Pienaar: It's Nine or I'M GOOOONE

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by Steve-o, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest


    In many ways I can understand his frustration, but then I'm also disappointed at his unwillingness to play 10 evethough Michalak is leaving at the end of the Currie Cup and he has showed great potential there. Or is that spot being reserved for Steyn? Hope not. I think shows the depth SA Rugby is currently enjoying that a guy like Pienaar can't even cement a spot in his provincial team BUT the Sharks lack depth at 10 now with both Barritt and Michalak leaving. Pienaar should stop whinging and grab that opportunity, wanting to be a specialist scrum-half is a bit one eyed imo. I tell you one thing, he ain't gonna take Kockott's spot, Kockett out shone him ten-fold in this years S14. Raising another question, WHY THE HELL WAS CONRADIE GIVEN A CHANCE AHEAD OF KOCKOTT?!

    Anyway I don't think Pienaar will leave... Don't the Cheetahs need a scrumie?
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  3. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Come to think of it, the Cardiff Blues need a decent scrum-half. -_-
  4. DC

    DC Guest

    Yea i agree, i think Rory is a much better scrum half with a lot more upside than Pienaar. I just don't think Pienaar will ever be a great international scrum half i think he has slower than slow service to his 10 and i don't think he makes the best decisions. And besides Du Preez his gonna be around for a good number of years still and i certainly can't see Pienaar taking over Du Preez Springboks duty.
  5. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Absolutely right about his service, many SA fans express that concern regularly. He's strengths are his vision, his tactical and place kicking, and his elusive running. Everything a 10 needs.
  6. ollybarkley

    ollybarkley Guest

    It's always a shame when players make ultimatums to their management. I know that 9 is a tough position in SA to make your own, especially with Du Preez right now being rated as the world's best SH at the moment, and I think it's a fairly well deserved title.

    I feel if Pienaar really wants an international career, he should be looking at moving to either 10, 13, or 15. Those are the major spots up for grabs in the SA side for the next few years, especially given Jacque Fourie's recent injury troubles. F. Steyn is another one who is in that same position of bouncing around the backlnie, but I don't see him as a 10. He is most certainly a 12, 13 or 15 IMHO.

    As you have said, Pienaar would be smartest to take a run at 10 with Barritt and Michilak leaving the Sharks franchise. He could have 2 or 3 straight S14 series to get himself up to speed at the position to compete for the 10 slot for NZ WC11.
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