Skinstad: no need to panic about bok loose forwards

2011-08-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former Springbok loose forward Bob Skinstad is impressed with the amount of depth the Boks possess amongst their loose forwards.

With Juan Smith pulling out of the Rugby World Cup due to an Achilles injury and Schalk Burger in a race against time to be fully fit, the Bok management could be forgiven for getting into a panic.

But according to Skinstad there’s no need for panic.

“Several players had good Super Rugby campaigns and others are coming back after rehabilitation.

“It’s only a matter of choosing the right combinations. It depends on the type of game you will play in a specific game,” he said.

Skinstad is highly impressed with the return of fetcher-flank Heinrich Brüssow and with the current form of Willem Alberts, Ryan Kankowski and Ashley Johnson.

He said Brüssow and Alberts could form a good fetch-and-carrier combination tomorrow against the All Blacks.

He believes that Ashley Johnson also provides coach Peter de Villiers with a lot of options, having proved he can play any loose forward position.

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