeth will do serious damage. Play Du Toit at 7?  One has to consider the options.

Man I can hear the abs squealing for mercy already!


Ek

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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 09:34:57

Du Toit did impress during the JWC at 7. However. Beeno. Du Toit i think will make a better lock partner to Etzebeth than Willemse. Klein Spiere might not have Willemse's size. But he does have his number in the speed and skill catagory.

Willemse might be a good option off the bench, as we have said that is if he does the hard yards. If not.....I don't see it.

 


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 09, 2013, 23:35:00

You dont need pace for a lock especially an enforcer, his pace or mobility was good enough for a 4 and if he has lost more weight that is even better for him.

I think the kid is the real deal and should go all the way. A hard nut


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 10, 2013, 05:44:34

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A degree of mobility is required from any international player    I am not saying that locks need to be speedsters _ I am saying they need to get to breakdowns quickly enough to be effective.

I sometimes worry about the term "enforcer" about as much as I worry about the term "fetcher".   Thelatter term was used primarily to justify the selection of the player playing at no 6 loosie.   The long and the short of the discussion aimed at one point only and that was the selection of Brussouw in that position - nothing else.   In fact the conclussion ultimnately was that any player on the field should eb able to affect turnover balls immediately after tackles and before mauls are formed.   Once a maul is called by the ref - uasing of hands in mauls leads to penalties.   

Are we onto the same type of thing here?   Is the enforcer somebdy strong enough to carry balls in heavy traffic?   Is he somebody that can make very hard tackles?  Is he somebody that can push the opposing players in maul situations?    

The main question remains - is an enforcer really effective if he is too slow to get to breakdown points fast  enough?   Bakkies Botha was an "enforcer" - but he seemed to have ball sense and was in crtitical positions timeously.    The latter seems to be the requirement.   Once again - I do believe that rugby as a team sport and in reality requires the forwards as a whole to be enforcers and not only individual players.   The forwards need to impose their will on the opposition - for individual players to be singled out for that purpose is just not feasible - is it?        

 


Ek

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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 10, 2013, 07:43:46

What Mike said...

PS: Isn't Rugby a sport? so athletic ability would be a given? No place for slow coaches then ? True to an extent.

As mike said we not looking for a spead freak, however If it was a shoot up between a lumbering Giant and a slightly smaller Athletic specimen. I know which one i would take.


Saffex

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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 10, 2013, 23:34:39

Mike you enforce as a whole and as an individual for rugby is as much about one to one contact as it is, contact as a unit.

My point about Willemse is that his pace, mobility and skills are good enough for the position he plays and by that I mean they are good enough for him to play test rugby.

His biggest asset is that he enjoys the conflict and confrontation - much like Etzebeth does. Willemse is no slower or faster than Bakkies


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 10, 2013, 23:39:44

 It would be good to have a 150kg enforcer, even if he had average spead. He could just run onto the ball and break through tackles and then hit rucks and just enforce and overpower the opposition. Kobus Wiese was in this mould


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RE: Paul Willmese aimimg for Bok spot in 2013
January 10, 2013, 23:48:12

Wiese was fat though and weighed 125kg. Take Etzebeth for instance at 123kg - he is alot more effective. Fat v muscle

Dont get me wrong I liked old Kobus

Willemse was originally a bit of a Kobus as he weighed in at 135kg as an 18 year old and by all accounts is now down to 120kg, so the lad is obviously serious about getting into shape and making the impression he has the potential to


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