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Boks can break 10-year drought

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 24 Jun 2008 at 06:29

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus agrees with Nick Mallett that the Springboks have a good chance of winning a rugby Test match in New Zealand for the first time in a decade.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Mallett, who coached Italy for last week’s Test at Newlands, was the Springbok coach when South Africa won 13-3 in 1998.

Erasmus, who was unable to play in Wellington that day because of an abscess on one of his legs, is optimistic about the two Test matches in New Zealand next month.

“Just imagine the Springboks without BJ Botha, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Jean de Villiers, Schalk Burger and Percy Montgomery,” Erasmus said on Monday.

“That is basically the situation in which the All Blacks find themselves.

“Carl Hayman, a feared tighthead prop, is no longer playing for them. Chris Jack has left and their other top lock forward, Ali Williams, and their captain and star flank, Richie McCaw, are injured.”

Inside centre Aaron Mauger is also not in the team, Erasmus pointed out.

“The South Africans have more stability. We lost a little aura when Os du Randt retired but there are still good loosehead props.”

Tested for concussion

South Africa should leave for New Zealand with a good chance to win, the Stormers coach said. However, he did not want to discuss Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’s options in selecting combinations.

“Peter may be looking at the game differently than Jake White did and he will choose the players who fit in with his vision,” he said.

The Springboks play the All Blacks in Wellington on July 5 and in Dunedin the next weekend, before taking on the Wallabies in Perth.

The squad of 28 will be announced on Tuesday.

Talented No. 8 Ryan Kankowski will be tested for concussion on Tuesday after being told to take two days off.

However, he was feeling well on Monday and will probably be included.

The other leading No. 8, Pierre Spies, did not play against Italy last week but is said to be 100% fit.

He was given off last week to undergo tests to ensure he had overcome his problem with blood clots on the lungs.

Butch James, who was also rested last week, will rejoin the squad and is likely to be the first-choice flyhalf in New Zealand.


  • We can beat the All Blacks. We just need to shut the hell up and stop talking about it in the media.

    If its not former players then its coaches mouthing off about our chances this year.

    Shut up and do the freakin talking on the field!!! 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.08 07:44:37 by wpw Reply
  • the boks have to get there early. they need to make sure they have a full weeks training in nz before the game. our biggest problem is the jet lag.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.08 08:28:43 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 2) : IMO the starting team must be chosen on merit and merit alone, the side will need to have a game plan and one that will play to our strengths and to nullify the AB’s potency in the centre and off the fringes of the scrum. There can be no room from provincialism or “window dressing” to appease SARFU’s transformation policy.
    The pack needs to be one that can dominate the ABs and ensure that their primary ball is slow and comes under pressure.
    Discipline is cardinal and the ball carrier needs to have support( this has been one feature that has been lacking recently)
    There is no reason why the Boks cannot win, the biggest obstacle to this goal is SA’s tendency to shoot ourselves in the foot.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.08 09:26:00 by Ragged Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 1) : I couldn’t agree more. Too much hype.The proof is in the pudding.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.08 09:34:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ragged (Comment 3) : dammit, dude, I’m not going to tell you again that we don’t discuss politics on this blog.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.08 09:35:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • We need to stick to experience ie mostly world cup winners. We WILL lose if we think we can play an expansive game againt the AB’s and win.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.08 09:36:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This is certainly our best chance for years. I will be extremely disappointed if we don’t win one of the two in NZ…but aiming for both!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.08 09:44:48 by Villie Reply
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  • Well Nz are struggling at lock, now openside with McCaw’s injury and further news is that they also haven’t settled on a scrummie with Leonard having surgery and missing the 3N!

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.08 13:12:39 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • i don’t want to sound negative, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.08 13:16:35 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.08 13:17:14 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply


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