Richard Ferguson

Bok squad sees a few changes

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 29 Aug 2012 at 12:13
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The Springbok squad to tour Australia and New Zealand has been announced, with the anticipated inclusion of Johan Goosen and Duane Vermeulen confirmed in the squad. A surprise inclusion is that of Bath player Francois Louw, who comes into the spot left vacant by the injured Siya Kolisi. There is also a return to the squad for Juan de Jongh.

Craig Burden also gets to tour again, as third choice hooker behind Adriaan Strauss and Tiaan Liebenberg, while Keegan Daniel and JJ Engelbrecht are left behind weeks after making their first starts.

The squad of 28 players excludes Elton Jantjes, who gets to run wild in the Currie Cup campaign, while Pat Lambie clocks in more Voyager Miles by flying to the Antipodes to carry tackle bags. With the inclusion of both Vermeulen and Louw we can expect a major shuffle amongst the loose forwards.

The Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of The Castle Rugby Championship is:

Willem Alberts
Andries Bekker
Craig Burden
Pat Cilliers
Marcell Coetzee
Juan de Jongh
Jean de Villiers (captain)
Jannie du Plessis
Eben Etzebeth
Johan Goosen
Dean Greyling
Bryan Habana
Francois Hougaard
Zane Kirchner
JuandrΓ© Kruger
Pat Lambie
Tiaan Liebenberg
Francois Louw
Tendai Mtawarira
Lwazi Mvovo
Ruan Pienaar
Jacques Potgieter
Frans Steyn
MornΓ© Steyn
Adriaan Strauss
Flip van der Merwe
Jano Vermaak
Duane Vermeulen


  • Not a bad squad at all.

    So JJ, Elton and Daniel miss out. πŸ˜•

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.08.12 12:14:47 by wpw Reply
  • Remind me again why we thought this guy was the best pick for Bok coach?

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.08.12 12:15:51 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Someone like CJ Stnader sure has to rue the fact that he has announced a move to Europe, else I am sure he would have been in there in place of Louw?!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.08.12 12:15:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    Yeah! Good point.

    The same can be said of Kankowski.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.08.12 12:17:25 by wpw Reply
  • So now Lambie isn’t in the team as a flyhalf anymore but only a fullback. The sucks totally. Poor Goosen only just came back too.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.08.12 12:17:52 by Dunx Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    Well, rumor has it that Heyneke doesn’t really think much of Stander as a rugby player. That is why he decided to pack his bags for Europe in the first place… apparently.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.08.12 12:18:07 by hendrikp Reply

  • Can’t see us coming away with any wins in Australasia.

    Spent a mini fortune for plane tickets, accommodation, tickets etc. for Dunedin. Maybe I shouldn’t have.

    Then again, last time I went down there for a Bok game Ricky Januarie pulled a miracle out of the bag πŸ˜€

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.08.12 12:18:48 by hendrikp Reply

  • @ Hendrikp (Comment 7) thanks I noticed after I posted. But dont you reckon Daniel would be better than steyn?

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.08.12 12:20:42 by Dunx Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 6) :


    I know you rate Stander, and he has showed quite a lot of talent in the Currie Cup so far.. Sure we will see him start for Scotland as soon as he is eligible..

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.08.12 12:21:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 6) : Well then HM is an idiot, Stander has been brilliant

    Why is POtgieter there and Stegmann?? they been useless

    I am Glad Keegan is out as i have no doubt HM was setting him up to fail, HM is all About large Loose forwards with Braun, Keegan was never ever gonna be a Skop and Jag artist,

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.08.12 12:22:15 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 8) :

    I find it hard to blame Steyn. Wasn’t happy with him at all, and I think Johan Goosen – if he can stay fit damnit – is an outstanding flyhalf, but there isn’t much he could’ve done in Mendoza considering how poorly our forwards played.

