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B&I Lions ‘legends in their own minds’


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 29 May 2009 at 07:48
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, often prone to media gaffes was at his brilliant best (or should that be worst) this week when he offered the touring British and Irish Lions all the motivation they needed.

Rugby365 reports:

Addressing the media for the first time since the Lions’ arrival in South Africa, De Villiers gave his team ‘legendary’ status and reduced the Lions to a good, but ordinary team.

The Bok coach, like his predecessor Jake White did in 2004 in Dublin, may well learn the hard way that you do not knock the opposition before a big match.

Back in ’04 White suggested only about three Irish players were good enough to make the Bok side and that his Tri-Nations team was something special. That he was right, had no relevance, as the Irish used his words as motivation and scored a famous win.

De Villiers may also be correct in suggesting the his Bok team – which contains most of the 2007 World Cup-winning squad – is closer to legendary status than the visitors from Britain and Ireland.

But those are thoughts he should have kept to himself.

However, he chose to air his views publicly and it may well come back to haunt him.

“The guys you’ve got now are good, but they will never be like the 1974 Lions,” De Villiers told a media gathering that included a number of the members from the British and Irish contingent.

“They will never be legends in their own time, while I think we [the Springboks] do have it now and that’s a big difference.

The 1974 Invincibles won the Test series 3-0, with a draw in the final match as they finished their tour unbeaten.

The side led by legendary Irish lock Willie John McBride, contained Welsh superstars such as Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, JPR Williams, JJ Williams and Mervyn Davies.

“The 1974 guys were in a class of their own and sometimes you only get that once in a lifetime,” the Bok coach added.

De Villiers also insisted that he has no interest in thoughts of avenging South Africa’s defeats by the B&I Lions in 1974 and 1997.

“We’re not here to rectify the past,” De Villiers said.

“We want to write the history books for ourselves. We want to win the series for us now, not for those of 1997, some of whom are dead and buried, so they won’t even know what we’re doing.”



21 Comments

  • PdV can be really funny :lol:

    but truly let’s hope it will not bite him back

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.09 11:44:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • somebody needs to tell Snor what to say, coz its mostly crap coming out of his mouth, id10t! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.09 11:47:13 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : but entertaining :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.09 11:50:06 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) : small things amuses small minds :lol: just kidding :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.09 11:52:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : ha ha – grind grind (that was my teeth :mrgreen: )

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.09 11:57:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • let’s not forget Jake White’s comment abou the irish only having two players good enough to play for the Boks, just a short while before they beat us.

    Then go and cast your minds a little further forard in history to see who won the RWC.

    What I am getting at is that even the BEST out there have foot in mouth at times.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.09 11:58:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : no wonder his breath smells :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.09 12:01:45 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Ask Man United, they’ll agree. :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.09 12:07:56 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 8) : :lol:

    Man united only? How about I ask some of their fans? :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.09 12:12:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 8) : do we need to look so far :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.09 12:13:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : Its a good example of the mighty falling…

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.09 12:16:09 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 11) : uhmmm

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.09 12:20:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 5) : i dont think soft toy’s teeth can grind :wink: your bark is definitely worse than your bite

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.09 12:26:23 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : just look carefully. very carefully :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.09 12:32:26 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 14) : uhm? Nope! Nothing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.09 12:35:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 15) : are you wearing your glasses :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.09 12:44:38 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 16) : are you wearing your dentures? :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.09 12:48:19 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 17) : YES – best wiring :-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.09 12:51:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • What’s going on here? :evil:

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.09 13:14:35 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : :oops: Run!! Reki Run!! wpw wants to recruit us for WP

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.09 13:17:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Hmmm, often best to keep your talking for the field, but maybe not a bad idea to cast the shadow of the legendary ’74 team over them, and maybe next remind them of their last tour to NZ.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.09 13:52:40 by Big Fish Reply
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