Ready for Eddie

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October 25, 2016
Ready for Eddie

ROLE TO PLAY: Elton Jantjies

Coetzee geared up for big Test against Jones.

Spingbok  coach Allister Coetzee might decide to fight fire with fire when his team face England and his old buddy Eddie Jones on November 12.

And that might see a new face in the Springboks’ midfield for the clash.

Jones and Coetzee will know each other well, having both been part of the Springbok setup under Jake White when they won the World Cup back in 2007.

When Coetzee left the Stormers to take up a position in Japan, it was also Jones who was supposed to be his successor.

Eddie didn’t last long, though, and instead took the position of head coach at England, where he has made them a force in world rugby again.

The Roses are currently second on the rankings.

Coetzee has studied Jones’ manne carefully and says: “I’ve gone through the England tour to
Australia.

“They really played well and focused on a few areas and they’ve got better and improved.

“Eddie’s done a great job with that. First of all they have belief back in their team; a pack that is a monstrous pack and very physical.

“And then… solid defence and to play with two players at 10 and 12 who can kick a mile and put the opposition under territorial pressure and ask the Australians to run from deep.

“On top of that a 95 percent
successful kicker in Owen Farrell.”

This is where Coetzee hopefully has a few tricks up his sleeve as well.

With the Boks’ midfield not sparkling this year, the coach might opt to have a big kicker at inside centre himself.

If the left-footed Elton Jantjies is the preferred choice at pivot, it will be wise of Coetzee to have a right-footed kicker on his outside.

Both Pat Lambie and Johan Goosen have played at 12 before and will be perfect to counter the
English.

While Lambie brings calmness, Goosen brings more knowledge of the playing conditions in the UK and depending on who gets selected at 12, if Coetzee opts for this style of play, the other is then also an option at fullback for the national team.

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