Richard Ferguson

Theron makes wholesale changes

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content on 7 Jun 2012 at 14:30
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Dawie Theron has made eleven changes to his team that lost to Ireland on Monday night, with the short turn-around time between matches blamed for the changes, and not the surprise loss.

The only survivors from the loss are Captain Wiaan Liebenberg, Jan Serfontein (centre), Steven Kitshoff (prop) and Paul Willemse (lock).

Four players will make their first appearance of the tournament, while the other changes are substitues of the first match getting their opportunity to start this match.

From a Sharks point of view, Khaya Majola and Braam Steyn will get their first starts of the competition, with Majola coming into the squad for the first time and Steyn being an unused sub against Ireland. Paul Jordaan falls out of the match 23 altogether while Allan Dell, Maks van Dyk and Pieter-Steph du Toit all fall to the bench.

Handrè Pollard will start the match ahead of Tony Jantjies, while the Blue Bulls centre combination of Jan Serfontein and William Small-Smith is reunited.

The Baby Boks face Italy on Friday, kick off at 18h45.

Team: 15. Marais Schmidt (Golden Lions), 14. Tshotsho Mbovane (Western Province), 13. William Small-Smith (Blue Bulls), 12. Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), 11. Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls), 10. Handrè Pollard (Western Province), 9. Vian van der Watt (Golden Lions), 8. Braam Steyn (Sharks), 7. Wiaan Liebenberg (Blue Bulls, captain), 6. Khaya Majola (Sharks), 5. Ruan Botha (Golden Lions), 4. Paul Willemse (Golden Lions), 3. Oliver Kebble (Western Province), 2. Jason Thomas (Blue Bulls), 1. Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)

Substitutes: 16. Mark Pretorius (Golden Lions), 17. Allan Dell (Sharks), 18. Pieter Steph du Toit (Sharks), 19. Fabian Booysen (Golden Lions), 20. Abrie Griesel (Blue Bulls), 21. Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), 22. Pat Howard (Western Province), 23. Maks van Dyk (Sharks)


  • Liewe Dawie, in case you are worried that you may be sending a confused, uninterested, out of position Paul Jordaan back to the Sharks after the competition, you can ease your conscience by letting him go home now.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.12 14:51:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Short turnaround time my shiny metal ass, this smacks of desperation, with overtures of a coach who is uncertain of what his team should look like…

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.12 15:01:04 by Culling Song Reply
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  • The way the team played, these guys should surely have been given this game to build up a head of steam.

    @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : Jordaan looked MIGHTY frustrated in that opening game. Would play him and Serfontein at 12/13.

    Stick to Adendorff to inspire his teammates.

    Interesting fact: Glenwood Boys High have produced the Baby boks openside(6) two years in a row.

    Wonder how Nizaam Carr, Siya Kolisi and Arno Botha feel about Marcell Coetzee( who they started ahead of for babyboks) been chosen to start the first International Test of 2012.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.12 15:16:15 by chucky Reply

  • Jordan was played out of position, but he was very poor.
    Ps du Doit was in position and was extremely poor, he looks slow, work rate is very low and lethargic.

    Could this be a cas of them being over rated?

    I am not negative but would like to hear other opinions.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.12 15:25:20 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

  • @Reynier Jacobs (Comment 4) :

    To be honest I don’t know what to make of that horrible performance.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.12 15:26:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Reynier Jacobs (Comment 4) : The truth lies in the fact that these boys have been turned into superstars by the media before they even do anything.

    This results in high expectations from us the fans and huge egos for the players.

    What i saw on Tuesday was a group of egos. all sulking, acting tough and cocky.

    Those faces remind of a young Frans, who believe the hype and then blame those around them. Glad Frans grew up.

    Look what happened to Marius Delport who had the same problem. Big prospect, over hyped and eventually left the Bulls, then to Lions and who knows where now

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.12 15:38:36 by chucky Reply

  • total prick

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.12 15:42:56 by pete69 Reply

  • @chucky (Comment 6) :
    I’m with you. Not singling out or belittling players (after all, the media, coaches and fans are part of the problem), but I do think every talented youngster needs to be grounded in reality, sometimes forcibly.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.12 15:44:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : Totally agree and this is one of the main contributing factor to 22 year old boys playing as under 18’s.

    Players crave the centre stage and are doing everything to fast track their elevation.

    Something totally off the point. Look at Eben Etzebeth. He has only played lock for 3 years and this is how his progression went.
    17 yrs old – backline player low team
    18 – first team lock at school, craven week, SA under 18
    19 – SA under 20 lock
    20 – Springbok lock

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.12 15:57:25 by chucky Reply

  • @chucky (Comment 6) :

    True, I think it played a big part, along with the pressure of playing in front of their home fans in a rugby haven like Stellenbosch.

