BJ scrumming world class

2011-01-18 22:24
Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein – BJ Botha’s scrumming technique is still world class and it will be a huge mistake if Springbok coach Peter de Villiers does not give serious consideration to including him in the World Cup squad.

That is the view of Eduard Coetzee, who was Botha’s direct opponent for Biarritz in a Heineken Cup match against Ulster at the weekend.

Ulster won 9-6 in trying weather conditions.

“BJ is a good friend of mine and is up there among the tightheads with the best technique in world rugby,” said Coetzee.

“I believe Peter should seriously consider him. Apart from his scrumming, his work-rate is very high. Another South African tighthead performing well in the Heineken Cup is Brian Mujati of the Northampton Saints. They have one of the stronger scrums in the Heineken Cup.”

Coetzee said that the above mentioned players are, in his view, better for the exposure they have had in Europe “and can certainly add value to the Boks in the build-up to the World Cup”.

Mujati, who last played for the Stormers in South Africa prior to heading for England, has played for the Boks before.

De Villiers will have the tough task of picking his tightheads from Botha, Mujati, the seasoned CJ van der Linde and the hardworking Jannie du Plessis.

Coetzee said that Saracens hooker Schalk Brits, Bath flyhalf Butch James and No 8 Luke Watson often make the headlines for good performances. The same applies to Ulster lock Johann Muller and scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar.

Coetzee hopes to finish off his career in South Africa one day. He has played for Biarritz for the past six seasons and stands in as captain when Imanol Harinordoquy is injured or not available due to national commitments.

He was previously a solid campaigner for the Sharks.

“I’m enjoying my rugby in France a lot. The tough forward play and focus on the scrums are what I particularly enjoy,” said Coetzee.

“Scrumming is a passion here. My strength previously was with the ball in hand, but I believe I’m a more complete player after the years in France.

“I’m 31 years old now and would like to finish off my career in South Africa. That’s if the right opportunity presents itself at the Sharks or Western Province.”

Read more on:    springboks  |  bj botha

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

05 November 2016
Barbarians v South Africa, London 17:00
12 November 2016
England v South Africa, Twickenham 16:30
19 November 2016
Italy v South Africa, Stadio Artemio Franchi 16:00
26 November 2016
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 19:30

How will the Springboks fare in their three end of year tour Tests against England, Italy and Wales?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.