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Bakkies: I'm ready for England

2010-11-22 22:33

Stephen Nell

London – Springbok lock Bakkies Botha says he gets “goose bumps” when he thinks of the physical side of Saturday’s test against England at Twickenham.

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Botha was one of South Africa’s star performers when they thrashed England 42-6 there in 2008. However, there aren’t many parallels that can be drawn between the England team of 2008 and Martin Johnson’s class of 2010.

If England picked the same side that recently beat Australia 35-18 for Saturday’s match, only lock Tom Palmer and No 8 Nick Easter will remain from the starting line-up that lost to the Boks two years ago.

England have developed into a side capable of an impressive expansive game under the new law interpretations.

However, they are also likely to be up for a better physical scrap than was the case in 2008, even if they are far from a complete side.

“A test against England at Twickenham stays something special. It’s a tough and physical test, and one we’re looking forward to,” Botha said after Monday morning’s Bok training session.

“England showed with their recent wins over Australia and Samoa that they are a formidable side. They have a big pack and quick backs. If the squad is kept together and they build on that, it will be a dangerous side at next year’s World Cup.”

Botha added that the team had closed the door on the weekend’s loss to Scotland.

“It was a difficult weekend for us, but the door is now closed and the focus is on England. We had a great training session this morning and there is still hard work that lies ahead. It’s important that we finish the tour well,” he said.

“A defeat like the one against Scotland hurts. But what matters is how many times you get up, not how many times you fall. That is the way we are looking at it.

“We now want a big performance against England. It will be a great win if we can pull it off.

“We did not play well against Scotland, but it does not help us to take negative energy into the weekend’s game. It’s over and done with. This is a new week, a new day and there are new challenges.”

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Comments
  • GraemeBB - 2010-11-22 23:01

    Bakkies, actually it is same problem, diifferent game. If you want to leave your problems behind, you must leave the Snor behind, find a centre, a game plan and X factor (the new bok buzz word). I have found that making profound statements only encourage the dreamers - reality has a crule way of surfacing, and jolts one back to earth. I am, however, a dreamer. Love the Boks

      Emile - 2010-11-23 07:20

      I have to agree. Great side, pathetic coaching staff. Until that changes, the Boks will stumble from game to game, winning the odd game by sheer guts. As we have seen the past two seasons, there is not much going on on the field. This team has NO game plan and there is no talk of any form of innovative thinking. PDV must be the absolute worst coach a Bok side has ever been blessed with and there has been a couple of jokers along the way.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-11-23 12:12

      Yes, our talented players are winning despite the coaches best attempts to undermine them.

      James - 2010-11-23 16:44

      @Staal... I have read many of your postings, -got to buy you a beer sometime mate as you are in touch with the real issues. Not everyone realises the rot starts right at the top.. In fact with the ANC sports-meddlers, to whom a victory is measured in forging their majority control of the game, rather than by actually beating the opposition. It's an insidious sabotage of the springbok and I am amazed our players do as well as we do with such a massive handicap.

  • Jonrae - 2010-11-22 23:08

    Here we go again! Why can’t the Springboks just keep their big mouths close for 1 fkn week? The old typical Bulls mentality about the “physical” side of things. Idiots! Like in the semi finals against the Sharks this year when the Sharks bullied the “physical” Bulls side into submission! It’s time for unfit Botha to lose it again this weekend. Please god let Spies play so that the English forwards can destroy the mammas boy. ENGLAND by 10+

      Pappa Smurf - 2010-11-23 01:21

      Idiot.

      Johan - 2010-11-23 09:00

      Jonrae you are an IDIOT!

      Jonrae - 2010-11-23 09:07

      Thanks Johan and Pappa Smurf from Snorcity...LOL!

      Johnny - 2010-11-23 09:37

      Jonrae = WP loser..!!! ....WP plalooookas....!!! ....WP chokers...!!!

      GraemeBB - 2010-11-23 10:31

      Jondre, please include your pic - I wanna see why your mouth is so big. You must be quite a mean boy judging from your big mouth - but my guess is you are a wimp. Spies will walk all over you. I agree - idiot.

  • Thomas - 2010-11-23 02:39

    Bakkies I will never doubt you wouldn't be ready. As much as I hoped PDV would be a seccess, him Muir and Gold were never ready for this league.

  • Wow! - 2010-11-23 06:22

    MMmm when ever Bakkies talks like this he gets sent off and we play with 14 men. That is NOT going to work against England. Hell it is going to be tough with 15 men and frankly, I think we will be lucky to come away with a win. Go Bokke!!!

  • bennieboekwurm69 - 2010-11-23 06:41

    bwhhhahahaha has been bully! Why don't you retire and let real talent come forward! Going to stop now before my day gets spoiled! cheers!

