RE: Team Changes - Bulls and Stormers
March 02, 2013, 01:18:08
I sustantially agree wit you about the issue of weight and size of players and was a great admirer ofPaulse as a player. I also used to rate other smaller backline players - and at one stage ws an admirer of De Jongh as well. However, De Jongh over the past two years was extremely disappointing.
Basically smaller players must distinguish themselves by being extremely clever players and by developing player strategies that creates problems for oppronents, The problem with De Jongh is that he can only contrbiute if somebody else create space for him 0 he himself cannot implment any play that lead to problems for the oppositng side.
I can quote many examples - but the situation is basically that De Jongh is frequntly tackled back since he is not strong enough to go forward when tackled and he also tends under sucj cir[removed]stances to lose balls in tackle situations or or getting penalized for hanging onto balls. Anothr problem he has at center is that he does not really excel in passing balls to other players - as a matterof fact he rearely does so and he cannot off-load balls in tackle situations.
Akthough Jordaan is small in built as well - he is a dofferent kettle of fish altogether, He has had only part of a srason on Super 15 level and the same with CC level performances. In that short period he has -
* scored more tries than De Jongh did in two years of CC Rugby - the CC Final try being his only try in that competuiton this year;
* scored 2 tries on Super 15 level in about a third of the number of matches compared to what De Jongh did; and;
* he created a number of opportunties for other players to score tries in both competitions - matter of fact some of the Sharks best tries this season came from moves started by him..
De Jongh is a very good defender - his deficency is in attacking play. Whereas De Jongh can be tackled easily - unless he has huge space he normally is tackled easily - Jordaan is a much more difficult player to tackle. He is slippery and strong on his feet enabling him to off-load balls in tackle situations.
However, prioably the biggest advantages Jordaan has over De Jongh are -
* he (Jordaan) is extremely speedy and some commentators have labled him as the fastest rugby player in SA at present; and
* he is one of the SA players with a very high level of ball sense.
I was extremeky disappointed by the way De Jongh played in the London test. De Jongh for some reasons only known to himself - was often not inovled in play when the balls in fact was passed along the backline. Although the balls wer frequently went pst De Villiers - the proble was there was no overlap created when Kircchner joined the line up since De Jongh was out of positio and the attacks normally died with Kirchner being tackled.
After his poor performances in the recent two tests I think that it is unlikely De Jongh would ever be considere for selection to the Springbok team again.