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Jones mouths off at Boks (again)


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 3 Nov 2008 at 10:16
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Former Springbok technical adviser Eddie Jones has told Peter de Villiers to keep things tight and not follow an expansive game plan on his current tour of the United Kingdom.

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Jones thinks the World Champions “would be stupid” to play an expansive game on their current Northern Hemisphere tour.

Jones, writing in Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, said he believed that they could suffer defeat against Wales if they only played an expansive game on Saturday at the Millennium stadium.

“South Africa would be stupid to just throw the ball around in the British conditions,” Jones wrote in Sondag, “Especially against Wales.

“They could find things very difficult if they decide only to attack with the ball in hand.

“The Welsh enjoy living off other teams’ mistakes and they will kill the Boks if the ball starts getting too loose.”

Jones, who is Director of Rugby at Saracens, said the Boks would do better to play a forward based game.

“The forwards are the Boks strength so they need to play to that strength.

“Short attacks around the fringes would work well against the Welsh and then later the attacking backs can be brought into the game.”

The former Aussie coach said that he felt the move of the untried Ruan Pienaar into the flyhalf position was an inspired one.

“I believe he has the potential to become a great flyhalf. He has wonderful hands and a sense of how the game is flowing. When Stephen Larkham moved to flyhalf it took him 12 to 24 months to get used to the position and everything it entails.

“If Ruan is handled well over the next few months, he can have a bright future ahead of him.”

Jones said he believes captain John Smit would struggle to move to tighthead.

“To move at his age from one position to another needs a lot of guts. I believe he will struggle against some of the more established props in the game.”



27 Comments

  • Just when you think Rapport can’t be ‘bettered’ along comes this Sondag rag. :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.11.08 11:03:33 by McLovin Reply
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  • Didn’t know Jones’ afrikaans was that good. :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.11.08 11:04:29 by McLovin Reply
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  • This is the Jones that helped us win the rugby world cup and that all the Boks spoke so highly of?

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.11.08 11:05:28 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 3) : Yeah…that Jones…

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.11.08 11:18:38 by chernaya akula - BS Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 3) : yeah, that one :) What’s yer point? :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.11.08 11:35:03 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 5) :

    I know Eddie is even more of a motor mouth then White but we should have some respect for what he says, after all it helped the Boks win a rugby world cup.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.11.08 11:47:35 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 6) : yeah, fair enough. I just wish he’d keep his mouth shut sometimes.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.11.08 11:53:32 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • Im with Jones on this one…and its kinda sweet that cares enough too give his input…He is only trying to help, there is nothing sinister about him suggesting how the Boks should play..and he should know.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.11.08 11:59:58 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 7) : Same here…I respect the guy…he really DID help us to win the WC…and I’m glad he has Habana’s blazer…but he needs to chill sometimes. Comment on the wallabies now and then…

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.11.08 12:01:16 by chernaya akula - BS Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 6) : But as Bryce_in_Oz said the other day…it’s the journos who call him for his “expert” opinion. I think they should call other people sometimes before Jones nauseates us…

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.11.08 12:03:08 by chernaya akula - BS Reply

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  • @chernaya akula – BS (Comment 10) :

    I personally hope those in power listen to what he is saying cos it makes a lot of sense to me…..what he says leaves my stomach feeling just dandy.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.11.08 12:08:11 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • “South Africa would be stupid to just throw the ball around in the British conditions,” Jones wrote in Sondag, “Especially against Wales.

    “They could find things very difficult if they decide only to attack with the ball in hand.

    True…but surely the entire Springbok team knows this.
    Wales will get murdered in the scrums…to start with…

    To move at his age from one position to another needs a lot of guts

    Guts, hard-work, determination, concentration…
    Doesn’t that spell John Smit?
    It’s not going to be easy but if it CAN be done- John can do it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.11.08 12:26:59 by chernaya akula - BS Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    His surname is Van Der Jones after all… :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.11.08 13:59:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : All that time spent with the Bulls is finally paying off… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.11.08 14:22:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : ah yes… just remembered. THAT’s why I don’t like him.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.11.08 14:32:51 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • his new name should be eddie johaness,when last did he talk about the wallabies

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.11.08 15:35:16 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

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  • @chernaya akula – BS (Comment 12) : Guts, hard-work, determination, concentration…
    Doesn’t that spell John Smit?
    It’s not going to be easy but if it CAN be done- John can do it.

    Hear F’ing Hear

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.11.08 15:54:13 by PJLD Reply
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  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 16) : Surprised he didn’t have a dig after the Boks stuffed them at EP… then again, he’d done such a hatchet job on Dev and co leading up to that, it would have been very hypocritical…

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.11.08 15:55:12 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @chernaya akula – BS (Comment 10) :

    They did… Plumtree said exactly the same thing today too when asked for his opinion on the matter… How do you like them apples? :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.11.08 16:03:58 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 19) : journos… Gah!

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.11.08 16:07:25 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 16) :
    Thing is he’s got a passion for the Boks – not the Wallabies.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.11.08 16:08:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 20) :

    ‘Gah’… still got a runny nose :grin: ?

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.11.08 16:10:51 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 22) : nah – it’s a bit better, thanks.

    Leg’s are frikking sore today, though… How’s your running coming along?

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.11.08 16:12:05 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 23) :

    It ain’t… :oops:

    Why are you getting hay-fever in winter over there?

    It’s the bain of my existence here a fr!ggin disease every year around this time….

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.11.08 01:11:40 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 19) :

    Yeah, I saw that…but Plum’s response had more faith in the coaching staff…Jones speaks like he’s lecturing…

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.11.08 08:07:38 by chernaya akula - BS Reply

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  • @chernaya akula – BS (Comment 25) :

    And Brendan Venter and Fleck and… and…

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.11.08 09:07:32 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 26) : Yeah, those guys too…

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.11.08 09:13:50 by chernaya akula - BS Reply

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