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Pienaar and Jacobs WILL start


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 28 Jul 2009 at 09:45
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Peter de Villiers, it’s that he follows his own mind and back his players to the hilt. It’s for these reasons that I am virtually 100% sure that both Ruan Pienaar and Adrian Jacobs will be in the starting lineup when the Springbok team to face the All Blacks in Durban is announced.

In Pienaar’s case, the logic is simple. He’s the incumbent, he’s fit and he’s in good form. The Bok backline, for so long nothing more than a crude defensive instrument with the ability to score the occasional breakaway intercept try, is finally starting to look like a potent attacking weapon and I believe that Pienaar’s play at pivot has much to do with that. The fact is, for all Morné Steyn’s goal-kicking prowess, he is not in Pienaar’s league when it comes to all-round flyhalf play. It would be criminal to nobble the backline by playing Steyn as first-choice, especially now that the attacking game is finally starting to come off.

Goal-kicking is important, sure, but it’s not like there are no other options in the team anyway. Pienaar has shown that he is able to kick with 80% reliability and Frans Steyn also succeeded with two kicks on Saturday. I would let the fullback be the first-choice kicker and let Pienaar take over from him only if Steyn misses a few. The other Steyn will still be on the bench so by the time Pienaar and Frans Steyn have missed three between them, by all means, bring on the Bull and hide him on the wing where he can do the least damage.

As for Jacobs – to my mind, the logic is again simple. He was the incumbent, he had to miss a test due to injury and he’s now fit again. Had his replacement, Jaque Fourie, delivered the sort of performance last weekend to make it absolutely impossible to drop him, then I would argue that Jacobs would need to “wait in line”. Fact is, though, that apart from scoring a pretty straightforward try, which Jacobs or anyone else could have done, Fourie produced a very ordinary display on Saturday. His defence, handling and discipline were all found wanting at various stages during the game, making something of a mockery of his claim to be the “best number 13 in the world”.

We all know that Peter de Villiers’ first-choice Bok backline includes Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf and Adrian Jacobs at centre. Will the coach back his instincts, as he usually does, or give into the rabid mainstream media pressure to pick the side that THEY want? I know where my money is.



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  • AMEN!!! :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.07.09 09:58:15 by wpw Reply
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  • Jaque Fourie’s try might have been straight forward…but you have be at the right place at the right time and that is a talent that the likes of ‘Slaptjips’ had. Jaque Fourie has a very strong instinct and is very difficult to stop close to the line. I agree however on Ruan, he should stay. Ruan seems to be a confidence player and if he misses a couple of early kicks he seems to be rattled.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.07.09 10:18:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Lanklaas gesien ou maat.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.07.09 10:22:26 by klempie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : So you suggest he should play wing :?:

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.07.09 10:25:36 by Charlie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 3) : Ja en hoe gaan dit met jou?…ek moes n bietjie werk vir n verandering en was laas week in JHB vir n konferensie en was plat met die griep Vrydag en gister. Wanner leaas het jy weer lekker ‘gestir’ hier op die site??

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.07.09 10:26:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Voldy = “wait in line” :roll: :evil: :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.07.09 10:27:36 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 4) : I suggest that Adi gets his shoulder sorted out and gets a bit of confidence back and then pair up with JF when JdV leaves for Munster

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.07.09 10:28:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : let’s face it – by the time that try was scored, Fourie would probably have been on the field anyway :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.07.09 10:30:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Don’t get me wrong I’m a great fan of Adi’s , but lets face it…Adi hasn’t had the best of seasons either in the Super 14 of the BIL tour. Adi also became the ‘ incumbent’ due to Mossie’s injuries. I still think he is favouring his shoulder as well

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.07.09 10:35:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : Nee ek was ook vir ‘n week op AWOL as gevolg van werks druk. Wag vir ‘n opening om te stir.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.07.09 10:39:07 by klempie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : i think Dev would have picked Adi regardless

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.07.09 10:41:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : Already over that shoulder injury, but please answer my :?:

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.07.09 10:42:03 by Charlie Reply

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  • Pokkel

    This ‘shoulder injury’ you keep mentioning… Is it an ‘open secret’ or do you actually have a reliable source?? :smile:

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.07.09 10:48:05 by wpw Reply
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  • They need to get Henning Gerrike to work on Ruans head, I like the Div/Fourie combo, but Adi is not going to let us down that’s for sure he does not give as much physical presence but he brings other things to the table, I still think he is one of the most underrated players ever

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.07.09 10:53:00 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 12) : During the Super 14 I already suggested that JF plays wing in the place of Habana because Habana clearly had lost form and pace. Would I still do it??? I don’t know. Habana seems to have improved his game.

    Adi and JF are completely different players and if Adi’s shoulder is 100% I would still player horses for courses. I would definately play JF against the AB’s purely for his physicality( cause the AB’s hate being dominated), but would prefer Adi agaist the likes of the Aus’s because of his distribution skills.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.07.09 10:57:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : I don’t have any inside info, but it was clear during the end of the Super 14 and the first BIL test that he was favouring his shoulder and I think that played in his mind ( maybe scared to injure it again??).

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.07.09 10:58:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Open secret for quite a while from the Super 14, but we understand you are from “The Mountain” where things take a little longer :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.07.09 11:00:13 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 17) : 10 points!

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.07.09 11:05:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : The point I’m making is that we have 2 hugely talented 13′s and when you have 2 equally talented players, then pick the person on form and JF form at the moment is better IMO.

    BTW, doesn’t JF have a ‘moer my’ face. I could never stand looking at the oke, he always looks so windgat ( should probably have been a Bull purely on looks and arrogance)

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.07.09 11:06:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 17) : @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    SHURRUP!! :evil:

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.07.09 11:16:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : With that hairstyle, looks girly like :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.07.09 11:19:44 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : 1 000 000 points :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.07.09 11:20:24 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 22) : Charlie I take it you are a mountain goat as well!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.07.09 11:21:48 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 21) : So Adi are you happy with my answers above??

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.07.09 11:22:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 23) : Don’t eat Dagga leaves :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.07.09 11:23:31 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : Fair enough…everybody’s got their right of opinion as long as it’s fact based :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.07.09 11:24:37 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 26) : Duuk Phat :grin:

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.07.09 11:33:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.07.09 11:35:39 by Charlie Reply

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  • according to Voldy, Ruan is in but Adi is out… unchanged 22.

    Waiting for confirmation from a reliable source, though

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.07.09 12:40:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : ok, scratch that.

    Seems I was wrong on both counts. Pienaar is out of the 22 and Jacobs is on the bench.

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.07.09 12:45:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : who is the backup 10? i think everyone is now changing their superbru predictions. january cover for fourie and frans cover for morne isn’t very confidence boosting.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.07.09 12:51:13 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • if you are going to play morne then you need tackling loosies and juan and spies aren’t up to it. one has to be dropped to get a player that covers the gap morne creates. deysel or baywatch would be my choice.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.07.09 12:54:31 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : :shock: Where are you reading this??

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.07.09 13:00:36 by klempie Reply

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  • You were wrong Rob, neither are starting, Adi is on the bench though and Pienaar is injured despite being declared fit by the doctor??

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.07.09 14:08:23 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 34) : ah well… win some, lose some! :mrgreen:

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