Springbok Team for the End of Year Tour

With the disappointing South African Tri-Nations campaign over, it is great to be able to watch some quality rugby, without wanting to throw beers, remotes, small children at the TV. The Currie Cup has proven once again that we have immense talent and depth in this country.

There has been talk of resting as many as 13 of the contracted Springboks for the end of year tour and if this proves to be true, it will be one of the better moves by the Bok management for a long time. Players like Smit, Matfield, Steyn, Spies, Fourie, Burger, Gurthro, Olivier and Habana will definitely benefit from an extended break and hopefully come back next season refreshed and ready for the World Cup.

So with the EOYT fast approaching, have a gander at the team we feel could do us proud and even sneak a grand slam win. This team is chosen mostly on Currie Cup form and assuming that the incumbents are all rested.

15. Gio Aplon – Made an immediate impact when coming on as a replacement in the last few Tri-Nations games and full of confidence after an impressive year. Small but lightning, Speedy Gonzales quick and solid on defence.

2nd Option: Zane Kirchener

14. JP Pietersen – Did not have an amazing last game for the Bokke and not everyone’s favourite but a World Cup winner and very experienced. Very good at the kick chase game employed by Bokke and a great finisher.

2nd Option: Gerhard Van Den Heever

13. Juan De Jongh – has had a dream year and has proven himself time and again. Has a great step and speed on attack and is replicating the great form that he showed in the Super 14.

2nd Option: Waylon Murray

12. Jean De Villiers – Very nearly back to his best. Inside centre is definitely his favourite position and has thrived since re-joining WP. His partnership with De Jongh in the Currie Cup will prove to be invaluable when facing the likes of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon d’Arcy.

2nd Option: Doppies Le Grange

11. Bjorn Basson – Try scoring machine. Lightning quick, a quality finisher and superb under the high ball. Will be great experience for him looking ahead to the World Cup, especially considering Habana’s dip in form.

2nd Option: Lwazi Mvovo

10. Peter Grant – this is the toughest position to pick. Looks like Butch is still going to be recovering from injury, which is good as he is a walking yellow card. Would be good to give guys like Pat Lambie and Elton Jantjies a run but they are not yet ready to start a Test match for the Bokke. Maybe give Pieter Grant a look in and since he has been playing in Japan, will have über confidence as is probably seen as a man giant in most games.

2nd Option: Pat Lambie

9. Francois Hougaard – Mr purple boots. Fourie De Preez’s protégé. Quick ball and speed off the mark are his trademarks, not to mention a quality mullet.

2nd Option: Jano Vermaak

8. Duane Vermuelen –  Deserves achance and I think a better bet than Kankowski on the heavier fields. Very hard to stop when he gets going and perfect for the crash ball style often needed to win the forward dominated games played in the cold and rainy conditions.

2nd Option: Ryan Kankowski

7. Juan Smith (Captain) – Perfect candidate for captain. One of a few players who shone in the Tri-Nations. Made a huge difference when he came back into the team and his experience will be invaluable. Leads by example and brings a hard edge to the loose trio, not to mention quality hand offs.

2nd Option: Dewald Potgieter

6. Francois Louw – If Burger is not rested then would pick him ahead of Louw. Francois, however had a sublime S14 and deserves another start. Struggled a touch against the likes of McCaw but will be better from the experience.

2nd Option: Derrick Minnie

5. Andries Bekker – If Bekker is fit, he must play. The possible future line out king has not played much lately but given some game time can dominate opposition line outs and was the form number 5 in the S14 this season.

2nd Option: Anton Van Zyl

4. Bakkies Botha – Not everyone’s cup of tea but if he can curb his head butts and reckless clean outs is lethal as the Bok enforcer. Brings much needed experience to the team and when on the right side of the law is invaluable.

2nd Option: Flip Van Der Merwe

3. Jannie Du Plessis – Had a good 3N and although not perfect has done enough to get a start. Big improvements on defence this year and scrummed very well against the All Blacks.

2nd Option: BJ Botha

2. Chiliboy Ralepele – Bit of a controversial decision. Made a big impact every time he came onto the field in the 3N and deserves more game time. Bismark is still getting back to his best and these two provide very good options at hooker with Smit out.

2nd Option: Bismark Du Plessis

1. The Beast Mtawarira – I would go for Gurthro Steenkamp but I am hoping he gets a rest. The Beast has been coming back into form and deserves his starting spot. Scrummed very well in the British and Irish Lions and will be up against some of the same front row players.

2nd Option: Coenie Oosthuizen

Well there you have it, not a bad team at all. Lacking in experience, perhaps but a young side full of promise and potential.

Agree, disagree. Send us your thoughts or preferred team. Go for it, don’t be shy, you know you want to.

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~ by bowlphilosophy on September 30, 2010.

3 Responses to “Springbok Team for the End of Year Tour”

  1. Bakkies Burger…erm Botha maybe!?!? Stop staring at the mountain and focus on the Bokke!

  2. Ahh :) Yes… er that was a test and you passed. Nice. Maverick thumbs up.

  3. Bakkies Burger! haha. Imagine that cross breed.

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