Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Trinations Home Leg

The Bok TriNations Home leg squad has a couple of very positive inclusions, notably Ruan Pienaar, Jean De Villiers, Andre Pretorius and BJ Botha. These are key personnel and I think will make a substantial diiference. Especially Botha at prop where we have been exposed down under, and with DeVilliers who has the ability to break the gainline which has been a sorely lacking attribute of the current backline. I do have a concern that Pienaar will just be a bag carrier, much like many other recent well-deserved, "heave a sigh of relief, FINALLY" selections like Chilliboy, Brent Russell & Meyer Bosman. Hey and what-ho no Watson. I am glad. Never fear, he will play in the World Cup but he is not the panacea for the teams current difficulties right now. If he were to be selected now  he will be set up to fail.

My prediction for the starting XV for the Loftus game vs NZ on the 26 August. (come and test me in 2 weeks).
15. Pretorius
14. Ndungane
13. Fourie
12. De Villiers
11. Habana
10. James
9. Du Preez
8. Van Niekerk
7. Smith
6. Tyibilika
5. Matfield
4. Muller
3. Botha
2. Smit
1. Du Randt


Third World Ant said...

Having first-hand experience with your predictions, I wait with very bated breath!

ATW said...

What if I predicted that my prediction is unlikely to occur? Would that still be a valid prediction? Maybe a logical conundrum?

ATW said...

Ouch 4 out of 15 wrong. Still think my selction would be the better team.

15-Percy Montgomery; 14-Akona Ndungane, 13-Jaque Fourie, 12-Jean de Villiers, 11-Bryan Habana; 10-Butch James, 9-Fourie du Preez; 8-Jacques Cronje, 7-AN Other, 6-Solly Tyibilika, 5-Victor Matfield, 4-Johann Muller, 3-CJ van der Linde, 2-John Smit (captain), 1-Os du Randt

Replacements: Wynand Olivier, Andre Pretorius, Ruan Pienaar, Joe van Niekerk, Albert van den Berg, Chiliboy Ralepelle, BJ Botha.