Allow Whiteley and Jantjies to shine
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.