A list of cures

Written by Chris Smith (ChrisS)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 17 Sep 2012 at 12:17
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Looking at the Springbok game over the weekend there was great sadness at the defeat and anger at the way in which we lost but there is also a faint glimmer of hope thanks to the performance of certain individuals within the team. With a few tweaks and a chnge in gameplan we can right the ship and get back to winning ways. Here then are a few cures for what ails the Boks:

1) STOP kicking the ball every single time we get it!!

2) Adopt a gameplan where the players are free to play what’s in front of them rather than being rigid robots who aren’t allowed to think.

3) Offload the ball in the tackle and pop it off the floor to maintain momentum!
Anybody who’s watched Pienaar play for Ulster and remembers his time with the Sharks will know that Saturday wasn’t his natural game. He kept the ball in
the ruck (at one point even kicking it back in) and and set up kick-chase scenarios.

4) Get the backline to start using moves instead of crabbing sideways!! We last used a simple scissors/switch so long ago that I can’t remember when.

5) Make use of dummy runners to fix opponents and create space!

6) Use and inside ball every now and then. (Last seen when Henry Honiball and Slaptjips used it against the All Blacks)

7) Get a fullback and flyhalf in who aren’t afraid to run the ball at the opposition.

Just using numbers 4 to7 will guarantee us a 100 point margin win against the Alllacks as they’ll be amazed by our change from the gameplan that we’ve been using for the last 6 years.

8) Offload before you come into contact with someone. Run for spaces, not for faces!!

9) Tactical kicking for the corners is a good thing…kicking and praying for a miracle isn’t! It would be awesome if Ronan O’Gara could wor with our flyhalves
and fullbacks.

Some of what I’ve said is lighthearted but a lot of it is just basic rugby sense that everybody knows but which the Boks aren’t applying.

What else would everyone like to see changed?


  • You basically said it. There is nothing wrong with using the kick as a attacking weapon, but the sad part is, it was last used effectively when Butch was our fh. This weekend in the CC lots of teams used it in a attacking gameplan as just an extra arrow in their arsenal, not as their only stick in a sword fight.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.09.12 12:25:21 by KingRiaan Reply
  • Frans Steyn is also being totally under utilized, as the Boks mainly use him as a battering ram. With his height and strength, he could be more devastating than SBW. Get your winger to run on his shoulder and get the little pop pass in the half gap which is created when Frans gets tackled. Or something as simple as getting Frans to run decoy with the winger to receive the ball to set up the overlap. At the moment our backline is so predictable, they are as easy to predict as a childrens story book

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.09.12 12:35:35 by KingRiaan Reply
  • The aimless kicking crept into our game over the last few years and it is infuriating to watch. In our 22 safety first, in the opponents 50 m run for space not kick when in space. MS has a nice sidestep but got confused with the space in front of him so he kicked. I would get rid of the names that dont deserve to be there. Why is flip picked ahead of J Kruger or Bekker (albeit same type of lock) why is greyling ahead of Cilliers or the stormers prop (ginger ninja). The cheetahs also have great props not to mention overseas clubs have some of our great guys.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.09.12 12:35:58 by Dunx Reply
  • @ KingRiaan (Comment 2) cant wait to see frans in the sharks with lambie and either whitehead/jordaan to pass too. Now that is a mouthwatering concept

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.09.12 12:37:18 by Dunx Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 3) : Agree about the kicking. I wasn’t being tongue in cheek about the scissors either. Thinking back over the last few years I can’t remember when we last used one!

    I’ve seen primary school sides use more attacking options than the Boks!

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.09.12 12:39:54 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 4) : Too true, I cant wait as well. We saw glimpses of it in the two games Frans did play this year. Sharks better win the comp next year, don’t know when we will have such a complete team again.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.09.12 12:43:13 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 3) : RE: Flip,you joking right, were you watching him on Saturday? Cmon he’s not a Shark, but give the man credit when he deserves it

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.09.12 12:53:43 by Ludz Reply

  • I don’t understand the logic behind kicking an up-and-under.

    When you have possession of the ball, why would you want to turn that possession into a 50/50 chance of regaining possession? Even if you miraculously regather the ball, how much territory do you end up gaining?

    Unless you’re kicking for territory, ie. for touch, keep the ball and work your way up to the try-line and score.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.09.12 12:54:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Kick and chase works as a shock tactic, a variation of play used sparingly to keep the back three of the opposition honest, unless they are awful under the high ball…

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.09.12 12:57:46 by The Quirk Reply
    The Quirk
  • I don’t believe we are as bad as we would all like to believe. Our forwards are looking good, but we lack some outright pace to the ball; I would like to see Marcell and Flow play together or Marcell and Brussow. I would play alberts of the bench.