    Outside of Eben Etzebeth & Adriaan Strauss I’d call the entire forward packs performances pathetic, at best.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.08.12 12:22:54 by hendrikp Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 10) :

    Steggman is not in the squad????

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.08.12 12:24:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) :

    Stander is a freak. Let me put it this way… if he were an Australian or Kiwi, he’d be in their starting line-ups IMO.

    He’ll make one hell of a loose-forward for Ireland once he qualifies. Just a shame he didn’t go a year earlier. Then he would’ve been eligible for the next World Cup.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.08.12 12:25:06 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 13) :

    Oh is it Ireland.. Okay, my bad..

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.08.12 12:26:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 5) : Yes I don’t understand, before the 1st test vs England Ricardo said on TV that they only rated Lambie as a FH, then a few weeks later HM said they only see him as a FB, who knows what’s going on there??? Lambie is being broken. I said all along, keep him on FH, but then no Plum also had to move him to FB and play Freddy at FH. I feel for this man.
    As for Goosen, I don’t think this is right given his experience and layoff on injury. If it was say Bissie then id fully understand.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.08.12 12:27:02 by Uli Reply
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  • “I miss PDivvy.

    To me, Meyer speaks with forked tongue.”

    I wrote this on 06-08-2012. I reiterate it again today because I heard with my own ears how Meyer said Keegan would be played against the Australians.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.08.12 12:27:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • What message is this guy sending to Elton and Pat, both extremely instrumental in their side’s respective Currie Cup wins the last two years. First they have to play behind a has been, now one gets dropped completely, and the other moved to his 2nd, maybe even third best position covering for another waste of space while a 20 year old who has potential, but has proved absolutely nothing yet gets shoved in ahead of them!

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.08.12 12:28:20 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : yip… I agree. Seems so many lies comming from the bok camp atm… Really starting to lose my trust there… I supported hm from the start… but now i take things with a pinch of salt.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.08.12 12:30:16 by Uli Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 17) : Mate, forget about the boks, rather jsut watch Sharks rugby mate… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.08.12 12:31:01 by Uli Reply
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  • @ Die Kriek (Comment 17) it sends the message either do what I say or be strung out to dry but don’t bother as I dont care about you anyway. This is a perfect way for HM to destroy other unions vital players to further the bulls. He is and always will be a bull.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.08.12 12:32:21 by Dunx Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 19) : Bloody good idea! And to think I was happy when Meyer was named coach

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.08.12 12:32:42 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 18) :

    Heyneke starting to remind me more and more of Straueli during the latter part of his reign.

    Pretends to ‘have a plan’. Uses that as an excuse for the pathetic performances coming from his poorly chosen team.

    Who’d have wanted this joker if we’d known he couldn’t even beat Argentina.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.08.12 12:32:45 by hendrikp Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 10) : Sorry SL I don’t see Potties nor Stegman on the list ❓ 😳

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.08.12 12:32:47 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Worried!!!! We started Keegan and we won, we dropped him and we (just barely) drew…clearly his presence at scrum time and as a link between the backs and forwards was missed!!

    Potgieter did nothing. He has TONS of energy but doesn’t make an impact!

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.08.12 12:33:13 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ Die Kriek (Comment 21) don’t worry you were not the only one to think HM would be good for SA rugby.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.08.12 12:34:54 by Dunx Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 22) : Yea well all our worst coaches beat the argies by some margin. so HM in my books are pretty bad atm.

    @Die Kriek (Comment 21) : Exactly what i thought.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.08.12 12:35:19 by Uli Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 21) :


    Don’t say you weren’t warned.

    Personally I was over the moon when I found out there was a possibility of a Jake White return.

    Then still pretty happy when Keo told us repeatedly that Gert Smal was the favorite to take over the Boks.

    And depressed for about a week when I found out Heyneke got the job πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.08.12 12:36:24 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 23) :

    Potgieter is there..

