Meyer: Coenie best prop in SA

2011-04-13 22:03

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - Coenie Oosthuizen is the leading South African prop in the Super Rugby tournament and has to be in the Springbok squad for this year's World Cup.

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That was the view of former Bok prop Willie Meyer when asked about the Cheetahs rookie who became a Springbok at the end of last year.

Meyer believes that Oosthuizen, Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis and CJ van der Linde are the four props that should represent the Boks at the World Cup in New Zealand if current form is used as a yardstick.

There is also no place in Meyer's front row for John Smit and he will take him to the tournament as a non-playing captain - similar to what is done in Davis Cup tennis.

Meyer believes Oosthuizen is standing out thanks to his high work-rate and he could become a big Springbok if he remains focused.

"Coenie is outstanding and has an excellent future ahead of him if he remains down to earth and keeps concentrating on the game. He should ignore off the ball issues," said Meyer.

Oosthuizen (22) is one of a few rookies that became Springboks at the end of last year and together with Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie may be exactly what the Boks' World Cup onslaught needs.

The Boks are being criticised for relying too much on experienced players from the 2007 World Cup campaign for this year's tournament.

While Oosthuizen has not yet played a test, he has already showed enough promise at a young age to demonstrate that he could have a lengthy Bok career.

On top of that Bulls prop Gurthrö Steenkamp, who is expected to be the Boks' first choice at the World Cup, is currently injured and Bok coach Peter de Villiers has to think about options if his leading players are not available.

Oosthuizen has conceded a lot of penalties in this year's tournament, but it may well be a result of his high work-rate. The loosehead prop's tackle count is among the highest in the Cheetahs team every week and he also competes for the ball on the ground like a flank forward.

It also usually requires more than one defender to bring him to ground when he's got the ball.

However, Oosthuizen has struggled with the strict application of the scrum laws on the Cheetahs' overseas tour and conceded unnecessary penalties at the scrums. He would like to bring that number down to further strengthen his bid for a place in the Boks' World Cup squad.

According to, Oosthuizen is the most penalised player in Super Rugby, having conceded 19 penalties. However, many of those penalties were not conceded at the scrums. For example, he was often unfairly penalised on the ground against the Reds when he was trying to win possession.

Oosthuizen's high work-rate shows in the statistics that he is one of the tournament's top runners with ball in hand (56).

Meyer added that Smit's current form definitely did not merit a place in the Bok team.

"Currently I would not consider him as a player, but as a non-playing captain like they have in Davis Cup tennis."


  • Bootman - 2011-04-13 22:38

    How in heavens name can CJ van der Linde go to the world cup on current form, when earlier on there was an article about him reigniting his career. I dont think old Willie has been watching any rugby this year. Even Jannie is a long shot.

      Wolff - 2011-04-13 23:38

      Ja CJ is die mees oorskatte stut in SA. Vir sy grootte domineer hy glad nie.

      Bulldozer - 2011-04-14 06:25

      Wicus (groen handjies) en Brok is die mees overrated stutte in SA.

      GILLBERT - 2011-04-14 08:25

      ha ha ha ha AS coenie die BESTE STUT is kan ek weer gan rugby speel ek kan darm n bal vang en vas hou in die kontak possiesie ha ha ha ha hierdie artikel het seker my dag gemaak

      GILLBERT - 2011-04-14 08:25

      ha ha ha ha AS coenie die BESTE STUT is kan ek weer gan rugby speel ek kan darm n bal vang en vas hou in die kontak possiesie ha ha ha ha hierdie artikel het seker my dag gemaak

      Whatever - 2011-04-14 10:18

      Ja ou BullDOSER jy moet verseker n dom Bul wees.Na ou overrated Wicus en Brok die Bulle se poeftertjies se koppe deur hul h@lle gedruk het om Loftus kan mens jou bitterheid verstaan!

      Roasty - 2011-04-14 11:39

      Lekke sterk agter jou keybord ne!!!

      kosie - 2011-04-14 12:41

      @ dozer AGREE 100%

  • Whatever - 2011-04-14 01:11

    Ag ou Willie overrated Meyer soek jy nou weer n job iewers?Gaan jag eerder man.CJ is useless en Brok Harris is 10x beter.Oosthuizen is te jonk en hopeloos te dom.Shame ek sien hul sê nou weer meeste vd 19 strafskoppe was onregverdig teen hom!Shame man is almal teen SA?Maak nie saak of hy die strafskoppe in die skrum of waar ookal afstaan nie dit bly n strafskop.Raak so gatvol vir al hierdie oud-spelers wat om een of ander rede dink hul weet als net omdat hul vir die Springbokke gespeel het.Meeste vd grootbekke het boonop voorry gespeel...omg! Willie jy was altyd net so average soos CJ.Jannie is net so hopeloos.

