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Boks to back Wynand


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 19 Jun 2012 at 09:44
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In a move sure to ruffle a feather or two, the noises coming out of the Bok camp this week suggest that Bulls man Wynand Olivier will start at inside centre against England this weekend.

Not, I might add, that this news should really surprise anyone. Coach Heyneke Meyer set out his stall pretty early on when it came to how he sees the centre options; that he rates what Olivier brings to the table is no secret. While many of the unwashed masses – this writer among them – were far from impressed with what the Bulls man had to show in coming off the bench for the last two weeks, our opinion unfortunately counts for little if it doesn’t correspond with the coach’s.

We’ve known all along that Frans Steyn wouldn’t be in the mix this week and I guess since Olivier is the man in possession – and knows all the calls – it’s a low risk option to play him. Defence coach John McFarland, speaking to Beeld, has been quick to defend the decision, pointing at Olivier’s good work on defence in the second test, against the brutish Manu Tuilagi.

The problem with replacing Steyn, though, is that he offers so much more on attack than Olivier does, while not standing back an inch on defence either. Olivier’s challenge this weekend will be to show that he can dominate in the tackle the way Steyn does, while still adding meaningful thrust to the backline with ball in hand. The “hands of glue” approach that has been his stock in trade at Super Rugby level for so many years simply isn’t going to cut the mustard in the Test arena, so let’s hope that Wynand has something else up his sleeve (or tucked away safely in his manbag) to surprise us with this week.

No call has yet been made on either Willem Alberts or Pat Lambie, with Jacques Potgieter and Gio Aplon respectively likely to benefit should either be ruled out.



27 Comments

  • How many more tests is Meisiekind going to be donated? He doesn’t cut it at the top level but we use him when we are desperate…

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.06.12 10:06:15 by lostfish Reply
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  • I think I’m going to be sick..

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.06.12 10:15:16 by Ben Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 1) :

    He’s been donated less tests than Spies!

    It only took Spies 48 test to play slightly better, so Wynand has a lot of chances still to prove himself. :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.06.12 10:21:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 1) : @Ben (Comment 2) : @Pokkel (Comment 3) :

    Come on guys!! Let’s get behind the team and if that means we have to shout whenever Wynand or Spies gets the ball then so be it. ;-)

    And by shout I don’t mean ‘vloek woorde’! :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.06.12 10:38:20 by wpw Reply
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  • Wynand Olivier is better than Juan de Jongh… pass it on! :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.06.12 10:39:04 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : f*k jou man!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.06.12 10:41:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :

    Saturday’s test will be Spies’ 50th for the Boks!! :cool:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.06.12 10:43:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) :

    Culling Song is a tik monster…pass it on!! :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.06.12 10:44:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Ek is nie so seker dat 40 woorde per minuut my as ‘n tik monster laat kwalifiseer nie…

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.06.12 10:52:39 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 9) :

    Veral nie op ‘n Iphone se ‘touch pad’ nie! :grin:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.06.12 10:57:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Heynecke confirmed in an interview with John Robbie on 702 this morning that he was probably going to start with Wynand @ inside centre in Frans’ place. From the horse’s mouth. ;-)

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.06.12 11:07:59 by markm Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : How did you know? My house must be bugged . . . :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.06.12 11:15:24 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Look who’s talking! :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.06.12 11:37:14 by Ben Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : @Culling Song (Comment 9) : :grin:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.06.12 11:37:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I am behind the team but it doesn’t mean I have to be happy with Meisiekind’s inclusion. Of course I am going to support him and hope he does well because if he doesn’t it will have a knock on effect on the team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.06.12 12:18:33 by lostfish Reply
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  • Not a fan of Wynand Olivier BUT I cannot remember him playing badly in a test. His problem is that he is fairly anonymous. Not great on attack and not dominating in defense.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.06.12 12:45:58 by King Shark Reply
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  • Rob, not fair to complain about WO’s hands of glue when your (and mine) preferred center pass even less often. Fransie is not much better when it comes to distributing the ball. He also likes backing himself.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.06.12 12:48:21 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 16) : The last thing you want is anonymity in such a crucial attacking position.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.06.12 12:48:46 by lostfish Reply
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  • Got no problem with Wynand at 12.

    He’s no Frans Steyn, but he’s not nearly as bad as many sometimes suggest.

    And he’s without a doubt in the top 3 12′s in SA. Some have argued better then JdV at times, but I’d imagine that Heyneke has got the order of things correct here.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.06.12 12:51:48 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @King Shark (Comment 17) : He has improved a bit but he does try to go himself far too often when there is an overlap.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.06.12 12:53:35 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 20) : Agreed. He’s not terrible but I’ve seen him cost the Bulls tries and I don’t know if that can be coached out of him in two weeks.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.06.12 16:20:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 20) : @vanmartin (Comment 21) : Like his lover Morne Steyn! :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.06.12 16:29:49 by Ben Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) : I was talking about Frans Steyn. Although Meisiekind is guilty of it too.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.06.12 16:47:04 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 23) : I was talking about Olivier. Sorry our lines got crossed there.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.06.12 17:03:52 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 24) : Olivier is just as guilty if not worse because too often he gets turned over or just plain butchers a sure try. Frans Steyn backs himself but he does manage to pull it off more than Meisiekind.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.06.12 17:17:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 25) : Well Frans gets over the advantage line more often than not, he weighs 110kg where Olivier weighs about 93kg. That’s a big difference.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.06.12 18:50:08 by Ben Reply

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  • Meisiekind to score a try.
    :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.06.12 07:42:19 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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