- Apr 9, 2010
- Country Flag
- Club or Nation
I agree on those highlighted players (and of course FdP as I mentioned in my post) but will they / should they start ahead of Pienaar, Pollard and Le Roux who have been the encumbants under Meyer? I am leaning towards, yes, it'd be better to have the better kickers in for the knock-out rounds but we can only speculate on what Meyer's considerations might be and his selections the last 2 years point towards Pienaar/Pollard/Le Roux.
Our pack is good enough. We've been missing (on and off or for the entire period in the case of Alberts and PSdT) all of Etzebeth, PSdT, Alberts, Louw and Vermeulen for long periods of time while both Du Plessis brothers have been in terrible form until just now. We've effectively played with no more than 50% of our 1st choice pack for 2 years now and then there's been form issues as well. They are all in line for starts now along with FdP. Literally, our stars are aligning. The only question is will the get up to speed in time for the kock-out rounds (I think its a reasonable assumption we'll get there).
Yeah we have 4 pool games before the knockouts. It's more than enough time time to play yourself into form. and I don't care if some of the guys haven't played a single match all year. Those guys were selected because they are world class, their from will come. I think HM approach to "cottonwooling" certain players will pay off.
As for gameplay. I think we are going to play a bit different than what was seen this past year from the Bokke. I think it's going to be a hybrid of traditional Bok rugby and the newer version that we play. The key is going to be the execution, and I think with our stalwarts there, we will be a new breed of monster.