We’ve been saying it, the media have been saying it and now even John Plumtree has chimed in with his opinion. Peter de Villiers needs to set aside his stance on foreign players and call BJ Botha to join the tour of New Zealand, immediately.
Botha was superb in a losing effort for the Sharks this weekend, thoroughly stuffing his opposite number, Jaco Engels at each and every scrum. He put in a huge amount of work on defense and was busy with ball in hand. In short, he underlined why he is South Africa’s premier tighthead prop.
CJ van der Linde and Beast Mujati between them were annihilated in New Zealand by the experienced Tony Woodcock. van der Linde has never been a great scrummager and to make matters worse, he appeared to go off injured. Mujati has been woeful in the scrums ever since making his test debut against Wales and it didn’t go any better against the best scrumming no 1 anywhere in the world (bar Heinke van der Merwe, that is). BJ has proved over the course of numerous Super 14 campaigns that he has Woodcock’s number. There surely cannot be any more sensible call than getting him onto a plane as soon as possible.
In other news, it appears as thought John Smit may be out for the next two games. If that is the case, then God help the Boks, because Victor Matfield proved again on Saturday that he isn’t a captain’s ass. He’s barely even a rugby player these days…Tweet