How did the Springboks really fare?

Written by sheldon klingbiel (SheldonK)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 1 Dec 2010 at 10:07
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The Boks walked away from the year end test matches with 3 wins and a loss.
But how did they really fare taking a few factors into account.

Ireland Game:
The Boks walked away with the narrowest of wins but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The team only got together a week before this game so the time to get the combinations to gel wasn’t ideal. Ireland had this same problem and it showed in the performance for three quarters of the game. The biggest factor in the game was the Ireland subs. They took huge gambles and luckily for them their bravery paid off and they got right back into the game and almost won it. However, on another day the ball could have bounced the other way and we would have won by 15pts. So whilst the Boks were not amazing in that game, they were a lot better than they have been given credit for.

Wales Game:
The Boks again walked away with a narrow win. Wales are a lot better team than a lot of people give them credit for. They have a lot of quality players but they are not sure how to win games having been on the losing side for so many years.
Both teams flattered to deceive in this game. Both mixed the superb with the very ordinary. Wales were very good in the opening half and the Boks did well to keep the score within touching distance as it could have got ugly. In the second half the Boks just looked they were going to take hold of the game as a result of a clever substitution but then they brought on all their subs and the good work was undone as the combinations were unsure of each other and their roles. At the end of the day the Boks did extremely well to edge out a win as Wales played really well!

Scotland Game:
This game is pretty easy to sum up. The weather was horrible and the Boks looked like they had not prepared to play in the pouring rain. They had seen the All Blacks run in tries from everywhere and were waiting for the sun to come out so they could do the same. The sun never came out and the Boks never played. Scotland were also garbage too. I thought the ref had an absolute shocker but the Boks cant complain as they were even worse than his reffing! Quite simply the Boks did not pitch up and the Scots were the best of two bad teams on the day. To say this game defined the whole year is a bit harsh as even Superman has bad days, nobody is perfect and we need to remember that. It still hurts that it was Scotland though.

England Game:
The Boks won quite convincingly and if CJ Van De Linde had passed the ball 10 seconds earlier the score would have been even bigger. Does this result mean that the Boks are now brilliant? England were bad in that game. Their forwards didn’t seem keen to put up much of a fight and the England backs have always been very average unless they have heaps of front foot ball. Just like the Boks were waiting for the sun in Scotland, I think England were waiting for the rain. Of all the games on tour the England game is the one we should be concerned about. The Bok forwards did extremely well but their link play with the backline and the backline in general looked like they had not trained together. Taking a comment from a Rugby365 article…the Bok backline looked like they has not been coached to do anything than just play as they see it which is a trait of Dick Muir. It is all well and good to just let the guys play but there must be a plan.

3 wins out of 4 is a good return from the end of year tests. Yes the All Blacks won all their games, but they did not play 1 game in the pouring rain! The Boks were missing quite a few players that would normally start or at least bench so they did not have their number 1 team as the All Blacks and Australia did. The best thing to come out of this tour would be if the coaching staff learnt from the mistake made. If that isn’t the case then the tour is a failure of epic proportions!


  • Nice summary mate.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.12.10 10:16:21 by Morné Reply
  • Superman has never had a bad day. 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.12.10 10:22:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : he’s only a man in a funny red sheet, after all

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.12.10 10:42:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : Nope – that would be Chuck Norris!

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.12.10 10:42:51 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Quote Unquote..

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.12.10 10:43:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good article though..

    Its nice to see someone taking positives out of a tour that most people are writing off.

    Valid points made!

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.12.10 10:44:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • still say nt the best of wins we could of taken the whole of the EOYT 2010 maybe good luck next year :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.12.10 10:47:52 by chaz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.12.10 10:50:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good article SheldonK…your first?

