Brains will always beat passion

Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 24 Nov 2010 at 15:20
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The true measure of any coach is what he falls back on when the chips are down.

There is no denying passion and pride plays a massively important role in rugby, and for the most part clichés like ‘having your back against the wall’, or ‘we are at our most dangerous when written off’ are usually confined to the media which is why I pay little attention to it, but when I hear these words uttered by coaches I get extremely worried.

It was a statement from Boks scrumming coach, Os du Randt which caught my attention.  He made the statement following the shocking defeat to Scotland over the weekend where the Boks will be looking to use the ‘hurt’ they are currently feeling or experiencing as a motivating factor against England.

With all due respect to the big man, what wins you matches in rugby union at all levels, is using the top 3 inches of the human anatomy, not bravado.

There is an old saying I live by; “Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your biggest fears to come true”.

In my mind, the Springboks are wrapped in fear right now.

The last thing the Springboks need at this time is emotional baggage.  Emotion drains you, it makes you lose perspective on matters and it makes you base or make decisions you will never make under normal circumstances.

Building up to the Currie Cup final this year I mentioned that the most important thing for Plumtree was to get his players in the right headspace for the finals.  It was a similar warning I made regarding the Bulls prior to the semi-finals where I said that although they are favourites for many reasons, the headspace they found themselves in was concerning.

De Villiers and his management sits in a similar boat this week.

To beat England, you have to out-think England – and that basically goes for any team you are up against.

This Springbok team on paper is good enough to beat any team in the world, but they will not do it on passion, rather brains.

I will refer to another article I wrote in the lead up to the Currie Cup semi-final between the Sharks and the Blue Bulls, and that was called ‘Ugly does it’, and made reference that a win, even ugly (but meticulously planned), is as good as winning by 60 points.

And this is exactly what the Springboks need to take into the game against England.

Pride and passion comes because of winning, not losing.


  • Morne’s shortest article ever???

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.11.10 15:36:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • But one of his best. Well said morne!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.11.10 15:42:47 by robdylan Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.11.10 15:43:41 by Charlie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : That goes without saying…always a good read even if I don’t always agree. I do agree with this one though and it scares me even more because I can’t see a lot of thinking going on in the Bok camp at the moment.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.11.10 15:47:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Sorry Morne, but where most men are concerned, I am not sure that Statement is true… 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.11.10 15:49:43 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • And it’s not like we haven’t heard this all before. This year in the 3N if my memory serves correctly and the “back against the wall Boks” of a few months ago didn’t exactly set the rugby world on fire.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.11.10 15:50:46 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I think any movie made in Hollywood would challenge your heading.

    I think a good combination of both is better than either on it’s own.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.11.10 16:02:57 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 7) :

    😆 on the first

    Agree on the second..

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.11.10 16:12:00 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • I agree, it would be better to win by virtue of a good game plan and boxing clever, but if you take heed of what Stefan Terblanche said during his Oscar CC winner’s acceptance speech (and from any underdog victory in any sport ever) anger at being written off, shattered pride or guilt can be huge motivating factors. Surely every little bit helps?

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.11.10 17:10:00 by C-Jam Reply
  • I think the heading should be, ‘Big oke with brains always beats big oke with only passion and no brains’.

    ‘Cause between Bakkies & Stephen Hawking my money will always go on Bakkies. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.11.10 17:27:22 by McLovin Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : I am so stunned that could not even read. Will end up with left over coffee 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.11.10 17:30:18 by rekinek Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : unless they’re playing chess 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.11.10 17:30:49 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : Of course, forgot to add the ‘at rugby’ bit. 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.11.10 17:32:24 by McLovin Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : Or guess the planet 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.11.10 17:33:43 by rhineshark Reply
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  • There is an old saying I live by; “Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your biggest fears to come true” – Morne.

    I live by the credo: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” Works a charm.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.11.10 18:04:43 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • Nice article: spot on.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.11.10 18:11:29 by Big Fish Reply
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  • The best part about this article is that, as we’re playing England this weekend, it surely can’t be too difficult to out-think Martin Johnson?

    Watch de Villiers try though!

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.11.10 18:26:17 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Oh, I could tell you why The ocean’s near the shore.
    I could think of things I never thunk before.
    And then I’d sit, and think some more.
    I would not be just a nothin’ my head all full of stuffin’
    My heart all full of pain.
    I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry,
    If I only had a brain.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.11.10 18:56:20 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Morne

    ‘This Springbok team on paper is good enough to beat any team in the world’

    I don’t think even you believe that ! 😎

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.11.10 23:50:18 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • The Boks will lose 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.11.10 07:04:14 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 19) :

    I do.

    @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 20) :

    PDV will lose his job then.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.11.10 08:55:51 by Morné Reply
  • Mitchell on the Boks:

    “I think they have to look at their style of rugby and especially the new rules at the breakdown.”

