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Deans: Why Boks are the world’s best

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Wallabies on 5 Feb 2009 at 07:19
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Wallaby coach Robbie Deans caused a stir this week when, at the Australian launch of the Super 14, he suggested that the Springboks are better than the All Blacks.

The official International Rugby Board world rankings put New Zealand at least three rankings points ahead of South Africa – literally putting daylight between the two sides. However, Wallaby coach Robbie Deans turned those rankings on its head by suggesting that the Springboks are ‘clearly’ the world’s best team.

Deans, speaking at the Australian launch of the Super 14, told a media gathering that the Boks’ year-end form showed they are better than an All Black team that won a Grand Slam against the four Home Unions.

Rugby 365 reports that it is an assessment that has shocked his countrymen, as the New Zealand-born Wallaby mentor suggested the Boks’ humiliating thrashings of Australia (53-8) and England (42-6) were better value than the Kiwis’ unbeaten run on their year-end tour.

Apart from their Grand Slam-winning exploits on the six-match year-end tour, the Kiwis also retained the Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup trophies.

Reigning World Cup champions South Africa are ranked No.2 in the IRB list, with the Wallabies in third place.

New Zealand also managed to out-play South Africa two-one in the Tri-Nations series, whitewashing them 19-0 in Cape Town – the first time ever the Boks were scoreless at Newlands.

However, this counter very little in Deans’s rating, who felt the Boks’ 45-point hammering of the Wallabies in Johannesburg showed they were back to their powerful best.

“They obviously won the World Cup [in 2007] and, you look at last year, their performances were a bit flat post-World Cup,” Deans said.

“But you look at the performances across the year and the best performance was what they did to England at Twickenham, and what they did to us at Ellis Park.

“They were the stand-out performances in the calendar year. Sure the All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup and walked away with the Tri-Nations but in terms of compelling performances they belonged to South Africa.”

Deans said he was optimistic about the year of international rugby awaiting the Wallabies.

“We were close last year, but the fact is where we were was probably a fair reflection of our realities,” he said.

“It can be done, but it’s not going to get any easier.”


  • Why would I argue with a New Zealand expert. Boks are the best 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.09 09:16:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Sour grapes for not getting the NZ job 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.09 10:11:05 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 2) : no, just stating the obvious.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.09 10:14:36 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 3) : Sure, but what will history & stats show, surely the opposite… 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.09 10:55:20 by Charlie Reply

  • Funny man Mr Deans. Hope we don’t fall for this. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.09 10:57:01 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : He surely learnt something from PDV… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.09 10:58:25 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.09 11:09:31 by McLovin Reply

  • Got a lot of respect for this dude.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.09 12:47:29 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • The only thing standing between the Boks and truly being no 1 is consistency. If the Boks can consistently play like they played those 2 games they will truly be the best.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.09 13:26:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The Bok’s bottoms sure must be smoky……

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.09 13:36:17 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 10) : tee hee

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.09 13:47:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : Agreed. He’s tickling our balls.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.09 16:58:42 by klempie Reply

  • @Dive Pass (Comment 10) : lol

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.09 17:01:37 by klempie Reply

  • 8:40. 😎 That’s sub-5 minutes to the km territory. 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.02.09 17:32:31 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 14) : good work. Now repeat that feat over 10 ks

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.02.09 20:51:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Would agreed with him if he mentoined the Bokke win in Dunedin. That was the big one unfornately cancelled out with the loss on Newlands. Eina.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.02.09 09:48:12 by PaarlBok Reply

  • We are the bestest because we are like to being coached by the handsomest coach… who should’ve been a radio DJ. 😎


  • Comment 17, posted at 06.02.09 09:52:14 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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