July 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
I’ve heard alotta stuff about my beloved Boks these couple of weeks.. We cant adapt to the new interpretations of the rules, we’re acting like spoiled little brats, we’re playing boring and even sometimes no rugby at all, got an idiotic & useless coach, a captain overstaying his welcome and all of these stuff not even coming from sheep-loving New Zealand or anything-crazy-loving Australia, but from South African fans & media. But enough already guys, coz this is going a bit too far.
I’ll be the 1st to admit that I was one of the (probably) many Bok fans that believed we’ll win atleast one of away games against NZ but thinking back to it now, it was definitely a bit premature and even a bit arrogant. I mean yes we won at least 1 game in each of the last 2 competitions on NZ soil but when did the trend change that you can just rock up on NZ soil or any top nation’s home ground and win?? One thing is for sure that I am really disappointed in the WAY we lost to the AB’s but maybe they’re just that damn good this season. For me it’s almost like the men’s tennis these last couple of years:
Last season the Boks victory over AB’s was like the Nadal of 2008 beating Federer for the 1st time in the Wimbledon final: Unexpected and suprizing but a brilliant effort where nothing was gonna stop him from winning. The 2nd ranked player and team beating the 1st ranked player n team.
This season the All Blacks are 2010 version of Nadal, ranked no.1 and playing like the nr.1 player and team should. (if this doesn’t make sense, comment it on my blog).
So for me the only disappointment is that we didn’t pick up any bonus points from our losses and gave them a couple. But losing against NZ in NZ really isn’t the end of the world. And even though we’re playing a weaker side in Australia than NZ, the same rules apply. If they beat us, so be it. Lets just try and get the bonus point or points. People we haven’t lost the trophy yet, just like NZ haven’t won it yet.. 2 games were played by 2 nations and there are still 7 games to go.. It’s not all doom n gloom.
The selections look a LITTLE bit better for this upcoming came but I still think we could be better. I personally would’ve loved to have seen Louw given another go and maybe even giving de Jongh an opportunity to start in his 1st tri-nations game. If ou Pietertjie really wanted to throw the whole attacking backline kitchen sink at the Aussies, playing Ruan, Steyn, Habana, De jongh, Fourie, Hougaard and Aplon at 9 – 15 wouldve been the way to go. My only problem with the current backline is Wynand Olivier (and to a certain extent – Zane Kirchner). Fullback is a bit of problem at the moment but centre doesn’t have to be. We have de Jongh and HAD Jean de Villiers too, both of them have played a good amount of rugby with Jaque Fourie, so why go and change that!? Morne Steyn plays much better along with Fourie du Preez n I know that a highschool flyhalf can look good next to Fourie, but my point is they play well as a combination just like Jean & Jaque did and will again.
For Wynand’s sake, I hope he’ll hava blinder coz if he doesn’t, Fourie needs another partner in crime!!
Some criticism has also been thrown to senior players like Smit, Matfield, Habana, Fourie & Burger and will personally defend these guys at the drop of a ball because they are the core of this team. Smit hasn’t lost any of his leadership skills, Vic can still control the lineout like a puppeteer, Habana (eventho looking like he lost a bit of zest) has added defence, chasing and tackling to his game, Fourie is still regarded as one of the best (if not the best) 13 playing in the world today and Burger STILL gives 110% without giving away costing himself 10minutes in the cooler (touch wood).
We HAVE the players, we’ve lost 2 games AWAY from home but we’re STILL in this competition!!!