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Bok coach starts phasing out process

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 5 Jun 2008 at 16:07

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers named the team everyone expected him to on Thursday, and then delivered what some of the experienced players can regard as a chilling warning ahead of the new international season.

“There is a time to come and a time to go. I am looking to the next four years, and some people may find that their time to go is earlier than expected,” said De Villiers.

Gavin Rich writes on Superrugby that this was after naming a team which excluded stalwarts Percy Montgomery, Victor Matfield and CJ van der Linde from the starting team for the first match against Wales here in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

In all, there were 10 changes to the side that won the World Cup final against England, with not one single combination being retained from that match in Paris. The same can be said for the last team that played under Jake White’s tenure, the convincing win over Wales in Cardiff last November.

As anticipated, Montgomery is replaced by Conrad Jantjes, with Matfield and Van der Linde losing out to two further Stormers players, Andries Bekker and Brian Mujati. Bekker and Mujati are the only new caps in the team, although Adrian Jacobs is back in the midfield after an absence of five years.

With Ricky Januarie being suspended for a disciplinary infraction, Bolla Conradie also comes back for his first Test match since 2005.

A notable omission from the squad is the talented Francois Steyn, which is quite startling if you consider how well Steyn played at last year’s World Cup and his enormous utility value. At the very least you would have imagined that he would be a certainty on the bench.

Another player with utility value, Ruan Pienaar, was also set to miss out, but was recalled when Januarie was suspended.

While De Villiers seemed to be indicating with his comments that the experienced Boks were being phased out, he did also emphasise the enormous value that Matfield had brought to the squad, adding that the big lock had probably made more of a contribution as an outsider than he would have had he been on the playing field.

Luke Watson gets a chance to add to his one cap, earned against Wales last year, by playing in the place of the injured Schalk Burger.

Springbok team: Conrad Jantjes, Tonderai Chavhanga, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Bolla Conradie, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Brian Mujati, John Smit (captain), Gurthro Steenkamp. Bench: Bismarck du Plessis, CJ van der Linde, Victor Matfield, Danie Rossouw, Ruan Pienaar, Peter Grant, Percy Montgomery.


  • 46’s cap was against Samoa, not Wales.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.06.08 16:22:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Before ‘phasing out’ let’s just get through the 3N with an improved win-rate… and then forget 2011… there are the Lions next year… no team of youngsters will beat them…

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.06.08 16:34:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • maak-ie WP almal Bokke… 🙄

    I fear Snor is severely underestimating this Wales team… good thing they are without Henson, Lee Byrne & their 1 & 2 choice scrummies.

    I can’t possibly begin to imagine losing to Wales…at home…for the first time ever 😯 !

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.06.08 16:34:12 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Just looking at that squad again… can’t help but think RP should start with Butch and Bolla off the bench with Grant… but anyways… just glad the game isn’t at some ungodly hour…

    Boks 28- Wales 22 with a half-time scare…

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.06.08 16:37:08 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • He’s not underestimating the Wales team so much as he in severely under-estimating Warren Gatland.

    The part that really riles me is that it shows how poorly he plans tactically.

    For all that I didnt like about Jake, the one I did like was that he was meticulously prepared and ready for any eventuality.
    He’d play the opposition and pick a side to defeat the opposition, irrespective of who they were.

    De Villiers seems to just pick any old side without even picking the players to cover the basics.

    Not picking a kicker in test rugby tantamount is sacriledge.

    The lack of any continuity in any combination strikes me as lunacy and you’d be hard-pressed to find an intenrational coach, even a poor one, who would go down that route.

    It’s shocking to say the least. I was prepared to forgive Piet Snor a bye on his soundbite media comments but this shows a lack of foundation and extreme arrogance.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.06.08 16:39:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • IMO Smit and the seniors will ‘carry’ him through this first series… which is unfortunate as we’ll still be none the wiser come 3N…

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.06.08 16:44:14 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 5) :

    mooi Vinnie, you put it over a lot more eloquently 😀

    Eish, imagine it comes down to missed penalties/conversions – Jones when on song can be deadly… I really don’t understand why Contrad Jantjes has never really worked on his placekicking, would be good to have a back-up kicker to Butch in the starting XV… as for Butch, he is rather prone to the odd off day (or 2) with the boot…

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.06.08 16:44:37 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Le Requinny (Comment 7) :
    I’ve actually seen Conrad practice placekicking and dropkick pre-match. Have only seen him used once for the Box under Harry.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.06.08 16:47:53 by Bok-El Reply

  • Dont understand why Jantjies cant kick – he was an SA junior footballer FFS.
    He even trialled for man u or some equally shitty english side.

    Dont try tell he cant kick.

    BTW – Saw Beckham equal the world record for NFL place kicks. Something like 65 metres!

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.06.08 16:49:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Vinnie
    Not wanting to get into politics here but it seems that your short lived post of yesterday was in fact true – judging by Saru’s statement as posted on Keo earlier today.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.06.08 17:28:14 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : you wanna take it offline? I’ll give you Vinnie’s email address if you promise not to sell it to evil spammers.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.06.08 17:30:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    Not necessary rob, Im not going to get into a discusssion regarding this.

    You can however forward me Vinnies address for future use (possibly) if its OK with him.
    Please forward it to my alternate address which is Superstirrer at sharksworld . com . 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.06.08 17:43:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : I owe you a beer, mate 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.06.08 17:48:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Vinnie’s address should be on the contact us page anyway

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.06.08 17:49:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: Cheers all.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.06.08 17:52:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    Beer for not discussing it or Beer for finally lifting the veil on who Superstirrer is?

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.06.08 17:56:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : assume beer as recognition for the sterling work done in the latter case 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.06.08 18:00:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) :

    lol. In true SARU spirit they’ve effectively admitted it with their vociferous denial. They are so predictable.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.06.08 18:53:08 by VinChainSaw Reply

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