Teichmann surprised at Kankowski snub

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 6 Nov 2008 at 09:34
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Former Springbok captain and No 8 Gary Teichmann is surprised that Ryan Kankowski did not crack the nod for South Africa’s starting line-up for Saturday’s rugby test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

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“I believe you pick the form player and that is Ryan. I’m surprised at the decision that was taken,” Teichmann said on Wednesday. He was commenting on Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’s decision to start with Pierre Spies at No 8 in Cardiff.

However, it was no slight on Spies, whom Teichmann believes is a very good player as well.

Teichmann nevertheless believes that Kankowski would have complemented flankers Schalk Burger and Juan Smith particularly well.

“The combination would have worked well because Ryan is a guy who can break the line. Pierre is the same kind of player as Schalk and Juan,” said Teichmann.

“The choice came as a surprise to me, but I believe Pierre is a very good player.”

Kankowski’s critics believe he is not as effective in tight play, but Teichmann, recognised as one of the best Bok No 8s of all time, reckons that is unfair.

“Sometimes labels are attached to players. I watched Ryan and he gets involved. He works hard,” said Teichmann.

Kankowski has been described as a ‘new Teichmann’, but some of his runs is also reminiscent of Bob Skinstad’s glory years.

“He is stronger and quicker,” Teichmann responded when he was asked whether Kankowski is a combination of him and Skinstad. “I would have been very happy to be as quick and strong as Ryan. The game has changed a lot since we played.

“I believe Ryan is being wasted on the bench. He has the x-factor and can change a game in an instant. He can also link with the backs.

“Peter de Villiers (Bok coach) is fortunate with the quality of players he has at his disposal.”


  • I hope they going to play musical chairs for the first two tests, with the winner starting in the last test.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.11.08 10:10:56 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Jy sien! 👿

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.08 10:15:42 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • My gast is flabbered.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.08 10:54:15 by McLovin Reply
  • He’ not the only one that is surprised…and pissed off. 👿

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.08 10:57:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If any one knows about being snubbed then it is Gary Teichmann. Grrrrrrrrrrrr, still pisses me off no end.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.08 11:00:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) :

    Oh goodness…that lisp…**knees weaken** :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.08 11:01:58 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • No offence to Gary the Great – but when did sports writers become so lazy?

    All they do is phone coaches and former players – and that’s the article. What happened to expressing THEIR opinions? :yawn:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.08 11:06:59 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : I just re-read his book… made me angry all over again.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.08 11:08:44 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 8) :

    Still need to read that!

    I just gave my soon-to-be-ex-boss “Leadership Gold” by John C Maxwell… 😈 hope he takes it to heart… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.08 11:12:36 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 6) :
    I can lithp.
    @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 9) :
    There you go, follow your dreams and become an ace jornalist.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.08 11:36:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 8) :
    Decent folks dont deserve to be treated badly.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.08 11:38:21 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) :

    I resigned.. 😈 You recon I can make it? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.08 11:40:29 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 9) : Did you write “HINT! HINT! ” on the cover?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.08 11:42:02 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @chernaya akula – B.O.! (Comment 13) :

    Should have…but coming from me…he would know.. 😈 I just could not leave and not try and make a difference in the poor souls that stays behind’s lives…wha can I say…I am a humanitarian! 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.08 11:49:26 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 14) :

    Come to think of it…maybe I should stand for Presidentail election in SA.. 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.08 11:50:45 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • Sienner Sammy sees Ice spending lots of time on the golf course.

    btw, only knowing you from here I think that whatever you do will work out for you.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.08 12:05:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) :

    I wish….walking straight into new challenge… 😕

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.08 12:07:54 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • Teichmann wasn’t half the player Corné Krige was… 🙄

    In fact, he doesn’t even come close…

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.08 12:10:17 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.08 12:13:19 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    @wpw (Comment 18) :
    Buy a new spoon lardy. 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.08 12:15:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • On another note (seeing as Rob is a cricket fan)

    Herschelle Gibbs is in hot water yet again:

    Proteas’ opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs has been sent home after breaking a team curfew on the evening before Wednesday’s Standard Bank Pro20 International against Bangladesh.

    He will take no part in the three-match One Day International series against the same opponents which starts at Potchefstroom’s Senwes Park on Friday.

