- May 11, 2011
I think carrying 2 backs is very risky. You'll have to rely on player versaitility to get away with that and Gio Aplon and Jean de Villiers are the only two likely starters that can play more than 1 position. Jean can play 12 or 14, while Aplon can play 14 or 15. And if you look at the likely starting combinations, we'll have a problem with cover at centre. To get away with two backs on the bench it will have to be Francois Hougaard (9, 11 & 14) and Pat Lambie (10 & 15), and it's only Lambie that may possibly work at 12. I believe Juan de Jongh has to be on the bench to cover 12 & 13. But you can't go de Jongh with one of the others as now you would lose cover at scrumhalf or flyhalf. 2 backs would leave us too thin.I would rather go with a 5/2 split. Giving you the extra utility forward.
Then you need a replacement scrummy/utility back (like Hougaard or Pienaar)
And a replacement kicker if you are not starting with one on fullback.