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Make room for Danie Rossouw

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 18 Aug 2008 at 22:27

South Africa can, when the Springboks play Australia in a Tri-Nations rugby match in Durban on Saturday, look to Danie Rossouw to provide the physical dimension that is missing in Bakkies Botha’s absence.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that this is the opinion of Tim Lane, who has served as assistant coach of the Wallabies as well as the Springboks.

Lane, who now coaches Georgia, on Monday attended the Australian team’s practice session at Bishops, where his son is at school.

Looking back to South Africa’s defeat against New Zealand here last week, Lane said, “I don’t know if the lock-forward combination of Victor Matfield and Andries Bekker worked.

“South Africa missed Bakkies. He gives them that physical dimension at contact points that you don’t get from Victor or Andries,” he explained.

“You often see Victor and Andries out wide. Maybe the Springboks missed someone such as Danie Rossouw. He can be employed at lock or No 8.”

Selectors have some thinking to do

The All Blacks dominated at breakdown points when they beat the Boks 19-0 last week and the SA selectors have some thinking to do before they choose their loose-forward combination for the Test in Durban.

“The breakdown points are the main worry,” Lane said. “The All Blacks got the better of the Springboks, probably by sending more players to the contact points, and with their technique.

“Defence-wise it was a brilliant Test for the first 50 minutes. It seemed the Springboks were fighting back but they just could not break through.

“They lost composure on the attack and their tactical kicking was off-target, for example when the ball was kicked over the dead-ball line. Those things won’t easily happen again.”

Lane does not think there are problems with the selection of the Springbok flanks.

“Schalk Burger is by far the best flank that South Africa can pick, and then maybe Juan Smith.

“I thought Joe van Niekerk did well earlier in the Tri-Nations. Pierre Spies is a good player and extremely athletic but I feel Joe did a little more.”

Lane was a member of the Australian team’s management when they last beat the Springboks in Durban. That was in 2002

He feels the Wallabies, under Robbie Deans’s coaching, can break the long drought in South Africa.

“The guys were very relaxed at training. One could feel there was a good spirit in the camp. That is important; you need it. There is enough pressure on Saturdays,” he said.

“But the Springboks will be hard to beat because they want to get back on their feet.”


  • 6 Deon Stegmann, 7 Danie Rossouw, 8 Pierre Spies
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  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.08 22:57:45 by Die Jood Reply
    Die Jood
  • glad nie 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.08 23:35:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Die Jood (Comment 1) : Great avatar, don’t spoil it!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.08 06:35:37 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • I cannot find the proper place for this comment, so I’ll make it here. I really feel that we have stuffed up in a biiiiig way by having those drums drowning out the Haka. That is plain South African smallmindedness. The Haka is a great rugby tradition and should be treated by us as such!! Leave it to the players to respond to it in their own way.

    As it happened, it was the one thing that Victor did extremely well. His little smile had just the right shade contemt in it. That he failed to follow up on it on the field, well that is another matter.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.08 06:43:42 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 4) : “shade of contempt” 😳

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.08 06:44:56 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 4) : On the drum roll…According to Dan Carter the drums actually motivated them in creating a great atmosphere for rugby…On his kicking performance he mentioned that the drums did not influenced him, it was more to do with the striking of the ball… 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.08.08 07:33:03 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 6) : They would Charlie. I still think it is like ganging up in a serious way. Nothing I can do anyway but to voice my displeasure. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.08.08 07:37:04 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • Nou die Blou 😕

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.08.08 08:32:31 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • “You often see Victor and Andries out wide . . . The All Blacks dominated at breakdown points . . .

    Tight five wings mean centres have to hit the breakdowns. No-contest.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.08.08 09:20:12 by Baldrick Reply

  • I haven’t seen much of Danie this season. Hope is on form.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.08.08 09:51:42 by McLovin Reply


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