Richard Ferguson

Habana fit, Daniel dropped

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 23 Aug 2012 at 08:17
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The Springbok team to face Argentina in the second Rugby Championship game this weekend has been announced, with one injury enforced change, one bench swop and one positional change.

The backline is unchanged with the injury that kept Bryan Habana on crutches for a while clearing in time for him to take the field. Ruan Pienaar can feel hard done by for not being rewarded with a start following a good showing from the bench last week.

Amongst the forwards, Adriaan Strauss replaces the injured Bismarck du Plessis, as expected, while there is also a loose trio shuffle, with Keegan Daniel relegated to the bench in favour of Jacques Potgieter, who takes over on the flank while Willem Alberts moves to the back of the scrum.

On the bench, Tiaan Liebenberg gets the nod ahead of Craig Burden to play second hooker, while the rest of the bench remains unchanged.

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner; 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 JJ Engelbrecht


  • Nobody can accuse Sharksworld of not being good value for money 🙂 Two Bok team announcements for the price of one!

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.08.12 08:24:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was so bored by the one-dimensional play last week that I might actually give this game a skip since it looks like HM is going to really push for the boredom train.

    NZ runs other teams off their feet. Apparently it’s the Boks plan to bore the other team to death!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.08.12 08:30:46 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 2) : Like the Stormers, only difference is when Stormers do it their coach is lauded for it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.08.12 08:41:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I must be honest and say I don’t see this team beating nz or even aus. If hm doesn’t change something those teams will just run us out of the game. We can’t just keep kicking the ball away wen we have a super talented backline. Feel sorry for keegan aswell, can’t believe he only given one chance. Hopefully he gets on this weekend and has a blinder

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.08.12 08:48:34 by sharkbok Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 3) : HM will get his kudos if this monotonous team selection and game plan comes off against the kiwis.

    Until such time I’ll lay the same accusation at HM’s feet as is leveled against Robbie Deans by former ozzie coach Alan Jones on Sport24:

    “….the preoccupation is with trying to avoid defeat rather than trying to secure victory.”

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.08.12 08:48:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Sheesh. dropping Keegan means no real chance of any turnovers. Going to be Bulldoze, up and under and pray. Or if up and under isn’t on, give toe poor Frans Steyn and tell him to hit it up.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.08.12 08:48:35 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 6) : I think you’ve just summed up the entire Bok game plan… and rather succinctly, I might add

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.08.12 08:50:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 7) : Quick….delete the comment before Oz or NZ sees it 😯 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.08.12 08:51:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I just don’t get the fetcher thing at all. Think of all the other good sides. There is generally a clever fetcher. Also to give Daniel only 50mins and then drop him for another ball carrier just makes me irritated. That’s not right.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.08.12 08:53:41 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • I am trying, really! But for the life of me I can not remember why I supported this guy as the ‘right man for the job’

    I want Divvy back! 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.08.12 08:57:14 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : Amen to that.

    But let’s be honest, there is no way this game plan is going to succeed against the kiwis. In recent years the laws have been changed to accommodate the kiwis a little more than teams who only skop-en-bid. So we’ll lose against them.

    We’ve basically already beaten the Argies but let’s be fair it’ll take a little while before they’re up to Southern Hemisphere standard

    The Aussies are also playing not to lose, but they have picked creative players like Cooper in the team so when the s***t hits the fan they’ll be able to turn it on. We might actually lose against them as well.

    That means that our great team will only come 2nd, maybe 3rd.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.08.12 08:59:32 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Ok, I change my mind. We need a fetcher and maybe it is time to bring Brussow back. With Bissie out we will trugle against Aus and NZ. Anyway, time for coffee with KingSharks so chat later…

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.08.12 09:15:33 by Viking Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) :“….the preoccupation is with trying to avoid defeat rather than trying to secure victory.” ” Like I said, Stormers rugby.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.08.12 09:21:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The major conundrum for the Boks is that whenever we did try and run with the ball, the ball was turned over against the Argies. So in that sense kick and chase is almost the safer option at the moment, as our protection of our ball at the breakdown is really poor at the moment.

    I think the key thing in rugby is not to become too predictable. HM thinks executing a predictable plan at 100% efficiency is the way to go. That will not work at international level – the other teams have worked us out, and will easily counter this. They also have big boys who can stop us in our tracks.

    I don’t have an issue with a well executed kick-chase – Sharks scored a few tries from up-and-unders, e.g. Ludik in the semi. It just needs to be used at the right time, and mixed up with other strategies too

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.08.12 09:32:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : Difference between the Boks and the Streamers is that the Streamers at least pick their form players.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.08.12 09:41:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 12) : Brussouw is still injured as far as I know

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.08.12 09:49:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : Im sure Meyer thinks he is also doing that. My issue is, as is yours, according to your earlier post “playing to avoid defeat”. It does not necessarily make for the selection of the best player but rather for someone that can execute a game plan better. It makes for boring stuff.
    But its still very early days in HM’s tenure and Im sure there are many more steps of evolution to his game plan that will bring a balance to the ultimate game that we will play. I hope so at least.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.08.12 10:55:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : That’s what I’m also hoping for – looking at how he started with the blue fools, bottom of the S12 log, and everyone in baby blue were calling for his head.

