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Boks ‘lost’ their mental game

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 18 Nov 2008 at 07:09
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South African coach Peter de Villiers fears “mental fatigue” could lead to a lack of motivation for the world champions when they face England at Twickenham on Saturday.

AFP reports that since beating England 15-6 in last year’s World Cup Final, the Springboks have won nine of their 13 subsequent Tests and lost the other four – including home defeats in this year’s Tri-Nations against both New Zealand and Australia.

There were signs that the treadmill of modern professional rugby was catching up with some of De Villiers’s squad during an unconvincing 14-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend, which saw South Africa having to come from 0-10 behind.

De Villiers admits players may well now be thinking of what they will do with their time-off but, unlike some coaches, he was sympathetic and not critical as his team approached their final Test of 2008.

“Sometimes it’s very, very difficult to motivate yourself to stand up and just go on and on and on,” de Villiers said in London Monday. “It’s always the biggest challenge in rugby to get motivated.

“We’re talking from the players’ point of view. These guys play around the clock against all these big nations.

“Physically they’re trained to deal with it but there’s a mental fatigue that nobody sees. They’re thinking ‘five days more and then I can go back to my family’. Fatigue is taking its toll.

“I think for the sake of the players I’m so glad the year’s done.

“You look where we started last year in November. The players had three weeks off and then went straight into Super 14 and then it goes on and on and on. All of these guys played in the Currie Cup too.

“Five days more and then it’s the end of the year. It’s going to be very difficult. I just hope they uplift themselves a little [on Saturday] to the level we expect.”

England were beaten 28-14 by Australia at Twickenham last Saturday, but the Springbok coach was still impressed by the way they performed – singling out the halfback duo of Danny Care and Danny Cipriani, as well as fullback Delon Armitage for special mention.

“They played really good,” he said. “I think the few penalties they gave away in the early stages of the game put them on the back foot.

“The halfbacks played exceptionally well and I think the fullback is someone who, if you don’t deal with him correctly, will nail you. There aren’t a lot of weaknesses in the England side.

“And any game where you play the world champions gives you extra motivation. We are always under pressure in that respect.”

De Villiers is due to announce his team to play England on Tuesday.

He already knows he will be without hooker Bismarck du Plessis (hamstring tear) and prop Gürthro Steenkamp (ankle sprain) after the front row forwards injured themselves against Scotland.

However star wing Bryan Habana, who sustained a thigh injury at Murrayfield, is expected to be fit for selection.


  • Look I am neither for or against PDV all I want is for the team I support to win.

    But is it just me or does he sound like he is already making excuses?

    We need to go out there and stuff these Poms on Saturday.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.11.08 07:57:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • PDV needs to stop talking and do more coaching!!! 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.11.08 08:07:04 by wpw Reply
  • Uhm petrus,de bokke did used to havings a bru wif on da tour to look afters de players mental states.u dirrent want such a fing

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.11.08 08:13:25 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 3) : Piet Pienaar is that you??? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.11.08 08:25:13 by wpw Reply
  • A 25-year-old man committed suicide because his favourite soccer team lost a match, Johannesburg police said yesterday.

    Ivory Park police spokesman Lesiba Manamela said the body of Paol Sithole was found at 7pm on Saturday hanging from the roof of the shack he shared with his wife and three-year-old daughter.

    “He watched the game at a tavern when Orlando Pirates defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 on Saturday.”

    Manamela said Sithole was a staunch supporter of Kaizer Chiefs and did not like it when he was mocked by Pirates supporters at the tavern after his team had lost.

    “He came back from the tavern, went to his wife who is a hawker, and told her that he was disappointed by the loss. He said he could not tolerate the embarrassment of being humiliated 2-0.”

    Manamela said the man demanded the keys to their shack from his wife and went home. He was found hanging by an electrical wire from the roof.

    He said Sithole was originally from Mozambique. An inquest docket has been opened.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.11.08 08:43:16 by wpw Reply
  • Why aren’t the Kiwis and the Aussies battling with “mental fatigue”?

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.11.08 09:32:13 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 6) :

    because they don’t have domestic competitions worth mentioning. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.11.08 09:33:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 6) : No brain, no pain 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.11.08 09:34:13 by robdylan Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :

    Aussie yes…..but the Kiwis are currently doing a throat cutting haka in your direction 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.11.08 09:37:00 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Well that’s a first…someone saying the Bok problem is too much brains 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.11.08 09:38:29 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) :


  • Comment 11, posted at 18.11.08 09:38:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Can’t say that about New Zealand. The NPC is pretty tough

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.11.08 09:39:05 by robdylan Reply
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 10) : You know me. I like to go against the grain 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.11.08 09:40:05 by robdylan Reply
  • Hey its always better to get your excuses in long before the event. Sad.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.11.08 09:51:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : 😯 They still make people like that?

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.11.08 14:48:54 by blckshrk - BUCANEER Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!

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