There is a thin line between coaching and controlling. Having done a bit of schools coaching (and not at any high level I will readily admit), I know what worked for me. Man management, choosing the best players for each position and getting them fit and motivated, and getting them to play to a game plan based on our strengths, but allowing them the freedom to play the game as they saw it i.e. adapt to the opposition and alter their play accordingly.
Heyneke Meyer is a brilliant coach, just look at his track record, it speaks for itself, but somewhere along the line he has become too rigid and unbending. Where is that imagination which helped him lead the South-Western Districts Eagles to the Currie Cup Semi-Finals and the Bulls from chokers and underperformers into Currie Cup and Super Rugby winners and arguably one of the most powerful Unions in the world?
Heyneke Meyer seems too fixated on forward dominance when making his game plan, the same way Jake White was before bringing in Eddie Jones as a consultant which allowed us to utilise our big, fast, powerful backs properly for the first time during Jake’s whole tenure.
We are blessed in this country with some of the most gifted athletes in the world so why don’t we make more use of our resources? New Zealand are the perfect example of a team which blends their forwards and backs seamlessly, so why can’t we do it? At the moment our coaches are so rigid and unbending that those X-Factor players we do have (Lambie, Habana, Hougaard etc) are becoming predictable and boring, simply because they fear getting dropped for not following the game plan or making a mistake. Let’s not kick away what little possession we do get, let’s rather protect it, run the ball and show the world what we can do! I for one would rather see a mistake from a player trying something than sit through another game like we saw this past weekend!
Here is my question for the readers; what type of game plan should the Boks follow? What will allow us to beat New Zealand regularly?Tweet