Div wants better execution

2010-11-24 09:58

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - By his own admission Springbok coach Peter de Villiers hasn’t slept much since the defeat to Scotland last week.

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The nightmare of the 21-17 loss to the Scots kept going around in De Villiers’ mind all weekend, and he told a press conference this week that he, skipper Victor Matfield and the assistant coaches had watched the game again on video “several times” before resolving to put it behind them and move onto the challenge posed by England at Twickenham this coming Saturday.

While disappointed with the Scotland performance, De Villiers and the player leadership group have not forgotten what went right against Ireland in the first match of the tour and at some stages of an otherwise disappointing performance against Wales the following week.

In a nutshell, and this certainly isn’t the first time this season that they have arrived at this conclusion, they believe there is no need to reinvent the Springbok game. Instead, what they are working at this week is improving their execution, which is where they felt it all went wrong last week in Edinburgh.

“I spent a lot of time watching the game again, sitting with Victor and the other coach, and what we saw was that what we didn’t do well was our execution, “ said De Villiers.

“This week we have been working on our execution, and I have been so glad to see how it has come through in training. We hope to convert all of our efforts into points on Saturday.”

But for much of the Scotland game the Boks also seemed to be between game-plans. They never looked quite sure whether they should be kicking for position or looking to hold onto the ball, and in the end they did neither particularly well. This uncertainty is something that skipper Matfield, who said after the game that perhaps there had been too much thought about expansive rugby in conditions that weren’t conducive to it, appears to have picked up on.

“The important thing is that we need to believe in what we do, and then execute those things that we want to do when we are out there,” said Matfield.

“At Murrayfield every time we got into the strike zone we would build up for no more than one or two phases, and then lose the ball. You can’t build pressure on an opposing team if you do that, and that is what this game is all about, placing pressure on the opposition.

“Instead the pressure was placed on us. We must change that against England. We must find a way to put them under pressure.”

The Boks weren’t helped by the string of penalties awarded against them by Australian referee Stuart Dickinson between the 14th minute and the 29th minute at Murrayfield, and Matfield appeared to lose his rag with the match official towards the end. However Matfield believes it is up to the Boks to take away the refereeing factor.

“It was very difficult, and when we were being penalised it was very frustrating. But we need to be good enough on the day so you are not in a position to get short stick in that situation. The key is to put the other team under pressure and not allow ourselves to be placed under pressure.”


  • warrenhiggs - 2010-11-24 10:04

    And stop kicking the ball away at the last minute... there is no reason whatsoever to just hand the opposition possession. Take New Zealand for example, they are playing the most amazing running rugby, scoring beautiful tries left right and centre... even in their last game, within the last minute, they still decided to run the ball, scoring yet another try... The Boks would have merely kicked it into touch... No vision!

      Gaighers - 2010-11-24 14:29

      They have Dan Carter and we have Jakob Regop (Morne Steyn).

      Johnny - 2010-11-24 14:53

      ...and the All Blacks have Graham Henry, ....and the Boks have AA Helium Snorre...

  • pdivvy - 2010-11-24 10:14

    Gavin, you did not write everything I said. I may be tired but unlike you I am still a believer. Right now we need to believe in Jake White's plan. I know it is the right plan - it won us the previous world cup, and it can win us the next one. We have worked hard at the plan over the last few years and can't drop it all because we narrowly lost a few games this year. All we have to do is execute the plan like we trained. It works in practice and I just don't see why it don't work during the match. I just hope the ref does not fix the match again, because cheating refs truly stands in the way of the proper execution of our plan. We have seen the difference a ref can make in every game we lost this year. Now is the time we, the South African public, need to start believing in our plan, our players, and fair reffing

      Christie - 2010-11-24 10:38

      So there is a plan?????? Not s*it Sherlock!!!

      Hans - 2010-11-24 10:56

      no one got somewhere deur " gat kruip " end of the day you stink and no one wants you around . Jy kyk nou net noord en f..k voort en hoop jy hit a luck met n wen . Make like Donald and duck off. I know it was not you writing this but somewhere some one gets to hear it

      Allin - 2010-11-24 11:11

      We have also seen the difference a pathetic coach can make...

