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Black players starting to shine


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Super 14 on 21 Apr 2008 at 12:53

This past weekend of Super Rugby saw the Stormers leap up the points table with an impressive performance against the Hurricanes.

Gary Boshoff in his weekly News24 column writes that the Stormers’ tight five, by many considered to be the weak link in a very talented line-up, showed that they’ve finally come of age. They scrummed impressively while the mobility of Andries Bekker and Schalk Brits (and later Ross Skeate) provided the backs with an oversupply of support runners throughout the match. This is off course a very important added value to a game plan which seeks to exploit the opportunities offered by the ELVs.

Then there is that man Schalk Brits, who after two seasons at Newlands is finally finding his best form. On present form (he’s finding his jumpers in the lineouts and is certainly not a weak link in the scrum department anymore) he must surely be getting the attention of the Springbok coach and the national selectors.

Representivity

The success of the Stormers and the return to winning ways of the Bulls is good news for South African rugby in general. Despite struggling to keep up with the rest, individual players at both the Cheetahs and Lions have shown excellent form. This augurs well for the upcoming Welsh tour. Players like Duane Vermeulen, Meyer Bosman, Wian du Preez and Cobus Grobbelaar have been playing their hearts out week after week and is ready to be called up for higher honours at any time.

However, what must indeed by pleasing to the Springbok coach is the form of the black players presently on show in the Super 14. It should not be difficult to select a Springbok side that will reflect a significant improvement on the representivity levels we’ve become used to in recent years.

Hard pressed

Conrad Jantjes is a shoe-in at fullback while Bryan Habana (who is back to his very best) will be on the left wing. The right wing birth can go to either Akona or Odwa Ndungane. The twins have been in scintillating form and deserve to be in the starting line-up. JP Pietersen is the incumbent, but his form has been indifferent thus far in the Super 14. The Springbok coach has made it clear that form will dictate selection.

Even at centre, De Villiers will be hard pressed to ignore the talents of Waylon Murray and Adrian Jacobs. Don’t be surprised if Jacobs is selected for the Welsh Tests! In my opinion he is the one form player that Dick Muir has never once given an extended run since he took over from Kevin Putt two years ago. Jacobs has matured and has grown in confidence and stature and is much more than the impact player that Muir considers him to be. It is no secret that De Villiers holds Jacobs in high esteem.

Add to that the present form of Enrico Januarie as opposed to the subdued performances of Fourie du Preez in a directionless Bulls side, and we might see Du Preez starting from the bench in Bloemfontein.

Welcome assets

That leaves us with the forwards where Gurthro Steenkamp has steadily improved his shares since the Rugby World Cup, with a number of impressive performances for the Bulls. He is finally starting to be his rampaging self again, the way I remember him when he was still playing for the Cheetahs. Soon Brian Mujati and Tendai Mtawarira will qualify to play for South Africa. Though both of them are originally from Zimbabwe they will certainly be welcome assets for the Springboks and South Africa in the years to come.

I am therefore very confident that we will see a “highly transformed” Springbok side in the months and years to come. In fact the Springbok team for the first Test against Wales, if selected on present form, could contain no fewer than six black players in the starting line-up!

So while not enough of our talented black players are playing in the Super 14, the ones presently fortunate to do so have indeed stepped up to the plate and are putting up their hands for selection.



30 Comments

  • “Don’t be surprised if Jacobs is selected for the Welsh Tests! In my opinion he is the one form player that Dick Muir has never once given an extended run since he took over from Kevin Putt two years ago. Jacobs has matured and has grown in confidence and stature and is much more than the impact player that Muir considers him to be. It is no secret that De Villiers holds Jacobs in high esteem.”

    Charlie personally advised both De Villiers and Boshoff on this aspect…

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.04.08 13:00:37 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • I did, ‘coz I know them personally… :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.04.08 13:51:18 by Charlie Reply
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  • Can’t argue with any of that except the Ndungane bros… carthorses…

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.04.08 13:56:18 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • Bryce I adon’t think either of them are hot either but they are the best on form at the moment.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.04.08 13:57:18 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • No mention of Chavanga in the piece…

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.04.08 13:58:03 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • KSA,

    Anything to get Fransie Steyn in the Bok team, even @ wing… :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.04.08 14:01:38 by Charlie Reply
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  • Adi

    Nah he has the 12 spot sewn up tighter than a …………..Very Tight.