    The selectors have decided not to replace him in what now becomes a 13-man squad and it is likely that Justin Ontong will open the batting with Hashim Amla until such time as Graeme Smith becomes available again.

    “Herschelle’s behaviour is unacceptable in the context of team discipline,” commented national coach Mickey Arthur.

    Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said that in terms of his CSA national contract Gibbs would be required to attend an alcohol rehabilitation course.

    “We are not trying to punish Herschelle but rather to help him,” commented Moosajee. “He has been under a lot of pressure lately, notably from the publicity surrounding his recent divorce. It is clear that he has developed a problem that needs to be addressed.

    “Herschelle can rely on the full support of CSA to get his life back on an even keel again. He still has a lot to offer South African cricket and his many fans but this has to be done in line with team structures and disciplines.”

    Gibbs asked the media to respect his privacy at this time. – Sapa

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.08 12:15:44 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) : what do they make the fifth-placed medals out of anyway? Is it wood, or papier-mache?

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.08 12:25:09 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 21) :
    🙄 Everybody knows Gibbs likes his Old Number 7.

    The only reason they haven’t kicked him out or extended his curfew is because he pays a lot of salaries with his fines.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.11.08 12:28:27 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) :

    Ag asseblief…Corne useless Krige…Teichmann was 100 keer beter…

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.11.08 14:37:26 by walter van Reply
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  • There is always this debate regarding new and old players. I don’t think that the players that played more than about 10 years ago would stand a chance phisically and skills wise against the ‘modern’ players. There will be the odd exception, but generally today’s player are bigger, stronger and have more skills. If you look at the average backline player that weighs close to or more than a 100 kg’s , I can’t see many of the plder players standing a chance. Debate anyone???

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.11.08 15:08:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) : Got to say I agree, for the most part. Not sure Teich would be considered big enough to play 8 now. Then again, he’s bigger than Keegan. Can you imagine picking Adolf Malan or Adri Geldenhuys ahead of Vic or Bakkies? Or dare I say Wahl Bartmann ahead of Schalk? Major difference seems to be the skill levels of the big guys these days

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.11.08 15:30:16 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 26) : It’s not really fair to compare. Prior to the prefessional era most players had day jobs and only trained 1 or 2 hours a day for 4 days a week. I was a big fan of Wahl Bartmann but I think he would look pretty pedestrian if he played now

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.11.08 15:39:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : Agree. Wahl is still my hero. That dude could run through concrete

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.11.08 15:45:11 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 28) : The legendary Frik du Preez wasn’t much bigger than our loosies I think

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.11.08 15:54:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 29) : True. Probably around 1.92 or 1.94

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.11.08 16:05:59 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) :

    Their careers did overlap for the 1999 season though.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.11.08 16:34:29 by walter van Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 26) :

    I’ve got Teich as 1.95, exactly the same as Pierre Spies who starts at 8 this Saturday….LOL!

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.11.08 16:36:59 by walter van Reply
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  • @walter van (Comment 32) : really? Didn’t realise he was that tall… and weight-wise? The cyborg must have a good 7-8 kgs on him?

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.11.08 16:53:18 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • yeah – interesting, Spies is actually 1.94 and 107kg, according to Teich was 1.95 and 100kg.

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.11.08 16:56:31 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) : knew its was wes b4 i got to the end of the comment.

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.11.08 17:31:54 by PJLD Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) : Yeah, I love to debate, soooo….

    You cannot make the comparison you made without saying as well,” what would those guys have been like with all the knowledge and equipment and money of today? If some???? of them compare well with what was available in their era, they would have been AWESOME today, don’t you think? 🙂

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.11.08 17:44:50 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 30) : I think Oom Frik was even shorter than that.

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.11.08 18:02:07 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 37) : 1.88 m in fact. Sounds about right. I have always been told he was just over 6ft.

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.11.08 18:03:34 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 38) : really? my goodness.

    You know, Keegan Daniel’s “official” height is given as 1.88, although I have it on reasonable authority that he’s actually 1.85

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.11.08 18:22:06 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 39) : I can quite easily believe that.

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.11.08 18:25:27 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 40) : you should believe everything you hear form me 🙂

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.11.08 18:29:23 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @chernaya akula – B.O.! (Comment 23) : HAHAHAHAHA!! He is just a big kid ain’t he?

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.11.08 15:04:38 by klempie Reply

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