Boks to target makeshift No 12

2011-07-21 19:53

Sydney - Wet conditions are unlikely to deter South Africa from trying to catch out the inexperienced midfield defence of Pat McCabe on Saturday night.

Crafty Springboks centre Wynand Olivier will oppose McCabe, usually a fullback for the Brumbies, and according to Rugby Heaven correspondent, Jamie Pandaram, said they would not be changing tactics despite the deluge in Sydney this week that threatens to turn the Tri Nations opener into 10-man rugby.

Judging by their training sessions earlier this week, the Springboks will run plenty of angles and decoys at McCabe in only his second Test.

''Against the Wallabies we are always prepared for a physical confrontation, but even if it rains we will go with what we have trained in the last few weeks,'' Olivier told the Herald.

''I didn't actually expect to see [McCabe] there because he is a fullback, I haven't actually seen him at centre except for last weekend. But he did quite well. I'm going to look forward to playing against him on the weekend, I think it's going to be a good challenge for me.

''I'm going to try to see if I can squeeze past him once or twice.

''It is international rugby, they wouldn't put him in that position if he couldn't handle it. He is a good player, I am looking forward to playing against him.''

Olivier is one of many Boks determined to prove their worth for the World Cup squad, after coach Peter de Villiers left more than 20 of his top players in South Africa to rest or recover from injury. ''Everyone wants to go to the World Cup, now you get the opportunity to show what you can do,'' Olivier said.


Springboks: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Danie Rossouw, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 John Smit, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Patrick Lambie

Wallabies: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu

Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Nathan Sharpe, 19 Matt Hodgson, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Anthony Faingaa

Rugby Heaven

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-07-21 19:59

    Hmm... of all the adjectives you could apply to Olivier "crafty" is not one that comes to mind.

      Bandleader - 2011-07-21 20:17

      Agreed. Is "crafty" a synonym for "overrated"? because that would be a better description of Wynand.

      Kaapie - 2011-07-21 20:43

      Staal I think Bulldozer are going to crucufy when you speak ill of their hero and meisiekind..

      Stompies - 2011-07-21 20:47

      So, which SA inside centre scored the most tries this S15 season?

      Neilson - 2011-07-21 21:23

      Well, everyone have a mouth full to say about Olivier, and he did have a quiet S15. However, why don't anyone say anything about his outside partner, not only is de Jongh the most overrated player in the WHOLE team, but have been the third choice at home. Bad on defence, attack and ball skills. Good on tripping up and giving possession away.

      Creeky - 2011-07-21 21:33

      Olivier is a LEGEND.... in his OWN MIND!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:47

      Kaapie, Sonny Bill is my hero.

      boyd.lance - 2011-07-22 09:05

      What? Neilson, are you crazy??? The only reason de Jongh is a substitute is because the Bok centre pairing play for WP. During the super15 there were times when he actually should've started instead of Jean DV (both the Crusaders games). He the deadliest centre in SA when it comes to line breaks, tackling is impeckable and hardly drops the ball. The only thing he needs to work on is perhaps backing himself to finish his own moves instead of looking for the pass after breaking the line.

      donkerhond - 2011-07-22 21:18

      @Stompies, he had to score them, because he never passes

  • Bruce Dundee - 2011-07-21 20:06

    To be honest I'm a little concerned. Wynand Olivier is the best incide centre in South Africa.

      Tiger - 2011-07-21 20:13

      Catch a wake up mate. Poor defense, cannot pass a ball - De Jongh will be out of the game due to this bloke.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 21:18

      @Bruce - LOL. Tiger not watching rugby - he decides before the game how the player plays, and therefore misses a great game of rugby. @Stompies - correct, WO scored more than JDV did, and his defense was not bad as the S15 went on. This is the team, so just support, because no matter what you say, he is going to play!

      Manus - 2011-07-21 21:33

      No, he's not the best inside centre in SA. His defence is good, though - most succesfull tackles made by a SA player during the S15, I think.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 22:52

      @Manus - I dont think he is the best iether, but I think he is the best availible seeing as Jaun is playing outside him. Iether way, lets support the man is what I am saying!!

      Ian Hattingh - 2011-07-22 07:20

      Say what???

