Richard Ferguson

Picking your pivot


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 29 May 2013 at 09:10
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Yesterday we looked at the Sprignbok flyhalf group, and who would be best to suit Heyneke Meyer’s plan. Today, we look at the first receiver, the pivot.

Meyer has selected three flyhalves in his training squad, and with no overseas flyhalf in the mix, we can be pretty sure it will come down to these three players. Morne Steyn, Demetri Catrakilis, Pat Lambie and Elton Jantjies took part in the training squad that concluded yesterday, and we can be sure that one of these will wear the ten jersey against Italy next weekend.

Morne Steyn is sure to be first choice, and has been confirmed as the running flyhalf during training. This would make sense as he has been the form flyhalf during the year so far. Pat Lambie is not in the best of form currently while Elton Jantjies is still working his way into the Stormers setup, although we are starting to see moments of his brilliance.

Looking at the bigger scheme of things though, Morne Steyn has confirmed his move to France upon completion of the Super Rugby season. This might not keep him out of the Springbok squad, with the current propensity of Heyneke Meyer’s overseas player selections. Should Steyn be in line to continue his role as Springbok flyhalf, then by all means, play him now.

The big but though, is in the case that he will not be available for the Springboks after his move. Should this be the case, surely the time is now to get the next in line settled. From those discussed earlier, Pat Lambie is the obvious choice. He may not be shining as he did last year, struggling behind a pack that is not quite gelling, in a team where the balance is way off.

You might read this and say “Duh, obviously Sharksworld will back Lambie as the next Springbok flyhalf” – Well yes and no. Yes, Lambie is a Sharks favourite, and we have been calling for his inclusion for a while now, but it is not purely on his franchise colours.

Both Lambie and Jantjies are perfect running flyhalves, if only running was in the Springbok game plan. We will have to wait and see what Meyer comes up with against Italy next weekend, but the expectation is that a controlled kicking game will again be the plan, which won’t suit either of these players.

All in all, the Bok flyhalf come next Saturday will almost certainly be Morne Steyn, and I will be honest in saying that that is not such a bad thing. Steyn might not a fan favourite, but if Meyer uses him and his potent boot to good effect, we are sure to win all our tests. Whether Meyer’s plan will work in the Rugby Championship later in the year, remains the main issue.


24 Comments

  • Invest in DM asap. He’s the most complete flyhalf in the country. I like Lambie but I’d like to think that I’m fair in my assessment. Ever since he become 1st choice Bok flyhalf, he tried to change his game to play like MS and as a result he’s game has dropped.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.13 09:39:41 by GreatSharksays Reply
     
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 1) :

    DM???

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.13 09:44:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’d say, having MS on FH we need Lambo on FB to cut into the line etc and get the backs going.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.13 09:48:51 by Uli Reply
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  • Pat Lambie used to be a running flyhalf, but HM has been whispering in his ear a little too much and now he’s trying to play like a Derick Hougaard/Morne Steyn clone.

    The sad fact is that Morne used to be more of a running flyhalf as well until HM brainwashed him into neaderthal rugby.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.13 09:50:58 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 3) :

    Lambie is not a fullback – End of story.

    He hasn’t played there all season, and in all honesty, there are far better fullbacks in the country than him!

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.13 09:51:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :

    De Metri??? 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.13 09:52:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) :

    Must be?!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.13 09:53:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : De Metri!

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.13 09:54:42 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) :

    Okay – we finally figured that one out.

    In future, it would be DC – seeing as his surname is Catrakilis..

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.13 09:56:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : Clashes with Dan Caater.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.13 09:59:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This is a fun little Springbok selection site I heard about this morning on 702. Run by a 13 year-old girl who’s a huge rugby fan. Apparently it was developed because she got into an argument with her father about fan favourites. :mrgreen:

    http://www.sa-select.co.za/

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.13 09:59:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) :

    DMC then?!

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.13 10:03:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) :

    Or you know what, I have the best idea of all..

    Wait for it…

    Let’s call the players by their actual names?!

    <<>> Mind blown!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.13 10:04:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : Run DMC! Run!

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.13 10:04:57 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) : In all honesty he seems to be more of a kicking flyhalf too. His defense is iffy – no 7 in S15 with 23 missed tackles.

    It is difficult to judge him in the Kings setup as an attacking flyhalf.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.13 10:06:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Start Lambie. Let him get some game time as starting flyhalf now, instead of sink or swim in the Rugby Championship. Elton needs to find form. So Morne on the bench?

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.13 10:07:21 by rumblo Reply
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  • Is it a fact that Steyn is not available for the RC?

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.13 10:08:43 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @rumblo (Comment 16) :

    Why sink or swim in the Rugby Championship.

    Surely Morne will be available for that?

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.13 10:09:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 17) :

    If Louw and Pienaar can play Rugby Championship, why not Steyn?

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.13 10:09:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : @Butchie34 (Comment 14) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.13 10:10:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : That was what I was thinking.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.13 10:12:13 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : It’s all about the club. Those 2 play in England and Ireland respectively. The more stuck up French don’t like to release their players (e.g. Botha, Rossouw, Steenkamp).

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.13 10:14:34 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 22) : Even the French are governed by the official test windows (and the RC falls inside one). The Argies mostly play for French clubs and they have to release them.

    Unless a player signs a contract where he accepts not to play test rugby, the French are bound to release them inside an official IRB test window.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.13 10:29:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Play Lambie at flyhalf for the sake of consistency leading into the Championship! I honestly don’t see what the hype about Catrakilis is all about. People are making him out to be some sort of prodigy. It’s as if he has been a shining light, outdoing all other 10s in SR. He has been solid. More than that is needed for test rugby! He is good, not fantastic.

    I am also thinking with all the injuries that we should play Pienaar at fullback with le Roux on the bench (he really shouldn’t start the first test).

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.13 10:32:36 by David12246 Reply

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