It’s amazing the difference that just a player or two can make. I’m looking ahead to the Bulls game in two weeks’ time and hoping that we’ll be able to field a far stronger backline than the one that did duty against WP.
It’s still going to look pretty scary against Boland this weekend, but (hopefully) a better showing upfront, coupled with some drier weather and (dare I say) weaker opposition should mean some more opportunities for Guy Cronjé and Riaan Swanepoel to cause damage with ball in hand. Dries Strauss will need to find a way to keep up!
Looking ahead to the Bulls game, though, the big news is obviously that we should (crossing fingers furiously here) have Juan Martin Hernandez de Compostella available – and I guess it’s a bit of a no-brainer that he’ll be at flyhalf. Add in a (hopefully) rejuvenated Waylon Murray at either outside centre or left wing, together with good old Odwa, who looks set to be with us for the foreseeable future… and suddenly you have a back division not quite as devoid of class and experience as we may have feared.
We still have some youngsters in tow, of course, in the form of Riaan Swanepoel and Zuks Vulindlu, but the former has shown a huge amount of maturity this season and hopefully, with a more attacking experienced flyhalf beside him, might finally have some opportunities to do something other then run headlong into contact every chance he gets. Zuks is still very raw, but you get the feeling he’s going to do something very special quite soon – all he needs is some continuity.
What about Guy Cronjé, though? I think it’s key that we continue to develop him, keep him in the match 22 and let him serve as Hernandez’s understudy at flyhalf. That way, when Ruan Pienaar is back for next year’s Super 14, we can look at using Hernandez at fifteen while we move Stefan Terblanche out of the picture and towards the retirement home.Tweet