Mozart is again trying to stir up trouble on site so lets look at Pollard's rugby career since 2012 when as a 17 year old he first came to the fore in the Under 20 RWC.
In the 2012 RWC Tony Jantjies failed horribly at flyhalf in the game against the Irish in the Under 20 RWC. The result was that the 17 year old Pollard was brought into the team and was a real reason for them winning the Under 20 RWC, He followed that up in the two Under 20 series in 2013 and 2014. In one the Springboks lost against England by 1 point because Andre Esterhuizen knocked on a ball passed to him in the final thus destroying a certain try—scoring opportunity,
In 2013 Pollard went to the Bulls and there he was NOT used at flyhalf – but at 12 in the Junior Bulls teams and in the Varsity Cup, because the disastrous Morne Steyn was still on contract with the Bulls he was virtually never used by the Bulls in the flyhalf position for the Bulls main team - until after Morne was gone and a bloke by the name pf Potgieter failed in 2014 Pollard played for the Bulls regularly, . Both Ludeke and later on Meyer tried to turn Pollard into a replica of Morne and that became a huge problem that had a serious detrimental effect on his career.
Be it as it is Pollard’s first test was against the Scots in June 2014 partly because the test was outside the June test window of the RWC and partly because in the second Welsh test in June Morne was a disaster as per normal - Pollard was selected at flyhalf against the Scots and had a brilliant start. Meyer then kept Pollard as flyhalf against the Argentina teams in the RWC where he was very average. Like Ludeke Meyer was determined to chance Pollard into a replica of Morne and used him in the Argentina tests in the RC where he was forced into playing the Morne game and did not show much as a pivot. He was not a replica of Morne and forcing him to play like Morne was a very real threat to his career as a flyhalf.
After two rather average performances by Pollard – both won by the Springboks despite the poor and disastrous scrumming that put the Springboks on the back foot all the time – Meyer had another brain fart and brought back Morne for the Perth test against Australia. As it turned out Morne virtually on his own lost the test and after that test Meyer wrote of Morne at flyhalf and Pollard was brought back to play against the next three tests in the RC.
Pollard was very good in the away test against the AB’s – which the Springboks could have won – but for one incident. The AB’s was leading 14-10 when they were penalized in their own 22 and the corner kick was taken with the view of forming a driving maul in an effort to score a try. The maul idea vanished into thin air when Matfield fumbled the ball when thrown in and that destroyed any chance of the Springboks winning that test.
In the home tests against Australia and New Zealand Pollard was brilliant and the Springboks won both. The win against the AB’s had one problem – namely because of two excellent tries scored by Pollard. the, the Springboks were in the lead. However, the Springbok lead was destroyed by Matfield when on own throw he was out-jumped in a line-out about five meters from the tryline and the AB’s scored a converted try, In the final few minutes of the game Lambie kicked a 55 meter penalty conversion and the Springboks consequently won their first test under Meyer against the All Blacks
Then the situation turns bad in the disastrous EOYT. There was no question about Pollard being the first choice flyhalf – but Meyer insisted that he play the Morne Steyn style on the NH tour in November 2014, The Irish test that year was a disaster because Pollard never was a Morne clone and he was promptly replaced by Meyer as starting flyhalf by Lambie in the rest of the tests, The whole series turned into a disaster for the Springboks.
During and after that series Meyer played ping-pong with Pollard’s career at flyhalf – he apparently preferred Lambie at flyhalf ahead of Pollard. In the period from November 2014 to September 2015 the Springboks was at the lowest ebb ever when they won only three tests and lost six tests. After the Japan disaster Pollard returned as starting flyhalf for the Springboks in the remainder of the series and he did not show much since the defective Meyer so-called game plan neutralized the Springbok backline and other than kicking at goal Pollard did not show much in the series,
Due to injury Pollard played virtually no rugby in 2016 and 2017. Based on what happened under the ruinous coaching of Meyer – there were indeed question marks as to Pollard’s future. When Erasmus took over the coaching in 2018 he paid special attention to Pollard’s inputs as to flyhalf play and the decided that Pollard should use his natural talent and make decisions himself on the field of play. The result is that today we have the brilliant flyhalf we have in Pollard and the damage done by Meyer to his career was finally eliminated,