Big Vic happy to shake captaincy tag

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 6 Nov 2008 at 09:32
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Victor Matfield will never forget the derisory attention given to him by Cape Town and Durban crowds after Tri-Nations defeats this year, and there is no question that he is pleased to return the captaincy reins to John Smit for Saturday’s Test match against Wales in Cardiff.

“I am delighted to have John back, and I don’t care what position he plays,” Matfield said with a smile that reflected both reverence and relief, according to Mike Greenaway of IOL.

“He means so much to this team. He is an awesome captain, quite possibly the best the Springboks have ever had,” he said, and Matfield knows only too well the highs and lows that go with the position.

He captained the Boks to a historic win over the All Blacks in Dunedin, and to a 53-8 rout of the Wallabies in Johannesburg.

But in between he suffered the humiliation of being booed at the Absa Stadium after a defeat by Australia, and he was severely criticised after the Boks failed to score a point at Newlands against the All Blacks.

Smit will captain an exceptionally strong forward pack from tight-head prop in a match that senior Boks are now openly describing as a vital curtain-raiser to the Lions tour next year.

There had initially been caution about “getting too far ahead of ourselves”, as Smit put it, but they have given up kidding themselves.

“The Lions tour is why I came back from club rugby in France,” Matfield said, echoing the words of John Smit earlier in the week.

“It only comes around every 12 years, and I am not going to miss it if I can help it. And with the Rugby World Cup occurring more regularly (every four years), a Lions tour is a very close second to it because it is so rare,” Matfield said.

“We only have these three tour matches ahead of the first Test against the Lions, so how can they not be anything but vital?” the Bulls captain asked.

The importance of Saturday’s Test is put into sharp perspective when you consider that Wales coach Warren Gatland will be Lions coach Ian McGeechan’s assistant. Also on the Lions’ management team are the Wales defence and attack coaches, Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley respectively. Furthermore, Wales captain Ryan Jones is favoured to captain the Lions, and 10 Welshmen have been tipped for inclusion in the squad.

Softly spoken Springbok flank Juan Smith expressed a big opinion on the importance of beating Wales.

“In the Tri-Nations we played some very good rugby, and also some of our worst for many a year,” Smith said.

“We ended off very well against the Wallabies, and obviously that form must now continue into this match. We must end this year on a high. We don’t want to start a Lions year on the back foot.”

Bryan Habana said Saturday’s Test was a “stepping stone to the Lions”.

“From the point of view of the backs, we need to start scoring tries consistently,” he said. “We have a very good pack of forwards, and while they have a responsibility to provide us with a good ball, we have an equal responsibility to turn it into points or to lay a foundation so that the pack can go forward.”

The Boks had the day off yesterday, and spent the day at the Celtic Manor golf course.


  • wheres KSA?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.11.08 09:37:37 by PJLD Reply
  • Some how I dont think Vic is as happy as WE are ’bout it… 🙄 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.08 09:39:07 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 1) :


  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.08 09:42:20 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • just watched bokke vs wales in 2004 on espnc.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.08 09:50:35 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 4) : did we win that one?

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.08 10:09:07 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • Best news in ages.

    @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 2) : Das Evil 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.08 10:11:25 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) :

    Tiny little me?? 😯 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.08 10:13:45 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 7) : You chose the evily…..

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.08 10:27:17 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 5) : yep,38-36.btw Eddie Andrews was tighthead in that match and jesus van der westhuizen was flyhalf

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.08 10:44:59 by PJLD Reply
  • Well lets hope that Smitty doesnt get buckled while playing out of his normal position because then big Vic will be back as captain.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.08 10:51:16 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Salmonoid the Subtle
  • As long as Vickey concentrates on his lock play I’m happy.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.08 10:52:56 by McLovin Reply
  • also vickey had a blinder in that game

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.08 10:54:24 by PJLD Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 5) :

    Bokke vs Wales Pretoria won 53-18 2004
    Bokke vs Wales Cardiff won 38-36 2004

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.08 11:00:39 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :
    Same here – let Vic concentrate on stealing that ball for FdP…

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.08 11:02:50 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @PJLD (Comment 9) : that was the one we bloody nearly lost by sending all the replacements on in the last ten minutes?

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.08 11:20:16 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 15) : Jake and his famous, i never would have sent them on comment

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.08 11:32:16 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 16) : oh yes… good old Jake and his infamous gaffes.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.08 11:44:15 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 15) : correct,jake read the clock wrong so on went cj,shimange and dlulane(who did quite fine) and wales went to town.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.08 12:02:24 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 18) :

    Is Shimmie still contracted to WP???

    I’d prefer him at 2 than Show Pony Brits.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.08 12:11:34 by wpw Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 18) : hmmm… as I recall John Smit ended up at prop and didn’t do so well… 🙁

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.08 12:16:28 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • wpw-yep. robbo-and that was at LH.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.08 12:24:08 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 21) : ah – of course. EVERYONE knows he’s never played loosehead

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.08 12:25:51 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 22) : ok ok then he was playing tighthead on the left side of the scrum.see EVERYONE is always right 😛

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.11.08 17:27:48 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 23) : 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.11.08 18:09:56 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 1) :
    Without internet for two days. 👿

    But seeing Victoria realise she couldn’t be in charge of an u/15 Netball team DOES make up for that.

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.11.08 17:33:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Oh THERE you are!

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.11.08 17:48:38 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 26) :

    Yeah, and all they can say is, we don’t know why the internet was down 👿

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.11.08 17:53:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Ahoy andries

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.11.08 18:04:30 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 28) :

    Hey Polla jou lekka Ding 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.11.08 18:09:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • In my MOER in at the moment. 😳

    40k cycle
    10k run this am.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.11.08 18:11:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : Why? 😯

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.11.08 18:13:45 by McLovin Reply
  • Good form!not a bad way to start the day,hope breakfast was decent

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.11.08 18:15:50 by PJLD Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 31) :

    Asked myself the same question once or twice 😆

    Olympic Distance Triathlon, I only did the cycle and run though.

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.11.08 18:16:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @PJLD (Comment 32) :
    peanut butter toast. 😎

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.11.08 18:16:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Eish

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.11.08 18:18:49 by PJLD Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : Impressive. Going for the senior olympics? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.11.08 18:22:18 by McLovin Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 35) :

    Hey I was meaning to ask you BTW, How did the Bulls loss go down with XTAL?

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.11.08 18:23:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @McLovin (Comment 36) :
    😆 Yeah apparently i will get a discount on entry fee. 😉 And a free bus pass.

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.11.08 18:24:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
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  • Comment 39, posted at 07.11.08 18:33:00 by McLovin Reply
  • @ ksa,them horns are missing

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.11.08 22:22:00 by PJLD Reply

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