After Saturday - what next
June 06, 2012, 07:22:59
As you no doubt are aware I forecast that Saturday will be a losing game for the Springboks. I added further that I hope the Springboks will not be disgarced in the process and the question is - what next?
Let me ask what panic-buttons will be pressed and what Meyer could then do? His first tendency would be to get the old players back in an effort to help out. That could mean that he could try and get Matfield - age 35 - and Fourie Du Preez - age 30. Excellent solution with a view to building up a team for the enxt World Cup. After all both players can play in multiple positions with Matfield favourite position as extra center and Du Preez anywhere but at scrummy when needed there when amaul situation means a win of the ball by our forwards. Matfield can also organize the line out calls - his speciality nobody else can do.
Problem is that both players are not match fit - but that would not bother Meyer, since those two played for the Bulls. The team composition will also be changed by increasing the number of Bulls in the team from 7 to 10 and reducing the number of Sharks from 6 to 2 and reducing the Stormers from 3 to 2. One player from the Cheetahs. The end result would be a Blue/Pink Bulls team with very little else to be added.
The other options would be unthinkable - can you imgaine a Springbok team with only four or five Bulls in it. Remember merit selection implies that the team SHALL have at least 50% plus 1 Bulls in it - so 8 is the answer at minimum. The Blue Bulls (Springbok) team would look like this:-
14 Habana - ex Bull - that is good enough a recommendation
13 De Villiers - he cannot now drop De Villiers
12 Frans Steyn
10 Morne Steyn
9 Du preez
4 Van Der Merwe
Well - that team will lose even further than what is going to happen on coming Saturday.