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Jake White: Don’t panic and don’t force it


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 26 Aug 2008 at 22:39

Like every other Springbok rugby fan I was bitterly disappointed with our 15-27 loss to Australia in Durban on Saturday. Back-to-back defeats on home soil , particularly against these opponents, was always going to be hard to stomach writes Jake White.

Jake White writes on his blog that with the match at King’s Park coming straight after the defeat against the All Blacks at Newlands the previous weekend, many  of us, myself included, expected to see our guys bounce straight back. Unfortunately this was not to be.

As I have always maintained, the Australians have a great defence which serves them well in tough matches such as these. Of course that does not in any way excuse the fact that we went three halves, without scoring a single point, before Butch James broke the drought.

That statistic alone has to tell us that things are not going according to plan and we need to adapt ourselves accordingly. While much has been made about the style of play the new coaching staff are using I don’t believe that this is the be-all-and-end-all of the equation. They are acutely aware of the fact that they have to employ a style which is best suited to our players.

However at times like these, we need to play to our strengths which means using our forwards to dominate and create sufficient good field position and possession to improve our chances of scoring.

Rugby is a simple game and ever since cavemen first started tossing eggs around two things have remained constant – big dominant forwards and field position. We need to be playing in our opponents half far more often than we are doing at the moment.

This is a very special group of players with far too much talent not to succeed. We must however find a way to start bringing out the best in them sooner rather than later. In turn the players themselves must stick together as a group and answer the tough questions that are being asked of them right now.

Most importantly people must stop panicking and making matters worse. This is a time for calm heads in terms of preparation, team-selection and game plan. Fortunately we have the opportunity to turn things around on Saturday.

If our guys give us 80 minutes of their best the chances are we’ll be back on the winning trail.

That will be a good start.



32 Comments

  • “Rugby is a simple game and ever since cavemen first started tossing eggs around two things have remained constant – big dominant forwards and field position”

    Unfortunately we have big “dom” forwards and a flyhalf that does not even know how to spell his name most of the time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.08.08 06:21:59 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) :

    So they are cavemen? Should be instinct to them then :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.08.08 06:32:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Only when tossing eggs about. :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.08.08 06:57:43 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • I seriously doubt whether cavemen would have ‘tossed eggs around’. :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.08.08 09:43:24 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) :

    terradactil eggs?

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.08.08 09:49:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : it’s pterodactyl, you ignoramus ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.08.08 10:01:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : @robdylan (Comment 6) : Dinosaurs & humans never lived at the same time. :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.08.08 10:03:21 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    NOT in Kroonstad!!!!!! :razz:

    @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    Maybe they found an old one lying around somewhere?

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.08.08 10:04:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : :lol: Probably. :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.08.08 10:08:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) : Do you not like Butch James, because I have to tell you I’m getting pretty tired of people blaming Butch when his forwards and scrummie clearly should be the guys to blame.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.08.08 11:24:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : I like Butch a lot, but have to be honest – he’s been off form.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.08.08 11:31:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : No, I do not like Butch, never did. To me he was only ever an average player, except in the thinking apartment, where he was not as good.

    Should I like him just because he plays for the Sharks?

    That said, after Honniball and Stransky we never had a quality fly half. Andre Pretorius are not half bad, but struggle to show it because of recurrent injuries.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.08.08 11:44:35 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    S14->WC->English Season->Tri-Nations

    Don’t you think that Butch’s problem could be fatigue more than anything, including adapting to the ELVs?

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.08.08 11:45:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : completely possible.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.08.08 11:48:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 12) : That’s funny because I believe a lot of the Sharks’ success could be attributed to Butch. In 2001 when Butch was at the top of his game, we reached the final of the S14, then we go into a slump until Butch comes back just to make it to the finals again.
    Hey, I’m not saying he’s the only reason for our good performances, but he has been a big part of it. Don’t you think that if the Sharks didn’t have so much trouble with our 10′s this year we might have performed better in the s14?
    You don’t have to like him just because he’s a Shark by the way and also Andre Pretorius is one of the worse 10′s SA has ever had, he looks great against teams like Italy, Japan, Argentina, but under pressure he buckles and shows his true colors. I don’t know how many games he has thrown away with a bad irresponsible pass into opposition hands, or a silly chip kick or how many kicks of his resulted in charged down tries, you can name any fly-half in SA, I would definitely prefer that 10 above Pretorius.

    @robdylan (Comment 11) : I don’t think he really is of his game, aside from his kicking that apparently improved in the NH he’s done everything expected of him.
    His service to the backline is good and creates space, his defense still puts pressure on the opponents and he is very calm and stable in the pivot position, taking pressure of the guys next to him.
    I’d make a bet that once our forwards starts doing their jobs people will say Butch is getting his form back, when in fact it is common knowledge that if you get crappy and irregular ball from your pack any fly-half will suffer, even Dan Carter.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.08.08 12:13:24 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) :

    Dan Carter NEVER suffers.. :twisted: :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.08.08 12:22:20 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 16) : Cape Town, 2005 ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.08.08 12:26:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    Way before my time… :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.08.08 12:30:35 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 16) : That’s because he always has a proper pack and scrummie to support him, remember a couple of years ago when Ricky January put some pressure on him, put him behind this pack of forward like they’re performing at this moment and even Dan Carter will have trouble to have a big influence on a game.
    Everything you do is only as good as the player next to you, Dan could kick a great kick, but if his wings aren’t there to catch that ball everyone would say it was a crap kick.
    It is always that much more difficult to to something exceptional when you’re on the back foot and under pressure once you receive the ball. If you take all of this into context Butch has actually been doing a great job.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.08.08 13:15:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 19) :

    Letgo – was just pulling your leg re Dan! And for the record – I like Butch aplenty…! :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.08.08 13:22:42 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : Naas Olivier , Joe Pieterson …

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.08.08 13:37:32 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • Lance Sherrel :roll:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.08.08 14:07:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 21) : Yes sure, above Andre Pretorius, any time. That’s how bad I believe he is.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.08.08 17:15:42 by Letgo Reply
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  • Clinton van Rensburg?
    Tiaan Snyman?

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.08.08 17:25:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t really recognize their names, but I’m sure they will be better than Pretorius, overrated, buckle under pressure Pretoruis.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.08.08 17:28:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • Rob Otto? :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.08.08 17:31:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Okay maybe he’s not worse than every single fly half :roll: , but you get what I’m saying. I’d rather get a young new untested guy and see what he can do for me than draft pretorius into my team.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.08.08 17:36:44 by Letgo Reply
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  • Okay maybe he’s not worse than every single fly half :roll: , but you get what I’m saying. I’d rather get a young new untested guy and see what he can do for me than draft pretorius into my team.

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.08.08 17:37:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • My smiley didn’t want to work.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.08.08 17:37:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 29) : I’m just pulling your socks ;)

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.08.08 17:40:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • I know, you have to get used to that if you want to post your opinions on this blog. I’m used to it.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.08.08 17:42:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 31) : glad you have that figured out ;)

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.08.08 17:43:41 by robdylan Reply
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