Guys who are not destined for Bok colours in June
April 09, 2013, 17:14:33
This training squad is very broad, and excludes overseas players and injured players like Schalk and Taute. So if a player hasn't made this squad it's a fair bet he wont be in Bok colours in June. Of course many of these chaps, wont either. Still there are fan favourites who haven't made it. Here are a few and a bit of the reasoning that may have influenced their omission:
Willie Le Roux......a player we alll enjoy. I can't frankly see why he isn't there ahead of Kirchner who can't kick and can't tackle. A mystery.
Van den Heever......he has all the physical attributes, and is better than Mvovo and Rhule. This could be politics.
Jordaan....can't tackle as we saw against Fruean
JJ Engelbrecht.....has looked a bit better this year, but may still be more of a wing. He got deep sixed last year with no clear cut reason....whatever that was seems to still hold true.
De Allende.....a power centre, and a promissing one.....this is a bit disappointing
Catrikilis......out and Jantjies in.....it aint fair, but I'm afraid this is going to be Demetri's rugby existence. If Greece had a national team he would be a certainty.
Reineke....another favourite, but not skilled enough for test pressure.
Kitshoff.....he can't scrum and looseheads have to apply some pressure.
Wiehahn Herbst.....scrums like a titan. We need a strong back up tighthead, Malherbe is a much bigger man, that probably helped. As I prophetically pointed out 11 years ago tall props are the trend because of lineout lifting.
Becker....stunningly absent if I'm reading this right. This could only be ascribed to sheer lunacy
Elstadt......Alberts is better. But another big Danie Rossouw type option looked attractive.
Labuschagne the Cheetahs secret weapon....smaller, slower, less experienced than Kankan who himself has done diddly at test level.