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Let’s not get too carried away


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 31 Jul 2009 at 12:42
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I get very, very nervous when the Boks start talking about whitewashes and start focusing on sideshows, such as Smit’s captaincy record, when we face a key test against a wounded foe – with an untried player in a key position.

Let’s face it – for all the Boks’ dominance in the first half in Bloemfontein, there were a few minutes deep into the second half when it honestly looked like we were going to lose the test. Far from being the all-encompassing, utterly indisputably amazing thrashing that everybody remembers it as now, it was a typically hard Bok-All Black test that we did very well to win.

The All Blacks, though, were not thrashed by any means and I don’t really see why we’re so keen to allow them the underdog tag going into the Durban game. Fact is, they were jet-lagged as hell in Bloem and probably weren’t really targeting that game as a must-win anyway. Durban will be a different story. The altitude will suit them better anyway and they should be in much better shape.

And we have lost our first-choice flyhalf and playmaker and replaced him with an untried goal-kicking specialist, who, in his only starting test to date, has looked out of his depth.

Add to that the fact that at least half the Bok team are likely to be in celebration mode and we face the very real possibility that we might have find a way to put the champagne corks back in the bottles after 80 minutes. I see that the All Black coaching staff have been blowing smoke up Victor Matfield’s ass as well about how much of a lineout king he is. I hope he doesn’t fall for it.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying we’re going to lose this one, but I just really hope that the boys are really focused on playing for 80 minutes and celebrating afterwards, if that turns out to be appropriate.



32 Comments

  • The people who are getting carried away are the All Blacks…enough with the compliments already… :roll:

    The boys are not going to fall for this – our last 3N game in Durban didn’t turn out so good – and I’m pretty sure they remember that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.07.09 12:52:03 by blackshark Reply
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  • this is going to be a TOUGH game, i hope John Smit has the guys properly focused, he seems to be pretty focused from what i have read lately

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.07.09 12:54:26 by war1 Reply
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  • my thoughts exactly. thats why i have been very negative about my predictions for saturday.

    i actually think rain may save the boks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.07.09 12:55:15 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • i just hope spies and juan make some tackles. morne isn’t ruan and gives the opposition far too much room to move.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.07.09 12:56:11 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • I see Adidas have given Bryan Habana a special pair of boots…

    you can’t play a match in brand new boots, can you?

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.07.09 12:56:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : yeah, blisters, ouch!

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.07.09 12:59:53 by war1 Reply
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  • I’ve just read the first sentence and immediately want to say- spot on!!

    do you guys remember Percy’s hundred last year :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.07.09 13:03:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 6) : Jean de Villiers too…

    http://twitpic.com/c8luo
    http://twitpic.com/c8lw8

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.07.09 13:04:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • “And we have lost our first-choice flyhalf and playmaker and replaced him with an untried goal-kicking specialist, who, in his only starting test to date, has looked out of his depth.”

    he started in the third lions test. bloody journo’s that don’t check their facts. :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.07.09 13:05:34 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.07.09 13:07:11 by war1 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Not clever

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.07.09 13:07:42 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 9) : Erm…

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.07.09 13:09:02 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 9) : @war1 (Comment 10) : but i can understand everyone forgetting that shocking performance. that seemed more like a warm up game.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.07.09 13:10:26 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 9) : what exactly is your point?

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.07.09 13:25:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    I think he misread that… :razz:

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.07.09 13:29:59 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 13) :

    who, in his only starting test to date, has looked out of his depth.

    Read S_L_O_W_L_Y this time… :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.07.09 13:32:19 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 3) :

    It’s gonna rain tomorrow? :shock:

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.07.09 13:33:26 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) : :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.07.09 13:34:17 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : :oops: :oops: ooh kak did i misread that and get caught. oh well i gave you a little victory. :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.07.09 13:34:56 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 17) : yup
    60% showers, but with morne playing it is a blessing.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.07.09 13:38:33 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) : rob and co put so many articles up that they have to be speed read or else i wouldn’t get work done. :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.07.09 13:40:00 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 15) : me too. Type first, think later. It’s the TT way :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.07.09 13:44:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 21) : was that a backhanded compliment? :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.07.09 13:44:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : at least you notice the compliments too. :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.07.09 13:48:12 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 24) : Nice article. But I have a question. If you were the All Blacks, how would you counter the Boks for this test.

    We all know where the Boks were strong:

    Line -outs, rolling mauls, break downs and tackles.

    Are there areas to exploit in this Boks side, and where are they. Will GH tell Nonu and Beever to attack M Steyn early in the game and get his focus off. (taking care of the penalty leaks)

    How do they defend the rolling maul, which was discussed on Reunion at length, and if the AB’s fix the line-outs, and the penalty leaking, will that be enough.

    This test will be far more interesting than last weeks one in my opinion. Esspecially with the rain factor.

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.07.09 14:22:00 by Iago Reply

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  • @Iago (Comment 25) : they’re going to attack the flyhalf channel because it worked well for them in the second half. Sort out the discipline and the flow of penalties against them will dry up – that’s the game half won.

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.07.09 14:48:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Iago (Comment 25) : Easy. Just pressure Liefling.

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.07.09 15:12:56 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Are you reliving the Conrad Smith try?

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.07.09 15:14:56 by Iago Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 27) : You mean the new liefling. In the words of Highlander “There can only be one.” :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.07.09 15:17:02 by Iago Reply

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  • @Iago (Comment 29) : Not in Blue Bull country. :twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.07.09 15:26:12 by klempie Reply

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  • @Iago (Comment 28) : they made it look so easy, didn’t they? Well, that and running straight past Jaque Fourie…

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.07.09 15:34:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : …who ran straight past them. :cool:

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.07.09 15:36:57 by klempie Reply

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