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.08.12 12:36:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 24) : Pottie is just plain kak. Him and Basson must be our worst boks in the last few years.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.08.12 12:37:33 by Uli Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 27) : You are one of the lucky ones mate, I envy you!

    The fall hurts much more if you climbed the praise tower

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.08.12 12:39:48 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 29) : I agree!! I’d have liked Josh Strauss or Keegan included! Anybody but Potgieter!!

    Gerhard Mostert or Bakkies would also have been better than Flip and Elton should have been retained or Peter Grant included in Morne’s position!

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.08.12 12:40:31 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Uli (Comment 29) : But only just, remember Earl was almost a Bok

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.08.12 12:40:41 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 27) : I think HM as bok coach was so highlighted when he lost out to divvy. I think everyone thought he deserved his spot now.

    atm JW/GS would do me pretty fine ….

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.08.12 12:40:52 by Uli Reply
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  • So he drops the in-form Daniel, keeps the kak Potgieter and picks an overseas player and a 8th man fresh from a long injury?

    Must be the fastest a bok coach has ever gone insane!

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.08.12 12:40:56 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 29) :

    Werner Kruger takes that title hands down.

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.08.12 12:41:39 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 32) : hehe lets NOT go there , hehe πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.08.12 12:42:05 by Uli Reply
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  • “The squad of 28 players excludes Elton Jantjes, who gets to run wild in the Currie Cup campaign, while Pat Lambie clocks in more Voyager Miles by flying to the Antipodes to carry tackle bags

    πŸ™„ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.08.12 12:42:54 by Megatron Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 35) : He could be the captain of that tri-team πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.08.12 12:42:55 by Uli Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 34) : He wants players who can play his game. Keegan can offload, pick gaps, be creative, hell he can even kick a grubber into space if the situation calls for it. That last part being key here, he plays the game he sees before him, Heyneke doesn’t like that, a forward must bash it up at all times, never showing a spark of creativity, an quickly recycle so Hougie or Morne can kick

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.08.12 12:44:07 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 39) : We’re in for a long two years then.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.08.12 12:45:17 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 39) : oh my you just reminded me of hougie…. πŸ™
    I recon Januarie gives him a good run for his money.

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.08.12 12:46:48 by Uli Reply
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  • If Heyneke manages to turn things around, by some miracle, then he’ll be forgiven though :mrgreen:

    Only a win in New Zealand would override a draw to Argentina though.

    And a loss to Australia in SA would have me calling for his immediate resignation.

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.08.12 12:47:30 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 42) : I agree 100%

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.08.12 12:48:25 by Uli Reply
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  • I shudder to think about the SA vs OZ games. Going to be awful rugby.

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.08.12 12:48:35 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 44) : You know , I thought about this and the boks played more a Sharks type game in the 1st two test against England, we won comfortably as you know. Then from the 3rd test to the last two Argie test we play a more Bulls/Stormers type game… or am I the only one seeing this?

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.08.12 12:53:26 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 45) : Bulk of the team was (still is?) Sharks. Took more than 2 weeks to ‘coach’ their instincts out of them

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.08.12 12:57:08 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 45) I agree with you fully. Nicely seen.

  • Comment 47, posted at 29.08.12 12:58:07 by Dunx Reply

  • There are some “interesting” selections! HM said KD would play against Aus, yet drops him for FL, who last played when?! Lambie won’t even make the 22 now with the Golden Goosen taking his place on the bench – only JG’ll get a chance to play. Vermeulen and Goosen have not played enough rugby, as talented as they may be. FL the only “specialist opensider” so he has to start and DV the only specialist 8 – what happens to MC, the best loosie in SA this year? Bench rider? The biggest joke is that HM selects 8 Bulls and wants to play Bulls rugby, but he’s only likely to start with 3 – and all of them are lucky at that (9, 10 and 15). I’m not losing faith in HM – I’ve lost it.

