The Boks scrapped through against a spirited Welsh in the end on Saturday, but in doing so the ‘fatigue’ question pops up again. Heyneke Meyer is not one to make excuses, and generally keeps his thoughts to himself if they have a tinge of controversy about them, but even he remarked about the players being over played.
So what to do about the Scottish test? Well there is still a way to make this a win-win experience with the current squad.
If the Bok players were cars, many would have ‘service now’ flashing on their display panels. The annual issue of ‘management’ and ‘player rotation’ continues to be neglected, and with that comes greater selection posers each time.
So, with 3 Test ahead for Heyneke Meyer, what is he to do with his core players, many of whom just need a decent sit down.
On Saturday after the Sharks vs Stormers debacle, Heyneke Meyer announced his squad of 30 players that he wants to use for this year’s Bok fixtures.
There is a nice array of challenges that lie ahead for the boys in green and gold, starting from some warmups in June, the Rugby Championship from August to October, then the mud island Tests in November.
Time now to have a look at all the fixtures so you can plan your weekends accordingly.
I make an annual rugby pilgrimage down to Durban to watch a live game each year. With its great winter weather, brilliant pre-match vibe and steep stands perfect for viewing, it is a must do and I either go down for a Bok or Stormers match.
But Saturday’s Sharks vs Stormers game gave a new insight into the future death of our beloved game, and it’s time to lay down some thoughts on the matter.