The flyhalf talent pool in South Africa has never been the first thing you think about in SA Rugby, with our two World Cup winning flyhalves never really hitting legend status, and nobody inbetween really standing out. But things sure look different now…
Suddenly, South African rugby is blessed with many talented youngsters, all who can be the next true legend in the game. The problem with all this talent though is that somebody will be left out.
Think about life in four years, and lets say all these youngsters stay fit and get decent game time, our choice of flyhalf for the next World Cup will come from this pool of players: Demetri Catrakilis, Sias Ebersohn, Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies and Patrick Lambie.
At this stage, it is only the pair of Cheetahs that will have to play against each other the flyhalf jersey, but amongst the others, the only flyhalf that I think will have a problem is Catrakilis, when all his injured Western Province buddies return. Surely though, the kid has done enough to warrant a spot in the SupeRugby lineup, unless that is reserved for Peter Grant?
The Lions have made their intentions clear, dropping Burton Francis at the drop of a hat to play Elton, and just look how well the kid has done. He has commanded a backline, albeit only in Currie Cup rugby, but I can promise you he will do pretty much the same in SupeRugby as well.
The problem I see, is that from this group of 5 players, there is only one flyhalf starting jersey, and only bench spot, and you almost never see a out and out flyhalf sitting on the bench anyway. So what is going to happen to try and make space for all this talent?
I know I am jumping the gun a bit with what is being said, and some of these ‘talents’ could well bomb out in SupeRugby and fall out of contention anyway, but what if they don’t? Are we going to start shifting Lambie to fullback or Sias to inside centre? Let’s hope this does not happen, and that there will be a good competition amongst these guys for that one and only spot, to keep them on their toes and at their best.Tweet