So rumours have it that I am due a good serving of humble pie following on my selection article of last week.
Now while I feel you are understandably outraged that I had the audacity to question the mighty brains trust (an oxymoron if ever there was one) in SA Rugby, I also feel a modicum of perspective is needed.
First and foremost, I still stand by my comments in the article. Nothing I saw on the weekend made me change my mind, especially in the light of that excuse of a performance that Gatland’s men delivered.
They came to South Africa looking for respect. Now answer yourself honestly if they deserved any after Saturday? No? Me neither and thus I cannot in all honesty retract my comments because I don’t think they were tested adequately.
First up, de Villers did say he would be picking on S14 form. Along with that mysterious pecking order list that never came to fruition, I didn’t see the form selections.
As such, despite the weekend’s performances, I still feel Kanko and Kockett were hard done by. The fact that Bolla had his first stormer in 4 seasons doesn’t change that fact.
Secondly, Spies is not currently a better player than Kankowski. He had a few barnyard runs and probably ended up having played a fairly good game but, in my humble opinion, Kanko would probably have had an even better game. Sorry but based on what I’ve seen this year Kanko is light years ahead of Spies currently.
As for Bolla, I didn’t think he deserved to be there based on his patchy Super14 form. I’m sorry but one Slaptjips Roussouw performance still hasn’t changed my mind. If any of you are willing to change your opinion of a player based on one performance then I’m sorry but I’m not prepared to debate the merits with you.
My other criticism was of the lack of kicker. Fair enough Butch proved me wrong and for that I’ll have a wee bite of humble pie. But how was I supposed to know he would have an immaculate kicking game? He’s never been a bloody kicker and only kicked three penalties for Bath in an entire season! Yes he kicked superbly well on Saturday but the fact remains that, despite this, it was still a high risk manoeuvre from Piet Snor.
And finally I feel it needs to be said that Wales were shit. The side that dawdled around the pitch on Saturday was a far cry from the side that won the Six Nations, both in terms of playing personnel and in terms of the game they actually played.
So yeah, I’m well chuffed with the victory but let’s not go overboard. I’ll have a sliver of humble pie but I do not think any questions were answered and it was always a game we were going to win, irrespective of what happened based purely on SA’s player depth, superior fitness from the ELVs and homeground advantage.
If you think that with all this going for us that this was some sort of miracle victory or some sort of smashing then you are sorely mistaken. This game played perfectly to the playbook and the result went the way it should.
This bodes as a good year for Bok rugby but I do get the feeling that’s due to the shambles that almost every other rugby playing nation is in currently, Wales simply being the first to be put to the sword.
So let me have it but remember, it was only Wales. And not even a good Wales at that.Tweet