Boks, Bulls lose Flip


Flip van der Merwe’s season ended with a whimper rather than a bang as the big lock was ruled out for the rest of the year with a knee injury.

By:Brenden Nel – SuperSport

According to the website, Van der Merwe, who hurt himself in the closing minutes of the one-point victory over Wales in Nelspruit this past weekend, underwent a scan and was sent for a specialist opinion by the Springbok management on Monday.

And the news was not good.

The specialist ruled that Van der Merwe had to undergo surgery on his posterior cruciate ligament, and will therefore be out for six months.

He joins a growing list of injured players who will miss the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and only return to action in next year’s Vodacom Super Rugby series.

The Boks will be hoping on better news for Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira though, as the prop will be monitored for the “bulging disc” in his neck, also sustained in the same game, before a decision will be made about his availability for the Rugby Championship.

But with Willem Alberts also on the sideline this week with concussion, it is hard not to sympathise with coach Heyneke Meyer’s injury list, which just keeps on growing.

In addition to this, Johan Goosen’s reoccurring knee injury has meant he has played virtually just two minutes of the entire June test series.

At the moment there are no less than 18 players out with injury, and if you consider that another seven have been released back to their European clubs, then the Boks sit without 25 players that they can choose from.

The injury list is as follows: Jean de Villiers (knee), Damian de Allende (knee) Eben Etzebeth (foot), Jaque Fourie (ankle), Pat Lambie (bicep), Frans Malherbe (concussion), Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand), Gio Aplon (elbow), Juan de Jongh (pneumonia), Mtawarira, Van der Merwe, Alberts and Goosen (knee)

The players released to their clubs are Gurthro Steenkamp, Schalk Brits, Bakkies Botha, Francois Louw, Morné Steyn, Wynand Olivier and Bryan Habana.

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  1. Never nice to see a player injured but happy to see the walking yellow card been replaced at Bok Level

    Like SideshowBob, Stegman, Blondie, Rhule… he is out of depth at this level. We have enough talent in other provinces to replace him and I just hope HM gets over his Bull thing.

  2. Over his Bulls thing. You mean like picking 7 Freestaters for this weekend’s game? Or maybe being the first Bok coach in a decade to start a bok team with not a single Bulls player in the tight 5? Or maybe his continued insistance on Jean de Villiers being our captain for next year’s world cup. The Bulls thing as you refer to is all in the mind of most fans, I havent seen a single shred of evidence to substanciate those claims.

    But then again, any Bok coach ever has been blamed of having a prefered team. With Mallet it was Province, with White the same. Only coach ever not have it was Snorre. He was blamed of living in the past.

  3. @Aldo:

    Snorre was blamed for preferring Province, but he defended himself saying it’s not me, I got this team from Jake, dis Jake se skuld! :boks:

  4. @Aldo:

    Flip what other choices are there Muggie?

    Steyn = gone
    Grant/Kantrakellis = ag asseblief tog nee
    Jantjes = You’re joking right?
    Goosen, Boshoff, Lambie are injured…
    Jacques Louis Potgieter = Journeyman

    The ONLY one that could POSSIBLY be called up and who MAY be the it guy… though I think more as a 12 is Robert Ebersohn….

    The honest to goodness truth is that Pollard is literally a fifth choice flyhalf behind Steyn, Lambie, Goosen and Boshoff… and the truth iis that poor HM really honestly had to scrape the bottom of the barrel for players at 10 seeing that all ours that he can select are injured and busted…

    Honest truth is that the TRC is going to be a bad one for the Bokke and HM may not survive…

    And obviously the poor guy is in Catch 22

    Gee what do I say…

    Ja this snot neusie is a fifth choice player and I’m actually just hoping we survive that no lose streak against NH opposition this Saturday

    Or does he say “Flippit but Pollard is excellent and one for the fuuture and a good player”

    KInd of obvious I reckon…

  5. I reckon the Boks are stuffed, Meyer nearly had it right but now he’s invested in Matfield and fdp and the legends that have had their time.

    The welsh game should’ve been a massive wake up call, instead it was an extremely lucky win against a side who has never beaten the Boks at home

    Bok talent should demolish everyone in World Cup but again they are picking wrong

    Burger was my favourite but he is past it, as is Matfield is weakening out tight 5 substantially, Jannie dup and Oosthuxzrn should not be the no3s trying to build to the RWC, these are all players who should form part of the greater squad but not no 1 choice. Fdp is definitely too slow in the ball and pienaar’s positive is not scrumhalf, his box kicks are invariably charged down and a massive liability
    M Coetzee is not Bok material,not a fetcher and too small for blindside or 8

    Bakkies and Guthro are the 2 older players that’s add value but they should also be pulled after 40 mins max

