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Fourie happy to keep any blame in Bok camp


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 20 Jul 2010 at 04:11
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Studying the facts is not exactly a trend for which the Springboks are renowned.

If a scapegoat can be unearthed anywhere within the vicinity of the crime – like, in the same hemisphere – all well and good. Sometimes, as happened in the case of coach Peter de Villiers last Saturday at Wellington, the scapegoat had to be found in the Northern Hemisphere.

How refreshing, therefore, to discover one South African willing to look at the issue of his own team’s palpable failings these past two weekends in Auckland and Wellington and suggest solutions internally.

Peter Bills writes in the NZ Herald that Peter de Villiers’ constant bleating about referees/assistant referees/journalists/TV replay technicians and perhaps even the bus driver being to blame for the Springboks’ woes is starting to become tiresome.

When will the man stand up and face the music?

His team has played dinosaur rugby and been outplayed twice by an infinitely better side.

Can’t anyone be honest any more in modern-day sport, put up their hands and simply say “we were beaten by the better team”.

Happily, there are some South Africans still prepared to be honest.

Jaque Fourie had a shocker at Wellington, something from which he did not attempt to hide.

“I can improve a lot,” he said as the Springboks prepare in Brisbane for Saturday’s must win Tri-Nations test against Robbie Deans’ Wallabies.

“These were two big test matches in New Zealand but now we have a job to do in Brisbane.

“We have one more match left on this tour and want to win it so we can go back home with some confidence.”

But there was no denying the huge disappointment of successive defeats to the All Blacks.

“We have underperformed. We struggled a bit with our defence – at times it was horrible so we have to go back and see where we can improve on that.

“We pride ourselves on our defence but in the last two games we have let ourselves down. It is back to the drawing board to see where we went wrong and how we can improve.

“Above all, we have to stand up and give a better performance on Saturday in Brisbane.”

But Fourie, who is just one of the Springboks whose form has been well below par so far, admitted the Australians posed a daunting task.

“It is not going to be easy. We have struggled in the past at Brisbane so it won’t get any easier from here. It’s going to be a hard week to pick ourselves up but we have to do it.

“The Australians will have the upper hand in terms of being fresh while we are tired. But we have a point we want to prove. We are hurting and we want to get up again and play rugby that we know we can play.”

The Stormers centre admitted that there were plenty of weary bodies and minds around the Springbok camp yesterday.

But he insisted that was part of professional sport and was a factor they had to deal with.

One thing the South Africans have to do in Brisbane is ensure there is no repeat of the yellow card madness that saw Bakkies Botha banished to the sin bin in Auckland and Danie Rossouw likewise in Wellington.

Fourie did not duck the issue, saying “15 against 14 is difficult, especially against guys like the All Blacks. It is about discipline; we pride ourselves on our discipline and that sort of thing lets us down”.



22 Comments

  • Peter Bills is the Pieter De Villiers of the media :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.07.10 11:34:48 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 1) :

    Last year the Boks beat the AB’s 3 zip with dinasour, outdated and boring rugby too…

    Can’t anyone be honest any more in modern-day sport, put up their hands and simply say “we were beaten by the better team”.

    Ja dude, like you said that last year.

    Tit.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.07.10 11:44:04 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 2) :’tit’ and ass :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.07.10 11:53:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Flippen hell, if there is one phrase I hate it’s that “ahh.mmm we need to go back to the drawing board” -can someone please come up with a new one??!! The drawing board is gonna help squat anyway – just get the basics right on the FIELD! :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.07.10 12:20:00 by Señora Hielo Reply
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  • The WG13 (ne WPW) speaking… :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.07.10 12:22:22 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : :roll: :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.07.10 12:39:17 by wpw Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : @Morné (Comment 2) :

    I think that may be Bills point that the Bok are playing the same as they did last year…..but now the laws have been re interpreted….their rugby looks dinosaur.

    ….they need to leave the Garry Owen on the Velt…it’s embarassing at sea level.

    I think the Bok scored their 2 tries in the last quarter of each game when they were desperate to attack….hopefully they will keep it in hand from the outset on Saturday.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.07.10 13:23:16 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    WG13 is definitely wobbling !…. Here comes Rob Horne :cool:

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.07.10 13:24:12 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 7) : It will look dinosaur, it’s accomodating Bulls players… :evil: :roll: :evil:

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.07.10 13:35:52 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : He’s playing like a “Mossie” :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.07.10 13:36:40 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 7) : so you supporting the Boks on Saturday? ;-)

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.07.10 13:38:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) : You’ll have to explain THAT to HH :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.07.10 13:39:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) : :???:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.07.10 13:46:26 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) :

    Definitely ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.07.10 13:46:52 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : Mossie is a small bird

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.07.10 13:47:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : With you ! ;-)

    I lucky to have you around ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.07.10 13:54:29 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : @Hertford Highlander (Comment 16) : That’s JF’s nickname too…

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.07.10 14:40:15 by Charlie Reply

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  • @ 17 and how exactly did that nick originate?

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.07.10 14:49:01 by Señora Hielo Reply
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  • Peter Bills is a pompous, arrogant [email protected] with an opinion on everything. A know-it all.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.07.10 16:21:56 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : they call it a
    draad sitter ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.07.10 16:30:50 by chaz Reply

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  • @Señora Hielo (Comment 18) :soccer WC is over ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.07.10 16:33:19 by chaz Reply

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  • @Señora Hielo (Comment 18) : Don’t know, but apparently he’s had it since high school.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.07.10 22:22:38 by MysticShark Reply
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