There was the 1st half. Typical Joost shit. Slow ball to his backs.
Almost neurotically trying to do everything himself and ***ing up in
There was the pass he did not give in the opening 5 minutes that may
have seen SA come extremely close to scoring a try.
There was the kick on the line that he insisted on taking himself from
a solid scrum that saw the All Blacks come desperately close to
scoring and possibly turn the game around.
It was probably the 1st time in modern times that a no 9 gave an up
and under on his own try line!
Then there was the second half when he just got the ball out to his
backs as fast as possible - and saw Honiball come into the game with a
number of good kicks that took play to the All Black try line.
And the try, of course.
There was even an instance where he floated the ball softly IN FRONT
of Honiball who ran smoothly into the pass!! Backline suddenly on the
attack and threatening.
Could it be that Joost was spoken to at half time?
Could it be that he can actually learn to be a scrum half in the 1st
and 2nd place and realise that if the Boks play as a TEAM they can
If so, it will be ironic that it happened in the game that Lomu also
started to show signs that he can play rugby and not only be a big
brooding hulk with speed.
They of course both hit the big time in the WC 95 by playing a great
but one facetted game. To be great they both had to expand their game
into more options and more consideration for the other 14 players in
This past Saturday they both seemed to be able to do that.