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De Villiers: Why Ruan is the Boks’ best


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 22 Jul 2009 at 07:40
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers admitted it was “difficult” to choose between Ruan Pienaar and Morné Steyn, to wear the No.10 jersey in the Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks on Saturday.

Rugby365 reports:

But in the end he went for his preferred choice, Pienaar – with the 24-year-old Sharks pivot’s 30 Test caps, including five starts as Bok flyhalf, weight more heavily that Steyn’s more assure kicking prowess.

“It was always a difficult choice between two such talented players,” De Villiers told a media gathering in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, when quizzed about his flyhalf selection.

The Bok coach added that it was “great” to have a player like Steyn to cover in the event of injury.

However, he stopped short of installing Pienaar as the first-choice No.10 for the entire Tri-Nations.

“You can’t look too far ahead,” he said, given the prospect that there could be injuries.

“We will consider [starting Steyn at flyhalf] if injury hits,” De Villiers told the media gathering.

While many questioned the wisdom of starting Pienaar ahead of Steyn, after the latter’s match-winning performance in the decisive second Test against the British and Irish Lions, the Bok coach is happy that he has the best combination to tackle the All Blacks.

The Bok coach also confirmed that the decision to start with Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie in the centres – the first time since the opening match of the 2007 World Cup that they will pair up in midfield – is the result of the groin injury that has ruled Adi Jacobs out.

“It was a big setback to lose Adi, as he has been in our plans for a long time,” De Villiers said, adding: “But with Jaque coming in, our plans won’t change that much.

“They are very similar players and we will look to play a similar style of rugby with Jaque now at No.13.”

De Villiers and Fourie, who first played together in 2005, were the foremost centre combination in 2007 – before De Villiers suffered a cruel arm-muscle injury in that opening match against Samoa and was ruled out for the rest of the year.

“I am excited that they are reunited and I look forward to seeing what they can do,” the Bok coach added.



9 Comments

  • I just don’t get the fuss about Steyn.

    Yes he kicked the winning goal in the 2nd test against the Lions but he was pretty average in the 3rd test.

    Ruan IS the Tiger Woods of rugby cos PDivvy SAID so!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.09 07:51:10 by wpw Reply
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  • While many questioned the wisdom of starting Pienaar ahead of Steyn, after the latter’s match-winning performance in the decisive second Test against the British and Irish Lions..

    What about the former’s match-winning performace in the more than decisive first Test that set us up to win the series??????

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.09 08:33:02 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : +1

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.09 08:38:04 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • What about Willem de Waal’s kick in the rain for the E-Boks?
    It was better than M.Steyn – therefore he should be first in the pecking order… :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.09 08:44:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • Pienaar is a play maker , Steyn is not. In a tight game in NZ, I might go for Steyn, but he still has to prove himself in that situation he tends to go cold when the pressure is on and his forwards are not dominating. I think both players are good, but Pienaar just offers you so much more.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.09 09:05:05 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 3) : it’s a amazing what you see when you wear the blue shades…

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.09 09:08:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Yea but i think to few people discount Pienaars game in the first test

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.09 10:00:30 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 7) : exactly. He had a truly amazing test. Dominant like you can’t believe.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.09 10:26:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • This article does not say why Ruan is bok’s best. What a misleading title.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.09 12:13:32 by rekinek Reply
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