Still a couple of weeks away; but I would like to have a look at what I think the squad should look like.
Balance is obviously a very important thing; which includes the talented youngsters being selected. Both Heyneke and JDV have used the excuse “lack of experience” , which I don’t buy at all, since it seems the experienced players seem to be making most of the mistakes.
It is time to expose a group of players that can grow together and help South Africa reach the top once again, and to perform well on a consistent basis. Having players that are 31 years plus old at this stage is not something I’m a fan of, especially if they are horribly off form and there are young stars that could be getting game time, but aren’t purely because of age.
Heyneke needs to take talent, future potential and form into consideration more than he has so far, IMO. Rather now than the Rugby Championship just before the World Cup
Here are my 30 players for EOYT 2012-
Forwards (Starting lineup in Bold)-
Beast, Marcel Van der Merwe, Steven Kitshoff, Jannie Du Plessis, Trevor Nyakane (if FIT), Adriaan Strauss (C), Chilliboy, Kyle Cooper, Eben Etzebeth, Andries Bekker (VC), Anton Bresler, Juandre Kruger, Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Duanne Vermuelen, CJ Stander and M. Coetzee.
Pienaar, Hougaard, Reinach, Lambie, E.Jantjies, JDV (only if played at 12), T.Whitehead, P.Jordaan, JPP, Habana, Rhule, Kirchner and Taute.
Remember this is the squad I believe should be selected going forward, as well as being able to perform in the short term. It is just my opinion
Players that I hope get a chance in the coming years are PS Du Toit, Piet Van Zyl and Jan Serfontein.
Who truly believes the excuse “a lack of experience”? Our most experienced side in history couldn’t finish off the opportunities…one thing I do know is that x-factor can. The Springbok backline is way too predictable and has been this way for a long while now (thanks to M.Steyn largely). Having JPP back, a fit and conditioned F.Steyn; and the use of youngsters such as Reinach, Jordaan and Rhule, I see the Boks scoring way more tries than we have seen the past 5 years.Tweet