Rugby Championship

Kirchner out to prove a point

2013-09-05 18:00
Zane Kirchner (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Zane Kirchner may give off the impression of a cool customer who doesn’t let much phase him, but it is clear the constant baiting from fans has affected him a little bit.

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The supersport.com website reports that Kirchner has been irritated by the constant criticism on social media networks about his play, the derogatory name-calling and those who simply have written him off because he was selected for Saturday’s Rugby Championship in Brisbane against Australia.

So much so that he showed a glimpse of irritation when asked about it after being selected at 15 for Saturday’s test.

"Everyone seems to have a perception of me coming back into the side and kicking every ball, but the way we play you have to play what is in front of you.

"Everyone has an opinion on me right now but it needs to come down to the right thing.

And while the social media world exploded after he was selected, few actually took the time to analyse the thinking behind his return.

"Willie is a bit unpredictable, in knowing what he is going to do, but then again knowing there is a fullback next to me makes my work a little bit easier in terms of when to do the counter attack.

"For me it isn’t where he plays, but the fact that I can slot in off him and run off the plays he creates and the other way around.

"It was tough getting back into the side with the way the guys have been performing.

"For me it was quite unfortunate breaking my finger.

"I didn’t have a lot of game time and it was justifiable for Heyneke to pick the guys in form.

"I don’t see myself scoring tries,” he says,

"I see myself putting guys away.

"Try-scoring is not as important as the guy that makes the last pass.

Of course if Kirchner does feed off Le Roux and create some magic, it will go a long way to changing perceptions.

Teams:



Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Jesse Mogg

South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

 

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