    Gary Boshoff is talking about 13.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.04.08 14:05:59 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Bryce i actually missed that.

    he should have a damn good chance of a call up over the ndungane’s. (Damn now where am i gonna find a place for Steyn?) :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.04.08 14:07:15 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • PdV prefers Jean @ 12… BTW, De Villiers said that Steyn have not impress him at all this year… :wink:

    IMO, he might use Adi 12 and Jean 13 as in his age group setup some years ago and they played also in the same positions as a test centre pair against France when Jean unfortunately got injured… :cool:

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.04.08 14:12:02 by Charlie Reply
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  • Can this guy Boshoff please talk about something other than race?

    Sheesh. :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.04.08 14:13:07 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • and is certainly not a weak link in the scrum department anymore)

    :shock:

    That statement is very debatable. I still don’t rate Brits as Springbok material.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.04.08 14:14:49 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • wpw,

    Who else will do it… Cheeky Watson :?:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.04.08 14:16:06 by Charlie Reply

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  • ‘The right wing birth can go to either Akona or Odwa Ndungane. The twins have been in scintillating form and deserve to be in the starting line-up.’

    Has this oke been partaking of the green herb or something???

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.04.08 14:18:06 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • ‘Even at centre, De Villiers will be hard pressed to ignore the talents of Waylon Murray and Adrian Jacobs. Don’t be surprised if Jacobs is selected for the Welsh Tests! In my opinion he is the one form player that Dick Muir has never once given an extended run since he took over from Kevin Putt two years ago. Jacobs has matured and has grown in confidence and stature and is much more than the impact player that Muir considers him to be. It is no secret that De Villiers holds Jacobs in high esteem.’

    Gary Boshoff is Charlie! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.04.08 14:19:47 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • wpw,

    No, I am Robert Mugabe… :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.04.08 14:27:52 by Charlie Reply

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  • wpw did you hear you other favourite is playing 3rd team for Bellville Tech in the SLB?

    The Original Hard Man = TOGHMQD!

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.04.08 14:28:12 by Clayton Reply
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  • Claytie,

    So Quinnie are playing in the Vis & Chips team… :shock:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.04.08 14:32:07 by Charlie Reply

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  • Are u serious?

    LMAO

    That oke is one lazy rugby player. :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.04.08 14:37:02 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • #9

    That statement sort of contradicts itself. :?:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.04.08 14:38:41 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Charlie, how well do you know Peter?

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.04.08 14:45:44 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Not as well as he knows Adi…..that is De Villiers doesn’t have a restraining order against him

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.04.08 15:12:41 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • With that question from Rob. I think he may be angling to get a restraining order of his own from PdV :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.04.08 15:15:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Comment 22 of 22, posted at 21.04.08 15:15:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!)

    That’s not a problem for Rob….he is well versed in dealing with them.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.04.08 15:16:55 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I don’t read anything by Boshoff or Lanning. They are the self same stupid losers that demanded Jake be fired before the World Cup.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.04.08 15:25:22 by yossarian Reply

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  • I am looking at a package deal… just getting a whole bunch of RO’s in one go. Saves me all the annoying court time ;)

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.04.08 15:28:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • yoss

    So you DO read JJ Harmse’s column?

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.04.08 15:32:04 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • he he, wpw. another one I won’t read. Although Harmese is more funny ( to me ) than the other 2.

    this is like trying to boycott chinese goods.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.04.08 15:36:15 by yossarian Reply

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  • Boshoff, Lanning and Harmse….now there are 3 rugby journos that the world could survive without….remove them, Jones from the UK and that Hellenic Aussie dude and the average IQ of rugby journalism increase exponentially.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.04.08 15:36:54 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • that Hellenic Aussie dude

    Spiro Zavos ?

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.04.08 15:53:29 by yossarian Reply

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  • Comment 29 of 29, posted at 21.04.08 15:53:29 by yossarian

    …that’s the one eyed man I had in mind…..

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.04.08 15:55:28 by Dive Pass Reply

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