Richard Ferguson

Ireland boss Boks in record win

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Springboks on 13 Nov 2017 at 11:45
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The Springboks suffered their worst ever defeat to Ireland on Saturday, losing 38 – 3 to a very enthusiastic Irish team in Dublin.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, the Boks were terrible. All the while, the Irish were superb in both their tactical approach and execution. They came out with a plan, and the Boks allowed their plan to work for the entire 80 minutes, not once trying a different approach. Or even trying to catch the ball.

In all 80 minutes of rugby, the Boks did not look like scoring once. And it wasn’t due to a lack of possession either. The Boks did not look interested for most of the match and once they entered the last 10 minutes simply rolled over and let the Irish kill the match.

There was little to be positive about for a Springbok fan with no noteworthy contribution from any of the Bok backline players. One can say that 2 forwards particularly stood out: Francois Louw and Pieter-Steph du Toit. Other than that the team lacked leadership, motivation, a plain and I got a feeling they were simply on the field to ensure they got their Christmas Bonuses.

Reports circulating this morning indicate that master coach Allister Coetzee, with his 41% win record and 10% away win record, could be unemployed as soon as December 2017.

Meanwhile Coenie Oosthuizen is on his way home after suffering a knee injury in the opening minute of the tour. A replacement has not been called upon as yet. Furthermore Pieter-Steph du Toit suffered a concussion in the last minutes of the Irish disaster and will be managed in the week.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 13.11.17 11:52:20 by Sharkfinn Reply
  • I actually thought beast had a good game. The whole backing were just plain crap.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.11.17 12:26:56 by Bayshark Reply
  • Hi Richard, for me our woes have everything to do with plain arrogance and unintelligent planning for our rugby as a whole.

    I am no coach and I am no rugby genius and nor do I profess to be and yet even I can point out a multitude of problems without even thinking hard about it.

    Skills of our players are woeful, The is no mental strength, there are very poor combinations selected and and and…..

    The team needs coaches that are strict and actually know what they are doing and an example below of some coaches that are better equipped.

    Head Coach – Robbie Deans
    Assistant HC and Forwards Coach – Johan Ackerman
    Back line Coach – Davids from Kings
    Defense Coach – not sure here, defense in shambles currently
    Fitness Coach – Not Sure here but the team cannot play for 80 minutes
    Psychological Coach – “MentalPrep” ??? Get the best we have.
    Skills Coach – Not sure here as it should not be necessary to coach skills at this level but as we see it is desperately needed.

    I know I am going to have half in here shouting at me that we should not select overseas based players, but I am of the firm opinion that firstly a player in a so called “Professional Era” should be allowed to apply his trade no matter where.
    And we have the majority of our top experienced players playing over seas and yet we are arrogant enough to think we do not need them.

    All countries but us work on selecting the best and on form players no matter their color or which Union they represent etc, The funny thing is we do have top non white players that are not the so called QUOTA players but are totally good enough to represent this country, For example both the top try scoring wings in SA this year are not selected and yet they are both Black, big, strong, fast and have good skills.

    Take this backline for example and I can tell you they will easily thump the current Bok backline.

    15 Galant
    14 Mapimpi
    13 Am
    12 Frans Steyn
    11 Nkosi
    10 Lambie
    09 Schreuder

    Yes that is me being a tad biased but that backline would rock, and they are defensively strong, I also know POllard could slot in but his one weakness is lack of good quality kicking and poor option taking.
    I know some will say but Lambie is injured, but no he is not, he is playing current and playing very well at that, another option is Steyn at 10 who this year is playing 10 and also playing well, in that case a strong Andre Esterhuizen could fit in next to him at 12, also we have 2 other strong big 10’s in Cronje and Rob Dupreez.

    See what people do not realize is that the majority of backline players for the AB’s, Aussies, Poms, Irish etc are big, fast, strong and great skills, yes there are one or 2 small guys like McKenzie for the AB’s that has huge heart but they are scarce.

