Albert Einstein once said…

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 7 Jul 2008 at 18:01

…that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results was the very definition of lunacy.

On that note news24 reports of our very own Coach Courageous vowing not to change tack for our second Orc encounter.

The Springboks will be looking to cook up a much better performance against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday, but the recipe will remain the same, according to coach Peter de Villiers.

South Africa were caught on the back foot by the superb All Blacks forwards in the opening Tri-Nations Test in Wellington, going on to lose 19-8 and failing to overturn a 10-year losing record on New Zealand soil.

To make matters worse, they are likely to be without injured captain John Smit, who gees up his team in magnificent fashion, plays a vital role in the set-pieces and is a fierce tackler at close quarters.

But De Villiers hinted on Monday that he will be keeping changes to a minimum for the second Tri-Nations Test.

“Why make changes unless those changes are for the better? We won’t change the game plan because of the type of players we have. The game plan has already been set around the players that we have, although we will change some of the patterns within that game plan,” De Villiers said.

“It’s never easy to lose, it’s a bit like a death in the family, but the guys are not down, the sun will still shine tomorrow.”

‘There is always pressure’

De Villiers cracked several jokes at Monday’s press conference, but is it a case of gallows humour because the pressure is on as the new Springbok coach?

“There is always pressure, you take it and you move on. I’m no longer the new Springbok coach, I’m over 50 now and my wife will tell you that there’s not much new after that,” he said.

Wellington was a wet, windy and cold place over the weekend, and De Villiers said the All Blacks were much more at home in those conditions.

“We played it wrong in that weather. We wanted to dominate in the first phases and get on the front foot and we wanted to dominate the collisions. The wind was a bit strong though and they had a better kicking game than us.”

Not for the first time, the Springboks were also burned at the breakdown.

“New Zealand were clinical on the floor, while we maybe got caught in between the new and old laws, we weren’t really sure what we could do. We maybe played with more discipline than we needed to,” De Villiers said.

‘I’m very happy’

Vice-captain Victor Matfield, who is likely to lead the Springboks in Dunedin, said he was happy with the postmortems that had been done on the Wellington game.

“We’ve had two sessions already, looking at what we want to achieve and where we can do better. There’s much more clarity now and I’m very happy with the work we’ve done,” he said.

Flyhalf Butch James was the man caught in the middle as the Springboks’ succumbed to the masterful tactical kicking of Dan Carter, but Matfield said the Bath pivot needed support from his teammates.

“A lot has been said about our kicking play, but it’s not just about the kicker. It’s also about the forwards getting the kicker into position and about the chase,” Matfield said.

Matfield also said the Springboks needed to be more decisive in their decision-making, but he did not agree with suggestions that they were off the pace in Wellington or slow to adapt to the Experimental Law Variations used for the first time in a Test.


  • It’s very seldom that all rugby scribes ascribe the same reasons for losing a test match.

    This weekedn past was one of those where every single SA rugby scribe, myself included, bemoaned the lack of a kicker at pivot and a tighthead ion the pack for the loss.

    And yet still he doesn’t want to make changes and would rather persist with somethign that hasn’t worked.

    Cue the same result – they’re gonna kick us out of the game (again) but this time they’ll proabbly do it even more ruthlessly and throw something new at us too.

    Yet Peter is unphased…

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.07.08 19:04:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • I’m a huge Butch James fan, but you cant blame anybody else for his horrendous kicking. Knowing Butch, I don’t think he would expect anybody to do so either.

    I sort of expect PDV to have a few heavy first games in charge, during which he will have his softness ironed out and learn that Test rugby is unforgiving – after that his quality will shine through. Or not.

    Lets not forget that many of PDV’s critics also had a full go at Jake, and that Jake started with much less pressure, taking over a team at its nadir.

    Not disagreeing with your points Vinmeister, but just adding my qualifications.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.07.08 20:04:18 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • 100% fish.

    I am being very harsh on him.
    Just frustrated I suppose.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.07.08 23:01:57 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 3) : Tough love is good…now and then…

    How many changes would you have made Vinnie?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.07.08 08:30:29 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Vinnie

    I watched Superrugby on Kyknet last night 🙄 and there were quite a few interesting points raised.

    Toks VD Linde thinks that the Boks don’t practice scrums the way they used to… He also thinks the problem is not necessarily with the two props…

    He thinks the flankers are not doing their job at scrum time and the scrum is not working cos they are not scrumming as a unit…

    In other words, theres no cohesion…

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.07.08 09:08:48 by wpw Reply
  • The flankers are also more interested in playing to the ball even though the scrum isn’t over yet…

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.07.08 09:10:30 by wpw Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    Lets hope so…we all know what happened to Harry Viljoen…he gave under teh pressure and it was over before it started…

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.07.08 09:20:51 by Hmmm Reply

  • We are all complaining so much that we not looking at the positive…

    I very much loved how Woodcock ran into Schalk and full speed and on connection he bounced off as if he ran into a wall…LoL
    Then the NZ commentators asked what is Schalk made of…definitely not flesh and blood the other replied….LoL
    And Woodcock weighs over 130 kg…

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.07.08 09:24:07 by Hmmm Reply

  • And Schalk more than answered all the fears that he is not match fit after 20 min of test rugby….he was in a league of his on…pick of all the loose forwards that played Saturday….

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.07.08 09:25:11 by Hmmm Reply

  • I saw Bobby at ORT airport on Friday night (he was in studio commentator for the test)…he still looks very very young hey….how old is he?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.07.08 09:26:12 by Hmmm Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    I think that is far fetched…all the teams do that….

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.07.08 09:26:54 by Hmmm Reply

  • Toks must just learn that he does not HAVE to have an opinion…

    Jinne the old-WP ouens are very opinionated but hardly ever make sense….

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.07.08 09:27:44 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hmmm

    Who cares if Toks played for WP.

    So now former players are not allowed to say what they think???

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.07.08 09:37:13 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 13) :

    Well maybe I just expect too much from former players…
    But what has been coming out of the old-WP fold has been embarrassing…
    So if I was a WP ou I would hope they keep their mouths shut…

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.07.08 09:45:06 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hmmm

    What the hell are you talking about???

    If you didn’t watch the program I suggest you shut it.

    Joost, Paulse and Toks were mostly responding to what callers where asking them.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.07.08 09:49:10 by wpw Reply

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