Young players to ignite Boks

2010-10-31 23:34

Stephen Nell

Durban – Springbok coach Peter de Villiers is hoping the injection of youthful enthusiasm in the squad for the tour of Britain and Ireland proves infectious and spurs on some of his older hands.

Elton Jantjies, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Willem Alberts, Keegan Daniel and Coenie Oosthuizen may all be in line for their Test debuts on a tour that kicks off against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

There are also Tests against Wales, Scotland and England before the tour finishes with a match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Victor Matfield will lead the side in the absence of the injured John Smit.

Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier, Andries Bekker, Fourie du Preez, Heinrich Brüssow, JP Pietersen, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Butch James and BJ Botha are not available due to injuries.

De Villiers said that he had also decided to rest Danie Rossouw to have him at his best next year.

The performances by Lambie, Mvovo, Daniel and Alberts for the Sharks in Saturday’s Currie Cup final would certainly have been a positive for De Villiers.

Lambie’s 25 points in the 30-10 final win over Western Province is second only to the record of 26 that Derick Hougaard set for an individual in a Currie Cup final.

Prior to Saturday, Naas Botha and Braam van Straaten were joint-second on 24 points.

“Those young guys showed a lot of character under huge pressure,” said De Villiers.

“They kept their heads and I believe they can add a lot of value. The hunger of the young players can ignite what we need so badly with the senior guys.”

Sharks coach John Plumtree also heaped praise on Lambie when asked about his flyhalf.

“Patrick played a huge final. I think he moved up a few steps mentally and decided that he would grow up quickly in this year’s Currie Cup. He has matured a lot,” said Plumtree.

Plumtree was also delighted that Daniel was rewarded for him form after not making the initial Bok training squad.

“I was horrified about him not being in the recent Bok training squad. His performance in the final justifies his inclusion. Keegan was outstanding and telling him that he’s a Springbok was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve had to do in rugby,” he said.

WP No 8 Duane Vermeulen can again consider himself unlucky not to make the Bok squad.

De Villiers said the call to include Daniel was made when combinations were discussed.


  • zulu-blonde - 2010-11-01 01:38

    some good young players in their and should help the boks finally develop into the new running/skillful game, i fear aus/nz are still ahead though..

  • Denise - 2010-11-01 08:11

    Well done to all six new caps and especially to our Natal four. Hoping that with Januarie out they will call up McLeod. He and Lambie make a good pairing. Keegan and Willem you both deserve to be there as you have put your bodies on the line game after game. Mvovo and Lambie may you go from strength to strength as both exciting young players

  • vernon chetty - 2010-11-01 08:41


  • Shocker - 2010-11-01 08:46

    The CC final was a shocker ito standard. We will get hammered by the intnl teams if we think we have found new talent in the form of sharks players that outplayed a blind WP. Quality is what wins intnl games not hype about one eyed winners in a CC final that lacked quality. The CC is a rugby island and can hardly be used to pick Springboks, it is merely a platform to start identifying and developing them.

  • PDV/Quota-hater - 2010-11-01 09:30

    ...GO Ireland..!! ....Go Wales..!! ...Go Scottland..!! ...Go England..!!! ......PDV is a joke..!!!

  • CONSPIRACY THEORIST.. - 2010-11-01 10:33

    A WONDERFUL CONSPIRACY would be that all the injured players are not really injured...that they are all just "playing sick" as part of a major resting plan for the 2011RWC...So many stars I would love to see in the Bok side are conveniently "injured" right now.....Makes you think doesnt it ????????? Hope Im right :-)

  • rugbyman - 2010-11-01 10:37

    I bet the youngsters are gonna whip ass over there in Europe. Despite their success, PdV will, however drop them all next year in favor of all his so called "rested" outdated players and the Boks will fall fall on their backs at the world cup. The Boks will only get good again after the world cup, when all the old guys have retired....starting with once greats such as Matfield, John Smit and Butch james. Old divvie has a serious dilemma coming his way.

  • GVA - 2010-11-01 11:24

    I tell you its great to wake up in Currie Cup country ! Make all the Sharks Springboks!! And replace PDV with just about any other CC coach then see how the Boks will play!! What do you say now Balsak??

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