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A bridge too far for Heyneke Meyer?

27 August 2012, 11:04
A 16-16 draw against Argentina is just not good enough HM. Are we still confident enough,based on what we've witness thus far,whether or not Heyneke Meyer is still very much our man for the job? His coaching plethora doesn't leave a lot to be admired on current results,which equates a clueless 15 man kicking game,that has no structure.     Is HM taking the Springboks back in time,say about 10 years or more,with his approach to rugby? Watching the All Blacks play you'll see they'll always look for the offload first and foremost instead of going to ground. The Boks on the other hand keeps running into the opposition with their crash-ball play,instead of into open spaces which makes it easier to offload.     Saturday's performance shows that Heyneke Meyer is not confident in his decision making. Now he finally accepts that the breakdown area is a worry, but when he began his stint as coach HM said that the game has moved on from that and that there was no need to focus on that. Instead HM built his team around big ball carriers and it hasn't paid off.

  Where were your ball carriers then HM? You replaced Marcell Coetzee with Keegan Daniels when you saw that the ball carriers had no effect whatsoever. This is after you benched Keegan because apparently you needed ball carriers to dominate the match.

  Why you such a big fan of Jacque Potgieter hey HM? Look at all the tackles he misses and how many meters he doesn't gain! His aimless game and pointless aggression is simply not suited for the modern day rugby. To clear the ruck just for the sake of clearing without attempting to secure the ball and getting us over the advantage line is just plain stupid. Even when we were 10 points behind and almost lost, HM still decided to stick with his ball carriers approach by bringing on Flip van der Merwe who from his first play of the game gave away a penalty.     It was Keegan Daniels and Tiaan Liebenburg who are both specialists of the break down, that brought some positive results to last night's game.Brussouw on the other hand not only gets good turnover ball,but he also seals and secure it for the Boks going forward. Why would Meyer take Pat Lambie to Argentina and then for two games in a row keep him on the bench? 

  Only when HM catches a wake up and get his "vinger uit sy ***" will the Boks become the world's best team. What will we do without Frans Steyn?He spared us blushes so many times in his career. In Ireland where he made his debut,the RWC final in 2007 and now yesterday again in Argentina.

  The Blue Bulls beat the Sharks in the Currie Cup by playing expansive rugby,so why can't HM do that with the Boks?Morne Steyn on whom the Boks totally depend on is pathetic half the time! We need a flyhalf that attacks the gainline,not one like Morne Steyn who stands too deep in my opinion. As a flyhalf you would expect that when you see your set piece play are being destroyed and when you hardly getting your hands on the ball, you would keep the ball in hand not kick it away at every opportunity. Play rugby through the phases instead of sticking to your usual self and kicked every ball that comes to you. Do it against the All Blacks and then see how stupid our backline will look.       South Africa under other coaches have repeatedly scored more than 4 tries against Argentina,but not so with Heyneke Meyer. All he does is push for kick and chase and a forward dominance pack to try and control the game. It's real shame to see how uncreative and unskilled our Springboks under HM have become in such a short while. What happened to those days when the Boks used to score well worked tries hey?     We see players that's only chasing up and unders and defend for most their lives. This conservative old fashioned way of playing rugby ain't working mr. Meyer you get that. It seems that the Boks also seems to feel secure in their positions,whereas with the All Blacks if players don't perform then there are tons of other more capable players just waiting to slot in and play even better.     Is it a bridge too far for Heyneke Meyer,this test rugby situation? His 2007 Super 14 "winning rugby" is not cutting it in 2012 I'm afraid. In the June test,England were too poor to expose HM's flawed game plan convincingly enough, but they figured us out in 2 games and gave us a real go in the last test also with a draw. Argentina this time round figured us out in just 1 game and it worked for them. Australia, even though they quite bad right now, are a very smart team as are the All Blacks and they won't need any game time to figure us out you watch and see. 
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