Its well known on this site how I feel about fatties in the backline. I often feel that entire packs of forwards spend an entire week at training devising ways of butchering backline ball come match-day. If you spend more time a week filling your gob than you do passing a ball, then backline play is probably not for you. However this weekend two props work hard to dismantle my prejudice:
Firslty CJ Van De Linde for the Lions got some good runs in, while Scarra Ntubeni and Deon Fourie for Western Province also handled backline ball without spilling it or slowing down the attacking momentum (something forwards have perfected). Then big man Trevor Nyakane for the Cheetahs did something that makes baby Jesus smile: he took up a ball in the 13 channel, ran at the space inside the tacklers arm while never taking his eye of the support runner. Trevor, having broken the defenders tackle – managed to pass a perfect ball for Raymond Rhule to score.
That’s all I ask really? If you are going to have your titanic figure lounge around the backline, then at least contribute by doing what backline players have been taught for generations work best: Seek space, run at pace, don’t look for contact, pass to the hands etc. Well done Trevor. Gee daai man n boktrui.
Ruggaworld is undergoing a but of an aesthetic makeover, so if things look kinda wonky every now and then we apologize. This week we publish the answers from Dr Sheryll Calder to your questions, while we promise to publish the last installment of The Wild Etzebeths – seeing as the kid will be in action this week.
During the week we managed to score some very exciting interviews with some great rugby personalities, so keep checking the site, and follow us @ruggaworld on twitter to stay in the loop with whats happening.
Enjoy the week and build them browny points – there is a ‘man-heaven’ weekend looming.