    So possibly this is a long term plan where he is slowly making minor changes to the Boks style of rugby, up to the point where finally in 3 – 4 years time we won’t recognise the game plan of this year.

    It’s just disappointing that the more talented players are being left out of the team, while HM comes up with his revolutionary “winning rugby” style.

    But at least we don’t have to listen to another 4 year “judge me after the world cup” plan. We’re possibly too impatient with the man, but we’ve had to endure some rubbish rugby from our boys for many years, while we know we can/should be no. 1 in the world.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.08.12 11:33:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Who dictates what players are chosen? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.08.12 14:28:44 by markm Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : it’s a default bulls coach mentality…heyneke is working from a premise of “my pedigree is not in question, so i know what i’m doing” which means WHATEVER happens on matchday, it is the the PLAYERS that didn’t execute his ingenious and infallible game plan that won him super rugby!

    the problem with this is, men like deans, smith, jones have won super rugby and come unstuck at international level meaning super rugby success is no perfect measure for success in Test scene.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.08.12 14:49:36 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 20) :

    Mega tell me….give me your ideal Springbok team with everybody fit and your ideal coaching staff.

    I’m really interested to know who you would pick.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.08.12 14:58:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 20) :
    I’m so aligned with you recent comments on the Boks it’s uncanny.

    I think that Meyer is falling back on an apparent pedigree and job security that neither of his predecessors had. Plays the same game plan and players yet no disparaging comments. How long will it all last I wonder? Coaching honeymoons in S.A. are generally short.

    A coach worthy of his team? We will see.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.08.12 14:58:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : i don’t do fantasy teams, sorry 😛

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.08.12 15:10:29 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : cop-out 😯

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.08.12 15:12:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 23) :

    You’re quick to criticize but you don’t have an opinion??

    Come on, show some balls and tell me who you would chose.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.08.12 15:20:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 24) : @Pokkel (Comment 25) : really boys, what difference will it make if i say i would have jpp in this position and so and so in this position?

    the only thing you might be able to gather are my preferences, nothing else, so keep your panties on 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.08.12 15:31:44 by Megatron Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) :

    I think he is concerned that his team won’t consist of players from the Kings! 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.08.12 15:32:53 by wpw Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 26) :

    Chicken shit!! 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.08.12 15:33:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 26) :

    That’s exactly what I want to know….your preferences!

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.08.12 15:34:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 28) : namecalling, really 😛

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.08.12 15:38:20 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 30) :

    I know you won’t take that seriously……do you prefer to be called a different type of shit rather? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.08.12 15:40:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) : ahhh like i’m partisan like you and wail every time a coach picks only 2 players from my province…nah son!

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.08.12 15:44:17 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 32) :
    😈 😆

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.08.12 15:49:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 32) :

    I have to admit I was upset about Gio, De Jongh and Kolisi but I have moved on and wish some people would too.

    Sure everyone is entitled to their opinion but the righteous indignation that follows is just laughable.

    It’s as if they really believe they know better than the Bok coach! 😆 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.08.12 15:50:58 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel 😕 (Comment 31) : yoh…hhhmm can i a pass on that one? 🙄

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.08.12 15:55:50 by Megatron Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 34) :
    Whatever. You whined for weeks. Just cos we don’t point out your hypocrisy doesn’t mean we don’t notice it.

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.08.12 15:58:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 35) :

    Jokes aside….I would really still like your OPINION because I still think you know a lot about rugby and am genuinely interested.

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.08.12 16:04:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : you know sometimes being denied or not having somethings can have positive outcomes, sure i didn’t support any franchise in super rugby but i know i don’t give a shit if there were 10 stormers or derived no perverse pleasure if 13 lions made the bok team i shouted for them regardless…

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.08.12 16:07:47 by Megatron Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : ok, will TRY and drum up a fantasy team.

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.08.12 16:08:30 by Megatron Reply

  • Now I’ve got myself checking the site every 3 minutes for Megatron’s team.

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.08.12 16:45:46 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • Big Fish
    I dare you to say that to my face! 😈

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.08.12 17:48:57 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 41) : keyboard warrior? 🙂

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.08.12 18:39:27 by Megatron Reply

  • Go Sharksworld

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.08.12 19:27:09 by Dunx Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 41) :

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.08.12 19:47:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Cool it ladies. 😛

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.08.12 20:20:27 by Ben Reply
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