Another potential tourist down

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Springboks on 23 Oct 2012 at 13:15
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Bulls flanker Jacques Potgieter revealed this morning via Twitter that he will undergo an operation on his troublesome groin tomorrow, with SuperSport’s Brenden Nel then confirming that the Rugby Championship Bok squad member will spend two months on the sidelines as a result.

As a result, Potgieter will miss out on the end of year tour, where the Boks will play tests against Ireland, Scotland and England next month.

When Potgieter was ruled out with a first occurrence of the injury after the away leg of the Rugby Championship, Heyneke Meyer brought in young Bulls loose forward Arno Botha as cover, a move which prompted an outcry since the feeling was that Sharks man Keegan Daniel was in far better form. Daniel completely overshadowed Botha for the second time in a month during Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final, whilst even forgotten Springbok Jean Deysel made a far more compelling case for tour inclusion than any of the loose forwards in the Bulls squad, including Botha.

Let’s hope that Meyer has the balls to make the right decision for THIS tour and will restore Daniel – and perhaps even Deysel – to his squad.


  • Daniel does deserve it. I hope Meyer takes him. We need to reward provincial performances. Send out the right message.

    That being said, I’m pretty sure he’ll take Arno Botha.

    And Jean Deysel, I’d imagine, hasn’t got a shot unless there are a few more injuries.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.10.12 13:21:37 by hendrikp Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 1) : I know he’s going to take Botha. He seems to share your infatuation with the kid. 👿

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.10.12 13:25:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 1) : Or if Deysel wears a blue jersey

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.10.12 13:29:14 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Just once again going to show that, with the amount of rugby being played by these guys, running into the opposition phase after phase will break you, it is not sustainable.

    When last did Keegan sit out a game due to injury? Then look at Alberts, how many times he’s injured.

    Time to wise up!

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.10.12 13:34:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • All comes down to whether Meyer bases his selections on currie cup form or on his ‘plan for the future’. His charges so far have delivered average results so maybe taking the in form players on tour isn’t such a bad idea? I’d certainly pick those in form!

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.10.12 13:34:33 by jerryclive Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I think you’ve chosen to look past him Rob :mrgreen:

    It’s nothing against Daniel. If it were me, I’d take Daniel and demand some strong performances from Arno Botha in a starting capacity at Super Rugby level.

    But I can understand Meyers thinking in wanting a bigger guy that suits the style of loose-forward he is looking for.

    And I do think Arno Botha is a hell of a player. Going to play a lot of tests at 8 for the Boks I think. Now we just need Pierre Spies to get out of the damn way.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.10.12 13:36:19 by hendrikp Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 3) :

    Don’t think Sharks Supporters can complain too much at this stage.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.10.12 13:37:43 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 7) : Nope, I helluva glad he wears black-and-white and not baby blue

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.10.12 13:40:28 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) :

    I meant with numbers in the Bok squad 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.10.12 13:48:04 by hendrikp Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    You know anything about Frans Steyn injury?

    Vrede seems to think he’ll be fit for the EOYT.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.10.12 13:52:20 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) :

    Scratch that. He went ahead and edited the article afterwards.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.10.12 13:54:00 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) : oh ok. Nah, I’ve heard nothing to suggest that he’ll tour

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.10.12 13:54:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 7) : Jy sit die pot heel mis… Dit gaan nie oor hoeveelheid Sharks in die Bokspan nie. Maar wel dat HM verkies om eerder ‘n Bulls speler te kies. Al is daar duidelik ander spelers wat beter is. Wat my veral moerig gemaak het, is hoe hy sekere Sharks spelers behandel het op toer… 👿

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.10.12 14:20:31 by Jr88 Reply

  • I think Keegan definitely deserves to tour but in Marcell, Alberts and Vermeulen we have quite a few bruisers which is why Deysel will probably miss out.

    Just my opinion of course! 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.10.12 14:27:45 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) : I’m not advocating for a call-up for Deysel. I’m just saying that even he is more deserving than Botha, based on what he actually does on the field.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.10.12 14:50:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • For the England tests the squad had a majority of Sharks players. Then HM gradually started filtering them out and replacing them with WP players. The boks were strong against England and then gradually got worse.

    So if there is ever a 50:50 call between a Sharks (Deysel or Keegan) or another (Botha) you would be mad not to take the Sharks player.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.10.12 15:38:00 by Orelando_G Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) : What do you think will happen if Keegan wins player of the year? HM could not possibly ignore taking him.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.10.12 15:52:58 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 17) : What above Bosman?! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.10.12 16:53:19 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 17) : of course HM would ignore him, he goes against all normal. He sees magic in the bulls.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.10.12 07:50:02 by Dunx Reply

  • when are they announcing touring squad? Is it after cc final?

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.10.12 07:51:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 18) : 😯

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.10.12 07:52:55 by rekinek Reply
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