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Boks will win at a canter


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 21 Nov 2008 at 12:50
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Guys, call me crazy here, but I reckon the much-maligned Peter de Villiers may just have pulled of a coup of reverse psychology in the build-up to tomorrow’s game.

By accusing his players of being fatigued and not mentally up for the game, he has thrown down the gauntlet in no uncertain terms. As the coach himself likes to point out (to much derision from those sections of the populace determined to find fault in everything he does) there’s not a hell of a lot of bearing that he himself can have on the result over 80 minutes. It’s the players who need to decide how much they actually want to win… it’s the players that need to make the right snap decisions in the heat of battle to ensure success.

Anyone could see that the Boks haven’t been themselves to date on this tour. They have looked tired; they have looked lackadaisical in their approach. Schalk Burger is a 40-test veteran. How can it be that he suddenly no longer understands the laws that govern the breakdown? Is this the coach’s fault, or is Burger himself perhaps not applying himself effectively to the task at hand?

But now, given how many of the key men have lapped up de Villiers’ bait and come out firing – think of Matfield, Smit, Botha, Burger, all of whom have made loud statements on the media countering the coach’s view – nothing less than an absolutely superb, committed, balls-and-all 80 minutes will do. The players have opened their mouths pretty wide – now they need to put their hands up pretty high on the field and deliver the sort of performance that we know they’re capable of. If they don’t, they’re really going to look pretty bloody silly.

Fact is, with this Bok team (which on paper is a formidable one) playing to its potential, England don’t stand a bloody chance. I’m backing them to do just that, find their form and give the wilting roses a proper smack.

Go Boks!



72 Comments

  • so add Jean Div to that list…

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.11.08 12:58:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Jirre this are positive. I hope it happens. My Dad also reckons we gonna teach them a rugby lesson. Or something…

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.11.08 13:00:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • I don’t know who said what and who did what. I know that we will win tomorrow though.

    GO BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Poms to go down by 10 or less.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.11.08 13:06:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : I try my best. Nobody else is being positive, so I thought I’d have a bash at it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.11.08 13:08:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    KAK man!!!!!!!!!! :grr:

    I thought I was the only one fighting a losing battle against WPW and his doomsayer luitenant Klempie. :wink:

    Not only will I be giving them the bird on Sunday morning, I will be showing them a whole flock of those “birds” :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.11.08 13:12:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hi everyone…been out of touch & still battling with my “new” computer!!!!
    @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : I AGREE WITH YOU!!!
    Go Bokke….kick Pommie A..!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.11.08 13:19:55 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 6) :

    Hey M2.

    Hehehehehe. Getting set up is always “fun” :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.11.08 13:22:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’m not that positive,but after the miserable week I’ve had that could just make it a bit better. Before the Rugby I have to drive 300 km to attend a funeral and then 300km back home through horrific Mpumalanga roads. I should be back in time for the kick off and I would love nothing more than arriving home,opening a beer and watch the Boks pick some roses

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.11.08 13:25:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : condolences, my friend. Funerals are never good.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.11.08 13:29:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : yoh bru that is a mission

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.11.08 13:30:58 by PJLD Reply
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  • Hello Pokkel….PI’ce here… :cool:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.11.08 13:32:19 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    See, I’ve got 2 lieutenants. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.11.08 13:32:40 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    who is the 2nd one?

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.11.08 13:35:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    Dude anybody with an avatar like that should bemore worried about the guys behind him being there to hunt him down than to support him. :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.11.08 13:37:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Not in this case :mad: Watch for a mail from me!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.11.08 13:40:15 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 15) : will do.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.11.08 13:42:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Pokkel

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.11.08 13:49:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @Me2 (Comment 15) :
    Have replied

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.11.08 13:56:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    No dude you can’t put words in the guys mouth…………. he said he wasn’t that positive, he didn’t say we are gonna get beaten. :razz:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.11.08 13:58:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • IRB Photo of the year.

    http://www.irb.com/mm/Photo/NewsMedia/0/Gladiator-MatthewImpey_6250.jpg

    Notice how stunned Heyneke Meyer’s players look :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.11.08 14:03:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    I have US up for a win by 11 (if I remember correctly).. :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.11.08 14:03:56 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 21) :

    Carefull anything less than a convincing victory will have WPW trying to recruit you to his cause……… :razz: :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.11.08 14:07:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    Actually I think that is a stunning picture..

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.11.08 14:08:39 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 23) :

    It is. Will post a smaller version here is a bit, but it looks so cool as if he is sort of the last guy left standing after a massive brawl.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.11.08 14:10:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) :

    11 is convincing..in fact…1 point to me is convincing..a win is a win! :lol:

    And what is his cuase…Eating yourself into a Coma?? :twisted: :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.11.08 14:10:48 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • we are gonna walk this one… Schalk will be man of the match.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.11.08 14:13:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) :

    The name is very befitting…(?) Gladiator…it looks so macho victorious lekker satisfying …ok…you get my drift.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.11.08 14:16:04 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • I don’t know why Wes is so negative…

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.11.08 14:18:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    IRB Pic of the year.

    Gladiator.

    Gladiator

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.11.08 14:37:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • so, what has everyone got planned for the weekend?

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.11.08 14:42:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : I hope the man in the middle will be our own John, on Saturday!!!
    @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 27) : Hi Ice…been missing you all :smile:

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.11.08 14:43:42 by Me2 Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : very cool pic!

