Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by PaarlBok, Apr 17, 2012.
Tuilagi will be a big loss if he's out. Can't see any one other than Farrell starting at 10 for the tests.
Not the guy I would pick but England have a history of picking him when they want to move the first choice 10 out 1. The fact he's even in the squad says to me that Lancaster thinks that's an option too.
To be honest, have no idea which road Meyer will go. Probably
Lambie, Habana, JdV, Steyn, Basson, Steyn, FdP, Spies, Alberts, Brussouw, Bekker, Kruger, Jannie, Bismarck, Beast.
Matt Stevens has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Pity because Stevens really is shite.
Tuilagi was cleared by the disciplinary panel so he's good to go on tour.
Now there's a surprise.
Bok team will be announce straight after the Bull Ring battle.
With what's left standing at that point.
Its a big worry Boet. Dunno if Meyer had a talk to them on the weekend. Its going to be a brutal battle in front of a sold out crowd.
To be fair, it wasn't bad enough for him to miss the tour. It started off as a tip tackle but he did back off enough to prevent Danny Care from landing on his head and shoulders. No worse than Hooper's on Vito in my view. Right decision.
To be honest, I don't think England has got a hope of winning any of the three tests. We will need to be at our very best to keep it close.
Dam that's not good!
Bit short on locks without Bekker now.
So Etzebeth, J.Kruger and probably Flip van der Merwe will be three of the locks for this series. Who else is there? Maybe one of the Sharks second rowers may get a gig?
Thin on the ground. Problem is neither of the Sharks locks fill me with much confidence. Either of the Steenkamps look a better option.
My bigger concern is that this will force Meyer to go with Spies to shore up the lineout. Word was out that Daniel is considered a real option at 8 but now probably less so.
Ja I dont like that surferboy locks from the Sharks. Etsebeth/Flippie and Kruger will be fine. Steenkamp the aerial type and hopefull the next one in. Elstadt also an option and should backup 7 and lock if necessary.
Bekker played like shite anyway in his last few outings since the Stormers returned.
Interesting opinion from Nick Mallet below on a number of the current Springboks. Mallett has been hired by SuperSport to provide analysis on the upcoming tour. Whether his opinion is right or wrong, it is refreshing to see a so called 'expert', hired by the local broadcaster, constructively criticising the current players rather than just constantly singing their praises. If only the team at Fox Sports could learn from this.
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