      Wayne - 2010-11-24 12:30

      What nonsense! Why do you want to stick to the "old" plan when its not working. Adopt the NZ game and execute that properly and then we can truly call ourselves number 1. Why do you think NZ are consistently holding number 1 in the IRB rankings? Do you think its because their players are bigger, stronger and faster than ours? We have brilliant players who are in need of an equally brilliant game plan. Why stick to the game plan that "might" get you to keep your number 1 position, why not just aim for the game plan that cements you at number 1. That is the biggest difference in my mind between the two sides.

      pdivvy - 2010-11-24 12:37

      why are you all so mean to me. Its not my fault we lost. Why don't you all blame the refs? Like I said, in all the games where we had cheating refs we lost, and where we had fair refs we won. Even when we had cheating refs we lost narrowly - by like 2-5 points. Now thing what we can do when we have fair refs in all our games. All we have to do is belief! Pierre Spies is a believer, and he has been rewarded with a place in the team. I just wish the rest of South Africa can start believing in me and my god-given talent

      AGENT - 2010-11-24 12:42

      You can't win nothing Div, you never will. I despise how you let us proud Rugby supporters down. You gonna be rememberd as the poorest and most hopeless Bok coaches ever........ Thats your legacy. Hang on to your sinking ship fool.

      deon.pretorius - 2010-11-24 15:16

      Can no one see the irony and jest in 'pdivvy''s post :D Catch a wake up...

      Sleepless - 2010-11-25 00:06

      You guys that are answering this post as if its really Div are a bunch of idiots. I marvel that we have so many dumbshits in this country.

  • Dan the Man - 2010-11-24 10:20

    The key is to not look so predictable - it doesnt matter how well you execute if everyone is expecting you to do it. And whats with this "too much thought about expansive rugby in conditions that weren’t conducive to it" rubbish? We didnt run the ball ONCE, so how can he say we were thinking too much about it??

      Pieter - 2010-11-24 11:16

      for years everyone knew wat the bulls were gonna do and couldnt stop it, same for boks last year. problem is a big part of the kick and chase gameplan relied very heavily on the freakishly accurrate boot of fourie at 9. butch who cant kick a ball 30m was never shown up coz fourie was such a class act.. now the kicks are too deep and not good enough its not working.. sa players have never been that good with ball in hand so the new interpretations are def an advantage to the all blacks and aussies who have always liked this approach..

  • Christie - 2010-11-24 10:22

    Say less, do more. You have talked the talk, now walk the walk. Move the f*#k on if you are not good enough.

  • allie - 2010-11-24 10:26

    Div wants a better execution. The electric chair or gas?

      WernerBeytel - 2010-11-24 12:27


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      Joe Adams - 2010-11-24 15:26

      For a couple of players maybe!!

  • Vincent - 2010-11-24 10:28

    Peter De Villiers has been tested postive for band substances. The substance they found was Helium

      Dnt8 - 2010-11-24 11:15

      lmfao....good one

      Ian - 2010-11-24 18:15

      Jumping Jack Flash matbe?

      Ian - 2010-11-24 18:16

      Typo, should be" maybe".

  • Jay - 2010-11-24 10:30

    -STOP KICKING the ball AWAY - kick and chase not working - Francois Steyn to replace Kirchner as a fullback -ALBERTS better to start in those conditions (didn't you figure that out yet PdV??) -Get the ball to Mvovo!!!! GEL AS A TEAM>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL OF YOU!!

      Vedder - 2010-11-24 11:02

      @jay.I agree that Alberts is to start, but then we must use him to drive the ball up.I would hate to be any forward in the Bok team, everytime they win the ball we kick it away.I cant imagine how tiring it must be for the forwards !!

      Pieter - 2010-11-24 11:20

      i would put alberts in stegmans place.. sure he not a fetcher and you should prob have one. but having a useless fetcher who has done nothing in 3 games or having a good ball carrier and big tackler is better than having someone who is not having any impact on the game..

      Johnny - 2010-11-24 14:54

      ...and get a decent coach....!!

