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Matfield: Gloom has lifted


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 29 Aug 2008 at 04:26

Victory in the Tri-Nations match against Australia here on Saturday is important for South African rugby, the Springboks and their coaches, says Victor Matfield.

“We also still have a tour at the end of the year,” the Springbok captain said on Thursday as the South Africans prepared for their last home match of the year.

“We want to gain confidence for the tour by doing well against Australia. We want to convert our opportunities into points and improve our decision-making.”

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that Matfield conceded that there had been “a feeling of desperation” earlier this week “but the smiles have been back on the faces since this (Thursday) morning”.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers studied video footage of last week’s defeat against the Australians before deciding not to make too many changes.

“We did not play too badly in Durban and I decided we should stand together as a squad,” De Villiers said.

He agreed that the Wallabies were likely to target the inexperienced trio at the back.

South Africa will have two rookie wings, Jongi Nokwe and Odwa Ndungane, to make up the triangle with fullback Conrad Jantjes.

“Yes, as a combination they are inexperienced and I realise the Aussies will have them in their sights,” De Villiers said.

Hamstring injuries

“But Jongi and Odwa are good players and I’m sure they’ll be up to it. Weaknesses can change into strengths as easily as it can happen the other way round.”

When Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen dropped out of the running for the match at Coca-Cola Park because of hamstring injuries, De Villiers was forced to select Nokwe and Ndungane as the left and right wing respectively.

Together, they have played in only four Test matches and each has appeared in only one Tri-Nations match.

Jantjes, a comparative veteran, will have to pull the strings to help them keep calm under pressure.

De Villiers was, surprisingly, unable to find a place for versatile loose forward Joe van Niekerk.

The experienced player, who has signed to play for French club Toulon for a year, was on his way to the airport before De Villiers announced the team.

“We discussed the matter internally and decided Joe would not be involved on Saturday,” the coach explained.

Danie Rossouw, who can also operate at lock, and Luke Watson are the loose forwards on the bench.

Rossouw was unavailable last week because of a back injury.

All-rounder Frans Steyn was not considered after suffering a concussion last week.

Brian Mujati takes over as tighthead prop from CJ van der Linde, who has been suspended, and Jannie du Plessis takes Mujati’s place on the bench



36 Comments

  • How can you concuss a headless chicken? :-)

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.08.08 07:55:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Watching B&A last night….Matfield says he realise tha the boo-ing was not a personal attack on him, but because the team plays badly…. :roll:

    Should we ask Pienaar to extend a personal invite to Matlock to Sharksworld, perhaps?? :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.08.08 07:59:49 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 2) :

    If I was there it woulda been personal :evil:

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.08.08 08:08:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 2) : Nasty. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.08.08 08:10:23 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Exactly my sentiments…I just think he’s to thick skinned to realise or accept the truth! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.08.08 08:11:02 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Agression will get you nowhere. :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.08.08 08:13:02 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 6) :

    Saying in afrikaans….met geweld kan jy jou vinger in jou eie ***afbreek… :oops: :mrgreen:

    Easy KSA…its Sunday – take it easy! :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.08.08 08:14:41 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • I hope Mujati has a stormer of a game just so that Hmmm can acknowledge him. :cool:

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.08.08 08:15:13 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    Youre suppose to run AWAY from me…nie agter my aan nie.. :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.08.08 08:18:34 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 9) :

    Dude… have you looked at yourself in the mirror???

    Any guy who doesn’t run after you is a blind idiot. :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.08.08 08:23:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) :

    DUDE??? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.08.08 08:26:40 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Matfield needs to focus on his own game, as do a lot of the players.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.08.08 08:42:40 by Sauce Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 11) :

    Its just a saying… what can i say.. ek werk tussen n klomp Engelse dudes.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.08.08 08:46:54 by wpw Reply
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  • I are’s not werry konvident oor die game . I are gona be werry dronk en ek gat huil en dan iemand bliksem

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.08.08 08:48:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • “We did not play too badly in Durban and I decided we should stand together as a squad,” Huh. :shock:

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.08.08 08:49:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) :
    En dan gaan jy eet, en eet en dan is jou dieet in sy mo*r in.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.08.08 08:51:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : Dis moeilike tye , baie moeilike tye. I made a stuff up with my superbru predictions for the weekend. I got the Sharks for a big win and I just checked the weather : max 14 with 80% rain. So the Sharks by 25 might be a bit optimistic :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.08.08 08:54:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 15) :

    At least it can’t get any worse than the last few weeks. :roll:

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.08.08 08:59:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) :
    Apparently it may be clear for the game with rain later in the night and the weekend. Problem is that it that there was heavy rain yesterday and earlier in the week and that field just does not drain, so regardless of what the weather is during the game its going to be heavy going. Ja, 25 might be a bit much but you never know.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.08.08 09:00:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : If I recall the cheaters only managed to beat boland by 5 in wellington in similar conditions. A mud bath expected?

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.08.08 09:02:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) :
    No, its not that, its the implication that the quality of play determines whether the squad sticks together or not.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.08.08 09:03:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : yes… we’re going to have to play out of our skins to get a bonus point.

    Keep it tight and let Wolla bash over the line four times. Works for me

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.08.08 09:05:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) :
    Thats true, Naka still suggested that they should have moved the game to Newlands (a seperate rugby union). Iremember we gave him gas about his moaning – I hope it doesnt come back to bite us.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.08.08 09:06:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : Neep, he suggested they move the game to Paarl,which is just down the road and suffers the same weather.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.08.08 09:08:08 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 24) : Yes but apparently the Paarl ground has better drainage and can handle the water a lot better

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.08.08 09:15:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Pokkel…you are not alone…just picked Sharks by 25 :grin: …and realised a lot of us went for the same pick. :evil: I need full BP’s.

    It’s not going to be easy at all but we should get at least 5 tries :crossingfingers:

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.08.08 09:17:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • GO BOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.08.08 09:34:31 by Charlie Reply

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  • Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and stand-in captain Victor Matfield have put up a united front in the face of fierce criticism of the South African team’s sub-standard performances in the Tri-Nations this year

    from 365.

    I KNEW there was a reason I liked the site. :razz:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.08.08 09:41:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 27) : Adi shouldn’t you be at practice??? Come on boykie lets go :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.08.08 09:42:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The cricketers were also booed off the field in their last match. Surely a low point in SA sport.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.08.08 09:51:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • Speaking of cricket, Mr Kallis will captain the side today. :neutral:

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.08.08 09:52:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 24) :
    Your right – Newlands, Greenpoint, Paarl all the same thing really -all in WPRU. :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.08.08 10:15:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 31) : where we? Why? :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.08.08 10:36:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : Smith’s got tennis elbow.

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.08.08 10:55:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • Did a lot of meditating before I did my 3N SB picks…only to figure out I picked the same stuff as rob :evil: . *shaking my head*

    @McLovin (Comment 31) : Kallis better make a big score today.

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.08.08 11:48:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 35) : And who picked the Boks by 150? :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.08.08 11:49:00 by blackshark Reply

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