Boks in a good place

Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 5 Jul 2010 at 12:24
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This Tri-Nations will see one of its closest finishes where amazingly, all three teams will be looking to get something different out of the game as we start looking to the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

Of course the clichés from coaches and players alike will be how every match is taken one step at a time there can be no doubt that the most important assessment of this Tri-Nations at its conclusion will be where every team stands in respect to the Rugby World Cup which will be hosted in New Zealand in 2011.

Media, supporters and coaches will go back after the Tri-Nations either content with where they find themselves in the run up to the World event or start to hit the panic buttons, if only at random or with little intensity.

The most fascinating aspect of this year’s Tri-Nations for me however is not so much in who will win it, but with the mindset each nation will enter the competition.

The All Blacks first and foremost will demand revenge for the humiliation of 2009 where the Boks ended up 3 – 0 against the old foe, and with two of the three tests being played in New Zealand anything less than a 100% return will trigger the alarm bells in the host nation.

I believe the psyche of the All Blacks is at such a fragile point that even just a single victory in Auckland or Wellington in 2010 by the Boks will outweigh a Tri-Nations crown for the All Blacks.

The New Zealand public will always demand Tri-Nations success, but top of their list will be to inflict the same amount of damage the Boks did in 2009.

The Springboks on the other hand is in quite a strange place at the moment.

Largely viewed as Tri-Nations favourites and even World Cup favourites together with their SANZAR partners there seems to be less pressure on the Boks than in previous years…

Of course a zero from three return on their away leg of the competition will not be tolerated but for a change, the pressure is firmly on New Zealand and Australia and not so much on the current World and Tri-Nations champs.

The significance of this will of course, only be answered at the conclusion of the competition but I suspect this to play a massive part.

The fact that the Boks minus the services of such influential players like Bismarck du Plessis, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow, Fourie du Preez, JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn (all World Cup winners apart from Brussow) are still ranked as favourites speaks volumes of the pressures put on the All Blacks and Wallabies.

Even a 33% return from their overseas leg (one victory in 3 tests) will still put the Boks in a very strong position to win the competition as all three return or home tests will be played at altitude with the possible return of players like Bismarck, Juan and JP Pietersen for the Boks.

The Oz-mob still seem rather confused of where they are or where they want to be.

There is no doubt that with players like Genia, Cooper and Giteau the Aussies can shred any team to pieces on their day, but for the most part they seemed unconvincing against the Northern Hemisphere teams in recent weeks, losing against England in one test.

A general ‘feeling’ I get with each squad is desperation for the All Blacks, building for the Wallabies and building confidence from the Boks.

It is not arrogance, years of disappointment against these top nations have taught any Bok supporter humility but for once, I believe the Boks go into this tournament with a lot less to lose one year out from the World Cup than New Zealand or Australia.


  • You just put it so much better than that prick Keo. I agree and should the AB’s lose in Auckland it will leave a scar going into next years world cup.

    but on the udder hand (Darren)

    The AB’s have previously peaked inbetween WC’s and now they don’t seem to be on the roll they where on prior to previous WC’s. Are they perhaps going to peak at the right time next year??

    Interesting times indeed.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.07.10 12:39:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • i think the recent success of our super rugby franchises when playing in new zealand has had an effect on the psyche of our players and how they approach this game. Previously it was with trepidation and self-doubt but now it is with self assurance and confidence. The win i dunedin is also a galvanising factor. So the eden park hoodoo is not such a daunting prospect for the Boks.

    Go bokke!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.07.10 12:48:57 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : You better change your avatar to something in green and gold.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.07.10 13:08:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I reckon for the Boks it’ll be more about building consistency rather than confidence.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.07.10 13:09:22 by CS Reply

  • We lost Fourie du Preez and Frans Steyn and all blacks have Carter available this year . . .

    In my book that doesn`t make us favourites for the tri nations . . .

    After some research I saw you can get 14 to one on the NZ for the tri nations coupled with FS for the CC . . . Not impossible :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.07.10 13:16:26 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) :

    I did not pick a winner for the 3N for a reason…

    Those are good odds btw, I would take them.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.07.10 13:21:42 by Morné Reply
  • Afraid I just couldn’t justify picking the Boks on SuperBru. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.07.10 13:30:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : It would be a tough ask for the Boks this weekend, especially because of the travel factor… I wonder why we arrived so late in NZ, because with the bye weekend we could’ve arranged to arrive a bit earlier… just 2 days would’ve made a huge difference I think.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.07.10 13:42:07 by CS Reply

  • … and it would’ve gotten poor ol’ Div away from the Soccer hype which he apparently hates so much.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.07.10 13:43:27 by CS Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :


    Yes it certainly does look strange when someone with a Crusaders avatar says “we” and is refering to the Boks. 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.07.10 13:46:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : That’s what I was thinking.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.07.10 13:48:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Both the Boks and NZ have in the past achieved an undefeated 3N season only to not win a single match the next season.

    The three sides are so closely matched this season that there is a very good chance we could end last after being talked up as the side to beat by the other two guys’ press associations.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.07.10 13:49:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I don’t like this windgat talk from PdV and also don’t like it when we get talked up like this. In fact, it makes me very bloody nervous.

    Historically we don’t seem to do particularly well with the favourites tag around our necks and I’v’e sort of got this “snaakse gevoel aan my gat” that things could pan out the wrong way.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.07.10 13:49:52 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : SNAP 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.07.10 13:51:06 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 14) : indeed. 😛

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.07.10 13:52:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : there a 14 teams in the super rugby comp, there’s only one country of birth for me 😀

    No contradictions there.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.07.10 14:01:18 by Megatron Reply

  • Looks like it is just me then…..beating the AB drum for Saturday ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.07.10 14:31:39 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) : yep, you’re on your own buddy 😛

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.07.10 14:45:44 by Megatron Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) :

    So you’ll be quite subdued on Sunday and monday then? 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.07.10 14:50:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    Why what happened on Saturday ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.07.10 15:02:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 18) :

    Hopefully the AB’s can do their talking for me on the field ! 😎

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.07.10 15:04:17 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 20) :

    No need to block it from your memory YET, it’s okay if you wait until AFTER the match. 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.07.10 15:06:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 21) :

    The coaches are certainly doing all their’s OFF the field.

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.07.10 15:06:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    I haven’t caught up with the coaches banter yet …i’ve seen the headlines.

    I’m still lost about what i’ve meant to have blocked from my memory bank….or are you referring to this coaches banter business ….. have we said something dodgy ? 😕

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.07.10 15:29:15 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : 😯 i thought u would of gone to AB 🙄

    Oh and Afternoon everyone :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.07.10 15:30:55 by chaz Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : I don`t think we`ll be last. Aussies didn`t impress me much. Their scrum is suspect, they persist with Giteau ( as goalkicker ) and they just didn`t look impressive thus far.

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.07.10 15:30:59 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Boks are going to take this Tri Nations again :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.07.10 15:32:54 by chaz Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : great pic :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.07.10 15:34:32 by chaz Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) : no not really i’ve just framed the AB jersey for me hubby birthday and my its alot of money so you c he is a AB and not G&G so not alone 🙄

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.07.10 15:38:10 by chaz Reply

  • Funny that the Ausie teams fared fairly well this past S14 (3 teams in the top half of the table) but not taking it through to the Tests. I think Deans’ costant refusal to use experienced props mite be their undoing. imo only

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.07.10 23:04:14 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 28) :

    Great beer. DB introduced me to it. 🙂

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.07.10 00:21:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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