In a week when all a sundry will be taking pot shots at the Boks, we at Ruggaworld will as usual take the calmer approach and try our best to see every weeks match in context. We did not party after last weeks win at FNB just as we will not host a wake for Bok rugby this week.
Suffice to say most criticism will be directed at Ruan Pienaar – and this column hereby takes a first stand to the contrary. We need to stop blaming backline players for the inability of our front five to consistently pitch up on match day. Yes Ruan’s service has been slow and Fourie did have a good game last week – but our problems do not start and stop at scrumhalve because we play rugby with momentum and if we do not have momentum our backlines suffer. If our tight five fronts up, our backlines generally perform better, if not great.
The minute we faced a team up for a dogfight ,our tight five reverted back to the usual ‘you do it and I will help’ approach where everyone waits for the next guy to clean out the ruck. Our obsession with the maul as an attacking option was also exposed as nothing but strategical laziness. Finally, kudos to those Argie forwards for their lovely offloading and distribution of the rugby ball. Its was a pleasure to see!
This week Ruggaworld will be submitting questions to Brumbies attack coach Laurie Fisher and host a questions session among our subscribers for the legendary Sherylle Calder – relating to her work with Eye Gym. The last installment of The Wild Etzebeths will be posted – and how relevant in light of this weekends game (after Eben first played an Argentinian player without the ball, then nearly strangled the man with a stiff arm around the neck, and then allegedly got bitten)- its seems trouble is set to follow this generations Etzebeth as it did his uncles way back when.
Finally we hear from Ashley Johnson about his new life in England – and yes, we did ask him about his hair!. Its set to be an exciting week despite the break from the Rugby Championship this weekend. We will discuss the Currie Cup as well as some schools derbies at length.
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