Still room for improvement says de Villiers

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 30 Aug 2010 at 14:03

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says there remains room for improvement following last Saturday’s come-from-behind 44-31 win over Australia in a Vodacom Tri-Nations match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

De Villiers was addressing media in Bloemfontein ahead of the Boks’ final Tri-Nations match, also against the Wallabies, at Vodacom Park on Saturday.

“We have yet to achieve anything,” de Villiers said.

“It was nice to get the win because it changed the mood in the change room and also put smiles on the faces of our fans again. But we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.

The coach singled out defensive organization as one of the areas that needed attention during the week.

“We have a brilliant defensive system in place,” he said. “When we analyse defensive lapses we have to look further than missed tackles or mistakes that are made by individuals. We have to look at what events in the play led to that situation. It could be that the opposition was quicker on attack than we anticipated or a that player was out of line in the defensive pattern.

“The Wallabies put us under pressure and forced us into mistakes. We have to go back and look at what we can do to better deal with that pressure”.

De Villiers added that the players attitude would also be an important factor in this weekend’s Test.

“The win has changed the mood in the camp and the guys need to build on this from a mental and physical point of view. This is where a positive attitude towards the match will be very important. The Wallabies are world class and we will have to have the right attitude to beat them again, especially on attack”.

De Villiers praised his team for their spirited fight-back in the Loftus Test.

“To come back from 7-21 down showed the character of this team. I am pleased that we did not go into defensive mode towards the end of the match and showed a willingness to attack until the end,” de Villiers said.

Meanwhile, the Springboks are waiting on news on the availability of three injured players – Butch James, Jannie du Plessis and Flip van der Merwe – who underwent scans in Bloemfontein on Monday morning. All three missed out on the Monday training session and news on their condition is expected from the medical team on Monday afternoon.

Issued by SARU Communications


  • What an amazing investment to the Springbok team, that Butch James. Plays 10 minutes, rests 3 games.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.10 14:18:30 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Butch did put in 3 HUGE tackles in those 10 minutes 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.10 14:52:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Ok, not a single change to this weekends team will be made (unless there are injuries). We can still win the Mandela Shield, so cannot see Div being adventurous at all…

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.10 14:54:04 by Mole Reply

  • Difficult to feel amped for Tri-nations considering New Zealand are not only back in the clubhouse they’re already nursing off their hangovers. Couldn’t really care about a Mandela Shield to be honest.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.10 14:56:52 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : Agreed, just thinking terms of Div’s job security…

    Even though he had a couple shockers, it was excellent seeing FSteyn back in a Bok jersey! How do we get him back to SA, and preferably the Sharks?

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.10 15:57:51 by Mole Reply

  • No shit, Sherlock!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.10 16:05:42 by Ice Reply
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  • There is room for a lot of improvement…

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.10 19:40:35 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Mole (Comment 5) : that is the sentimental Shark in you talking, francois was [email protected] as i had predicted. He didn’t offer the team anything kirchner or aplon didn’t have!

    De Villiers’ overseas selection policy is that we play deserving south african players before selecting ANY overseas-based players! Gio Aplon played with aplomb against the All Blacks @ the FNB stadium and then he is summarily dropped for an unfit, clear not conditioned francois steyn whose own franch coach said is not ready fot Test rugby!!!! 😯

    why must Gio stay in the country if he is going to be dropped for a [email protected] francois who neither possesses his pace and guile?

    Pdv is a FOOL

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.10 20:02:31 by Megatron Reply

  • Who cares about room for improvement? The question should be “Is there room for Habana and Spies?”

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.08.10 20:20:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 8) : what it mean franch?

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.08.10 20:30:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • There’s been room for improvement since the first game Snor.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.08.10 21:09:41 by Predawn Reply

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  • @Predawn (Comment 11) : goodness gracious this guy is also here? 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.08.10 21:16:08 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 8) : ‘that is the sentimental Shark in you talking, francois was [email protected] as i had predicted. He didn’t offer the team anything kirchner or aplon didn’t have!”

    Ridiculous, I thought you knew more about rugby, but that statement is as foolish as you claim PdV to be. Steyn simply being in the team at Fullback offers more than either Kirchner or Aplon. The opposition will change their tactics and will not kick the ball to Steyn as Aus did. Sure it keeps Steyn out the game and he does not look all that flash, but it opens the game up for the rest of the Boks. No man, you don’t know of what you speak when you make a statement like that. Neither Aplon or Kirchner have near the kicking strength that Steyn has, and the opposition know this and change their game plan accordingly, that is a fact, so clearly he offers more than either of those two.

    Funny seeing you call PdV a fool right after such foolish statements from you.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.08.10 23:27:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • oh and a not ready for test rugby Steyn offers more than the very best that either Aplon or Kirchner offer.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.08.10 23:29:04 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I have long said that Steyn is a better 15 than either 12 or 10. The reason for this is his skills at 15 cause the opposition to change their game plan, with his drop kick ability, the opposition will not punt from in their own half to him, it is almost like gifting his team 3 points. This limits the opposition tactics, and makes the task easier for his team mates. Playing at 12 or 10, his long kicking becomes less of a factor, and the opposition no longer have to alter their game plan. Look back at 2007 when he was forced to replace an injured JdV at 12, even then, he always was positioned at the back for the opposition drop outs, to receive and drop kick at goal, and if he missed, they would have to do another drop out, and same thing again. Opposition teams will not kick drop outs deep with Steyn at 15, they will always kick short and high, staying in their own half. Tactics changed to counter Steyn. So he does not get the chance to hit the mile long drop goals, and everyone says he played poorly, forgetting that his mere presence on the field has already caused the opposition to be on the back foot.

