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Springbok depth


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Sep 7, 2009
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I was considering just how deep our depth in quality in the front row specifically is ATM. Can't recall a time where we could go 3, 4 maybe even 5 choices deep and have a test level front row that could on the day conceivably outperform the 1st choice line up;

1 Kitshoff/Mbonambi/Malherbe
2 Nyakane/Marx/Koch
3 Nche/Dweba/Louw
From here if we take seniority/previous caps probably
4/5 Du Toit/AkkerVdM/Oosthuizen (a slight drop off here but probably on a par with what was our 1st choice line up at stages in the past.. I mean Jannie du Plessis..)
but my actual choice would be
5/4 Wessels/Grobbelaar/Sadie (man, I am excited for Wessels especially)
Who am I missing? Am I underrating Gqoboka and Ntubeni? How are our overseas based front rowers going? Could we pull Bismarck and/or Brits out of retirement to go even deeper? So much for missing Mr Beast.

Other positions probably not the same type of depth, at least there would be a drop off in quality IMO but if it is only in patches where our depth is tested we should be fine I would think;

1 Etzebeth/De Jager
2 Snyman/Mostert
- Here the selectors have gone for NJvR/Orie but I don't know anything about NJvR and think Orie is too much of a drop off in quality. I would be much more confident in
3 Jenkins/Shickerling or Nortje

1 Kolisi/PSdT/Vermeulen
2 will have to think about this one...