RE: Well done Boks
June 26, 2013, 14:35:31
With respect I differ from you here. I think the real fact is that Le Roux does two thinks which make him very dangerous as a full back and those are -
* his ability to draw in defenders and thus create space; and
* once other players are in space - he p[removed]es the ball exactly at the right time.
That is what lead to the tries he was involved in. Two examples are the tries scored by Habana and B[removed]on against Samoa the past weekend, but in fact he did the same thing in other tries scored by the Springboks - when he created the necessary space for other players to use.
By doing the above he in fact straighten the line and I do not understand what else you expected in his case. Le Roux put the other playes in space on the front foot and that is very, very difficult todefend against.
Although I have always rated Aplon as a very good player - I do not think that he will do the same as Le Roux is doing, because he does not really draw in defenders and p[removed] the ball as is done in this case. He tends to get talked while in possession and that ends the attacking move there and then.
As to Alberts - I do not think we can go into the RC with two low-mobile loosies and although Alberts have merit in some aspects of his game - he has serious limitations. He is no faster than a prop forward and the AN's and Wallabies will make full use of that limitation. I think that we need two speedy loosies and can do with one low-mobile one - hence my statement that either Vermeulen or Alberts can play - but to combine them is to look for disaster.