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.11.08 14:45:50 by billy Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 31) :

    hey Ma!! You very scarce…but see now why..!! Keep in touch some more, when you are sorted!!

    My kids social schedule is more hectic than mine…so i am being Mom’s Taxi to parties this weekend… :roll:

    BUT…I heard a little voice that I am being spoiled tonight with my favourite…Karoo Lamb Chops and Redwine…see, I am actually a very simple person to please.. :grin:

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.11.08 15:06:52 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • Rob

    I just think England will be desperate and we have not been playing well thus far.

    I would be ecstatic if we beat them, even if it was by 1 point. :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.11.08 15:15:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 33) : Please can I come to dinner????? :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.11.08 15:16:56 by Me2 Reply

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  • The Springboks will be all over that Potpourri…

    Bokke by more than 10 !!!

    Wes – You’re walking alone here!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.11.08 15:29:55 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 35) : Hi and bye … :smile:

    will be back to chat later guys…

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.11.08 15:32:09 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • http://www.shipmentoffail.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/9479.jpg

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.11.08 15:36:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : I think the players have been given a wakeup call here… they are going to play out of their skins just to prove the coach wrong.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.11.08 15:37:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : I sincerely hope so Robbie.

    Go BOKKE!!! :grin:

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.11.08 15:40:25 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 38) : oh man – that had me crying!

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.11.08 15:40:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blckshrk – BOKKE (Comment 36) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.11.08 15:59:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 35) :

    Off Course…always a spot for one more!

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.11.08 16:08:27 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • “As the coach himself likes to point out (to much derision from those sections of the populace determined to find fault in everything he does) there’s not a hell of a lot of bearing that he himself can have on the result over 80 minutes” — What then is the point of paying a coach so much money if he has no bearing on the game???

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.11.08 16:11:48 by beez Reply

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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 43) :

    Karoo Lamb?????????? Isn’t that goat? :wink:

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.11.08 16:16:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 45) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ….you already forgot your culture there in the desert?? :roll: :wink:

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.11.08 16:18:23 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @beez (Comment 44) :

    Just a tad of logic missing in the statement you refer to….

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.11.08 16:22:30 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 46) :

    :lol: :grin:

    Over here they sell a thing called “naimi” and it is their desert sheep. :sad:

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.11.08 16:22:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 48) :

    And hoe proe dit?? :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.11.08 16:23:30 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • Here’s something for you soccer fans.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcc8FgwNupI

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.11.08 16:24:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • Okey Dokey…have a lekker weekend and GO THE BOKKE!!

    Cheers everyone! :grin:

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.11.08 16:26:11 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • naimi :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.11.08 16:36:26 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 38) :
    I lolled hard at the Pedo Bear one! :oops:

    @PJLD (Comment 52) :
    I refuse you miscreant! :twisted:

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.11.08 16:55:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 53) : i think its for the best

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.11.08 16:57:37 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 52) :

    :razz: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.11.08 17:02:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 47) : all that I meant is that if the players decide they ain’t gonna play ball, there’ sweet blow-all the coach can do about it.

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.11.08 17:02:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 49) :

    Nope. haven’t tried it.

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.11.08 17:21:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Point taken…any coach whoever he is has to have player buy in…. White didn’t have it with the Sharks as assistant coach and Mac didn’t have it as Bok coach…Perhaps you are right that De Villiers does not have senior player available buy in and can’t change RWC heroes….whether the players are justified in not buying into the game plan in a book in a couple of years time .

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.11.08 20:59:05 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Martin Johnson reckons an England win on Saturday would be comparable to their 1998 victory over the Springboks.

    Ten years ago, South Africa arrived at Twickenham as world champions and one win away from setting a new record for consecutive Test victories, but England won 13-7.

    It was their first victory over southern hemisphere opposition under Clive Woodward and proved to be the first step in changing the balance of power in world rugby, culminating in England’s 2003 World Cup triumph.

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.11.08 23:20:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 59) :

    Will never forget that loss… just returned to RS for the first time in 4 yrs… down the Ciskei in a local pub with fellow supporters… looking to break the AB record for most consecutive test wins… oh the disappointment…

    England 28-18…

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.11.08 02:41:50 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 60) :

    Reason…

    The players can only carry this inept coaching team so far…

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.11.08 02:42:52 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • I told you guys we were gonna win this one!!! :roll:

  • Comment 62, posted at 24.11.08 07:09:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 62) :

    Don’t you like my Avatar? It is a flock of BIRDS. :razz:

  • Comment 63, posted at 24.11.08 07:12:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) : I was wondering what the hell it was…

    :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 64, posted at 24.11.08 07:18:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 64) :

    :smile:

  • Comment 65, posted at 24.11.08 07:21:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Great prediction Rob. Great to see the Boks back to what we know they can do :lol:

  • Comment 66, posted at 24.11.08 08:33:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 66) :

    All I wanna say to you Pokkel is ‘I told you so’ :roll:

  • Comment 67, posted at 24.11.08 08:43:58 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 67) : Sometimes I love it when I’m wrong…..but I never said the Boks would lose. I was just not very confident.

  • Comment 68, posted at 24.11.08 09:32:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good call Rob.

  • Comment 69, posted at 24.11.08 09:43:11 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) : As promised… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 70, posted at 24.11.08 09:52:49 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 69) : thanks :)

  • Comment 71, posted at 24.11.08 10:43:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 71) : :smile: I hope you’re thinking of a new poll…

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