Al­low White­ley and Jan­tjies to shine

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In nam­ing War­ren White­ley,

pic­tured, as his skip­per and stat­ing the Lions No 8 is the best man for the job and the most in-form player for the po­si­tion, Coet­zee must now back him, and the way he plays the game. White­ley is not a Duane Ver­meulen; he is his own man with his own unique style of play and should be al­lowed to play that way and make the calls on the field as he sees fit. Coet­zee must let the Boks play the Lions way, es­pe­cially be­cause he’s backed so many play­ers to be a part of his squad. It’s no use pick­ing these men – play­ers who like to run with the ball, play ex­pan­sively – and then forc­ing them to play a dif­fer­ent style. And that goes es­pe­cially for fly­half Jan­tjies. If the Lions No 10 can do the job against the best in the busi­ness in Super Rugby there is no rea­son why he can’t do it at Test level ... he just needs to be al­lowed to play his way. Coet­zee must al­low his to do his thing; that’s why he was picked, af­ter all, isn’t it? Back Jan­tjies, give him con­fi­dence and trust him ... only then will be able to de­liver.

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