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Test action (at last) for Reinach


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 15 Sep 2014 at 08:53
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After a month or more of holding tackle bags, Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach now looks assured of making a test debut (or cracking the Bok match 23 at the very least) once the Rugby Championship resumes on home soil in just under a fortnight.

Bok management confirmed over the weekend that Ruan Pienaar will play no further part in the competition, having damaged knee ligaments during an unfortunate collision with Duane Vermeulen in Wellington. Already somewhat stretched in terms of available options at number 9 – coach Heyneke Meyer having made little secret of the fact that he considers options outside of Fourie du Preez to be irrelevant – no new scrumhalf has been called into the squad as replacement.

It thus follows that Francois Hougaard and Reinach will cover the scrumhalf duties between them for the two remaining tests, against Australia and New Zealand and Newlands and Ellis Park respectively.

Rather bizarrely, it’s JP Pietersen who’s instead been called up to take Pienaar’s place in the squad, further evidence to me that selections into this hallowed group are made on a pick-and-mix basis. I was under the impression that Peitersen’s Japanese contract precluded Rugby Championship involvement – which was clearly a misunderstanding on my part – but the question begs asking all the same; if JP is indeed available to the Boks, then why the hell wasn’t he picked for the last four tests, where having to potter along with a makeshift 13 has been one of the glaring weaknesses in the current team?



36 Comments

  • You such a troll rob :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.09.14 09:11:24 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Honestly, I would have preferred to see Sbu get a call up.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.09.14 09:13:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • A chance For Cobus to play Ruan out of the Boks Squad for the world cup, sorry to say but it seems God is listening to Boks faithful prayers as Zane,Morne and now Ruan are out of the team for the time being. Who is next?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.09.14 09:19:30 by Chippa Reply

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  • As I understand the JP thing, he was only unavailable for the first four weeks for some reason.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.09.14 09:21:56 by PTAShark Reply
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  • We’re going to miss Pienaar badly.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.09.14 09:22:38 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Chippa (Comment 3) : I’m sorry, but I don’t believe God ever answers prayers that involve somebody getting injured. Maybe read the book again?

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.09.14 09:23:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • I read somewhere that Pietersen only just became available, and what a good thing too. We REALLY need an outside centre!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.09.14 09:27:19 by David12246 Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : U kidding right? Sbu has been pretty poor this CC. If anyone deserves a call up its Juan De Jong. The Pieterson call up makes no sense at all. Unless HM has lost all faith in DeAllende and Pieterson will replace him on the bench.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.09.14 09:31:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • There must have been something in JPs contract with the Japanese club which precluded his involvement until now Rob.
    There will always be some things which you/we wont know.
    And the way in which Jan and JDV defended on Saturday, Im not so sure its a glaring weakness at 13 anymore.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.09.14 09:31:31 by John Galt Reply

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  • JPP is a bit of a makeshift 13 himself. I still prefer him on the wing.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.09.14 09:33:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) :
    That’s exactly what it is. I reckon the only reason DeAllende went on tour in the first place is because JP wasn’t contractually allowed to.
    I like De Jong but the only reason he isn’t selected is because of his size I reckon. There were some monster hits in the midfield and defensively, HM wants to dominate that tackle area first, as JP does. De Jong would have been bullied in that game on Saturday.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.09.14 09:38:34 by John Galt Reply

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  • JPP was actually crap this year, I’m more surprised that he got called up at all, I thought they looked past him because of poor form.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.09.14 09:42:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 11) : That is the one issue bout DeJong…his defense when playing for the Boks. His defense for WP and the Stormers is good but when he puts on the Bok jersey i dunno what happens. But best attacking 13 in the country at the moment by some margin

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.09.14 09:44:49 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @PTAShark (Comment 5) : I think so too. Ruan gets a disproportionate amount of flak for the one or two things. Very little is noticed by the general arm chair critics who don’t want to see how good he actually is or how well he controls the tempo of a game.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.09.14 09:47:41 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) :
    Agreed.
    Think its just the intensity at the tackle point at test level. It literally is on a different level.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.09.14 09:48:49 by John Galt Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Nope, not at all. Sbu is ahead of JdJ in Meyer’s pecking order as far as I’m aware. I’m not basing my comment on who deserves a call up but rather on who Meyer rates. I doubt JdJ will see a Bok jersey again while Meyer’s in charge unless there’s a major crisis.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.09.14 09:53:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : Me too.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.09.14 09:53:55 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Ok fair assessment then

