…that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results was the very definition of lunacy.
On that note news24 reports of our very own Coach Courageous vowing not to change tack for our second Orc encounter.
The Springboks will be looking to cook up a much better performance against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday, but the recipe will remain the same, according to coach Peter de Villiers.
South Africa were caught on the back foot by the superb All Blacks forwards in the opening Tri-Nations Test in Wellington, going on to lose 19-8 and failing to overturn a 10-year losing record on New Zealand soil.
To make matters worse, they are likely to be without injured captain John Smit, who gees up his team in magnificent fashion, plays a vital role in the set-pieces and is a fierce tackler at close quarters.
But De Villiers hinted on Monday that he will be keeping changes to a minimum for the second Tri-Nations Test.
“Why make changes unless those changes are for the better? We won’t change the game plan because of the type of players we have. The game plan has already been set around the players that we have, although we will change some of the patterns within that game plan,” De Villiers said.
“It’s never easy to lose, it’s a bit like a death in the family, but the guys are not down, the sun will still shine tomorrow.”
‘There is always pressure’
De Villiers cracked several jokes at Monday’s press conference, but is it a case of gallows humour because the pressure is on as the new Springbok coach?
“There is always pressure, you take it and you move on. I’m no longer the new Springbok coach, I’m over 50 now and my wife will tell you that there’s not much new after that,” he said.
Wellington was a wet, windy and cold place over the weekend, and De Villiers said the All Blacks were much more at home in those conditions.
“We played it wrong in that weather. We wanted to dominate in the first phases and get on the front foot and we wanted to dominate the collisions. The wind was a bit strong though and they had a better kicking game than us.”
Not for the first time, the Springboks were also burned at the breakdown.
“New Zealand were clinical on the floor, while we maybe got caught in between the new and old laws, we weren’t really sure what we could do. We maybe played with more discipline than we needed to,” De Villiers said.
‘I’m very happy’
Vice-captain Victor Matfield, who is likely to lead the Springboks in Dunedin, said he was happy with the postmortems that had been done on the Wellington game.
“We’ve had two sessions already, looking at what we want to achieve and where we can do better. There’s much more clarity now and I’m very happy with the work we’ve done,” he said.
Flyhalf Butch James was the man caught in the middle as the Springboks’ succumbed to the masterful tactical kicking of Dan Carter, but Matfield said the Bath pivot needed support from his teammates.
“A lot has been said about our kicking play, but it’s not just about the kicker. It’s also about the forwards getting the kicker into position and about the chase,” Matfield said.
Matfield also said the Springboks needed to be more decisive in their decision-making, but he did not agree with suggestions that they were off the pace in Wellington or slow to adapt to the Experimental Law Variations used for the first time in a Test.Tweet