Springbok left wing Bryan Habana could again play on the right wing for the Bulls in the Super 14 derby against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
The move has been questioned by Bok coach Jake White. “Bryan has been the left wing in every Bok Test. You can pose the question why the best left wing in the country now plays right wing for his franchise,” White told Beeld.
“I understand the reason for including Frikkie Welsh on the left wing because he kicks well with his left foot, but it still doesn’t help me with the composition of the Bok team.”
White is also worried that Tony Brown and not Bok fullback Percy Montgomery takes the kicks at goal for the Sharks.
Although White would like to be consulted about these decisions, he acknowledged that every Super 14 coach could do what he deems best for his team.
Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer said his decision to include Habana on the right against the Cats had not been done to counter Jaque Fourie.
“It’s always about what’s the best for the team and I’ll again consider to include Bryan as right wing against the Sharks,” the coach said.
He rejected accusations that his decision to move Habana was not in line with the national interest, because Habana played left wing for the Springboks.
Meyer said: “Bryan is by nature right-handed and it makes sense to use him on the right wing. He was very involved in the game on Saturday. It’s just as logical to include Frikkie as left wing where he’s more valuable.
“The exposure at right wing can just be to Bryan’s advantage. It broadens his horizons and will eventually make him an even better wing,” added Meyer.