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The Rock

Written by (rumblo)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Springboks on 12 Jun 2013 at 14:10
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And on this rock I will build my church.

The same can be said about the tighthead. He has to scrum against the loosehead and hooker and is the rock on which scrums are built. At the moment Jannie du Plessis is that rock. We play him come rain or shine, we play him at 60% fitness and we play him for 80min. He is a warrior and team player but we are doing him a disservice… He will break down with the amount of games he has to endure and needs a break.

I was hoping to see him on the bench and the new in form Lourens Adriaanse maybe getting a start. The season is long and he needs to be blooded if heaven forbid Jannie is unable to take part in the Rugby Championship. Coenie Oosthuizen is on the bench as tighthead cover. Why are we taking arguably our best loosehead and trying to convert him? Why is it being done at test match level before he holds down a starting berth as a tighthead at Super 15 level? When ever people mention Coenie’s weakness at scrum time it usually comes when he is at tighthead – at loose head he scrums like a buffalo. He had a neck injury last year, why are we risking him, when he is the future of our scrum? We have seen the damage positional switches have wrought when not managed correctly, John Smit comes to mind.

I hope that poor player management doesn’t see us finish last in the Rugby Championship this year.


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