SARU at centre of Bok inexperience

The Springboks are still being haunted by SARU’s inability to create stability and consistency within the Springbok Management ranks.

This is what one can conclude when looking at the current lack of depth available in the Springbok squad as compared to arch rivals, New Zealand.

Lack of experience was the major excuse ringing in our ears like a broken record when Meyer’s troops failed to deliver during the Rugby Championship, and New Zealand who seemed to have lost lots of experience too in some key positions stormed to an undefeated victory of the Rugby Championship, winning all their matches.

SARU’s insistence on giving coaches a maximum term of 4 years is a major concern and inconsistency in Springbok performances can only be blamed on this apparent policy.

While the All Blacks stuck it out with Graham Henry since 2003/04 until he brought them World Cup glory 8 years later, and followed him up with his Assistant coach, Steve Hansen, SARU threw out Jake White after his 2007 World Cup win, replaced him with Peter de Villiers with more than “rugby reasons being considered” and then after De Villiers tenure of 4 years, Heyneke Meyer steps in as coach, again, a coach with his own ideas who refuses to consider the choices and structured of those who came before him.

Many blame De Villiers’ inability to identify talent, however this was proven untrue when it was clear that De Villiers had more players debut under his coaching than Jake White did. Also, some of those players’ names are now being shouted from the rooftops, questioning Meyer why he has not included them.

The problem is not so much the coaches who pick the players they want to fit in with the style the envisage for the Springboks. It is in SARU’s lack of vision and foresight, who stick with the 4 year approach and do not allow for consistency as to enable coaches to really make a difference by building enough depth to get to the level the All Blacks are right now.

I’ve done an analysis of the time the Springboks and the All Blacks spent on the field this year, and how many of the  players used this year have been together since the World Cup, the year at which, one could reasonable assume, both teams would have been at their peaks.

The 27 Springboks and All Blacks who were selected for the most of the Rugby Championship was chosen (no reason for the 27, just that there seemed to have been a core of 27 players used by both teams). The minutes played in Super Rugby was aggregated, as well as those players minutes played in the European season since February.

 

 

Springboks

01-Feb-12

Age at 1 Feb 2012

Super Rugby

June Tests

Rugby Championship

Grand Total

Wcup 2011

Dean Greyling

26.10

1,062.00

0

30

1,092.00

0

Beast Mtwarirra

26.52

720.00

218

450

1,388.00

149

Adriaan Strauss

26.22

1,176.00

51

448

1,675.00

0

Bismarck du Plessis

27.72

1,283.00

189

5

1,477.00

149

Pat Cilliers

24.93

1,014.00

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