'Nel should be a Bok'

2009-12-09 08:07

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein – WP Nel had an incredible game for the Barbarians against the All Blacks and was unlucky not to be part of the Springboks’ tour to Europe.

That is the view of former Springbok assistant coach Alan Solomons who helped coach the Barbarians alongside Nick Mallett in last Saturday’s game against New Zealand at Twickenham. The Barbarians won 25-18.

Tighthead prop Nel was the only player in the invitational side without Test experience. It is a custom that one player in the Barbarians side should not have played international rugby before.

Solomons said that the Free State Cheetahs’ front-ranker more than stood his ground.

“He had an excellent game for the Barbarians and was part of a scrum that in my view gained the upper hand over the All Blacks,” said Solomons.

He added that Nel is a world class tighthead, a team man and unlucky not to have become a Bok yet.

“There is no doubt that he will become a Bok. He is an outstanding rugby player,” said Solomons.

Nel’s inclusion in the Barbarians side crowned an excellent year. Together with his Free State team-mates, they got the better of every scrum in the Currie Cup.

Nel said it was incredible to experience the All Blacks’ haka.

“It was special. I can’t describe it in words,” he said.

He played the full 80 minutes and is satisfied with his performance.

“It was a big surprise to be able to play for the full 80 minutes. I got a little tired, but pushed through,” said Nel.

Prior to the Barbarians game, Nel last played against the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup final on October 31.

Nel played the Barbarians game in Free State socks because of the custom that the players should run out in the socks of their club or province.

Like Solomons, Nel believes the Barbarians stood their ground in the scrums.

“Despite not even scrumming together as a pack in training, we scrummed very well,” he said.

Nel added that he enjoyed scrumming against Wyatt Crockett (loosehead) and later Neemia Tialata (replacement loosehead), but that the Kiwis did not give him major problems.


  • Adri Smit - 2009-12-09 08:29

    WP jou lekka ding! Why is this guy not playing in his province of birth?How did Province and Boland missed this talent especially when they are struggeling at scrumtime?

  • GP - 2009-12-09 08:36

    Uiteindelik!!! Mooi so WP, ons almal weet lankal dat jy in die groen en goud hoort!

  • Ronald - 2009-12-09 08:40

    Based on his performance in the currie cup where he outscrummed most of his opponents, including some that got to wear the green and gold, he should definitely be part of the green and gold especially for the next world cup!

  • JOQUIM - 2009-12-09 08:41

    I guess the sharks will now try and buy him, whether they need him or not!!

  • Boerseun - 2009-12-09 08:58

    Os du Randt made WP. Os should be scrum-coach with the Bokke,he is by far the most experienced and knowledgable.Gary "hoping for the best" Gold is as useless as you can get.

  • Kakamas - 2009-12-09 09:17

    @Adri Smit, Hy kom van Lorriesfontein, dus is hy eintlik n Griekwa. Maar baie Griekwas gaan speel op die ou einde vir die Vrystaat, julle sal nie glo nie, maar hy was n Losskakel op Laerskool!!! Mooi so WP, bitterlik trots op jou, hoop PdV skop homself!!

  • WP - 2009-12-09 09:18

    The idiots at WP felt Brock and JD Moller were better

  • Ant - 2009-12-09 09:38

    The top 2 front rows in the Currie Cup were Free State and Western Province. None of those 6 players made the Bok squad. A bit strange, especially seeing as the guys who did tour saw their arses until BJ Botha came and helped them out???? PS. Yes I know Adriaan Strauss and Wian Du Preez got call ups after Chilliboy and Jannie were injured.

  • @ Adri Smit - 2009-12-09 09:48

    He is not from the WP, but from griekwas you idiot, hence the reason he is playing for the FS. Why bring the WP and Boland into the discussion??????

  • deon - 2009-12-09 10:06

    you go boy! Show them all and smear the embarrasment to all selectors and coaches involved in the overseas tour You should have been there - you have proved your worth alreadry at this early stage of your career Go Blik-Ore!!

  • Dgs - 2009-12-09 10:41

    Been saying that since his huge performances in the Currie cup

  • @JOQUIM - 2009-12-09 11:05

    You seem to be a bit confused!! It's the bulls who keep buying the excess players and then go public that they are finished buying now ............till the next purchase comes along!!!!

  • Ingo - 2009-12-09 11:20

    @Joquim... yes, maybe we will... might be his biggest chance to play for the Boks one day... think about it... Holzkopf !

  • Prop - 2009-12-09 12:20

    Our national coach was VERY lucky this year. The stars of the team, was picked by default. He wanted to ignore Steyn for Pienaar. He wanted to ignore Brussow for Burger.... Unlucky for him it all ended when he ignored the importance of a dominating front row! Hopefully he learns as he goes!

  • Superman - 2009-12-09 12:44

    ...the problem is PdV... ...he doesn't have a clue when it comes to tight-head props... ...he got stuck with John Smit... ...maybe it is time for PdV to go... clown less...

  • Willem - 2009-12-09 14:03

    Why is it such a surprise that he weren't selected? Am I the only person that knows this? He is not the right colour, duh! Wake the effe up!

  • Prop - 2009-12-09 14:29

    Superman, The point Im trying to make is that he doesnt have a clue FULLSTOP. I think we need to get a selection board again that picks players on merit and leave the coach to coaching or talking to the media about black mechanics and white okes like Willem.

  • Danny - 2009-12-09 14:30

    Lets forget about provinces and super 14 sides, This player is a breath of fresh air, (except if you are playing against him) his work rate is exceptional his scrumming is, (if not the best) the second best in SA, He is an honest hard working player that deserves the oportunity to play at the top level. If John Smit was not playing Tighthead he would have walked the squad and proved that he is international class. Keep it up WP (please Rassie buy this guy). From a WP Stormers supporter.

  • @Prop - 2009-12-10 07:24

    Prop, you can't talk as much as you want. You and your buddies can discuss and pick any team. Play your little fantasy league and hug each other. Kiss Kiss. Transformation is real A-hole. The government in the past suggested suspending national teams' passports that are not reflective of the countries demography.

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