Rugby Championship

Lood goes 'missing' in tackle

2014-08-25 14:05
Lood de Jager (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Lood de Jager, the 'next big thing' in the Springbok second row, has been 'missing in action' of late.

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De Jager, after a series of stand-out performances for the Cheetahs in this year's Super Rugby tournament, made his debut in the Green and Gold against Wales in Durban during the Incoming Series and currently has five Test caps to his name.

However, his glaring deficiencies, particular when it comes to tackling, have been highlighted in the Rugby Championship.

De Jager currently tops the 'unwanted' stat of Tackles Missed - with SEVEN in the Boks' opening two Tests against Argentina, including a staggering six in the second Test in Salta alone!

Sadly, for the Boks, De Jager has plenty of company in the forms of his team-mates in the stats, with Damian de Allende and Jannie du Plessis both guilty of four missed tackles to date, while Juan Smith missed three in the time he was on the field in Argentina.

Coach Heyneke Meyer will no doubt be working on shoring up his team's defence in the two-week break before taking on the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday, September 6 (kick-off at 12:05 SA time).


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