Ok, so it’s not a new suggestion. I’ve been on about it for some time now and Morné also brought it up last week. The fact is, if the Sharks are forced to do without both Juan Martin Hernandez (likely) and Guy Cronjé(very likely) this weekend, Rory Kockott is the next best flyhalf option.
Fact is, we’ve tried Monty Dumond over and over again and he’s just not the answer. I believe he remains a completely viable option as a stand-in fullback, but not really a Currie Cup or Super 14 flyhalf. Len Olivier is so badly out of favour that I reckon the Sharks coaching staff would even pick Barra Mthethwa ahead of him, so also not really an option.
In these meagre times, scrumhalf is about the only position where we DO actually have surplus depth, with Ross Cronjé impressive and the dependable Charl McLeod currently unable to even crack the 22. Kockott has all the right attributes to make it as a flyhalf, certainly temporarily, as he has an educated boot, an eye for the gap and is a ferocious defender. He likes to control the game as well – a facet of his play that is often infuriating when he plays in the number 9 jersey. I tell you know, Rocket is a frustrated flyhalf and, at least until we have some other options in the squad, we should pick him there with McLeod at scrumhalf.
I’ve long maintained that the biggest reason we, in South Africa, suffer from a perennial depth problem at fly half is because so many of our playmakers are being used out of position at number 9. We’ve finally managed to entice Ruan Pienaar one spot out, now we just need to do the same to Kockott, Fourie du Preez and Janno Vermaak.Tweet