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PdV set for SARU grilling.


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 26 Jul 2010 at 15:04
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Springbok rugby coach Peter de Villiers faces world criticism and SA Rugby has confirmed that he is to be grilled by a review panel on the Boks’ trio of humiliating defeats against New Zealand and Australia.

Murray Williams writes for the Cape Argus that under De Villiers, the Boks struggled in 2008 but reverted to their world championship recipe for success in 2009 as they won the Tri-Nations and beat the British & Irish Lions.

However, their fortunes have waned this season. After three successive defeats – twice to the All Blacks and the Wallabies on Saturday in Brisbane – local and international rugby writers and columnists have criticised De Villiers for an apparent lack of progressive ideas, stale tactics and a lack of leadership. De Villiers was also accused of having a hands-off coaching style – deferring to his senior players and relying on world champions in the squad to make key decisions during matches.

Questions are again being asked about why the Springboks, after being crowned world champions in 2007, were given a coach with limited top-level experience. At the time of his appointment, De Villiers had coached only the Falcons Currie Cup team at senior level.

Writing today, columnist Peter Bills warned that if De Villiers was permitted to stay until after the World Cup, he may by then have “squandered the golden generation bequeathed by Jake White and failed in his principal task to retain the World Cup”.

Rugby columnist Mark Keohane this weekend echoed this sentiment: “There are major problems in the Bok set-up as this champion’s cycle nears an end. A failure to front those issues and make the necessary adjustment will be a rugby crime,” he warned.

Approached for comment today, the Boks’ 2007 World Cup-winning coach, Jake White, questioned SA Rugby’s appointment of the current Bok management team.

White said the foundation for a successful 2011 World Cup campaign had been laid during his term.

“… Imagine where the team would have been if, like (All Blacks coach) Graham Henry, I had had the same opportunity to stay on,” said White whose contract was not renewed at the end of the 2007 season.

Among other criticism of De Villiers this weekend, New Zealand’s Herald on Sunday columnist Richard Loe, a former All Black prop forward, wrote: “I hope this character stays in charge of the Boks until after the World Cup (because) I don’t think he is doing them any good.

Loe said the Bulls and Stormers had been so impressive in dominating the Super 14 this past season that he had to single out a lack of coaching as the reason the Boks were misfiring and that form was not carried through to the national team.

In response to criticism of De Villiers, SA Rugby head Oregan Hoskins said this morning: “We normally review performances after a leg like this, and we will begin this week.”

The panel would be headed by SA Rugby’s new vice-president, James Stofberg, and would include selector Ian McIntosh.

Asked about the waves of concern about De Villiers’s alleged lack of ideas, Hoskins said: “I’d rather not comment on that now. But we’re concerned about the losses.

“We shouldn’t change the personnel – in other words we shouldn’t sack the coach. The issue about him not coaching and leaving it up to the senior players – that we will certainly take up with gusto. If that is happening – and it shouldn’t be happening – (it) would certainly be concerning.

Asked if SA Rugby had erred by appointing De Villiers after White’s world-beating stint as coach, he said: “I’m not a coach. That’s why I don’t pick the team.

“I wouldn’t say he’s best coach in the world, but I wouldn’t say he’s inferior to Jake White. I’d say they are on par. My issue with the coach is his media comments – I think that detracts from his ability. That’s where I’d like to concentrate,” Hoskins said.



18 Comments

  • “We normally review performances after a leg like this, and we will begin this week.”

    I think there was probably QUITE a bit of emphasis on the “like THIS” bit.

    We have had a SHOCKING tour. :sad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.07.10 15:07:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I quite like this ability to “like” our articles on Facebook. :cool:

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.07.10 15:09:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The issue about him not coaching and leaving it up to the senior players – that we will certainly take up with gusto. If that is happening – and it shouldn’t be happening – (it) would certainly be concerning

    Please don’t tell me SARU are falling for this?

    Either that or there may actually be some truth behind it then. :sad:

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.07.10 15:10:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    I think he is definitely empowering the players to make decisions.

    But when guys like Tank Lanning, Gavin Rich, Simon Borchardt (who clearly have an agenda) say things enough people start believing it as fact when it is actually not close to what is really happening.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.07.10 15:19:29 by wpw Reply
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  • It’s good that PdV gets a bit of a grilling maybe it will make him concentrate on his own shortcoming rather than blame all and sundry for the Boks poor performances.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.07.10 15:20:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • My issue with the coach is his media comments – I think that detracts from his ability. That’s where I’d like to concentrate,” Hoskins said

    Maybe they will put a media clamp on him and get him back on the right track.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.07.10 15:39:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    That would be a good thing.

    Get someone else to talk to the media.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.07.10 15:54:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    It would but it also wouldn’t be right. The WHOLE world will have a field day with us if our coach refuses to speak to the media (damned if you do damned if you don’t) :sad
    ;

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.07.10 16:10:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I expect a card to be pulled out…and it won’t be red or yellow.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.07.10 16:23:02 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 9) :

    you aren’t nearly sneaky enogh to try and pull that comment off unnoticed. :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.07.10 16:25:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : You can’t prove anything. MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.07.10 16:26:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 11) :

    there is no legal system here. we don’t need to prove anything.

    We do as we please. :razz:

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.07.10 16:36:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Bar 2004 and last year – its actually standard fare

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.07.10 16:42:17 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 13) :

    Very true. and very sad.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.07.10 16:49:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :
    The myth of the infallible Boks.

    We hear it every time – how until this year nobody could beat us etc.

    Its the kind of blind arrogance that must surely annoy other fans no end.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.07.10 18:46:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • How is this guy comparing Jake and Snorre, saying they are on a par?

    Jake is in a league of his own!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.07.10 06:35:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • “PdV set for SARU grilling.”

    So basically a friendly chat over a beer.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.07.10 14:51:08 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Well sorry to say thats what happens to you in the top seats when u got rid of Jack White :evil: he was a coach 100% :smile: if i can say so get rid of PDV he is a big C!@#n :twisted: in a big way the AB in the WC 2011 is going to walk all over us :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.07.10 20:43:55 by chaz Reply

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