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The price of being on top?

January 10, 2013 in Cricket

Jake White had it when he turned the Springboks into the number one team in the World. Over his 4 year stint, there was always this blemish on his record, according to some.  Peter de Villiers didn’t come off unscathed either.  Even though the Springboks dropped in the rankings, the fact that they were in the spotlight since White’s era, made it impossible for Divvy to escape the scathing criticism.  Meyer has also come under the whip during his short stint sofar for the very same reason. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

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 →

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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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 →

Can the Boks get the win?

September 5, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

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 →

Is Steyn’s best, good enough?

August 6, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Springboks

The thought came up when I was reading an article where Heyneke Meyer said he can coach Morne Steyn back to his best. During the weekend, Meyer selected his squad for the two matches against Argentina, and many were saddened and disappointed to see some exclusions and, the now almost deemed passengers; Morne Steyn and Pierre Spies in the squad.

Meyer says he believes in consistency and you do not chop and change a player every match. Well, it seems like, despite your form, Meyer doesn’t chop or change his team even after 3 woeful performances under him as coach, and a few seasons’ poor performances under different coaches, namely Peter de Villiers and Frans Ludeke. Read the rest of this entry →

Are the Bulls ready for the Championship?

July 23, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks, Super Rugby

The Super Rugby 2012 competition is all but done and dusted, and thanks to a stunning performance by the Sharks on the weekend, South Africa is certain to have a team in the final for the third time in four years!

The Bulls were incredibly disappointing but did not fail to meet my expectation of the loss margin. How bad they would play though, I don’t think anyone expected. Read the rest of this entry →