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Boks left licking their wounds

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Wallabies on 26 Jul 2010 at 15:44
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Springboks have carried on like Bozo the Clown lately.

Greg Growden writes in his Monday Maul Column

Yes, I know I’m treading on a minefield by calling anyone involved with the Springboks a clown.

Yes, it could see me ostracised, barred access to anyone in the South African entertainment troupe, and even forced to make a grovelling public apology.

But it has to be said. The past three weeks have been in the Barnum & Bailey circus category, and how the Springboks have carried on is similar to Bozo the Clown.

No, it’s not just the antics of their wacky coach Peter de Villiers as he reels out his latest conspiracy theory that has provided the Charlie Chuckles.

Even more of a pantomime has been how the Springboks have lost their way on the field and how difficult it has been for them to adapt to a pretty simple opposition game plan, based around pace, power and passion.

For three Tests in a row, the All Blacks and Wallabies have deliberately kept the ball in hand, avoided the sidelines, restricted midfield kicking, probed the outer reaches and have exposed the Springboks.

Suddenly, just weeks after they dominated the Super 14, prompting all and sundry to believe the Springboks would sweep all aside this year to hold on to the Tri Nations title for another year, they look slow and cumbersome. However, it would be dangerous to completely laugh off the Boks. There were a couple of clues on Saturday night that a big transformation is about to occur, and the All Blacks and Wallabies could soon be experiencing pain.

On the road, the Springboks have been hilarious. But back at home, they will be a transformed beast, and the final rounds of the Tri Nations are stacked entirely their way. Don’t be surprised if they win their last three Tri Nations matches, as all are being staged at venues, which, like Suncorp Stadium for the Wallabies, are their spiritual homes. All are at altitude and we at least know what that does to the Wallabies. They are the ones suddenly wearing the red noses and silly wigs.

A circus will suddenly turn into a cauldron, with the Springboks meeting the All Blacks in Johannesburg on August 21, before the Wallabies play them in Pretoria and Bloemfontein on August 28 and September 4.

Also, the anger is there. You just had to be near the Springboks halfback Ruan Pienaar on Saturday night to realise they fervently believe all of their problems are not of their own doing. It is clear the players are also into conspiracy theories.

Pienaar claimed that another northern hemisphere referee – this time Irishman George Clancy – had deliberately worked against them at the breakdown. And while Victor Matfield said after the Wellington Test that Richie McCaw was treated like a god by the referees, now it appears Australia’s openside breakaway David Pocock is the pin-up boy of the whistleblowers.

”Every time we made a mistake at ruck time, we were penalised, and when they made a mistake, they got away with it,” Pienaar said. ”We suffered a yellow card against BJ Botha and he made more of an effort to get himself out of the way at the breakdown than Pocock did during the game. There were one or two yellow cards which they [the Wallabies] should have received, but they didn’t.”

One indiscretion the Wallabies did not get away with was Quade Cooper’s sin bin for a dubious tackle on his opposite, Morne Steyn, which resulted in the pivot yesterday being suspended for two weeks. Even if the Wallabies appeal against the ban, don’t expect Cooper to be running around in Melbourne or Christchurch the next two Saturday nights.

SANZAR is not renowned for changing original suspensions.

Cooper’s departure is damaging to the Wallabies, and now the All Blacks could easily add an eighth and ninth straight win over the Wallabies to their record. And thus will end the Springboks’ Tri Nations defence.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 26.07.10 15:45:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • or should it be 😳 😥

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.07.10 15:46:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • You have to admit that the Boks played some really DUMB rugby in the last 3 weeks. Any idiot (even me) knew when the team was announced that the Boks will get murdered at the breakdown by Pocock and Brown. Not winning the breakdowns and the opposition not kicking the ball out or back to the Boks would surely make any person realise that you shouldn’t kick the ball back to the other team when it just took you 20 min to get hands on the ball. It was truly horrible to watch.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.07.10 15:56:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :

    Bru, we were always going to miss FDP and more importantly Brussow.

    The thing is, Francois Louw has been absolutely brilliant this year and he played the fetcher role with distinction during the S14 and in the first few tests of the year.

    Our problem lies with our pack of forwards and no FDP.

    Smit, Jannie, BJ, CJ, Matfield and the rest of the forwards reminded me of a WP/Stormers ‘light 5’ under Gary Gold.

    Oh wait!! Who is the current Bok forward coach?? 😈 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.07.10 16:00:04 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :

    agreed sadly.

    We have major issues in the team at the moment. 🙁

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.07.10 16:04:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • What drugs is Pienaar doing……he should keep out of it….those are ridiculous comments from him.

    He needs to concentrate on his crisp, clean service and maybe a few other facets of his game….rather being drawn into this word of words !

    Do it on the field son ….. or just zip it !

    Good luck on making the cut for Seweto ! 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.07.10 16:04:57 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    No player is worth 30 points.

    We have had 30 points put past us EVERY WEEK 👿 😳

    Losing is something I can deal with, but being humiliated is something I can’t deal with.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.07.10 16:05:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I’m a John Smit fan but I think he should play his 100th game at Soccer city and then retire while he still has some pride left. We missed Brussow, Bissie, Juan and especially FdP hugely. Habana needs to be dropped to improve his game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.07.10 16:07:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • What worries me the most is the lack of commitment. I recon the senior players that are ‘assured’ of their places needs to be dropped until they get the hunger back and realise that they are not indispensible

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.07.10 16:11:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The team will be hyped for Smit’s 100th game, and I reckon we have what it takes to beat both these teams in South Africa. I just don’t think we will be able to dominate them as they did us. We won’t win the Tri Nations, but I am hoping that we can beat the Aussies twice and maybe fight for second spot.

    We need the confidence boost.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.07.10 06:48:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Look at it this way: Boks are understrenght right now so they will have that false confedince thing going on. Come World Cup 2011 and we’re back to full strenght they might just have a surprise waiting 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.07.10 07:13:33 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : I think we should be very careful to not talk this team up again like we did a few weeks ago… there are fundamental problems in our team right now, and I don’t think we have what it takes to beat NZ or Aus at all at the moment.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.07.10 10:25:27 by CS Reply

  • Well i think its good to lick your wounds they are playing just kak 😳 and my they still get paid big buks for it 2 cut they pay and maybe they pic up 🙄
    no really BOKS this is nt the way to go about it you’ll all be called the snoils team if you don’t pull up your socks and be dropped very quickly 👿 😥

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.07.10 20:39:36 by chaz Reply


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