  • Comment 48, posted at 29.08.12 13:13:56 by CDRhino Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 45) :

    No the gameplan hasnt changed one iota. The gameplan is big forward runners trying to gather momentum by winning the collisions with a heavy emphasis on contestable kicks through boxkicking and up and unders. That is it.

    The only difference between the Argentina and England game is that it took the English two test matches to properly man up and make tackles. The 2nd test in JHB was just big ball carriers gathering momentum because the English couldnt deal with the collisions with a few sporadic offloads here and there.

    Problem is if you come up against a team that is just as big and refuses to yield the gainline then you are goosed as evidenced by the game v Argentina and others (even Scotland in November 2010!!!!).

  • Comment 49, posted at 29.08.12 13:14:48 by Pat Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 49) : That was the “said” game plan at the time. Did they actually play that way? You have a point though, I am actually just getting enough of talking about HM, I am starting to miss Divvy with his weekly jokes…. πŸ™

  • Comment 50, posted at 29.08.12 13:21:10 by Uli Reply
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  • The offloading of the All Blacks was amazing!!

    I watched a few of the classic games on ESPN from the mid-90’s and early 2000’s. The best Bok teams always offloaded the ball in contact and kept the opposition on the back foot because they were unpredictable and never gave their opposition time to reset because there were far fewer rucks!

    The game plan at the moment is ineffective as the ball is being recycled too slowly!

  • Comment 51, posted at 29.08.12 13:22:52 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Uli (Comment 50) :

    I thought the same as you, but rewatched the first 20 mins and I could maybe count 1 or 2 offloads, the Bismarck one for Hougaard’s try. From what i could see there wasnt a concerted effort to try and offload like what the Sharks did v Bulls, Reds. The England side coudlnt deal with our brute force and physicality – there was no real concerted effort to offload.

    Until we get proper attack coaches that know how to break down defences and get our players to start thinking on their feet and attacking space and employing decoy runners etc we are going to fail time and time again against teams that simply stand up to our physicality.

  • Comment 52, posted at 29.08.12 13:27:25 by Pat Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 23) : They both in the squad

  • Comment 53, posted at 29.08.12 13:27:36 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Pat (Comment 52) : Read my comment on 51. I agree 100%!!

  • Comment 54, posted at 29.08.12 13:29:27 by ChrisS Reply
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 53) : What are you smoking? πŸ˜•

  • Comment 55, posted at 29.08.12 13:29:57 by Ben Reply
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  • I am not going to be too upset if we loose to the Aussies and the All Blacks put 25 on us. Maybe the dead wood and “game plan” will then change.

  • Comment 56, posted at 29.08.12 13:32:32 by Bite me Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 54) :

    Yep, agree completely, the best rugby to play is offloading rugby – defences struggle to cope with it and it obviously avoids a breakdown. The ironic thing is that the Argies scored a very good try against us which consisted of a number of offloads, whereas our try was a charge down. Kinda says it all doesnt it!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 29.08.12 13:33:11 by Pat Reply

  • This will be the Bok line up against Aus:

    1. Beast
    2. Strauss
    3. Jannie
    4. Etzebeth
    5. Bekker
    6. Potgieter
    7. Alberts
    8. Vermeulen
    9. Hougaard
    10. Steyn
    11. Mvovo
    12. F Steyn
    13. de Villiers
    14. Habana
    15. Kirchner


    I hate being negative but I predict at least 3/4 losses, with it most likely being 4, from here on in. The only way we can gain any sort of ascendency or control is with Pienaar at 9 BUT WE KNOW HM DOESNT ENJOY PICKING THE BEST PLAYERS

  • Comment 58, posted at 29.08.12 13:34:22 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 57) : It more than says it all!!!

  • Comment 59, posted at 29.08.12 13:39:19 by ChrisS Reply
  • Wow! This place is crawling with fickle supporters who just a few weeks ago told us Stormers supporters to suck it up, etc… when we were up in arms about the exclusion of Kolisi, Aplon and de Jongh.

