Peter Grant is your man.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that this was flyhalf legend Naas Botha’s advice on Monday to Springbok coach Peter de Villiers for South Africa’s rugby tour to Britain in November.
Botha believes it is imperative that South Africa should select its strongest possible team, and regards Western Province’s Peter Grant as the best option for flyhalf.
“Butch James didn’t have a good Tri-Nations series. The little I have seen of him in European rugby also hasn’t looked good to me,” said Botha.
“The flyhalf position is a problem and it doesn’t look as if South Africa has many answers. But we do have Peter Grant. I was hoping Morné Steyn would come through, but he doesn’t play consistently well. On Saturday Earl Rose also struggled in an important match.”
The poor condition of the Boland Stadium surface took its toll on Grant’s ankle on Saturday and he didn’t participate in WP’s field session in Bellville on Monday. He will, however, be fit to play in Province’s crucial clash against the Lions at Newlands on Saturday, and could then square up against Rose.
Rose has had a good Currie Cup series, but had a nightmare game in the Lions’ 20-34 defeat against the Sharks in Johannesburg over the weekend.
Better centre or fullback
Grant had a good Super 14 series. He had few opportunities to prove his mettle for the Boks and also had to undergo a minor shoulder operation. Botha believes some work can be done on Grant’s technique to ensure that he can kick the ball further out of hand.
“He has kicked the ball a long way in the past. He is able to attack and looks good in his channel,” said Botha.
De Villiers also used Frans Steyn at flyhalf this year, but Botha isn’t crazy about the idea. “They may see it as an opportunity to play Frans in that position in a few games, but to me he looks like a better centre or fullback.”
Botha is also concerned about South African players’ kicking skills. “The ball is kicked straight into the opponents’ hands far too often.”Tweet