Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Springboks

Deans mum on identity of new playmaker



The Wallabies left for South Africa on Thursday with coach Robbie Deans keeping secret the identity of his new flyhalf for next week's Rugby Championship test against the Springboks.

Deans has had to find a replacement for injured number 10 Quade Cooper but was giving little away at the team's departure as to whether it was Berrick Barnes or Kurtley Beale.

The Wallabies are second in the Rugby Championship behind the all-conquering All Blacks ahead of their final two tests in the series against the Springboks in Pretoria on September 29 and Argentina in Rosario on October 7.

Deans said he had decided on a new playmaker after losing Cooper to knee surgery earlier this week but wanted to tell his players first.

"The choices are obvious... we've got Berrick, we've got Kurtley," Deans said at Sydney airport. "Obviously, it will be one of the above. We've made the decision, we just haven't communicated it yet.

"Our protocol is to talk to the players before we talk to the public."

Barnes, renowned for his reliability, has strong kicking skills more suited for a conservative field position game while regular fullback Beale is a more explosive, ball-running number 10.

Deans said his choice would not be an indication of the style of game he intended to play as the team look to continue their recent dominance over the Springboks. Australia have won seven of the past eight contests.

"I don't think it will make a lot of difference either way," he said.

"As you've seen with the way we structure our game, you'll see both players involved in both roles, so it really doesn't matter."

Shop

The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R114.00
South Africa XV Ball
South Africa XV Ball Now: R119 Was: R200 Format:Sport EquipmentProduct type:SportDelivery:Dispatched within 24 hours (1 working day) This fan ball...
R119.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
Greetings from Chicago
My first time in this city and quite an occasion to be here with the All Blacks match against the...

Brenden Nel
Cape success and Bulls bluster
While few have noticed it, with the advent of the professional era, both the Blue Bulls and Western...

Gavin Rich
The Cape is where it’s happening
The Currie Cup may not be as important as it used to be, but if anyone doubted the passion that...

Alistair Hargreaves
Who's that kid at No 10 for the Boks?
I’m writing this column sitting on a London overground train as I make my way home from a long day...

Brendan Venter
Boks come of age
While the Springboks must be commended for ending their Rugby Championship campaign with...