Boks to bash Oz

Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Original Content on 18 Jul 2008 at 13:13

There is no reason our World Champs cannot smash the Wallabies tomorrow.

That is unless you take into regard the fact that they have two of the best players on the ground forcing turn-overs, and that it is an area where rugby under the ELV’s are often won and lost.

I am under no illusions that the Boks were slightly lucky in not having to face McCaw in New Zealand in our emphatic win last weekend, and that Schalk basically had free reigns – something that will drastically change this time around.

Also, make no mistake – two tests against (now) the second best team in the world is no small matter, and our boys are playing their third test in 3 weeks.

Add to this we are missing players through injury, suspension and rotation leaving us with a host of new combinations yet again, and I would forgive you for thinking I am on drugs.

But here is the thing…

For the first time in a very, very long time, I actually believe our boy are starting to believe they are the best in the world, and that they can beat anyone, anywhere, anytime.

There is an air of confidence around this team, and even with losses to players like Smit, Du Preez and Fourie you still get the feeling that man for man, we got the edge against the Ozzies.

The Boks have not won away from home often in the recent past, and that to me is more about what was in their heads, than what was produced on the field. Just ask Tim Goodenough how important the mental side of rugby is especially when touring, and what a winning mindset, and never say die attitude can do to even an average team – something our boys are certainly not.

Coming back to rugby reasons however, I still think we should win.

I did mention that the Aussies, according to Verusco statistics, have the best player in the team when it comes to turn-over’s forced in Smith and Waugh – and at some stage they will even be on the field together!

The Aussies are also pretty well rested in comparison to the Boks who has come off two bruising tests.

But do not forget, the Boks will hit the ground running having played two tests now under the ELV’s, which Australia might take some time to adapt to having played under the old laws in their incoming tours.

I also think De Villiers should not concern him too much to pick loosies to combat Smith and Waugh. Once you start picking a team to try and combat the opponents strengths, you can very easily fall into the trap of also playing the game the way they want you to play, and not playing the game you want to according to your strengths.

When it comes to work rate, tackling and strength and power in carrying up the ball, the Boks nail the Aussies in this department, and is also the reason why they should play a game to use this strength of ours. Make them play the way we want to.

Also, in the tight 5 we should also have the upper hand, and as many a test proved, when your tight 5 is shunted backwards, your loosies and backline means very little.

The Boks should not deviate from the brutality we tackle every test. Our boys scare the living daylights out of teams, and for good reason, they are a bunch of sissies.

But it is mentally where the Boks have the edge, and I have seen enough rugby games in my life to know that if you win the mental battle first, game-plans and tactics on the field is secondary to victory.

It is why I believe we will welcome our boys back as the number one team in the world next week, having scored a 4 point victory over Australia!


  • Bunch of sissies. All of them. 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.07.08 13:20:12 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • awesome piece – thanks Morras.

    Go BOKKE! Our blood is GREEN!

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.07.08 13:25:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) : for once we agree 😉 oh ok you picked the Sharks to win, so we agree on two things 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.07.08 13:29:52 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • last weekend i danced all the way home from the bar after the game, and i didn’t even drink 2 full beers during the game cos it was too tense.

    hopefully i will be dancing again this weekend, even if i do look like a sissy…

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.07.08 13:40:10 by knersboy Reply

  • knersboy

    Lyk my die ou is n bietjie ‘lug op juice’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.07.08 14:00:07 by wpw Reply
  • just follow the yellow brick road. oz is the guy at the end.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.07.08 14:00:34 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : my blood is a healthy red. better go to a doctor and check it out, could be gangrene.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.07.08 14:02:34 by try time Reply

  • Jean De Villiers lightened the mood a bit at a press conference in AUS when he said he wondered whether he was allowed to claim to be the first Springbok captain to win in Dunedin.

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.07.08 14:04:58 by wpw Reply
  • Boks to bash Oz — violent title that 🙂 but i hope we’ll do just that tomorrow. Bokke!!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.07.08 14:07:20 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 7) : ah, that good old infallible try time humour 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.07.08 14:19:22 by robdylan Reply
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    This early morning binge drinking is going to be the end of me

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.07.08 15:45:09 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 11) : I will stay sober for the Sharks. I will stay sober for the Sharks. I will stay sober for the Sharks. I will stay sober for the Sharks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.07.08 16:02:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 12) : 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.07.08 16:05:22 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 12) : Luckily i can squeeze in a few hours sleep between WP and the BOkke.
    2 should be alright.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.07.08 16:05:42 by PJLD Reply
  • PJLD

    You actually gonna watch WP against the Valke??? 😯 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.07.08 16:10:22 by wpw Reply
  • Yes bru
    Fairweather supporter i am not.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.07.08 16:12:27 by PJLD Reply
  • Flintoff OUT!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.07.08 16:20:40 by wpw Reply
  • 44.2 Steyn to Flintoff, OUT, wide and loose, and Flintoff has a flat-footed swipe that flies through to Boucher!
    A Flintoff c wicketkeeperBoucher b Steyn 17 (28b 4×4 0x6) SR: 60.71

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.07.08 16:21:10 by wpw Reply
  • Eng 177/7

    Smith is a real ‘box’ for sending England in to bat after winning the toss… 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.07.08 16:22:13 by wpw Reply
  • 177/7 😯 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.07.08 16:24:10 by PJLD Reply
  • 45.2 Morkel to Broad, OUT, driven with hard hands, and expertly plucked high at third slip. Well, he had to try something, but he picked the wrong ball to try it, and now England are really in trouble. As opposed to mostly in trouble

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.07.08 16:30:51 by wpw Reply
  • Its now 181/8 :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.07.08 16:32:16 by wpw Reply
  • 196/9

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.07.08 16:52:05 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Ou Smittie is a genius. i knew bowling first would be a good idea. 🙄 😳

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.07.08 16:52:59 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Cheers peoples enjoy the naweek

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.07.08 16:59:51 by PJLD Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 24) : 😆 Im sure you sent him the sms…

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.07.08 17:10:30 by blackshark Reply

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  • 203 all out. 😀

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.07.08 17:11:18 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • I still think Smith is a tonsil 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.07.08 17:12:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 26) : Fortunately he didn’t listen to me this time. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.07.08 17:13:14 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Morkel & Steyn both 4 wickets & Boucher 5 catches.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.07.08 17:16:06 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Lets hope we can do better.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.07.08 17:17:53 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • McKenzie off the mark.

