Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has missed a trick with his omission of Cheetahs loose-foreward pairing Lappies Labuschagne and Heinrich Brussow.
The two were again influential in the Cheetahs Super Rugby success. Brussow was colossal at the breakdown and Labuschagne was equally good at the lineout, defensively and in ball carries.
Reds coach Ewen McKenzie applauded the efforts of the Cheetahs, in particular Labuschagne, and said the Cheetahs were far more dangerous when the 24 year-old flanker played.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske was equally complimentary of Labsuchagne and said the player, on Super Rugby form, deserved to be in the national squad.
Brussow’s continued omission remains an enigma.
I’d have him in my Bok side every Saturday.
South Africa is blessed with loose-forward talent but when it comes to consistency and impact in this year’s competition the Cheetahs pairing is only match by Kings No 8 Cornell du Preez.
Other South African loose-forwards have produced imposing performances but none has played with the consistency of the mentioned three.