Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer should feel vindicated after the controversial team selection of Zane Kirchner and Willie le Roux who were among the try scorers in South Africa’s 38-12 victory over the Wallabies on Saturday.
I and many others eat humble pie today.
I have never been a Zane Kirchner fan and it is not a personal problem with the man, but more as a critic of his playing style and capabilities. I cannot help but think that there are better fullbacks available to SA rugby like Lambie, Aplon or even Joe Peterson, but let’s be fair I am not a coach or referee and I last played the game when General Motors was still Corporal Motors.
I do not profess to be a coach or a rugby boffin and quite frankly I suck at Super Bru but I love the game and I know a little about how it should be played and I rely mainly on gut feel to select players that I think should wear Bok colours. Let me emphasize here too that the only colours that mean anything are national colours and not provincial (ok — not all the time, a bit of blue and white slips in now and again ) the colour of a player’s skin or hairstyle or what language he speaks is irrelevant. I see capabilities and ability to understand and play a simple game that has been made complex by the present day law changers.
None of the players that played on Saturday can be faulted to any large degree except for Frantic Flip who gave away his usual quota of penalties. The rest found it easy playing behind a pack of forwards that totally demolished the Wannabies. The backline including Zane prospered with plenty of front foot ball. They were all defensively sound and should be proud of their performance.
Having said that, the Boks need to come back to earth fast. It won’t be as easy this weekend but I am bold enough to say that if we play like we did against Oz we have the fire power and capabilities to clean sweep this competition.
The All Blacks are not invincible.
I am looking forward to see if our coach keeps the faith with the same team or if he will tweak it to suit the game plan that the technical boys have put together.
Very well done Bokke and coaching staff ——– Go Bokke, go on to kick some AB ass now!