Muller must get the call

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 9 Nov 2008 at 12:06
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Well, it looks like we’re going to pay a hefty price for our somewhat scrappy win over Six Nations champions Wales yesterday.

Both Bakkies Botha and Adrian Jacobs look to have suffered tour-ending injuries. The former appears to have received a little poetic justice and was on the receiving end of an eye gouge. The latter has allegedly done a medial ligament in his knee.

Finding a replacement for Botha is clearly a priority, as Andries Bekker showed yesterday that he’s just not an effective foil for Victor Matfield in Northern Hemisphere conditions. Expect Danie Rossouw to come into the number 4 jersey for next week’s test against the Scots, but surely Johann Muller must be summoned to provide second-row cover to the tour party?

As for Jacobs – well, with Frans Steyn and Jacques Fourie already in the tour party as centre cover, I would argue that it doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense to replace him at all. The official centre standby is Wynand Olivier, but I really fail to see what would be achieved by adding him to the tour party, since he is unlikely to get gametime ahead of Jean de Villiers, Steyn or Fourie. If a backline replacement is needed at all, Peter Grant should probably get the call, since flyhalf is the area where there is no real cover in the squad. Ruan Pienaar’s performance yesterday was encouraging for sure, but if he were to go off injured, we’d be up the proverbial creek, particularly given that Jacobs himself is the only other flyhalf option in the squad outside of Frans Steyn.

I’d be tempted to say, though, that if a replacement is needed at all (which I don’t really think it is), we could do worse than to bring out another forward in Jacobs’ place. An established tighthead such as Jannie du Plessis would not go amiss, but given the inability of the Bok loose forwards to really assert themselves against the Welsh yesterday, my shock pick to join the tour party would be none other than Jean Deysel.

It’s really touch and go, though. If I were the Bok management, I’d get Muller over there and rather save some money than fly out another back.


  • Jean Deysel?

    Big call, but while I don’t think it would be good for the player, it might well help the Boks – Juan and Schalk weren’t as dominating in contact as in the past.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.11.08 12:29:31 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • The sharks bias on this site makes md sick…

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.11.08 12:44:25 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 2) :
    What you gonna do, throw up on your jersey?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.11.08 13:02:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : just Luke the other way, then 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.11.08 13:52:54 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 4) :
    Fair enough; I dont want to see Watson his clothing after that. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.11.08 14:11:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Then what about the Earl….

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.11.08 14:26:33 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • Juan is a world class flank, but he looks really tired, not at his best. My personal opinion is that Schalk is an excellent 7 and a great ball carrier, so Schalk at 7, Kanko at 8 and Brussow at 6, could be the loose trio for this tour. I just believe you have to bring Muller in to replace Bakkies, but Adi need not be replaced.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.11.08 14:51:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 6) : Oh. I have mentally blocked him out. Completely forgot he was in the squad

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.11.08 14:51:47 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) : Correct. I’d give Frans a run at 12 against the Scots too

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.11.08 14:52:56 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 9) : I’d send both Habs and Juan home, rest and be the great players they are for the Lions tour. They are both shadows of their former selves at this point. Habs was poor defensively and invisible on attack. He never came off his wing to look for work like Odwa does so well. We never saw Habs on the right wing, not once. Odwa pops up on the right side, left side, middle, all over and always seems to be in place on defence. That is why I think Odwa is the hardest working wing in the world right now. My opinion, Odwa at 14 and JP at 11 for the remainder of the tour, carry Nokwe on the bench for late impact, both JP and Odwa can cover fullback very effectively. Remember, there was a time people thought JP’s best position was fullback.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.11.08 15:06:36 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 8) : I like that…. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.11.08 15:06:51 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 11) : I’m completely with Rob on this, I hope this is just an opportunity for him to experience the Bok setup and give him a chance to carry some tackle bags. Jislaaik but I hope he gets nowhere near the squad for the Lions tour. Earl has skills, but is so inconsistent, and so often lets his team down by trying to do too much.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.11.08 15:16:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : So do I. But then, I would not mind such a job at such a pay. 🙁

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.11.08 15:23:05 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 13) : We have such a dearth of flyhalfs in SA that I can’t even argue with the decision to bring Earl along. Grant has been in poor form, and we have seen what he is capable of on the international stage. That really left only two other options, Earl or Morne Steyn. Personally I think that Steyn has a real future at flyhalf, we all seem to forget how young he is, he is the same age as Ruan, so perhaps he will develop that BMT he seems to lack now. Earl has sublime skills, but also lacks the BMT, and tries to do too much. One thing I do know for sure is that PdV has never thought as much of Morne Steyn, it was at the U/21 level that PdV first played Ruan at flyhalf ahead of Steyn to accommodate Ruan in the team with his captain and scrumhalf Delport. So in some ways, the selection of Rose is not too surprising. Personally I hope that Grant has a blinder in the Super 14, because I would much rather see him backing up Ruan in the squad for the Lions.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.11.08 15:54:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 14) : Oh, and Morne Steyn has always had to play in the shadow of Liefling, even into the CC before Liefling left for France. Now that he is the man, give him a full season of Super 14 and see if that BMT grows. I hope his confidence grows with the game time, because I honestly do think he has a future as a super flyhalf. Both he and Grant have the size advantage over Rose, and we all know Rose’s defensive frailties. To put it crudely, he needs to grow a pair defensively!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.11.08 15:59:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    I Love the slip in that comment.

    md? sick? 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.11.08 16:55:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : Which part of France is Leicester in? 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.11.08 17:28:21 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • Oh. Latest news a la Keo is that Bakkies might stay on

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.11.08 17:30:20 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • Bakkies should play with a eye patch on 😎

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.11.08 17:55:12 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • Dancing bear-maybe leicester have switched countries from england to france

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.11.08 17:59:47 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply
  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 20) : Beat you to it, son 🙂 check comment 17

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.11.08 18:12:59 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • Sho bit rough on Bekker, I think he is fine as replacement for Bakkies. It just means Vic is going to have to more than fall off tackles and run between line outs.

    Muller – no problem, but he can fill the bench position.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.11.08 08:58:42 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 22) : A bit rich, considering how many tackles Bekker fell off on Sat 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.11.08 09:47:12 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 23) : Yea he wasn’t great, but we seem to think its good enough for Vic to be on the field.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.11.08 10:05:59 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 24) : also true. Would be disaster to have both of them, though

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.11.08 10:09:26 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply

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