Price of success

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 14 Jul 2008 at 14:41

Springboks Adrian Jacobs and Gurthro Steenkamp were the biggest casualties from the team’s triumphant visit to Carisbrook last Saturday and decisions on their availability for this weekend’s Tri-Nations clash against Australia at the Subiaco Oval, will only be taken later this week. reports. 

This was announced on Monday by Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, who confirmed Jacobs was receiving treatment for a bump on a leg, while Steekamp is suffering from a cut above an eye which needed stitches.

Both players left the field in the 30-28 win over the All Blacks. Speaking at a press conference, De Villiers said the Boks will face another massive test against the Aussies. “Australia are extremely good at putting phases together. They are a very organised unit and I am sure the appointment of Robbie Deans as coach will add an extra dimension to their play.

“We played much better against the All Blacks in Dunedin and are obviously delighted with the win. However, we have already identified a few areas of concern and will work very hard this week to improve on those errors.”

Victor Matfield, who captains the team in the absence of the injured John Smit, believes the Australians will be a huge threat in the lineout. “The Wallaby lineout is always a big threat and they will be very competitive in that department.

Their different tactical approach provides us with an interesting challenge and they have the advantage of playing at home in their first Vodacom Tri-Nations match, while it will be our third consecutive away match,” he said.


  • Another front-rower down.

    Thank goodness we have Oz this week and not NZ

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.07.08 14:42:12 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 1) : Gürthro actually had a superb game on Saturday. That’s the best I’ve seen him play in 2 years.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.07.08 14:50:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Gurthro made 16 tackles on Satruday and was 2nd behind Burger who made 22. 😯

    He also hit quite a few rucks and scrummed very well.

    Now if only CJ can focus on the basics instead of trying out for inside centre.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.07.08 14:51:29 by wpw Reply
  • Surely a player can play with a cut above one eye? 😐

    Don’t whant to stand on any toes, but I felt the Boks looked far better when Matfield left the field and JDV became captain, am I the only one to think so? I think maybe PDV should try out JDV as captain ❓

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.07.08 15:35:41 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 4) : I agree

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.07.08 15:59:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Guthro really did play very well…

    CJ got the right shoulders but Guthro was a solid as can be in the scrums and his defense (as I said earlier on another thread) was awesome…

    He will definitely be a great loss…well at least that will bring Beast in if he cannot play….

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.07.08 16:32:21 by Hmmm Reply

  • Adi had is best game yet in green and gold…and that against the best opposition…
    Hopefully he comes around and recovers…best of luck for him…would like to see what he can do against the Aussies…

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.07.08 16:33:25 by Hmmm Reply


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