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Jacobs set to replace Jean


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 10 Aug 2009 at 14:05
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Adrian Jacobs will take over from Jean de Villiers, who joins Irish club Munster after the Tri-Nations, as Bok inside centre.

JJ Harmse reports that Jacobs, who has played most of his rugby as outside centre, is slowly being groomed to wear the No 12 jersey in future.

For the past two Tests, Jacobs also replaced De Villiers in the second half as inside centre and information from the Bok camp is that this move will become permanent.

Jacob’s good hand speed and eye for a gap are definite assets, but his defence is not yet a strong point.

Sport24 has reliably learned that Jacobs, and not Wynand Olivier, will be the choice of Bok coach Peter de Villiers in the midfield.

Jacobs and Jaque Fourie, who have both competed for the No 13 jersey, will be the new centre pair.

It will definitely not be good news for Olivier, who has so far been used sparsely at national level, despite an excellent Super14 season.

Meanwhile, De Villiers has said the Bok victories on Saturday in Cape Town have given his team the necessary momentum for Tests in Perth, Brisbane and Hamilton.

“The momentum is now an ally. We have so much talent. I am very satisfied that we work together as a team. There are no longer individuals who place themselves above the team,” said the coach.

“We played very good rugby in the first half (against the Wallabies), but I’m actually more satisfied with our attempts in the second 40 minutes.”

“The Aussies then came with questions and we answered them all,” said De Villiers.

Bok captain John Smit said: “The Aussies’ three yellow cards were probably an indication of their approach. It was strange to see a Wallabies team play so negatively. I was very happy that we didn’t allow that bad discipline to affect our play.”

Smit believes this team is the most experienced and calm one yet. “It was almost strange to stand behind the posts after two minutes. We knew it was a wake-up call to switch on and there was no problem to do just that.”

Smit feels the past two victories were well-deserved, but pointed out that the Boks would be tested overseas.

“Those Tests will definitely be a different challenge and we will have to be at our best if we want to win the Tri-Nations series.”


25 Comments

  • ‘Jacob’s good hand speed and eye for a gap are definite assets, but his defence is not yet a strong point’

    Here we go again!!! πŸ™„

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.08.09 14:10:39 by wpw Reply
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  • is de Villier’s defence a strong point? I would argue that it’s not…

    At least we’ll get a playmaker into the backline this way, although what the point is if you have Braam Steyn at flyhalf, I just don’t know!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.08.09 14:13:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Imagine Meisiekind alongside Braam at 12… πŸ˜•

    The linesmen might just come into play more often!! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.08.09 14:15:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : well, he’d get a lot more ball than the outside centre or the wings would…

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.08.09 14:29:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have no issue with this but then I don’t rate Olivier to any menaingful extent.

    Adi at least has proven himself at international level.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.08.09 14:59:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Now that De Wet Barry is back the Bok centres better be on their toes. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.08.09 15:17:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : he’ll never play against any of them… he’s in the first division πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.08.09 15:30:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 5) : and at least he passes.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.08.09 15:33:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : πŸ˜† True, maybe next season then…

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.08.09 15:33:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • Any news on the armband hearing?

    IRB site says it’s happening today but no time. πŸ˜•

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.08.09 15:39:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • Bok captain John Smit said: β€œThe Aussies’ three yellow cards were probably an indication of their approach. It was strange to see a Wallabies team play so negatively.

    You can say that again. Constant obstruction be it in the form of ‘dummy runners’ or blocking our kick chasers.

    Early tackle on Habs.

    Giteau’s kung fu flying elbow move.

    Spoiling at the breakdown.

    They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.08.09 15:45:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • And yet not a citing in sight.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.08.09 15:46:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : and yet…

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.08.09 15:55:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    That obstruction was so pre-arranged to negate the boks kick and chase game.

    Glad Rolland saw it and blew it.

    If that’s the only way the Ozzies think they can win then they’ve already lost the test, and probably the two home games too.
    Surprised that Deans would go down that road.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.08.09 16:37:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    If Fourie had been carried off Gits would’ve been cited as that seems to be the way punishment gets meted out these days.

    Just another day in the farce of the citing process. No point in getting wound up about it as it wont change until they give guys like PAddy the boot.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.08.09 16:38:50 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 14) : I see he has apparently threatened to drop players if they don’t clean up their act.

    But I believe, like you mentioned, most of it was planned. Part of their game plan. So a bit of an empty threat.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.08.09 16:50:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :

    It looked so orchestrated when they ran Pietersen off the ball!

    It shows they have been studying the Boks but it also shows where their heads were before the game – worrying about the Boks instead of their own game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.08.09 16:58:16 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : pity we didn’t think to adapt the kick-at-all-costs strategy in the second half…

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.08.09 17:16:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    I wasnt aware we needed to… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.08.09 17:26:39 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 19) : they outscored us in the second half…

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.08.09 17:56:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    Is that you klempie?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.08.09 18:00:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :
    Give the guy a break – he does say not yet a “strong point” – not exactly castigating him.

    In any event, Adi has played quite a lot of rugby at 12, and I prefer him there if he has JF or a back to form Murray outside him.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.08.09 18:57:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • πŸ˜† I want my Bok jersey back…no. 12 please πŸ˜†

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.08.09 08:07:49 by Charlie Reply

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  • This is fantastic news , I have thought that 12 is he’s best position and look forward to many a linebreak.Mossie on his outside is a lovely prospect.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.08.09 10:41:35 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 15) :

    Had it been Bakkies or any other Saffa on the issuing end of that tackle, then they would have been cited, regardless of the injury to the tackled player or not.

    Although we can’t even refer to THAT as a tackle. πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.08.09 15:18:41 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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