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Attempts to disrupt Boks as Smit Stands behind PdV

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 9 Jun 2008 at 00:46

Allegations of a plot to disrupt the Springbok side ahead of their first Test against Wales at the weekend surfaced in a Sunday newspaper.

News 24 reports that according to Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, there was a massive behind the scenes fight, as several attempts to disrupt the squad were thwarted by the Springbok management in the week leading up to the Test.

Bok coach Peter de Villiers was visibly upset at several phone calls that were made and attempts to portray John Smit and Dick Muir as the ones being in charge, while the influence of a former Springbok coach was also mentioned.

Players in the camp, according to the report, spoke to management about it and it emerged that there was an attempt to disrupt the team’s build-up to the Test, which was the first in which De Villiers – South Africa’s first black coach – was in charge of the team.

Other than the phone calls, the timing of the Brian Mujati article in last week’s press – where his father was named as a Zimbabwean land invader – was also questioned and named as part of the plot.

“I find it very strange that all these things have been happening this last week, and in the week we were about to play our first Test,” De Villiers told Sondag.

Brave decision

Springbok captain John Smit, who celebrated his 50th Test as captain on Saturday told the newspaper he understood that the rest of the country was scared of what de Villiers brought to the position.

“I had my reservations as well before I met Peter,” Smit told the newspaper. “I met him the first time when he came to see me about being captain. It was a brave decision at the time and Peter has a determination to prove himself.”

Smit asked his countrymen to give De Villiers a chance.

“He is still an unknown factor for a lot of people. We need to remember that we were used to Jake White’s style of coaching for four years and we didn’t really know what to expect from Peter. He didn’t have a record in the Super 14 – like Jake – and was successful at Under-21 level.

“We haven’t had much time as a team but every day is getting better under Peter. We get a lot more responsibility and anything that isn’t for the good of the team, is thrown out. We are certainly not treated as children.”

The Springboks will want to follow up their 43-17 win in Bloemfontein with a better performance in Pretoria on Saturday.


  • I for one will be standing behind PdV in support until such time as he proves that he is not the man for the job.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.06.08 00:59:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Smit for president!

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.06.08 04:05:13 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • 3rd Force anyone?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.06.08 08:51:54 by Ollie Reply
  • @Ollie (Comment 3) : I think so too, but let’s not go there 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.06.08 09:14:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sondag? Sounds like a tabloid. 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.06.08 12:02:11 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • This is what ‘Sondag’ says:

    Daar word aangevoer dat die mense agter die komplot Afrikaanse oudspelers en -afrigters is wat weer beheer wil oorneem van SA Rugby nadat Peter se mense dit “gekaap” het.

    Petty politics in my book, so won’t go there. But if true the persons involved dhould be ashamed of themselves. 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.06.08 12:04:41 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • The only true part about the “Third Force” is that there is more than one “Third Force”

    Depending on whom you will anyway Id as Force 1 and Force two- presumeable the “Ones in Charge( Who used to be white) and Those who wants to be in charged ( Who use to be not white)

    Now it is seemingly – in rugby otherwise

    Now we deal with provincial bias- player management groups etc

    lost of spinning out there.

    And no- from what I have heard- the oke that has phoned – does not usually speaks afrikaans….

    it may depens who I am listening to, but seriously I would like to hear the journo breaking the story to name his “phone in detractor”

    I agree with the sentiment that CoachDiv needs to be supported and for sure the Senior players has done that Saturday!

    Kudo’s to them!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.06.08 12:17:37 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • So who might be unhappy with “senior players” supporting the new coach?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.06.08 12:18:57 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • Still very sensitive about ‘Afrikaans’ hey OO? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.06.08 12:24:22 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • And FYI Rob, I’m not trying to start something… (or stir) 😯

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.06.08 12:24:56 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 9) :

    I am senitive about undue bullshit Wes

    Nothing More!

    And Rob dont need to protect me against you – I will argue this in an adult way

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.06.08 12:27:24 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 10) : yes you are and you know it too! Cease and desist, or else (note: no smiley)

    Anyway, whatever’s going on here, it’s counterproductive BS that deserves no airtime or credence, in my book. I’m very happy with the way the Boks played this weekend and if that was what we can expect from them going forward, I’ll be quite happy.

    I just wish everybody could get over this meaningless colour debate, already.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.06.08 12:29:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 11) : I have no doubt you would argue it maturely. Problem is, it’s not the sort of debate that I want to have on this blog. Wes knows that, as would anybody who’s read The Rules.

    The hints are becoming less subtle, as I’m sure you’ll notice 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.06.08 12:31:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Robd

    The fight is about power

    it is by default colourless, or if you will languageless.

    Colour gets roped in to distract the real lines of interest!

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.06.08 12:32:27 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    No problem RobD

    its your pOOl

    Just say the word – and I am gone!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.06.08 12:33:42 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 14) : yes. I think you are right about that. Kind of like what Marx said about religion being the opiate of the masses. Language, colour and creed are all very simple buttons to push in order to rally the rabble to one’s cause.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.06.08 12:34:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Parley parley….pirates please take this off-line

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.06.08 12:36:25 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 15) : That’s not what I meant at all. If I didn’t want you here, I would have taken that step already.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.06.08 12:36:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 17) : yeah – that’s a good point. plenty of rugby-related stuff to talk about on the site.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.06.08 12:38:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • i’d also stand behind pdv. he screams so loud when he talks and he probably also spits. so to stay dry and save my ear drums it is better to stand behind him.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.06.08 14:11:26 by try time Reply


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