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It is a risky strategy... but they can only do it because in an extreme circumstance they have Kwagga on the bench as well... and if needed Fourie can play as a loosie rather than hooker. Considering the number of times you find loosies in the centre field and wide nowadays, both on defence and attack its not as much of a risk as it is portrayed.They can do what they like, but if they do get a couple of injuries in the backs, I'm pretty certain a team like Ireland will be good enough to expose a back row playing in the centre. It's a risky strategy if you ask me.
Most of the bitterness comes from the fact that the bench was extended from 7 to 8 to allow an extra forward because of front row issues and requirements. Now teams like SA who have incredible tight 5 depth can use it to further bully opponents without that much of a risk! Would SA dare a 7/0 split? And would the bomb squad even have occurred as a 6/1 split? Possibly not.
But thems the rules?!