    Added to that we are still unbeaten after 5 games, i think people need to calm the hell down!!

    Yes, the Boks are playing a dire brand of rugby at the moment but lets at least give Heyneke the benefit of the doubt.

    He is still finding his feet at test level.

  • Comment 60, posted at 29.08.12 13:40:24 by wpw Reply
  • @pienaar111 (Comment 58) : I’d bring in Louw on the flank, switch Coetzee to 8 for his pace and move Alberts back to 7. Vermeulen on the bench.

    Pienaar has to start at 9 with Vermaak as his back up and Hougaard can shift to wing for Habana.

    Lambie in at 10 with Goosen on the bench. Morne running on with the water and kicking tee.

  • Comment 61, posted at 29.08.12 13:41:19 by ChrisS Reply
  • @pienaar111 (comment 58) I agree that’s the side except he pretty much has to select FLouw against the Aussies (at 6) because he needs an opensider. To add to your team, the bench will probably be:
    Burden (only against Aus)
    de Jongh

  • Comment 62, posted at 29.08.12 13:44:05 by CDRhino Reply

  • The Boks have already won their first and only game of this year’s Rugby Championship.

  • Comment 63, posted at 29.08.12 13:44:08 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 63) : We can beat Oz and the All Blacks if we play a more running game and select the right side. Predictability is our downfall!

  • Comment 64, posted at 29.08.12 13:45:40 by ChrisS Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 60) : Can you decide what you want please? When no one criticizes HM you are quick to point out how everyone criticized PdV. Now that everyone criticizes HM you call them fickle supporters! πŸ™„

  • Comment 65, posted at 29.08.12 13:48:10 by Ben Reply
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  • You know what would be a pretty decent team, a Sharks/Lions barbarians team with Ackerman as forwards coach.

    I bet they’ll be able to bamboozle HM’s starting 15 with that sorry game “plan” of his with half their skills tied behind their back.

  • Comment 66, posted at 29.08.12 13:48:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 64) : I’m not holding my breath.

  • Comment 67, posted at 29.08.12 13:51:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 65) :

    Quote please?? πŸ™„

  • Comment 68, posted at 29.08.12 13:57:05 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 68) : “When will Heyneke Meyer realise that kick and chase rugby is outdated?? People were very critical of Peter de Villiers when his team played the exact same game. Wat nou??”

  • Comment 69, posted at 29.08.12 13:58:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 67) : Neither am I…don’t think we’ll select a running side or skilled players. Hope that I’m wrong though!!

  • Comment 70, posted at 29.08.12 14:04:17 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 69) : Hm’s brand of rugby is so close to AC’s brand that Province supporters now think that is the way to go.

  • Comment 71, posted at 29.08.12 14:04:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 65) : It’s only because Juan de Jongh is in the squad, now HM’s praises will be sung on planet Cape, until he announces the team….then they’ll join our side of the fence again. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 72, posted at 29.08.12 14:07:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 68) : @Ben (Comment 69) : Remember saying this?

  • Comment 73, posted at 29.08.12 14:07:40 by Ben Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 72) : πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 74, posted at 29.08.12 14:09:13 by Ben Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 72) : Don’t forget about Vermeulen. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 75, posted at 29.08.12 14:09:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 75) : Until Planet Cape realise that these boys have been called up for Bok duty just in time to miss their encounter with the Bulls this coming weekend. 😈

    Sniff sniff, do I smell a conspiracy? 😯 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 76, posted at 29.08.12 14:16:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 76) : I smell it. JJ back to the Bulls and JdJ called up! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 77, posted at 29.08.12 14:17:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 76) : @Ben (Comment 77) : really, is this what you okes have been reduced to, conspiracy theories?

    i said last week on the “keegan dropped” article that MOST here are only happy with heyneke because he initially picked a shitload of sharks and will be bitching when he starts dropping them or jerking the around…

    lo and behold :mrgreen:

    i even said to wpw: sometimes it is “good” supporting EP because i don’t attach so much value and emotional attachment to players selected or dropped at bok level as most around the country do..

    provincialism at its worst!

