Best of the Boks?

The announcement of Heyneke Meyer’s support structure raised quite few eyebrows, including that of Bulls supporters. To add fuel to the fire, there is speculation that Victor Matfield may be recalled to the side for the next 12 to 18 months.

Are the Bulls likely to undergo another colour change, from pink to Springbok green?

We decided to do our bit to help Meyer. We selected a Springbok team based on current form in the Super 15, excluding players currently injured or playing overseas.

No doubt, this will draw a lot of flack, but is that not what has always been a strength of our wonderful rainbow nation?

We based our choice for the current Springbok Squad on Saturday’s Super 15 showing, as well as form shown in previous games of this tough competition. We excluded injured players (before the weekend’s matches, like Bismarck du Plessis) as well as those currently overseas, like Frans Steyn.

Please let us know your thoughts on these choices.

If you guys and girls enjoy this armchair selection game, we will extend it by naming, say three, candidates, and giving you the opportunity to vote on your favourites.

15. Joe Pietersen

11. Bryan Habana

12. Jean de Villiers

13. Juan de Jongh/Robert Ebersohn

14. Bjorn Basson

10. Pat Lambie

9. Francois Hougaard

8. Josh Strauss (Captain)

7. Siya Kolisi

6. Heinrich Brüssow

5. Andries Bekker

4. Eben Etzebeth

3. Werner Kruger

2. Chiliboy Ralepele

1. Coenie Oosthuizen

If Heyneke Meyer is serious about Matfield, and wants to give him match time, he should make him available for the Lions who currently has a major injury problem at lock. Does not the mind boggle at the thought of Victor in Lions colours? Ek dink daar loop ‘n paar yskoue rillings teen die ruggrate af van die manne in Pretoria!

I was a very proud boytjie on Sunday, despite the Stormers, Cheetahs and Lions losing. There was a lot of guts and determination under difficult conditions, and a fight to the end.

While the Bulls probably were the least extended, the Sharks really dug deep to overcome their defensive lapses. With 20% possession after 30 minutes, they were actually ahead. The two interception tries were against the run of play, yes, but to hold out the Blues for so long, with all their possession, was really an outstanding team effort.

And Tony, yes, Keegan Daniel did play very well. Did you whisper a word or two in his ear about my suggestion that he be dropped? If you did, it certainly worked.

Lekker bly, ou Grote!

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