Boks given a rugby lesson
YIS! It’s performances like this and something similar on Friday evening that drive the average rugby fan to drink. Bokke show moments of what they are capable of, then slip up on defence out wide. I don’t want all fingers to point at Taute because Habana and Jantjies were also found wanting. I tend to agree with the TV presenter pundits when they question the coaching of the defensive coach. Granted, he has only had a short while for the products of 5 different defensive coaches to learn his structures and only a couple of weeks with two of them but at this level that is par for the course.
For me the turning point in the game was leaving an obviously struggling Goosen on the field for too long. Bad coaching choice and it was partially because of this that the defence crumbled and allowed the ABs to score. Another simple mistake was the poor defence or acceptance of the ball at kick off. Rookie lapses like these put us on the back foot and the newer players started to panic and mke bad decisions at times.
A player like Coenie Oosthuizen has got a whole lot to learn about being a tighthead and I’m not convinced that this is the right move by the coaches. Penalty counts by this player must also be reduced by good coaching.
I see no reason to make knee jerk reaction changes to this squad and they should be allowed to gain more experience on the year end tour.
“In the end though the reality check came and it was brutal. If there ever was a concern about how far behind the All Blacks the Boks have fallen, then this was it. There is a fallacy about South African rugby that we are the best in the world. But while the Boks can produce flashes of brilliance at times, they also can produce moments of immense lows to follow those highs. The All Blacks, on the other hand, are magnificent in their consistency and possess a killer instinct that few other teams in the world can match.
The Boks were handed a massive lesson on Saturday night, one that they will carry along with them forever. It wasn’t that they didn’t create enough opportunities, nor that they didn’t rattle the All Blacks at times during the game. Once again there were too many points left on the board, too many opportunities missed. Twelve points with the boot and at least two try-scoring opportunities.
But that was the attack. Where the Boks really lost the game was on defence, and at least two of the tries were simple basic defensive errors and when they needed to up the ante, they simply couldn’t hold out against the best attacking team in the world.”