Up and unders a blunder

Pat Lambie (Gallo Images)
Pat Lambie (Gallo Images)

Up  and unders,  including the kick offs,  smother  the smaller  players. Intercept  try.  How  SA  has  been  playing  over the last  few  years.  Probably  planned  by  Brendan Venter.  The more experienced  Springboks  with  the  Sharks and their director  Smit  were very familiar  with it because   they  used  it  a lot  in the 2007 World  Cup.   Ridiculous  that  Coetzee  clearly  didn’t  see it  coming  because  it  is  what  international  sides  try to do with Aplon and  co. The  variation  today was  to  dare  him  to  run forward and take the chip kicks  with big  boys  approaching.   It  clearly  needed  better  organisation  from the back 3  because  individuals  weren’t  going  to counter  on their  own.  However  physical rugby and kick and chase  may  work  in  SA  but  it  clearly  won’t   against  the All Blacks  which is  why  we  can’t  beat  them so  it  is  a pity  the  SA  Currie  Cup  winners  couldn’t  offer  anything  more  than  that.  Lambie  played  quite  well with a rampant  pack in front  of him  but  he  has  a  habit of  pushing  pressure  kicks  so  if  he  wants  to  be  Bok  flyhalf   he  needs  to  be more  consistent  because  he  should  have   put  the game  away  for  the Sharks  before  half  time. As  for  WP,   there is  a  lot  of flare  but not  much  composure when things  go  wrong.  Not  much  sign of  tactical  nouse  to  counter a  tactic which was  unchanged  for 80 minutes.  The captain seemed  over whelmed at the start  Couldn’t  he  see  the  tactic  of  not using  Elsabeth  in the lineouts  was  going badly  awry.  Poor  scrumhalf  play in  first half by WP and  pity  Catrakilis  was  concussed  by  that   stiff  arm. Kaplan  was  clearly under  instructions not   to deliver yellow cards  under any  circumstances even when Bismarck  had  his  neck  twisted off.You  need  a  steady pair of  halves under  those  circumstances. Have also  thought  that  de Villiers who must have watched  it  all  happening never  seems  able  to  get  sides  to  adapt very well.

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