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Pollard time up?

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This weekend the Springboks will try and get back to winning ways as they play Australia in Brisbane

Losing against the Pumas in their last outing was not in the script for Erasmus and his players and they are now in a win at all cause situation going into the two matches on tour against Australia and New Zealand.

Their record against Australia in Australia doe snot give us much encouragement.

With the All Blacks heading for another Championship win this year it seems the rest are going to fight to see who gets the second spot again.

The Springboks have played 38 test matches in Australia to date and winning only 31% losing 26 of those test and drawing 2.

Since South Africa came back to the international stage the Springboks played 29 test matches winning only 17% of those test

The key for both sides seemed to be how well their 10’s can dominate the game. There will always be a huge battle upfront in test matches but the key for me will be on how the backs can use the ball they get and there defence.

In 2015 after the World Cup Bernard Foley and Handre Pollard names were making the rounds as the future for both nations at flyhalf.

It is still an open question who Erasmus will pick this weekend between Pollard and Jantjies with Pollard struggling in the first two test of the Championship.

Against England Pollard played a good game and were looking to be back on the road as the number 1 flyhalf for the Boks but that soon disappear.

This far Pollard has kicked only four goals from 11 attempts and that is just not good enough at this level. His defence have not been bad but we are missing the impact on attack and setting up his backline to score tries.

Now we must remember this is the same reason that Jantjies was almost crucified at test level not being able to get the same out of his backline as he got out of his franchise team.

Then there are people that recon he needs to move to 12 and get Jantjies or Willemse in at 10. With a midfield that have never really settled in the last three years it seems not to make sense to try a flyhalf at 12 who has not played more than 5% in the last four years in that position.

Pollard makes allot of carriers but without impact and in the first two test he only manage 2 clean breaks. He had zero try assists which is something lacking in the Springbok team for some time now.

Winning at all cost sometimes let South African coaches gong back to the conservative and the so-called boring rugby. It will be interesting to see if Erasmus will stick with Pollard at 10 or give Jantjies another run.

He was the one that said that Jantjies work rate has impressed him so maybe against the Aussies he might give Jantjies another shot at flyhalf.

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  1. It was around 15 minutes before Pollard even got clean ball in a bit of space, not to mention the Boks seemingly run all their backline play from scraps… I cannot even remember decent backline moves of set piece… is all of the afore-mentioned Pollard’s doing?

    Most definitely not…

    Is Pollard suffering with his goal-kicking… most definitely so. However this is exactly why the top test teams have more than one goal-kicker on the paddock at any given time. Is that Pollard’s fault Rassie doesn’t use someone else when he’s off with the boot?

    Faf De Klerk was used as a back-up kicker for his club, Esterhuizen too in Japan. Why do we never hear about these guys booting the balls over at practise. Are they even?

    Not a day goes by there aren’t a million things to shake my head about when it comes to this side and it’s selectors and supposed ‘brains-trust’…

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