PDV defends Januarie

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 23 Jun 2009 at 09:10
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Peter de Villiers has defended his decision to select Ricky Januarie by saying he didn’t need to listen to people’s opinions.

JJ Harmse reports for sport24.co.za:

In response to a question about the form of Januarie, the Springbok substitute scrumhalf who was booed in Durban after a knock-on, De Villiers said: “He made one mistake on Saturday, but so did other players.”

“I’m just giving him a chance, maybe tomorrow he plays a brilliant match and then there is suddenly nothing wrong with his form,” De Villiers said.

He also explained why he (De Villiers) didn’t pay attention to public opinion. “I like doing my own thing and I don’t care what other people think. Their opinion is just that, an opinion. I can’t listen to 43 million people’ opinions because then I won’t know where I am.”

De Villiers thinks the Bok victory is not being appreciated enough. “The one thing that people appear to forget, is the result. We won the Test. We waited 12 years to win this match and we did it.”

“We are very, very, very satisfied with it. We never said we were going to beat them by a lot of points, we will win with one point and be satisfied.”


  • Januarie is not the only player who is not playing to his potential.

    Schalk Burger had a very average season and yet he is a ‘shoe in’ when the 22 is announced.

    When last did Burger play the way he did in 2004/5 when he was IRB Player of the Year??

    Smith and Spies were also pretty quiet on Saturday!!!

    PDivvie is not the first coach to back an off form player and he certainly won’t be the last.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.06.09 09:26:35 by wpw Reply
  • “we will win with one point and be satisfied.” I wonder how he would feel if he squandered a 20 point lead and lost, what a ridiculous thing to [email protected]wpw (Comment 1) : they had to be it was a very tight game and there won’t be flash play in that situation. I thought the one break Spies did have, took a lot of pressure off Fourie and then we got great ball to clear. I am the first person to agree with you about Schalk, I would let him start though and have Brussow come on and rectify the situation if its going wrong rather than bring Burger on and he stuffs up and we cannot bring Brussow back??

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.09 09:55:08 by Whindy Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    I think you’ll find Schalk has come in for a fair amount of criticism himself.

    The only difference is Schalk has been playing below par since he had two vertebrae in his neck fused… Januarie is poor because he prefers pies and beer over exercise.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.06.09 10:12:31 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Whindy (Comment 2) :

    I take it you were not happy when we won the RWC by a few points??

    We didn’t even score a try in that game. Bloody useless RWC winning Boks!!! 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.06.09 10:22:13 by wpw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 3) :
    😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.06.09 10:24:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : That was a one off final. This is about winning the series and yes we did win, but we allowed the Lions to end with a chance of winning thereby giving them a boost in confidence , if we had won by 20 points, we would have started on Saturday with a huge boost and they would lack confidence so for the coach to say that is just plain Dumb. Fortunately they also have to face the Loftus Faithful, although I am sure that will also be watered down because of their greed the average fan won’t be able to go so the British Lions fan will have the majority there as well. Was quite shocked at how many fans(red Jerseys) there were at the game last week. The flags were awesome though, very proud over in Dubai where I watched fortunately I am back this weekand will be watching amongst the thousands of poms

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.09 10:37:56 by Whindy Reply
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  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.09 10:39:15 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Januarie gav a loopy pass and knocked on once ..Steyn knocked 3 times and tried a silly drop from almost 70m along the ground…

    The list goes on , How quickly we forget that thanks to Januarie we won in NZ for the first time in yonks..

    Ill agree his super14 form has been average but Ricky hardly ever has a bad game in a Bok jersey.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.06.09 11:26:03 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 8) : there comes a time in every sportsman’s life when he has to make a choice, should I stay or should I go, Ricky has reached that stage and regardless of what a sportsman has achieved when you have reached the end, get out on your terms rather than be remembered as a has been. I reckon Phil Vickery is feeling much the same way, after the hiding he took at the hands of the beast. I feel for pro’s though, as it is their livelihood, so they obviously want to hang on for as long as possible. I agree that Steyn had an equally shocking game, which also brought about some strange comments from the coach being satisfied with his game, I would not have been satisfied with that??

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.06.09 11:37:25 by Whindy Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    I think the point is on Saturday we ended making the Lions look better than what they were…we squandered a huge lead, sacrificed an even bigger total, and made ourselves look ordinary. Which we are not.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.06.09 13:00:04 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • What WPW left out of his report was PDV’s further comments about black & white mechanics! imo PDV crossed the line with that statement… I’m sorry, I tried to give this man a chance, but when someone starts playing the race-card, then I just get pissed off!!! For someone at his level to be making childish statements of that nature is pathetic.

    It’s one thing defending a player, it’s another insulting the fans in the process!

    For PDV to imply that the same fans that cheer and chant “Beast” everytime the player gets the ball are now racists because we don’t think the “fat lard” Ricky Januarie deserves his place is frankly insulting!

    When will the politicians and rugby administrators in this country realize that the majority of rugby fans in this country don’t give a continental what colour the player is, and we haven’t for some time. The general rugby public are interested in one thing only… that our team wins… and for that all we ask is that the best players are on the field at all times, no matter what their colour.

    For goodness sake PDV… as far back as 1995 SA rugby fans have been cheering for black players (ie Chester Williams in the World Cup). Aren’t we the same fans that were up in arms when Zane Kirchner was not picked for the 2009 Springbok squad? For goodness sake, if it’s a “black” player PDV wants then at least pick Heini Adams ahead of Januarie, on current form I think most of us so called “racist” rugby fans would support that selection ahead of his current selection.

    PDV and others like him must get over themselves… he’s definitely off my Christmas card list!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.06.09 13:35:25 by CS Reply

  • Based on the conversation on the other article I’m guessing I just crossed “THAT LINE” with my comments above… sorry, I’ll go put myself in the sin bin for that.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.06.09 13:46:36 by CS Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 3) : LOL

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.06.09 13:56:09 by klempie Reply

  • See Rob. Politics and sport…joined at the hip. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.06.09 14:02:25 by klempie Reply

  • Or in Januarie’s case… joined at the gut.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.06.09 14:21:51 by CS Reply

  • @CS (Comment 12) : @CS (Comment 15) : You are in groot KAKA 😆 😈 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.06.09 14:34:04 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 16) : Nah. Look at this avatar. You could never get angry with someone with an avatar like that. 😛

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.06.09 14:39:44 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 17) : his avatar 😳

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.06.09 14:40:41 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 18) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.06.09 15:09:03 by Charlie Reply


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