Richard Ferguson

A timely look


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Super Rugby on 4 Apr 2012 at 09:00
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We have seen six rounds of Super Rugby action so far, and a lot has been mentioned about Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis playing every single minute of rugby so far in the six games that the Sharks have played.

I’ve broadened the scope a bit, and looking at all the South African franchises and particularly the players whom I feel will come into contention for the Green and Gold for the series against England in June, had a look at their time spent on the field.

It is interesting to note that the Sharks and Cheetahs are the only South African teams not have had a bye so far, so their totals are out of a potential 480 minutes, whereas the Bulls, Lions and Stormers have only seen 400 minutes to date.

The worrying candidates at this stage are obviously Bismarck du Plessis, but equally worrying from a Springbok point of view is that Heinrich Brussow is in exactly the same boat, having played a full 480 minutes to date, and not looking like getting a break as he will surely start against the Lions this weekend.

A few assumptions as to how exactly the Springbok team will be made up has been made, but with the Meyer / Blue Bulls connection, it is safe to assume that somewhere the likes of Dean Greyling and Werner Kruger will be involved. Both these players have seen their fair share of rugby, with Kruger playing 4 out of the 5 games in full, and getting a 25 minutes break in one game, for a total of 375 out of 400. Still quite a bit considering he is a front rower. Greyling is not far behind, on 342 minutes.

Pierre Spies, one of a few nominees for the Springbok captaincy, has played a mammoth 393 out of 400 minutes, getting a total of 7 minutes on the side of the field. Morne Steyn himself has played 391 minutes, but the impact of time on the field is much different for a back compared to that of a forward.

Over at the Stormers, things are looking significantly better, with only really Andries Bekker a certainty for the Springbok set up. The big lock has only played the full 80 in one of the five games so far, and has hit 334 minutes out of a potential 400, but at least getting time off in most games, the Bulls match an obvious exception.

The Sharks have definitely changed their approach when it comes to Willem Alberts, who is yet to play a full 80 minute game, something he was doing regularly last season, and with the late start to the season, has only seen 252 minutes so far this season, getting breaks towards the end of every game. Having Jean Deysel back in the mix will certainly encourage more and more rotation between these players.

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Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Total
Beast Mtawarira 0
Bismarck du Plessis 80 80 80 80 80 80 480
Jannie du Plessis 49 26 21 32 61 52 241
Willem Alberts 64 59 70 252
Charl McLeod 33 26 32 76 69 80 316
Pat Lambie 80 80 80 80 80 400
Lwazi Mvovo 80 80 80 80 80 80 480
JP Pietersen 80 80 80 80 320
Odwa Ndungane 80 80 66 71 297
Dean Greyling 56 69 57 80 80 342
Chiliboy Ralepelle 49 69 57 52 80 307
Werner Kruger 80 80 80 55 80 375
Flip van der Merwe 52 62 34 80 65 293
Deon Stegmann 80 58 138
Dewald Potgieter 0
Pierre Spies 80 73 80 80 80 393
Francois Hougaard 80 64 80 80 304
Morne Steyn 80 71 80 80 80 391
Bjorn Basson 80 80 80 80 80 400
Wynand Olivier 80 80 80 80 320
Zane Kirchner 80 80 80 80 80 400
Andries Bekker 69 68 60 57 80 334
Schalk Burger 12 12
Bryan Habana 80 80 73 57 80 370
Jean de Villiers 80 80 78 80 80 398
Juan de Jongh 80 80 80 80 320
Gio Aplon 80 72 80 80 80 392
Coenie Oosthuizen 69 72 48 80 269
Heinrich Brussow 80 80 80 80 80 80 480
Juan Smith 0
Ashley Johnson 28 37 60 23 33 49 230
CJ van der Linde 21 21
Elton Jantjies 80 80 34 194
Butch James 23 23 80 80 80 286

9 Comments

  • Sorry to say but you can take Juan Smith off the list. Just read that he is out for the rest of the season to try and get his achilies thingy sorted. Realy too bad for the Cheetahs and the Bokke, but Alberts will fancy his chance now for the 7 jersey.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.12 09:17:28 by Viking Reply
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  • A week before the 1st test the Lions play the Sharks and the Bulls will try and extract revenge against the Stormers at Loftus. I’m this could pose a headache for Meyer. The guys will be physicalyl exhausted.

    Difficult to rest key players when you rely on them heavily to win games and especially if you’re sitting pretty at the top of the table

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.12 09:18:04 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Plum will have to make a plan with Bissie soon or he will be sorry. Rather play it safe and bench him for a couple of games. We all know how a big impact he can make in the last 2o. Burden is a good player and we need to give hime a chance to build his experience it big games.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.12 09:19:29 by Viking Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 2) : True but you can’t win this comp with 15 players. You have to try and manage your key players that they only play about 70% of the time. We have been saying since the S15 started that you will need 2 full squads to make it through. Look at the Reds?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.04.12 09:22:29 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 4) : I agree with you but you need to tell the coaches that. They’re the ones you need to convince. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a club vs country debate. The question is what’s more important the success of the Sprinboks in a June test series or a South African team winning the Super 15?

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.12 09:32:03 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 5) : Regardless of the boks, if a player is injured he can’t play for club or country. That is really the concern. Luckily for the players who won;t make the bok 22 will get some good rest inbetween the S15.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.04.12 09:35:15 by Viking Reply
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  • Nice article Rich! Just one thing, did you *have* to include Dewald Potgieter and Slegmann in your list of possible Bok contenders? It really takes the gloss off an otherwise pleasurable read :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.04.12 09:41:26 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 7) :

    Hahahaha..

    I’m sorry for ruining your morning, and potentially your entire day! 😉

    I just had a look at who played for the Boks over the last two years, and made a call..

    Next time I know to remove them…

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.04.12 09:54:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : Burden is getting a start against the Hurricanes. Plumtree must have read your post!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.04.12 11:05:30 by slammerboy Reply
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