Editors Note


Volume 2, Week 20

Editors Note

Brilliant!    What a wonderful weekend! Thanks to that magnificent invention, satellite television, rugby followers were able to see more rugby than Tiger Woods’ drives down the middle of the fairway at the "Black", well maybe not! Ensconced with the remote control, safely out of the cold, the past weekend was a couch sport fanatic’s dream come true. As they say in the classics, more of the same Lofty! 

The “Youngboks” provided their supporters with yet another victory and “true” to form they were overjoyed and non-critical of the performance – not! “Not enough fire upfront”, “the scrums were pathetic”, “the lineouts a shamble”, “did you see that ^$#@& Bob’s droppie?” Relax Springbok supporters! The guys played very well under extremely trying conditions and yes maybe some of the big guns would have beaten them on the day but in weather like that you shut up, take your victory and move on.

The Welsh team under a new coach provided quite a stern test for a young and inexperienced Springbok side and in time, as with the French side of ’01 the true strength of the opposition will be realized. The Welsh are in a rebuilding phase and if you consider the turmoil of the game in the principality and the tremendous pressure of their history combined with the loss of a few stalwarts, they did a magnificent job. Detractors will point out that the Springboks should therefore have performed bette r but the gap between the top teams in the world is narrowing. The re-location or exodus of top players to Europe is enhancing the quality of their first choice players. Depth in class players will become instrumental in dominating world rugby in the future. 

The poor Irish will be mourning a weekend of “close but no cigar” their football team came undone against one of the sport's superpowers, Spain and their brave rugby players almost beat the might of the All Blacks. The men in black was painful and with 13 Canterbury players it was almost laughable, is Mitchell trying to change a winning formula or was it just a day off for the New Zealanders? There were glimpses of brilliance and Doug Howlett’s try from a Mehrtens break was a classic blind side move favoured by the pivot. The All Blacks will definitely raise their game for the return test over the weekend but the crazy Irish will be thinking that this time the famed Irish luck will favor them.

Argentina managed to do what neither Australia, England nor the Springboks could muster in the past year, beat France. In an entertaining match the Pumas edged the French with one point and deservedly so – the Springboks, next on the Pumas’ agenda will have taken notice and realise that from here on the games will only get tougher. Fortunately there is a “softener” scheduled for the Argies against a very strong SA “A” side in the thriving metropolis of Witbank. This “tactic” is reminiscent of the old days when “oom Doc” Craven ensured that traveling teams meet with a few “hard” matches on hard grounds before playing the Springboks. And teams wondered why the Springboks hardly ever lost a series on home soil!

The Wallabies opened their international season against the New Zealand Maori, the famous side – arguably a New Zealand “A” side came close to drilling the world champions but like last year it did not happen. Eddie Jones have a few new names to incorporate in his side and with Larkham away and Burke at centre the team has a quite a new look to it. The forwards however is an impressive unit and will seek revenge over the visiting French this coming Saturday.

With another huge weekend of rugby awaiting, the quintessential couch fan can rush out to buy some more biltong and beers to watch all the magnificent games on television. Do not forget to tune into the u/21 world cup, the “real” young Springboks are unbeaten and the talent there are very exciting. Pedrie Wanenburg is yet another brilliant loose forward and the centre combination of Jean De Villiers and Clyde Rathbone will scare most senior opposition but the fullback, Jorrie Muller a potent attacking weapon with drop kicking ability look like a certain star of the future. All augurs well for South African fortunes. It may be sad and way too soon to say but so far the absence of the “pound hunters” are hardly felt.

Go watch the games live at the park, enjoy!!



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Survive or Thrive by Desmond Organ
In the aftermath of the numerous coaching and personnel changes in South African rugby over the last several years, supporters have begun to wonder weather the national team will remain a force to be reckoned with. Now at last we have the possibility of a revival with the overhauling of the Currie Cup and the establishment of what appears to be a succession plan. But given the Springboks battered and bruised state – poor results, growing exodus of quality personnel and fatigue amongst the players, what lies ahead for Springbok rugby? Can the national team not just survive, but thrive and will rugby once again be positioned to resume its role as the healthy, strong heart of a once again successful South African sporting environment.

