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De Villiers: We’ll fix mistakes

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 15 Jun 2008 at 01:35

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers is not at all worried at the shaky performance of the Springboks in beating Wales 37-21 in their second Test played at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

News 24 reports that De Villiers has promised that the Springboks will rectify whatever mistakes they committed when they face Italy in their one-off Test at Newlands in Cape Town next Saturday.

At the same time, De Villiers was more accepting of the Springboks’ showing because of the brute force and determination displayed by Wales as they stayed within reach of beating the Springboks for an hour, at least.

“I am not at all surprised at the way they came at us. In fact I was expecting that and they played like true champions. Our defence let us down and we allowed their confidence to grow. This week they played the old laws better than they did last week,” said De Villiers.

De Villiers was also quick to defend his team’s performance by highlighting the fact that the ball didn’t bounce in their favour as many times this week as it did last week.

“I don’t think we struggled, it was just a case of the ball bouncing nicely for us last week and this week it bounced in their favour. We didn’t commit enough players to the ruck but I’m happy if we can play like this in the Tri-Nations. At times we were brilliant and we shouldn’t underestimate Italy next week because they are a proud nation. We will, though, address a few things going into that game.”

Springbok captain John Smit complimented the Welsh for the tenacity they showed but stated that his team never felt like the match was going to slip away from them even when Wales took over the lead twice in the game.

“We knew they were going to be a different kettle of fish. Last week we ruled the breakdowns but this week we had to share the spoils. They took their chances when they came their way. Their two tries made us more cautious but we have learnt that we have to be more accurate in our execution,” Smit said.

However Welsh coach Warren Gatland wasn’t pleased with some of the decisions made on the day by the referee but felt that his team gave a spirited performance that was better than the previous week.

“I am really proud of the performance and I felt that we were in the game for 50 to 60 minutes and it could have been for us to win. I do feel aggrieved at some of the refereeing decisions and I feel that we were unlucky in front of their poles. The better team won but we put pressure on them and could have won. The scoreline is irrelevant as our performance improved considerably. The guys showed a massive amount of maturity out there,” Gatland said.


  • Drop Chavanga, pick Kanko to start.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.06.08 09:35:45 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) : Someone buy that man a beer!

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.06.08 10:03:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • The scoreline is irrelevant
    And that sir, is precisely why Wales have the record they do against SA. With a mentality like that you can always be proud losers. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.06.08 10:10:57 by yossarian Reply

  • @yossarian (Comment 3) : Where’ve you been hiding, yoss?

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.06.08 10:22:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : he he
    Not much time at work to blog, dropped a tree on my line at home so no ADSL for a wee while.

    Also been spending a fair bit of spare time working on the house. Have to get it in the market next week. Hopefully the big move ( Auk ) will happen in November.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.06.08 10:27:00 by yossarian Reply

  • I cant wait to hear how wpw will try to justify selecting Tonderai “Hands of Soap” Chavanga again. Cant tackle, cant catch, tactically naive – he would be better served playing some CC rugby under Rassie than making his name gat for the Boks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.06.08 11:11:05 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : You mean al coetzee? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.06.08 11:13:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) : But maybe not against Italy. Against the big boys of the Southern Hemisphere definitely.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.06.08 12:57:17 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :
    Right you are Bob.

    @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 8) :
    Nope, I reckon we should have played our best team against the Welsh yesterday – now we have no choice but to pick our best team against Italy – we dare not go into the Tri-Nations with an untested and unsettled first choice team (bar hooker).

    This means that Monty and Kanko must start, and anybody but Chavanga must play 14.

    I reckon the front row is great as is – Beast actually impressed me more than I expected in the scrums, and I reckon he will get better with each game. CJ is the best bench prop in the world in my opinion – dynamic, aggressive and covers both sides (I know Rob, I know).

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.06.08 13:40:04 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Schalk please get well and come back

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.08 13:42:57 by yossarian Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : So he should play for Province? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.06.08 13:46:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.06.08 13:57:16 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) :

    No Monty nor Smiff…

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.06.08 04:39:29 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • The Boks game plan was shocking, they assumed of being dominate after 20 minutes that they had the right to swing the ball around helter skelter….now either that is a coaching problem or the players were not listening to the coach staff…..either of which to my mind is a major problem.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.06.08 09:45:08 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 14) : DP, I ain’t loaded your team yet, cos I wasn’t sure if you wanted Varkhond or Baywatch…

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.06.08 09:52:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Baywatch please Rob….

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.06.08 09:54:08 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 16) : sweet – thought so

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.06.08 10:00:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey guys, the Tank is here coming live from Louis Leipolds maternity ward…the wifes in labour since late last nite. Baby Eddie will be making his appearance shortly. Cheers 4 now. P.S. Big Fish is a ladyboy.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.06.08 13:06:34 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) : congrats, big dude!

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.06.08 13:13:39 by robdylan Reply
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