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Johnson: ‘Bring on the Boks’


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Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 22 Nov 2010 at 09:19
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Martin Johnson believes England’s gritty victory over Samoa will stand his side in good stead as they attempt to end their four-year losing streak against South Africa.

England were made to fight all the way before eventually overcoming a physical Samoa 26-13 at Twickenham on Saturday, failing to hit the heights of their scintillating record win over Australia a week earlier.

Yet, Johnson was able to take positives from an attritional display by England, who clinched victory through second half tries from Matt Banahan and Tom Croft, flyhalf Toby Flood adding 16 with the boot.

“I think the guys are a bit disappointed, but that’s Test rugby,” said Johnson. “We ground our way to a win.

“We could have broken them down earlier but we didn’t. We had to keep our composure and keep on playing and it was a good experience for them.

“I think we’ve clearly taken steps. This week was a new experience – not all of it good, but in a sense it is good because things like not finishing, going behind in the second half, are all ultimately good experience.

“We didn’t quite have the finishing touches in the first half to get us ahead but that’s not a bad thing.”

Johnson meanwhile acknowledged England would have to raise their game if they were to have any chance of registering their first win over reigning world champions since 2006 at Twickenham next Saturday.

“We’ve got one big shot at the world champions next week. Everything about us has got to have a little bit more intensity and accuracy,” Johnson said.

“If we’d got that against Samoa we could have scored two or three more but we didn’t.”

After dominating Australia at the breakdown, England found it harder going against the Samoans, who spoiled superbly to frustrate the home side as they attempted to recreate the relentless tempo which accounted for the Wallabies.

England also had less success with quick tap penalties against Samoa than they had against Australia.

At one stage in the second half England passed up a certain three points when the scoreline was finely balanced at 16-8 after scrumhalf Ben Youngs took a quick tap.

Johnson admitted he would have preferred England to have kicked for goal at that stage but said he will continue to encourage his players to be adventurous.

“You’ve got to let these guys play. You can always look back and say ‘Well, We could of…’ but if we’d scored from that quick tap you’d be saying ‘What a great call,’” Johnson said.

“Ben took a quick tap in the second half from in front of the sticks that would have given us an 11-point lead. We went for it and didn’t score from it. But if you score from it, that’s why you pick him.

“Look, when I played, we scored some great tries from me saying ‘tap that penalty’. But the thing is if we do a quick tap we’ve got to be good and we’ve got to finish. And today we didn’t at times.

“But last week we went 60 yards and got scores from it. So it’s a fine line. And to be frank I’d rather the guys play like they did and went for it – and I’ll just pull my hair out.”

This article is courtesy of rugby365.com



70 Comments

  • Man, it would SUCK to lose on Saturday

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.11.10 09:22:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : While I always support the Boks I am starting to think that a loss wouldn’t be all bad in the greater scheme of things. :|

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.11.10 09:47:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : :shock: Oh my goodness…I’m starting to sound like Klempie :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.11.10 09:48:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Bokke will lose again :sad:

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.11.10 09:51:48 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • the boks r at the moment like england soccer team, good individual players 4 their clubs but suck as a team & lack good coaching at top level.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.11.10 09:58:56 by Gotti Reply

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  • I like how, when the northern hemisphere commentators, coaches and studio guests talk about the Boks they emphasise our status as world champions, and when they talk about the AB’s they emphasise their status as the best team in the world.

    I would gladly swop our champ status for a consistently good Bok outfit. Being called the world champs and playing the way we do between World Cups is nothing short of embarrassing.

    Especially our performance record starting from last year’s EOYT to date is pathetic and I agree with Pokkel that a loss to both the Poms and the Baabaas might be a blessing. Anything that can help get rid of the current coaching mob, who seem hell bent on dragging SA rugby further into the abyss they’ve created, would be great.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.11.10 10:02:46 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : nah – we can’t allow ourselves to think like that. Always support he Boks flat out for a win. England are over-confident and reckon this is gonna be a walkover.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.11.10 10:07:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • GO BOKKE !!! EITHER WITH ME OR AGAINST ME !!! BRING IT ON !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.11.10 10:12:35 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I never wish a loss onto the Boks but if it does happen it might just sort out some issues we have at the moment.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.11.10 10:25:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : What issues ? :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.11.10 10:27:29 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) : Let’s not go there!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.11.10 10:30:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : I don’t have time today anyway ;-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.11.10 10:30:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : Speak your heart my friend, it can get quit ugly in there if you don’t…

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.11.10 10:35:36 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 13) : Let’s just say I’m doubting in the ability of our coaching staff….all 3 the main culprits!

