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Mailbox: The Springbok fly-half debate

20th May 2009 08:56

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Your pick: Morne Steyn

And the debate goes on. You gave us your opinion on who should play fly-half for the Springboks against the British and Irish Lions and Morne Steyn seems to be the overwhelming favourite.

Once again it seems like national coach Peter de Villiers and Springboks fans aren't seeing eye to eye. De Villiers released a 23-man training group on Tuesday (excluding Bulls players) that includes Earl Rose and Peter Grant, but no Andre Pretorius - a contradiction to the clear support from many of you.

We'll have to wait and see who get's the final nod when the first Test squad is announced on June 1. Until then, here's what you had to say:

"As a die-hard Sharks fan this is a tough choice but I would pick Steyn and Pretorius."

- Murray Hurd

"I think Pienaar is the obvious choice with Kockott at 9 handling the place kicking duties. Although an in-form Pretorious would feast on the woeful defense that either O'Gara or Jones will be putting forth."

- Forrest Graham

"I'd take Ruan Pienaar and Morne Steyn, with Francois Steyn (as a centre or full-back) to cover in an emergency. If the Springboks wanted a real left-field selection, in addition to these three why not go for a foreign-based player, i.e. Brent Russell of Clermont Auvergne?"

- Alex Still

"Morne Steyn will be my first choice number 10 for few simple reasons.. He knows Fourie Du Preez's game, he is the top point scorer in the Super 14, and most important he will be playing the Lions in his own back yard at high altitude!"

- Johann Vizagie

"In my mind, based on not only current form, but the whole year to date, the only logical choice for number 10 can be Morne Steyn."

- Christo Dednam

"I say pick Pretorius. A controversial choice, but he's always been overlooked for all the wrong reasons: he's not heavy enough on the razzle-dazzle, he's not a drop-goal machine, he has the haircut of a prop... The list is endless, yet empty. He has an understated, yet solid and metronomic quality to him, very Stephen Jones-esque. He's the best of the available options."

- Jake Roberts

"The debate of springbok fly-half has been an ongoing saga since the days of trying to convert Percy Montgomery to the position. Hardly anyone since Jannie de Beer have we been good kickers. The question I beg to ask is why have both the Blue Bull fly-halves been overlooked? On what bassis do they get overlooked? Derick Hougaard can play an outstanding kicking game and with the big forward pack he can destroy any team. Just look back to 2007 Super 14 semi finals where he had a brilliant kicking display. Now truth be told Morne Steyn, has a brilliant kicking ability, far better than anyone else in the country. He can run and pass better than Ruan Pienaar or any of the others and most importantly he is consistant. Something the Sharks and stormers players dont do. He also has currie cup titles under his belt, a super 14 title and has been playing in a top form side. If one goes by statistics how can anyone else even be in contention?"

- Bryan Webber

"Its straight forward now, Morne Steyn will defo be the no.1 selection at number 10, with Piernaar on the bench. With Fourie and Steyn you have a constant winning combination, with the other options you just taking chances, thats my two cents."

- Jacques Du Plessis

"Andre Pretorious..."

- Jerome Led

"Pick Jacob Zuma - nobody breaks away from tight situations better than him."

- Bryan Adams

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