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Beeno1

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Pienaar's pedigree
August 21, 2013, 18:42:15

ExKeo 

Ruan Pienaar is a vital component to a Springbok match day squad capable of world rugby domination.

 

Pienaar will start in the absence of Fourie du Preez against Argentina in Mendoza, but Pienaar’s ultimate value to the Bok cause will be as a player who provides cover for 9, 10, 14 and 15 and who provides back-up as a goal kicker.

Pienaar is a very good goal kicker and has excelled for Ulster in this role. He is also a very good starting scrumhalf, even though he (like every other South African scrumhalf) is never going to offer the unique talent of Du Preez.

However, with Du Preez showing he still has the desire to play for the Boks and, if fit, the obvious first choice in the lead in to the 2015 World Cup, Pienaar’s role changes.

Pienaar’s versatility allows for Bok coach Heyneke Meyer to stack the bench with forwards and play a six-two forwards and backs split. Pienaar covers every position except centre and he covers the goalkicker. This allows for the accommodation of a specialist centre among the substitutes.

Having Du Preez and Pienaar available opens huge opportunities to Meyer that are not options to any other international coaches.

The potency of the Boks was illustrated because of the quality of the bench in the Rugby Championship opener against the Pumas in Soweto. The Boks were able to increase the tempo of the game and be ruthless. They lost nothing in terms of quality when the likes of Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez were introduced.

Imagine the impact of introducing a near complete pack of forwards with 20 or 30 minutes to go?

South Africa’s forward pack currently is looking very good. To be able to play 14 out of a possible 16 Bok forwards in a game is the equivalent of having a one man advantage – and it’s down to Pienaar.



Beeno1

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RE: Pienaar's pedigree
August 21, 2013, 23:36:25

 I think Meyer is correct to start with Pienaar as he showed improved form last Saturday. I am also very pleased he put in Vermaak before Van Zyl. Vermaak has been the from Super 15 scrummie and plays very well off the bench. In fact Pienaar had better watch out.

I have to ask also where is snapster's hero Hougie. How one tried to explain to snapster that Hougies was not playing well but all to no avail!!


Saffex

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RE: Pienaar's pedigree
August 21, 2013, 23:39:58

Pienaar is a hasbeen, Hougaard has had an op, v/Zyl is better than Vermaak. Beenkop, I think you need to wake up


Beeno1

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RE: Pienaar's pedigree
August 21, 2013, 23:43:37

 Snapster can you give me Meyers current win ratio - please exclude draws as they are neutral. Or else give his loss ration and you can include draws.


Saffex

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RE: Pienaar's pedigree
August 21, 2013, 23:48:17

His win ratio was 58% in 2012, which was pathetic.......this year its 100% thanks to playing Italy, Scotland, Samoa and Argentina........WOW


nukefreekiwi

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RE: Pienaar's pedigree
August 22, 2013, 00:52:05

Hey wannabean. Do you know what Hansens win loss record was last year?  You can include draws if it makes you feel better.  I don't mind.  If draws are neutral and not to be included when calculating a coaches/teams overall record, does that mean the ABs have the greatest number of consecutive wins, bearing in mind that it was their draw against the Wobblies that upset their winning sequence.  


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