After leading the destruction of Valke in Bloemfontein last week, Meyer Bosman is grateful to be given another run in his favourite flyhalf position.
The Lions at home will provide a far greater contest for the Vodacom Cheetahs, and yet coach Rassie Erasmus has only recalled five of the eight Free State players that were left out of last week’s starting line-up.
“We have a big squad with a lot of talent, so it make sense to utilise all we have,” Bosman told keo.co.za. “I can’t claim to know exactly what Rassie’s planning, but I’m sure it is along these lines.”
Bosman has been given a second game at No 10 with Willem de Waal providing cover on the bench. In the later stages of the competition, it is expected that the two men will play side by side, with Bosman shifting to first centre. But for now, he has another opportunity to show what he can do at first receiver.
“Obviously I’m going to go out there and try to play to the best of my ability. It’s a good bit of competition between myself and Willem, as we are such good friends off the field. It can only have a positive influence on both of our games.”
Picking up the bonus point last week is one thing, but putting 78 points past a side is quite another. Bosman admits that he never expected things to click to such an extensive degree.
“We were focusing on picking up the four tries at the beginning of the game, and things just started to go right for us. The more we played, the more confident we felt and it showed on the scoreboard.”
Bosman is hungry for another big win tomorrow at Ellis Park; a victory which will consolidate their position as frontrunners for a home semi-final. The Lions’ Jaco van Schalkwyk has been impressive since being moved to flyhalf, but is still relatively new to this level of rugby. Because of this, the Cheetahs may target him to disrupt the Lions’ momentum.
“We do need to keep an eye out for him as well as a few of their other gamebreakers,” said Bosman. “But we will stick to our structures that have served us well all season. Our defence is going to have to be outstanding.”
In spite of the repeated change in personnel, the selection in the front row of Ollie le Roux, Jaco du Toit and Jannie du Plessis has remained consistent, and according to Bosman is responsible for much of the Cheetahs’ attacking successes in recent games.
“We have maintained the same front row so as to build some continuity. With all the changes you still need some consistency, and good first-phase ball [which our pack usually provides] is of the utmost importance.”
By Jon Cardinelli