The good news is that despite the ongoing exodus of players and the apparent failure of the club rugby system to produce the vital transition between school and provincial levels, there is at least consensus amongst the major stakeholders that revitalization is a possibility. Difficult measures are going to need to be introduced, the smaller Unions are well aware of this, and somebody is going to have to come up with a plan to make sure that they can survive and compete as viable developers of skil led coaches and players. At the same time, the supporters confidence in the ability of the administrators and their ability to lead rugby has got to be restored, cynicism aside, South Africans like their counterparts in New Zealand believe that there is enough talent for South Africa to be a world force in rugby, anything less is not going to be easily accepted. 

But there is discouraging news too, the expected contracting of the countries top 120 players has not been agreed upon and the central nomination of coaches for the Super 12 franchises may be too much for the local unions to agree too. It is one thing to develop the successful structures for the Springbok team, and quite another to ensure that the game continues to be successful at the levels below that.

The retention of the Vodacom Cup is also somewhat puzzling, whilst being a great means of developing players of colour it may not be the right way to develop the pool of talent at the club level. Significant investment in the club rugby structures must become a priority. Rugby is a resource based business that requires steady investment in the players, coaches and administrators of the future. This is especially critical when we look at the lack of resources, equipment and facilities outside of th e established player communities. 

These investments require a steady supply of cash in order to remain productive and unlike the traditional games that rely on traditional forms of revenue they are going to need constant support. In this regard we at least can feel comfortable that SARFU has the money, Mr. Oberholzer is quite right when he says that the contracts of the provincial players are the responsibility of the Unions, but then one has to consider the planned centralization of control in the Super 12, the two may not fit tog ether. The smaller Unions are also not in the position to fork out large sums of money and their removal from the top flight of rugby may lead to even less revenue than is currently the case. 

Solving the underlying problem of developing the game across all communities will require a joint effort from the government, administrators and players. The government continues to stress the importance of representation at all levels, whilst attempting to convince players and supporters alike that there is every reason to believe that the national team will remain a force to be reckoned with and that the benefits of playing abroad are not as apparent as the number of players and coaches choosing this option indicates. The government is going to have to ensure that the administrators have access to important tools such as the ability to choose the best players and the ability to make use of players that are based abroad. One can hardly imagine the football team or the cricket team being as successful as they have been in the past without having access to these resources. The attainment of a totally representative national rugby team is an attainable goal. We need a national team that not only grow s but continues to thrive both on and off the field of play.

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Shivering in the Rain by Mark Foster
Newlands’ faithful supporters arrived in their droves on a day fit for many things but not test rugby. The duck weather was typical of Cape Town when hosting an international match and many a pundit along the oak lined avenues leading to the old stadium were quite pessimistic that the “young” Springboks would do the trick in typical Welsh weather – remember these were the very same lot who refused to close their multi million pound stadium roof in order to let the rain in for a better chance of winni ng a test match! The flag/cap/biltong and “boerie” sellers all seemed to agree, this was not going to be easy! Lets have a look at what transpired.

Set Phases

The game was never going to be pretty and the ideal was to deal with the set phases effectively rather than spectacularly. Once again the Welsh tight five impressed with some strong scrumming and the lineouts were pretty even until three minutes from the end of the first half when the Springbok lineout inexplicably disintegrated. Normality returned in the second half and the introduction of Ollie Le Roux certainly helped in the set phases. The Springbok unit seemed a bit better and the introduction o f Hottie Louw for Davids provided a spark. There is a lot of work to do but this Welsh tight five should not be underestimated, they are effective and will hurt many of the top teams in the scrums and lineouts. The Springboks probably came out second best but they were more effective and opportunities were utilized better to provide quality ball for the backs.

Broken Play

The return of ace fetcher Corné Krige improved this phase for the Springboks and with many of the backline players assisting in competing for the ball after making a tackle the Springboks dominated this area. It must be said that there were a few questionable call from the referee but generally the Springboks did very well to stem the red flow and in turn create turnover ball. The driving, pick up and go was also used very effectively to attain go-forward and here the three “bad boys”, Dalton, Meyer and Venter put in the lion share. Backed up by Jannes Labuschagne the three seem to be involved in every scuffle – discipline was not the greatest but one positive from this was the “eagerness” of players to defend and stand by a teammate under siege. I was waiting for a 99 call from captain Skinstad but alas that kind of play is probably banished from rugby forever, and rightfully so. However they did not let themselves be intimidated by opponents with nothing to lose and who niggled quite a bit off the b all.


