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No B-Boks for the Scots

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 11 Nov 2008 at 06:44
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South Africa will send their best troops to do battle with Scotland’s bravehearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, the second Test on the Springboks’ year-end tour.

Following a training session in the bitter cold in Edinburgh, zipped up to their necks, Bok coach Peter de Villiers swiftly ruled out the possibility of following New Zealand’s example and fielding a second-string line-up against the Scots.

Rugby 365 reports that the Kiwis easily beat Scotland 32-6 last weekend, despite fielding a second-string selection and most of the talk since has been about a Scottish team in decline.

However, De Villiers told a media gathering on Monday that he was “unhappy” with the Boks’ performance against Wales (a 20-15 win in Cardiff) last Saturday and is intent on ensuring the team step up against Scotland and go into their final match with England at Twickenham with a whitewash in their sights.

De Villiers made it clear that he was planning to field his best available line-up.

“My way of thinking is always that our country needs role models,” he said, “and the only person who gets to be a role model is somebody who works hard to get ahead in life.

“We’re not going to give away freebies on this tour. Guys will have to earn their spots. I think they will cherish the jersey more if they know they have earned it. If there are any changes, the players involved will deserve their places.”

The Bok coach also talked up Scotland, despite not having beaten South Africa in any Test since 2002 and looking like a team in decline, following their loss to the All Blacks’ B-Team at the weekend.

“While the Boks have an excellent record against Scotland, Frank Hadden’s side always play with pride and passion at home, as they showed by beating England in the Six Nations this year.

“They held their own against New Zealand, especially for the first 60 minutes and if you come that close to win against a team like New Zealand, then you draw hope to take in against the next guys.

“Unluckily for us, we are the next guys and we think Scotland will come out with all guns blazing.

“The professional era has brought all the countries so close together that there is little to choose between them now. On their day, any team can beat any other team. Wales nearly did it against us on Saturday. If luck comes your way, the ball bounces your way and you take your chances, that’s the difference between winning and losing.

“You don’t underestimate anybody in this professional era and we don’t look down on anyone. I have been reading a lot about Scotland and the thistle, where it comes from and what it stands for. Scotland are a proud nation and they will stand up for themselves. They won’t go down without a fight. We will have our work cut out.”

The fitness concern over veteran lock Bakkies Botha is the only real doubt, after centre Adrian Jacobs trained with the squad in Edinburgh on Monday.

Jacobs might be a doubt for England given the greater physicality and defensive presence offered by Jaque Fourie (the Bok outside back’s defence wasn’t great in Cardiff), but De Villiers is expected to continue with him against Scotland.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 11.11.08 07:49:16 by Charlie Reply
  • We don’t have a B-team anyway…so even if the coach makes some changes we’ll still be sending out a strong side. I hope they announce the squad early – tomorrow latest.

    Go BOKKE!

    Happy Birthday VanWilder- I guess you’ve organised a killer party for yourself. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.11.08 08:12:53 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • Oh great. Now we’re back to the old ‘jacobs-can’t-tackle’ bollocks. What is with these people? I mean, based on the defensive performance last week, you’d need to drop virtually the whole side

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.11.08 09:38:02 by robdylan Reply
  • the Bok outside back’s defence wasn’t great in Cardiff

    Are they talking about just Adi or the rest of the OB’s ?

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.11.08 09:52:13 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • De Villiers made it clear that he was planning to field his best available line-up.

    What’s the bet he is stupid enough to think Rose is part of his best available 22. 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.11.08 09:52:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 4) :


    If it were the rest of the OBs then it would have been backs’ rather than back’s.

    CHECK!!!!!!!!!!! Kroonstad tought me something. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.11.08 09:54:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Bit of a RuggaWorld-style comment, oubaas? 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.11.08 09:56:17 by robdylan Reply
  • Now the myth’s back… 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.11.08 09:59:22 by Charlie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    👿 👿 Dude!!!!!!!!! THAT is an insult of note. 😥 😥

    I just think he took Rose and tour and has to use him sometime. It won’t be against England next week.

    PdV (notice the lack of having to resort to calling him names 😉 ) is saying this now and then come team announcment he will try and tell us that Rose is included becasue he thinks he is one of the best.

    PdV needs to realise that some of the players he thinks are the best (Rose) is nowhere NEAR the best and that you cannot pick players coz you like them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.11.08 10:02:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    sorry, that should read. Coz you like their junior rugby style.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.11.08 10:04:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : 100% 😎

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.11.08 10:07:40 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 11) : And in that case – we need to ignore this “myth”. Charlie :mrgreen: was one of the few players who had cojones in attack and defence.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.11.08 10:11:00 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : I suppose he’ll have to include him on the bench for this one- otherwise we’ll question his motives for taking him on tour. Oh wait- we’ve already done that.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.11.08 10:13:21 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : hit a nerve? 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.11.08 10:31:58 by robdylan Reply
  • Someone said this when the Bok squad was announced (Sauce maybe? ) – and I’m starting to believe it. Rose will probably come on for 20-25 minutes against the Scots and have a blinder. 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.11.08 10:39:20 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.11.08 10:41:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 15) : But that is the equivalent to the CC without any Boks in it. 😆

    So he probably will. 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.11.08 10:42:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : Yeah – but that will create more chances for him in the future. 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.11.08 10:46:56 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 18) : 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.11.08 10:50:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Scotland’s barely in the top 10. Doubt they’d make the top 6 of the Super 14. We should beat them easily.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.11.08 10:50:25 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 20) :

    The Bulls didn’t make the Top 6 but they weren’t so easy to beat…even though the Sharks are better than the Boks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.11.08 11:24:15 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
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  • Dont know if Snor got this one right. I’d rather have some more experiments
    1. Try Steyn in 15. Think it maybe his best position at the moment. (2) Plays Nokwe in Habana’s place. Habana havent have any form and Nokwe score 4 tries last time (3) Give AD a bit of a rest and play Mossie (4) Spies have been no where and will give Kankowski a run (5) Will try Brussouw and can Juan. Of the lot on saturday Schalk look like the only one that could deal with Powell and Juan sure dont look like he can get to his WC form. We need to try more breakdown flankers and Schalk in 7 & Brussouw in 6 maybe will give some answers. (6) We need to drop both Bakkies & Matfield and try Bekker & Pakslae. (7) Give Beast a bit of a breather and plays Guthro.

    Look st these combos and pick the best one for the Poms.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.11.08 11:47:00 by PaarlBok Reply

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