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Meyer is the Joker…he’s playing Poker..


Written by Iza Loubser (Ice)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship on 15 Sep 2012 at 13:03
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Many of you on here might be too young to know the song I am referring to in the Title of this article. Many, many years ago their was this song, banned for many years in South Africa. The song was “Spanish Train” by Chris de Burgh.

The song was about the devil and God, gambling for the souls of the dead. And at present I am finding a lot of parallels in what Meyer is doing, to that song.

No, this is not about Lambie being left on the bench (per se) – this is about people and their careers. Morne Steyn’s in particular.

As public we are calling for Steyn’s head to roll. As, let’s face it – he has been FAR from adding positive value to our National side. The side we are all so passionate about! Yet, when the starting line-up is named…his name is there…time after time after time.

That naming is being supported by statements such as “he is not making many mistakes, so I don’t think he should change his game.”  The belief Heyneke is showing in Steyn’s capabilities is astounding.

And then it dawned upon me. With all the “confidence” Meyer is showing in Morne, he is putting a lot of pressure on him to perform. The public’s pressure on Steyn to perform as a clear underperformer is even bigger. And all of a sudden, I am feeling sorry for Morne.

Let’s face facts. Morne has been a great part of many victories for South Africa. So give the guy credit where it is due.

But….what Heyneke is doing to Morne now, is far from building his confidence. In fact, with every game he is being named, he is being ridiculed. Slaughtered. Confidence shattered. Morne is NOT capable of handling this pressure. Not capable of handling the pressure. It’s clear. And Meyer is not doing him any favours. And I cannot believe he is too blind to see it!

Heyneke is gambling with people here. He is gambling with people’s careers. He is coaching Morne – not back as his intentions are – but he is coaching him out of his career! His confidence right now must be lower than snail snot! I doubt if he will even make the bench right now at the Bulls, based on performance.

What I feel Meyer should have done was to send him to the CC when he saw by the second game that this guy is not stepping up. He should have given him game time in a less stressed situation to play himself back – even from the bench at the Bulls.

As the proverb goes “you have to be cruel to be kind” and at this stage Heyneke Meyer is being extremely cruel by not being cruel to drop Steyn – albeit not intentionally.

The same goes for Patrick Lambie’s game. Or the lack thereof. If Meyer never intended to use Lambie – why does he not release him from the squad and give the guy decent game time, to get back to form?

Seriously, at present he is getting a few minutes here and a few minutes there. Definitely not enough to make a big impact on the game and definitely not enough to help him come back to form after his injury in the Superugby.

It’s almost as if Heyneke don’t want him to give a good performance. Just in case Joe public has a point.

Meyer is gambling with Lambie’s career. He is creating a frustrated young man. And he might even be chasing him away. He is breaking down his confidence.

So Meyer shows too much confidence in Steyn, and too little in Lambie. Both with catastrophical outcomes. Two incredibly talented players, with no confidence. And they can do nothing about it, as the devil is doing the gambling.

If it was only his own career at stake – I would not have bothered….but…

Heyneke Meyer : You need to find the balance, and find it bloody quick. You are gambling with people’s careers here…and may I add, very short ones.

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18 Comments

  • I agree..Heyneke Meyer must listen to what people says..Lambie and Goosen is talented young players and could go far..He must just use them..

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.09.12 13:27:53 by Ismari Reply
     
  • Something that is really annoying, is the fact that many people are now singing Goosen’s praises ! What exactly has he done to deserve the praise ?
    For the last two years most rugby writers and commentators have been saying that Patrick Lambie is the most gifted and the brightest and exciting young flyhalf in SA – I distinctly remember Naas Botha saying on many occasions that Lambie is a brilliant
    flyhalf. Suddenly Lambie is out in the cold – thanks to Heineke Meyer not giving him a fair chance to show how well he plays. He is a very good fullback, but he is a brilliant flyhalf – why can he not be given the opportunity to show just how good he is ? Please remember how
    Lambie played and won the Currie Cup for the Sharks in 2010 – he is still that player – even better now !! Give him a chance at flyhalf, Mr Meyer – he is the Bok flyhalf !