    I also think the gameplan was really poor. Playing a kick chase game and a game based on territory is hard enough to implement by tried and tested test players let alone Junior u20’s. Whilst I have nothing against putting in a good tactical kick here or there, I believe the team should have been expressing themselves with ball in hand a lot more. I think the Griessel kick summed it up, there was a lot of players on his outside, and he hoofed it 50 metres into the dead ball zone – they were players playing to a plan that I dont think they believe in.

    I also think Dawie failed to respond adequately to the Irish tactics. Clearly they were intent on kicking eveything and pressurizing us. He should have put Ruan Botha on at lock and maybe shifted Du Toit to flank to shore up the lineout. The times they used the maul it was quite effective and should have tried doing it more to tire out the Irish.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.06.12 15:57:55 by Pat Reply

  • @chucky (Comment 6) : Agree, I just got the feeling that Jordaan had no interest at all, there is no sense of urgency.

    Ps d Toit is suppose to be the prime ball carrier but was no where, also his defense is non existing.
    A very low work rate.

    I suppose they thought they have arrived now! Psd TOit was called into the bok training group and Jordaan has had 2 decent super games.

    I don’t know it was an eye opener, but I agree with your Frans comparison.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.06.12 15:58:59 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

  • Shows how important an psychologist is in keeping them grounded.

    Like Marcel that said in the newspaper this week he wants to wreak havoc when they play the English and he will bring his physical game. Stay out the papers and let your game do the talking on Saturday, the English will now make a point of marking him and they will target him. Shit man stay humble, and that’s the problem with JOrdaan and D TOit as well.

    Don’t get me wrong, they are 3 of my most favorite players but stay grounded like Botes.

    On the flip side look at Super Pat, that boy’s head is screwd up right.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.06.12 16:13:16 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

  • @Reynier Jacobs (Comment 4) : The whole team was poor, and smacked of poor coaching

    Explain why a player performs brilliantly at a higher level, and is suddenly useless like in this case??

    we saw 22 individuals on the field on Monday night, not a team at all, so players are being blamed for the Coach not having a clue what he is doing

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.06.12 16:14:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : Even though i agree for the most we must remember Jordaan does not come across as a cocky little arrogant fellow

    I have a feelinmg he is not happy with the coaching staff, it was the same last year,

    Something just does not seem right

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.06.12 16:17:14 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 14) : Valid, but I tend to only look at the sharks players because I know they are our future that’s why I only commented on those 2 that have received so much hype

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.06.12 16:22:11 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 14) :
    Never said Jordaan was cocky: but one can’t just blame the coaching staff (though I don’t rate Theron).

    Locks not taking lineouts, flyhalves taking years to kick, and players fumbling and missing tackles cannot just be blamed on the coaches.

    These youngsters could grow from this if they honestly examine their mental attitudes and focus before and during the game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.06.12 16:50:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) : not saying you said so mate, just pointing out how jordaan comes across

    and you name so many problems, and those are part of the coaching staffs job, mental preperation

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.06.12 18:44:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Its evident that the coach has no idea what his “First team” is. Since the argentina matches he hasn’t played the same team twice. The result is a team who have not gelled and dont know how to play with eachother…

    I only watched 15 minutes of the match so take my comments with a pinch of salt – but it even looked like the team was playing a different gameplan to that played against argentina

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.06.12 07:03:41 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 18) : I’m not even convinced that all the okes in the tea on Monday were playing to the same game plan 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.06.12 07:40:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hooker looked like he was throwing for the Irish,now watch Dawie play a couple of these guys against England because they had storming games against Italy of all teams. Dawie was a superb coach for Griquas,but he seems to be coming short on the junior international stage,he comes across as a man who has no clue who to play,who not to play,doubt he even knows what his strongest team is

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.06.12 08:19:19 by Ludz Reply

  • This is weird, I didn’t think it was the players that was the problem in the first game against Ireland, but rather the gameplan or lack thereof – I can’t be sure, because like Rob said it seemed like some players felt like every ball needed to be kicked and others wanted to run every ball.

    They didn’t play together as a team and now the coach is making changes so that the player would have to try to get to know each other again?

    It doesn’t make any sense.

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.06.12 08:43:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • Schoolboy rugby! 🙄

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.06.12 18:58:50 by Ben Reply
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  • Bokkies leading 40 – 3 Italy

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.06.12 20:06:25 by Franshark Reply
  • Grats Bokkies

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.06.12 22:20:01 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Bokkies 52 – 3 Italy

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.06.12 22:36:16 by Franshark Reply

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