Boks need to find balance

Written by Randall Myburgh (REM SS)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 5 May 2010 at 08:33
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With the Rugby World Cup just over a year from now, it is important that South Africa begin grooming and finalizing their squad for next years defense of the Webb Ellis Trophy they won in France three years ago. For some this might be early, but bear in mind that Jake White started his grooming process four years prior to the tournament.

Some have retired and some have grown into talisman, regular starters and players we can depend on. We should now start and groom the youngsters, the future, and ensure that we survive what ever the rugby world throws at us. Blaming referee’s and handling all kinds of scrutiny from the IRB won’t justify the cause and Sa Rugby now has to make the decision of where they want the Springbok as an entity to end up.

The Super 14 from a South African perspective has gone quite well for us. Two possible Semi Finalist and the strong possibility of a second South African final in three years looms. And although the Sharks is out, does not mean that our players that have shown quality be shunned into the darkness and forgotten. Sure the Stormers and Bulls have players worthy of being called up for National Duty but so do we and now we must play for pride and show the fans why they support us. I did a blog yesterday on Sport 24, claiming that now we are able to field two decent Bok teams, but the importance would be to mix and blend the young with the experienced. It is imperative that our guys, guys like John Smit, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Beast Mtawarira, Fourie Du Preez, Jacque Fourie, Schalk Burger and Juan Smit get a decent rest but also decent exposure from rugby during the next twelve months. The defense of the title heavily lies on the shoulders of these players. The balance must be spot on and if so, we should be able to defend the title to the best of our abilities.

Bring in some youngsters to show us what they can do against decent opposition on the International stage. Not everyone is cut out for this, so let us identify them now and start to groom them for the future.


  • Anyone else out there overly concerned about who the Springbok frontrow is gonna be at the world cup?

    More specifically will John Smit be a part of it, I’m probably his biggest fan, but thus far he has not really been convincing as a prop – are there better props out there at the moment and if so, should we sacrifice talent for leadership??? To me the Props and the Fullback are our biggest concerns (unless Frans Steyn comes back) At least Lambie is showing some promise – As long as Zane Kirschner is not pushed into that side, he screws up way to often and then it’s usually costly mistakes.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.05.10 12:29:53 by MB1810 Reply
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  • @MB1810 (Comment 1) :

    Hey bro!!

    Are you judging Kirchner based on his handful of caps for the Boks or on current form??

    I think he has been the most consistent SA fullback this year!!

    As for Smit, he is a MUST in the team be it at 1, 2 or 3. :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.05.10 12:51:04 by wpw Reply
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  • I simply cannot stand kirchner. Would pick literally anyone ahead of him

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.05.10 13:14:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Alrighty then!! :roll:

    Is it his attitude or that he is a Bull?? :???:

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.05.10 13:21:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : maybe Rob is jelaous of his hair :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.05.10 13:31:23 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : @rekinek (Comment 5) : all three things. I just simply do not rate him at all… :) Call it a personal thing!

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.05.10 14:22:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    Dude, I lost an article that I tried to post!! :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.05.10 14:26:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : i knew it ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.05.10 14:28:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • Joe Pietersen? sommer make all the Stormers Boks ;-)

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.05.10 14:56:36 by molly Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : go watch the video

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.05.10 15:30:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : did you find it again? Cos if not, you’ve lost it good and proper

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.05.10 15:31:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    I found it thanks!!

    It was the Stormers team announcement I posted earlier!! :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.05.10 16:01:59 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    Kirchner’s play is dull and predictable. He’s solid under the high ball most of the time, he’s game consists of catch ball, kick back and when does make an attempted counter attack I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it lead to something spectacular or mindblowing. He just ends up being tackled 3/4 meters from where he started and more often then not ends up conceding possesion.

    I have to agree with you about John Smit – I’ll put him in the side purely for his leadership qualities, but not at the expense of Bismark – it has to be at 1 or 3.

    P.S. Bro, I’m a girl

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.05.10 07:41:23 by MB1810 Reply

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  • @MB1810 (Comment 13) : Kirchner remind me of Jantjies solid but predictable.
    Jeepers there’s a lot of girls on the site, I wonder if there are other rugby blogs with so many girls as regulars. Good to see. :cool:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.05.10 08:13:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @MB1810 (Comment 13) :


    Sorry about the ‘Bro’ comment, I really didn’t know!! :???:

    Just shows that chics can likes to know somefing about rugby!! ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.05.10 08:58:39 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) : @wpw (Comment 15) :

    Haha – no worries, the nickname doesn’t really scream “girl”!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.05.10 09:10:49 by MB1810 Reply

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