Chance at redemption for the springboks

They may be out of the running for the Rugby Championship, but as the springboks return home to face both the Aussies and Kiwis, they most certainly, if nothing else, have a chance to redeem themselves.

For the sake of the coaches, the fans, and themselves, they need to put in two good performances and come away with wins in both of their remaining two games. They’re a young group of players, and we need to look towards the future, and while losing a match gains experience, getting your arses handed to you week after week certainly doesn’t build team spirit, or in that case, players individual confidence either.

Another thing I would like to point out, is that having very good players like Lambie, Goosen etc. who are bright prospects for the future of bok rugby, sit on the bench and barely get any game time, doesn’t really grow them as players, so I feel it’s time that Heyneke Meyer changes things up a bit, and doesn’t go for the tried and tested Morne Steyn as his starting flyhalf, but rather don new blood into the team.

If HM actually does listen to what the whole of SA around him is saying and puts Goosen in at flyhalf this weekend, I hope he doesn’t make him player a different type of game he is accustomed to, as it will spoil the’ x-factor’ he has and might be toxic for his game in the future, because the minute you start getting told what to do, and not what your body instinctively tells you to and what you’ve done your entire life to get to the point you’re at, you’re going to ruin your game completely.

So going into these final two games, the springboks have a great opportunity to put some pride back into the green & gold, and the springbok emblem that goes with it, but the question everyone must be asking themselves is will they grasp this opportunity with both hands, or simply let the chance slip through their fingers?

Matthew Nepgen



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