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Matfield: Confront the Dragons


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 5 Nov 2008 at 06:57

The Springboks should aim to beat Wales with a direct and confrontational style because that is what South Africa are accustomed to.

Liam Del Carme writes for Beeld that, that was the opinion on Tuesday of Bok lock Victor Matfield, who was responding to a question on what the team had learned from their last Tri-Nations victory over Australia.

South Africa take on Wales on Saturday on a field that is expected to be wet and high-risk rugby seems out of the question.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said last week his team would never play conservatively, but that is easier said than done. Matfield believes the team should stick to what works for them.

South Africa scored a runaway victory over the Wallabies in their last encounter, but it was made possible by a direct style that forced the Aussies on the back foot.

“I think we saw that we should play percentage rugby. We also played directly. I think it works for South Africa and that is how we play,” said Matfield.

“We also want to give our decision-makers more freedom. It is essential that they take the right decisions at the right times.”

Matfield has no doubt about what the Boks need to do.

‘Focus on what worked for us’

“The conditions here make things completely different. There are also a few changes to the team and a few months have passed since we last played,” said Matfield.

“It is, however, nice to take that confidence into the game. We can focus on what worked for us and what didn’t work for us. We can build on it.”

Matfield believes South Africa cannot afford to allow Wales’s confidence to grow during the game.

“It sounds like a cliché, but any game has to be dominated up front before you supply the outside backs with ammunition. We would like to dominate up front, but then our backs have to score a few good tries,” he said.

With Wales having undergone a transformation under Warren Gatland’s coaching, there is a healthy respect for the home side among the South Africans.

“The Welsh are very physical and carry the ball in contact. It’s going to be a tough match,” said Matfield.

With Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf, the Boks also have a player who can keep the Welsh on the back foot with his kicking out of hand. The choice of Fourie du Preez at scrumhalf also shows that the Boks are set to run the ball only inside Wales’s half.



15 Comments

  • The Springboks should aim to beat Wales with a direct and confrontational style because that is what South Africa are accustomed to

    that was the opinion on Tuesday of Bok lock Victor Matfield

    And Just How does Victoria envisage doing that from his position on the wing?

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.11.08 07:00:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA !!! :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.11.08 07:36:37 by Charlie Reply
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  • Hope Snor was listening…

    @Charlie (Comment 2) :

    Great concession speech by McCain and so too by Obama… and even better result on my futures positions open… thanks Barack…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.11.08 07:45:53 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 2) :

    @bryce_in_oz (Comment 3) :

    Quite a thumping actually
    338 to 156 Electoral Votes with only 43 still outstanding is a BIG thump but in terms of actual VOTES Obama hasn’t won by that much. He got 51% of the overall vote to McCain’s 48%.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.11.08 07:50:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : just glad the shaving machine has managed to confront his beard… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.11.08 09:26:40 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
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  • @chernaya akula – B.O.! (Comment 5) :

    And somehow with that comment I have just caught onto B. O. :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.11.08 09:36:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : :roll: You are forgiven for being slow… :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.11.08 14:16:13 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
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  • @chernaya akula – B.O.! (Comment 7) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.11.08 14:21:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @chernaya akula – B.O.! (Comment 7) :

    And he says he cannot stand ignorance.. :roll: :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.11.08 14:23:56 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 9) :

    Slow is one thing ……….. I mean i put up with you after all. :razz:

    But Ignorance is something compleeeeeeeeeetely different. :lol:

    “There is nothing common about common sense” will be my personal catch phrase from now on.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.11.08 14:33:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.11.08 14:40:56 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • Where the hell is Smit, why are we only hearing comment from Matfield . Is Smit in Wales yet?

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.11.08 15:06:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : Smit has been addressing the media but they keep asking him about moving to TH and the Bok moving to the right… :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.11.08 15:52:58 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) :

    Smit is not a wannabe captain OR a Prima Donna. He does his talking at the post match interview.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.11.08 17:56:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The old rent-a-quote Boks that are around must be worried about Victoria hogging the rent-a-quote market once he retires.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.11.08 17:58:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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