Standing up for Snyman

Frans Ludeke has slammed those criticising his selection of Tiaan Snyman, stating that he has no better options in his squad.

Ludeke, noticably irritable at the continued questioning of Snyman’s credentials – a chorus that has intensified following a horror 80 minutes against the Stormers – provided a simple explanation for why the misfiring pivot has again been handed jersey 10 for the Chiefs encounter.

“I continue to pick Tiaan because there is definitely no better 10 in my squad,” Ludeke told keo.co.za, dismissing the claims of Earl Rose and Andre Hough.

“With Conrad still being sidelined, which we will reassess week by week, Earl is needed at fullback.”

Ludeke explained the reshuffling of his backline, with Ashwin Willemse and Jaque Fourie on the wings and Grant Esterhuizen partnering Wayne Julies in midfield, as nothing more than “horses for courses”.

“I would have made these changes regardless of how we played on Saturday. The Chiefs have big wings who are powerful in the air, and I feel we need to counter that. I still back all of the players in my squad and this is not a knee-jerk reaction to Saturday’s performance.

“We have a long season ahead. We want to turn it around and we will turn it around.”