    Jones (rent a quote) on the Boks:

    “It is still the same as in the Three Nations,”

    “They can’t decide how they want to play. With the new rules most of the teams have decided how they want to play.”

    “I don’t think that the Boks believe in the way they play at all. It influences the team and that is why their attacking is also so one dimensional,” says Jones.

    Jones does believe that the Boks will beat England on Saturday,though, but thinks that the underlying problems won’t go away.

    “They like to play against England and always want to win there.”

    “South Africa will play with passion and have a good chance of winning, but their problems won’t go away as a result, despite what happens.”

    “You can deliver one passionate performance at the end of the season but it won’t hide the problems.”

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.11.10 08:56:35 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Kan reg wees meneer. Ek’t nooit ‘n korter een van hom gesien nie.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.11.10 09:12:37 by klempie Reply
  • @C-Jam (Comment 9) : Any team of players will beat any group of individuals

    Suck it Province! 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.11.10 09:14:56 by klempie Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 15) : Wait a minute! I know you!! 😯 You’re Rob’s predecessor of admins I try to piss off! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.11.10 09:16:55 by klempie Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 21) : I dunno dude. I’m still worried about those wins over Ireland and Wales. 😕

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.11.10 09:18:09 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 25) : Take a bow. Now everyone knows who to blame (you and a couple of others) for the Blog being removed off

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.11.10 09:30:38 by MichaelMarnewick Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 27) : How you doing man? Long time no see. And “welcome” to the site again. 😎 (I’m assuming you’ve had an account for ages but not posted?)

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.11.10 09:32:50 by klempie Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 27) : just in case Klempie is slow on the uptake, that’s not really meant to be a compliment!

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.11.10 10:07:31 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : I took it with a pinch of salt, because I really don’t feel any responsibility for it being closed down whatsoever. Places like Keo and Rugby365 are still going strong and they have way bigger and way more “political” blogger communities than SR had. Not that I’m having a go at SR. I miss it.

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.11.10 10:21:07 by klempie Reply
  • @MichaelMarnewick (Comment 27) : @klempie (Comment 30) :

    I dont think anyone was to blame for the fall of the SR blog…I think MM got lazy! 😆 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.11.10 10:35:24 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • The SR blog was nothing but a boring clique anyway at the end. But it was still better than anything else around.

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.11.10 11:02:24 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 32) : How can you say that? For one, we had a dude posting about his penguin research from Hamchutney island in the Antarctic circle. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.11.10 11:04:02 by klempie Reply
  • @rhineshark (Comment 32) :

    hey watch it! I was part of that boring clique… 👿

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.11.10 11:04:14 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply

    I just found a Sharksworld page where Hamchutney is confusing the crap out of KSA. Before my SW time. 😛

    Big Fish : I see penguins 😯


  • Comment 35, posted at 25.11.10 11:09:19 by klempie Reply
  • KSA Shark : Okay 100% serious.

    Rob has tried to explain it to me (and i didn’t get it) and apparently the regular bloggers on the should know what it is about.

    apparently something to do with living in the antarctic.


  • Comment 36, posted at 25.11.10 11:13:59 by klempie Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 34) : As I said – still better than anything else around. Sien, daar was ook `n kompliment by 😉

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.11.10 11:35:34 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 37) :

    Okay… 😉

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.11.10 11:59:51 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
    An inspirational watch….

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.11.10 13:45:13 by Just a Fan Reply
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  • I would just love sr website posting more updates(daily) and then we can all head over here to discuss it..but rob is doing a great job trying to keep us up to date with the latest happenings at the tank

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.11.10 13:57:12 by bergshark Reply
  • If I was certain PdV would lose his job if the Boks lost on Saturday I’d be begging KSA to lend me a rose-emblazoned white jersey.

    Unfortunately the man is seemingly bullet-proof.

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.11.10 14:20:39 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • I think I have the solution to our problem this weekend!!!

    Can anyone tell me where Jannie de Beer is hibernating at the moment?? 😆

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.11.10 16:16:11 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 42) : We’ll need 5 drop goals, that’s for sure. We only know how to score tries from about the 60th minute. When Alberts comes onto the field.

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.11.10 16:58:42 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 21) :

    Morne…. I suggest you have a close analytical look at your current backline (like only you can do) ….

    ….i would suggest they are just not good enough…full stop !

    They are no where near world beaters……

    …..potential backlines around the globe that are better than Saturday’s backline… on their day.

    …….. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, France Fiji, Samoa, and New Zealand.

    ….fortunate theyfore that you have the best forward pack in the world !…on their day ! 😉

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.11.10 01:45:21 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I lost all faith in the Boks winning after watching Boots n All last night. First Owen asked Spies where the team sees the England weaknesses and what the game plan was and later on Owen asked Peter the same. It didn’t seem like they even studied the English team or knew where to attack them. They INSIST that there is nothing wrong with the game plan.

