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What is Heyneke smoking?

07 November 2012, 22:14

What on earth is wrong in Heyneke Meyers head? How many times is this donkey going to bump his head before he is going to learn?

How long still is he going to insult every rugby winger in South Africa?

By consistently preferring to select his second choice scrumhalf on wing, he is basically telling all the specialist wings in South Africa that, in his eyes, none of them are good enough to wear the Springbok number 11. That while the country’s top try scorer, Lwasi Mvovo, is picking up splinters from sitting on the reserves bench. Mvovo is young, big, fast, a great attacker, and a deadly defender, yet he doesn’t get game time. If the little bantamweight, Hougaard, was something truly special, it might have been understood, but Hougaard hasn’t played a decent game of rugby in more than a year, and is just hopping along on the pitch looking for a yellow card. Apart from Mvovo, we have an array of super talented young wingers in South African rugby currently, so it is completely illogical to play a second choice scrummy as a number 11. No wonder we currently export more young sport talent than gold from our shores!

Thank the heavens for small mercies, but at least Meyer saw the light at fly-half, and for the first time he is playing the best rugby player in South Africa, Patric Lamby, in his preferred position.

If Meyer can just see through his insanity with persisting with the two dunces, Kirchner and Hougaardt, there might just be a glimmer of hope for him. Dump these to brainless idiots please! With Jaco Taute at full-back, Lwasi Mvovo on the wing, and Juan de Jongh on outside-centre, and with JP Pieterson, Jean de Villiers, Lambie and Ruan Pienaar making up the rest of the backline, you not only bring some thinking players into the game, but also strenth, speed, guts and ball-skills. That will be a world beating backline, I bet my hat!

I do not have much of a problem with the forwards except for Willem Alberts in the starting line-up. Alberts is a great and talented player, don’t get me wrong, and every time he came on as an impact player he destroyed the opposition. Unfortunately, the counter argument is also true, every time he started a game, he disappeared into the crowd and we hardly notice him. He is a classic impact player, so why not use him exactly for that. Start with a speedy Marcel Coetzee, and by the time he has run the opposition ragged you bring on the might Alberts to plant the knock-out!

Can someone please explain to me what that old discredited carthorse, Morné Steyn, is doing on the bench? Isn’t it self explanatory that he should be put out to pasture, his time is gone, over and sadly will be soon forgotten. That is the nature of the sport. By keeping on forcing Steyn back into the team he is going to discredit this once great player, and all we will not remember his triumphs, but his dismally wretched form in his later years. Show Steyn some respect and let him retire with honour, and save us, and him, the sight of a sad inferior straggler. Elton Jantjes should be in Steyn’s place! Jantjes is not only a fantastic talent, but definitely one of the youngsters that can develop, to bring the next World Cup back home!

As I’ve said, even a donkey doesn’t bump his head twice on the same branch, yet Meyer persist with some totally inexplicable selection decisions. Are we also going to see his totally discredited “dodgem-car” and “kick-and-chase” game plan on Saturday? I hope not!

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