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Side Entry | Time for risk-averse Bok coaches to invest in flyhalf insurance

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The fact that Frans Steyn started at flyhalf for the Springboks for the first time in over a decade constitutes a crisis.
The fact that Frans Steyn started at flyhalf for the Springboks for the first time in over a decade constitutes a crisis.
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For a risk-averse bunch whose approach to test matches can often mimic actuaries at work, the Springbok coaches are playing their own version of Russian roulette when it comes to the fly half position.

As a pairing, fly halves Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies have been as permanent a fixture under Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber as the phrase “f**king them up physically”, their roles as clearly defined as the Boks’ four pillars to winning (the scrum, the lineout drive, defence and the kicking game).

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