Injuries may force Div's hand

2010-11-01 23:44

Pieter Jordaan

Johannesburg – The opportunity for Sharks' young sensation, Patrick Lambie, to play Test rugby for the Springboks in Dublin on Saturday looks promising, after injuries sowed more havoc in the Springbok camp on Monday.

When the Boks trained at Hyde Park High on Monday, Lambie and Morné Steyn took alternate turns practicing the flyhalf and inside centre combination.

This followed as a result of centre Juan de Jongh being withdrawn from the squad due to an injury and because there was still doubt over the availability of his WP centre partner Jean de Villiers.

De Jongh (ankle) and his WP captain, Schalk Burger (broken rib) are both unable to go on tour and have been replaced in the 30-man team by Blue Bull players Zane Kirchner and Deon Stegmann.

Bok coach Peter de Villiers said Stegmann could play a similar role to that which injured Heinrich Brüssow played last year.

The Bok coach's immediate problems are with a battered back row and his centre pairing.

The tour group has little time to prepare as they only leave for Ireland on Wednesday.

The coach is already without Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier, De Jongh as well as Frans Steyn, whose French club, Racing Metro, will only release him after the Test against Ireland, according to the regulations of the International Rugby Board.

Steyn would be a logical choice for the number 12 jersey but the coaching team will now have to test other combinations.

De Villiers, the regular inside centre, was being treated for a groin injury on Monday and the Bok coach was clearly upset about the number of injuries.

"This is just my luck. Last year it was the locks and the year before that, the props and hookers. Now it's the centres. Fortunately we have various players who can play in many positions," said De Villiers.

This includes Lambie, seeing how he has played flyhalf, centre, and fullback for the Sharks.

The 20-year-old player was the Sharks' hero in their Currie Cup final victory over the Western Province in Durban on Saturday.

Although the Bok backline players were tested in various combinations, Lambie and Morné Steyn switched several times between flyhalf and inside centre.

Another player who was included in the group as an injury replacement, is Adi Jacobs, who is relatively sure of his place, especially if De Villiers doesn't recover in time.

Ruan Pienaar, whose club Ulster have made him available, also practiced at scrum half with Francois Hougaard.

Bryan Habana, Bjorn Basson and Gio Aplon could be the back trio.

Another one of the Sharks' new Springboks, Willem Alberts, couldn't practice on Monday due to a calf injury.

Keegan Daniel and Stegmann are apparently in line behind Ryan Kankowski, Juan Smith and Pierre Spies for a place in the team.


  • Vic J - 2010-11-01 23:58

    Lambie is a flyhalf, Steyn is a great goal kicker but not a thinking flyhalf. Please dont shift Lambie around to please or keep certain known players in their position.

  • Morras - 2010-11-02 00:40

    Spies at 12. He is faster than both irish centres and will break them in defence and attack.

  • Emile - 2010-11-02 01:28

    No reason to play players out of position. Given conditions on the day should dictate who plays and depending on the game plan (if there is such a thing this time). Lambie and Steyn are both great players and they should share the No.10. Why the hell did DIV pick just 2 centres? Now bringing in Jacobs is even worse. What is going on in that little funny man's head. You really want to tell us Jacobs is a better centre than Olivier, Bosman, Struass or even Doppies le Grange? If he realy needs to play both, then Lambie should only be considered at fullback in a crisis. Please don't stuff-up this tour as well with pathetic selections and poor or no game plans.

  • mike - 2010-11-02 02:13

    Seriously Vic J, where you been mate, he is actually a fullback so lets leave him there and find someone else to run at centre. Why doesn't Div just call in Doppies or Bosman (or even Strauss) for the Ireland game? Backline of 15 Lambie 14 Basson 13 Adi 12 Doppies 11 Mvovo 10 Steyn and 9 Houguard would work pretty well I think, maybe with the exeption of Adi but his deistined to play it seems.

  • Hannes from Perth - 2010-11-02 03:33

    If you ask a sport scientist like Dr Noakes he will tell you that injuries have little to do with bad luck and more with bad conditioning and bad player management. If you keep on playing your older players that take longer to recover and play them week after week, the qeustion is not if they will get injured it is when. Div should expect even more bad luck next year when his players is another year older if South Africa continue to play them week after week.

  • Skipper - 2010-11-02 05:56

    If you play players out of position Mr PdV, you will be tightening the noose around your neck. There are other centres in SA Mr PdV - believe it or not! And .... Frans Steyn was a WC winning centre under Jake White!

  • Mike - 2010-11-02 06:15

    Center problems - Snor picked AD Jacobs, no one else. How can anyone in his RIGHT MIND and HALF A BRAIN pick a player that has not played this season?? AA policy or family friends. Bosman, Strauss, Bosch, etc. etc. are streets ahead of chubby Jacobs. What a overrated player. Irish centres must be lipping their lips

  • Chris - 2010-11-02 07:00

    Trust the moronic Div to call up a fullback when we do not have centres. The useless revolving door Adi Jacobs (love child of Div) who has played about a half of competetive rugby is back in the side while one of the form centres, Doppies le Grange is overlooked. Anyone else think Div is under preasure to include a certain amount of players of colour?

  • Guy - 2010-11-02 07:23

    I totally agree with Vic J

  • Lucky Luke - 2010-11-02 07:23

    Typical! Why don't they just pick a centre? Still does not make sense why Zane Kirchner was chosen,rather than a centre such as Andries Strauss. He is in devastating form; just ask Olivier, De Jongh, De Villiers, etc. Lambie is also a fullback, as well as Steyn, so why WAS Kirchner picked?

