Richard Ferguson

Changes we shall see

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 3 Sep 2013 at 10:43
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Yesterday we looked at potential changes to the Springbok team to face the Wallabies this weekend, and it seems we are in for a few changes, whether we like it or not.

According to reports this morning, Heyneke Meyer has expressed his need to freshen up the team after extensive travel (what were certain players doing in France then this weekend Heyneke??), with likely changes at fullback and in the front and second row.

All reports seem to indicate Zane Kirchner as likely starter in the fullback jersey, even though he hasn’t played much rugby in the last few months. This change will move the electrifying Willie le Roux to the wing and drop Bjorn Basson to the bench, or even out of the match 22 together. Furthermore, we are likely to see Flip van der Merwe in the second row and Bismarck du Plessis get a start.

I agree with Bismarck starting, and Flip van der Merwe on a good day is better than Jaundre Kruger, but he will have to make sure he stays on the field, and not give away silly penalties or cost his team by getting one or the other card. As for the Kirchner move, I refuse to comment on a silly move like that, even if we do get to see Basson off the field as a result, I’d rather the back three remain unchanged than have Mr Kirchner in a Green and Gold jersey.

There is no talk of any changes to the loose trio, so expect Francois Louw, Willem Alberts and Duane Vermeulen to start while Ruan Pienaar and Morne Steyn run the backline. The midfield combination of Jean de Villiers and JJ Engelbrecht, a centre combination which seems to truly work for a change, also looks likely to remain unchanged.

Your thoughts? Do you agree with these changes?


  • I think HM has been on the sauce! he clearly isn’t thinking correctly, lets hope he sobers up in time to make the RIGHT choices.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.09.13 10:47:57 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Zane? Really? That’s stupid, irresponsible, braindead and wrong! I won’t be surprised if Lambie gets a huge offer to go play in Europe soon and takes it, seeing as he’s a bench warmer according to our coach. Bloody muppet.

    Flip is fine, it seems he’s cleaned his game up quite a bit. Bismark will start as well just to scare the aussies!

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.09.13 11:12:47 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Dropping Basson, +1

    Shoving in Airoplane Zane -1 (000000000000000000)

    Keeping ANY of the French flingers, as Hobbit so beautifully put it, ‘on the sauce’

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.09.13 11:14:27 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @PTAShark (Comment 2) : I’m sure Smit will try very hard to keep him at the Sharks.

    I really hope Zane doesn’t make it to the 23. Ideally I would have Lambie at 10, but I would rather see him at 15 than remain on the bench. Pienaar needs to go first and foremost. Genia will run circles around him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.09.13 11:26:50 by David12246 Reply

  • “As for the Kirchner move, I refuse to comment on a silly move like that”… nuff said.

    Bissie’s inclusion in the starting line up I agree with. That said I don’t think that Strauss has made a mess of things when he started. Bissie does however bring that something extra and has the ability to win some turn over ball.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.09.13 11:29:18 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 5) : Plus Strauss has played a lot of rugby this year. A week off will do him the world of good.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.09.13 11:32:59 by PTAShark Reply
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  • ai ai ai ai ai, I will maar wait for the team sheet before I sheet myself!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.09.13 11:42:04 by R Hayward Reply

  • Start Lambie instead of Kirchner, Vermaak instead of Pienaar and bring Kolisi on early if he isn’t starting.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.09.13 11:44:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 7) : Probably the best, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Inzane Meyer did this.

    Taking out the one player which makes our backline dangerous and causes the Aussies a few sleepless nights should definitely be substituted for a Currie Cup caliber fullback. Doesn’t matter that he’s only moved to the wing, you’ve just added a negative influence to his positive attacking play.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.09.13 11:50:30 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 9) : Ah yes, I agree 100% with you! I will maar wait en see what the team looks like, before commenting. But the CC is faaaar more interesting than Heineken’s ouens.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.09.13 12:01:42 by R Hayward Reply

  • Kirchner? 🙄 Haibo.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.09.13 12:10:19 by Caratacus Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 10) : Could agree more on that score. It has been like that for the past two years.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.09.13 12:49:24 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Kirchner in is a disgrace, Flip ahead of Kruger is good and the Boks need Bismark, despite how good Strauss is.

    Meyer continues to sell us short in a big way on many levels

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.09.13 13:26:18 by Saffex Reply

  • What rugby does Heyneke watch that makes him think Kirchner is good enough to play for the Boks?

    Flip is a better player than Kruger but it is almost inevitable he will give away penalties 😐

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.09.13 17:15:23 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • SPRINGBOKS to face Australia:
    15 Zane Kirchner
    14 Willie le Roux
    13 JJ Engelbrecht
    12 Jean de Villiers (captain)
    11 Bryan Habana
    10 Morné Steyn
    9 Ruan Pienaar
    8 Duane Vermeulen
    7 Willem Alberts
    6 Francois Louw
    5 Flip van der Merwe
    4 Eben Etzebeth
    3 Jannie du Plessis
    2 Bismarck du Plessis
    1 Tendai Mtawarira
    16 Adriaan Strauss
    17 Gurthrö Steenkamp
    18 Coenie Oosthuizen
    19 Juandré Kruger
    20 Siya Kolisi
    21 Jano Vermaak
    22 Pat Lambie
    23 Jan Serfontein

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.09.13 08:14:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Bismarck is also the VC for this game. And Etzebeth is in doubt.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.09.13 08:15:38 by JarsonX Reply
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