      Howzitekse - 2011-07-22 18:01

      Olivier's defence is good, and if he did not regularly play alongside Morne Steyn, would have swopped Juan de Jonge to inside centre, as he is much more unpredictable and dangerous than Wynand. Pat McCabe is a classy player and if the boks underestimate him, they will pay.

  • Gomez - 2011-07-21 20:10

    You show them Blondie!Go Bokke!!!!Can't wait!!!!It's gona be a clash to remember!I thank the Lord for keeping me alive to see this match!I love everybody!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:24

      Gomez, for the third time now, are you Gomez Addams, Morticia's husband?

      Creeky - 2011-07-21 21:36

      'Dozer... he is a cuzzie of the "HAND"...

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:40

      Ha ha ha ha

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 23:54

      Creeky - sounds like the "BUTT", also a cuzzie of the "Hand".

  • Bandleader - 2011-07-21 20:15

    Biggest mistake the Aussies made is dropping Giteau. So this journo thinks that just because a fullback is playing centre, we can walk past him? just how stupid do we think the Aussies are? Our centres better bring their A-game, or they'll be chasing ghosts for 80 minutes.

      Creeky - 2011-07-21 21:41

      Last weekend, when that No 8 Simoan" BITCH" tackled that No 12 of Aus, turned to the crowd with a GRIN the SIZE OF MALAWI..... arms outstreched and walking back onto the field.... basking in the glory.... That was a KODAK MOMENT of note! PRICELESS!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 23:57

      Yes, but Mc Cabe made the first big hit - and it was a biggy. Well, lets see what happens.

  • LACER8 - 2011-07-21 20:22

    Muller Injured...Hargreaves to take his place...Wonder if Brussow could find himself on the bench...

      Scaramouche - 2011-07-21 21:13

      unfortunately not, it is Kanko. In the wet, he'll pull another dissappearing act!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-21 20:27

    I'm a bald oke and I would kill for that hair.

      Sonicboom - 2011-07-21 20:31

      First there were Josh Strauss beards, what next, Wynand Olivier wigs?

      Kaapie - 2011-07-21 20:44

      And he apparently goes to plastic surgeon for botox I hear!!LOL

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 21:20

      Sonicboom - what about Pdivy snorre?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:25

      Ha ha Graeme. Imagine Wynand's blond locks and snorre's snor on one head.

      Creeky - 2011-07-21 21:37

      Not to forget that HELIUM VOICE!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 22:54

      @Bulldozer - am I happy that these two cant provide us with a rugby love-child!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-22 06:56

      Imagine that.

      Creeky - 2011-07-22 07:53

      Graembb.... He / She will have Flowing Blonde hair, Course Curly Black BROOM TYPE 'Stache, talk about "MUMFS of VE year, Fitty Free" etc... and pronounce the owrd "COATS" (COACH)

  • Stompies - 2011-07-21 20:48

    So, which SA inside centre scored the most tries this S15 season?

      Scaramouche - 2011-07-21 21:13


      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:26

      Adi Amin.

      Creeky - 2011-07-21 21:38

      (Falls off chair laughing)

  • Bricktop - 2011-07-21 21:00

    Me thinks the Aussies will target our no 12 instead.

      Scaramouche - 2011-07-21 21:14

      Indeed. McCabe played very well at 12 in his first game this season, but I think he got injured soon after.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 21:23

      Me thinks you dont get paid to "finks"!

      Bricktop - 2011-07-21 21:27

      Gaap, die BB agter jou naam sĂȘ alles van jou IK, 00.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 22:58

      Hahaha, die naam "Bricktop" se nog meer wat in jou kop aan gaan ou slimmie!

      mike - 2011-07-22 23:31

      Why would they target our best backline defender? Something tells me Basson, Mvovo and Aplon are going to be doing allot of defending unless our forwards dominate and/or it rains. Crap if it rains Quade's going to be kicking on Aplon all day long.

  • Herman - 2011-07-21 21:04

    The only time we will see him pass the ball is in this photo !

      Scaramouche - 2011-07-21 21:15

      He's not passing, it is a dummy!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 21:23

      Thats because you arent watching.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:27

      It's funny how Bryan was always amongst the top try scorers for the Bulls and now Bjorn, with Wynand on the inside.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 23:00

      @Bulldozer - just doesnt make any sense to these guys. They are so confused now.

