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We have been warned


Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 18 Nov 2009 at 11:33

A few weeks ago I mentioned the Springboks will have a nightmare 2010 season but little did I know it will start in 2009 already.

The statement was not made because I am clairvoyant, if I was, this will be my last ever column as it is Lotto Wednesday today.

The assumption was made on the back of repeated warnings, backed up by some solid facts and examples from the likes of Professor Tim Noakes.

Now I probably poses about 5% of the knowledge of experts like Prof. Noakes, but given what he has been saying all year long now (and for years before that) and what I personally experienced I can only wonder how long it will take, or how many times we will continue to make the same mistakes, before we take guys like Prof. Noakes and his advice seriously?

When I attended the Currie Cup semi-final at Newlands I made a point of reporting how knackered Victor Matfield looked not only in the game, but how utterly exhausted he looked when he sat in the post-match press conference where in my mind, he simply went through the motions answering questions in mechanical-like responses with some of the oldest clichés around in world rugby.

The magic of 2009 and what the Springboks achieved this year is quickly turning into a bit of nightmare for Peter de Villiers and his management team.

Players are breaking down left, right and centre and none of the stars of the 2009 season look anywhere close to on top of their game.

Is it a surprise that some of the very few stars of this end-of-year tour can be counted on one hand?  And that none of them will include names like John Smit, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Fourie du Preez and the guys that took Springbok rugby to new heights in 2009?  Well not when you consider the warnings that were sounded well before the Boks went on tour.

We are blaming the failures of this current tour on everything from player selection to poor tactics, where in fact this has very little to do with the actual cause of the problem and that is how we manage our top professional rugby players.

De Villiers has a point in where he says that the top players must be rested in our domestic competitions and not on tours, but in my opinion he is farting against thunder and complaining about something that has been an issue for years in South African rugby – union before country – and I cannot see SA Rugby wrestling the power away from unions very soon.

The point here is very simple, if we are to believe rugby is a professional sport today we need to treat our players, our assets, professionally – and that means we must ensure they are at optimal levels of conditioning whenever they take the field at the highest level of the game, test match rugby.

For now, expect advice from guys like Prof. Noakes to continue to fall on deaf ears and prepare yourself for another dip in Springbok rugby after such a great high.

In the meantime, has anyone got an idea of what the winning Lotto numbers will be tonight because I think I have a better chance of winning that than witnessing a change in scenery on the rugby front…



39 Comments

  • well, better to peak in 2011 than 2010

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.11.09 11:36:57 by PhillipGibb Reply
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  • 3 7 18 22 45 and 48

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.11.09 11:43:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Morne. I agree that the guys seem tired. How does this compare to the All Blacks though. They also play Super 14 and a domestic competition and they don’t seem to have the same problem. Does anybody know how many minutes on avarage the AB’s starting team played compared to the Boks?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.11.09 11:51:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :

    Most front line AB’s were pulled from the domestic ANC.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.11.09 12:01:25 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 4) : Which makes sense…..I think the top 30 players should be contracted to SA Rugby and not the different unions and that should make it easier to withdraw players from the domestic competition

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.11.09 12:08:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 4) :

    ANC?? :shock:

    Isn’t it the NPC?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.11.09 12:11:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    Air New Zealand Cup! ;)

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.11.09 12:16:18 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 7) : :oops: :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.11.09 12:20:34 by wpw Reply
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  • Remember 2007? ABs were pulled from the first half of the S14. Not one side made the finals, and guess who DIDN’T win the RWC?

    You can mend a broken horse just before it’s about to run the feature race. You have to make sure it doesn’t break down in the first place.

    Sadly, we may find the Bulls battling in the S14 next year. 2011 RWC could also be a problem.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.11.09 12:29:52 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 9) : Second Para – meant to be “You can’t…”

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.11.09 12:39:27 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 9) :

    Noakes said if the BUlls do not rest Victor, Bakkies, Fourie etc. for the first 3 or 4 weeks of the Super 14 next year they will implode.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.11.09 12:41:04 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 11) : And I can quite believe it. Problem is Noakes says this every year and by hook or crook, players don’t break down. But I think riht now there is a massive danger lurking.