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.09.14 10:01:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • More importantly, what the hell is up with Bissie?
    He is a shadow of his former self.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.09.14 10:02:26 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 19) : Sulking cos he is on the bench? He is perhaps paying more attention to stealing balls at the ruck than lineout throwing and scrumming

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.09.14 10:11:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 19) : Mental and/or physical fatigue perhaps? Something the entire first-choice Sharks front-row may be experiencing.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.09.14 10:14:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) :
    It must be. Probably both in fact.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.09.14 10:51:28 by John Galt Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) : Even Beast looks out of it, barely surviving from one scrum to the next.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.09.14 11:05:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 22) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : I try to avoid a pessimistic outlook but if this is how players are managed between franchise and national union going into next year, we should be worried about our World Cup prospects (this is aside from selections a lot of Bok supporters don’t agree with).

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.09.14 11:45:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Chippa (Comment 3) : @PTAShark (Comment 5) : Pienaar was actually VERY good in the first half.

    I feel that a big part of why we lost the game was him being forced from the field and Hougaard’s poor play. Hougaard had about 4 bad passes in a row at one stage which cost us valuable momentum.

    Reinach should start with Vermaak being called up into the squad! Hougaard should only be considered as a wing or fullback option.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.09.14 12:16:02 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Look to be totally honest noth HM does will surprise me!!!! I can’t see any logic in the way he picks his squads and don’t even bother to try to understand! !!! It’s much like the Sharks just support no questions ask!?!?!?!

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.09.14 12:31:26 by JD Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 25) : I still don’t rate Pienaar at 9, but this was his best game in ages. Hougaard was a total disaster at 9, poor service, wrong decisions (especially at the end of the match), over-doing the box kick. Incidentally IMO the one thing Hougaard did seem to improve on was his box kick – mostly contestable by a chaser. Pienaar mostly still puts too much distance on his – simply hands over possession.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.09.14 12:59:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Another thing that struck me in the match was how hard the AB backs work to get back into position when the Boks kicked on Dagg – thus giving him a lot more support at the back.

    SA players seem to wait for their full back to kick the ball back, or wait for him to run back towards them.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.09.14 13:01:12 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    Actually that book is chock full of instances where this very thing happened. God did not just injure the other guys either, he smote them right off the face of the planet. :evil:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.09.14 03:33:41 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 29) : I think Rob’s point was more philosophical from a religious viewpoint rather than a literal reference to stories in the Bible, i.e. the Judeo-Christian concept that one improves oneself to get ahead rather than pray and hope for the demise of another. Besides, it is just ugly to gloat at another’s injury. My view, Ruan’s injury is unfortunate, whether you think he has been poor for the Boks or not, he has always given his all for the Boks, but now Reinach has the chance to show his worth, and I wish him the best, along with Ruan for a fast recovery. Remember it was Ruan’s perceived failure at 10 against the B&I Lions that opened the door for a solid 6 year run for Morne Steyn. It is part of life, but we don’t wish it on anyone. Rugby is after all, just a game and a very physical one at that, hoping for an injury over a position on the rugby pitch is just not on.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.09.14 04:40:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 29) : read the second half. You’ll find the rules changed.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.09.14 09:02:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 30) : this!!!! :)

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.09.14 09:03:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 29) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 30) : @robdylan (Comment 31) : yes God is a God of vengeance but He is also a God of forgiveness that gave His only Son for our sins. He also said you must love your brother like yourself so wishing injury onto your brother is not on no matter how you try to justify it. It’s sad if a player get injured although for some players it’s a little less sad than for others.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.09.14 09:36:44 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : So you d rather see us slip further into the currie cup relegation zone?

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.09.14 06:58:32 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 34) : Aren’t we safe for 2 year regardless of where we end?

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.09.14 07:57:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 35) : there’s no Currie Cup relegation for Super Rugby franchise teams.

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.09.14 08:27:16 by robdylan Reply
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