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Exoniration after the fact is like saying sorry to someone after they’ve been hanged.
Mistakes happen and we have to move on.
I hope this isn’t allowed to unduly influence their preparation for the next two games
The judicial hearing was held via teleconference on Monday.
Willis granted an application made by Gerrie Swart who appeared on behalf of Du Plessis, for an expedited hearing. The hearing was originally fixed for the Tuesday. At the hearing, Willis was assisted by former professional player David Croft from Australia.
Submissions were made on behalf of the player and the video footage was reviewed. Willis found that the decision made by referee Romain Poite to issue a yellow card as a result of the tackle by Du Plessis on Dan Carter was wrong, as it was within the laws of the game.
Carter to his credit said he had no problem with the tackle.
No further sanction was imposed on Du Plessis, however the second yellow card remains on his record for the remainder of the Rugby Championship.
Gareth Rosslee – Why wouldn’t you want to pick overseas players!
There are a lot of ‘conventional wisdoms’ in South African rugby that get rehashed to death and carted out at every opportunity.
Here’s the one I’m talking about: “Picking overseas Springboks devalues the jersey, weakens our rugby etc etc.”
If Bounce doesn’t revert to the Straw Man Argument (I won’t mention any shit movies like Anchorman here… Oh no, I’m losing the popular vote already!) or personal attacks (who the hell is Gareth Rosslee, well I’m glad you asked…) then I’m interested to see how anyone who doesn’t sit in the SuperSport / SARU / SANZAR office could argue that players going overseas is a bad thing.
We export our products to foreign lands where they are paid huge amounts of money, use the best facilities, coached by state of the art teams, wrapped in cotton wool and compete in leagues filled with star players.
Take the Heineken Cup final last year. 50 000 fans at the AVIVA Stadium in Ireland.
On the field: Byrne, Sivivatu, Nalanga, Bonnaire, Hines, Armitage, Wulf, Bastareaud, Wilkinson, Giteau, Fernandez-Lobbe, Maso, Hayman, Sheridan…
Now tell me that Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Joe van Niekerk would rather be running out against the Rebels in Melbourne in front of three people and two dogs.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer should feel vindicated after the controversial team selection of Zane Kirchner and Willie le Roux who were among the try scorers in South Africa’s 38-12 victory over the Wallabies on Saturday.
I and many others eat humble pie today.
I have never been a Zane Kirchner fan and it is not a personal problem with the man, but more as a critic of his playing style and capabilities. I cannot help but think that there are better fullbacks available to SA rugby like Lambie, Aplon or even Joe Peterson, but let’s be fair I am not a coach or referee and I last played the game when General Motors was still Corporal Motors.
I do not profess to be a coach or a rugby boffin and quite frankly I suck at Super Bru but I love the game and I know a little about how it should be played and I rely mainly on gut feel to select players that I think should wear Bok colours. Let me emphasize here too that the only colours that mean anything are national colours and not provincial (ok — not all the time, a bit of blue and white slips in now and again ) the colour of a player’s skin or hairstyle or what language he speaks is irrelevant. I see capabilities and ability to understand and play a simple game that has been made complex by the present day law changers.
None of the players that played on Saturday can be faulted to any large degree except for Frantic Flip who gave away his usual quota of penalties. The rest found it easy playing behind a pack of forwards that totally demolished the Wannabies. The backline including Zane prospered with plenty of front foot ball. They were all defensively sound and should be proud of their performance.
Having said that, the Boks need to come back to earth fast. It won’t be as easy this weekend but I am bold enough to say that if we play like we did against Oz we have the fire power and capabilities to clean sweep this competition.
The All Blacks are not invincible.
I am looking forward to see if our coach keeps the faith with the same team or if he will tweak it to suit the game plan that the technical boys have put together.
Very well done Bokke and coaching staff ——– Go Bokke, go on to kick some AB ass now!
Well said Mr Nel……. This article is well worth the read and has given me plenty of food for thought
It’s not always easy being different, especially in rugby.
It’s not easy when you have a different hairstyle, a different look, a different feel about you.
It’s also not easy to do your best, train your hardest and do exactly what your coach asks of you, and then watch an unwarranted and totally unnecessary social media storm burst into life because you just had your name read out from a team-sheet.
Now imagine being Zane Kirchner, the seemingly universally unpopular choice for fullback this weekend.
You may be a fan or you may not be, but either way the type of abuse that Zane Kirchner has received in recent times is unwarranted.
Rugby Championship Tests in Australia call for a certain austerity – the average score of 19-18 to South Africa in 76 matches against the Wallabies since 1933 indicates how difficult it has been for the Springboks to beat them – and sticking to the team structure and getting the basics right are vital when the margins are so small at the top level.
Kirchner is the sort of solid, unflashy player that coaches love and teams need, whatever the public might think.
IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO WIN IT, DON’T GO TO WAR
Who cares……. JUST WIN!
Cape Town – Just when we thought Heyneke Meyer was prepared to loosen the buttons of the traditional Springbok straitjacket, he seems to have felt a cold breeze of fear around his neck and turned his collar up.
Zane Kirchner will start at fullback and Willie le Roux on the wing against the Wallabies. It is the safe choice, and who knows, Kirchner might even have a blinder in Brisbane. Morné Steyn might kick seven penalties, Kirchner might be faultless under the high ball, the Boks might win 21-15 and we would all be happy again.
C’mon guys! That’s a stupid question. The object of any match is to win it not to play “pretty” rugby. I love open running rugby as much as everyone else but my priority and HMs priority must be winning. No coach has ever become notorious for the style of play. It’s all about the number of wins. Win 16 in a row, beat the Oz in Brisbane or the ABs in Aukland and you become famous. Play the most attractive rugby in the world and lose just one game or draw against Argentina and you’re pathetic and scared to change your game plan.
GO BOKKE, get me a win, conservative or brash I don’t care. I will watch pretty rugby during Super 15.
KNOCKED COLD IN MAY AND AGAIN YESTERDAY
HOW MANY KNOCKS BEFORE PERMANENT DAMAGE OCCURS?
The sight of Toby Flood lying unconcious on the Welford Road turf surrounded by anxious medics on Saturday provided another unwanted reminder of the dangers rugby players face on a match-by-match basis.
The 28-year-old Leicester and England fly-half, whose last competitive game saw him knocked unconscious during the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham in May, required 12 minutes of on-field treatment yesterday before he was taken from the pitch on a stretcher and rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary, his neck in a brace and still requiring oxygen.
Concussion is the most common injury suffered at the top level of English rugby, with statistics showing one player concussed in every five Premiership matches. But there are growing concerns that concussed players are being allowed to stay on the field or being returned to play after only a perfunctory examination.
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WHO would want to be a Springbok coach? A week before his team takes on its most formidable challenge — consecutive away games against Australia and New Zealand — five members of Heyneke Meyer’s squad disappear to France for the weekend.
That means no rest period; an additional punishing long-haul flight; and four days subtracted from an already very tight preparation schedule.
On top of all that, Meyer must live with the fear that he might lose them altogether through injury. This, after he had already had to take into account the ravages wrought by the extended Super Rugby campaign.
Unfortunately there is only one way to remedy this situation as it stands
DON’T PICK OVERSEAS PLAYERS ……. end of sermon