So Jake is causing quite a stir on the site with his comments and maybe he has a point I mean he has the experience of coaching a winning Rugby world cup side.
And before everybody says it was Eddie Jones that won us the world cup let’s put that into perspective If Eddie is such a genius why did he fail at Queensland? And what has he done since the RWC. I remember prior to 2007 everybody and their mother was saying that Alistair Coetsee was useless and Jones was making him look good. Now some of our learned commentators are calling for him to be the next Bok coach and he must take over now from PDV. Maybe it is only the Western Province guys!!!!!! Let’s say this Jake and Eddie guided the Boks to win the Cup. Does Jake have a role in the plan of retaining the RWC-something that no team have successfully done? I think “Yes” even in an advisory capacity because what I know of Jake is he sees things in a totally different light and he will have ideas that can take us forward.
So having had a look at the complete text of Jakes comments some of what he is saying PDV needs to taken on board. Defence has been worse than poor and to defend the coach he did try and get a defensive coach-who is supposed to be the best in the land- to sort out the problem and the twit elected to stay with province I wonder if that is going to come back and bite him. So they need a defensive coach.
I would also recommend a new analysis man – someone who can break down opposition attack and defence and find a way through it. There were times in this tri-series that we looked like world beaters which shows a little tweak here and a teak there will solve 95% of our problems but there were times when we reverted to bash and bash some more rugby which ultimately resulted in us losing last week.
We did play some great rugby over the last few games .Our comeback on Saturday reminded me of the test against the AB’s in Durban. The way we recovered in each of the tri-nation games when we lost players for discipline-Bakkies Danie Jaques- and when it came down to the final point difference it was only the points that were scored against us during the time they were off the field that we lost by. Yes many of the Boks are physically shot John Victor Habana Danie Morne even Spies are tired and need a break. They will be different animals in a few months time. Interestingly reports out of the Blue Bulls say that Bakkies has never looked this good and that his suspension has given him a new lease on life .
PDV has introduced new blood some have kicked on some haven’t and we have a few key players out with injury all of whom will be ready next year. We also have some exciting new talent in areas where we are weak-Lambie Jantjies-and plenty of talent in areas where we are strong-Alberts Vermeulen- So where to from here well the EOYT is looming fast and I believe that it is the time for a few new guys to have a go not with the view of replacing the “Stars” but what happens if When FDP got injured it took 3/4 tests to unearth Hougaard-who to be fair to PDV was injured at the start of the international season and really only got a chance when Ruaan got injured-as the logical replacement so he was faced with bringing in a new player who didn’t know the system or sticking to the ones who knew it so we had Ricky with Ruaan covering both half back positions.
So where to from here? To misquote Naas the RWC is not won in September 2010 but in October 2011 I don’t think it’s the end of the world that we are where we are. It could have been so different if we didn’t have so many yellow cards if Smith had not knocked on with an open line before him. If If if and there are may ifs in this tri-nations. What that shows me is we are not far off the pace. We didn’t have FDP we didn’t have Brussow we didn’t have Bismark and though the logs says differently we are not without hope here.
Yes we need tweaking and as the game has evolved over the last year we may need to adjust our play slightly but we are almost there.
I like what John Robbie said on Boots n All the other evening the race is entering the straight and we are nicely tucked in behind the pacemakers and the jockey has not even gone for his whip yet.