  • Comment 78, posted at 29.08.12 14:29:44 by Megatron Reply

  • Why was Mallet overlooked as Springbok coach again? Where is Potgieter better than Daniel? Why is Kirchner still at fullback? Why is MSteyn still flyhalf? Why is Hougaard not on the wing instead of Habana? How can Flouw be a better openside flanker than either MC or KD? Why was Flo chosen above Jean Deysel? If HM is choosing overseas based players, why not Gerhard Mostert instead of Flip? I know, they are rhetorical questions – they cannot be answered by the incumbent coach nor the selectors (who are they again?). Forgive my cynicism, but I, too have lost faith in HM. I was never a fan of his and like most, wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt (seems there was a lot of doubt). Horses for courses? Play Keegan against Australia? My fairweather friend HM, you certainly do back yourself into a corner or,no, “I was misquoted by the press” seems to be your retort or response or excuse. You choose.This is not an attack on HM, but a comment on the current state of affairs. πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 79, posted at 29.08.12 14:32:50 by markm Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 73) : @Ben (Comment 73) :
    Bitch slap…

  • Comment 80, posted at 29.08.12 14:35:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • The only major surprise here is Elton being dropped. If Brussouw wasn’t injured he’d be there instead of Flouw.

  • Comment 81, posted at 29.08.12 14:37:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 78) : Have you ever seen me complain about Sharks players being dropped? All my complaints about HM is based on what I see on the field on match day.

  • Comment 82, posted at 29.08.12 14:39:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 2) : I must say I was never on that bandwagon.

  • Comment 83, posted at 29.08.12 14:40:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 78) : We can’t help it that our players are the best in the country πŸ˜†

    We only expect HM to pick the best players and play a game plan suited to modern day rugby.

    Sadly I think the test against the Argies was a taste of things to come.

  • Comment 84, posted at 29.08.12 14:41:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 78) : It would be great if this was true, but to be dropped in favour of a player who is mediocre or just come back from a long layoff smacks of nepotism (vote for me as coach & I will choose some of your players)& bullishness.I am an ardent Sharks fan, but can see the good in other players, whichever team they play for. I think Josh Strauss & Derek Minnie are great players. I like Robert Ebersohn as forward thinker, to name just a few.No provincialism here. You have to have emotional attachment to your team, like we have for the Springboks (if this blog is anything to go by).Nothing wrong with sticking by your team & principles. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 85, posted at 29.08.12 14:47:54 by markm Reply

  • 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 channel is unbalanced this is our downfall. Both FS and JDV performs close to the ball(12) and MS is a territorial orientated player and FH is a close quarter combat player. What in the entire line-up says “synergy”? And what ever happened to attacking channel 2 in order to bring in more defenders rather than pounding channel 1 the whole time and then kick the ball away!?! What in that statement made any sense? This is bad coaching and a bad game plan rather than poor execution and on field decision making

  • Comment 86, posted at 29.08.12 14:51:27 by Bakmister Reply

  • @Bakmister (Comment 86) : You’re missing the point of the gameplan entirely…

    If we attack channel 2 then we’re taking the ball too wide and may surprise our opponents, create holes and then have to exploit them. By attacking channel 1 we play fair and give our opposition a chance to compete by being predictable. We also take the gentlemanly approach of kicking the ball away at every chance thus giving the other team a fair chance with the ball as it would be selfish to keep it in hand and not share.

    Remember the old saying, “sharing is caring” πŸ™‚

  • Comment 87, posted at 29.08.12 14:56:59 by ChrisS Reply
  • only 5 months till S15 starts again, can’t wait, already tired of HM.

