By Archie / Sports / 29th September 2016
Here we go again. After the weeks break from the Rugby Championship the pain of the watching the Boks get spanked by the All Blacks has subsided and fans have a renewed hope for the Boks in this weekends upcoming fixture against the Wallabies. However, this renewed hope is short lived with the announcement of Allister Coetzee’s team to take on the men from down under reflecting players that should have long since left the scene of international rugby (Bring out the wheelchairs!).
We understand that these are pressing times for old Allister and drastic measures have to be taken, but the man has lost his mind. Pat Lambie being one of the concerns, don’t get us wrong he is a great player with a cool head on his shoulders, but the man has been injured and has hardly had anytime to throw the pig skin around since recovery. Morne Steyn, a man representing every thing a fan disliked about the old style of South African rugby. Yes he is great with the boot and can be relied upon to put those three pointers over when the time comes, but with the game dynamic changing to one of excitement, fast pace, and every player being able to throw the ball around – Morne is just not the man for the job.
Willem Alberts – the bone collector. Come now the man is seasoned! Yes he is a brute who could really bring a massive physical presence to the game, but in a country renowned for its massive pool of young talent and a culture of being the dominant physical presence on the field, surely Allister can find up and coming good players to fill that role. if this year is to be labeled a ‘building year” then why are we not building? We are scratching the bottom of the barrel to bring in players who, in their time were great, to aid in a quick fix as opposed to recognising young talent and incorporating them into the squad in order to build for the future. food for thought.
All we can hope for is that the men in the green and gold manage to pull something out the bag at home this Saturday against the Wallabies. Game starts at 17:05 – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.
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