    Hell I even think the Sharks backline for next year will cream the current Bok backline,

    15 Mvovo
    14 Mapimpi
    13 Am
    12 Andre Esterhuizen
    11 Nkosi
    10 Robert jr
    09 Schreuder

    As for forwards we for example need better loose forwards and I have no doubt the Boks miss Marcell Coetzee far more then what they will ever care to admit. I know in hindsight they will say but he is injured etc but he was not selected even when he was playing still.

    Problem comes back to the arrogance of we do not need any of our players playing in Europe accept for example Louw because him and Coetzee are buddies.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.11.17 12:36:53 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Bayshark (Comment 2) : Beast did play well, the penalties against him were a joke, the Irish TH was scrumming in at an angle, as so as he had the ref watching he scrummed straight and went backwards, I re watched and it is very clear.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.11.17 12:38:32 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 4) : The entire Irish scrum were at an angle. Their front row immediately lined up at a 5-10 degree angle to the imaginary line running across the field at the point of the scrum. Thus they could get away with scrumming in from that without the rookie ref noticing what was going on.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.11.17 13:20:33 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 3) : I was one of those wanting only home based player to be selected – in the vain hope that this would keep more players in the country. No more, choose the best available. Hougie on the wing and Louw to captain from 8. 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.11.17 13:23:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : Ditto

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.11.17 13:25:07 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I rate this as the worst performance I have had to endure! #onsiskak

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.11.17 13:40:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I must say although i do feel that AC must rightly take some flak, so must a lot of the players. There are a number of guys who have played in many tests and who are considered by many to be good players. Their display on Saturday was gutless and its become a trend of Bok teams in recent years to put on these gutless displays if everything isnt in their favour. So as much as a change in coaching is needed- i also think some of the players need to take a very hard and long look at themsleves. And SARU needs to get its head out the sand and pick foreign players

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.11.17 13:42:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • I think it would be fair to start looking at where the problems start for the boks….

    The loose trio is horribly unbalanced
    – Kolesi is a good player but has played 7 for most of the year
    – F Louw is a number 6 but is playing 8
    – Piet Steph is a lock playing 7

    Our locks dont know what the term “Hitting a ruck is”

    We have a 9/10 combo who cant kick yet we are playing a kicking game. Even when playing for the lions, when they meet a team who has matched their pack they were exposed.

    Our Centers play like props

    Our wings cant catch or score tries ….

    And Our fullback is convinced that running from the tryline with no support is a good idea…

    At least we won some lineouts.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.11.17 13:43:29 by byron Reply

  • Only positive from this game was the 100% kicking record. It all went wring with the team selection. No wonder we got pounded in the scrums. Too many players out of position. And no, there was very little heart. Even Marx wasn’t his usual self. He only turned over one ball. They killed us at the breakdowns. The worst was to see the half-hearted effort by Skosan near the end to turn over a ball – he was so worried someone might clean him out that his hands were not even near the ball, and when the first Irish player arrived, he quickly withdrew. Zero heart.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.11.17 14:23:07 by T-Shark Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : If you have a look again, you’ll find that Beast also lines up with his shoulder slightly behind Marx to his own detriment. The first job of a TH is to lead the hit and thus get the initial right shoulder. With Beast lining up this way, he only helps Furlong to achieve his goal. Very amateurish from a 90-odd test veteran…

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.11.17 14:59:32 by Karl Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : Agreed there were very few players showing any commitment on Saturday. Of the team that started I’d only have selected, Beast, Marx, PSDT and on review Louw. However on saying that, it is the coach who is putting these guys on the pitch and he knows the results are his responsibility. But all year AC has seen the results getting worse and has seemingly done nothing to try change them and on that I place the blame of what we saw on Saturday, squarely on his shoulders.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.11.17 15:52:23 by Hulk Reply

  • @byron (Comment 10) : I think you just summed this whole palava up superbly! I couldn’t say it better..

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.11.17 15:54:17 by Sharkfinn Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : That too, I was being polite :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.11.17 16:22:08 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • How do I post a jpg here?
    I wanted to share a photo of two former Sharks boys who scored tries in a test win…novel thing, that! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.11.17 16:56:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 16) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.11.17 18:25:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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