Peter Grant won’t be thrown out of his stride by rumours that Ruan Pienaar will be South Africa’s flyhalf for the Test match against Argentina in Johannesburg on August 9.
“My chance will come. Everyone has to carry the tackle bags from time to time,” the Western Province pivot said here on Tuesday.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Grant started the season as South Africa’s second-choice flyhalf, with Butch James the man in the seat. But then Frans Steyn was selected at flyhalf for a Test against Italy when James was given a rest.
Now, after James’s disappointing form in New Zealand and Australia, it seems Pienaar is the next man on the selectors’ list.
Grant is as unruffled about the speculations as he was when he turned out for the Stormers in the Super 14 early this season.
“Ruan and Frans are both talented players. If the coaches want to try out certain combinations there must be valid reasons,” he said.
Grant has only positive opinions about James. “I think Butch has been very good in the Tri-Nations series and against Wales earlier this year.
“It is only a matter of hanging in. The game time I was given in the Super 14 might have made me forget how the guys feel who are sitting on the bench.
“It’s hard to get off the bench because one often does not have enough time to make things happen,” Grant said.
“I could have spoken to (Springbok coach) Peter de Villiers at any time if I wanted to because he promotes open relations. But I did not feel it was necessary because I know where I stand.”
Grant had some game time as impact player in the first Test against Wales, and also against Italy and Australia.Tweet