Decision time for the Bok Chief

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 18 Jun 2013 at 10:20
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The Springboks look likely to be without the services of captain Jean de Villiers for clash against Samoa at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

De Villers sustainted a chest and rib injury in the Springboks hard fought win against Scotland but stayed on the field as the team needed to rally hard to earn the victory. He sat out training on Monday and was said to be in major discomfort, Heyneke Meyer told the media that a call would be made on de Villiers fitness later this week and that he would be given as much time as possible to recover and lead the team.

That is where I have the issue, Jean de Villiers has been played to the ground over the last two seasons and is desperate need of a break, he and a player such as Jannie du Plessis get rolled out week in and week out and are expected to set the world alight with their physical exploits while physically they must feel like they have been to war every day since birth.

This weekends game is an ideal opportunity to give the captain a rest and also allows Heyneke Meyer to give a new centre combination a run and also allows him to observe how the team performs under a new captain. Adriaan Strauss would be the logical choice to lead the team on the back of his season for the Cheetahs while Meyer believes Pierre Spies and Morne Steyn have enough respect from their team mates to run the change room . Bryan Habana is also a name that has been thrown around. Strauss , did not have the best of games against Scotland but that game can be viewed in isolation as he has been a consistent performer all season and is probably allowed the odd bad day at the office.

My concern is that Heyneke Meyer has said on more than one occasion that Test level is not the platform to manage players and that we are going to see Jean de Villiers rolled out to face the hard hitting Samoans , Heyneke Meyer will be greatly at fault if he follows this route. He will be mistreating his regular captain and wasting a chance to further develop some squad depth.


  • Isn’t this a similar injury to the one Pieter-Steph du Toit picked up? How come he can be managed but not JdV? I saw a report stating Bismarck’s name had also been mentioned as a captain. For the sake of continuity, Strauss or Spies (even tough he is yet to show up) should be captain. Habana or Steyn should not even be considered as it would inhibit their performances.I am going out on a limb here – Ruan Pienaar or Francois Louw – for captain.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.13 10:44:59 by markm Reply
  • I like the Bismark and Adriaan angle. Whoever is on the field is the captain.

    I have another option in Jannie – he is afterall the bloke that does the most talking in the huddles.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.13 10:55:11 by King Shark Reply
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  • I know he is injured, but what about Frans Steyn? He did a excellent job for the sharks as far I am concerned. Still unbeaten as Sharks captain.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.13 10:56:18 by Uli Reply
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  • I won’t watch the game if Spies is captain, klaar!

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.13 10:57:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 3) : 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.13 10:58:56 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Remember, Strauss is probably going to be playing off the bench for a long time to come. From Captain to benchwarmer in a few weeks, do we really want that.

    I say bite the bullet and start Bissie and make him the captain.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.13 11:05:56 by jonnow Reply

  • I agree. De Villiers is an old war horse and will lay down his life for the jersey, so let’s hope they don’t ask him to because Samoa has been in ominous form and are as brutal as South Africa.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.13 11:20:57 by rumblo Reply
  • Habana. It wont upset any team dynamic plus he deserves it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.13 11:23:22 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : It may not upset the dynamic, but remember he is going to France to play & may be put out to pasture by HM. No doubting he desrves it, but since when does merit make you captain (case in point,Keegan) 😀 @Pokkel (Comment 4) : My comment about spies was tongue in cheek as you can see by my bracketed comment. 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.06.13 11:32:12 by markm Reply

  • Since Spies is always Heyneke’s number 1 choice when fit, captains his provincial team with relative composure, and he’s still quite young (even though his not my favorite pick at 8) I would say he is the best option.

    Strauss is a good captain, but he’s continued selection as a starting player is under threat.
    Francois Louw just started playing with the team and though he may be a good option, you also can’t with 100% certainty say that he will continue to play at 6 for the boks going forward. He’s not a good stand-in captain in my opinion, because he could be a permanent captain once he has cemented his place in the team.
    Even though Morne and Habana has been part of the team for a while, neither player has ever been used in a leadership capacity throughout their careers and therefore I wouldn’t put them in, even as an interim option.

    I would make Bismark the captain of any team. But I’m not sure that Heyneke was planning on even starting him for this tour. Plus he’s been known to boil over in this past, though he’s been much more mature over the past two or three years. He’s my pick if he starts.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.06.13 11:44:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • Just give Jean a break. He always gives his all, but injuries have cost him dearly before; the guy deserves some consideration.

    We know Samoa are going to target any perceived weakness.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.06.13 11:52:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : I agree, Spies is the man to get it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.06.13 11:58:11 by Uli Reply
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  • What about Beast as captain? The captain needs to be a guaranteed starter of which we have: Habana, Pienaar, Spies, Eben, Beast and Jannie.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.06.13 12:14:36 by Flashman Reply

  • There is no way on God’s green Earth that Meyer would agree, but I see Lambie as a remote possibility. He is composed and a leader. I doubt he will start though. In the end though, I would go with Strauss or Bissie (not really ready for a test start yet). I think Jannie needs a break, otherwise I would go with him no question because as @King Shark (Comment 2) : said, he does do most of the talking and leading in terms of the forwards.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.06.13 14:53:02 by David12246 Reply

  • Do you okes really think that it i smart starting with Bismark after he has been injured for a year? He is WAY to an important a player for SA rugby than that. The time is right to rest Beast, Jannie and JDV. Play the VRYSTAAT front row with Serfontein at 12.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.06.13 21:22:34 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 15) : I actually agree with you on that. I like the idea of Bismarck’s frustration level being left to grow a bit more ahead of the Blues game next weekend.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.06.13 09:14:36 by robdylan Reply
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