Simple plan for the Boks

2016-09-27 06:00

TO get the Springboks winning against the All Blacks and Wallabies, especially on home soil, is simple, and I cannot understand why Allister Coetzee struggles to get it right.

First, at international level players should be selected­ in the position in which they specialise. Pick Johan Goosen at fly half, not at full back, pick Francois Hougaard at scrum half, not at wing. Pick Pieter-Stef du Toit at lock and not at flank.

Second, bring Pat Lambie back as fly half, not as full back, and combine him with the experienced Francois Hougaard. Lambie is very talented, will adapt quickly and will not let the team down, even without game time. The second choice fly half can be Goosen and the experienced Willie le Roux can return as full back.

Third, allow players to play their natural game within a broad strategy. Remember, these players have been playing the game since their pre-school days.

Yes, we can beat the All Blacks. It will be tough, but it can be done if Coetzee selects no one out of position, if the Boks believe in themselves, if they do the basics right … and if they play open and entertaining rugby, and in the process enjoy themselves.

Also, get a new captain, and select Malcolm Marx in his place.

KOBUS ENGELBRECHT

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