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Boks pay dear price for win

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 9 Aug 2008 at 22:23
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South Africa paid a dear price for their record 63-9 win over Argentina in their Mandela Tribute Test in Johannesburg on Saturday, with two senior Springboks sustaining potentially serious injuries.

Rugby 365 reports that Bok lock Bakkies Botha and centre Jaque Fourie sustained injuries that could upset coach Peter de Villiers’ planning for the three home Tri-Nations Tests – against New Zealand in Cape Town next Saturday (August 16), followed by back-to-back encounters with Australia in Durban and Johannesburg.

Fourie, selected for the Test against the advice of his provincial coach Eugene Eloff who felt he hadn’t sufficiently recovered from a groin injury, made his first Test appearance of the year when he came on in the 52nd minute – but he left the field minutes later after an opponent’s head crashed into his cheekbone as Fourie was trying to save a try.

Botha left the field with a knee injury.

Fourie’s injury was reported as a “cheekbone fracture”, but afterwards manager of national teams, Andy Marinos, said the two players had been taken for scans and that a report on the seriousness of their injuries will only be available on Monday.

De Villiers said that he was happy to carry on through the Tri-Nations with the current players – with Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger, who were rested on Saturday to give them time to recover fully from their shoulder and neck injuries respectively, set to return for the Cape Town showdown.

“However, I have said all along if anyone is injured that I would look to the squad players now with their unions. We can’t control injuries,” the coach said, adding: “We’ll make a decision as soon as we can and put players on standby.”

The coach was happy with the way his side had played despite their slow start to the match – which saw Argentina take a 9-0 lead – before the Boks exploded with nine tries, the first coming in the 31st minute.

“They did after all prove that they’re proud of the Springbok jersey and that they wanted to win,” he said.

De Villiers feels the game would help to build confidence for next week’s must-win Tri-Nations Test at Newlands against the All Blacks.

“We now know what we can do. We didn’t go onto the field with the All Blacks in mind, but we know what we’ll have to take up for them.”

He was particularly pleased with the scrums against a side renowned for their proficiency in that facet of the game.

Captain Victor Matfield also felt the scrums and line-outs were good.

He said that the Pumas were physical at the breakdown. He put the Springboks’ struggling performance in the first half hour down to this physicality and the fact that the Boks went onto the field with the mind-set to throw the ball around. That led to a number of turnovers, he feels, “but then we started keeping the ball better and our passes started going to hand.”


  • Hope these guys are available soon.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.08.08 22:34:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Not good news, both players could have made a big difference in the rest of the Tri-Nations.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.08.08 10:33:45 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • Yip, injuries are always a sad situation.

    Just hope that Loffie do not say “I told you so”, for what happened to Jaques Fourie had nothing to do with being pushed too early.( I also thought it was premature to play him like this..)

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.08.08 11:01:25 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • We seem to be doing well without Fourie. Adi brings more creativity to the b/line… Fourie has more physical presence, defends better

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.08.08 11:53:33 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    We are doing well, but in my opinion there is always room for improvement and we shouldn’t leave a guy out just because the current player is doing okay.

    Ricky is doing okay but Du preez would be an improvement
    Adi is Doing Okay but Fourie would be an improvement
    Nokwe and JPP did okay but Habana would be an improvement
    Bismarck did more than okay but Smit will be an improvement.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.08.08 12:15:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • The Springbok management will make an announcement on the squad’s injury position at the media conference on Monday, when they start preparations for the first of three Tri-Nations home matches – against the All Blacks at Newlands on Saturday.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.08.08 07:13:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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