  • shaunb - 2010-11-02 07:27

    We have a shortage at centre but the rocket scientist Div calls up Zane Kirshner. I hate to say this but i just cant see this being anything but a train wreck of a tour. Back to kick and chase rugby with 2 of the back 3 who did little to nothing and got totally outplayed in the currie cup final, Adrian Jacobs at centre we need a miracle. Go Bokke.

  • coenie - 2010-11-02 07:28

    Please don't do the same to Lambie as you did with Frans Steyn! Allow Lambie to grow in his preferred position. He might at this stage not be as great a kicker as MorneSteyn, but he knows when to break the line, or when to revert to other options like passing or kicking.

  • ian - 2010-11-02 07:40

    Don't destroy Lambe, as you have Ruan Pienaar by playing him allover the park. These guys are assets and should be nutured where they play best.

  • Heaven help us... - 2010-11-02 07:40

    Adi Jacobs??? Again? Why not just shovel in the Rose brothers for good measure.......

  • Not Stegman - 2010-11-02 07:40

    I'm worried about Stegman. I really think he's over-rated. I can just see all the penalties he'll give away now.

  • Louis - 2010-11-02 07:54

    Why does coaches keep on playing players out of their positions. Surely a centre combo like Doppies Le Grange and Andries Strauss will be better than playing Lambie or Steyn at centre?

  • Deon - 2010-11-02 08:01

    Seriously...Heres my thoughts. Lambie is excellent. But he'd be the better Centre of the two. And he knows Ruan Pienaar at international level better than Lambie. I'd choose in better Combinations. Lionel Mapoe would slot in nicely at centre, but seeing that he hadnt played very much & isnt on tour... 1. De Wet Barry EPK and Marius playing for Clermont I think. They were good but still could be a good combination above an untested Steyn and Jacobs. The backline in itself isnt up to scratch. Who do you have for Ireland? Pienaar Steyn Lambie Jacobs Aplon Habana Kirchner against one of the best centre parings in world rugby? Mmmm I'd have my team... Pienaar Steyn de wet Barry Marius Habana Francois Hougaard Lambie Just to make things interresting...

  • Sonnyg - 2010-11-02 08:02

    We are so going to get a hiding on Sat. The irish backline is going to have a field day. The combinations in the squad are poorly selected. I feel sorry for Adi he has not played rugby the whole year and now he must play against one of the best backlines in the world.

  • Hendrik - 2010-11-02 08:24

    What does PDV mean 'my luck'? that he is an idiot that dont want to select Anries Strauss, or even Bosman? that is not bad luck, that is stupidity for you!

  • Big Rod - 2010-11-02 08:39

    I feel sorry for the other players in the team who have made it on merit, to have to see the bumbling of the coaching staff which could potentially wreck this tour. There are enough fullbacks and flyhalves in the team already, so why pick Quota Kirchener? Neither Adi Jacobs, nor Deon Stegman have played enough rugby this year. Stegman came on in the semi final but every time he got the ball he went backwards. Adi looked good in the 40 minutes of Currie Cup he played this season. Neither has warranted a call up!

  • joe - 2010-11-02 09:42

    if it carries on like this springboks will become like the proteas all hope but no silver ware... LETS PLEASE SELECT PLAYERS ON MERIT SO WE CAN WIN A FEW MORE TROPHIES

  • HPD - 2010-11-02 09:42

    To all the Springboks that are injured.....This is a good tour to miss. Sit back, laugh and enjoy.

  • Big Al - 2010-11-02 09:49

    @Deon: de wet Barry??? He looked ordinary against the Pumas last week. Past it I'm afraid.

  • RJ - 2010-11-02 11:13

    Andries Straus Mr Coach - just look how he destroyed both the Bulls & WP backline with awesome defense & the Boks are going to need that defense. Stuff ABSA, SARU & the quotas. AD is just not going to cut it.

  • Arnie - 2010-11-02 11:21

    Can the "no-brain" tank in the bok selection team please explain the inclusion of Zane Kirchner or Adri Jacobs? I think at 53 I am faster than Jacobs? Please pick player on merit. What about Strauss at center?

  • the backline - 2010-11-02 13:07

    9 Hougard/Pienaar 10 Lambie 11 Mvovo 12 de villiers 13 Habana 14 Basson 15 M.Steyn-Lambie for his playmaking...Habana to feed off Devilliers with his pace....Mvovo,extremely strong excellent on defence...Steyn for accuracy with boot/penalties.

  • BOKFAN - 2010-11-02 20:47

    A. Strauss will be missed when B. O'Driscoll is on the attack. Hell, I'd put in Terblanche to keep some kind of stability & maturity into the Bok backline. Our forwards are good & there is a lot of experience in there too, but the backline lacks in experience & maturity. They are almost all worthy of the Bok colours but the lack of maturity/experience may cause issues. If one of the youngsters have a crap start to a game they may require some stable player alongside them to encourage them & keep their head up. ( just a thought)

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-03 00:36

    Just pick the full Bulls team!

  • springbok in nz - 2010-11-03 04:42

    we're going to lose every match except maybe against scotland. and then div's excuse for losing is going to be, he had to many injuries in the squad, and then saru is going to keep him on till the world cup. then with the super 15 having 4 more games per team or something like that, is going to mean more injuries for the world cup. which in turn means maybe we'll make it past the quarter finals. wake the F#*K UP SARU...

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