English rugby commentator Stuart Barnes. (Picture by David Rogers / Getty Pictures)
Well-known English columnist Stuart Barnes he wasn’t notably impressed with what he noticed from the Springboks on this month’s three-test collection in opposition to Wales.
The Boks received the collection 2-1 after a 30-14 win within the Cape City closing. Wales had received the second take a look at 13-12 in Bloemfontein after South Africa had scored 32-29 in Pretoria.
In his newest column for Occasionsthe previous England and British Lions flight halfback mentioned the world champions are “undoubtedly not the perfect staff on the planet”.
Barnes wrote: “If the World Cup began in the present day, France, the hosts, would flatten South Africa. The Springboks are slaves to a system that shocked England within the 2019 closing however struggled to ship Wales away within the semi-finals. in addition to being properly overwhelmed within the group stage by an All Black staff who may very properly have received the ultimate if England hadn’t finished South Africa’s job for them within the semi-finals.
“The latest 2-1 collection win in opposition to Wales needs to be the wake-up name that was delayed in 2021 when the British & Irish Lions performed poor individuals’s Springbok rugby.”
In accordance with Barnes, the Springboks do “probably the most highly effective bundle in rugby” And “brilliant backs” however they aren’t utilizing them optimally.
“In opposition to Wales, there was a scarcity at # 8, # 9 and # 10, crucial choice makers on the pitch.
“Jasper Wiese is a wrecking ball hell, however there is not sufficient subtlety in his play. On the scrum half, he stays a whole habit to Faf de Klerk.
“[Elton Jantjies] had a primary deadly take a look at in opposition to Wales. He’s gifted however does not have the temperament to be a Check No. 10. He is had extra of his share of alternatives than he has. “
Barnes additionally mentioned that Bok’s present opening half, Handre Pollard, had misplaced a few of his former glory.
“Handre Pollard is the primary decide, the person who was the third decide for Montpellier for a lot of the French season. He can lead – he is a strong opening half – however his recreation has vanished right into a world the place his first thought is soccer, normally excessive and transversal, the second is similar. Third alternative: kick in all places. The as soon as sensible opening half and the 2022 model are comparable solely in title “.
Barnes’s criticism follows final week’s feedback from Isa Nacewa, a four-time European Cup champion with Leinster, who additionally mentioned France would get the higher of the Springboks.
“The French are absolute beasts. Their group of strikers, in my eyes, would completely have the perfect of South Africa proper now,” Nacewa instructed Sky Sport’s. The break rugby present.
“They’ve a bodily presence and a sort of nous of play that might simply win South Africa.”
South Africa and France will meet in Marseille on 12 November.
The world champions are at present third on the earth rugby rating, one place behind second-placed France.