      Joe Adams - 2010-11-24 15:28

      Agree about Alberts. Its quite funny how certain players do well at CC and maybe S14 and cant step up to Internationals, Stegman and WO.

      Sleepless - 2010-11-25 00:09

      These Sharks supporters are a bunch of smug f******s! One win in years and they want to dictate who must be placed where. Alberts is good and Mvovo is good, but good is only good if you are in the combination that you've trained in all year.

  • Gary - 2010-11-24 10:36

    Amazing. The players must improve their execution. Of what? The kick and chase!!! The crash bang!!! As much as I want to see us win this Sat, I believe that we will get annihilated. Hopefully that will see the demise of the idiotic coaching staff, but, probably not.

      Joe Adams - 2010-11-24 15:29

      How many lineouts did we lose.. Our own ball nogal !

  • Johnny - 2010-11-24 10:36

    No,,, ....the Boks want a better coach...!!

  • themantshepo - 2010-11-24 10:48

    execution of what div???? what exactly is the game plan i am sure it is not classified??? please tell us what you and the rest of those bums are actually trying to do on the field other than lose.... i suggest you lot execute yourselves rather as south frican rugby is one hell of an embarrassment the proteas are useless and patrick lambie can't even kick easy kicks at goal......useless

      GVA - 2010-11-24 12:44

      And banana banana cant even beat USA at home. Most people in America don't even know what soccer is but they come here and win! Now that is useless!!!

      Wayne - 2010-11-24 15:36

      proteas just drew with pakistan...change the channel...lambie was not selected as a kicker....change the channel again!

  • Vincent - 2010-11-24 10:49

    The longer we hang onto this coaching staff, the harder it is going to be for a decent coaching staff to rectify things before world cup next yet. Please SARU. Do it NOW!

  • Lionel - 2010-11-24 10:58

    Me thinks that the use of the term execution, is going to be just that for the Boks on Saturday and England will be the executioner. Don't you just love it when you see the clown De Villiers in a Bok track suit including rugby boots, walking around seemingly unbeturbed and lost on a training ground, as he is totally out of his depth. The comment by Matfield, "We must find a way to put them under pressure", is proof that although the objective may be correct, there is no strategy in place or game plan in achieving the objective, of how to place them under pressure.

  • Allin - 2010-11-24 11:07

    The only "execution" I want is Div's... Not literally, just from his position as "head clown"

  • James1 - 2010-11-24 11:14

    I don't want to be funny but the Boks need to get a huge hiding on Saturday. If we just lose or just win then the rugby bosses will feelt hat everything is ok and they don't have to drastically fix SA rugby. So here is to a 52-0 win for England.

      Wayne - 2010-11-24 15:37

      a loss to england wont change SA Rugby's stance...they wont fire this coach, not before the World Cup!

  • dushaas - 2010-11-24 11:27

    FFS! The same verbal defication over and over!!! Better execution the whole 3N! and we mustered one win. If you execute the wrong game plan perfectly it is still not going to win you the game you idiot! LOSE SA LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE! It will be the only way we MIGHT get rid of the whole lot of them!!

  • Gary - 2010-11-24 11:28 -------------- lets make our voices heard!!!

  • Gorilla - 2010-11-24 11:30

    "Better execution" ??? No shit sherlock.

  • Major Fan - 2010-11-24 11:37

    The only "better execution" we need is the execution od PDivvy's contract!!! Send him packing PLEASE!!! What else must we lose before he is fired?

  • bill - 2010-11-24 11:39

    Same old, same old. How often have we heard this ? The fact is we only seem to score tries by barging with the forwards. Our rugby is plodding and bereft of skills.Even tactical kicking is pathetic and serves only to give the opposition possesion. As a spectical, our rugby is a mess and De Villiers is to blame . It is not helped that his assistants are proven failures.

  • Ant - 2010-11-24 11:45

    Arrgg please please please let this fool leave the bokke and go do something that he is more suited to like selling Tik in the cape Flats.

      Joe Adams - 2010-11-24 15:29

      Stop stereotypnig

      swart59 - 2010-11-25 03:34

      I agree with Joe. Yes it is terribly frustrating, but the real fools are the SARU executive not firing the coaches. I am sure PdV is trying his very best - I just seems very evident that there are much better candidates to coach the Boks.