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.11.10 10:37:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 13) : I don’t want to go all ‘Voldy’ today though ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.11.10 10:38:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) : What about the players ability, they are pro’s not amatuers, they are quite experience, what more about rugby are there to drill into them ? There are questions surrounding a non-existent gameplan, what about not executing it, players job off-course and not the coaches…

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.11.10 10:52:47 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : I just hope that you do not easily take their sub-standard and mostly double standard bait… :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.11.10 10:54:04 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 16) : Probably a combination of all of the above. I recon any one of the Sharks, WP or Bulls could have won that game. It’s the same players…so where does the problem lie then??

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.11.10 10:56:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : Well this was more or less the same team that had success in 2008 – 2009…

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.11.10 11:00:07 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 19) : Rules change and rugby change but I don’t see the Boks change with the times where a team like the Sharks changed their way of playing and had success. The fact that we played well in 2009 and not now shows me that we can’t adapt to the changes in rugby and that is a coaching issue.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.11.10 11:09:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : Not enough Lions? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.11.10 11:09:54 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 19) : yes, but to be fair, they did change the law interpretations… and calling 2008 successful is maybe going a wee bit far. The Tri-Nations that year was a disaster, event though the EOYT was a great success.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.11.10 11:12:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : So you suggesting…MAAKIE SHARKS ALMAL BOKKE ??? :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.11.10 11:16:10 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Balancing the scale then ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.11.10 11:16:36 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : You couldn’t have hit the nail more squarely on the head.

    The Sharks coaches, selectors and players are a prime example. If we look at the Sharks progression from those first few pre-season games, when we got clobbered, to winning the CC it speaks for itself.

    Just as our regression as a Bok side is evident for anybody without blinkers to see. These are usually the same people who keep harping on about how the same thing happened before 2007, blah, blah, etc.

    A lot in rugby union has changed since then.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.11.10 11:21:49 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 24) : let’s just say that 2008 was a 60% successful year, while 2009 was about 75% (the EOYT last year was a disaster too).

    That does put Peter firmly on the credit side up until that point. 2010 has been 20% successful, if that!

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.11.10 11:24:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : :cool:

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.11.10 11:28:18 by klempie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : Not “we” its the coaches…the S14 proved the “we” being players, adpated faster and better than anyone else….

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.11.10 11:28:22 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 25) : clobbered

    That is a grossly under-utilised word. :cool:

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.11.10 11:31:22 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Including the 2009 EOYT our record is 18 played, won 8. Of the 8 wins 7 were against northen hemisphere sides, including 3 against Italy. Out of the 10 we lost, 2 were against club sides, 5 in the 3N and the last one the fiasco against Scotland.

    World Champs???

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.11.10 11:32:19 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 29) : One step down from getting hammered ;-)

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.11.10 11:35:43 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 30) : Speaking of which…Snor’s record just dipped below Jake’s. hehe

    http://www.lassen.co.nz/pickandgo.php

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.11.10 11:36:34 by klempie Reply

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  • What year did the rules change internationally? We trialled them in the S14 in 2008 right? And brought them to tests in 2009?

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.11.10 11:40:41 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 32) : Ok so now ‘Rules’ changes but the ‘interpretation’ change had a huge effect.

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.11.10 11:51:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : Ja, thats why I’m asking, have we been on a steady decline since the law changes? Was it the end of 2008 that the Boks first played with them?

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.11.10 11:58:01 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 35) : I think you’re clutching at straws love.

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.11.10 12:06:05 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 35) : How? I’m asking an innocent question. What are you reading into it?

