Bok reserves remain upbeat

2011-07-21 07:30

J.J. Harmse

Sydney – Adrian Jacobs may just be a substitute for Saturday’s Test against the Wallabies, but believes he has a crucial role to play for the Springboks by staying positive on tour.

“If the heads of the reserves drop, it will affect the entire team. That is why the guys who are holding the tackle bags on tour are just as important as those playing on Saturday. If they become negative it can influence the entire squad,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs will play in his 33rd Test if he features as a substitute.

The 30-year-old Sharks player made his Test debut a decade ago on a tour of Europe and the United States and was in the rugby wilderness for a lengthy period. However, he has been a regular Bok tourist since 2008.

Jacobs has been a substitute in seven of his last nine Tests.

“It really is a nice squad full of energy and everybody is preparing as if they will play on Saturday. That is important because it will influence everybody if one guy slacks off,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs, CJ van der Linde and Chiliboy Ralepelle are experienced travellers and substitutes. It’s also noticeable that they always try to be close to the action.

For Alistair Hargreaves (2 Tests), Jean Deysel (1) and Pat Lambie (4) it’s a first Tri-Nations tour and the excitement levels are high.

However, the keenest player is probably scrumhalf Charl McLeod, who will be making his Test debut off the bench.

Last year he played his first game for the Springboks under similar circumstances when he played against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
“That was for 15 minutes and all I can remember is that it was very cold,” said McLeod.

“Things are looking good on the training field, but we will also look to apply that in the game. We expect the Wallabies to play expansively and we’ll have to be ready for that.”

McLeod already knows what he needs to do.

“Momentum and front-foot ball is what we will be looking for and part of my job will be to generate that. Ruan (Pienaar) and I have had a good chat about what is expected and I’m looking forward to making a contribution,” said the 27-year-old former pupil of Wonderboom High in Pretoria.


  • Kok - 2011-07-21 07:33

    Jacobs should have started ahead of Meisiekind. Jacobs is a talent bomb, waiting to explode.

      Reacher - 2011-07-21 07:39

      No - he is a loser bomb and he exploded when he started playing

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-07-21 07:40

      Look at his tummy, he IS ready to explode.

      The_Fox - 2011-07-21 08:19


      BlouBos - 2011-07-21 08:21

      Kokky Kokky Kokky, Jacobs another drop-out that’s starting most games from the bench, He is not even a regular in the Sharks backline. Another Pieter de Villiers blue eye boy. Yes Bruce I agree with you, the only thing that can explode is his tummy.

      Gazza69 - 2011-07-21 08:31

      Jacobs is a quota him IMPLODE!

      MB1810 - 2011-07-21 08:57

      Jacobs is a specialist 15 minute player - I wouldn't want him on the field for a whole game, but he usually makes some kind of impact when he does come on. The Sharks have used him rather effectively in this role. I'm rather happy with him there, as long as he starts from the bench.

      BlouBos - 2011-07-21 10:24

      @Gazza69 - Good one, implode explode - same tragedy waiting to happed.

  • Bruce Dundee - 2011-07-21 07:41

    Prepare to get whipped, boys.

      Wormtongue - 2011-07-21 07:54

      Your place or mine? Leather?

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:31

      Bruce get the sheeps hindlegs out of your gumboots,,,,baaaaad sheep

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 08:38

      Ha ha ha ha AGENT.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:50

      Excuse me Bruce im quickly gonna waltz with Matilda ,be back soon

      Curveball - 2011-07-21 10:56

      So Bruce, how do you find sheep in long grass ??? Bloody fantastic, I guess !! Bruce's quote of the day : - I love every bone in a sheep's body, especially mine. Run along you chop. Not even Jimmy's sauce will make you nice.

      Lance - 2011-07-21 16:04

      Bruce, I respect your positivity but not even if each Aus player ran out in a Michelin man suit could they avoid the bone crushing reality the Mighty Green Machine will be delivering.

  • boyd.lance - 2011-07-21 07:52

    Good attitude Adi. I'd have you come on in place of Meisiekind for the last 20 minutes with JDJ moving to inside.

      The_Fox - 2011-07-21 08:22

      I would have picked Lambie at 12 and Deysel in place of Geelkaart Stegmann.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:33

      And i would have picked my nose istead of yours

      boyd.lance - 2011-07-21 11:27

      @Fox - I disagree. Lambie should only provide cover for 10 and 15. You cannot favour one player at the expense of the team. As for Deysel, it depends on what style of play you favour. If Bismarck was playing he could've doubled as a fetcher, and thus Deysel would've been a viable option at 6. But since Bismarck isn't playing, it makes sense to play with a fetcher, and hence, Stegmann starts. I can see Deysel coming on at 7 for either Flip or Johnson with Danie moving to whichever's position gets vacated.

  • Anneleen - 2011-07-21 08:13

    That's the attitude SA BOKKE! Keep it going!!!

  • Drewka - 2011-07-21 08:14

    WTF are these Ozzies and NZ supporters doing on a SA site? Don't you have some sheep to attend to??? Adi would be my first choice to start, but I thing Div's got a plan with him and Lambie on the bench. Look out Oz, this young boks could just show you how rugby should be played.

      Tools1 - 2011-07-21 08:23

      Het ek n vark hoor kots of het die Dundee nou weer iets gese!

      Kok - 2011-07-21 08:34

      @Drewka: You call it: Invading the enemy;s territory.

  • Sofa King. - 2011-07-21 08:54

    Its good to be positive and all however the Aussie outfit will be too good based on players with X factors. Cant see a B team finishing off an almost full strength Aussie team down under.

      Lance - 2011-07-21 16:08

      If the conditions werent destined to be so soggy I would have agreed with you Sofa....The team that can bully wins this one. Close game ahead.

  • sc? - 2011-07-21 08:56

    he has a crucial role - to fill a seat on the bench!!!!

  • Drewka - 2011-07-21 10:08

    @kok... invading or just plane arrogance. We all know you're actually a South African. So how's the weather there on the fence???

      Kok - 2011-07-21 12:19

      Even I know I'm a South African. You are a little bit dof hey.

      Lance - 2011-07-21 16:12

      "Supporters" like Kok that shout for NZ are from the same gene pool of rejects that still fly the old South African flags at international games. Atleast I feel sorry for him...

  • lou89 - 2011-07-21 10:54

    As if any of you losers can play better all probably made nothing special of your lives,now you try to take it out on people that made a far better impression than any of you!

  • Lance - 2011-07-21 16:00

    Whats he got tucked in those cheeks ...Big Mac's ? He's perfect for holding tackle bags or maybe becoming the "official tackle mascot" that comes with a lifetime guarantee stating "No player tackling this bag will ever get injured- soft impact guaranteed"(I dont rate meisikind either for those wishing to start playing the race card game!)

      lou89 - 2011-07-21 17:23

      lance.....your dumb comment doesn't even really make sense...just shows you,the people with low iq,always give bad comments

      Ace Ventura - 2011-07-22 07:33

      If Adi's got Big Macs in his cheeks then John Smit has two McDonalds franchises stuck up his arse.

      Lance - 2011-07-22 12:51

      @lou89... People that get picked because they are good friends with the coach must accept the running commentary with open arms when it comes their way...We are talking about people who will be representing our country at the higest level.

  • Greenpoizn - 2011-07-22 12:04

    Adrian Jacobs Is a great impact player always lights the field up when he runs on.

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