A Dudvergence

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Sep 13, 2023, 22:15

For years the fortunes of the Dud’s have gone hand in hand, one the supposed best center in the world, the other the World Player of the Year, as if that was actually true. But of late I’ve noticed a breaking of the cosmic bond. The majority now feel Dud Allende must go.

But the Duds are much like the judges in Judge Dread, hard to demote. And truth to tell Dud Allende is probably a better player today than 5 years ago. He tractors on so to speak. It’s genius really Dud has discovered if you stand still and don’t move you can’t be put down…and then you can shuffle a few steps.

The only trouble is it all happens so slowly there is no threat. A few always saw this, but now it is the majority view.

Dud Toit by contrast is still golden….er blonde. He can’t tackle in space, he can’t fetch, if you ever see him beating a tackle buy a lottery ticket. But we still hear about a big engine. It might be more pc to talk about a big battery. And more apt, he does seem like the Energizer Bunny, popping up all the time. But unfortunately accomplishing little.

The risks are big as we saw in the Welsh semi where his inability to read the play and lack of explosiveness were the key in a botched blind side defense. But he does no harm and perhaps he might do something the Stephosi might bleat. He is so humble.

Sure he seems like a nice bloke. But he is our primary forward runner and he can neither beat a tackle nor offload. That passivity has consequences. And the joint passivity of both Duds is only survivable  because we get scrum penalties and we can score maul tries.

So to me there is no Dudvergence. They both fulfill their roles very imperfectly.  The scary thing is, a nation which has always produced great blind side flanks has groomed no replacement. So at this stage, we have few options. Not so with Dud Allende where a seasoned alternative has proven his worth and is waiting in the wings

Sep 14, 2023, 07:15

Seek help.

Sep 14, 2023, 07:21

I can live with PSDT...

The other DUD is an curse.

Sep 14, 2023, 08:31

Bullshit Moz we have some brilliant options at blindside behind the worlds best in PSDT who is on fire right now

Back ups

JL du Preez

Vincent Tsituka

Ruan Venter

Elrigh Louw




Jacques du Plessis

But given how great PSDT has been we have not had to use any of these options

Sep 14, 2023, 13:36

‘Groomed’ Dave….not produced. Who plays blindside if Dud goes the way of Marx. You are not going to like it, but here’s a hint….his name starts with “M”.

Sep 14, 2023, 14:32

M in this case stands for useless and poor.

Sep 14, 2023, 14:36

Still hurting I see.

Sep 14, 2023, 17:54

Steph is statistically one of the worst Boks. He has the worst defensive record of all Boks over the past fifteen years. His attacking numbers are abysmal. He was ranked 17th at flank in 2019, for production, not reputation. He always ranks near the bottom of everything. Damian is just one of the heads that is being attacked because the casuals sense something needs to be done. They still cannot discern what is actually wrong. Erasputin is a genius, so it's a player that must be the sacrificial lamb for all the problems. He could become the next Morné, only this time it'll be deserved, though he has been at an all time best for himself. Bok "fans" are disgusting. As we saw in the first All Blacks test, these casuals who call themselves "fans" never make right calls even accidentally. Willemse at flyhalf? Marx and Libbok made a positive change? The Boks dominated the second half? They get it wrong always, time and time again. Just as they did with Schalk at flyhalf, and yet worshipping Steph for playing the same role, but infinitely worse. 

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