Peter De Villiers did a Harry Viljoen

Written by (Mocho)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 5 May 2011 at 07:07
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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin

Peter De Villiers began coaching the Springboks with such enthusiasm about playing expansive and running rugby that one could not have been a little excited about what the future held for the knights in green and gold.

I have been reading “In Black and White, The Jake White Story” and two things stand out. One being at how experienced Jake White was before he became head coach. He was there under Mallet, Viljoen and even worked with Straeuli. I have no doubt that this helped us win back in 2007. Saying this, and in response to Molly’s post and the above mentioned fact Allister Coetzee could be the next SA coach.

Secondly after reading the part about working under Harry Viljoen, it amazes me how similar Harry and De Villiers are. Harry came with all these new ideas of expansive rugby but slowly became a skop and chase coach due to the unrelenting pressure. The same with De Villiers, and in 2008 in my opinion I think De Villiers was on to something.

Ok fine, we didn’t too well and when we went back to our traditional strengths we won a Lions tour and a Tri-nations. We also got hammered in 2010 with this same traditional game plan and one hopes that De Villiers can remember that enthusiasm he had for open running rugby and somehow mix the two contrasting styles up in 2011. The game plan of the Sharks last year in the Currie Cup would be the perfect base to start.


  • I finished the book yesterday, its pretty good. One felt after reading, that if Jake was a bit pro-active in his relationship with his bosses, we could have been coached him today.

    That said, he did really well under the circumstances and I think he would be a fine coach for the Brumbies.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.05.11 08:26:24 by Mocho Reply
  • I said at the time (when he took over) that although his intentions are well placed, I believed he was naive.

    Implementing a mindset (because that is what it effectively is) takes a lot of time and he believed he could do this immediately.

    Still, I am still of the opinion that changing this and going this route, given our resources as a rugby playing nation, will have us dominate the world of rugby.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.05.11 10:19:41 by Morné Reply
  • But you are right, pressure got to him, as it did to Harry, and as it did to Straueli even.

    Remember how successful Straueli was when he took up the Bok job? And just look into the paranoid being he was left as at the end of his Bok coaching stint.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.05.11 10:21:17 by Morné Reply
  • Being Springbok coach must be one of the hardest jobs in the world because you are also judged on criteria outside rugby. I am also critical of all the Springbok coaches but at the same time I wouldn’t want that job for the money he’s earning.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.05.11 10:27:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : I totally disagree, I would *love* to have that job. You could make a right royal stuff-up of it, and in order to relieve you of your duties you’ll be paid a very handsome settlement package, because, just like in the corporate world, it seems to be impossible to simply fire someone for underperforming.

    OK, so the general SA rugby public will hate your guts, but then again, they even hate the successful coaches, so that’s pretty much par for the course…


  • Comment 5, posted at 05.05.11 11:10:51 by Culling Song Reply
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