RE: Pressure on Boks to become greater
August 23, 2013, 09:01:37
ARGENTINA v SOUTH AFRICA (Mendoza, 9:10pm)
If you watch the video of last year’s game, it becomes obvious what the Boks need to do to avoid the embarrassment of 12 months ago.
While the coaches took a lot of heat after that game for the game-plan, the reality was that they never had a chance to influence the match with their structures because they simply never won any ball.
Seldom has a Bok pack been as pitiful as it was that day, and it was a miracle they got out of the game with a share of the points.
So the mission this time has to be a simple one – the pack has to front. No, more than that, it must dominate like it did last week.
The Bok coach was chuffed at the way his backs finished off the opportunities presented in Johannesburg, but it was the big men who laid the foundation by simply denying the Pumas the foothold they needed in the set-pieces.(Please note muncher and polyboy etc)
But the Pumas will have been stung by last week, and they would have worked on their shortcomings. Don’t be too surprised if the forwards have managed to find their teeth in the last seven days.
However, the Bok team has a much better balance to it than when they last played in Argentina. Both Duane Vermeulen and Francois Louw have been added subsequent to that game, and the way they play to the ball has made a big difference to the performance. It’s why a repeat of 12 months ago would be a major surprise.(Please note ou maaaikie)
The Pumas have made five changes, several of them forced by injury, while understandably the Boks have kept their changes to a minimum, with just the club-tied Fourie du Preez missing from the 23 that was so triumphant last time out.
The questions we should be asking:
1. Given the battles that lie ahead after this one, wouldn’t it be better for the Boks if the Pumas did stand up and gave them a real game?
2. Ancillary to the last one, what will happen on the day that an opposition team does stand up to the Bok pack? So far this year that is something that has only happened once – in the first half against Scotland. But Francois Louw was missing that day…
3. The newcomers to the Bok team have all done well, but all the games have been at home, and the last two on the Highveld. What happens now?
Argentina: Lucas Gonzalez-Amorosino, Gonzalo Comacho, Marcelo Bosch. Felipe Contepomi (capt), Horacia Aguila, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo, Leonardo Senatore, Juan Maneul Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Mariano Galarza, Julio Farias Cabello, Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Tomas Lavaninni (Our Thomas!!!!), 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Tomás Cubelli, 21 Santiago Fernández, 22 Juan Imhoff
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)