The young guns from the Springboks always looked more dangerous on attack than their Welsh counterparts who were lacking in imagination. Marinos was neutralized by De Wet Barry and their plan B was to kick the ball at Russell. The young fullback played very well although he will have a problem with the high ball – there is no doubting his courage to field the ball but taller players will simply jump higher and over him to collect and this it seems is his only Achilles heel. The Welsh tried a few and never really capitalized on the tactic. The Springbok backline proved to be a handful but there are certain non believers who questions their defensive pattern, apparently Joubert or Barry is running up to fast to make the big tackle and leaving gaps – true but if he makes that big tackle and most of the time they do there is a certain turnover. This Springbok team seems to have the guts and drive to defend at all cost, witness the Welsh breakout after a dropped pass and the cover defence that was up to th e task. These young boys are helluva exciting and for once there is a feeling that the Springbok backline can resemble the attacking flair of the great eighties team that never really came to full potential.

Individual Performances

15 Brent Russell – 8 the young man is a quality player and his try will be the first of many, there were a few glitches with the high ball simply because other players get up higher than him. His kicking was generally superb and his running out of danger areas reminiscent of Jason Robinson – his size will soon be forgotten when opposing teams realise his true danger with the ball in hand. A great debut and my man of the match.

14 Stefan Terblanché – 5.5 the Sharks flyer in all his eagerness tried to do too much himself and his running across the field may look great to spectators but the golden rule is the ball is quicker than the man with the one notable exception of Pieter Rossouw! Tried to help Russell at the back but they will need to up the communication.

13 Marius Joubert – 8 the young midfielder was superb and again had a very good match. His attacking abilities are beyond question however need to work on his finishing, there were three occasions he broke the line, carried the ball but the final pass or option was lacking – this will improve and is by no means an incurable aspect. His tackling was phenomenal however he needs to look at his discipline as he is making a habit of conceding penalties. A very valuable player.

12 De Wet Barry – 7 a great impact on the game and his defence was very strong combined with turning over ball. He must be allowed to settle with Joubert as a combination and the Springboks will have a very strong and exciting midfield.

11 Breyton Paulse – 6 similar to last week he struggled to get in the game and there were precious few opportunities. He will find the hard fields to his liking and by running angles off Conradie or Bob will pick up some tries. His kicking to touch was superb and even the bounce seem to favour him.

10 André Pretorius – 7 the young man struggled with the pressure but a very solid display, things went better with Davidson taking some responsibility to kick, his hands are magnificent but he dropped the ball twice. The quick release to Russell made the try. His goal kicking was excellent in trying conditions.

9 Johannes Conradie – 6 the young man found the going a bit tough in his second outing, he did not disgrace himself but the wet weather is always difficult to deal with as a scrumhalf. It is all part of a learning curve and this guy learns quicker than most.

8 Bob Skinstad (captain) – 7 Bob played very well and with no knocks however was castigated for attempting a drop goal – what the heck! The ball was behind him and he was isolated. So two responses, what was he doing there and should he have received the ball? Com se com sa! One piece of play from the captain impressed the cold and damp socks of this writer and was something probably very few people spotted. In a backline move one of the Springboks knocked the ball forward, Bob was ambling acr oss to support, the ball was almost in his hands and he bent forward to pick it up however at the last second he failed to do so, choosing instead to run past and defend from the back. The significance? If he had touched the ball he would have been offside – penalty to Wales and this was right in front of the sticks. Great play. His lineout work was phenomenal on own ball and his athleticism should be utilised to compete for opposition ball.

7 AJ Venter – 6 the fair headed AJ put in a lot of hard work and led the charge that ultimately resided in Russell’s try however the man is a bit of a liability as far as discipline goes but rather the devil you know!

6 Corné Krige – 7 the Stormers captain was not noticeable for most of the game as he was busy tying down the Welsh ball in the underworld of rucks and mauls. The turnover count is directly attributed to his fine skills in this department and he is a very valuable player for the cause.

5 Quintin Davids – 5.5 the debutant was fairly innocuous in his debut but it is a tremendous step up and he can only get better.

4 Jannes Labuschagne – 7 the young Lion played very well and certainly took the step up as the no 1 lock in the team on the day. Shouldered with the lineout work he did very well in the tight loose and his bulk certainly proved helpful in the driving mauls.