  • A.K - 2011-07-21 21:05

    ''I'm going to try to see if I can squeeze past him once or twice.'' Now we know for sure de Jongh and the wings wont be getting any passes the whole game, but this IS Meisikind after all....not surprised

  • GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 21:27

    I feel so sorry for some individuals who just cant support their team. I wouldnt have chosen John Smit, but he has my full support as our captain and hooker! We cant agree with all selections, and never will. So difficult for some to grasp. It is hard to be a true supporter, for some. Shame.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:33

      True words.

      Drewka - 2011-07-21 23:52

      Agree with you GraemeBB.... except that John is the most capped, most successful, most respected Captain that ever set foot on a rugby field in world rugby. Now we all know that he is not the best hooker, but give him a freaken break. If there is one captain that could bring the WC home, than John Smit would be it. Wynand also not the best Center in SA, but him and Steyn bring structure to a pretty inexperienced backline.

  • PMG - 2011-07-21 21:33

    Watched Sonny Bill swat Blondie like he was a mosquito,He is probably the worst SA centre we could play and i have yet to see him pass a ball.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 21:36

      Watched Sonny Bill swat Jeanie like he was a mosquito,He is probably the worst SA centre we could play and i have yet to see him pass a ball.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 23:06

      Saw Sonny Bill run right past Bosman, didnt even need to swat. Any one want to guess whom I think is the worst centre in South Africa? Bosman. (You can stop geussing now Bricktop).

      TheDuck - 2011-07-21 23:24

      I laughed so hard at the Bosman comment

  • Groot Bul - 2011-07-21 22:42

    i hope all of you who bad mouth wo get on your backside after the game talking about centres who dont pass go look at your two stomer and wp centres then you come and talk crap again on this webside you so called rugby experts i am 100% behind the bokke they are going to win the tri nations and the world cup i dont care who is in the team at least these guys represent THE SPRINGBOK AND WILL MAKE US PROUD NO MATTER WHAT.GOOD LUCK TO JOHN SMIT THE HOLE TEAM AND THE COACHING STUFF ON THE ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP I KNOW YOU WILL BE OUTSTANDING AGAIN

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-21 22:50

    Lissen, okes, meisiekind might be a Suicide Centre, but, hell, the guy has no shortage of guts. He uses up a whole pile of defenders when he falls on the ball and he ALWAYS gets it out. Lot to be said for that.

  • Koos - 2011-07-21 23:07

    Can somebody count the amount of passes that Wynand Olivier makes, I bet less than 5.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-21 23:22

      Would you pass to Pretoruis?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-22 06:57

      You need some help counting to 5, Koos?

  • hendrik.pienaar - 2011-07-22 06:00

    Nothing wrong with Olivier, besides the fact he's got no X-factor which may keep him out of the World Cup squad. He's definitely not poor on defense as suggested on a previous post. If anything he lacks the spark you want, something we're more likely to see from de Jongh then from Meisiekind. Next year when he's playing with Sadie, everyone will be amazed by his supposed turn around and call for him to be in the Bok squad. It's not easy looking good when you've got Jaco Pretorius on your outside.

      boyd.lance - 2011-07-22 09:16

      Hendrick, you actually speak the truth. I suppose having Jaco Pretorius outside Meisiekind is a good enough reason for him not to pass the ball - LOL. I hope he gets to play de Jongh through though. I'm absolutely gutted that Sadie is leaving WP, but it was the best choice for his own personal development I guess. Ah well, WP Rugby will produce another talented centre soon enough. Maybe then the timing will be right to take over from Jacques Fourie.