    If he has a bad attitude, by all means drop him for that reason, but if not, then there is not a better 15 in South Africa, not by a long shot.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.08.10 03:03:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) :

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.08.10 08:37:00 by Megatron Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : in your brainwashed mind, what is it that francois did in the game that was waaay better than aplon against the all blacks? Australia DIDN’T change their game plan, they kicked to Steyn who subsequently kicked all his returns on the full thus gaining australial field advantage! Open you bloody eyes and stop daydreaming!

    Steyn is not a counter-attacking option like Beale, Aplon & Muliaina are, he is a donkey with harphazard thinking that the likes of you want dumped at fullback because that is where he can do minimum damage to the team with his constant brainfarts!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.08.10 08:42:08 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 17) :

    I cant believe anybody is calling for Steyn to come back to South Africa, nevermind the Sharks..

    I wouldnt want him in my Vodacom Cup team..

    Steyn’s mentality and selfishness will one day cost the Boks a game, a Tri Nations or even a World Cup..

    Play a player who plays for the team, and not for himself!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.08.10 08:54:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : I agree, as good as Aplon has been, I would prefer to see him play in Habana’s place (who has been ordinary).
    Kirschner has never been the answer at 15 IMO. Id like to see Jantjies getting a shot ahead of Kirschner for the EOYT, playing second fiddle to FS.

    @Megatron (Comment 17) : Breath in, Breathe out, relax… Aplon is not the answer for the Boks at 15, he is quick and awesome to watch on his snipping runs, but is best suited to the wing. Steyn will always be my first choice, he may have “brain-farts” sometime, but no player is the perfect. Yes the mistakes he made on Sat where shocking, but for a player being out of the Test arena for so long, it wasnt exactly disastrous…

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.08.10 08:58:10 by Mole Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) :

    AMEN!! 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.08.10 09:28:51 by wpw Reply
  • @Mole (Comment 19) : i never said Aplon was the answer, and how would we know if if he indeed is the answer or not when he plays a decent game against the number 1 team in the world but is dropped out of the squad the next week to make way for a media-hyped player, who his OWN french coach said was not up to standard!

    It is bullsh*t quite frankly what de villiers is doing, rewarding mediocrity by the so-called senior players. What must the guys playing currie cup think?

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.08.10 09:40:53 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : look, Im not exactly thrilled by the management of the players, its pretty crap IMO. But I think there is a bigger picture… RWC2011 is just under a year away, and to defend the title we are going to have to be a solid unit – if that means that players are moved around in order to find the best combos then so be it.

    That being said, Div, again IMO, has not got a clue. There are players that should not be playing week in and week out while some (Aplon, De jongh) get the raw deal – Aplon plays with his heart on his sleeve, and yet he is dropped in an instant… Its not right…

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.08.10 09:47:26 by Mole Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 17) : 😆 man you get so excited you stop thinking completely. If you think Aus did not change their game plan, then you must not be thinking. Easy, relax, because when you get all worked up like that you make even less sense that your normal trollish posts. 😆 I find you very entertaining though, whenever I need a good laugh, I read one of your posts. keep them coming please, I need a good laugh every now and then.

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.08.10 15:32:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 23) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.08.10 15:47:20 by Ice Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 23) :

    And we call HIM the troll. Seems when the tables are turned he takes “bait” easier than a hungry marlin. 😛

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.08.10 15:51:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : :mrgreen: 😉 Piece of cake. 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.08.10 15:55:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Anyone that has tried to catch a fish knows why it is called fishing and not catching. Although with Megatron it really has been more like catching. :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.08.10 16:03:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) : 😛

    For someone as experienced as him at throwing the blantantly provocative comment out there, you’d think he’d have more restraintive (is that a word?) ability. 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.08.10 16:08:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 23) : the usual ‘ridicule riposte’ is worn out buddy, try another trick, it may amuse simpletons but not me. The australians weren’t planning to kick too much ball in the first place!

    If you knew what you’re talking about then you’d have realised that they have kept possession more than us and the kiwis, but i don’t expect you to pay attention to such in you eager attempts to play for the gallery!

    Be that as it may, only in your convoluted mind was francois steyn better than both aplon & kirchener 😛

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.08.10 16:16:36 by Megatron Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : If it wasn’t a word, it is now, it has been published for all eternity on the interweb. 😆

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.08.10 16:21:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 29) : If that is just in my convoluted mind, then I like it better than reality. 😆

    I’m glad we’re buddies now though, sorry you weren’t amused though, you should try it some time, it is good to laugh, I would always want my buddies happy, so try a good laugh some time, I mean that buddy. 😛

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.08.10 16:26:32 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 31) : trust me i have my laughs but they’re usually not induced by bouts of stupidity on sharkworld 😛

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.08.10 16:45:06 by Megatron Reply


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