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Div: We're not out for revenge

2009-11-23 22:38

J.J. Harmse

Dublin - With the American superstar, Beyoncé, in town wowing crowds in the city for the past two days, nobody can blame the rugby media here for describing Saturday's Test as a "revenge match" and the "clash of the best of the North and South"

The Springboks are reluctant to post too much about this match, and according to their coach, Pieter de Villiers, this Test will be same as any other which the South Africans have played this year.

"We are definitely not seeing this as a clash between the champions of the Six Nations and the champions of the Tri-Nations. This is nothing more than any other Test we have had to play this year.

"The Springboks are role models in South Africa and winning on the rugby field give the country hope and make the people optimistic. This is exactly what we are aiming to achieve again on Saturday. This remains our goal in every Test, regardless of the opposition."

In retaliation after the British and Irish Lions' tour, De Villiers stated clearly that the visitors showed bad manners by refusing to visit the Bok changing room.

"We invited them for something cold afterward, but they never came. Maybe they do not like South African beer, but we have no reason to get back at any Irish player," said De Villiers.

He also did not want to react to the views of the Irish captain, Brian O'Driscoll, earlier this year that De Villiers brought the game into disrepute.

This statement followed after De Villers refused to condemn Schalk Burger's alledged eye gouging as a punishable offence during the Test series between the British and Irish Lions and the Springboks.

"I will not react on that. O'Driscoll has the right to express his opinion, just like half the Irish population think that Paul O'Connell should captain the Irish," said De Villiers.

"It was probably a sensitive topic for him because there were three instances of eye gouging in Ireland in the recent past and Schalk was found innocent of such an accusation." (He was still suspended for the incident.)

De Villiers said that he would rather focus on getting his team emotionally and physically ready for the match. "Last year before the last match we just about did not practice, because the guys were tired. This time we do not have much of a choice because of injuries. Hopefully it works out for us again.

He is worried that the injuries will influence his choices on the reserve bench.

"There are combinations in the starting line-up and on the bench which could be affected."

De Villiers also believes that the perception that Bok scrum is weak, is not true. "We pass judgment too easily, because this is simply not one Test where you push back the guys in every scrum.

"Our pack gained a lot of self-confidence out of that one scrum in the second half (against Italy) when we absolutely crushed them, (Martin) Castrogiovanni included."

Sport24

Comments
  • Div you are THE MAN! - 2009-11-23 23:03

    I don’t know who is Div’s new “media/PR coach” but he is doing a wonderful job! Maybe people like Maleba, Joost and a few others should consider using him as well! Excellent reply to the questions asked Div. Good one when you stirred a little by bringing up the O.Driscoll / O’Connell issue. Good on ya mate!

  • Koos - 2009-11-23 23:52

    PDV for president \o/

  • MIKE - 2009-11-24 01:41

    too much talk before the game! Stop the prattling and get on and win the match!

  • johnnyboy - 2009-11-24 03:16

    I've searched the irish pappers for these comments and failed to do so because these comments have not been made, if they were made it more than likely comming from some english tabold. next time when De Villers is making up stories to suit himslef at least refer to what newspaper in question.

  • FIONN - 2009-11-24 03:41

    If De Villers is worried about the scrum he won't be any the wiser after next week, the Irish scrum is very week as seen in the last two games. The worst out-half that has ever played in an Irish shirt i see is going to start again so i question how seriously the Irish are taken this game. I also see a few new caps in the team as well

  • patrice - 2009-11-24 07:03

    media machine really scratching the bottom of the barrel trying to get some hype going for the tired game at the end of a tired season.

  • sean - 2009-11-24 07:31

    Div - u say we crushed them in the second half...well that was only after Smit moved back to hooker and and Bj coming on at prop - for heavens sake end this experiment, it was worth a try but it hasn't worked and now is time to make the change back!

  • Hannetjie - 2009-11-24 07:58

    Time to stop making excuses and get our players to do the work/play the game they are getting paid to do !!!!!!!

  • AJ - 2009-11-24 08:11

    JJ I read your first paragraph 3 times now and it still makes no sense.

