Bok underdogs 'hungry'

2010-11-05 17:11

Adnaan Mohamed

Dublin - Springbok captain Victor Matfield says not a lot of people are giving the Springboks a chance of beating Ireland, but this only makes them hungrier for a victory. 

“We haven’t won here in ten years. We have job to do and we are focusing on it. We are not concerned if we are the favourites or the underdogs. The only thing that we are worried about is the way we play and we need to get a result on Saturday. We had a little chat this morning about believing in ourselves.  We might not have the most experienced side but we believe we have enough talent to pull this one through,” Matfield said on Friday.

The Bok captain believes only arriving three days before the game has not hampered his side’s preparations in any way.

“I think it was the same last year. It is tough especially with the guys that played in the Currie Cup final last week. Some celebrated while others were a bit down, but I believe the guys will be ready. We had three good days of training in South Africa and were are happy with the way things went at the captains run today,” he explained.

Asked if he thought there was a difference between the way the game is played in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, he said: “In think rugby will always stay rugby. It’s all about accuracy and energy on the field. Hopefully we can get back to that and play the way we should be playing.”

On his battle with the Irish Locks he said: “I had a look at them in the games they played against Australia.  Any lock coached by Gert Smal will be good opposition. I have had to do a lot of homework and it will be tough to play against them.”

Former Springbok-scrumhalf, Dan Van Zyl, who has been living in Ireland for eight years, handed over the Springbok jerseys on Friday.

Matfield said he started his Springbok career with Van Zyl as his captain in a midweek game against Argentina in 2000.

“Dan talked a little bit about what the Irish will bring to the game. He also told us what it meant for him to put on a Springbok jersey and encouraged those guys who will be wearing the jersey for the first time. He told them to enjoy every minute playing for the Boks because you never know if it could be your last.”


  • Pieter die Bok - 2010-11-05 17:40

    Go Bokke! Julle HET die potensiaal! Ek sien uit na more vir julle part!

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-05 17:53

    We should have picked the full Bulls team!! Easy Grand slam!~!

  • gato - 2010-11-05 18:08

    Victor, do you blame us? With Zane Kirchner at centre? Please, he could not even hide as a quota player at fullback? Does Zane know who Brian O'Driscoll is, arguably the worlds best no 13? It does not matter that Adi Jacobs is on the bench - he could not make the Sharks side this season? Only snorre (helium) will know why neither Terblanche nor Straus is selected... or is it because they are to ""white"". Pity, it really damages the reputation of true internationals of color like Habana, Mvovu, De Jongh, Chilli boy, Basson and my favorite The Beast.

  • old boy - 2010-11-05 19:28

    Dan " the man" van zyl. He could play center aswell...... Good luck boys.

  • @Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-05 21:25

    Shame Cliff - so typical small minded bull you know there are other Provinces in SA and "Gato"......please, we've had enough of quota's / racialism - lets let it go.........!!!????@##%$ so tired of it......BORING!!!! lets get original & get behind our players

  • Johan Pretorius - 2010-11-05 21:57

    @Cliff - Ek stem saam met jou maar net omdat die bulle so lank gerus het nadat hulle nie eens die cc finaal kon maak nie!

  • Gato@Bradley - 2010-11-05 23:05

    you say and i quote; "..please, we've had enough of quota's / racialism..." - TRUST ME, So HAVE I, which is exactly the point i was trying to make. Maybe i should explain further (to dummies like you); 1) why play someone like Kirschner (who last played u21 centre for Griquas and was then moved to Fullback due to problems with his DEFENCE, the very reason why Snorre "apparantly" now selected him at 13 (for his "defence") - now if that is not a quota selection, then snorre must be the dumbest coach in world rugby?). 2) this questionable selection (including Jacobs), when there is many other specialist centre's in form, and available?

  • Sharky - 2010-11-06 08:01

    These poor Boks are dead men walking. They were hammered in the Tri-Nations, had a grueling Super 14 where most of them featured in the Final. Can you wonder why we have 13 injured players left at home. When will somebody listen to Tim Noakes. Now they are expected to win a grand slam with a team of some second choice players and inexperienced combinations. The Irish are relaxed, having not played since June, they are pumped up with enthusiasm as the are keen to christen their new stadium with a good win giving them 4 in a row against the Mighty Boks.

  • rob horneman - 2010-11-06 21:20

    Sharky !! hahahahah you prophet you!! Go Bokke!

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