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What if it rains?

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Heyneke Meyer has previously spoken of playing ‘Northern Hemisphere rugby’, his description not mine, when playing in the Northern Hemisphere. After losing to Ireland last November, HM pointed to the Springboks not playing the correct rugby in wet conditions. He dropped Handre Pollard and played Pat Lambie for the rest of the tour at fly-half.

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Heyneke Meyer with Pat Lambie

In the Rugby Championship after South Africa lost to Argentina, HM again said that South Africa was playing the wrong type of rugby. He blamed the fans for wanting the Springboks to play expansive rugby. Once again he dropped Handre Pollard and replaced him with Pat Lambie.

Then HM started studying weather patterns in the UK. So he must have had in mind that Pat Lambie plays ‘Northern Hemisphere rugby’. HM might have been undone by the weather as the first 3 weeks of the RWC 2015 were mild but dry. So after losing to Japan, Pat Lambie got dropped and Handre Pollard was put back into the team.

South African press have been shouting out that the Springboks are back to their best after beating an under-performing Samoa, having a good first half against Scotland and thrashing a second choice U.S.A team.

I’m not sure HM consulted his metorological analysis when selecting his team for the quarter-final Test against Wales. A quick check online tells me that there will be thick cloud with a probability of showers over London on Saturday 17th October. It has already been raining this week and the temperature is dropping as the UK heads deeper into Autumn and closer to Winter.

Not by my standards but the ones HM has made himself, is the selection of Handre Pollard ahead of Pat Lambie the right one? What happens if it rains? There are no excuses this time HM. If South Africa lose then they are heading home, some may have forgotten about the loss to Japan but that will only last as long as South Africa is winning.

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2 thoughts on “What if it rains?

  1. Hi Steve, Yes old HM never fails to amaze us doesn’t he. Confused from day one and he remains that way to this day. It’s probably fair to say that the stars have aligned for him this WC the Japan loss excluded. In probably the easiest pool at this WC going by rankings and still having to win their last pool game to qualify says a lot about this team and their coach. Playing the poorest Samoan team at any WC, second string teams from Scotland and the USA as well as a Wales team seriously battered by injuries, ten at the last count, is what most poor coaches could only dream of. And then add to that the benefit of their more likely QF opponents England being eliminated. Imagine the Boks playing England at Twickenham today, now that would have been a cracker.

    But anyway the die has been cast and it’s the old case of the head and the heart. My heart tells me Boks but my head tells me that in order to ensure the exit of old Liefling we probably need to be eliminated over the next two Saturdays. Sounds terribly unpatriotic I know but sometimes sacrifices must be made to ensure a new dawn for Bok rugby. It’s been the most frustrating two years of my ”armchair” take on Bok rugby and hopefully the stars will realign for the good of Bok rugby going forward. So a busy weekend awaits us, enjoy it and I look forward to your take on the impending drama. Cheers.

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    • Herman I agree that the stars have aligned for HM adding to what you said is that the players that were past their ‘sell by’ date have been excluded due to injury, not HM’s decision. The young guys that have come in like Lood de Jager and Damian de Allende have been very good. One thing we have to give HM is the inspirational decision to play Jesse Kriel at 13 although I didn’t like that Lionel Mapoe was not given a chance. What I feel is a big question that may soon be answered is how will this team react when they are not getting everything on their own terms.

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