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Boks will be “Beefed Up”

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 21 Jul 2008 at 09:10

The Springboks remained upbeat, despite defeat and a growing injury list, when they arrived home from their three-match Australasian Tri-Nations trip on Sunday.

Rugby 365 reports that Bok captain Victor Matfield, speaking after the team’s arrival in Johannesburg, was upbeat about South Africa’s prospects of winning the Tri-Nations series – despite losing two of their games, including a 9-16 loss to Australia at the weekend.

“It is easier to win at home,” said Matfield.

“But it is still going to be tough. We are in a position where we can still win the competition if we win our three home games, especially with the bonus points, which is particularly valuable at the end of the tournament.”

The Bok captain said the bonus point the Boks had taken from their defeat against the Wallabies in Perth at the weekend could be vital as the end of the series looms.

Coach Peter de Villiers said that he will certainly look at the fit-again World Cup Springboks Fourie du Preez and Jaque Fourie for the Test against Argentina in Johannesburg on August 9.

Other players like versatile forward Danie Rossouw and centre Wynand Olivier could also be considered following their superb performances for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup over the past few weeks, while the fitness of prop BJ Botha could perhaps count against his return in a position where the Boks had been found wanting.

De Villiers also had good news regarding the injury to star flank Schalk Burger, who left the field with what seemed to be a neck injury.

Burger should be fit to play in the Tri-Nations home leg and in the Test against Argentina on August 9.

Burger was sidelined for months in 2006 after a neck injury which required surgery.

De Villiers, however, said the decision to take him off the field was merely a precautionary measure.

“Taking him off was just precautionary,” De Villiers said.

Burger will undergo further tests in Cape Town on Monday.

The Boks will reassemble in Pretoria on Wednesday, July 30, to prepare for Argentina, while a number of them will be informed on Monday if they have to join their unions until the squad is announced for the remaining three home Tri-Nations Tests against Australia (two) and New Zealand.

A number of changes could be on the cards.

Matfield put the defeat at the weekend down to the fact that his side did not use their opportunities in the first half.

“In the first half we created opportunities that we failed to use and we were outplayed in the second half.”

De Villiers said the Boks would be better prepared against Australia at home after seeing the Aussies adapting well to the ELVs which they played under for the first time in a Test.


  • I still can’t believe we lost on Saturday.

    The Aussies were diabolical in the first half and if we had taken our chances we might have won.

    3 tough away games on consecutive weekends was always going to be difficult.

    Oh, and Matfield isn’t a captain’s arse never mind a captain of an international rugby team. 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.08 12:18:37 by wpw Reply
  • sheesh i though we were diabolical all game.

    Vic is not a captain

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.08 12:51:01 by Sauce Reply
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  • Can’t put the blame all on Vic.

    The scrumming was poor again this week and we got absolutely cleaned up in the loose. The Aussies were much more physical than us in the contact areas and it’s not often you can say that the Boks are outmuscled. We should have learnt from the Super 14 where guys like Elsom and Palu were immense for the Waratahs.

    I’m concerned about the Boks scrum though. First game against the AB’s were got drilled, then turned it around the next week, only to return to being poor yet again. That’s not good enough!

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.08 14:28:37 by Villie Reply
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  • Villie

    Vic doesn’t lead by example. On more than one occasion he was standing doing nothing while Bakkies, Gurthro and Juan were the only guys cleaning out rucks and supporting the ball carrier.

    Victor is a lazy player who thinks his only job is to take ball in the lineout and scrum.

    I haven’t seen him clean out a ruck for ages and he doesn’t make nearly as many tackles as he should.

    We lost the game because the farkin forwards were hanging around in the backline.

    The only forwards to offer much in the tight loose was Juan, Burger, Bakkies and Gurthro.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.08 14:39:07 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Same can be said of Spies and Kanko…I think they don’t think clearing rucks is part of their game!??!

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.08 16:24:59 by Hmmm Reply

  • Will be happy to see the return of J Fourie and Danie…but Danie as a lock…sure he will make more of an impact than Andries has….
    Would hate to see Adi lose his place for Fourie…so not sure how to work that…maybe play either on the wing!??!

