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The Nosebleed Section

Goosen's Big Trial

Another jam packed weekend of sport ahead and some key performances to look out for - none more so than Johan Goosen's Springbok debut against the Wallabies. So much is expected from the 20-year-old due to a highlights reel that puts most players to shame.

He will make an impact if he's allowed to play close to the gain line, but I fear his boot will be prioritised by the game plan and he will sit deeper than he should. He will not be as deep in the pocket as Morne Steyn, but still, to have an effective kicking game he will need some space.

So, will the Bok game plan change to suit Goosen? Perhaps he will be allowed more freedom, but kick and chase will still be the first go-to variation under Heyneke Meyer. Some argue it's the way to go in the modern game.

The other factor is how well the young pivot will perform alongside Ruan Pienaar and Jean de Villiers, who he has not played with before. Personally I believe one player cannot change a team's DNA and therefore I'm not holding my breath for an enterprising performance from the Boks. At home and with a better balanced team than the Wallabies, the Boks should be out to dominate. My fear is they will bring the Australians into the game again by kicking away possession.

I have a slight problem with Goosen jumping the queue in terms of flyhalf selection, but it will not be the first time. Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers are only two examples of players who had very little Super Rugby experience before playing Bok rugby. So good enough is old enough and why not take a chance with a player who has so much ability and potential?

Ryder Cup Cliffhanger?

The Ryder Cup is a team event that is the closest thing golf has to a world cup. I know it does not feature any players outside of the USA and Europe, but these are the best players in the world and the competition is enthralling.

Golf however remains such an individual sport and one that does not rely on another force to effect points scoring. Technically nobody is playing against you and you are competing with yourself… and the elements of course.

Now cast your mind back to Celtic Manor when Hunter Mahan 'duffed' that chip to offer Europe a victory two years ago. At this level of competition it's going to come down to an error from someone - that's golf.

The talk about Medinah Country Club has been the light hearted approach to the concept of 'rough' and the seemingly easy going setup that many feel will encourage a birdie-fest. That sets this event up as one that will be decided by a missed regulation put and when the pressure's on, it's going to be thrilling to watch.

Will we see something as spectacular as Charl Schwartzel's recent four-putt? I don't think so, but at some time this weekend it's going to climax with what can only be compared to the NBA's buzzer beater! Someone is going to make a faux pas that will be labeled 'the shot that cost the title'. The teams are just too closely matched for a big victory margin. It's going to be close and it's going to be tense.

Hamilton Dumps McLaren

A final thought on Lewis Hamilton moving to Mercedes. I understand the move takes into account the Brit's career ambition and that the current vibes at McLaren are not tickling his fancy, but I can't help but think he's giving up the dream of racing and winning with the great British Formula One team.

Hamilton grew up at Woking and is part of the family, so why not stick out the bad times, because the sun will rise in Surrey, perhaps sooner than everyone thinks. I will accept it may be naïve of me to think that the idea of two British drivers at a 'British' team is something to be celebrated and that drivers even care about allegiances to a marque.

Professional sport has moved very far from the romantic notions fans still cling to - just ask Heyneke Meyer. There are many examples of it across many codes. I will say this: while professional athletes may be in it for the money or accolades, fans must value the option of being able to support with care free romanticism.

Wesley Petersen is the EWN Sports Editor. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyPetersen.