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‘Tough draw is perfect’ says Smit

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 2 Dec 2008 at 07:30
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Springbok captain John Smit welcomed South Africa’s tough draw for the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup as the ideal preparation to battle harden the team for the tournament’s later stages, if they should progress.

SA Rugby reports that the Springboks were drawn in Pool D with Wales and Fiji as well as qualifiers from Oceania and Africa in a grouping that Smit said was similar to the 2007 draw.

“Last time we were drawn against the top team from Britain – which was then England – and this time we have been drawn against Wales who are the Six Nations champions,” said Smit.

“We also played two teams from the Pacific Islands and this time we have Fiji and an Oceania qualifier, which is very likely to be Samoa. The draw has a similar feel to last time and the good thing is that we will be well tested during the competition.

“You don’t want to breeze through your pool and we certainly won’t have that luxury.”

Should South Africa top their pool they will play the runners-up in Pool C, featuring Australia, Ireland and Italy and two qualifiers from Europe and the Americas. If the Springboks finish second they will play the winners of the Pool C.

“It’s a tough draw and it will be a very physical pool but I’m happy with the draw,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers. “We’ll be monitoring these nations progress over the coming months but we know what they are capable of when they are on song.

“Wales will only go from strength to strength and we know the Pacific Islands produce outstanding players – e only have to look back to last year’s World Cup to know what a threat they can pose.”

According the seedings the Springboks would then meet New Zealand in the semi-finals if both teams top their pools and win their quarter-finals.

“I haven’t even thought about that,” said Smit. “All I know is that it is a good Pool as you need a fair amount of testing in this competition.”

De Villiers and Smit were in attendance when the draw was made in London on Monday.


  • Tough draw? 😯 What have I missed?? 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.12.08 10:49:54 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) :

    you missed the fact that John is a very politically correct captain and ever the Diplomat. 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.12.08 10:57:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Every one of the captains/coaches are going to say they have a tough draw. Splurt the ‘no test match is easy’ line. Blah, blah, blah.

    But then again what can they say. “We’re gonna walk the pool stages. This must be the easiest pool ever. More like a working holiday” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.12.08 11:01:53 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Well Aus can certainly say that. They have the easiest pool and play-off path of any team.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.12.08 11:03:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    It seems they actually have. (almost)

    Wallabies handed dream draw for 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
    By Darren Walton
    December 02, 2008

    AUSTRALIA have received the best draw imaginable for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

    If results go according to seedings during the pool stages of the tournament, the Wallabies cannot run into the defending champions South Africa or the top-ranked All Blacks until the final.

    In addition to landing on the opposite side of the draw as their two Tri-Nations rivals, Australia have also been grouped in a relatively easy pool alongside Ireland, Italy and two qualifying teams from Europe and America.

    Currently ranked eighth in the world, Ireland are the lowest-placed side from the so-called band two nations that the third-ranked Wallabies could have been pitted against in the pool stages.

    If results go according the seedings during the round-robin phase of play, the Wallabies will meet Wales in the quarter-finals.

    Should they win that match, they would qualify for a semi-final against either Argentina or France, with South Africa or New Zealand likely to be awaiting the Australia in the final.

    New Zealand and South Africa would not be so pleased with their draws.

    Apart from having the more difficult prospective semi-final, the All Blacks have been grouped alongside France, who eliminated them from last year’s tournament, while the Springboks are in the same pool as reigning Six Nations champions Wales.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.12.08 11:07:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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