It’s nice to have a coach
June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized
First of all, I mean no desrespect to Peter de Villiers with this post. I have said many times that I think he is a brilliant coach and on the accounts that I’ve read by Matfield and John Smit as well as a few extracts from his own book it’s clear that he knows how handle his players, but his technical accumen still needs some work.
I was pleasantly surprised by the baby Boks’ performance yesterday. Like many of you I didn’t think that they would make it, but I was wrong. After trailing 3-0 at half time the four tries seemed out of reach, but whatever was said by coach Dawie Theron and the substitutions he made payed off.
This reminded me of what happened on Saturday in the test between the Boks and the Poms. The Boks came out firing in the second half and managed to lift the pace and broke the deadlock. The similarity between these two matches lies in the fact that whatever was said during the team talk, worked. It shows that the coaching staff of both teams were able to evaluate procedings in the first half, worked out a remedy for what went wrong and they were able to get this message through to the players.
But, a team talk together with tweaking your approach at half time is not enough. These scenario’s must be prepared for in advance during the lead up to the match so that you can still change your approach to something that the players are familiar with and all credit must go to the coaches for this as well.
Meyer and his men will, at some stage, make a bad coaching decision which might cost us the match. They will always be up against equally astute personell from the opposition who’s job it is to outsmart their opponents, but this time the decisions made by the coaching staff of both SA teams payed off and it bodes well for the future!