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.11.10 06:15:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 44) : it may be true of this back-line but if you look at what the side will look like for the RWC Here is my take on it
    15 F Steyn
    14 JPP
    13 Fourie
    12 JDv or JDJ
    14 Habana Mvovo or Basson
    10 Steyn or Lambie
    09 FDP
    08 Spies Kanko or Alberts(if wet)
    07 Smith or Deysel
    06 Brussow Maybe Burger
    05 Matfield
    04 Bakkies
    03 BJ Botha/JDP
    02 Smitty/BIssy
    01 Guthro/Beast

    that is 9 changes from the side that is starting tomorrow.I read an interesting interview with Zinzan and his take on the Boks is that they are missing Brussow. I remember when Carter and McCaw were missing for the AB’s they were very poor so a player or 2 can make a huge difference

    In Zinnys interview he fancies the Ab’s for the RWC but has a nagging doubt that again they have peaked a year to early. AB’s are great playing attacking rugby but history dictates that the RWC is won on defence

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.11.10 06:24:51 by Fattmann Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 45) : or perhaps they did not want to share it…

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.11.10 08:59:38 by rekinek Reply
  • I did not watch Boots & All last night – but I heard it was rather “special” = can someone tell me where I can find the “script” of the interview with PDiv??

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.11.10 09:17:11 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • “I spent a lot of time watching the game again, sitting with Victor and the other coach, and what we saw was that what we didn’t do well was our execution, “ said De Villiers.

    There you have it folks!! By his own admition….Victor is also a coach!! 😈

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.11.10 09:29:27 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 49) : Notice too his reference to only one other coach, not coaches… perhaps a clear indication that he’s not even talking to Gold these days?

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.11.10 10:44:18 by CS Reply
  • @CS (Comment 50) :

    Given our backline, I reckon he is talking too much to Dick

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.11.10 10:46:28 by Morné Reply
  • @Just a Fan (Comment 39) : Habs try 6:30. 😯 Those were the days. 😥

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.11.10 11:06:56 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 52) : *lots of tears* I know…. 🙁

  • Comment 53, posted at 26.11.10 11:51:58 by Just a Fan Reply
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  • @ice cool: thanks for reminding everyone on the site of the value of a drop goal(or 5 )..when I mentioned it earlier this season,had some negative comments(ie,negative play to go for drops )..but it puts points on the board and opp kick to you on re-start(realistically,your team regains possession after scoring)..also,having a drop goal threat will later (in the game,season)create space or opportunity for breaks around fringes of breakdown or sending blindside runner into space created by over-eager/out of position/ over-balanced defenders..
    Three points.. Take it .. Leave it..
    Your choice..

  • Comment 54, posted at 26.11.10 12:38:32 by bergshark Reply
  • Gee Morne that was a short and a great reading my friend
    and the paragragh that i like is

    “Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your biggest fears to come true”.

    So BOKKE don’t go out with fear but with pride for ur COUNNTRY and everything will fall into place :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 26.11.10 14:53:03 by chaz Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 21) : are u so sure of that 😆 4 my part he can go and blaas dopies 4 all i care :mrgreen:

    so what are we saying the only way to get rid of that clown is the SB must lose 😳 of my i don’t wish that 😕 can’t he just take a hint we don’t want him 🙂 well i don’t :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 26.11.10 14:58:54 by chaz Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 41) : u can say that again don’t c why they lv him so much maube they like the circus 😉

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.11.10 15:01:06 by chaz Reply
  • @Fattmann (Comment 46) :

    Totally agree with you and Zinny, Fattman.

    The return of that many world class players is never going to harm a side.

    Let’s be honest the Boks are going to be right in the mix come October next year.

    HOWEVER ….. what would concern me as a South African supporter is the style and approach to the game the Boks are currently adopting.

    What is plain and simple to see and I think will be right to the fore after the England game is how all the sides in the world (SA excluded)are using the rugby ball.

    South Africa look caught in a time warp…… saying ridiculous things like we are playing to our strengths.

    On defense…… yes agreed what history says re RWC….. but I believe alot of tries will be scored next year …. so with all the coaching debate i do honestly think that the Boks need to employ an attack coach asap………

    …..having the best players in the world next year won’t mean anything if they are playing a gameplan Colin Meads recognises ! 😆

    Good Luck against England…..I think you may need it ! 😉

  • Comment 58, posted at 26.11.10 22:56:49 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 58) :

    so with all the coaching debate i do honestly think that the Boks need to employ an attack coach asap………
    and a head coach to

    me as a South African supporter 😕 arn’t u o NZ supporter 🙂

  • Comment 59, posted at 27.11.10 13:29:45 by chaz Reply

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