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Dear Heyneke

May 20, 2013 in Rugby, Springboks

Dear Heyneke

You know when you were named as the chosen one for the Springbok Rugby Coach job, I was very happy. Ja, I felt sorry for ou Divvy, but he was the maker of his own destiny, like Morgan Mandela said in that Invictus Movie.

So, last year, when you started picking Bulls players like Jaques Potgieter and JJ Engelbrecht, and gave them Springbok caps ahead of players who have shown their worth in the past and were much better in their positions, I started wondering what’s in your head. Are you a zombie?  Then we see poor Lambie on the bench every single game, while Zane Kirchner keeps running on as full back. I wondered, is Heyneke the only one who sees value in NikNaks other than Simba?

Last year ended pretty okayish for you, with some nice wins in the Northern Hemisphere. But now, we are in a new year, and as much as we love beating the Brits, we love nothing more than beating the All Blacks and the Aussies. We hate nothing more than losing to Argentina or some other third tier side.  We want you to win. Like that song goes, We wanna win. 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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The great Habana thinks even faster than he runs by Mark Reason | The Rugby Site

October 3, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

The Habana Express!

Bryan Habana gave a masterclass of modern wing play in South Africa’s five try victory over Australia at Pretoria. Habana’s three tries were impressive, but his speed of thought and extraordinary work rate were from another dimension.

The All Blacks coaches say that they want Julian Savea to become more involved in the game. Then sit Savea down and take him through Habana’s performance against the Aussies. Habana did so much in that game that he was actually blowing in the final ten minutes. There was a case for replacing a wing through exhaustion. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

Could Goosen be the Springbok’s Carter?

September 26, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Can Goosen be SA’s Carter?

Come 12:00 this afternoon, many a Springbok fan will get a hernia when Morne Steyn is once again selected to start in the number 10 jersey for the test against Australia at Loftus this weekend.

I highly doubt that Goosen will start this weekend, as many are hoping for, simply because I don’t think its the right time yet.

Many disagree with me, and I am quite aware of the fact that I’m treading on unpopular waters here. I mean, it just makes sense to start Goosen against this year’s weakest opposition, doesn’t it? Or…does it? 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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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 →

Rugby Advancement Committee established….

September 4, 2012 in Humour, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

 

“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 →

Running into spaces, not faces.

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

“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.

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