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.07.08 17:23:20 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Dont say that about the BOK skipper :Wink:

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.07.08 17:26:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • 3/0 – 2 overs

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.07.08 17:29:36 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 33) : I have an edit button 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.07.08 17:31:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • 27/0 – Smith 25 off 27 balls.

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.07.08 17:50:28 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Still 30 overs to be bowled today. 😯

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.07.08 17:55:48 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : I dont 👿

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.07.08 17:56:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 38) : you could get one… if…

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.07.08 18:01:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • …I start ?

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.07.08 18:17:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 40) : well, no… not that drastic. But if you want to help out with admin of the site…

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.07.08 18:24:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Sharks are so kak this year…

    RD…much improved pic at the top.

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.07.08 18:33:38 by klempie Reply

  • Butch has had 3 very poor games in a row…
    I think it is time that PdV looks at other options now or he needs to send Butch to play for one of the provinces for a game or two…
    His kicking is very poor…his defence is poor (tackling great but he needs to get hold of the player first…they ducking and stepping him)…his passing is so and he asks no questions at all with ball in hand (when last has he run at the opposition…which in my mind makes him predictable too)…

    I donno who cozz Frans is not the answer yet….and clearly Grant is not either as he played centre when he came on to replace Butch…

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.07.08 09:10:20 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 43) : Play Grant @ 10 but I see Pienaar are now an option, IMO this might backfire as Steyn against Italy 🙄

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.07.08 09:15:13 by Charlie Reply

  • Biggest mistake PdV made was playing Jantjies!??!
    The Aussies yet again managed to find a lot of grass at our side of the field…
    He did not catch a single high ball that was contested…
    But those all are still fine…were not all that bad…

    But his defence (if you can call it defence)…I mean the slap on the shoulder of Lotu!??! Yeh that would really bring him to ground…when all he had to do was dive and grab onto the knees…which would not have been to difficult to do as Lotu just stepped his way after stepping a wrong footed Bok (could not see the number)…
    And that was just one occasion…

    He can run well with the ball…but that does not happen all that much at this level as you just don’t have the space…so why ever select him!???!

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.07.08 09:15:17 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 44) :

    The no 10 jersey is like free for all at this stage…
    Anyone could be a possible 10 it seems…

    PdV just needs to pick 1 and say you better make it your own and quick!??!

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.07.08 09:16:38 by Hmmm Reply

  • I wonder what the idea was behind moving Grant to centre when he replaced Butch!??!

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.07.08 09:17:33 by Hmmm Reply

  • The problem in the first test and the one against Aus is that they found a lot of space behind us nad forced us way back in our own side…

    If Adi is fit…I’d play Adi at 13 and Frans at 14 with Percy at 15…

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.07.08 09:20:05 by Hmmm Reply

  • Or if Adi is not fit I’d even bring in JFourie…
    He has looked good every minute he has played this season…
    And leave either JPP or Odwa out of the squad for the home games….

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.07.08 09:21:29 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 49) : I would play the following backline against Argentina…

    15. Steyn
    14. JPP
    13. Jacobs
    12. JDV
    11. Habana
    10. Grant
    9. Januarie

    IMO, Butch James are really struggling, Grant can kick, distribute, tackle and organise a backline… 😉

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.07.08 09:30:32 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 50) :

    Butch is doing worse than just struggling…
    Yeh that does not look like a bad backline…but I will still play Percy against the likes of NZ and Aus as he closes any and all gaps at the back…it is like all of the back 3 are better when he is playing…

    That is why I’d play Frans at 14…he would have more space there and he can still join the line to make an impact…

    And he would have more time to make his monster kicks…or even monster drop goals….

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.07.08 09:48:32 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 51) : Percy’s a carthorse…he could not even beat the NZ prop… 🙄

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.07.08 10:11:13 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 52) :

    Yeh but he still has a lot of other things that seem to have a greater bearing on the side’s outcome to offer…
    Like the way he closes the spaces at the back (in spite being a carhorse…he still seems to have the pitch covered…a lot less of his balls bouce than when Conrad is at the back)..

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.07.08 10:17:38 by Hmmm Reply

  • Oh yes….another mistake from PdV in my opinion…playing Spies and Kanko…
    And we lost a lot of grunt in the tackle ball area by playing Spies and Kanko…
    Seems Joe has something to offer than what the other two still need to work on…

    I’ll bring Joe back and have Spies and Kanko work on their ground work….

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.07.08 10:19:50 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 54) : Agree…Joe had prove his worth during his absence… 😉

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.07.08 10:35:24 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 55) :

    And neither Spies not Kanko made any more impact in general play with ball in hand than what Joe did…

    So I don’t know…from what I can tell Joe is the No one 8 at this stage…

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.07.08 10:45:18 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 56) : Agree… 😛

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.07.08 11:06:09 by Charlie Reply


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