A forgettable away tour, sure, blaming everyone but themselves, not so sure.
In a 240 minutes of rugby we conceded 93 points, 10 tries, received 4 yellow cards and had three players suspended. Not a successful tour so to speak but perhaps it will provide the wake up call the Boks dearly need. There has been some mumbling about the men with the whistle and at times you could say the decisions seemed a little in favour of the homesides, but if one looks at the penalty count it favours the Boks in all the tests except the final game against the convicts.
Perhaps all the hype around a successful Super 14 and a good pre-season albeit against weak opposition, the French did us no favours by refusing to participate in Cape Town, gave us a slightly elevated view of where the team is.
The stats are pretty woeful for the tour. Against the All Blacks over two tests we made 42 handling errors and missed 54 tackles. Against the Convicts it was 26 handling errors and 31 missed tackles. Not much to crank up the choir about. Smit has stood in front of the microphone and spun out the media friendly we are playing like a bunch of headless chickens and we will be up for it next week and Div has accused everyone short of the UN about a giant conspiracy to promote the game of rugby in New Zealand via the IRB, Paddy O’ Brien and three poor Irish souls who will inevitably be responsible for the All Blacks going out of next years World Cup and the Boks winning by default for the second time running.
The fact is anyone who believes the Boks woes, and log position, are not of their own doing are still down the rabbit hole. The Boks look tired, uninspired and seemingly without Fourie Du Preez at scrumhalf, as clueless as well … Div is at handling media interviews. The team that ran out for all three games was nowhere near our best 15, throw in some questionable selections and boom you find yourself at the bottom of the log with a points difference of 51, a cool losing margin averaging 17 points a game.
The reality is the Boks were nowhere.
The coaching from Div, Gold and Dick or Jon and Vic as some would have you believe (Morals & Ethics from Bakkies), was clearly lacking. For two weeks the All Blacks made a mockery of our defence, even more disconcerting was in week two nothing changed, the problem wasn’t sorted. Jean De Villiers is a fine international 12, so it wouldn’t be remiss to ask what the hell is he doing at fourteen? Wynand Olivier on the other hand was given a three game run and proved with out a doubt that he is in fact a fine Super 14 player. After Flo was found wanting in test one and two, of all the people to pull out of the hat Kanko gets thrust into a jersey he is most unsuited for. With the depth we have at 6,7,8 it boggles the mind that we play people out of position.
So instead of trying to rectify the situation all i have heard about is the refs, the opposition players and very little finger pointing at themselves – the real culprits. The Boks would do well to shut up and fix the issues – starting with the team selection, maybe even the coaching structure or at least decide who is in charge and fix a game plan that has roundly been shown to be outdated especially when its executed as poorly as the Boks did.Tweet