Inbound Series: Springbok review
The Castle Lager Inbound Series is a thing of the past and the Springboks won the quadrangular series. But how well did the Springboks really do?
Before the start of the series, Heyneke Meyer alreasy had his fair share of problems with players not being availible due to injury. Some of the stalwarts of Springbok rugby was out. Players like JP Pietersen, Andries Bekker and others. This meant a young squad would have to be selected.
Against Italy we had 5 new caps, 2 in the starting line-up. The youngsters and new caps showed what they were all about. Yet some still had doubts as it was only Italy we played against.
Scotland gave the Springboks a run for their money. Many supporters question if the youngsters were indeed as good as they looked against Italy. The team did pull together to win, but it wasn’t a convincing win as most would have expected.
Against Samoa, Meyer opted to go with the same team that played against Scotland with only two changes. Louw came back into the side and Alberts also came into the side. They pulled together and played like we have come to expect from the Springboks.
Willie Meyer, JJ Engelbrecht and Bjorn Basson has put up their hands as future stars. Louw showed why he is selected above Brussow. Pienaar lifted his game against Samoa, but still has to get the ball out quicker to the backs. His kicking game is however on par.
The forwards pulled together with only Pierre Spies being doubtful at the moment. Jean de Villiers led the team from the front and Habana looks to have regained the form we all came to know from him.
Did the Springboks pass the test? In my view they have. And Meyer should have answered a couple of questions he might have had. He must be much closer to knowing who will be in his World Cup squad.
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