The selection of Solly Tyibilika and the omission of Ruan Pienaar are laughable in the context of the Springbok Vodacom Tri nations squad.
South Africans can prepare themselves now for a three-zip losing streak overseas. Whereas Australia are settled the Boks are all over the place — and none is more lost than coach Jake White.
To include Tyibilika now is outrageous. He has hardly played any rugby and could not even make the Wildebeeste Vodacom Cup team for the final. He played as a second half substitute.
To overlook Pienaar is an offence worthy of a public lashing. He is a form player. He is a versatile player. He is the injection this backline needs.
The selectors have committed more suicide. They should have blooded talent against the Scots and French, but they opted to pick their strongest team and they came unstuck.
Then White went on about player conditioning and the need for top players to rest. Victor Matfield was among them. He wasn’t going to play Matfield against the Scots and French. Bakkies Botha got injured and he played him, not showing any faith in Albert van den Berg when he was fit and available.
He was going to rest Fourie du Preez because it was supposedly part of the long-term planning. Now that long term planning has been thrown out the window as the Bok coach and his selectors try and put together the best available team to get an overseas win or two. Where is the planning for World Cup? It isn’t there.
Why have Gary Botha and Hanyani Shimange been axed? It can’t be because of performance because their total game time is about three minutes in the last three tests. Why has Pienaar been sent back? Is it the way he eats his breakfast?
Eddie Andrews was going to be given a rest. That has not happened.
Andre Pretorius has not played rugby in six weeks, but he is there. What of Meyer Bosman? He was pulled out of the SA under 21 squad, taken to the Bloemfontein training camp and then released for Currie Cup duty. Where’s the plan with him?
And what of Wikus van Heerden? He was to be the next Bok captain. He was to be the replacement for Schalk Burger. Now he is nowhere.
Russell was nowhere a week ago and now he is on his way to Australia. Just where they want to play him no one knows. Akona Ndungane did not have the pace to play for the Boks. But in the last fortnight he’s found an extra yard somewhere and he’s in.
The list of contradictions is endless.
White’s Tri Nations squad a week ago offered hope of common sense and balance. What has been delivered is more evidence of the absolute chaos prevalent within the structure of the Boks.