Boks to learn from Stormers defence

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2011, Springboks, Tri Nations on 6 Jul 2011 at 07:45
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Western Province and Stormers defence coach Jacques Nienaber has been pulled into the Springbok fold and will assist the national side with this key aspect both ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Under Nienaber, the Stormers conceded only 18 tries in 16 round robin matches in this year’s Super Rugby series, three less than their nearest rivals the Waratahs and at least ten fewer than any other South African team. Nienaber has, I would imagine, been called in on the advice of new Bok tactical advisor Rassie Erasmus and it is understood that the World Cup “probables” will work under the pair back in Cape Town while Peter de Villiers and his assistants lead a weakened side on the Tri-Nations tour Australia and New Zealand later this month.

The Boks should be back at full-strength in time for the home Tri-Nations fixtures and hopefully whatever new defensive systems and patterns Nienaber has been able to devise will start to become evident in those fixtures.

Having a specialist defence coach on board appears to be non-negotiable in the modern era and I think it’s great to see a guy of Jacques Nienaber’s calibre being brought in to help out the national cause at this time.

Update: SARU have just announced that Nienaber will not be going to the World Cup, but will be used on a short-term basis ahead of the tournament before being released back to WP for the remainder of the Currie Cup season


  • rassie and Nienaber to sort out the A Team while The 3 stooges venture out on a ‘ Mission Impossible’…

    I wonder if Kiwis and Aussies will not do a similar srategy when heading over here?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.11 08:12:08 by grant10 Reply
  • @grant10(comment1) 😆 😆 I like the humour! Rob, I’ve often wondered, does not having strong Rugby League sides we could co opt specialist players from affect us adversely in todays rugby?

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.11 08:23:45 by Caratacus Reply
  • Can only do the Boks good.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.07.11 08:28:51 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • I hate jumping onto the SBW band-wagon but I hope Nienaber takes a leaf from the Cheetah’s defence book when it comes to containing him

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.07.11 08:45:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Seems like De Villiers is getting all-hands on deck, I just hope that it is not to late to save a sinking ship…

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.07.11 08:49:24 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Nienaber a very important appointment. We’ll see the differense immediately.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.07.11 08:52:57 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Just hope the Boks attack doesn’t look like the Stormers attack

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.07.11 08:55:00 by Mutley Reply
  • I’m glad to see this…

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.07.11 09:10:07 by franshark Reply
  • Defense is as much about a teams attitude as it is about ithe defensive pattern. U can have the best defensive pattern but if each player doesnt dominate in the tackle then its not going to look good. I think at the moment the All Blacks and even Ozzies to an extent have a better mental toughness than the Boks, but that all seems to change come WC time and England seem to pick up their game whereas the All Blacks take a few steps back.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.07.11 09:11:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • Check it out, Jean Deysel has been added to the World Cup prelimanry squad due to injuries to several loose forwards withni the group. I think Keegan Daniel deserved the callup a little more than Deysel did…

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.07.11 09:18:55 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 10) : never mind i see its been posted…

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.07.11 09:19:41 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 5) : I don’t think its to late its just a question of will they be able to make their mark or is it just advise and I’ll still do what I want….

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.07.11 09:21:29 by franshark Reply
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 10) : I think they look at players from more than just a playing perspective ,they look for leaders ,team men and so on…

    They probably know who the starting 22 will be but are making sure that the balance of the squad is good.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.07.11 09:32:52 by Talent Reply
  • All good and well until the last paragraph – will not be going to the world cup, will be used on a short term basis. Surely if he is going to be the man around which our whole defence is going to be based in the world cup then he HAS to be there till the end.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.07.11 09:43:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : Agreed

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.07.11 10:09:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : Hopefully he at least sticks around for the Tri-nations.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.07.11 10:16:25 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Great to see this happen.

    It IS a bit of a concern to me, that the guys who have had the best defence all season battled to contain what will probably be the All Black center pair of SBW and Fruean?

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.07.11 11:53:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : Time to for the Boks to consult with Brendan Venter perhaps?

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.07.11 11:56:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : I’m not a great fan of his.

    I think just some looking into how the Crusaders midfield WERE stopped on occassion and try and adapt to that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.07.11 12:01:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I read that Nienaber is on short term only and is not going to WC… Will return to province soon…

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.07.11 12:25:01 by franshark Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : I actually only mention him because the Cheetahs credited him for helping them defend against SBW. Wouldn’t want him playing a bigger part than simply advising on how to improve our midfield defence.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.07.11 13:08:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) : Come to think of it though, there is a possibility that the Stormers struggled to contain SBW simply because they didn’t have a settled/experienced loose trio and halfback pairing. The Boks defence may already be greatly improved by simply having Fourie du Preez and Butch starting.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.07.11 13:11:27 by vanmartin Reply
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