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Kempson’s Bok bolters

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 19 Oct 2008 at 16:12

Retired Springbok prop Robbie Kempson has played selector for rugby365.com and named the team he thinks should start on the Boks’ year-end tour. He has a couple of bolters, especially at fullback and tighthead prop.

South Africa start their tour with a match against Wales on November 8, followed by Tests against Scotland and England on consecutive Saturdays.

The Bok selectors will name their side next Saturday, October 25, after the Currie Cup Final between the Sharks and Blue Bulls. But in the meantime, with the help of Kempson, rugby365.com decided to give them a few pointers.
We tackle each individual position, giving the current Bok in that spot and then Kempson’s selection – with the reason for his decision.

Current Bok: Conrad Jantjes
Kempson’s choice: Stefan Terblanche
Reason: I would pick Stefan Terblanche at fullback, without a shadow of doubt. Like what Percy [Montgomery, now retired] gave us, that is what Stefan Terblanche can bring to the Bok team. People will probably get on about his age, but at the moment, with us playing the British and Irish Lions next season, Stefan Terblanche would be my first choice. We can go through with him till the end of next year, because he is safe under the high ball, he kicks well and he’s got all the makings of a great fullback.

Current Boks: No.14 Odwa Ndungane, No.11 Jongi Nokwe
Kempson’s choice: No.14 Jongi Nokwe, No.11 Bryan Habana
Reason: Habana will be on the left wing for the next few years, unless of course he is injured, My first choice on the right wing would be Jongi Nokwe, unless Pierre Spies does a career move anytime soon. Spies would be very effective on the wing I think, but for now it is Nokwe.

Current Boks: No.13 Adrian Jacobs, No.12 Jean de Villiers
Kempson’s choice: 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers
Reason: My centre combination would be Jaque Fourie, now that he is fit again, and Jean de Villiers – with Francois Steyn on the bench. They are simply the best.

Current Bok: Butch James
Kempson’s choice: Ruan Pienaar
Reason: Peter Grant, possibly, but Morné Steyn has also had a good season. However, personally I will play Ruan Pienaar there. I don’t care if he wants to play at scrumhalf, he is, for what I think, the best flyhalf we have at our disposal right now if Butch James is not going to play. With [Fourie] du Preez there [at scrumhalf] I don’t think Pienaar is going to be playing scrumhalf for the Springboks anytime soon. He is our best at flyhalf and he should play there as often as possible. I feel that Francois Steyn don’t have the temperament to play at flyhalf at all, he’s in his best position at the moment at centre, but if anything move him top fullback in the long term.

Current Bok: Fourie du Preez
Kempson’s choice: Fourie du Preez
Reason: There is no argument about who is the best.

Current Bok: Pierre Spies
Kempson’s choice: Ryan Kankowski
Reason: Kankowski is a true, classic No.8 in the Gary Teichmann mold. How he can be left out of any Springbok loose trio I have absolutely no idea.

Current Boks: No.7 Juan Smith, No.6 Schalk Burger
Kempson’s choice: No.7 Juan Smith, No.6 Schalk Burger
Reason: Schalk Burger and Juan Smith, as the flanks, pretty much pick themselves.

Current Boks: No.5 Victor Matfield, No.4 Andries Bekker
Kempson’s choice: No.5 Victor Matfield, No.4 Andries Bekker
Reason: Bakkies Botha, if fit, should be Matfield’s partner. Andries Bekker would be my first choice in Botha’s absence. I don’t think there is a problem with Bekker and Matfield being too similar. Andries offers a lot of value to the team. Yes is quite fleet-footed and tends to play wing, but he has tightened his game enough to the extend where he can cover that Bakkies role.

Tighthead prop:
Current Bok: Brian Mujati
Kempson’s choice: Jannie du Plessis
Reason: At the moment we don’t have a tighthead who is shining through, there’s been quite a void there since BJ Botha has left for Ireland. I know Jannie du Plessis did very well last week [against Heinke van der Merwe in the Currie Cup semifinal], but I don’t know if he is up to Test standard yet, especially going up to the Northern Hemisphere. CJ [van der Linde] unfortunately is a loosehead, he is not a tighthead in my opinion. He would be perfect for the bench. However, I wouldn’t mind if they experimented – I know they won’t – with Lions prop Ross Geldenhuys. I would give him a run and have CJ on the bench to cover loosehead and tighthead. Ross Geldenhuys for me at the moment would be one of the better tightheads in the country. Jannie du Plessis and Ross Geldenhuys would be my two picks there. I don’t think Ross Geldenhuys is ready for Test match rugby yet, but on a tour like this I would take him along.

Current Bok: Bismarck du Plessis
Kempson’s choice: John Smit
Reason: He selects himself.

Loosehead prop:
Current Bok: Tendai Mtawarira
Kempson’s choice: Tendai Mtawarira
Reason: The Beast, without a doubt, is going to be a phenomenal player for the Springboks for many years to come.

Kempson’s goal-kicker: You have Francois Steyn taking the longer ones, and Ruan Pienaar is adequate enough to be kicking from a flyhalf position. I don’t think he battles with pressure, he would definitely be able to step up to the plate.


  • I differ with quite a lot of this, will write it up later tonight when I have some time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.10.08 16:17:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • promises

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.10.08 19:29:44 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • Centers: Would have Jaque and Jean starting with Adi on the bench. If he can introduce the same magic from the bench as he did for the sharks we will have a really excellent center “squad”. The big boys to soften them up and then twinkle toes to dance through.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.10.08 20:04:03 by beez Reply
  • Fullback: Happy with his choice of Stefan

    Wings: How can he NOT mention JPP? He had a below average season but has come good in the last few CC games and it has been against full CC sides not watered down sides.

