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Ruan on Playing 10

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 28 Oct 2008 at 10:28

Ruan Pienaar says his move to flyhalf for the Springbok tour to the United Kingdom is a “bit of a trial”, but he is positive about trying out his new position next month.

The Pretoria News reports that Pienaar made it clear earlier this year that he wanted to concentrate on playing at scrumhalf, which is where he starred for the Sharks in the last few weeks of the Currie Cup this season.

But the talented 24-year-old utility back said he was looking forward to wearing the No 10 jersey.

Tri-Nations flyhalves Butch James and Peter Grant were both left out of the Bok squad named on Saturday night.

“I have spoken to Bok backline coach Dick Muir a lot about playing at flyhalf, and he said that going forward, the Bok management saw me as a flyhalf,” said Pienaar. “I have said in the past that I wanted to specialise at scrumhalf, but I am willing to give flyhalf a go.

“Dick and (Bok coach) Peter de Villiers told me that they want to build combinations on this tour ahead of the Lions series next year, so it is a bit of a trial for me. We’ll see how it goes and take it from there.”

Pienaar, who has 24 Test caps, is ideally suited to De Villiers’s attacking style that he is trying to implement at the Boks. His ability to create and attack the opposition backline was perfectly illustrated during Saturday’s Currie Cup triumph over the Blue Bulls, when he scored the opening try.

Pienaar appeared to be in some heavy traffic when he picked up the ball from the base of a ruck about 15m from the tryline, but somehow he managed to step inside and beat Victor Matfield and Pierre Spies for a wonderful touchdown.

“One is always excited to talk about running rugby, and the Boks are trying to play that kind of game,” he said.

“Obviously it depends on the situation in the match and the conditions, but the Boks do want to attack a lot more, which suits me.”

Pienaar, of course, has the added responsibility of goalkicking on the tour. Weather conditions in the UK at this time of the year will make it a tough job

The Boks face Wales next Saturday, Scotland on November 15 and England the week after.


  • GO BOKKE !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.10.08 10:36:35 by Charlie Reply
  • Go Ruan…

    Go Bokke!

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.10.08 10:57:48 by just blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Should be interesting, if he can play attacking rugby there in that weather and on the heavy fields he can do it anywhere. Same applies to the goalkicking. This tour could be a cracker what with the home union players looking to secure spots in the Lions squad.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.10.08 12:24:55 by billy Reply
  • @billy (Comment 3) : yeah i have been amazed how low the scores have been in the nh comps so far. and that is with the introduction of the new laws. i have been very disappointed with the standard of rugby. it shows that it doesn’t matter how much you change the laws, if teams want to play negative rugby they will find a way.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.10.08 14:48:20 by try time Reply
  • we now know who the sharks flyhalf will be in the super 14, and its great news

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.10.08 21:06:51 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • man i am still trying to recover from the after party on saturday in durbs

    the atmosphere was amazing at the stadium

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.10.08 21:07:58 by sharks_lover Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Would it not have been better having him play Curry Cup games at flyhalf. De Villiers sent Ruan back to the Sharks wanting him to specialise he subsequently played scrum half, played flyhalf for about 15 min for Boks against Ausie, then back to scrum half. And then surprise, surprise he is back at Flyhalf for the Boks. He is a hugely talented man and I am sure he will cope, but as the old saying goes “Practise makes Perfect”.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.10.08 21:59:54 by Dynamite Reply

  • Hopefully he gets enough practice for him to be good enough to be out S14 flyhalf and just a stand-in.

    If it pays of it will help us immensely.

    Us being the Sharks

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.10.08 22:15:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • South Africans should show a little patience now and not expect him to be red hot right from the start. Stephen Larkham was given a whole year to establish himself and the outcome speaks for itself.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.10.08 06:51:24 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 9) :

    No worries about that happening. We will all blame PDV and not Ruan. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.10.08 07:08:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : We tend to blame someone, don’t we? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.10.08 07:11:37 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 9) : hey this is ruan pienaar you are talking about. he is a machine. he will fire from the hip. this boytjie doesn’t realise how good he actually is a ten. i remember that shitty rwc warmup game in ireland where we played that piss pot team and nearly lost. ruan is the reason we won, his performance was brilliant.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.10.08 08:36:51 by try time Reply


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