Wales vs Springboks – 5 June 2010
Hands up all those who think we should not be be playing this game?
This is a money spinner pure and simple. Pieter de Villiers did not want this game to happen, stressing the importance of a break after a long S14 season but noooo, SARU wanted money. So I guess we will just have to watch the 2nd string Bokke beat up the Welsh.
Having said that, with replacements coming in because of injuries and even with the ridiculous ruling that Butch can’t play, this is looking a more and more formidable team. PdV has once again showed his coaching acumen by choosing no less than 6 overseas players in his match day 22, testing our depth to the max while actually resting the big boys. Skillz shown.
Unfortunately Jean de Villiers had to pull out with a shoulder injury (what’s up with this guy and injuries? Stretch, man) and Butch has not been released and has rather decided to do a triathlon for charity, just on a whim, as you do.
I have to say that the ruling by Premier Rugby, the peeps responsible for managing the 12 pro clubs in England, that he may not be released from his club is FiretrUCKing horse poop. They claim the ruling is in his best interests and that he needs to ‘rest’, strange as he has only played 11 full games this season due to injury. Last week they ‘allowed’ half of the England team to play the Barbarians. Hypocrite alert!
Back to the game, Wales have a few injuries of their own and although they will feel confident playing at home, even with all their singing, I think they will be found wanting.
Our forward pack are far superior and our back line, strengthened by super centre Jaque Fourie is chocka block full of potential. I have doubts over Januarie and Odwa didn’t have the greatest S14 but otherwise this team, even with only 1 week to practice together should dominate the Welsh.
Frannie Steyn is back in the team, so expect some mahussive kicks and crazy flowing hair. Big Joe is back too and if he can maintain his superb form and awesome biceps, we will have yet another amazing No 8 to choose from for the Tri Nations.
There are 3 debutants starting on Sat, all from the Stormers and all well deserved. Aplon will be hoping to use his tiny dancing feet to cut the defense ala Shane Williams while Louw will smash and bash and be as big a nuisance as he can be in the loose. De Jongh is at inside centre with Fourie on his outside, which is a huge plus and I expect him to show he is ready to play for the Bokke when called upon in the future.
Prediction: Bokke by 7 to 10