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Jury out on Bakkies

2012-08-08 07:56
Bakkies Botha (AFP Photo)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers have mixed feelings about the possibility of Bakkies Botha's return to the Springbok team for the Rugby Championship.

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Botha, 32, is a 76-Test veteran and currently plays for French club Toulon.

Those in favour of the no-nonsense 'enforcer' lock, believed his experience would add a physical edge to the Springboks' play in the absence of Eben Etzebeth, but his critics insisted that the lock's 'red mist' antics would be detrimental to the side, and that young blood was needed to move forward.

Here's what Sport24 readers had to say about a Bakkies comeback:

"Good news! He can show Bekker how to play lock and not wing-lock..." - chaplinncharlie

"Do you think he is gonna to play? I'd really like to see him in action again. It's been a long time, welcome home Bakkies!" - isaac.wiese.313

@chapinchalire - "Bakkies can't teach Bekker to play lock because they are different types of players, Bakkies is a 4 and Bekker is a 5. Bekker is in the same mold as Victor."
- Bashier.Diedricks

"Not a bad idea to bring Bakkies back in a mentoring role. No good to play Ysterbeth if he is not 100% fit. Bakkies and Andries will form a formidable combination, and Juandre can play from the bench."
- Visser Isak

"Bakkies and Juandre with Willem Alberts off the bench to give extra oomph in the scrum later." - isaac.wiese.313

"Andries Bekker was always Victor's understudy.... Just a pity he never made the grade." - Tokolos.tokkie

"Chuck Norris sleeps in Bakkies Botha pyjamas!" -  Black Raptor

"What the hell is wrong with the coach?? Since he became coach, he just wants to bring in the old guys.
Damn, he's worse than Divvie. Does he knows he's supposed to build a younger team?"
- storm.trooper125

"Unlike Smit, Bakkies CAN play rugby." - Jean.rossouwsa

"He's the token pensioner so that HM doesn't get accused of age discrimination." - Skinfaxi

"Yes! Superman, Bakkies Botha! Simply the best!" - blou.johnny

"Good call!" - Sammy Willow

"WTF, is it the 1st April?"
- Gunner.zn.5

"It puzzles me how many Bulls are in this squad."
- Michael.Hendricke.58

"Are they going back to Kamp Staaldraad?" - SF

"I have always been a big fan of Bakkies, but surely it would make more sense to blood someone young?" - garethbc

"Bakkies has 'stupid' written all over him. I reckon a red card in the first 10 minutes for a headbutt."
- VallemJ

"And Meyer takes us another step backwards..."
- Hamish.drake1



Bakkies Botha celebrates with Toulon teammate Joe van Niekerk at Toulon. (AFP Photo)

 

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