  • Phillip - 2011-07-22 07:04


      Green Tea - 2011-07-22 08:47

      HA-HA, your stupid!! But seriously ball-licker, 19 out of the match day 22 have worn the Green and Gold before. Not really sure if you could contend that any of the debutants are not worthy. But let's summize: Props (debutants & CJ) had good super 15, deserve a crack (think WP Nel and Coenie had good season too). John Smit and Chilliboy are good traditional hookers, maybe not the 4th loosie we've come to expect from Bismark, but solid in general play. Locks: not a fan of Hargreaves, but Flip is a future incumbant. Danie Rossouw is SA's most dedicated player and deserves nothing but respect and admiration. What Stegman gives with one hand he takes away with the other. Ashley was second only to Vermeulan amongst SA 8th men. Not sure about Kankow and Deysel, maybe would've rewarded Josh Strauss, Raubenheimer or Dewald. Ruan is class, pity management couldn't find it in their heart to reward Dewalt or Pretorius. Morne is first choice, no doubt, only player to contend position would be Grant (Lambie's kicking form is to erratic). Wynand is excellent, has had trouble in the past bringing his A game to the international scene, but maybe this is his year. De Jongh & Gio punch above their weight class and have wicked side steps. Mvovo and Basson both had good solid seasons, Mvovo with his strong running and Basson is high ball royalty. McLoed & Jacobs are adequate subs, not my first choice though.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-22 11:18

      Phillip you are the weakest link, good bye

  • Kok - 2011-07-22 07:35

    Talk Talk Talk. Talk is cheap. May the Aussies give you a good hiding, just becoz you talk to much. Gameplan should be executed on the playing field, not in the media.

      Bricktop - 2011-07-22 09:03

      Sit weg jou Tik pyp en jou gom botteltjie.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-22 11:27

      KOK - you mean we "talk too much". You are one stupid critter.

  • Brannas - 2011-07-22 08:24

    Wynand Olivier the best no 12 to walk the earth at the moment, stats don't lie. go WO, take them apart.

      muti - 2011-07-22 09:43

      Gooi bietjie meer coke by jou 'brannas' - you're already talking incoherently. No doubt, WO is an adequate player, pity he seems to lack the vision/x-factor of when to pass and when to 'try and squeeze past him'. He just may have a great game on Saturday, even Bosman had one good game this year. Be fair and support our boys despite your 'couch-coach' convictions.

      Dian Cronje - 2011-07-22 09:43

      Figures dont lie, but liars always figure...

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-22 11:30

      @muti - sounds like you can take a double tot of your own advice.

  • StBad - 2011-07-22 09:53

    McCabe played centre full-time last year... he's a ridiculous talent and strong for his size; Wynand should hope Pat doesn't embarrass him

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-22 11:28

      He wasnt that great over the past weekend. WO is rated over there - a pitty his own cant even support him.

  • Byron - 2011-07-22 12:17

    Remember when we smashed the wallabies when Ashley-cooper was at 12. They haven't learned that fullbacks and inside centers are not interchangeable.

  • - 2011-07-22 12:41

    Word on the street is the Ausies are targeting Meisiekind because he normally plays with his Barbie.

  • Johnny - 2011-07-22 13:38

    ''I'm going to try to see if I can squeeze past him once or twice" Haha thats right tell the opposition what you are going to do before you do it... Smart

  • Borris the Blade - 2011-07-22 15:00

    Sorry but Wynand Olivier sucks ass. Juan De Jong is a good defender. He has a good step as well. He just does not pass the ball when he brakes the line. Wynand passes but he sucks in all other ways. Our best centre pair if all is fit is Jean De Villiers and Jaques Fourie. End of story. Sadie and Juan du Jong could have been the next up comming centre pair but the blue smurfies stole Sadie. WE ARE GOING TO LOOSE BY MORE THAN 20 POINTS!!!!! IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THE AUSIES PLAYS A MUPPET AT 12 - we got muppets all over the the team. LETS TALK ABOUT ALL THE BULLSHIT EXCUSES AFTER THE GAME - OF B-TEAM AND JET LAG AND BLA BLA BLA... take this loss as a man!!!! and stop bitching like a little blond hair girl olivier

  • Borris the Blade - 2011-07-22 15:01

    ausies to win by 20 - TO MUCH USELESS BLUE BULLS IN THE TEAM.

  • ryno.vanniekerk1 - 2011-07-23 09:47

    wynand olivier is one of the best inside centres in south africa! he puts it al out on the field and leaves nothing to spair! he has been chosen to play in the green and gold and i will support that

      Maori - 2011-07-23 11:05

      Huh? Do you understand rugby Ryno? Did you play the game? Olivier is a one-dimensional twit with no vision and he will be exposed (again) in the Tri-nations. Olivier is an overrated player up in Danville

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