  • grant duT - 2009-11-24 08:19

    i really wonder about the intelligence of some of the people who comment on these forums. these articles (ie not just this one) are usually written in the context of an interview and they take snaps from the person's responses. this is part of their duties (to do interviews). its not like the oke just wakes up in the morning and wonders off to the nearest journo to start rattling off a few soundbites. all this angst about "prattling" and "making excuses" is seriously misplaced

  • Philip - 2009-11-24 08:29

    What the hell has Beyonce have to do with the game? How does hershow have an influence on what the Irish press put forward? Was that the best you could come up with? "johnnyboy" may well have a point about the accuracy of the media involved, including the author of the above?

  • Gazza - 2009-11-24 08:30

    Its not about the best of the north v the best of the south. Its the best in the world vs Ireland Go Bokke looking forward to seeing Bj John and The Beast in the front, holding thumbs...

  • CM - 2009-11-24 08:50

    PDiv, as you are... keep it up

  • Geejay - 2009-11-24 09:06

    Of course it is the clash of the Titans, of course it is the game that everyone has been waiting for. Take what you know what works Div (crushing front row for instance) and make sure you attack the Irish from the very start, This is a great Irish side and make no mistake they feel they are far better than the Springboks. We will se if that is true

  • Devin - 2009-11-24 09:07

    It's media hype indeed, its a team thats on its last legs agaisnt a team thats still relatively fresh. It will be a tough game, but I think that the Springboks will do what the Proteas cant... Big game attitude and not choke.

  • Peet - 2009-11-24 09:08

    At last PdV understands that "he Springboks are role models in South Africa and winning on the rugby field give the country hope and make the people optimistic." His next step surely is to stop his ridiculous flirting with Adi, Chilliboy, Davon, Maku, Ricky, etc.?

  • sc1pio - 2009-11-24 09:26

    JJ whats with the first paragraph? Were you busy writing something for Mary Claire and just switched over to a sport24 article all of a sudden? I never knew you wrote for Mary Claire you naughty boy u. . ..

  • rds - 2009-11-24 09:42

    i feel the need to echo the comments about the first para...wtf?

  • jaco - 2009-11-24 09:43

    revenge is not even an option - we will be very lucky if we dont get thrashed - we are simply not looking up to it at the moment - poor springboks - you are only as good as your last game

  • d - 2009-11-24 10:11

    I think what he means by the first paragraph is that people will go and watch Beyonce rather then the Irish game and therefore they are hyping up the affair in order to put bums on seats. Although quite an obscure way of saying that.

  • Whitey - 2009-11-24 11:00

    With John Smit at 3, ..Adi Jacobs at 12 ..and Kankowski at 8, ..the Boks will surely lose.... ...See the many tries Brian O'Driscol is going to score...!!! Go Irish..!!!!

  • Whitelightning - 2009-11-24 11:52

    It’s a problem with Smit anywhere on the field. I just gave up on AD. Give Kankowski my home boy a chance.

  • Roland - 2009-11-24 12:17

    Yes, JJ, wtf? A silly association. Anyway, PdV, please select a bakgat side, china!! AD's gotta go. And don't take chances with these Irish. They're hungry for bokkie meat. Remember, they've been carbo-loading on potatoes all season....

  • like nooit hey - 2009-11-24 13:13

    Hey grant duT i couldnt agree more re some of the genius posts that appear here all too often. Where oh where is the anti-Div media machine now? JJ have you at last crossed over to the dark side lol

  • Koekemoer - 2009-11-24 15:38

    ...PdV is a paloeka if he still believes that John Smit is a tight-head prop, ...play Smit at hooker or drop him... ..otherwise fire PdV...

  • postulator - 2009-11-24 18:40

    @Roland: "And don't take chances with these Irish. They're hungry for bokkie meat. Remember, they've been carbo-loading on potatoes all season...." Potatoes? Why potatoes, Roland? Is this part of the stereotypes you have of other nations? South Africa should beat Ireland on Saturday - they're the World Champions, 3N champions, etc. They shouldn't need to resort to stereotype jokes to win

  • Rossman - 2009-11-24 20:31

    Ja!! Stop postulating, for f**k sakes. Personally I would put all the dirt trackers in the team and send the real Bokke on some well deserved R&R. Stereotyping.. I would have gone for sniffing dry, crushed four leave clovers. Man what a rush!!! Bokke Forever.

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