3 Willie Meyer – 5 the old man had a few good touches on the drive and provides go forward but his discipline is questionable and at this level the mistakes are unaffordable – ten minutes in the bin ruined an otherwise good afternoon.

2 James Dalton – 6 the “rogue” was involved in everything, from the scuffles to the drives and tackling around the fringes. The lineouts went a bit haywire at one stage but this was hardly the “Bullets” fault. Discipline was always going to be an issue especially against a team that niggled.

1 Daan Human – 6 did his bits in the scrum and lineout but nothing spectacular from the young man. While he is still finding his feet in international rugby it is good that he came up against some solid opposition early on in the year. The Pumas will be his true test.

16 Ollie le Roux – 6 played very well as the supersub and the scrums certainly appeared far more solid with his appearance at prop.

17 Faan Rautenbach – 6 Bought on to improve the scrumming he faced a tough time upfront. The young prop will improve but need to up his performance in the broken play.

18 Hottie Louw – 6 a long overdue test appearance proved to be satisfactory and his driving play from the lineouts was excellent – he also took responsibility for his ball in the lineout and will probably start against the Pumas.

19 Joe van Niekerk – 6 it is very difficult to impress as a substitute but the young flanker in tandem with Krige could be a menacing fetching pair as they proved in his short time on the pitch. Needs a dominating scrum to be effective.

20 Craig Davidson – 7.5 the Sharks scrumhalf played an excellent 40 minutes, there was one hiccup when a tap and go amounted to 10 meters gained but loss of possession in the lineout. Although his service is not as good as Conradie’s he impressed with his tenacity, the cross defence to save a certain try and positional play to fall on a dangerous kick ahead was superb. His try was testament of a hard worker, not a flashy exponent. His kicking changed the face of the game and probably secured a Springbok victory.

21 Werner Greeff - did not play 

22 Adrian Jacobs –  did not play

Match Rating – 6

The match was not bad for the trying weather and since this writer was fortunate enough to attend the match one can appreciate the efforts of the players more than when sitting at home, dry as a bone and watching a television screen that did not do the pelting rain justice. The Springboks have accomplished two victories in a row and that alone will provide more confidence and cohesion. The acid test will be the Pumas who surprised many with a win over Six Nations champion France.

Upcoming International Fixtures
Sat 22 June New Zealand vs Ireland 2nd Test Auckland
Sat 22 June Australia vs France 1st Test Brisbane
Sat 29 June South Africa vs Argentina Springs
Sat 29 June Australia vs France2nd Test Sydney
Sat 6 July South Africa vs West Samoa Pretoria
Sat 13 July New Zealand vs Australia Christchurch
Sat 20 July New Zealand vs South Africa Wellington
Sat 27 July Australia vs South Africa Melbourne
Sat 3 Aug Australia vs New Zealand Sydney
Sat 10 Aug South Africa vs New Zealand Durban
Sat 17 Aug South Africa vs Australia Johannesburg

We have been assured by everyone in South Africa that Percy is a completely different person to Joost van der Westhuizen.     Keith Grainger, CEO of Newport 

South Africa has nothing to fear. Respect yes, but fear no. After all, New Zealand did not exactly cover themselves in roses this morning.      Steve Hansen

Isn't it time Argentina joined the Tri-Nations? They're obviously a great side but have been left out in the cold, unable to participate in either of the two big tournaments, the Tri-Nations and the Six Nations.     Alastair Adelaide

The tactical substitution and lineout play in the second half shows Rudolf is not inflexible in his approach and it really did turn the match and he can take great credit for that.     John McFarland

Letters to the Editor (letters@rugbyforum.co.za)

Firstly, as the owner of Sports Talk (http://sportstalk.ssdtech.com) may I congratulate you and your fellow writers for the interesting and informative articles. I have often marvelled at the number of talented 'part-time' journalists out their who not only articulate themselves well, but are also incredibly knowledgeable about the subject. This flies in the face of what Mallet had to say about the general public when he castigated us for having the audacity to criticise him. Suffice to say that ther e is sufficient evidence here, and on my site, that refutes Mallets claim about our ignorance.