      Emile - 2010-11-23 07:21

      Eish, you must really be one of those arseholes with your head permanently stuck in your arse.

  • ArtGee - 2010-11-23 07:06

    Any bets: Penalty in the 1st 15 minutes! Red card in the 1st HALF?

      GraemeBB - 2010-11-23 10:34

      You on dude - R1000. Whe and how you paying?

  • Shauno - 2010-11-23 08:06

    Come on guys, this is not about the players trying to talk up their game or weasle out of their loss, but these statements obviously come from press conferences and media briefings. What are they supposed to say when asked about the game this weekend and last weekend by the press? We as "Supporters" have become a bunch of spoilt brats who can't accept defeat and are now reverting to playschool tactics of name calling and bitterness. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS PEOPLE, no positive ever comes from being negative.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-11-23 12:16

      Not accept defeat? If we lose to a team like Australia or New Zealand with a few points after a spirited game then sure, we can applaud and wish the winners well. But not this. Not this shambles of confusion and mediocrity which stems from the top. To pretend the players are not influenced by their handlers incompetence is deliberate blindness.

  • Willie - 2010-11-23 08:48

    I have been a Bok supporter for more than forty years and I must confess that it becomes harder and harder to stay loyal. We have some very good players in the country, but players don’t make a team. A team need a coach just as a lot of oxen need to be harnessed to be productive. I can’t understand it when a professional ball player can’t even catch, or carry, a ball. What has he done since primary school if he still hasn’t mastered this basic skill? What does he do in a professional outfit? How come these professionals can’t read a game and adapt to circumstances. If they know they should keep the ball away from the opposition, why do they kick a hard fought ball back to them every time? Then pay the price and still do it again game-after-game. Every international team have now adapted to the new laws except the Boks. Why? Why can’t the Boks learn to read, adapt to, and pre-empt the way a referee blows a game?

      GraemeBB - 2010-11-23 10:38

      Willie - I have been supporting the boks since I could say dada - I will still support the boks when all I can say is dada.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-11-23 12:19

      Ah, but at some stage this team will stop being the Springboks. When your country has decided it no longer favours a culture of performance and merit then what was once a proud rugby tradition no longer be worthy of support. Yes, you heard me right, support is predicated that your team and the structure that supports it gives 100%. In our case the structure, i.e. political coach breaks that covenant and thus our undying support cannot be insisted upon. It is a two way street.

  • Willie - 2010-11-23 08:48

    I have been a Bok supporter for more than forty years and I must confess that it becomes harder and harder to stay loyal. We have some very good players in the country, but players don’t make a team. A team need a coach just as a lot of oxen need to be harnessed to be productive. I can’t understand it when a professional ball player can’t even catch, or carry, a ball. What has he done since primary school if he still hasn’t mastered this basic skill? What does he do in a professional outfit? How come these professionals can’t read a game and adapt to circumstances. If they know they should keep the ball away from the opposition, why do they kick a hard fought ball back to them every time? Then pay the price and still do it again game-after-game. Every international team have now adapted to the new laws except the Boks. Why? Why can’t the Boks learn to read, adapt to, and pre-empt the way a referee blows a game?

      bokfan1 - 2010-11-23 10:38

      Couldn't agree more to what you have said. However I would like to say, not only do we need a coaching team but we also need a captain as well. If the captain can't adapt or pre-empt the way the ref blows, he needs to be replaced or put to the pastures.

  • bokfan1 - 2010-11-23 10:30

    @johnny. Any chance of an intelligent comment on this forum???

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-23 10:41

      @bokfan1, No he seems to be just as dumb as sakkies botha.

      Johnny - 2010-11-23 12:15

      Yes, ..how about this... ...WP hasnt won any cups since 2001.. .....Bwha hahahaha..!!!! ...losers....!!!!

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-23 13:50

      @ Johnny.. And how many does the flo bulle have? Last i counted 1 and the WP 3. Mmmm smaak my jy is lekker suur? Dit is altyd lekker om so te spot... have a lekker day

  • steve - 2010-11-23 11:37

    Ya right Bakkies , Like you were ready last week , Im da enforcer , Stop winking at the players on the field and play rugger , Concentrate on the game , In the Scotland I saw Bakkies supposed to be defending but once again chirping the opposition but the game carries on and he is more focussed on the chirping , Great from a proffesional !

  • bokfan1 - 2010-11-23 14:18

    Well done once again johnny! Brilliant contibution. These blogs are open to any one, including relatives and family of PdV!

  • bennieboekwurm69 - 2010-11-24 07:06

    Div should just get rid of all these has been players like Bakkies. You cannot compete in a sport where violence is your answer to great rugby! We need real players! No chirps trying to play the mind game before we even hit the field......... All talk... no action!

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