SA Rugby = no imagination!
March 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
Redge, in the previous blog, raised very good questions and concerns. Why is there no Larkhams, Carters, Spencers, Beales, Bennetts, Portas, Crudens, Coopers etc in SA rugby? SA rugby always boasts about the great talent pool avaible…..
Surely it comes down to emphasis on ”winning at all costs’, thus over coaching with conservative gameplans!
The way the NZ teams play rugby is breathtaking. Skills and a positive approach to attacking is a pleasure to watch and learn from them. How many great tries do they score of first phases!
Johan Goosen and Timo Swiel are raw talent and could be SA’s X-factors of the future. Will they be? Doubt it! Interesting, reading Baylion’s blog, that Timo Swiel withdrew from SA U.20 side as he realises that if he represents SA at U.20 level he can not then play international rugby for another country. Swiel apparently is eligible for a British passport! Great decision by Swiel. Hopefully WP/SA rugby will make more use of him and show more interest!
Our whole ‘white history’ and existance is build on surviving! We have to front up and for that we have to be conservative. It is time that coaches at school level allow players to develop and play what they ‘see’. Let them start thinking and experiment. Still, the pride and glory of a Boshai vs Gim victory or to be number 1 in SA, ‘forces’ coaches to adapt the narrow minded approach. I include myself in that category and realises that although I have some success coaching in Australia, I still tend to coach teritorial/percantage rugby.
After only a few rounds of Super15, I have changed my mind about Patrick Lambie at flyhalf for the Boks. I’m a huge fan of Lambie; and although he is becoming the total flyhalf I would play him at fullback for the Boks. He is as cool as James Bond and his goalkicking is very good now. I would play Johan Goosen at flyhalf and really give him ‘free range’. Lambie can kick to posts and let Goosen be the playmaker ala Larkham or Michael du Plessis who hardly kicked to post! Jaco Taute can cover the bench!
It is easy for coaches to say that, but, to really allow players to do that is another. Coaches fully back that players abilities and not judge him for any risktaking mistakes. Ewan McKenzie has done that perfectly with Quade Cooper. He backs Cooper even if he makes silly mistakes. Robbie Deans, doesn’t allow Cooper the same freedom.
Dawie Snyman, probably ‘couldn’t’ control the likes of Carel & Michael du Plessis. However, instead of restricting them, he worked with them and we all know how successful WP was in the 80’s!
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