      Durasmart - 2011-04-14 06:09

      Ejy is seker die die wat nou nog suurgat is omdat jy nooit die 1ste span op skool kon haal nie en nou dink jy weet meer van rugby as iemand wat 'n hele spul wedstryde vir die Bokke gespeel het. 'n Hasbeen weet gewoonlik 'n duisend keer meer as 'n Neverbeen.

      isak.dippenaar - 2011-04-14 07:29

      nou wat het jy in die lewe vermag my vriend. ander mense afgekraak is nie sport nie en glad nie iets om op trots te wees nie. die man Willie Meyer is n ou met ervaring van die spel rugby. en ja hy is geregtig op sy mening. waarop steun jy?? Gaan sit bietjie en gesels met die ervare mense en leer om jou beledigings uit die geharwar te haal.

      Whatever - 2011-04-14 10:21

      DURASMART (is dit n tyre plek?) en SAKKIE lees net die res vd mense se kommentaar oor ou Willie dan sien julle gelukkig is jul ou swape in die minderheid.Isak lyk of jy voor die boereoorlog st 6 gemaak het/Despatch of Uitenhage...Bergsig!?

      Roasty - 2011-04-14 11:40

      Whatever jys darem ma 'n groot yster da veilig in jou kantoor agter 'n keyboard.....

      Roasty - 2011-04-14 11:40

      Whatever jys darem ma 'n groot yster da veilig in jou kantoor agter 'n keyboard.....

      Roasty - 2011-04-14 11:40

      Whatever jys darem ma 'n groot yster da veilig in jou kantoor agter 'n keyboard.....

  • Vlym Skerp - 2011-04-14 01:47

    Coenie got his @ss handed to him on a plate each game thus far - he is weak when it comes to scrum time and has a disciplinary problem - we cannot afford another loose canon...

      Paddy - 2011-04-14 03:09

      Daai is nou n vlymskerp comment!

  • Lloyd - 2011-04-14 06:08

    Overrated. Should go play for the Stormers.

      ZAPZAP - 2011-04-14 06:43

      Ek stem saam. Hierdie vet vark moet vir die papsak suigers in die winderige Kaao gaan speel.

      cheetahh - 2011-04-14 08:39

      Agree, he must come and play for the stormers, then Ricky can go play prop for the Bulls, seeing that the Bulls are getting carrots in the scrums lately.

      Whatever - 2011-04-14 10:22

      Mooi Cheetah gee hulle gas!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-14 06:14

    Oosthuizen is potentially a very good prop. At the moment, he is making too many elementary mistakes and is costing his team 'go forward'.

      Effel - 2011-04-14 07:32

      And what do you actually know?

  • Bulldozer - 2011-04-14 06:24

    Fatboy like Ollie & Os.

      Whatever - 2011-04-14 10:23

      and Bakkies,Guthro and Pampoentjies Spies

  • Weezychest - 2011-04-14 07:11

    I agree, Hes young and has alot to learn. His performance hasnt been that bad.

  • vince muller - 2011-04-14 07:20

    Willie, watse twak praat jy? Kruip jy gat of wat, of is Coenie familie van jou?

  • unbeatabulls - 2011-04-14 07:22

    no man, your joking right???? pork chops Coenie....haha...We all know these vuilgat props from year you probable play for the sharks like DR. Jannie vuilgat bad hair due du plessis and his brother Pismark.....anyway, Gutro still the best, and beast.....

      Ignatius - 2011-04-14 09:08

      Die Blou Bulle is nou die Flou Bulle.Ek is nie 'n Blou Bul ondersteuner nie maar ek dink die Bulle sal hulle nou moet regruk as hulle hondhaaraf wil maak in die Super reeks.Viva vir die Haaie. Haaiman

  • molefeP - 2011-04-14 08:19

    Yes, offcourse he is! That is why he regurlarly gets Bullied by Guthro!

  • Vegas - 2011-04-14 08:36

    Is Willie Meyer on crack?? Gunthro destroyed this guy in the scrums last year. Beast, Jannie, Gunthro and even Werner Kruger are much better players than this amateur. Please get some "experts" who know what their talking about. Same goes for Ollie Le Roux. He should stick to Spur ads.

      Whatever - 2011-04-14 10:24

      Werner Kruger.....HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • haha - 2011-04-14 08:52

    Smit,non-playing Captain ? You can't be serious, you are selected Springbok because you are the best in your position or did you forget that? How can Smit live with himself knowing he is there but not the best in his position?

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-14 09:35

      ....John Smit = has-been pensioner ... ......please leave the playing field......

  • sonnyg - 2011-04-14 09:53

    Is this another “Fourie is the second best hooker in the country article”? Oosthuizen is very talented but far from ready to play for the boks and is way down the pecking order at the moment. Thank goodness he does not play for the stormers because I would be getting in the neck right now being told to take the blinkers off as anybody who plays for the Stormers should be playing for the boks.

  • sessisie - 2011-04-14 10:44

    Please, just get rid of John Smit!

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