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Frans 15, Ruan 9.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 29 Jul 2008 at 09:39

Butch James remains South Africa’s best flyhalf option, Frans Steyn should play at fullback and Ruan Pienaar will play his best rugby at scrumhalf.

Stephen Nell Writes in Die Burger that these are the opinions of former Springbok flyhalf Gerald Bosch, who now lives in Brisbane, Australia, and who has become a mentor to Wallaby centre Berrick Barnes.

Bosch, who believes Steyn and Pienaar are being poorly managed, also feels South Africa have the best chance of winning this year’s Tri-Nations competition.

“James’s form is not what it should be but the selectors should retain him because he remains the best option,” Bosch said in an interview on Monday.

“His defence is brilliant and he has the experience of having played in Europe. If he is not playing well they could take a look at Peter Grant. I’d use him (Grant) as an impact player,” the legendary ex-Springbok said.

Rumours have been doing the rounds since last week that Pienaar may be at flyhalf when South Africa play Argentina in Johannesburg on August 9.

Bosch does not like the idea. “I’m not sure he will dictate the match from the flyhalf position. I feel he’ll play his best rugby at scrumhalf.

“He is being messed about. They should persist with him in one position.”

Must find a position for Steyn

The same applies to Steyn, who has been selected at flyhalf and centre for South Africa this year.

“They must find a position for Steyn. I believe he is a fullback. He can be used as a good attacking weapon from the back,” Bosch said.

Bosch favours South Africa to win the Tri-Nations.

“The Wallabies were lucky to beat the Boks in Perth,” he said. “I think the Tests against the All Blacks had exhausted the Boks.

“South Africa have a very good team and a good opportunity, with two home matches against the Wallabies and one against the All Blacks.

“The Springboks’ only problem is that they do not have an outside centre while Jaque Fourie is injured. Jaque is a classic outside centre when he is on form.

“Fourie du Preez is also an outstanding scrumhalf. I believe James will have more room when Fourie is in the team.”

Former Springbok coach Jake White shares Bosch’s views about Steyn. “I regard Frans as the natural successor to Percy Montgomery,” White wrote in his latest column for the magazine SA Rugby.

“Conrad Jantjes has played good rugby this season but Steyn’s instincts make him a greater threat to the opposition. And there is always a possibility that he could turn a poor touch kick into a drop-goal.

“South Africa have the best lineout in world rugby and that makes Steyn even more effective at fullback,” White wrote.

“So much of a team’s attacking game comes from lineouts and the South Africans are very good at disrupting their opponents’ lineout.”


  • One week all the experts think Steyn is a 10 then the next they all think he is a 12 and then yet another week later they think he is a 15.

    No wonder he himself doesn’t know what he wants. Remember the two articles during the same week in S14 where he said he wanted to play 10 in the one and 12 in the other.

    I say send him back to provincial rugby for a season and hopefully there he will have a coach who lets him play where he wants to and in the process hopefully develop and settle in whatever that position is.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.08 09:51:07 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “The Springboks’ only problem is that they do not have an outside centre while Jaque Fourie is injured. Jaque is a classic outside centre when he is on form…”

    Wonder where Adi Jacobs played & he did an awesome job… 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.08 10:07:37 by Charlie Reply
  • Charlie

    Most of these journo’s and ex players still believe that you need to be 100kgs to play for the Boks.

    Well, I’d prefer a guy like Adi as opposed to a guy like JP Nel.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.08 10:46:39 by wpw Reply
  • I agree on Steyn…there is too many holes at the back when Jantjies is playing in any case…and both NZ and Australia used it well…

    Don’t agree on scrummy being the Butch’s problem “Butch will have more time when Fourie dP plays”

    Adi did well at 13…yes JFrouie will be my first choice 13 but Adi did a good job at 13…will be great to have them both in the side…

    9 January
    10 Butch
    11 Habana
    12 JdV
    13 Adi
    14 J Fourie
    15 Percy

    3 backline reserves:

    Bring Nokwe on when J Fourie moves to the midfield…
    Steyn on for Percy in the second

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.08 10:55:19 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) : Agree 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.08 11:06:31 by Charlie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) : Jip, rather 80kg with brains then 100kg controlled by a peanut… 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.08 11:08:24 by Charlie Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) :

    Agree on the Butch portion.

    januarie hasn’t done anything wrong so i don’t really think FdP will give Butch more space ot time.

    FdP does play a completely different style to Ricky though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.08 11:40:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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