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Krige believes Erasmus must pick Van Staanden for Aussie test


There are a lot of suggestion that the Springboks need a true fetcher when taking on a team like Australia. One can also say on the flip side you do not counter a fetcher with a fetcher..

Former Springbok captain Corné Krige believes Rassie Erasmus must pick a guy like Marco van Staaden for the Aussie test this weekend.

Krige says the Boks were desperate for someone who played to the breakdown as they struggled to keep possession.

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  1. It’s not rocket-science that in the current ‘wanting’ squad the only viable strongest back row would be…

    6 Van Staden
    7 PSDT
    8 Whiteley

    20 Kolisi

    ‘Krige said Van Staden could even start at No 8, with Kolisi shifting back to openside to accommodate Du Toit at blindside.’

    Code for ‘no matter what Erasmus will not drop his black caption’… it would be ludicrous when at the same time bringing up LO options when neither Kolisi and Van Staden cut the mustard…

    ‘‘I would keep Kolisi at 6 as that is where he looks most comfortable.”

    Code for he prefers playing on the let wing to the right wing…

  2. Krige is watching the Titanic sink and suggests closing some of the water taps will make the sinking stop…

    It’s the same as scribes who think our players are leaving “because of money”…

    Fantasy world nonsense

    Better stick to knocking out team mates than comment on rugby…

  3. I understand we worry about Pollard at 10 and the trio….anybody worried about our midfield? With current players in group that is a huge problem for me with the attacking abilities of Aussies and more so the All Blacks.

  4. @cab:

    Yeah so play Kolisi in another position he is not a specialist in and replace someone who is not to mention has been carrying the back-row for the past two test and taking away a solid LO option.

    Nope… that’s bollocks… Kolisi deserves no position in the starting back-row and is better suited to the bench as an utility impact back-rower.

  5. @Jacques:

    The Springboks haven’t had a world class nor settled centre-pairing since JDV/JF (with 13 constantly being a problem)… at least Heyneke Meyer tried to rectify that… but since then the chopping and changing continues every two test matches with nothing to show for it.

  6. @bryce_in_oz:

    And you can add the woeful wingers that offer absolutely nothing but unpolished pace and the odd bit of flash. Kolbe will add nothing to that. You can add the starting front-row (bar Marxx) that are slovenly in the tight-loose, whilst their replacements are in form. The list goes of ‘worries’ goes on…

  7. Bryce – Kolisi is probably the only player capable of playing all 3 positions. Athletic and strong. Van Staden not as mobile. Whiteley not as powerful.

    Jacques – Ja midfield a problem – de Allende and Kriel should be good. Serfontein and de Allende top class.

  8. @cab:

    Rubbish… he doesn’t ‘play’ open-sider… he ‘covers’ open-sider… he doesn’t ‘play’ blind-sider he ‘covers’ open-sider… he has rarely ever even ‘covered’ 8 full stop. Whiteley is a specialist 8 who can also play blind-sider, has been carrying the work-load for Kolisi/Louw the past few tests, matches Kolisi in every other aspect of the game (perhaps not outright pace on the wings) and is a genuine LO option.

    Kolisi has had more than half a decade to bring genuine open-sider skills to his game, just as Jaco Kriel did. He’s chosen not to… with that in mind at test level he is no more than ‘cover’ for the back-row as an impact player off the bench.

    There is reason the All Blacks and every other top 3 test team play specialists in their starting loose-forward trio and an impact player off the bench (lately coupled with an uber mobile lock).

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