Mallett picks Duane ahead of Spies

    2015-04-28 07:21

    Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says Duane Vermeulen gives greater security going into a Test match.

    Vermeulen and counterpart Pierre Spies were involved in an epic duel over the weekend when the Stormers and Bulls clashed in a Super Rugby match at Newlands.

    The Stormers edged their arch rivals 15-13 to surge to the top of the South African Conference.

    Both players had adequate games and it appears Spies is starting to find form after missing most of last season due to injury.

    Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio, acknowledged the good play of both players but said Vermeulen would still be his go to man for the Springboks.

    Aside from the massive physical impact he made, Vermeulen also impressed late in the game when he charged down a drop goal attempt from Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard which would have won the game for the visitors.

    “Vermeulen's work at the breakdown is absolutely outstanding. He won a couple crucial turnover balls for them (the Stormers),” said Mallett.

    “It's his ability to play to the ball when he hasn't got it that is the difference between him and Spies. Spies has abilities in the lineout and running from open play, but Vermeulen is definitely the No 8 who gives you more security going into a Test match.”

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