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Jacobs at 12 for Boks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 10 Nov 2009 at 12:58

The Bok side to face France has been named.

Coach Peter de Villiers has been forced into a number of changes, with Frans Steyn and Jean de Villiers both deemed unavailable as a result of signing for overseas clubs. De Villiers has brought Adi Jacobs into the inside centre position, a move that he has reportedly long been keen on. Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner will start his second test in the number 15 jersey vacated by Steyn.

Up front, the tight five is the same unit that beat the All Blacks in Wellington, while the injury to Pierre Spies sees Ryan Kankowski com into the number 8 jersey. Schalk Burger will continue in the number 7 jersey he won when Juan Smith was ruled out on the eve of the All Black game – Smith has still not recovered and is not on the tour.

There’s a fair amount of movement on the bench, with Free State front-rankers Wian du Preez and Adriaan Strauss named together with 50-test veteran CJ van der Linde, a clear sign that the coach anticipates severe attrition in the front row as the game progresses. Andries Bekker is also there (not sure why) while Danie Rossouw is the man earmarked to cover the loose forwards. The latter seems a good move, given how effective Rossouw has looked in the past when playing loose forward in Northern Hemisphere conditions.

Ruan Pienaar, who will cover both halfback positions (as well as fullback, presumably) and Wynand Olivier will be the only two backline substitutes.

Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Adi Jacobs, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 CJ van der Linde, 19 Andries Bekker, 20 Danie Rossouw, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Wynand Olivier.



47 Comments

  • We better smash them in the first 60 minutes… the bench leaves a lot to be desired…well…the forwards…

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.11.09 13:07:20 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : What do you mean? With Bolt Bekker on the bench we gonna run the ragged in the last 20. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.11.09 13:12:36 by McLovin Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : GO ADI prove everyone wrong!

    Those madmen on Keo whant to put Smit “out to pasture” :evil:

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.11.09 13:12:57 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : I felt Bekker was one of the good players last Friday, he really got stuck in! Only problem is that PDV replaces Bakkies with Becker and then we have to 5s on the field and no 4!

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.11.09 13:14:38 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 4) : Don’t tell anyone, but I quite like Bekker. But then again I know nothing about scrumming.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.11.09 13:16:06 by McLovin Reply
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  • That is quite a strong team. :cool:

    It could have been worse… Ruan couldve been in the starting 15. :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.11.09 13:17:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : I don’t see what is wrong with Bekker, but then I also know very little about scrumming. I just think he should take over from Matfield and not Bakkies!

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.11.09 13:18:04 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : and ruan will be kicking the ball to ….. (what do you call these sits behind poles :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.11.09 13:18:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • i mean seats :oops:

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.11.09 13:18:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : LEAVE RUAN OUT OF IT :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.11.09 13:18:49 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : or earl :mrgreen: (remember his one good game was last week)

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.11.09 13:21:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • OHHHH by the way, Ice if you are reading the site – my son has finally got the John Smit card for his card collection!!! Shew, my budget should return to normal soon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.11.09 13:24:34 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 10) : he’s just trolling. Ignore him :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.11.09 13:24:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : The forwards on the bench are weak? What you talkin’ bout Willis? I apologise if you’re being sarcastic; but Strauss > Chilliboy, CJ > Jannie, Wian’s very promising, Andries had a good game against the Tigers and Danie is great at 8 in France, so if Kanko faulters, we’ve got him covered.

    No objections at all to this team. Nervous and excited to see how Adi fairs at 12 – could solve a lot of problems for the Sharks next year if it goes well. If not, Meisiekind will solidify that channel in the second half. Kanks can cover wing too…

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.11.09 13:25:44 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Thank you will take your advice, just now he will suggest we have Peter Grant instead of Ruan :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.11.09 13:28:46 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 12) : congratulations :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.11.09 13:29:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • OH YES, AT LAST, GO ADI, GO BOKKE !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.11.09 13:33:05 by Charlie Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 16) : Thank you, thank you it was hard work :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.11.09 13:33:17 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • :shock: :evil:

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.11.09 14:10:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : Charlie….Adi better pull up his socks on Friday……..else :evil: ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.11.09 14:55:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 12) :

    MY little miss muffet went and sommer swopped Ruan, JEAN DEYSEL :!: :!: ABSA stadium and what not for no-bodies!! :lol: At least Brussouw is still in tact! And she got us Morne Steyn…

    I said to her that MOMMY will help her and that she must only take the cards that she can swop to school..