    Centers: I am just glad I am NOT PDV. Making the call on Adi or Fourie is NOT going to be easy. Either one of them at 13 and JdV at 12.

    Flyhalf: Ruan Pienaar??????????? All I can say is…………What do you expect from a Prop trying to select a flyhalf? If Butch is released by Bath (which he should be) Then I will go with him and Grant as the understudy. Butch is the form 10 in the Guiness Premiership, why mess with that.

    Scrumhalf: Will decide after this weekend who should be Ricky’s understudy. (RP or FdP)

    Number 8. Kankowski and with his match fees he can by Spies a pair of non slip gloves to start using

    Number 6 & 7: Happy with his call on Juan and Schalk

    Number 4 & 5: Agree with Matfield and Bekker, provided Bakkis ain’t fit. And Victor is NOT allowed to captain the side.

    Tighthead; Can we play without one Or maybe play Smit there? But Jannie needs to clean up his act first and Mujati is mediocre. NH refs will Kill Du Plessis and we can’t afford to play the games with 14 men at any time.

    Hooker: Happy with John. Happy is not strong enough a word though. Bismarck as understudy for when John moves to prop at 60min.

    Loosehead: Beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Nothing else needs to be said)

    Kicker: Butch.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.10.08 20:27:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :buy spies gloves.lol!

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.10.08 20:39:57 by PJLD Reply
  • “Current Boks: No.14 Odwa Ndungane, No.11 Jongi Nokwe”

    Crap… I don’t think anyone is under any illusions other than ‘the self proclaimed legend’ that Habana and JPP are the current Bok’s…

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.10.08 02:30:46 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Irks me that ‘selectors’ don’t pick 22 men in this day and age!

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.10.08 02:32:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 6) :

    I think Flakey, ag I mean Fleckie might take offence to you refering to anyone else as a Legend. 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.10.08 06:59:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    Hey quit jumping the queue 😉 get to the back…

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.10.08 08:29:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • “Happy with John. Happy is not strong enough a word though. Bismarck as understudy for when John moves to prop at 60min.”

    Nope that’s exactly what I don’t want to see ever again… we lost that 2005 AB test away and 3N trophy for the same reason…

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.10.08 08:34:36 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 10) :

    For Bismarck coming on or for John playing tighthead?

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.10.08 08:37:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) :


  • Comment 12, posted at 20.10.08 08:39:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • BOK SQUAD made easy…

    Fullback: Stefan
    Wings: JP & Odwa
    Centers: F.Steyn and Adi
    Flyhalf: Grant*
    Scrumhalf: Ruan
    Number 8. Kankowski
    Number 6 & 7: Botes & Deysel
    Number 4 & 5: Muller and Sykes
    Tighthead: Jannie
    Hooker: Bismarck
    Loosehead: Beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kicker: Pienaar

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.10.08 09:43:32 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 13) : does the * mean “to-be-acquired”?

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.10.08 09:51:30 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 14) : 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.10.08 09:56:10 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 13) :

    Bar one or two you could be spot on, but alas it will be a WP dominated Bok side. 😡

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.10.08 10:02:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : On a serious note…

    Fullback: Stefan has had a few sips from the fountain of youth…which is lovely for the Sharks…but I think Jantjies should keep his 15…for the bigger picture.

    Wings: JP & Habs…with Odwa and Jongi not too far behind…

    Centers: JDV and Fourie. Adi owns the 13 but let’s see what Mossie can do. Steyn…well…there’s always a place for Steyn.

    Flyhalf: Butch and/or Grant*

    Scrumhalf: Ruan and FdP ( Ricki can take a break…go on a honeymoon or something. Oh…I forgot WP has been out of action for a while…so he’s had a lot of time on his hands for that. 🙄 )

    Number 8. Kankowski

    Number 6 & 7: ScHULK & Juan

    Number 4 & 5: Matlock & Bekker

    Tighthead: Jannie

    Hooker: Bismarck

    Loosehead: Beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kicker: Butch, Pienaar, Steyn…

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.10.08 10:50:42 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 17) :

    No Smit???

    Bekker yes, but only if Bakkies is resting.

    Otherwise I would be pretty happy if PDV fielded that team.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.10.08 11:06:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    Smit = bench , he’s been there and done that…he’d make a lot of money selling the t-shirts…

    Agree on the Bakkies/ Bekker issue…it’s based on availability of Bakkies…he’s the top 4 by far…

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.10.08 11:14:47 by just blackshark Reply

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  • Think we must leave the NH players out. Time to move on and I’d like to see Steyn settle in the 10 jumper. Know its a touchie one but have full confidense in him to become a legend in the 10 jersey if they let him settle there. Grant will be a perfect pick if Snor want to rest some of the Sharks & Brute lot with Januarie in 9 and Jean in 12.

    I dont know, we have lost the plot at the breakdowns this year and myself like Baywatch in 6. Move Burger to 7 and Kankowski in 8.

    Think Bakkies will be rusted and Bekker & Matfield will give us 100% lineout ball.

    Important that we hit Wales hard first up. This maybe make or break.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.10.08 16:56:56 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    For John playing 80minutes in two positions…

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.10.08 03:21:53 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 21) :

    I don’t think it is such a bad idea. If Plumtree doesn’t want to do that then John must start off the bench.

    BUT he MUST be there at the end, we need HIM in the last 20min of the game.

    Although with a 20point lead with 20min to go we may not need him. 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.10.08 06:57:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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