    The backline is where the problem is…

    a) Morne Steyn is not the solution at 10 ,Jantjies ,Lambie and Goosen are the way forward.

    b)Persist with Pienaar at 9,he is more skillful than Hougaard could ever hope to be, class personified.

    c)13 15 need to be reconsidered,big time.

    d)Look at players like Mapoe, Le Roux ,Coetzee and Tuate

    11.Mapoe/JPP-when he returns
    12.Frans Steyn
    13.Jaque Fourie/JPP? When he returns may be an option?
    14.Le Roux-defense is an issue ,no more so than goosens though…

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.09.12 13:00:28 by Talent Reply
  • This backling tickles my fancy as an experimental side;
    11.Le Roux
    13.Mapoe(give the guy credit ,he is playing out of his skull-maybe a traitor to us Sharkies ,but I would have him over Hougaard at wing any day of the weak based on current form.)
    14.Taute (Out of position but could combine nicely from the back with Coetzee)

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.09.12 13:08:14 by Talent Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 4) : Yes, can you imagine the kind of backline we will have next year? Reinach, Lambie, F Steyn, on form Whitehead or Jordaan next to him (he really doesn’t have a quick outside centre next to him atm..), with Ludick at FB, Mvovo, JP, or even new guys like Speckman coming through on the wings. They will really wreak havoc if the forwards are able to give them front foot ball to attack with!

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.09.12 13:12:11 by HeinF Reply

  • Jaque fourie will not be returning any tym soon and don’t put jp at center when he’s the boks best wing by a long shot!!!!!!!! Problem is jean won’t be dropped until people like juan smith burger spies and bissy return soooo your centers won’t change

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.09.12 13:30:34 by balllllars Reply

  • @balllllars (Comment 13) :

    Remember who Heyneke used to select as his outside centres while he was coach of the Bulls??

    JP Nel
    Jaco Pretorius
    Tiaan Joubert

    JDv seems to be suffering under Heyneke and the same can be said of a host of other players.

    Frans Steyn too.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.09.12 14:04:27 by wpw Reply
  • We shouldn’t fool ourselves here. The All Blacks were very far from their best on Saturday. The Boks are very poor.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.09.12 14:35:09 by Ben Reply
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  • We’re still doing everything too man on man. Frans takes the ball up with no one running of his shoulder or into space for him to make the pass. When the ball goes to him everyone knows it will just be a drive up.

    Same with our forwards, who although the go in pods of four, do this us one unit. therefore this unit can only do one thing, predictable take the ball up. They can’t pass and they can’t offload. They’re also all committed to the drive and clean, so they can’t pick and drive.

    Too few options are available with the way we play and its way to predictable.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.09.12 14:36:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : Agree about Flip – the walking yellow card had an excellent game, I actually think based on that performance he deserves to retain the jersey for at least another week.Only forward I had issues with was Dean Greyling, not his finest moments at all. On the subject of props, it might do heyneke some good to look at one or 2 of the Lions or Cheetahs props – they stood their ground against all opposition in super rugby, even if they didn’t exactly dominate against all opposition. Better than greyling and cilliers, although cilliers has versatility on his side.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.09.12 14:52:06 by MB1810 Reply


    Please add your voice to the Oxygen For Helium Pete petition page on FB in support of SARU reinstating Snorre.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.09.12 14:53:48 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 18) : HAHA – I can’t do that, thought he was the worst thing to happen to SA rugby since Naas Botha made kicking a religion. I think HM deserves his shot and I think considering he has a team with half the combined caps that PDV inherited things could have been worse. He just needs to get rid of morne, that would be a 100% improvement right there.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.09.12 15:04:01 by MB1810 Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 18) :

    Really, you want Snorre back??

    F*k klempie, teen watse klip het jy jou kop gestamp?

    Make Graham Henry a offer he can’t resist I say!

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.09.12 15:09:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • How about asking our flyhalf to stand a bit flatter? Not much, just about 25 metres closer to the scrumhalf. The reason why Ruan is always kicking is because he can’t see Morne as he is standing so far back. I think Adriaan Strauss took more balls at first receiver than Steyn on Saturday.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.09.12 15:31:19 by Orelando_G Reply

  • @MB1810 (Comment 19) : @Pokkel (Comment 20) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜† I’m joking okes. I am not even on FB…but admit it, that is a great name for a petition! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.09.12 15:34:47 by klempie Reply

  • @Orelando_G (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.09.12 15:43:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Orelando_G (Comment 21) : Yes, I don’t like the way Strauss is popping up everywhere in the back line at all. If you’re going to play a hooker that likes to run, then play Burden, because he must be better at the way Struass is trying to play than anyone else.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.09.12 15:55:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • Would love to see this backline in the home tests:
    9. Pienaar
    10. Goosen
    11. Hougaard
    12. Lambie
    13. Taute
    14. JPP
    15. Frans Steyn.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.09.12 20:31:31 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me

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