Coach John Plumtree has come out and said that he will select his strongest possible squad to face the Kings in Port Elizabeth in two weeks time, meaning that his fringe players will get a run in the game on Friday night against Boland.
This has left the door open to a few of the youngsters to shine again, or in the case of those who never got a chance as a result of the power failure last Friday night, will a get their chance to prove they have what it takes.
There are a few of the fringe players that I would like to see get some game time, and I wish the coach would read this article and announce his team for the game on Friday night accordingly.
Firstly, I would love to see Kyle Cooper get a run at hooker, but seeing as he is injured, we are in all likelihood going to see young Monde Hadebe run out. This is of course assuming that the du Plessis brothers are not considered for the Boland clash. I would also play Chadwick at loosehead again, to give him some more confidence and momentum before the season kicks off. I would round off the front row with Herbst.
The second row becomes rather tricky, as I am quite sure Plumtree himself has no idea who his strongest lock combination is. One thing is sure though, that Ross Skeate will be first choice 5 at the start of the season, and rightfully so. His partner though, is yet to be decided amongst the growing group of impressive second rowers we have. For the Boland clash, I would partner up Jandre Marais and Anton Bresler and see how that combination works. Steven Sykes to play the second half partnering Bresler.
The loosies is another area where the combinations are endless, and with such a long season ahead, I would certainly not include Keegan Daniel for this game. My loose forward combination would be Jacques Botes at 6, Pieter-Steph du Toit at 7 and Lubabalo Mthembu at the back of the scrum. If Marcell Coetzee is fit again, I would consider him at the back of the scrum in place of Mthembu.
The backline is a bit easier, with my combinations easy to predict. Cobus Reinach at 9, Fred Zeilinga or Fred Michalak at 10, with the other on the bench and getting the second half to play. It is a difficult decision on whether to give JP Pietersen another run at 13 to see what he can do, or to not risk him and play Whitehead instead. Personally, I would try the Jordaan/Whitehead combination again, this time behind a decent pack and hopefully with some front foot ball.
The back three is a combination of giving young talent a go and giving Riaan Viljoen another shot at impressing the coaches, with the wingers being Sbura Sithole and Lwazi Mvovo. This back three would be solid and with quite a bit of pace thrown in as well.
So there you go Plum, I’ve just made your life so much easier:
1. Chadwick, 2. Hadebe, 3. Herbst, 4. Marais, 5. Bresler, 6. Botes, 7. du Toit, 8. Mthembu/Coetzee, 9. Reinach, 10. Michalak, 11. Sithole, 12. Jordaan, 13. Whitehead, 14. Mvovo, 15. Viljoen.Tweet