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.11.10 12:09:27 by molly Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Seeing that Jake White setting the benchmark for coaches interesting his success rate in 2006 prior the WC was (5/12 tests = 42%), PDV are currently on 7/13 tests = 54%…

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.11.10 12:09:38 by Charlie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 35) : Please don’t call me “love”.

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.11.10 12:10:43 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 38) : Vat so Klempie!!! :lol:

    @molly (Comment 34) : To be honest I can’t remember all the dates when laws changed!

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.11.10 12:15:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This sort of hints at it in a story about Wales’ success in the 2008 6N: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/welsh/8944109.stm

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.11.10 12:21:46 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 37) : Your question seemed to convey that you suspected that the rule changes have been the cause of the decline.

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.11.10 12:23:03 by klempie Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 39) : I think you’re clutching at straws dear.

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.11.10 12:23:54 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 42) : Jy soek weer k&k :grin:

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.11.10 12:24:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 41) : You don’t think its contributed? You don’t think our gameplan is a little stale?

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.11.10 12:29:20 by molly Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 38) : And I’m quite sure that by the time the World Cup finishes, Div’s record will read something like 10/21 < 50%.

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.11.10 12:30:31 by klempie Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 45) : Oh I completely agree that our game is stale. But partly blaming the rules is like blaming greenhouse gases for global warming.

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.11.10 12:33:20 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 43) : I’m going to introduce a new rule banning slimey little buggers like you from using condescending language towards girls on the site that you would stand NO CHANCE WITH in real life! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.11.10 12:33:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.11.10 12:33:38 by klempie Reply

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  • Mols…I would like to extend my apologies for the use of “love” and “dear” in my previous posts.

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.11.10 12:34:36 by klempie Reply

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  • It’s RAINING in Pretoria. :cool:

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.11.10 12:38:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 46) : Glad to see that you make your judgement on your crystal ball… ;-)

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.11.10 12:41:00 by Charlie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 50) : thank you. Now behave, please. It’s bad enough the Boks playing like shit without you making an already dire situation worse! ;-)

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.11.10 12:41:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 53) : Will it also be considered slimey and an insult calling someone “Bokkie”? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.11.10 12:44:39 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 54) : Oh snap! I should have used that one! :razz:

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.11.10 12:46:20 by klempie Reply

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  • Cool Highveld storm on the go. :cool:

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.11.10 12:48:38 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 56) : One of the things I miss most about SA :sad:

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.11.10 12:52:17 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 57) : I’m in the study at home with the lights off and glow of the computer screen in front of me with lightning cracking outside the window. :cool: Just need some hot chocolate to “make” the moment.

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.11.10 12:55:11 by klempie Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 54) : At the moment calling some-one Bok(kie) could be conciderd an insult. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.11.10 12:59:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 58) : Sounds awesome :cool:

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.11.10 13:04:24 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 59) : That’s what I was hinting at :mrgreen:

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.11.10 13:05:03 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 60) : We had a huge thunderstorm at 04:30 this morning and it’s the 3rd time this year that we’ve had a thunderstorm so early in the day. Quite strange being woken up by a huge bang so early.

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.11.10 13:09:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Don’t you worry Mr Johnson, the Boks will be there. :twisted:

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.11.10 15:34:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • And speaking of weather, the Boks might see some snow towards the end of the week.

  • Comment 64, posted at 22.11.10 15:35:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 62) : No better way to start the day. I lived on a farm outside Pretoria and we had a view over the Magaliesberg, which was the direction our weather came from. Nothing more beautiful than waking up to thunder and lightning and watching a huge storm come your way under massive blue-black clouds. :cool:

  • Comment 65, posted at 22.11.10 15:52:01 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 64) : YIP. snow has been predicted for the capital on Saturday, but even if it doesn’t snow it’s going to be freezing cold from the ice rain.

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.11.10 15:54:41 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Swing low, sweet chariot
    Coming for to carry me home,
    Swing low, sweet chariot,
    Coming for to carry me home :twisted:

  • Comment 67, posted at 22.11.10 16:18:17 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 23) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 68, posted at 24.11.10 14:57:28 by chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : :lol: :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 69, posted at 24.11.10 15:01:01 by chaz Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : and we will win them but 10 :mrgreen:

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