PDev: Luke won’t be at 8

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 30 Jun 2008 at 07:20

Loose forwards Luke Watson and Schalk Burger have to compete for a place in the Springbok team.

They certainly won’t be partners in South Africa’s run-on team for the Tri-Nations rugby Test against New Zealand here on Saturday, according to Stephen Nell of Die Burger.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers made this clear when he was asked on Sunday whether Watson may be selected at No. 8 to make room on the flank for Burger.

Burger, one of the 2007 World Cup stars, returned to action only recently after recovering from a knee injury.

“We have three eighthmen here. It would be poor selecting to choose a fourth to play,” De Villiers said.

It seems, therefore, as if Burger will wear No. 6 on Saturday, with Watson likely to be on the bench.

Burger has more Test experience than his Stormers team-mate and his physical presence is highly valued.

New Zealand captain and star open-side flank Richie McCaw is injured and Chris Masoe has been included in the squad; a decision that has not surprised De Villliers.

“Masoe is the more experienced player,” he pointed out. “McCaw’s absence could create pressure for the All Blacks. The way he plays, he usually takes a lot of pressure off the other forwards.”

SA captain John Smit is expected to arrive here only on Monday after completing his club commitments in France at the weekend. However, De Villiers won’t hesitate to include the veteran hooker.

“His experience is important,” the coach said. “Early psychological battles must be won and those things do not affect a guy such as John.

“Everyone says Bismarck du Plessis is a good hooker. I agree, but the external pressure that John takes makes it easier on himself and the guys around him.”

Experience may be South Africa’s main asset on Saturday, making the inclusion of Burger, Smit, Victor Matfield and Butch James a certainty.

It will be interesting, however, to see whether veteran Percy Montgomery is at fullback in the starting line-up.

Conrad Jantjes has played well since De Villiers took over the coaching, but Montgomery is the only member of the SA squad who was in the team when the Springboks last won in New Zealand. That was in 1998, also in Wellington.

Jean de Villiers and Adrian Jacobs did nothing wrong when they were midfield partners against Wales but it will be hard to leave Frans Steyn out of the run-on team. He could be chosen alongside De Villiers.

JP Pietersen is not in the squad for nothing and it is expected that he will be on the right wing.

The South Africans will know only on Monday whether Ryan Kankowski can be considered for the No. 8 position.

The young loose forward was concussed during the recent Test against Italy and he did not take part in the indoor training session on Sunday.

“Ryan will go to the gym on Monday and if he does not suffer any headaches, we will consider him,” De Villiers said.

The SA team will be finalised later this week.


  • Good one PDV!

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.06.08 10:14:42 by wpw Reply
  • On All Out Rugby yesterday Owen Nkumane said something very interesting.

    Jake White selected Frans Steyn on the bench for the Boks and no one had anything to say about it.

    He eventually made the side when JDV got injured.

    He should be selected on the bench.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.06.08 10:16:50 by wpw Reply
  • Is Luke really SA’s second best no 6? I think not. Plus he gives me the creeps. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.06.08 10:39:49 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • I didn’t realise they took Ryan with them.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.06.08 10:43:14 by Nessa Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 3) : me too

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.06.08 10:43:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Although Odwa didn’t have a great game when we played a week ago – I still think he is a better bet than JP. JP has done absolutely nothing since the WC.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.06.08 10:44:57 by Nessa Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Makes you think…respect for descisions depending on who’s in charge… πŸ™„

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.06.08 10:46:45 by Charlie Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 3) : 😯 Fransie Steyn gives me the creeps… 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.06.08 10:48:21 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 7) :

    Also – I don’t think Francois did enough during the S14 to warrant a start.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.06.08 10:48:34 by Nessa Reply

  • @Nessa (Comment 6) : I agree… I think Odders should keep his spot until he does anything to warrant losing it.

    BTW, there’s a third Nudngane who played age-group rugby for Border. Anyone know if he’s ODwa and Akona’s older brother? His name is Maidu (or Mayidu)

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.06.08 10:48:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Nessa (Comment 9) : Most people feel that he did enough in the World Cup πŸ™„

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.06.08 11:01:21 by Charlie Reply

  • β€œRyan will go to the gym on Monday and if he does not suffer any headaches, we will consider him,” De Villiers said.

    Old school medics in the team these days I see.

    Good to see them using the wonders fo modern medicine.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.06.08 11:11:12 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 12) : Jinne, surely he’ll be examined by a brain doctor. Concussion is a serious business. One can cause permanent damage if not carefull. 😐

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.06.08 11:18:29 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Has anyone ever seen Steyn smile on the field?
    He creeps me out to… might be the hair.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.06.08 11:20:58 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 14) : 😐

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.06.08 11:24:46 by Charlie Reply

  • Steyn looks like an innocent baby face to me. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.06.08 11:37:30 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • he looks like a kid who’s had it all come to him too easily and too soon

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.06.08 11:40:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • He looks like a kid who’s permanently grumpy

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.06.08 11:44:34 by molly Reply
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  • He does look grumpy. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.06.08 11:46:11 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 19) : More confused for me… πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.06.08 11:54:15 by Charlie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : And now we see the dividends but are constantly reminded about his WC glory… πŸ™„

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.06.08 11:56:06 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 21) : i have already forgotten about the World Cup

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.06.08 11:58:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 20) : That too… πŸ˜† Grumpy & confused.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.06.08 11:59:39 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply


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