May 25, 2013, 06:05:10
The past aways looked good - but hankering to the past is no answer to the present situation. There geerally is a problem and that is that people do not adjust to present circumstances - this is especially true insofar as Springbok team selections are concerned.
I am all for selection players that shows constant form in Super 15 and opposed to players being selected on reputation. The norm - Once a Springbok - always a Springbok - normally leads to disaster. There is also a tendency to argue against team renewal based on performances and also a tendency to allow players to perform poorly over a number of tests without any remedial measures.
The situation last year was chaotic in the extreme. Meyer's first attempt was to get the golden oldies back - when that failed his next move was to include virtually every member of the Blue Bulls team in the Springbok squad - making the selection process looks like a revolving door. When all failed he fell back onto players without form - but creited with one-incident players.
The result was a below-par test record last year - and it looked like a siilar scenario this year when Meyer announced his first training camp for the year. More than half of the players named -
* had an atrocious performance record this year in Super 15, or
* due to injury never played a single match this year or had extremely limited exposure in match situations.
The second camp showed some improvement in player identification - but there are still some players with poor form - in fact some players were disastrous this year in virtually all matches they played in. There is also the tendency for players to look good in some rare instances in Super 15 and then go sour in the subsequent test series.That is also what I call - bad news.
It is too early to say what Meyer will come up wth in the forthcoming tests. He called up all of 38 players for the second camp - and has to eliminate 12 of those to get doewn to a squad of 26 players from which the selections are utimately to be named. It may even be down to 15 or more players to be elminated if he decides to use his foreign favoured players to the squad of 26. What I do know - is that Meyer will be controversial and select players with virtually no form to represent SA in the tests this year and that - I believe - would be disastrous insofar as test outcomes are concerned.