Why am I so unsympathetic towards Meyer? I found myself asking that question this morning, when someone said: “It’s only Meyer’s 6th game in charge, give him chance”. Am I being unfair by demanding better performances from the Springboks and not excusing poor performances? Is it because, with the whole Peter de VIlliers saga, with him being appointed in 2008 rather than sticking to White or picking the obvious best candidate, Meyer, I simply expected far more from him?
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Forget about the Rugby Championship. By the Springboks not getting the full 10 points….or even just the 8 for that matter, against Argentina, and the All Blacks demolishing the Aussies, New Zealand has all but engraved their names on the inaugural Rugby Championship cup.
Team Meyer should now just focus on the bigger picture and not be concerned about winning the tournament.Rather build towards to end of year tour and get the pieces of the puzzle in place.
He should also perhaps forget about his statement about winning every match, and rather re-look at his approach to the game and what personnel he requires to deliver consistent winning performances over the long run. I know this is what he seems to be doing, picking personnel for the kick and chase, bulldozer game, but I don’t even think he has the right personnel in his side even for that game to be effective. Read the rest of this entry →
“We need to be patient. This process is still in process and the CRAP will continue until we’ve transformed the team into what we envisage this process to deliver”
These were the words spoken by SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, after South Africa’s disappointing performance against Argentina in Mendoza last week. Roux spoke after the first meeting held by the newly established Committee on the Rugby Advancement Plan, or CRAP, which consists of some of the greatest rugby minds in South Africa, tasked with coming up with solutions to improve the performance of South African rugby teams, and in particular, the Springboks. Read the rest of this entry →
“Rugby is not a contact sport. It’s a collision sport.” That is one of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s quotes, and by now you will have seen that he is hell bound to stick with his philosophy of creating “collisions”.
It’s been a disastrous start for Heyneke Meyer’s reign as Springbok coach. One that he would not have wished on his worst enemies perhaps and made the Springboks the laughing stock of World Rugby this past weekend.
So, as expected the Springboks beat the Argies in what was, except for the injury to Bismarck and the thong flash of the physio/medic, a rather dull and lifeless affair.
I wasn’t impressed with how we played and the scoreline did little to give me any sort of hope that the Springboks are on the right track to become the 2012 Rugby Championship title holders. Let’s be realistic here, if we can only muster the equivalent of points against Argentina at home that the All Blacks put up against Australia, in Australia, there is something very wrong with our game. Read the rest of this entry →
South Africa: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Bryan Habana, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira Substitutes: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Jacques Potgieter, 20. Ruan Pienaar, 21. Pat Lambie, 22. JJ Engelbrecht
Given the spate of injuries, one would perhaps come up with only 2 or 3 changes to the side that Meyer decided to stick with. I say “stick with” because it’s still the core of the side that represented South Africa against England in the June tests…and still raises questions about Blue tinted eyerwear… Read the rest of this entry →