Moving on, I have a few comments regarding Tom Marcellus's article which covered the very delicate issue of foreign players. A subject that is bound to cause many a heated debate, not only in pubs and at the stadiums, but in the hallowed halls of rugby administrators country-wide. The first issue I would like to clarify is Tom's reference to the 'Double Standard' employed by the NRU in the appointment of Straeuli as Natal coach. Tom was drawing an analogy between the selection of foreign based players with that of the appointment of Straeuli to the Natal coaching position. I believe, and I'm open to correction, that Tom is in fact incorrect in drawing this analogy. Why? Well, at the time of Straeuli's appointment he was not, as was stated, coach of Bedford! Unless I'm sorely mistaken, Straeuli was in fact coach of Border when approached by the NRU. So it was not a case of double-standards, as claimed, merely a cross-border raid! (If you will excuse the pun). Please correct me if I am wrong. (Which I often am!!!)

Now to the core of the article - the use of foreign based players. I think the majority of fans, supporters, fanatics out there will always support the use of foreign based players. It just makes sense, doesn't it? After all, if soccer can get it right then why can't rugby? Well, I must confess that this was certainly my belief. However, I must admit to a slight changing in my attitude towards this emotive topic. That's not to say that I've started to side with SARFU, just that I believe there are some very valid points that support SARFU's stance.

Firstly, Sky TV and Rupert Murdoch are all very well, but, how many of us here ever see a UK match televised live? Secondly, the All Blacks have lost as many players as us, if not more, yet we seldom if ever hear them bleating about it. In fact, there was a posting by a Kiwi supporter on this very topic and he listed 20 All Black players who had moved on! So, we are not alone in this.

Lastly, and oddly enough, were some comments made by one of SARFU's media men when questioned on the subject. It was his comments that made me sit up and reconsider my condemnation of SARFU over the issue. In short, he made a comparison between soccer and rugby which, for the most part, made absolute sense. The first point was that there are considerably less soccer internationals than rugby. Consequently, the demand on clubs is far greater for rugby than that of soccer. You only need to follow the c ontroversy surrounding the Club vs Country debate in the UK soccer leagues to get a good understanding. That with soccer players only playing a handful of internationals a year! The second point that was raised was that rugby depends far more on combinations than soccer does. This may well be open to debate but their is a large element of truth in that statement. Take the current pairing of Joubert and Barry. Everyone is talking about playing the 2 of them because of their acute understanding of each other s play. Combinations are important in rugby and that comes with the players playing in the same teams.

I do not for one minute contend that this is a clear-cut issue. I do, however, contend that there is far more to it than we simplistically believe. Where does that leave us? Well, I'm not really sure. Suffice to say that there is no clear cut solution and I do not foresee one in the immediate future.

Campbell Fuller
Sports Talk

Dear Ed, 

I would love to use your euphemism....Brilliant! 

After what seems to be a decade in the rugby desert we have notched up a win with a team that looks like it can only improve. You have just gotta love it!

I have just read the comments of "Joe" about Bob Skinstad and think that maybe he was not listening in class. I for one criticised Bob's inclusion in the squad and I still believe I am correct in my feelings. However Joe, no one is criticizing Bob the man. You are correct in that he has merit and that he does not choose himself. He once said and I quote" I am tired of having to apologise for being selected"

My problem and that of those others that wrote in with there own comments is that he is not the best man for the job in his present form. You cannot ever tell me that Sowerby was out played by Bob in the trials, whether I stopped playing the game in high school or not. The man was not even in the game at the trials.

I take objection when a player is left out in limbo by a coach who has his own personal agenda. Let me site a few for you Joe,

1. Justin Swart....W province excluded under Solomons for personal reasons. Joins Natal in frustration of not being able to get into the WP 1st side, scores 12 tries in his first 12 games for Natal. Makes you think.

2. An in form Teichman, Bok Capt, excluded from Rugby world cup and replaced by Bob, an injured and out of form Bob with a lucrative Guinness contract, the same sponsors of RWC. Makes you think.

3. Stephan Terblanche left in the springbok wilderness because his position as wing contested by Chester Williams. The icon Chester at the time was so slow that Ollie could out run him. That was AA for you. Not in the public interest, we want to win games, not be politically correct. (another issue not to be gone into.)

4. Then there is Bad Boy James Small left out because he partied too much?

There are probably many other prime examples of selections that make you sit up and think that not all is as it seems.

Bob is a gentleman and a great ambassador for this country and make no mistake is Bok material. Yet he has once again been chosen over Corne' Krige (my man for Capt..) as Capt for the next game.

