More gold, less blue, Heyneke: iLIVE
One doesn't need to be Albert Einstein to work out that, had just one of the many kicks that Morné Steyn missed in the third and final test against England on Saturday been converted, the Boks would have won, not drawn ("Meyer given food for thought", yesterday).
It's easy to blame Steyn for the Boks not winning. I was one of tens of thousands of experienced couch potatoes who did, initially. In retrospect, however, is he to blame? He may often be a kicking machine, as Joel Stransky once called him. But even machines break down; they go out of alignment or simply stop working.
The one to blame is the coach, Heyneke "Shortbackensides" Meyer, who had the answer to his kicking woes in the stand. Elton Jantjes was there, eager, waiting to be called on to the field.
Was he called on to (perish the thought) replace Steyn, whose kicking boot had clearly gone out of alignment?
No, he wasn't. So we drew a match we might have won had he replaced Steyn.
Why wasn't he called on when it was obvious, even to a seasoned couch potato, that Steyn's kicking boot was misfiring? The answer may be found in the fact that Jantjes plays for the Golden Lions, which is complete anathema to Blue Bulls-obsessed Shortbackensides, who even overlooked several quality Stormers players when assembling his initial squad.