Matchday 23 by Goonchie
Matchday 23 a much debated topic this time of year, and as with Final Whistle, Goonchie has a go, whilst there are some differences between the tow scribes there are some glaring simularities…
Interestingly Goonchie joins Final Whistle and has no place for Jantjies, both go with Faf de Klerk and Pollard as their pivot pairings!
Oracle has asked me to give my opinion on what I think the matchday 23 should be.
And here it is, in all its glory.
15 – Willie Le Roux
Easy decision here. Some may make an argument for Willemse at 15 but I don’t think he’s quite ready yet to play at test level out of his primary position if you comparing him to Le Roux. He’s not far away though.
14. Aphiwe Dyanti
Incredible talent, knows how to finish and can create opportunities out of nothing which we have lacked previously. Also no substitute for pace.
13. Lukhanyo Am
I like a ball player at 13 with our wingers we have. He can provide opportunity for them and can attack himself. He also reads the game well.
12. Andre Esterhuizen
Big and strong but needs to provide more at test level, I think given a couple of opportunities can prove his worth. Also the only real out and out 12 we have.
11. Makazole Mapimpi
Electric speed and great feet. Sbu Nkosi would be the pick for me but unfortunately he’s injured.
The Pivot pairing
10. Handre Pollard
Strong, good kicking game and running game.
9. Faf de Klerk
Based on his form alone against England and in the premiership, he must be the first choice scrum half.
The loose trio
8. Francois Louw
He will provide the fight at the breakdown and he has much experience to offer. More so than anything, slowing ball down and looking after the breakdown would be his role. Duane Vermeulen not available which is to be noted.
7. Jean Luc du Preez
He can provide that direct go forward ball crucial to our success and in defence can slow ball down holding players up.
6. Siya Kolisi (C)
Experienced player and captain, leads from the front. I believe we will need a fetcher though so Van Staden should be considered on the bench.
5. Franco Mostert
Work rate, rugby smarts and versatility are just a few reasons here
4. Eben Etzebeth
Here you could really take your pick, you wouldn’t lose anything starting RG Snyman in his form and previous performances in the test series against England.
3. Thomas du Toit
It’s tricky one. I believe our best tighthead is Vincent Koch but he isn’t in the mix. So I think you give Thomas Du Toit the start in the first game and you monitor his scrumming. And obviously Frans Malherbe on the bench.
2. Malcolm Marx
The best in the world in this position. Enough said
1. Tendai Mtawarira
Experience at this level and the fact he’s had a solid season warrant his selection here.
Goonchie joins Final whistle and goes with five forwards and 3 backs on the bench
- 16 – Akker Van der Merve
- 17 – Steven Kitshoff
- 18 – Frans Malherbe
- 19 – RG Snyman
- 20 – Peter Steph du Toit
- 21 – Ross Cronje
- 22 – Damian Willemse
- 23 – Jesse Kriel