Wales really should have taken their chance when they had it. The Boks were missing some key figures through selection or injury and are pissed off and on the rebound for the match against Fiji on Saturday.
Fleshlumpeater’s return is really the only bit of good news for the Saffas. They’ve still got an odd coach who picks a spoofer like Pierre Spies [who’ll probably run in about four tries on the back of that comment] and leaves one of the best players in the world on the bench. Oh well.
Injuries are becoming a big problem as well. Victor Matfield, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Johann Muller are all struggling with knocks of various sorts … and Habana is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that his form has absolutely disappeared over the last 18 months. His place on the wing is taken by Odwa Ndungane of the Natal Sharks.
The Mole’s “One To Watch” Patrick Lambie comes into the side at fullback, with Frans Steyn reverting to his 2007 role as inside centre injury cover for Jean de Villiers. Handsome Gurthro Steenkamp replaces Tendai Mtawarira at loosehead, and Ironman Danie Russouw stays put in the second row.
Interestingly, Crazy Piet has gone for a 4-3 split on the bench this time round. The Beast, Bismarck, Muller [provisionally] and Willem Alberts make up the pack, with Hougaard, Pienaar and de Jongh providing cover for the backs.
Yep – Wales definitely missed a trick – the Boks won’t be as vulnerable for a while, and could conceivably settle on a team containing Bismarck, Guthro and Alberts in it. Excited about seeing Lambie, although 15 isn’t really his position