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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Rugby Today: Out For Adjustments-Springboks!

Just when I thought winter is finally over-that when the coldest day hit KwaZulu Natal (KZN), as I’m writing this we’re experiencing some sort of 16 degrees, something that we never experienced here, no beaches for sure. It’s the same story for the Springboks, it's not over till that titanic lady sings. They are facing yet again another weekend of scrutiny as they play today.

Heyneke Meyer’s charges arrived in Perth on Sunday, where they will be taking on the Robbie Dean’s challenge today at 12-35 SA time at Paterson’s stadium-Perth. We are currently at number two in this new looking reconstructed tournament, with old enemies New Zealand leading the chasers. But remember our coach has never lost a match as he has drawn 2 and won 3 in his 5 outings as Bok coach (60%) -may it long continue we pray.


The only drastic change appeared in the Boks line up announced on Wednesday morning, was the shift to the wing for Francois Hourgard while Ruan Pienar taking over as a Scrum-half.  I think that was a majestic move by Meyer-of cause our number one kicker Morne Steyn is struggling with his kicking game if what happened in Mendoza has anything to go by. And playing in Perth, means the kicking game has to be on point-all the times.

Except that, the rest is as scripted. If we are to come out with something in Australia, I think kicking game has to be spot on, and Morne Steyn is the key to that one. With the success the Bulls have had with this system, and they successfully transferred it to the Boks, we need to have it back if we’re to win there. Morne is one man who can hang that ball up there for our wings to chase. If that clicks, then trust me we will overcome them. The kicking game is a South African tradition.

So if the boys kick and chase well then we have an enormous possibility to turn the poor record we have with the Australians of late. We didn't win against them in last four matches, including that heartbreaking loss in New Zealand world cup quarterfinals, in fact we have only succeeded once in last 7 meeting with them-just 14% success rate, poor. We are out to adjust it and a win will also massively increase our chance of winning the first edition of the Castle Rugby Championship.


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