Are the Boks back on track?

There has been some pretty good rugby played by the Springboks over the past two weeks against the English tourists.

The Boks under new coach Heneke Meyer had a great first half at Ellis park on Saturday to win 36 -27 against a courageous English team.

However, after a scintillating twenty minutes where the Boks scored tries though Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Hougaard, things unravelled for the South Africans as a 22-3 lead frittered away.

Just last year Eben Etzebethwas playing at the IRB Junior World Champs.

Yet, most die hard Bok fans will be happy with two wins out of two against the English. Heneke Meyer said the Boks were going to play winning rugby and skipper Jean de Villiers has made it clear: in the new era, the Boks aim to go undefeated at home.

This is like a breath of fresh air to the rugby mad South African public who have had to endure previous coaches telling us to judge them at the world cup or that they God’s gift to rugby.

There is a sense of purpose in the Bok camp with Heneke Meyer at the helm, similar to the early days of Jake White’s reign as Springbok coach.

Many believe Meyer should have been appointed Bok coach after Jake White was axed, despite winning the 2007 rugby World Cup.

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Some of the youngsters are putting up their hands for the Boks and the veterans like Brian Habana, Frans Steyn and Jean de Villiers are providing the leadership and experience in the team.

Up front Eben Etezbeth, Marcel Coetzee and Willem Alberts are playing so well that one wonders if a player like Juan Smith will make it back into the team.

There are a few positions on the bench where the Boks look a bit vulnerable and this was noticeable after the substitutions were made against the English.

The Bok front row lost the ascendency after Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis were replaced and the Beast was starting to tire in the last twenty minutes.

Morne Steyn did not have a good game at fly half and must know that it all has to come together for him in Port Elizabeth this coming weekend should the coach not make many changes to the team.

Are the Boks back on track track? The gut feel right now of most South Africans would probably be in the affirmative on this one.

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