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.11.09 15:13:39 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • I am worried about him playing at 12 I would prefer him at 13@Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 3) : I have to agree with them, if he is going to play at tighthead, I reckon no 2 or retire. Don’t get me wrong I am a big fan of John Smit I just am not sure he is making it at tighthead? His captaincy is invaluable and not at question but we need a captain on the field for 80 minutes and he can’t make 80 at tighthead. It will eventually happen and I would hate to see him get treated badly like teich or Francois Pienaar. Anyway I am fortunately not a selector so he will stay, but it does beg some thought, you have to admit

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.11.09 15:14:24 by Whindy Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 14) : not sure we want Meisiekind solidifying the backline with his no-pass antics :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.11.09 15:15:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 22) : I’m actually with you on this. And you guys know there’s no bigger John Smit fan than me.

    I think he’s doing himself more harm than good at the moment. I think it’s unlikely he’ll make it all the way to 2011 – not the way he’s being battered around at the moment. I’d rather see him bow out on a high than get stuffed around

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.11.09 15:19:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : my sentiments entirely

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.11.09 15:23:43 by Whindy Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 21) : Ice nice to see you taking control :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.11.09 15:25:56 by Whindy Reply
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  • Yea – i feel sorry for Jon – The cioaches have realised he is the calm that hold s this lot together – so they are loathe to leave him out – and i think all he needs is a break.

    I like the team – Glad Adi is there over Miesiekind. I think we going to miss Jean

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.11.09 15:26:00 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : @Whindy (Comment 25) :

    Get a room you two.. :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.11.09 15:26:54 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 27) :

    I like the 6/7 combo..Firerey!

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.11.09 15:29:06 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 28) : only if you come along :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.11.09 15:31:50 by Whindy Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 29) : Yea its pretty sweet. The bench worries me – everytime we play two backs – they seem to get injured early on.

    I also would have left Bekker out and brought in Pottie or Deysel rather.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.11.09 15:34:33 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 31) :

    Only saw the bench now…surely we have enough forwards to cover somehow and stil have at least an extra back? I would have taken Rossouw out and replace with deysel / Potgieter and maybe replace CJ for a back okie…. :?:

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.11.09 15:42:17 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 32) : Nah – Danie can cover lock and Loosie – and maybe bring in another back or another loosie

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.11.09 15:43:18 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 33) :

    I just dont like Danie…or CJ… :oops:

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.11.09 15:47:51 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 34) : Eish. You need to get beyond like – its balancing the bench that counts !

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.11.09 15:49:35 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 35) :

    :oops: i will try…. :???: :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.11.09 15:54:53 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 34) : @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 35) : Danie is very effective in the NH conditions…..just ask the English :twisted:

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.11.09 15:55:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : agreed and look at how effective he was in the worldcup

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.11.09 15:56:31 by Whindy Reply
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  • yeah, if anything, it’s old Tribbes that needs to drop out

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.11.09 15:57:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) :

    JAAAAA JAAAAA, I get it!! :roll:

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.11.09 16:00:59 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 38) : I was refering to THAT tackle in the RWC 2007 final. :grin:

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.11.09 16:01:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 40) : but don’t worry…I also don’t like his face…..(not that I would say that to his face either)

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.11.09 16:02:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) :

    I know what it stands for , but who the hell is THAT, and more imprortantly…HOW do you know THAT?? :twisted:

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.11.09 16:03:23 by GI Ice (Bulletproof) Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 21) : :lol: My baby comes to me now and asks who are “my” good players so he doesn’t trade those :) My husband sais I have finally brain washed them :lol:

    @Whindy (Comment 22) : Unfortunately I have to agree with you, but who will captain the side? Surely not Matfield! He can only talk to the Bulls in the side, then who? and we cannot take Bissie off, you are right! I am glad I am not a selector though!

    @robdylan (Comment 23) : Non-pass antiques only if you not a touch judge if you are he may consider passing to you ;)

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.11.09 16:23:46 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @GI Ice (Bulletproof) (Comment 43) : he he he :)

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.11.09 16:38:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • So to be fair now I will make my comments about the Boks.

    I missed the last game (my DVR was mysteriously stopped) so I was hoping to catch Friday’s game (especially b/c it was against France) but now I am out of luck b/c Setanta US isn’t carrying it. Instead I get to watch Wales vs Samoa all weekend.

    That being said I’m going to refrain from commenting on performance butI agree that John needs a bit of break as I feel that he’s on the precipice that will ultimately influence how the final chapters of his career will be written.

    What I am very excited about Adi at 12. I think he is a very talented player and just very underrated, so I’m hoping he just blows everyone away on Friday with his performance.

    BTW just in case anyone was curious, rooting for both teams is hell and it totally messed with my SuperBru pick b/c I didn’t want to pick one team over the other but at the same time, I know there is no way the game will end in a draw as both teams are way too talented for that.

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.11.09 22:59:49 by Milissa Reply

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  • adi and zane starting. did the french ask p divvie to handicap the boks to make the game more of a spectacle. the handicap is equivilent to taking the jockey off a horse and putting the beast on. about 50 kgs.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.11.09 11:11:27 by try time Reply

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