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Matfield breaks hero’s record

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 1 Sep 2008 at 06:40

Victor Matfield has broken his role model’s record by playing in his 73rd rugby Test match here on Saturday.

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that when the South African acting captain led his team to their 58-8 Tri-Nations victory over Australia, he overtook Mark Andrews as the most-capped South African lock forward.

“It’s unbelievable to break a record held by someone like Mark. He was my role model,” Matfield said, adding, “I hope to add a few more Test matches.”

He praised coach Peter de Villiers and the selectors for standing by the players when things were not going well.

“They could easily have made changes after the previous two weeks.

Working hard at breakdown points

“We proved (against New Zealand and Australia) that we were able to create opportunities to score, but we just did not make use of them.

“But today (Saturday) we did. We hope we can build on this performance.”

Matfield, who had to take over the captaincy when John Smit was injured in New Zealand, revealed that the team had been working hard to be more effective at breakdown points and to stay on their feet longer.

“It gave us momentum and quick ball for talented guys such as Jongi Nokwe and others to score tries.”

Matfield believes the big victory was just what the team needed before their tour of the UK at the end of the year.

“Now the guys will believe again in what they do. The doubts have been removed.”

‘Better than the Wallabies’

Talking about the match at Coca-Cola Park, he said: “I told the guys during the break to forget about the scoreboard and to play the way they had done in the first half.

“When we scored our first try after half-time, we knew we were better than the Wallabies.”

Matfield and the others Springboks, with the exception of the injured Nokwe, now return to Currie Cup rugby.

South Africa play Wales, Scotland and England on successive Saturdays in November in Test matches that will be invaluable in the preparations for next year’s Test series against the British and Irish Lions.


  • Im sure the only reason that something positive (or should thet be, not neagative) about Matfield was posted here is because he gives praise to Mark Andrews.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.09.08 08:51:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) :

    No I was hoping to have a field day telling Matfield that he may have broken Andrews’ record but he will never be considered nearly as good as Andrews in my book. 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.09.08 09:01:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :
    Well, in reality he will never be as good as Mark Andrews, few will. But another reality is that he has more Bok caps than Mark and that he has captained the Boks to the greatest winning margin against an Aussie side. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.09.08 09:21:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 3) :

    No he was appointed as the Captain during the match, he couldn’t Captain an u/12 netball team. 👿 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.09.08 09:28:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    one is a verb the other is a noun.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.09.08 09:28:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    for the ou’s with kroonstad educations like mine

    verb = werkwoord
    noun = naamwoord

    I THINK anyway 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.09.08 09:29:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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    ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.09.08 09:47:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) :

    He was Appointed Captain (used as a noun) during the match, he couldn’t Captain (used as a verb) an u/12 netball team.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.09.08 09:49:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good for him…but he is no Mark Andrews…my first Sharks hero. (I’m young okay 😳 )

    I have no problem with Vic…as long as he does his job… and visits the local barber now and then.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.09.08 09:52:12 by blackshark Reply

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  • If I remember correctly, Mark Andrews was as safe as house on his throw in the line outs. Plus he was just as mean as the Bakkies’ of today. One of my heroes. 😀

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.09.08 10:06:59 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :
    Its not the grammar lesson thats confusing me but the bit about him being appointed captain during the game.
    And of course he couldnt captain an u/12 netball team – netaball is for girls and Big Vic is all man. Mind you in the Pta area the men play something like netball except they call it korfbal. Do you know something that we dont?

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.09.08 10:49:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :

    I meant he was appointed as the captain for the duration of the match not DURING the match. 😳 My Kroonies grammar ain’t so hot.

    I know about Korfbal and they actually play that in Dbn, Kroonstad and believe it or not even Bahrain. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.09.08 10:54:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Rugby Netball League was established in 1907 and is now played at Clapham Common during the summer mostly by rugby players. Being able to pass in any direction and no offside laws encourage fast movement of the ball around the pitch, but full contact tackling around the net can make goals hard to come by against a well organised defence.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.09.08 10:54:50 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : 😯

    Seems like a heavy game 😯

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.09.08 10:56:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) :
    There must be possibilities for growth of this new version of netball to be played by young lithsome ladies. I suggest a countrywide tour where the court is set up in a sports pub. Let the informed masses decide whether the game passes muster and can be taken to the public at large.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.09.08 11:05:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :
    It seems as if Korfbal is conquering the world. But not Sharksworld fortunately.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.09.08 11:08:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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