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Bok team to finish the year off strong against England.

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Saturday: England vs South Africa – 16H30*

I’m ever the optimist when it comes to the Boks, I just can’t help myself. Yes they were disappointing last week and showed the attacking potential of a day old toasted cheese sandwich, but this week it is England at Twickenham. It’s a big game and last time I checked, we still have some big name players.

Red and white here – Green and gold on Saturday.

Which of those big names were selected by Heyneke for the match? Well let’s have a look.

Springbok side to narrowly beat the Irish.

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Saturday: Ireland vs South Africa – 19:30 (SA time)

Criticising the Bok coach’s selection here in SA is fast becoming as clichéd as bitching about the government. The difference is that though there is no hope in government, there is always hope in the Bok team so the chats will forever carry on right until kick-off (and beyond).

Team done – now to ignore Twitter.

Heyneke Meyer yesterday named his Bok team to take on the Irish, and as expected, Twitter was on fire with comments on a variety of selections.

Bok team to beat the Wallabies.

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After a rather dismal trip down under, the Boks are back in the land of braaivleis and Bok fans and looking to lay the hurt on our SANZAR foes. First up are the Shackle Draggers, and this is the team Heyneke has chosen for it.

Springboks

15: Zane Kirchner 14:  Bryan Habana 13: Jean de Villiers 12: Frans Steyn/Jaco Taute 11: Francois Hougaard 10: Johan Goosen 9: Ruan Pienaar 8: Duane Vermuelen 7: Willem Alberts 6: Francois Louw 5: Andries Bekker  4: Eben Etzebeth  3: Jannie du Plessis 2: Adriaan Strauss  1: Beast Mtwarira

Replacements:

16: Tiaan Liebenberg 17: Coenie Oosthuizen 18: Flip van der Merwe 19: Marcel Coetzee 20: Elton Jantjies 21: Pat Lambie 22: Juan de Jongh/Jaco Taute

Heyneke Meyer’s Loftus blessing.

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Heyneke Meyer’s short tenure so far as Bok coach has been one dogged by his alleged Bulls tendencies. From a one dimensional game plan that may have been successful 5 years ago (thanks to certain players no longer available) to the unwavering loyalty for the woefully out of form pivot who is synonymous with the blue jersey of that very team. The criticism has not been subtle or confined to certain quarters either, and rather poetically all these issues come to a head at the home of Bulls rugby this weekend – Loftus Versveld.

Nobody ever said it would be a smooth ride.

Meyer gives the finger to the redevelopment process.

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On Monday I wrote a piece about how we should all appreciate the Bok redevelopment process before we get too animated with our criticism. These sentiments of course worked both ways where I insisted that coach Heyneke Meyer should do the same. His answer, well here it is below in the form of the Bok team to play New Zealand on Saturday.

Springboks

15: Zane Kirchner 14:  Bryan Habana 13: Jean de Villiers 12: Frans Steyn 11: Francois Hougaard 10: Morne Steyn 9: Ruan Pienaar 8: Duane Vermuelen 7: Willem Alberts 6: Francois Louw 5: Juandre Kruger  4: Flip van der Merwe  3: Jannie du Plessis 2: Adriaan Strauss  1: Beast Mtawarira

Replacements:

16: Tiaan Liebenberg 17: Dean Greyling 18: Andries Bekker 19: Marcel Coetzee 20: Johan Goosen 21: Pat Lambie 22: Juan de Jongh

Time to appreciate the redevelopment of the Boks.

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Right, hands up if you thought that the Boks would lose against the Aussies last week. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say there are more with hands up here than not, something I will go even further with by asking how many times did you hear the phrase ‘I reckon the Boks are going to take a klap here’ on Saturday morning at whatever pub/braai/establishment that you watched the game at?

I told you so, bro…

So, as the dust has now settled after what was ultimately another disappointing Bok result, the question needs to be asked; just how disappointed can we really be with the Boks right now?

Enough now, this is dreadful.

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If I were to class what type of Bok supporter I am, I would say with little hesitation that I rank in the top 5%. The top 5% when it comes to optimism and belief that the boys in the green and gold will overcome any challenge placed in front of them and get the better of their opponents, no matter who they may be. But after that dire 16 all draw against Argentina over the weekend, I’m really starting to have my doubts about the team I love and support.

The Springboks, a respected icon.

Not just ‘are they going to win their next match’ sort of doubts, but more ‘are they ever going to play to their potential’ doubts. This is something I think we are all thinking right now as time after time they simply run onto the field sans of any game plan worth drawing a crowd to watch.