Let Meyer wear blue blinkers

2013-05-28 13:35
Steyn and Spies (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers say that with the Bulls in form in Super Rugby, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer should be free to pick a Bulls-heavy national team.

Last weekend, Frans Ludeke’s side beat the Sharks to move into second place in the Overall standings, two points behind the pace-setting Chiefs, and five points clear of the Cheetahs in the South African Conference, cementing their status as South Africa's best hope of winning the 2013 Super Rugby title.

Should they beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this weekend, they will be runaway favourites to clinch the South African Conference and thus secure a place in the playoffs.

After the Bulls had a comparatively poor season last year in which they finished fifth on the Super Rugby log and failed to reach the final of the Currie Cup, Meyer was criticised by the rugby public for having too many Bulls players in his Rugby Championship squad, a tournament in which the Boks finished second last, ahead of newcomers, Argentina.

But, with the Bulls back to their best and with many of their players in some of the best form of their lives, Sport24 readers believe it would make sense to include more Bulls in this year's Springbok squad.

Meyer finished the 2012 season on a high with an undefeated end of year tour of the Northern Hemisphere, the first time since 2008 that this had been achieved, and will hope to carry his team's good form into the 2013 season, starting on June 8 against Italy in Durban.

Here's what Sport24 readers had to say about Meyer and his Springboks:

"Only the anti-Bulls brigade worries. The rest of us trust the most successful domestic coach of this era, completely." - Robert Ridgeway

"Everyone needs to support our NATIONAL coach and the entire squad of players, no matter which province we support. You have my full support Mr Meyer."
- George Web

"Good coach, he just needs time to find the right squad so I'm sure South Africa will be one of the candidates to win the World Cup 2015."
- Rugby Championship

"The Bulls are top of the SA conference." - Obi Kanobe

"The Bulls don't lead the conference for nothing, and don't have 3 SR trophies for nothing." - Adrian Snyman

"Bulls are simply the best, end of story! Maak die Bulle almal BOKKE!"
- Johnny Johnson 

"The Bulls have scored 29 tries so far this year."
- Alex de Groot

"Best team should be selected regardless of province." - Tim the Tanker

"Steyn is in top form, and to knock his critics, the Bulls are the top try scoring team in the SA conference!" - Thomas Cannon

"Thank goodness Heyneke does not come from Durban." - Paul Stormer

"MS has had a good season, so give him credit. I prefer Lambie in the role, but on current form I won't lose sleep if MS is selected."
- Trav Griffie

"Morne, there, not hard. Best 10 and he is on form right now." - Izzi Max

Heyneke Meyer at the Springbok training camp in Durban. (Gallo Images)

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