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Eddie’s Bok success recipe

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 19 Nov 2008 at 09:13
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Play traditional Springbok rugby and attack flyhalf Danny Cipriani’s channel.

Stephen Nell writes for Die Burger that, that was the winning recipe offered by former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones when he was quizzed on how South Africa should go about playing England at Twickenham on Saturday.

“I would really attack Cipriani. He is very weak (on defence) and a young kid, Ricky Flutey on his outside, is also not very strong. That is definitely the channel the Springboks can attack,” said Jones.

“The pattern I would follow is direct rugby. You have to play the traditional Bok style.”

“When England attack, they mostly do it with pick-and-go moves close in, or play it wide in the outside channel.

“You have to spot those attacking patterns. When the English take the ball wide, they attack from depth.”

Jones was a consultant for the Boks during last year’s victorious World Cup campaign. He is currently the director of rugby at English club Saracens.

He therefore has an intimate knowledge of English rugby and his club captain, Steve Borthwick, leads the English.

“Steve is one of the most serious players I have met. He is very determined. He’s also very tough and not at all afraid to demand a lot from his teammates,” said Jones.

“The two captains on Saturday (South Africa are skippered by John Smit) are of a similar ilk.”

While the Boks will only announce their line-up on Thursday, they should have more experience than the English.

“England are a developing side and potentially the best team in Europe,” said Jones.

“They have good young players, but there is not yet a recognisable style. They will be playing together in their third game and would have learned a lot from their defeat to Australia. This could be the Boks’ most difficult game on tour.”

Jones did not hit out at South Africa for their weak performance against Scotland, but offered useful advice.

“South Africa’s attacking play was a bit too simplistic,” he said.

“You see the ball go to Jean de Villiers from a lineout and when you stop the tape there, he is the only guy on the screen. He should have options.

“The detail is lacking and that is something that needs hard work. Sometimes when players get the freedom to express themselves there is less accountability.

“The one thing about South Africa during last year’s World Cup campaign is that every player understood his role in each phase.”


  • Is he still talking?

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.11.08 09:23:02 by robdylan Reply
  • It Makes sense to me.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.11.08 09:24:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    I don’t think he ever stops, but he is talking sense here IMO.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.11.08 09:25:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Wonder what he has to say about Oz rugby… 😳 I forgot he’s not allowed to do so… 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.11.08 09:45:20 by Charlie Reply
  • Yay! Eddie Andrews back in the Bok jersey!!! 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.11.08 09:47:12 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.11.08 09:50:15 by Charlie Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Maybe you should give Eddie Andrews’ number to Stephen Nell…looks like he doesn’t have a lot of contacts to interview… 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.11.08 10:05:21 by blckshrk - BAFANA Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • I don’t think the journos even have to call Eddie Jones anymore… these days he calls them.

    Or maybe there’s a regular weekly dial-in teleconference… maybe even a podcast!

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.11.08 10:09:28 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : 😆 ” Love Jones for the Boks”

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.11.08 10:21:59 by blckshrk - BAFANA Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • It would be nice to hear what White has to say about the Boks… but he probably wouldn’t say anything without consulting Eddie first anyway 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.11.08 10:37:07 by CS Reply
  • Seems SA rugby wants to cash in as much as possible from the Lions.

    This from their site:

    Tickets in the second phase sales from early next year will be available at Computicket outlets and at their Shoprite and Checkers units early in 2009. Second-phase sales to the general public (from early 2009):

    May 30 v Highveld XV (Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Rustenburg) – R170
    June 3 v Golden Lions (Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg) – R230
    June 6 v Cheetahs (Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein) – R285
    June 10 v Sharks (Absa Stadium, Durban) – R230
    June 13 v Western Province (Newlands, Cape Town) – R60 (scholars) R130 (standing) R285 (seated)
    June 16 v Coastal XV (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth) – R170
    June 20 v South Africa (1st Test, Absa Stadium, Durban) – R145 (scholars) R1 140
    June 23 v Emerging Springboks (Newlands, Cape Town) – R60 (scholars); R115
    (standing) R230 (seated) June 27 v South Africa (2nd test, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria) – R1 140
    July 4 v South Africa (3rd test, Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg) – R1 140

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.11.08 16:55:58 by McLovin Reply
  • 1140 rond seems a bit steep. 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.11.08 16:57:19 by McLovin Reply
  • Will probably be outnumbered by Lions fans then. 🙄

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.11.08 16:58:49 by McLovin Reply
  • “Unfortunately it means there will be an extremely small number of tickets going on general sale for the three Test matches. We expect them to be snapped up in the second phase of sales in no time even though they’ll cost R1 140.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.11.08 17:00:01 by McLovin Reply
  • Rugby supporters at Coca-Cola Park, Loftus Versfeld, Vodacom Park and Newlands will guarantee themselves a ticket to see the Lions in action when they purchase or renew their season ticket at those venues. British & Irish Lions tickets are not included in packages at the Absa Stadium, Durban, but season and suite ticket holders can buy Lions tickets when they renew.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.11.08 17:01:10 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : BLIKSEM!

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.11.08 17:11:31 by robdylan Reply
  • 230 bucks!! 👿

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.11.08 17:17:16 by klempie Reply
  • Geez the Jagluiperdjies are getting shafted.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.11.08 17:18:15 by klempie Reply
  • Well that’s me out for a test. Can’t justify that kinda money.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.11.08 17:20:09 by klempie Reply
  • Maybe ABSA will have some screens outside if they’re clever.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.11.08 17:20:38 by klempie Reply

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