    I’d love to see medical records of the team, and just how many players are carrying minor or major injuries and playing through them.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.11.09 12:56:34 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 9) : I agree that the Bulls might battle in the Super 14 next year. What I fail to see is what the sad part is :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.11.09 12:58:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : bitch :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.11.09 13:00:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) : what? I’ve never pretended to support them. I hope they finish last

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.11.09 13:11:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    Great statement! :grin:

    The statement was not made because I am clairvoyant, if I was, this will be my last ever column as it is Lotto Wednesday today.

    You get paid to write columns?? :twisted: ;-)

    In the meantime, has anyone got an idea of what the winning Lotto numbers will be tonight because I think I have a better chance of winning that than witnessing a change in scenery on the rugby front…

    Sorry – next time…today is MY turn..I dont get a sent for spending my time here.. ;-)

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.11.09 13:11:06 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • Talking about Salaries…Johnny Depp is getting 21 million pound for the next Pirates of the Caribean… :shock: its not FAIR!!!! :cry:

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.11.09 13:12:22 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • How’s that oke that won 250 000 pounds at the rugby yesterday….lucky bastard

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.11.09 13:15:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Xmas Ice-Icle (Comment 17) : why would they make another one? Number 3 was the biggest load of crap ever

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.11.09 13:35:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : life-changing amount of money that

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.11.09 13:36:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : I’m pretty sure he would have managed to find a pub somewhere

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.11.09 13:39:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    Dunno…maybe true – but I still think Johnny is phenominal! He is just a class-act actor.

    Normally more than 2 sequals is crap…exept for LOTR and Harry Potter.. :grin: ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.11.09 13:40:11 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Nearly 3 mil in rande :shock:

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.11.09 13:40:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I actually only really enjoyed the first one….got too serious and weird in 2 and 3.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.11.09 13:42:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This is exactly way I’m against the expansion of the S14. There is just not enough time for the players to have a proper rest or heaven forbid even recover from niggeling injuries. Proffesional Rugby = Money = a severe drain on quality rugby. I wish that the powers that be would realize that by trying to make more money they are risking the standard of Rugby to drop and eventually the support would go aswell. What will they do then. Rather return to S12 then expand… but ja we all know that won’t happen. We will also seriously struggle in 2011 RWC never mind the 2010 season. We are trying to spare certain players for the next RWC and this WILL BACKFIRE. John Smit is one of those players that we are taking a gamble with. We all know he is not the best in his position but we keep making an excuse about his captaincy. Well guess what… he is sadly getting older and he will not get better with time. How much will that leadership count if we can’t stand our ground up front?? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to bash JS but we all have to admit that this is a risk. It’s time we clean up and get ready for 2011. Bring in the new blood and start building in certain areas of the team. It might already be too late when looking at some of the other countries.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.11.09 13:44:29 by LandShark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : apparently he celebrated with the Sarries players. They can obviously smell money :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.11.09 13:47:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Xmas Ice-Icle (Comment 22) : i love LOTR – can remember how money times I watched it.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.11.09 14:37:21 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.11.09 14:37:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 27) : best movie trilogy of all time ever.

    I was a little annoyed at the Faramir character assassination in the second movie, but they managed to redeem him, so no real damage done.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.11.09 14:49:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : i think you mean Boromir (Faramir was the good brother whi survives until the end)

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.11.09 14:57:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 30) :

    We’ll take your word for it Frodo!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.11.09 15:07:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 31) : it would be cooler to be an elf and not a short man:mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.11.09 15:13:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 32) : what happened to :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.11.09 15:13:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 30) : nope – I mean Faramir. In the book, Faramir lets Frodo and Sam head on to Mordor pretty much unmolested after they cross paths in Henneth Anun. In the movie, Faramir takes them back to Ithilien, fully intending to take the ring by force and give it to his father, before finally having a change of heart and letting Frodo leave.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.11.09 15:14:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) :

    I do a mean Gollum / Smeagol “cover version” :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.11.09 15:26:31 by Xmas Ice-Icle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : oki – i was reading your comment literally – and since I’m out for blood ;-)

    don’t remember the book to well. only read once

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.11.09 15:27:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : how can you only read that great work once? Surely you mean once a year? :)

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.11.09 16:03:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.11.09 16:17:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : i actually have this one in both Polish and English version and for the life of me cannot remember which one I read.

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.11.09 16:23:43 by rekinek Reply
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