RE: After Watching th Game again - a few prickly questions
November 12, 2013, 08:07:50
Mozart - not pig-headed this time around. At least I am logical - you never are. Your brain deficiency in rugby is a bad joke AND OBVIOUSLY FURTHER BEFUDDLED BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE PIGSHIT ON THE BRAIN DISEASE - HENCE YOUR NEWLY DISOVERED OBSESSION WITH PIGS.
Strategic Kicking Game
The most accurate strategic kicks - where there were always Springbok players to compete for possession was by Le Roux - eg in the case where a kicked ball got back to Du Preez leading to his try. Second on the list was Lambie - in the case of most strategic kicks there were competition in the air from the Springboks for possession. The wost two kickers in that regard were Steyn and Du Preez - their kicks were too far ahead to allow for competition in the air and was a basis for return kicks or counter-attacks.
Line Kicks from Penalties
In two of the last three tests in the RC - Morne missed three line kicks when taking penalties. All three had serious counter-attack consequences. On Saturday for some reason or other Du Preez messed up a similar kick - when he grabbed the ball after a penalty was awarded and kicked the ball aimlessly into the Welsh in goal area about two minutes before halftime. As a result an excellent attacking opportunity went astray.
No lessons needed - this was one of a very few mistakes made by Du Preez.
There were only 3 scrums in the first half of the game. In the first scrum Beast was in serious trouble against Jones and a penalty for the Welsh resulted from that one. In the second scrum the Welsh were pushed back slightly in the scrum (by then Jones was off the field) and it was clear that both of their props - and especially Jenkins - was not handling the pressure well. The third scrum resulted in collapsing of the scrum by Jenkins and a penalty was the result.
The scrums in the second half were also problematic. The first one was a repeat of the collapse problem. Jenkins again collapsed the scrum and was penalized . That was followed by another collapsed scrum. Why Malherbe was penalised in that case was a mystery to me. Jenkins had his elbow on the ground and was obviously succumbing to pressure, while Malherbe was in a bent down position - but on both feet. That was followed by a warning from the referee about collapsed scrums and Coenie came on.
In the next scrum Jenkins succumbed to the pressure and ended up flat on the grass. He obviously was the real culprit, but instead of being penalized - the ref yellow-carded both players.
The first contested scrum thereafter was after Steenkamp came on to replace Beast.
Steenkamp was penalized in that case.
Scrumming on the day was a mess - but looking closely at all the scrums I think the real problem case was Jenkins. On the loose head side the worst problem cases were Beast and Steenkamp - as is evident from the awarded penalties.
Fourie's Defence at 13
No need for discussion here - the answer is NO HE CANNOT BE.