    1. Beast 2. Bismarck 3. ? (Guthro/cilliers)
    4. Bakkies (Psdt) 5. Etsebeth
    6. Louw/Brits 7. Alberts 8. Vermeulen

    9. Hougaard 10. Goose/willie
    11. Habana 12. Frans steyn 13. Fourie 14. JP 15. Le roux/morne

    Willie me roux is the most creative playmaker Boks have had in ages, should go to flyhalf and encouraged to have a go – otherwise goosen is also phenomenal on the ball – morne is not attacking enough with bok backline and talent

  6. Howzit Cabbie…

    Etzebeth is injured, Goosen injured, Frans not available, Fourie not available, PSDT injured, Bakkies injured, Matfield still far better than any other lock in RSA and STILL gets through more work than anyone else in the T5 at test level, Gurthro is not a TH and then you also have no bench…

    Not too mention you have no bench…

    You have no team really…

    Nope HM is doing an exceptional job picking a team that wins, is a mix of experience and youth, all the while adding some bright prospects almost every week with the future in mind not too mention having to bay to politicians…

    He is in shit with regards to test quality 9’s in RSA… as is he with TH’s… that’s a RSA depth problem…

  7. @cab:

    Come on, Boet. Schalk is no Afkophoender any more –
    for the first time ever I think he’s great. Learnt
    the distributing skill as well.
    And underestimate Lood de Jager at your peril.
    And Gurtrho fooked his prop, who had to be replaced
    after 20 minutes.

    You should do more reading – not necessarily what
    Dawie says.

    Heyneke knows what he’s doing – relax.
    (How’s that for an anti-Meyer statement from the Cape?)

  8. Howzit Bryce and Boer

    Bryce, yep they may be injured but HM still going to keep selecting these guys over the others

    Very True Boerman he’s distribution is excellent, but he’s playing blindside flank, can’t go into contact with his ass first, we gotta get over the adv line, its crucial

    Yep Guthro is not a TH but neither is coonie, in fact coenie not even a LH.

    Bench is where Matfield belongs – he 4th choice – we going to struggle today against the scots – should not be the case

    I don’t reckon de jäger any good, need more mongrel – welshies bashed us, it’s not right

  9. @cab:

    HM said Alberts is fulfilling the bashing role –
    Schalk should think about moving to no.8 because
    of his linking and overall skills.

  10. @cab:

    Etzabeth would have been starting, maybe even PSDT if he’d had a few better games… other than all the injuries and no captain… MAtfield is there and in sublime form…

    IMO Kolisi would be in the mix over Schalk if he was not injured… but Schalk’s value was instantly apparent in the second test…

    And if they struggle against the Scots it will be because of all the new combinations (read experimentation)… which is exactly what punters have been calling for…

    You don’y experiment (much) against Wales a team still chock full of the British Lions players that smashed Australia…

  11. I agree on Lood to a certain degree… from my side the jury is still out… but just what is a coach to do when 4 of your first choice locks are out injured?

    As for TH… well there is only one thing to do and that is give JDP a rest and blood new players as RSA have got no TH’s of Matfields/Botha’s/FDP’s et al calibre playing overseas…

    Which is why Marcell VD Merwe is there…

    The Coenie TH experiment is long over IMO… but there is clearly some pressure to have an extra POC in the pack if Beast is not there… hence Guthro already capped and a very lucky Trevor (already capped) who can both only play LH…

  12. Boer, Yeah burger should be cover for 8, but I think vermeulen and kolisi are more hungry. Maybe déjàger gets better but he doesn’t have the dynamism of etsebeth and Psdt IMO.

    Bryce, agree on kolisi and TH – is M v d merwe any good? I can’t believe that da if all places can’t produce a moerse TH. Maybe Pieter de villiers must stop coaching and returning to playing rather than oom Vic and fdp

  13. @cab:

    Not in my opinion… but I think Adriaanse is injured too… I rate him better…

    Coenie’s old scrumming partner (whose name escapes me) went overseas too soon… he was the best TH after JDP…

  14. Ag no get over PSTd as a 4 lock. If he plays he should play blindside. He is pisspoor at 4 and massively overrated.

  15. Meyer can sure get them motivated, wish I could’ve seen this, a groot klap, but this oke is picking too many old bodies, sure the Bokke can kick 6 kinds of kak out of scots this but in a test match where a evenly matched you can’t carry lineout specialists and guys past their best

  16. @cab:

    Who is being carried… yet again Victor’s work-rate around the paddock, rucks, mauls (weren’t many) was the best out of the T5… an extra loose-forward all night… he’s still at his prime… he’s a freak…

  17. That said the LO’s were ‘okay’ and the scrums not that flash…

    FDP’s passing/vision in that first half was exceptional… the other good news was that Hougaard’s passing has improved…

    But then the pack was rampant in the loose…

  18. Marcell was a monster at the breakdown and ball in hand… best I’ve seen from him… but not getting ahead at all…