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clevermike

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What did I see in the warm up matches yesterday?
February 03, 2013, 10:05:12

There is a number of very worrying issues.   There are a number of issues where there need to be urgent work done by the different teams and these can be summarized as follows:-

Bulls

Thir line out play was atrocious and needs urgent attention.   Sr=crummaging was poor and the props were not really showing anything.

Their backline did function satisfactorily - but it remains a averge unit at best - despite the heroics of Serfontein.

Cheetahs

There line-out efforts were below par - but their scrummaging was solid.   The backline was not really the playes they would have in the series itself - so it is quite possible that there would be drastic improvement in performances on their part.

Stormers

Line-outs good and solid in scrums.   However, despite the efforts of De Allende to put somme spark into their backline - they still have a bad case of dead backline syndrome.

Outstanding Players

There are a number of players that showed major potential and those include the following:-

*   Jan Serfontein - the star of the show

*   Damian de Allende - real potential to play top class rugby.

If I have to use only what I saw yeterday  would pik Serfontein as 12 and play De Allende from the bench insofar as Springbok selection is concerned.    I have no real faith in Steyn and De Villiers and will have to see how they perform in the series - if they are average like they were last year - I would go with the young guns. What I like about the above two players is that they have ball sense.- something seriously absent from most other centers in SA.

Springboks

There were not many Springboks on display yesterday and my comments on some of them are as follows:-

Taute - Since he was not really a center and hisexperience was largely at full back - I had high hopes for him as a full back.   In some way he was disappointing and he made some crucial errors that cost his team dearly.   Could be early season jitters - but he will have to up his game considerably to stay in contention for future selection.

De Jongh - He had a very good service from De Allende who made progress in traffic, drew in defenders and off-loaded balls very well to him - putting him in space.   De Jongh made some meters - in one case more or less ten meters - got tackled and the movse died.   He still is really ineffective as a center and definitely part of the dead backline syndrome.

Etzebeth - Remained the key in vey solid forward display by the Stormers.

 

 

 

 


Goodman

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RE: What did I see in the warm up matches yesterday?
February 03, 2013, 11:41:55

You cany read too much into these games. It's like. First date, everyone is afraid to move on to second base, apart from the young upstarts. 

For the Bulls another stand out player is Arno. I expect to see him push hard to oust vermeulen from the Boks. But watch this space. Kankowski will really mix it up and Meyer has an eye for him. 

Must say I do enjoy the fact the Lions pushed the Bulls B side. 


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