For me, I don't understand but I am really glad that you do.

May the Rugby gods sleep with the green and gold this weekend


Dear Editor

I couldn't agree with Joe more ("You can't blame Bobby!"). I thought the same thing yesterday: what is it about this guy that he can come back from an injury that everyone thought would put him out of rugby completely, and be appointed Bok captain and 1st choice 8th man time and again! Bobby does not pick himself, he just plays rugby as well as he can and is rewarded for it. I will always love the Boks, no matter who leads them, and only the next year-and-a-half will tell if the right man has the job.


Hi Lucas

I see that you say that that say that Bolla Conradie was the man of the match on Saturday. I agree with you that Bolla was the person who had the most influence on the game, but I am sure that they make Bullet the man of the match. For me the best players were Bolla, Marius Joubert and then the rest. Snyman was the worst.

Marius Stegmann
Marius, you are 100% correct that "Bullet" was awarded the accolade but by whom? Nobody seem to know who made this appointment - before a cricket match the MOM adjudicator is announced and he also presents the award afterwards. I think its a crying shame that Bolla, was not made MOM and Supersport should look into this matter and make the award a fair reflection of the actual play of the day. Somebody knowledgeable like an old Springbok player should be consulted and utilised especially at a grand occasion like a test.         Ed

Beste Ed

Ek dink dat Rudolf baie goed doen tot dusver hy het gesukkel om die manne eers fiks te kry ,maar nou kan dit net beter gaan ek stem ongelukkig nie heeltemal saam met sy span nie en hier is my keuses :

15. A.Pretorius (Met hom op heelagter kan ons Russel goed in die middeveld gebruik)
14. S.Terblanche (Defenitief die beste vleuel in die land op die stadium)
13. M.Joubert (Hy het die Flare wat `n senter nodig het)
12. D.Barry(Sterk op aanval en verdediging `n tiepiese binne senter)
11. F.Lombaard (`n Beter vleuel as Paulse hy is jonk en lus om te speel)
10. B.Russel (Seker die beste hardloop losskakel wat ons al gehad het)
9. J.Conradie (Hy het `n goeie eerste wedstryd gehad en dit kan net beter gaan)

8. S.Sowerby (Goeie Super 12 gehad hy moes al lankal die groen en goud gedra het)
7. J.v Niekerk (`n Beter vlank as A.J. en Warren)
6. C.Krige (C) (Beste Fetcher wat ons het en ook die kaptein wat ons nodig het)
5. V.Matfield (Vat al sy eie balle en steel al die oppisisie sin ook wêreld klas)
4. H.Louw (Seker die mees under rated slot in die land hy is hard en werk nog harder)
3. W.Meyer (`n Klipharde vaskop sy vermoë om by die bal te bly is goud werd)
2. J.Dalton (Hy is terug met vuur en vlam die man is nou beter as ooit)
1. O.le Roux ('n Beter loskop as Human en as James seerkry dan kan hy net ,maar haker toe skuif)

16. D.Human
17. F.Rautenbach
18. J.Labaschagne
19. W.Britz
20. A.Snyman
21. W.Greeff
22. C.Davidson

Ek dink die span het baie potensiaal ,maar spelers soos Rassie en Dean Hall sal defenitief my span haal as hulle terug is op dreef by gesê

Met Dank
Nardus Oelofse

Beste Ed

Straeuli het 'n fout gemaak om sy 22-tal wat teen Wallis gespeel het onveranderd te hou vir die toets teen Argentenië. Die Bokke se agtal is als behalwe reg en gaan beslis klippe kou teen die Argentyne. SA kon nie 'n regterskouer kry in die skrums teen Wallis nie. Cobus Visagie kan daardie probleem oplos. Ons slotte se lynstaanspel was nie op standaard nie. In Victor Matfield en Albert van den Bergh het ons twee wêreldklasslotte. Shaun Sowerby moet agtseman wees en Bob Skinstad en AJ Venter die flank e. Dan sal die agterlyn veel beter besit kry. Dean Hall moet terugkeer op vleul en Paulse moet heelagter toe skuif. Met bogenoemde span kan SA weer 'n krag in wêreldrugby word, maar met die huidige span is beslis nie in dieselfde klas as Aus,NZ en Engeland nie.

Johann Loubser

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