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Bok flyhalf troubles


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Super Rugby on 15 Apr 2014 at 10:01
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The Springboks kick off their first match of the year in exactly two months, against Wales, and although many would feel it is too soon to speculate the team, the Super Rugby season to date is making the list of suitable candidates shorter by the week.

Currently, the proposed Springbok team would take the field without any second rowers and with no flyhalf either, thanks to injuries to most of the recognised locks and flyhalves in the country. Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit are both currently out for indefinite periods, with the likelihood of Victor Matfield once again wearing the Green and Gold becoming more and more a reality.

At this stage though, I would like to concentrate on the ten jersey.

A jersey which has been the subject of debate for what feels like eternity. A jersey worn by Morne Steyn with great aplomb but with youngsters constantly getting closer to taking it away from him. A jersey that may well be worn by a debutant in two months time, thanks to current injuries.

Let us look at those who have worn the jersey before. Morne Steyn, currently playing in France, is rumoured to be having a dip of form lately, struggling to make the starting team for Stade Francais. Pat Lambie is injured, and looks set to miss the June Internationals and perhaps even the Rugby Championship starting later in the year. Johan Goosen, finally back in the Cheetahs team after horrific injuries, once again left the field after 5 minutes of play this weekend, looking concussed. He just does not seem to have the body to back up the great talent he has.

One that we might forget about is Elton Jantjies, although only wearing the Bok jersey twice, could have added to that tally had he been in the form that we know he is capable of. The truth though is that he is being outplayed, and benched, by Marnitz Boshoff.

In the words of Barry Roux, ‘I put it to you’ to select a Bok flyhalf from those selected before to face Wales.

The option is always there to take the opportunity to play an untested fyhalf and give him a shot at proving his worth. The big question though is… Who?

News24.com ran a story this morning stating Sias Ebersohn is the form South African flyhalf in the Super Rugby competition to date, and correctly so. He has been in fine form for the Australian outfit, playing a key role in their record breaking five match win streak. But is he the person to turn to? Again we are faced with the debate around whether to play overseas based players…

Locally, there is not much to write home about other than Jacques-Louis Potgieter. He is the most experienced of the current un-injured flyhalves, having been at almost every South African franchise as well as plying his trade in France.

There is plenty more that can be said about who to play and which player should be given a shot, and whether we even look to a player like Frans Steyn to fill the gap until our other flyhalves return, the point remains: Heyneke Meyer must be losing his hair at the rate of knots.



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