  • Comment 88, posted at 29.08.12 15:00:07 by MJ Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 87) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 89, posted at 29.08.12 15:00:29 by Ben Reply
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  • @Bakmister (Comment 86) : Definitely agree! @ChrisS (Comment 87) : sarcasm!

  • Comment 90, posted at 29.08.12 15:03:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • One thing we should all keep in mind is that it is early days and that Meyer is essentially building a squad around novice players.
    More experienced sides have lost to Scotland in recent times.
    What irks me though is his player man management and his intended game plan ,perhaps showing his true color(s)*blue*ehem

  • Comment 91, posted at 29.08.12 15:04:54 by Talent Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 87) : Hehe

    Just my opinion and in choosing a SA Barbarians team by not choosing any Bok tourists this is what a attack(offensive) minded approach, without losing any grunt up front looks like. Defence is attitude and where coaching starts. Once you mastered your defensive patterns you focus your offensive game plan on the natural ability of your players.

    15. L. Ludick, 14. W. Le Roux 13. P. Jordaan, 12. J. Serfontein, 11. B. Basson, 10. E. Jantjies, 9. F. Du Preez(For his pass only), 8. J. Strauss 7. CJ. Stander, 6. H. Brossouw, 5. R. Elstad, 4. B. Botha, 3. CJ vd Linde, 2. S. Brits, 1. JC jv Rensburg

    But then again who knows….

  • Comment 92, posted at 29.08.12 15:09:38 by Bakmister Reply

  • I don’t understand the rationale of taking Goosen, surely he wont be in the 22? And if he is does that mean Lambie will drop out of it?

    I think either Lambie or Goosen could have used these 2 weeks getting Currie Cup experience.

  • Comment 93, posted at 29.08.12 15:18:27 by Orelando_G Reply

  • I would have preferred both lambie & goosen to get currie cup exposure,half of either is better the MS

  • Comment 94, posted at 29.08.12 17:13:31 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 94) : I quite like the idea of stitching together Goosen’s bottom half and Lambie’s top half…

  • Comment 95, posted at 29.08.12 17:31:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 95) : See on Rugby365 Hawies Fourie saying that he gets the best out of Goosen (and Rhule) by allowing him to play the situation and not putting him in a box.

    So will HM start coaching creativity out of him, or just discard him like Elton? 😈

  • Comment 96, posted at 29.08.12 18:22:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 96) : Read an interview with Goosen and he came across as being a bit of a maverick. Not sure how he is going to fit into HM “metronomic moron” version of what a flyhalf should be

  • Comment 97, posted at 29.08.12 18:40:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 96) : Hawies Fourie should have been the Bok back line coach. Not many decent SA back line coaches but this guy always works wonders with the limited resources at his disposal. Just need a decent defense coach to back him up.

  • Comment 98, posted at 29.08.12 18:41:54 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I feel for Daniel and his exclusion but I feel more for Lambie and his inclusion. It would have been better if he got to come to the Sharks and found enjoyment in his footy again.

  • Comment 99, posted at 29.08.12 21:07:22 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • I don’t think Daniel was ever in HM’s plans so the sooner he gets back to Durban the better for us. Our loose trio with Daniel in for the Currie Cup looks good! I think Lambie will stay on the bench given the 5/2 split HM likes on the bench. He can cover half the backline. Given the available players, I think the squad is fine. (I understand that Brussouw is unavailable anyway.) Louw has to play and I think Burden should be on the bench for that X factor. Funny, when HM seems to suggest that maybe he should have a fetcher they are all injured.

  • Comment 100, posted at 30.08.12 03:54:57 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • WTF WTF … NO ELTON … WTF …….

  • Comment 101, posted at 30.08.12 09:20:59 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Something interesting to read. Jake White commenting at a function re HM. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 102, posted at 30.08.12 10:28:15 by markm Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 19) :

    Thats what i do .. Except for me its Lions and not Sharks …

  • Comment 103, posted at 30.08.12 11:31:33 by Zibbie Reply
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