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.12.10 10:57:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I think even if we did win all games. We still played pretty average. Maybe one good thing that we can take from this tour is that even when we play a pretty average game, we are still better than most teams in the world.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.12.10 11:57:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Ah …Five for Fighting….one of my favs

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.12.10 12:03:39 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : Ya it was my first article. Just had a few thoughts to share as I dont think its all doom and gloom. I think you cant look too much into end of year tours just like you cant read too much into the midyear tests against the NH sides.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.12.10 12:04:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • I don’t buy the excuse that the Boks weren’t prepared to play in the rain.

    The team and coaches should have checked the weather report and had a plan B – it is the UK ffs it rains ALOT. Surely they should have prepared for the fact that it could rain and had a back up plan.

    A champion team can win in all weather situations and don’t lose to Scotland even if it is pouring with rain.

    The point is that the Boks still have the players to be a champions team but are in dire need of someone to coach them properly.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.12.10 12:26:23 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 13) : I agree with you those surely they had planned for rain, but judging by what i saw it really looked like they hadnt! Thats the scary thing though- we not playing smart rugby or learning from mistakes such as the subs stuff up!

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.12.10 12:36:13 by SheldonK Reply

  • Is it throw-a-dog-a-bone today?

    Between this article and Morne’s I had to check it was no longer 2007!

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.12.10 12:47:24 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) :

    Sheldon, it has become abundantly clear to me that there is no strategic thinking in the Bok camp.
    To me it seems as if no thought is given to the conditions we’ll be playing in or whom we’ll be playing. They seem to preapre and play the same way regardless.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.12.10 12:49:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 16) : You are correct there. The thing is before the Lions series PDV came out on radio saying that he doesnt coach the team, Dick & Gary coach and he just overseas and manages things. He said that he knew coming into the job that he didnt have the full knowledge and skills required and thats why he got Dick & Gary as assistant coaches. So whilst we can obviously critise PDV…should we not attach more blame to Dick & Gary? And in saying that, should we not adopt the strategy the All Blacks have of having 3 coaches that rotate?

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.12.10 13:05:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) :

    To be fair mate, that’s Peter’s problem.
    He could’ve chosen any assistant coach he wanted and if acted a bit normally he would’ve been able to fire them and get in somebody else.
    Problem is, he’s such a nut-case, that even if wanted (and he did!) to get rid of M&G he cant find anybody to replace them.

    Another thing – if Peter doesnt see himself as a coach then why does he have a head-coach title? If he’s only going to manage the side, ala Martin Johnson, then he should call himself a manager and get done with it.

    It bothers me that we’re losing games simply because we dont plan and adapt before the game.
    It seems as if our losses dont come on the field of play but are determined before we even pitch up on game day.

    That England game told us we have all the physical attributes to beat anybody in the world.
    Now we just need to play a bit more chess to compliment our physical attributes.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.12.10 13:49:35 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : That Scotland stuff up was due to a total lack of planning. It should be simple really. Rain = different ball game… not so difficult.

    The England game the forwards were vastly improved but the backline didn’t have a clue. We are just lucky that England decided to have their worst day at the office in a while against us.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.12.10 14:46:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • Not trying to “put a dampener” (muhaha) on the article, which has some great points, but rain is no excuse to not winning a game. Rugby is a winter sport, even the CC semi final was played in the rain. Yes its a bit colder in Scoltand, but either way, these guys have all played countless matches in conditions the same or worse than that day.

    RE: “It still hurts that it was Scotland though”, I would say you need to remember that Scotland are on a roll at the moment, having beaten Australia and Argentina (twice in Argentina) in the past 12 months, and have won 4/5 on the trot. Yes, Scotland usually sit about 7-10th place in world rankings, but they are extremely capable on a good day, and do have a handful of world class players.

    SA lost to Scotland not due to the weather, but due to not being the best team on the day. Simples!

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.12.10 23:01:43 by Nhumrod Reply

  • PS – Note I did not use the word “we” to refer to either team in the above comment… I consider myself to be truly neutral being a half and halfer! 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.12.10 23:03:38 by Nhumrod Reply

  • The boks are suppose to be better then this.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.12.10 21:31:20 by Honey Badger Reply

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