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SA’s new rugby style revealed


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 27 May 2008 at 08:00

New Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has revealed the dynamic style of rugby that the South African team will play under his guidance.

“It’s a new culture for this team,” De Villiers said in Stellenbosch on Monday.

“Some players are still caught in the habit of going to ground when they break through. That’s not how we want to play.

“We want to play on our feet and try to run everyone off their feet without abandoning the basics.”

Stephen Nell writes in Beeld that speaking after the national squad’s training session at Stellenbosch, De Villiers added, “The biggest challenge is to get the players to understand the “when, how and why?”

His style will come as a culture shock for some Springboks. South Africans traditionally approach test rugby in a conservative manner, with the emphasis on structure.

Structure was mentioned when De Villiers explained what could be expected in the sessions on Tuesday.

“We should have much more structure on the field than we had today, but it looked good.”

The forwards and the backs were split up for a while on Monday. Springbok captain John Smit was back in the pack after arriving in the Cape during the morning and the forwards practised scrumming.

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They were scheduled to do lineout work in the afternoon and representatives from the news media were asked not to take photographs.

The lineout could be a trump card in the two test matches against Wales in June but it has become clear that De Villiers will empower the players to utilise their skills.

Stormers tighthead prop Brian Mujati seems likely to be rewarded for his good Super 14 form.

When De Villiers was asked why Springbok Jannie du Plessis had not been included among the Sharks players invited to the training camp he made it clear that Mujati had impressed him.

“Jannie was not in the Sharks’ starting lineup,” he explained. “There are guys such as Mujati, who really proved he was one of the best, and you also have BJ Botha and CJ van der Linde, who are not bad.

“I would have liked to have everyone here. By not having Jannie, we’re not saying he is not good enough or that we’re not interested in him.

“It’s simply a matter of other players who have shown good Super 14 form and we want to reward that.”

Eleven members of the Sharks squad joined the training camp on Monday, which means De Villiers had a very large group of players.

However, the group will be trimmed to 30 on Tuesday when De Villiers announces the squad to face Wales and Italy next month.



36 Comments

  • “Some players are still caught in the habit of going to ground when they break through. That’s not how we want to play.

    “We want to play on our feet and try to run everyone off their feet without abandoning the basics.”

    Certainly sounds correct. Let’s hope he can get it to work.

    Go Bokke.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.05.08 08:32:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Stormers tighthead prop Brian Mujati seems likely to be rewarded for his good Super 14 form.

    Okay so it looks like he definately already qualifies for Bok colours.

    Does ANYONE have info on Beast?

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.05.08 08:34:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Good morning KSA!

    It will be interesting to see who goes and who stays. It is always a treat to watch the Bokke play. Can’t wait.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.05.08 08:41:19 by Nessa Reply
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  • Morning Nessa.

    I will be “out of office” from 30 may to 18 june so will have no sports channels in the hotel. So will have to wait for the Vac in SA to watch any test rugby :sad:

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.05.08 08:45:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    Ag no man. Where will you be?

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.05.08 08:48:24 by Nessa Reply
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  • Morning Ness and KSA and others!

    Its sounds rather interesting and even being a bit ignorant on the technical stuff of rugby – my thought was always “why do the not try and stay up rather than scaramble aroung on the ground…LOL :grin:

    Anyways – i agree on his view on Jannie – think there are better – not that Jannie is bad though…

    BTW – just heard our first CC clash is against WP…sounds lie a final in teh firts round to me!.. :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.05.08 08:50:40 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Sheesh…it’s obvious I am not the best typist…and i am sober as well…would not mind sum sherry though – I AM FREEZING!!!! :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.05.08 08:52:59 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Hi Ice.

    Don’t like the way he says “BJ isn’t bad”! :sad:

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.05.08 08:53:46 by Nessa Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 7) :

    You can’t be good at everything! :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.05.08 08:54:24 by Nessa Reply

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  • @Nessa (Comment 5) :

    Little metropolis called Yanbu.

    On the Red Sea near Jordan. Only two hotels in the town Holiday Inn and Radisson SAS.

    at least they have internet now, never used to until about 12 months ago.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.05.08 08:54:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 6) :

    Yip

    Look at my return date and look at the date of the 1st CC. :evil:

    The plan was (still is) to get to Dbn on 19 June. May get there a few days late now if I can’t juggle things. :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.05.08 08:56:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    That sounds interesting. My friend that I work with stayed in Jordan for 5 years – they have just come back. Her hubby worked there.

    My daughter would love to go there to do some diving in the Red Sea.

    Are you going there on business?

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.05.08 08:57:30 by Nessa Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    I shall be holding thumbs that things work out!! BTW – how long you guys coming for? Maybe another SW get-together on the map in near future?? :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.05.08 08:59:37 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 13) :

    Ag no man – I won’t be here. I will be in the Eastern Transvaal.

