RE: Two bits of realism about the running game
November 18, 2012, 05:47:03
I believe the issue insofar as a running game is concerned, namely -
* the game plan and the quality of ball they receive in execution of the game plan;
* the personnel you have to execute the game plan; and
* the technicl ability of the players involved in the process.
Lets start with Lambie. There was a massive difference in the way he played for the Sharks and the way he played in boh the Irish test and the Scotland one. Meyer at one stage moaned about the issue that their was a problem with Lambie's kciking game and now suddenly he became a kickibg flyhalf like the useless on attack Morne Steyn - WHY? It foes back to the instructions given to him by the coach as to how the game is to be played - nothing else. Whilst De Villiers got the ball 11 times - he crashballed nine times and passed the ball to De Joingh twice. That as well indicates a certain game plan to be followed. In any event - this is not really happening on a planless basis - it is because it is an integral part of the overall game plan.
The second issue is the selection of players that can contribute positively to running rugby. The Sharks and the Cheetahs play very good running rugby. Michalak and Lambie both contributed very much to that in the case of the Sharks. The dead backline game was more specifically characterised by the Stormers backline. You cannot pick players that has proven that they cannot contribute to attacking backline play and then made a statement made by Meyer - and in essence repated by you above - that we do not have the players that can play running rugby. We have - but the selection of centers have been a disaster in the relevany respect. De Villiers by instruction play crashball without any off-loading ability in tackle situations. De Jongh is a proven failure in attacking play and there is never an overlap created because of Kirschner joining the backline - if the latter ever did - he dies with the ball. Both him and De Jongh has no distributional skills. We have wonderful wings - but the inside players made it impossible for them to do any attacking.
* Running ruigby requires constant technical supervision and skills development - there is none in the present Springbok coching set-up. Maybe the reason for that is that Meyer does not regard it as important - we would never know.
You point out the mistakes made by the Argentinians - but not the succcess. They scored a try and made many meters over the fainline by using their attacking players Surw they did mke some handling errors that prevented the scoring of further tries - but they are getting better and with our present selections we ar egoing to be in deep rouble against them next year.
The French, Irish and Wallabies plyed magnificent running rugby yesterday. Why can they do it and we are incapable of it? Why can some of the Super 15 teams do it and the national team cannot Why does the WP backline perform better without De Villiers and De Jongh in the mix than they do whenthese two are playing..
It is ot a team thing at all - it is a gameplan and team selection thing.