Why Schreuder? ask ex-Boks

2013-10-29 07:45
Louis Schreuder (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The inclusion of Western Province scrumhalf Louis Schreuder in the Springbok squad has come as a big surprise to two former Springboks.

Schreuder, 23, was on Monday included in coach Heyneke Meyer's squad for the end-of-year tour to Europe. Fourie du Preez and Ruan Pienaar are the other scrumhalves in the group.

Schreuder displayed inconsistent form with the Stormers and WP this year. He also had a terrible game against the Sharks in the Currie Cup final and was replaced by Nic Groom after 52 minutes. He was also completely overshadowed by his opposite number, Charl McLeod, with the latter also intercepting a Schreuder pass to run almost 70m to score the game's first try.

Wynand Claassen, a former Springbok captain, said he can't understand how Schreuder cracked the nod ahead of McLeod.

"He (McLeod) completely overshadowed him (Schreuder) in the final. McLeod is a player for the big occasion," Claassen told the Beeld website.

Former Bok scrumhalf, Werner Swanepoel, said he would rather have opted for Cobus Reinach (Sharks) or Piet van Zyl (Cheetahs).

"It is clear that he (Meyer) wants a scrumhalf that is a good tactical kicker. But what I've seen of Schreuder, he hasn't yet convinced me that he's one of the best tactical kickers. I'm surprised that Piet van Zyl is out in the wilderness, and Cobus Reinach is the guy I would have liked to be included. But it's nevertheless a good opportunity for Schreuder to learn from Fourie and Ruan."

Other scrumhalves plying their trade overseas who were overlooked are Rory Kockott (Castres, France) and Jano Vermaak (Toulouse, France).

The Springboks face Wales (November 9, Cardiff), Scotland (November 17, Edinburgh) and France (November 23, Paris) on consecutive weekends next month.

Springbok squad:

Backs - Gio Aplon, Jean de Villiers (captain), Fourie du Preez, JJ Engelbrecht, Jaque Fourie, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Zane Kirchner, Pat Lambie, Willie le Roux, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Jan Serfontein, Louis Schreuder, Morné Steyn.

Forwards - Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Marcell Coetzee, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Tendai Mtawarira, Scarra Ntubeni, Coenie Oosthuizen, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.

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