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 passes 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 Basson 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 pass 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.