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.08 16:36:26 by Hmmm Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Vic Doesn’t lead………….why bother adding the by example but. 👿

    He couldn’t lead a a turd to a sewerage farm going with the flow.

    Only reason we won last week was coz he was sent off. Fortunately the interviewd the real leader after the match and not “drol in die drinkwater”

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.08 16:37:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 6) :

    Fourie, YES!

    Danie must stay where he is.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.08 16:37:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 6) :

    No, i think Fourie must go ahead of Adi and play a wing on the wing. Playing a guy out of position just to keep him in the team isn’t on IMO.

    Move Adi to the bench and Let Steyn have a break.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.08 16:39:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    He has been an enforcer in the CC…and he seems a bit quicker too…and doing well in teh line-out )stealing ball)…
    PdV keeps on replacing Bakkies with Andries and then you have two Vic like players on the park…
    I’d play Danie off the bench as lock…he would make a real impact!??!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.08 16:53:04 by Hmmm Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    Maybe you are right…but our wings are playing poorly too…so cannot do worse!??!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.08 16:53:59 by Hmmm Reply

  • Why is Joe not released!??!

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.08 16:55:06 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 10) :

    Don’t fall into the trap of making a player a Bok because of a half decent CC. 😉

    I agree with your reasoning but then PDV must wake up and sub Matfield, hopefully that will happen when John is back to lead the drifting ship.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.08 16:56:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I see Walter leaped into second spot on FL and if the LIONS win this weekend can surely take over 1st stop!??!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.08 16:58:48 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 11) :

    I don’t agree with that and will quote Naas on the issue as he hit the nail on the head.

    Our backs play the quick hand thing tooo well and instead of drawing the opposition before getting the ball to the wing they just spin it wide as fast as they can and then Habana, Ndungane or JPP get the ball with 3 defenders commited to doing nothing else but stop the wing.

    Our inside backs are to blame for our wings not performing.

    Go back to the days when cabous played for the Sharks he had an awesome try count not becasue he was great (he was great though) but becasue he had room to move and maybe one man to beat when he got the ball.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.08 17:00:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) :

    I saw that.

    i also hopped up two spots to 20 from 22. 😎 😳

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.08 17:02:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    But it is not going to happen this 3N…and we need beef in the tackle ball situation…
    For that reason I say start with Joe and play Kanko off the bench
    And start with Bakkies and play Danie off the bench (as lock)…he will take over where Bakkies left off (not quite the same but at least still an enforcer…he has pushed the likes of Muller and all around)…
    I also think that was the reason he was rested for the Boland game….

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.08 17:02:07 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 17) :

    i see your point and agree to a certain extent but only because PDV (Like JW) has his blue eyed boy and will not drop him.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.08 17:04:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    It was embarrassing to be out-muscled by the Aussies on the ground…
    Spies pushed no one off any ball…when we lost Schalk and Kanko come on he did nothing at the tackle ball…
    Then PdV went and replaced Bakkies and poor Juan was the lone man fighting the fight on the ground!??!

    He was at least assisted by Guthro and every now and again CJ…
    At least when Strauss came on he pushed the Aussies off one ball (Britz was nowhere in the tackle ball situation and he had no reason to gooi a tantrum when subbed…he was lucky not to be replaced sooner)

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.08 17:07:45 by Hmmm Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    Agree to an extent…but go look where Lote and Hayes got most of their ball? Not out wide!??! They broke through teh middle several times and not only from structured play…

    Out wings have been lazy…

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.08 17:12:13 by Hmmm Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) :

    I have climbed every week…first week I was at 18 I think and I am now at 8…
    I had a bad scoring round (my second lowest ever) but luckily the others infront of me had even worse…so I climbed 1 place….

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.08 17:15:29 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) : he’s doing well, that’s for sure

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.08 17:18:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    I’m guessing his team is stacked with LIONS players…

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.08 17:32:23 by Hmmm Reply

  • Cannot remember if you have any semi-final and final rules to the league…

    But can I make a suggestion that the points are multiplied by 50% for a semi and 100% for a final…

    Example…you got 1 point if your player was in the match 22…so you will get 1.5 if he is in a match 22 for the semi’s…and 2 for a final….
    Same with all other points!??!

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.08 17:35:05 by Hmmm Reply


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