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.09.12 14:15:33 by swan Reply
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  • swan, if plumtree picked fred ahead of lambie as flyhalf, why would meyer pick lambie ahead of goosen.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.09.12 15:38:58 by cody007 Reply
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  • Because everyone knows Lambie is a fly-half. The only reason he played full-back was to accomodate Michalak who played out of his skin at 10 and it would be unfair to replace him considering the form he had.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.09.12 15:47:27 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply
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  • My point is that Goosen gets welcomed into the Bok team and into the flyhalf position without having to prove himself !! I repeat : what the hell has he done to even deserve a spot in the Bok team ??? Okay, apparently he is a good player, but is it not fair and correct to have players compete for a certain position – and then choose the BEST ?? Has Patrick Lambie been given an opportunity to compete for the position of flyhalf ? NO !! All Heyneke (seemingly) wants, is to bench Lambie – and I think Lambie and his supporters deserve to know why Meyer is so driven in his decision to keep Lambie from playing….. All I want – and I do not think I stand alone in this request – is that Lambie gets a chance to prove his worth – if he fails in being the best flyhalf, I will stop bitching !!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.09.12 16:15:48 by swan Reply
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  • My point is that Goosen gets welcomed into the Bok team and into the flyhalf position without having to prove himself !! I repeat : what the hell has he done to even deserve a spot in the Bok team ??? Okay, apparently he is a good player, but is it not fair and correct to have players compete for a certain position – and then choose the BEST ?? Has Patrick Lambie been given an opportunity to compete for the position of flyhalf ? NO !! All Heyneke (seemingly) wants, is to bench Lambie – and I think Lambie and his supporters deserve to know why Meyer is so driven in his decision to keep Lambie from playing….. All I want – and I do not think I stand alone in this request – is that Lambie gets a chance to prove his worth – if he is not the best flyhalf, I will stop bitching about Lambie being treated so unfairly!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.09.12 16:21:35 by swan Reply
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  • if it were up to me i would play lambie ahead of goosen at flyhalf. I have not seen that much of goosen but from what i have seen, he thinks too much of himself. For example frans should have taken that 55m penalty today but goosen decided show every one how far he can kick, not far enough. Too much of a kicking glory boy. I prefer flyhalfs to be like larkam or honiball, not jannie de beer. Anyway my point is that plumtree played lambie at fullback for most of the season so must meyer just ignore that and pick lambie ahead of goosen who has been gaining experience at flyhalf while lambie has not? If u want to blame anyone for goosen being picked ahead of lambie you blame that idiot plumtree

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.09.12 16:34:12 by cody007 Reply
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  • I’m with you on that last part, Cody, but it’s not an excuse. The whole world knows Lambie is a fly-half, even in NZ or OZ they talk about him being on the bench in stead of playing.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.09.12 16:36:32 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply
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  • Friends in NZ tell me that there is utter amazement at Lambie not being selected by Meyer. Cody, I agree with your point re Plumtree, but Meyer being the Bok coach, knows Lambie is a flyhalf – so … be fair – look for your best player in that important position – and in doing that, give Lambie a chance too – and then decide who will benefit the Bok team the most !! Unfortunately, at the moment, Lambie’s career is being crushed by Meyer, who week after week, chooses to IGNORE Lambie ! WHY ??? Isn’t there anybody in SA rugby that can do something about this situation ?

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.09.12 17:01:51 by swan Reply
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  • Ice. I thought this article was going to be about Marcell being dropped! :twisted: ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.09.12 17:51:08 by Ben Reply
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  • http://www.espnscrum.com/the-rugby-championship/rugby/story/169859.html

    Heyneke admitting he “might have been wrong”…

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.09.12 18:21:27 by Ice Reply
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  • Ice that article is very interesting. When last did a bok coach admit he may have been wrong while still in the job. Lets just wait and see if his actions match his words.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.09.12 20:14:04 by cody007 Reply

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  • @cody007 (Comment 12) : I doubt that will. The Sport24 article reads that Meyer is blaming Greyling for the loss. I don’t blame Greyling, I blame M.Steyn.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.09.12 20:41:34 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @cody007 (Comment 12) : @Ice (Comment 11) : Upon reading that article I can tell you now that Meyer isn’t going to drop Morne Steyn… (hope I am wrong).

    Also a bit annoyed at how he spoke of M.Steyn and Goosen as his two good flyhalf options, etc. He is obviously wearing blinders… Lambie is the furtherest thing away from the Bok coach’s mind. :cry:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.09.12 20:49:07 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Imagine that you are Pat Lambie, and you know that the Springbok coach thinks that both Morne Steyn and Sideshow Bob are better rugby players than you.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.09.12 06:58:17 by Loosehead Reply

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  • A dominant pack was there to give us the perfect showcase for HM´s skop-en-jaag game plan. Even he will have to admit now that it´s just plain kak. He will have to change strategy and with it he will have to play the players that can implement it.

    That means MS and Kirchner must go and JdV must move back to inside centre. We need Hougie back at 9, Goosen to start and someone like Taute at 13. With JPP back and F Steyn at FB we´ll have the balance right.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.09.12 10:19:25 by rhineshark Reply

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  • JdV needs to take responcibility too…

    The boring unimaginative non-try-scoring Stormers play is showing in the Bokke side!!!

    He misses tackles and not done anything on attack for some time!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.09.12 15:18:10 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Heneke Meyer has added Jaco Taute,Elton Jantjies,CJ van der Linde and Coenie Oosthuizen to the Springbok squad.I really don’t understand why!He has Patrick Lambie but he doesn’t use him.His only sitting on that bench.Now why did he bring that 4 to the squad?So that they can play before Lambie does?It makes me sick.Why don’t Heneke Meyer just send him back to the Sharks??If he’s there John Plumtree uses him and the Sharks need him.I’ll never understand this and I’m a girl I understand a lot!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.09.12 07:47:49 by Ismari Reply

     

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