Its Ticker time.

Written by Andrew Campbell (Sportbilly)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 5 Nov 2010 at 11:37
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The old saying holds true, a week is a long time in rugby. Think back a week ago. A certain team fielded a rather mismatched backline. We has an ex fullback at 13 who was way too old, another fullback at 10 who was way to young, a discard at 12, a snail at 14 and a perennial Vodacom Cup player at 9. I mean really how did the Sharks think they could win this one?

In WP, they faced an all Springbok backline save for their highly acclaimed goal kicking ace, Willem De Waal who sported 3 Currie Cup winners medals in his cabinet. I mean they even named a drive after him in Cape Town so he must be pretty good hey?

Well the rest is history as they say.

This week is much of the same. We have an Ireland backline comprising of six Leinster players with only Tommy Bowe at wing being the odd one out. Combinations won’t be a problem it seems! They are settled, they are classy and on paper have the beating of their opposite numbers if you read the news.

The Boks have more issues than Lindsay Lohan at first glance. A fullback at centre, a wing at fullback, a plethora of injuries, form worries and match fitness are all creating another few furrows on the fan’s faces. We won’t even go near the coaching staff.

The thing they DO have, much like that team in black and white did last Saturday is a powerhouse tight five, and a classy loose trio with balance. They have an experienced mob surrounding the test dรฉbutante Deon Stegman, which he is familiar with and which should provide a solid platform.

With a 70% chance of rain being predicted by some, this battle should be between the big men it seems. Its an area that the Bok’s if they play to their potential might just boss the paddy potato eaters in. The Irish front row is unsettled and each one of the three is from a different province so cohesion could be an factor.

The Beast needs to exert himself in applying pressure to their huge tighthead (he apparently stands at 196cm and weighs 130kg) by getting under him at scrum time. Tall tightheads (Sir Carl Hayman aside) can get a mauling if the right technique is applied by the shorter man. Pressure at scrum time and front foot ball make any backline look a tad flashier. Add some ticker and we will have a game on our hands.

Our makeshift backline needs to take inspiration from the Sharks last weekend and play with fire and heart. Desire can trump disaster here. “Believe” (Terblanche, 2010).

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  • You forgot to mention the biggest difference.

    The Sharks had Plum at the helm…

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.11.10 11:42:07 by lostfish Reply
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  • A very well written piece Sportbilly!!

    Just one blapsy – ‘front foot ball’ should be ‘Go FORWARD BALL’ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.11.10 11:49:32 by wpw Reply
  • @lostfish (Comment 1) ::twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.11.10 11:52:39 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • Comment 4, posted at 05.11.10 13:01:43 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • This is quite a turn around from yesterday.

    You had no Clue then? You put some Thought into it? And now see the Plan?

    Or perhaps these articles, tweets and farts are complete random.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.11.10 13:12:10 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Im rather excited to see these youngsters perform against the internationals in these coming weeks. Its funny how this is supposed to be an exciting time fr us as Bok supporters to watch how the youth have developed but yet there are so many with negative comments but like Clayton said “BOKKE IS BAAS”

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.11.10 13:51:32 by Natrix Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 5) : The first article is a critism at a lack of planning.

    This article is about there being a decent enough pack on the park to give us some ascendancy in the tight. And asking a makeshift backline to show some balls out there.

    I still don’t see a plan.

    Or perhaps you should go trol somewhere else.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.11.10 13:55:47 by Sportbilly Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 5) :
    Or perhaps you should show some appreciation for someone taking the time to put up an article.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.11.10 13:58:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Sportbilly (Comment 7) : Your allowed to have a change of heart anyway.

    I get what you’re saying here, but you have to remember that by the time the Sharks backline came up against Province, they were playing together for 15 weeks.

    So it’s even worse than we thought before. Ireland have what province had, but also what the Sharks had in team continuity and unity. The Boks got it just wrong, they took both the negatives from the two finals teams backlines and combined that into one.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.11.10 14:58:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Sportbilly (Comment 7) : But kudos in making the attempt at finding something positive out of this mess.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.11.10 14:59:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : I agree with you on this one, but to make matters worse, they do not have a work horse like Alberts and no one at 8 (that is willing to dirty his clothes) so this ramble shamble of a back line is going to get bad ball also

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.11.10 15:03:33 by Stef Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.11.10 15:50:28 by Sportbilly Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 11) : Juan Smith is a fantastic player at 7. Does all that’s required and more. Slightly different player to Alberts but certainly are first choice No.7 in my mind. Alberts is not fit anyway hence Keegan coming onto the bench.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.11.10 15:52:19 by Sportbilly Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) :
    Perhaps I should, but this is the internet age.
    Any freak can be celebrity, any idiot a journalist and misfits can have friends by the thousands.
    Failing all those, you can always promote yourself as a rugby expert on twitter.

    follow me on twitter @randomnoise123

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.11.10 18:43:17 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 14) :

    You really like stirring don’t you?

    So why do you come here and read the rubbish that so called idiot journalists write? Why do you waste your time?

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.11.10 18:58:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 14) :
    I suspect you are taking the piss, cos you do usually come across as someone with some form of intelligent life.

    In any event, just remember that it is only in giving respect that we are worthy of it it. All that your post says is that as a nameless poster, nothing you just wrote has any worth.

    Yet knowing that, you still wrote it. What kind of tautological foolishness is that?

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.11.10 19:26:47 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • tautological – repetition of same sense in different words; “`a true fact’ and `a free gift’ are pleonastic expressions”; “the phrase `a beginner who has just started’ is tautological”; “at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition”- J.B.Conant


    You are correct. I should have just stuck with Comment 5. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.11.10 19:52:29 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) :

    At the risk of being tautological, I provide your answer.

    Great thing about the internet is I may say these things without risking defenestration. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.11.10 19:59:51 by fyndraai Reply
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  • ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
    Did the two of you each swallow a dictionary? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.11.10 20:20:03 by wpw Reply
  • @fyndraai (Comment 14) : Ain’t it cool.

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.11.10 20:46:26 by Sportbilly Reply

  • Thanks Billy
    a very well written piece and enjoyed the reading it ๐Ÿ™‚ agree if we hv fun and play with our hearts with alot of pressure the game will be in our hands to win it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.10 10:06:02 by chaz Reply


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