    I only get back the weekend of the 21st June – unless KSA is flying via Jhb on his way back and can have a drink with us?

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.05.08 09:01:28 by Nessa Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 7) :

    Freezing?

    Here’s my weather forecast for the day.

    10am
    36° C
    Sunny

    11am
    38° C
    Sunny

    Noon
    39° C
    Sunny

    1pm
    40° C
    Sunny

    2pm
    41° C
    Sunny

    3pm
    42° C
    Sunny

    4pm
    42° C
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    41° C
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    40° C
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    7pm
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    Clear

    8pm
    37° C
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    9pm
    34° C
    Clear

    Weather forecasters here have an easy job. :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.05.08 09:01:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    So jealous!!! We are going into winter here and have had beautiful weather the last week or two – suppose it had to start getting cold sooner or later. I hate winter!

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.05.08 09:04:13 by Nessa Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 13) :

    Am looking at doing something will have to see the timing though as to when we are in Dbn or Jhb

    “Currently”
    We will be in SA from 19 Jun to 14 July. Kette and the Girls then stay on until 31 July when i come back

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.05.08 09:04:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    Eish man – my type of temperatures!!! My baby screams when i change her – cause my hands are about -5 and I cannot get them warm!! :???: And to top it – we had a serious rain shower last night…Cold AND wet…ag no man – enough to send me to Sterkfontein… :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.05.08 09:06:02 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Go look at this.

    http://www.accuweather.com/world-forecast.asp?partner=netweather&traveler=0&locCode=MEA|SA|SA008|DAMMAM&metric=1

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.05.08 09:06:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • for some reason that link never completes.

    just paste the whole thing into your browser.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.05.08 09:06:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rain in winter in Jhb – very unusual. Although we had a similar thing last year if you remember Ice. The poor trees and grass didn’t know whether to be green or brown and the blossoms came onto the trees way too early!

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.05.08 09:08:01 by Nessa Reply

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  • Theres a JHB in Suriname??? :shock: This is a cool site! Thanks :grin:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.05.08 09:09:56 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    Just took a peek – we have a high of 16 today – currently 11. Very dark and murky out there at the moment. The rain has definitely made it colder.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.05.08 09:10:22 by Nessa Reply

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  • 10am
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Hourly Weather
    11° C
    Mostly Cloudy
    11am
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    12° C
    Partly Sunny
    Noon
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    1pm
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    14° C
    Partly Sunny
    2pm
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Hourly Weather
    14° C
    Partly Sunny
    3pm
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Hourly Weather
    15° C
    Partly Sunny
    4pm
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Hourly Weather
    16° C
    Partly Sunny
    5pm
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Hourly Weather
    15° C
    Partly Sunny

    :mad: :mad:

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.05.08 09:11:04 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 24) :

    Don’t know where they get the “Partly Sunny” from – no sun in sight.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.05.08 09:13:51 by Nessa Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 22) :

    pleasure

    i love the little Red thermometer that looks like it is leaking when the temp goes a little high over here. :oops:

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.05.08 09:14:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Okay – the sun is only coming out at 11h00. It is now only 9h15. Let’s see. :grin:

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.05.08 09:14:27 by Nessa Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) :

    We don’t have that problem! :sad:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.05.08 09:15:27 by Nessa Reply

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  • His style will come as a culture shock for some Springboks. South Africans traditionally approach test rugby in a conservative manner, with the emphasis on structure.

    Structure was mentioned when De Villiers explained what could be expected in the sessions on Tuesday.

    “We should have much more structure on the field than we had today, but it looked good.”

    This doesn’t entirely make sense to me. It sounds like he is heading for a more open (for want of a better word) game yet he calls for more structure.

    I like what he says but that bit is a little confusing.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.05.08 09:28:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) :

    Since when is it ‘conservative” to roll around on the ground?? :wink:

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.05.08 09:33:46 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 30) : oh dear… :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.05.08 09:46:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    Whokay…I think THAT’s my cue to go and do sum work… :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.05.08 09:52:39 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • BJ is the best tighthead we have. Mujati is extremely promising so don’t have a problem with his selection in the squad.

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.05.08 09:56:07 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 33) :

    From what De Villiers is saying it would appear that Mujati has the inside lane on BJ Botha….

    “There are guys such as Mujati, who really proved he was one of the best, and you also have BJ Botha and CJ van der Linde, who are not bad.”

    Don’t know if I agree with De Villiers there.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.05.08 12:24:12 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 34) :

    And in fear of repeating myself, I hope they have checked out the Zimbos nationality issues properly….

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.05.08 12:31:32 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Yeah…but does a Zimbo black player count as one of the unofficial quotas required?

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.05.08 13:12:48 by Villie Reply
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