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New Zealand teams running the most, but SA Flyhalves get the most ball?

March 5, 2013 in Rugby, Super Rugby

 

Week 2 (or is it week 3? these Aussies always just have to confuse everything!) has come and gone and already some teams are being touted as this year’s champions, and others are being written off.  It’s still early days, chaps, so let’s not jump to conclusions too soon, or make any rash decisions.

Lot’s of focus on the Stormers, which I can get because they have been South Africa’s premier team in the Super 15 and as they say, high trees and a certain south easter, does make for some spectacular viewing. 

Last week I asked the readers to vote for their stand out performance of the week in the weekly race to the Bok number 10.  As it stands, despite having a bit of an “off” day against the Chiefs, Johan Goosen is still in the lead on the votes with Lambie in second spot.  Morne Steyn, whilst he will still be around during the Rugby Championship (he is only leaving after the Currie Cup) is backing up the rear.  To me, Morne Steyn was again very accurate with the boot and actually ran a few times with the ball in hand, one of those runs leading to a try and one out of every 4 passes went to the wing.  Lambie on the other hand was a bit stuck in an arm wrestle, and while he did miss a couple, he had a few nice runs and 1 in 3 passes went to the wing.  Goosen was a bit unfortunate to run into a very strong Chiefs side.  He missed several of his kicks (all but 1 in fact), but he remained the go-to guy for the Cheetahs, hoping he would create something for them each time he touches the ball. His defense was a bit shoddy and some of his passes were poor.  All in all, considering zero missed tackles and surviving the onslaught of the Stormers, I pick Lambie as my pick of the weekend.  Who was your top flyhalf this past weekend? Read the rest of this entry →

Heyneke taking “ugly” too far?

November 25, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks

It was a tough year for the Springboks. Something that the results of 7 wins from 12 can confirm.  The 7 wins include 3 wins over England, 1 win over Australia, 1 win over Argentina and a win against each of Ireland and Scotland.

Having drawn the third test against an injury depleted England side in June, flying over now with our own spate of injuries and unsatisfactory Rugby Championship results, I’ll admit, I didn’t think we’d win even 1 match on tour.  But the Springboks pulled it through and comes home with a clean slate on the tour of the UK.  I’d guess congratulations is in order.

But none of the wins, save for the win against Australia at Loftus, was really something to get excited about.  Uninspiring backline play with a lack of oomph! and creative skills was an earmark of this year’s campaign.

But a win is a win, be that by 1 point or by 20.  In fact, the win results this year averages on a scoreline of 24-14. What Heyneke Meyer said earlier this year is that he’d rather take an ugly win over a pretty loss.

Considering the way the Springboks were playing this season though, focussing on forward dominance with the forwards hogging more than half the ball between them and the scrumhalf, is Heyneke not perhaps taking this “ugly win” thing a bit too far?

Springbok’s forward approach smothering the game?

November 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks

 

20 more phases then Ruan will pass the ball to us….

Heyneke Meyer has done very little this year to confirm the belief the Springbok supporters had in him, when he was announced to take over from Peter de Villiers as Springbok coach.

The record shows that to date, the Springboks won 6 matches from the 11 tests to date, a success rate of 54.5%.  It seems quite average, in fact, poor, for someone who stated publicly that he believes in only one kind of Rugby: Winning Rugby. Read the rest of this entry →

Jean still not rested

November 14, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

It seems as if Heyneke announced the squad with only two changes from the side that beat Ireland.

Battered, bruised, but still going on…

While I am happy that De Jongh comes into the outside centre role and that Gurthro Steenkamp comes on as loosehead, I am a little bit concerned for Jean who seems to have been struggling with injury and still not being rested. Read the rest of this entry →

SARU at centre of Bok inexperience

November 12, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

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. Read the rest of this entry →

Boks loss not a “Bok” thing….

October 8, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Oregan HoskinsI had the wool pulled over my eyes last weekend! The defeat of the Aussies in clinical fashion lead me to believe we have a good chance to beat the All Blacks this weekend.  Say what you want about how bad this Aussie side is, but they still pipped us on the Rugby Championship log by beating Argentina twice, and also are ranked second again on the IRB Rankings. So yes, even this poor Aussie side is better than us despite us demolishing them last week.

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Jean was right – SuperSport – Rugby

October 3, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one thinking this…even though I often disagree with Brenden…

via Jean was right – SuperSport – Rugby.

Jean de Villiers may have stunned the whole country with what he said on Saturday night – that the Springboks had not changed their game-plan, but he was right.

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Suddenly it’s OK to miss kicks?

October 1, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

I was happy that the Springboks finally managed to convert their efforts into points this weekend, and most of those thanks should go to Bryan Habana who put his hand up and took responsibility for making sure the Springboks score the tries they created. Full marks to him and those giving him a mere 9/10 should really get their heads out of their arses. 10/10 performance!

What does bug me however, is how many Springbok supporters suddenly think it was OK to miss so many kicks this weekend after they crucified Morne Steyn after the Dunedin test. Read the rest of this entry →

What Meyers shouts on the Walkie Talkie

September 29, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Via http://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/cup-competitions/what-meyer-shouts-into-that-walkie-talkie-1.1392234

Johannesburg – Heyneke Meyer says he is too embarrassed to look at any clips of himself shouting his mouth off in the coach’s box. But it is this image that has had South Africans talking and wondering just what it is the Springbok coach is saying – and to who.

And, is the Bok boss really such an intense man, someone who appears on the verge of having a heart attack throughout the 80-odd minutes the Boks are in action?

“I am very passionate about my job … I love my country and I love my people and as a coach of a national team you have to be a part of the game. Soccer coaches get involved with their teams on the side of the field. I don’t want to do that, but it’s like an orchestra where I pull the strings. Read the rest of this entry →

Meyer taking control!

September 27, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Don’t fear, I’m in control

 

After Dunedin I wrote that I thought things are improving for the Springboks. The way they played improved, their decision making was more accurate and had it not been for the difficult and unfamiliar kicking conditions at Forsyth Bar, Dunedin, and three or four schoolboy errors, we would have beaten the All Blacks in Dunedin for only the second time in history. Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t Panic…

September 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

I have been very critical of Heyneke Meyer since the draw against Argentina in a match which was perhaps the worst I’ve seen from the Boks.

I thought we would be able to beat a pretty weak Australia though, hoping that the Springboks have learned a few things from the Mendoza abortion.  It actually seemed we did, although the game plan in the second half was not adequate to adapt to Australia who changed their game.

I was, nevertheless, still pissed off that the Springboks didn’t pull off the win. I thought they could have and should have, but they didn’t. Read the rest of this entry →

John McFarland in the hot seat…

September 14, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

The Springbok E-zine brings us weekly “Hotseat” Questions and Answers  and this week if was the turn of John McFarland, the Springboks defensive coach, to field questions from the public.  I’ve picked a few answers from him which I think are interesting, confusing and indicative of the current mindset in the Bok Camp.

Full article can be read here

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The 80 minute “South African” Rugby game

September 13, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

This clip can be view on the SuperSport website , just click on the Image below.

 

Interview with Morne Steyn

It’s not just any interview though. What I found interesting in this interview was not what Morne was saying…it was how he said it. Read the rest of this entry →

Boks don’t have character?

September 12, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

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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Lambie still on the bench…

September 12, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Lambie yet again warming the bench. De Jongh joins him instead of Mvovo. Flouw to start in place of Coetzee.

I truly don’t know why Lambie is being sidelined, litterally, like this. There has been talk of so-called “numbers” on the field. Could this be the reason?

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Pat Lambie Read the rest of this entry →