It’s your choice, take it or leave it.
It’s your choice, you better believe it.
Does anyone else remember that irritating gameshow that was on CCV (for that matter does anyone remember the channel CCV?) years and years ago. It featured the boere-Pamela Anderson – Patricia Lewis – and some guy who always wore a beanie and was always as excited as Steve Hofmeyr when his wife isn’t at home. In a nutshell, the show consisted of contestants choosing the prize that was in front of them, for example a R30 toaster, or what was behind door #4. That normally consisted of a R20 toaster.
This is the last photo of her on this blog ever, I swear
I’m bringing this up (no pun intended to “He who must not be named”) because we are facing an extremely difficult choice as South Africans at the moment. Before 2008 the most difficult choice put before all of mankind was “Are you a Beatles fan or an Elvis man?” Before you answer that one in a hurry, think about it. You can only have one…But after the Super 14 of 2008 an even more difficult choice has popped into my head. The debate on no.8 has completely overshadowed the US elections around braais around South Africa in recent weeks.
If you think 300 million Americans had a tough choice between Barrack Obama and that old, bald dude, it’s nothing compared to Pierre Spies vs. Ryan Kankowski. No other country in the world has the problem we are fortunate enough to have in selecting an eighthman for our Springboks. The talent, power, skill and X-factor ( I hate that word. It’s my 3rd most hated word after “7de” and Laan) these two players possess.
Before the World Cup I felt Spies was on his way to becoming the rugby world’s superstar. I thought the World Cup was his for the taking. Surely he would run over Johnny Wilkinson, do a 360 degree turn and run over him again. Surely he would sidestep Dan Carter on the way to the World Cup winning try, rip off his one nipple and put it in his pocket as a 2007 momento. But sadly, after illness ended his dream of winning the World Cup and selling Dan’s nipple on Ebay, Spies has struggled to regain his form. And a Russian sounding Shark has given us his view of what an all round 8th man should be. The skill and speed shown by Kankowski in the Super 14 and Currie Cup has been second to none. In my opinion Kanko is the better no.8 and I would choose him for team reasons. He is a better link between the pack and the backs than Spies is. He would be able to create half gaps and put Schalk and Juan Smith into gaps with his supreme ball handling skills. And on current form he beats Spies in most departments. The only reason I’m still doubting who should start is… Do you remember what Spies did to England last year? So we know what he can do. It seems Spies needs confidence to play a good game. If that’s all that is wrong, sign him up for a local under 9 game in Edinburgh and let him score 10 tries, just get his confidence up again. Or tell him he’s the best player in the world all day long.
Kankowski for the first 60 minutes and Spies, with his extra speed, for the last 20 is what I would choose instead of the current way we’re going about it. It’s the most difficult question I’ve heard since Homer Simpson asked Ned Flanders, “Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot that He Himself could not eat it?” If you were the person in charge of selecting the Bok starting team for Saturday, who would you start at 8? Let me ask that in another way. If you had a moustache, looked like Asterix and spoke in a helium based voice, would you pick Spies or Kankowski?
I think I’ll go for Kankowski, please Patricia.
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