- Sep 7, 2009
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Why do people rate Hougaard so highly?
du Preez was the best scrum half in the world between 2007 and 2010
how can people say Hougaard is better than du Preez for a long time when Hougaard has spent much of his time on the wing
and Pienaar awful for the Boks? a bit harsh considering he had to have 10 minute bench appearances for most of them coming on for the latter stages of Ricky "Fatty" Januarie's career
True, FdP in top form wins you games almost single-handedly but after his injuries he just hasn't been able to reach the top (2007-2009) again. He seems to have developed a habit of taking a moment before letting the ball go while his service is still accurate just not as crisp. When he did snipe around the scrum, take on the blindside or have a quick tap and go at the tryline you used to just know that it was the right option as it just worked. Maybe its just a timing thing or confidence (backing himself without hesitation) but it has to be said that he has been slightly off his best and tends to rely on the box kick overly much and doesn't do it as accurately or at the right times as he used to or maybe the opposition just smartened up or probably a bit of both.
Hougaard on the other hand is probably behind Du Preez in reading the game but his play is snappier and he gets the ball out quicker and is better with ball in hand when he takes on the line himself (which Du Preez does less and less). His kicking game has developed as well though he'll probably never be FdP in that department or the reading of the game. But that is where we have to get a 10 who can dictate play come in and why I'd pick either Goosen or Lambie ahead of Steyn at 10.