Botha: Leave Solly alone

Former Springbok captain Naas Botha has backed under-fire flanker Solly Tyibilika.

Tyibilika will in all likelihood take over from Schalk Burger in the No 6 jersey for the away leg of the Vodacom Tri-Nations.

“That guy never played one bad minute in a Springbok jersey and therefore I’m very surprised not to see him playing for the Sharks and I’m very surprised not to have seen him playing for the Boks,” Botha said on Boots&All.

Tyibilika struggled to make the Wildebeest team in the Vodacom Cup and only appeared as a second half substitute in the final loss to the Valke in Brakpan.

Botha though could not understand how Tyibilika could fall from grace after performing so well in the green and gold.

“Not one bad minute, so why was he not part of it? Nobody knows. At least now he is part of it, but unfortunately – and this shows how we operate in this country – he should play every week (but he doesn’t).”

Tyibilika was a controversial inclusion in Jake White’s 28-man Springbok touring squad for the Tri-Nations considering he has hardly played any rugby this year.

“But it is important a guy like him plays week in and week out because whatever we say you definitely get sharp by playing more.”

By Andrew Hollely