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Boks must regain Puma magic


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 27 Aug 2008 at 22:56

The Springboks can turn the tide of criticism against them by beating Australia in the Tri-Nations rugby match in Johannesburg on Saturday, says Peter Grant.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the Stormers flyhalf, who was in the national squad before undergoing shoulder surgery recently, believes South Africa can win at Coca-Cola Park.

“We have seen, especially in the Test against Argentina, what unbelievable talent and skills the players have,” Grant said here on Wednesday.

“It’s not nice for anyone at the moment,” he said, referring to the criticism the Springboks and the coaching staff had endured after losing four of their five Tri-Nations matches this year.

“I’ve been there and I know how much work is being done.

“The results are not up to expectations but the Springboks are looking good. We were very excited after the Test against Argentina. That’s the potential we have. But we are tripping over the last hurdle.

“I believe the Boks can do it this week. They have enough experience and they will certainly get stuck in.

“There have been many opportunities. We hope this is the weekend when everything comes together.”

Shoulder had regressed

The South Africans are struggling to convert their opportunities into tries, with flyhalf Butch James not at his best.

Now Grant’s shoulder operation has also limited the options Springbok coach Peter de Villiers had.

However, the Western Province player could not delay surgery any longer. “I realised after the match against Boland how much the shoulder had regressed.

“I did not want to play for the Springboks in that condition because people don’t realise what you’re going through. They see only what is shown on television.

“The operation went well. I hope to be in the WP squad for the match against the Cheetahs next week,” he said.

Grant feels Joe Pietersen can make a success of his opportunities to play at flyhalf during this time.

The versatile Pietersen had to wear No 10 when Province lost 10-32 in their Currie Cup match against the Sharks and will have to do so again in the match against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Friday night.

“I had a lot of confidence in Joe from the start,” Grant said. “He is skilful and fast and he kicks well. He did well at the start of the season when he moved into the flyhalf channel from time to time.

“It’s going to be tough at Loftus Versfeld but Joe will use his kicking ability to the team’s advantage. Of course, much depends on the forwards.”



31 Comments

  • Peter Grant just joined in the national crybaby theme. Pathetic. He just lost any possible place in MY team. :mad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.08 05:33:55 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) :

    :?: :?: :?:

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.08 06:53:40 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : “I did not want to play for the Springboks in that condition because people don’t realise what you’re going through. They see only what is shown on television” Cry, cry, cry. It is like a teenager claiming nobody understands him.

    On second thoughts, maybe I was a bit harsh here? Okay, I will put him back on the reserve bench? :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.08 07:20:19 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) :

    I personally think one shouldn’t play with an existing injury as it will just become worse.

    Grant is a real professional. We train them well here in CT. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.08 07:35:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    We raise them well in KZN. :wink: Had he stayed in KZN he would never have become this soft. :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.08 07:36:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    And he would never have played for the Boks either. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.08 07:39:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : you Sharks guys are so humble… :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.08 07:40:10 by wpw Reply
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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.08 07:43:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Johannesburg – Matt Giteau made a mockery of Springboks coach Peter de Villiers’s excuse that his team was feeling flat when the Wallaby five-eighth countered that he and his colleagues were feeling as fresh as a daisy.

    Following the 27-15 loss on Saturday, de Villiers said that a reason for the Springboks’ poor performance was because “some of the players were feeling flat due to the amount of rugby they have played”.

    “There’s a few guys who played each and every minute of the Super 14, and most of the Test matches, too. You can see they are a bit flat, and the decision-making is just not there,” de Villiers said.

    Giteau wasn’t aware of de Villiers’s comments, but was quick to insist he was not feeling as fatigued as his Springbok counterparts – even though he had a similarly hectic season.

    When asked if he had been feeling a little bit flat, Giteau replied: “No, I haven’t.

    “You can’t speak for the opposition, but where we’re at, we’re all feeling fresh.

    “It is a tough and intense competition. But I think we’ve got the balance right, and the guys do feel fresh. They are looking forward to training, and looking forward to games. I haven’t experienced that flatness.”

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.08 08:06:08 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : you mean he would’ve been a regular for the Boks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.08 08:06:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 9) : Ys…that article is up already…
    Good morning…have some coffee… :grin:

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.08 08:07:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 9) :

    Uhm….. ehhhhhhh

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/08/27/giteau-warns-flat-boks-that-wallabies-are-still-bubbly/

    except ours comes from the original source. :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.08.08 08:11:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) :

    HAHAHA – I am having a very strong cuppa right now…sorry 2 days in a row… :oops:

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    JA JA ok – I get the picture.. :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.08.08 08:14:20 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 13) :

    :mrgreen: as long as we don’t need to draw one for you :lol: :wink: :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.08.08 08:16:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: You a Cad specialist?? :wink:

    On a lighter note:

    How do you recognize a person from Benoni’s loo roll?? It’s got numbers on!

    What do you call a female with a white tracksuit on in Benoni? The Bride!
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    No offense to my fellow bloggers who reside in the Far East!! :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.08.08 08:19:29 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 15) : :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.08.08 08:26:05 by blackshark Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 15) :

    funny thing, but I am pretty proficient on CAD. :oops: need it for my day job.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.08.08 08:28:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    Oh KSA – that was No coincidental remark..You see…I know you better than what you thought…now be careful I dont let out any other secret by “mistake”.. :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.08.08 08:34:23 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • I’ve been told I’m a bit of a cad … :-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.08.08 08:38:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 10) :

    Nope. He would probably have left to play for the Aussies or New Zealand ala Rathbone and that lock you guys failed to contract.

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.08.08 08:47:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : Greg who? Flash in the pan. We made the right choice

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.08.08 08:56:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rawlinson

    Ja, I can see how much better Hargreaves, Blignaut and VD Berg are… :roll:

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.08.08 09:02:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : you need to compare him to Muller, chap. Same vintage. The others are all 5 years younger

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.08.08 09:04:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Except for Al, of course :-) But he has proved his value

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.08.08 09:04:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Did I ask you to reply with a rational answer??? :evil:

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.08.08 09:19:38 by wpw Reply
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  • Speaking of locks, where’s the article about Skeate being eligible for England? This is serious, we may lose Skeate FOREVER!!!! :shock:

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.08.08 09:24:13 by molly Reply
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  • Didn’t someone post here recently that Grant was in talks with the Sharks re a move.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.08.08 09:28:43 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 27) :

    Remember sumthing like that too..

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.08.08 09:32:29 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : no – you never do ;)

    @Salmonoid (Comment 27) : That was Sharks 30…

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.08.08 09:32:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Los Pumas were on holiday. No magic.

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.08.08 09:39:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : Scrooge!

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.08.08 09:45:33 by robdylan Reply
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