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Big problems for Boks to solve

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 17 Aug 2008 at 22:44

Bryan Habana’s leg injury is probably not too serious but South Africa have bigger problems to solve before the Springboks play Australia in a Tri-Nations rugby Test in Durban on Saturday.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the 0-19 defeat against New Zealand here on Saturday reopened old problems in the Springbok camp.

All Black flyhalf Dan Carter had an off day with his goal kicking but tactically he towered above his opposite number, Butch James.

The New Zealand kingpin played cleverly and sealed the victory with a try under the posts.

James failed to stamp his mark on the match at Newlands.

The selection of the loose forwards will be most interesting when the teams for this week’s match are announced.

The South Africans were humiliated at the breakdown points on Saturday, when All Black captain Richie McCaw was in a class of his own.

When the Wallabies beat the Springboks 16-9 in Perth last month, they also dominated exchanges on the ground.

The Australians have two outstanding open-side flanks, George Smith and Phil Waugh, who can also be utilised in tandem.

More competitive at breakdown points

Luke Watson was sent on to replace Springbok star Schalk Burger on the hour mark on Saturday. Coach Peter de Villiers said later it had been done to manage Burger’s game time after his recovery from an injury.

It is possible that Watson will be more involved this week to ensure the Springboks will be more competitive at breakdown points.

“There are more opportunities for fetchers now because the game opens up and players are isolated,” Waugh said on Sunday. He added that South Africa had conceded possession at critical times against the All Blacks.

Habana was replaced in the 48th minute when Conrad Jantjes took over on the wing. Habana’s place against Australia could go to anyone of Jantjes, Jongi Nokwe or Frans Steyn.

The Springboks are under pressure now to retain their chance of winning the Tri-Nations this season. They have to beat the Australians and must score four tries to ad a bonus point.

De Villiers feels Wallaby flyhalf Matt Giteau is unlikely to match Carter’s ability to play a kicking game.

“Australia have a lot of speed and they will be out to retain possession,” he said at the weekend.


  • Luke Watson is not the answer here. He could have been 2 years ago, when he was still only a fetcher. Now he is a sort of a McCaw, only seriously out of depth, for whereas McCaw are a natural and leagues better to start with, Luke was made into something that he cannot be. Like Frans Steyn. Like Ruan Pienaar. We are seriously stuffing up good talent in our rugby.

    We all have our unique strengths and weaknesses. Very rarely one gets an individual like McCaw that are naturaly gifted with the whole packett. To try and combat him, one should look at your own strenghts and not force issues.

    We need a fetcher. Baywatch Grobbelaar are about the only true fetcher of note available at higher levels right now. Wickus van Heerden could also put his hand up there. Jean Deysel to my mind show qualities of a McCaw like giftedness and at least should be given a chance to show if he can or not.

    While John Smit may be the ultimate captain, it is 1 )inevitable that he will be injured at times, and 2 ) his rugby career is quickly approaching the end. And we do not even have an idea where the next ultimate captain will come from. How much people shout Victor or Jean de Villiers, they can be no more than stand-ins at the moment! And then it would seem that they were plucked out of the blue when we had a problem.

    Serious thought needs to be given to this issue. We need a YOUNG captain that are of the caliber to keep his place for years to come. Then we need a qualified backup for him should he get injured. How long has McCaw been AB captain? When was he identified? Has his commitment dwindled at all? There are a serious lesson to be learnt here.

    If PDV wants to do himself a favour, he should be on the lookout for such a man. John Smit has about a year in which he can tutor such a guy.

    I like PDV’s idea about an more expansive game, but the way he goes about it are wrong IMO. Any constructive attack can only come once you have established superiority at the set pieces and the breakdowns. Once that happens, you can commit less players to the breakdowns. Not in droves, but one here and there. Should you by doing that give away your accendancy in the set pieces or dominance at the rucks, you should go back to plan A.

    But that needs commitment and self dissipline. Of which we are only capable every now and then. That be an old SA mental problem that should be adressed nationwide.

    Once again let me use McCaw as an example. He stays motivated and focussed week after week. After having achieved all he possibly could at the very highest level. How does he do that other than by purely loving the game and understanding that he does what he does well, for himself and for his country. Ever noticed that you need to practically force the guy to be injured? Do we not promote the wrong ideas in our rugby?

    In my ( humble ) opinion, talk to Deysel, send him off to some phsycological courses if need be and maybe he could be the SA captain fantastic.

    I will stop here or charge this Blogg for a thread of me own.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.08 06:13:47 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • PDV last night on the news claiming losing the Tri-Nations are not a “train smash”. Yes Pete, but in South African rugby language it would at least be a “bus disaster”?

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.08 07:08:48 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • Don’t try and run from everywhere.

    Don’t take quick throw ins in the in goal area.

    Don’t kick the ball over the dead ball line.

    Don’t kick directly into touch unless you’re allowed to.

    Don’t concede a million turnovers.

    Don’t make Matfield Captain.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.08.08 07:15:17 by McLovin Reply
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) : De Villiers was an excellent Captain for the Stormers during the S14. He’s young & the best in his position by some way.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.08.08 07:17:05 by McLovin Reply
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) : Deysel McCaw like gifted? 🙄 Slow down. He’s done well in the CC. Come on in leaps and bounds certainly. But lets see him do the business in the S14 against top international players week in & week out.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.08.08 07:19:47 by McLovin Reply
  • Gotta commute. Later.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.08.08 07:20:23 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : Not stating that as a fact, merely seeing some potential that certainly needs to be investigated. “Spotting talent”. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.08.08 07:24:05 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • I agree Deysel would appear to be a special talent, but we must see him play a full season of Super 14 before considering him for higher honours

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.08.08 07:54:15 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Personally i though Schalla hyper extended his knee at the very first ruck and played through, Watson was annoymous when he came on, i recall with about 15 to go, while we were busy turning over another ball Watson had dropped back to form part of the back three – he should be buried in rucks and nothing else.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.08.08 08:22:50 by Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Sauce (Comment 9) : I agree he should be buried

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.08.08 08:27:43 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : In rocks, says I, Lias to my friends, Cliff to my colleagues! 😎

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.08.08 08:30:32 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 11) :

    I see I Passes mr. (Worcester) SAuce in the Fantasy League!! :mrgreen:

    BTW – My little U/15 teams lost the Finals 5/3 against Benoni High – in itself I am not dissapointed as taking the score into consideration, it must have been a titanic battle and seeing that my school is about 200 strong (Gr1 – Gr12) – I feel very good that we did so well against a “City School”!!

    Well done ouens!!! 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.08.08 08:35:23 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 12) : Hi Ice.

    You be my friend?

    Tell your U/15 guys well done!!!, but not to lose next time. 💡

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.08.08 08:39:29 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox

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