  • Gido - 2010-11-24 11:49

    Ag please! There is no game plan for the players to execute.. he is shifting the blame to the players.. I really hope they replace Pieter before there is permanent damage to the young players and their confidence.

  • Gido - 2010-11-24 12:01

    “Instead the pressure was placed on us. We must change that against England. We must find a way to put them under pressure.” - proof that he still has no game plan against England!

  • Koosie - 2010-11-24 12:29

    One day the Springboks will be made up of Black Africans, All moaners will scream and shout in the stands and the sons of the soil enjoy the spot and run their hearts out,the reserve side will be young afrikaners yearning for their turn,this is the inevitable.You can screamm and be negetive about it if you like.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-11-24 13:23

      Isn't it nice to live in a free society?

      swart59 - 2010-11-24 20:15

      I will continue to support the Springboks irrespective of racial demographics. However, I would be immensely saddened if the quality of Springbok Rugby ends up being totally derailed by politics. We are up in arms if our team is not one of the top 3 in world. However, we could potentially slip back to a potential top 10 contender - the fall of the last South African team with the (previous) ability to beat the best in the world - a perfect metaphor for a country ostensibly demanding failure. So frankly I am not sure what you are on about Koosie...

      Sleepless - 2010-11-25 00:13

      Good for you swart59, support all you want. In the boer war they used to call your kind "handsoppers!!" My family are Swart's, I am ashamed of you.

      swart59 - 2010-11-25 03:39

      Sleepless, I am a proud Afrikaner, a huge Boks supporter, but not a racist. Sounded to me that Koosie was the one in the Puker Pavillion, so not quite sure what you are on about either.

  • Nishan - 2010-11-24 12:33

    Over the recent weeks I have been practicing my coaching ability on my playstation. I have won every tournament. Every combination worked irrespective of myself playing the players out of position. Seen that I am a Black South African, with a proven track record on my playstation. Maybe I can also apply to be a Bok Coach position!!!!!!!! I’m out spoken and on many occasions people have assured me that I have lost my plot to getting to the point. However its been my intentions to confuse everyone including myself in knowing what I have planned. There is only one way to win the World Cup. I will breakdown our national players, confuse them. Then I would put them on the field and tell them they lack conviction. Its not a coaches responsibility to have a game plan. The players that play the best in the Curry Cup will not be considered. Everyone knows that the over weight players who cant even make it onto a provincial side are the players you want playing for you.

      breeza08 - 2010-11-24 13:19

      What are you smoking?????

      spindoc007 - 2010-11-24 14:11


  • bokfan1 - 2010-11-24 12:36

    "We must find a way to put them under pressure." Well Victor you're not going to find anything but helium and more hot gas from that coach of yours. As for 'too much thought about expansive rugby' my %$#* you neanderthal!!! I don't think you or Pdivvy have a brain cell between the two of you!!! Other than brilliant kicking into the hands of the opposition there was absolutely no thought put into that game at all!!!

  • geetsy - 2010-11-24 12:40

    pdivvy, you are one scary dude. Has it occured to you that the rules of rugby have changed drastically since Jake White's days and adopting the same gameplan is nothing short of just plain stupid.

  • powachair - 2010-11-24 12:50

    What kind of execution does he want. I am sure there are many who would offer their services.

  • CliffBradley - 2010-11-24 13:14

    I have a better idea - Why don't we execute Pieter De Villiers

  • Jeremy - 2010-11-24 13:15

    HaHaHaHaHa!!!! Div wants what? from Whom? I'm sure he didn't spell execution - the reporter did that. If the team is prepared correctly and you have the correct players the execution will come automatically - what a dimwhit!! It's now time to be bold supporters - we should all boycott the tri nations games in sa next year until such time as the idiot is removed!!!!

  • ArtGee - 2010-11-24 13:18

    When the BOKS played Ireland, they kept the ball CLOSE to the FORWARDS... and WON the game BECAUSE of this... ok, when O'Gara came on he klapped that idiot of a fullback, Apolon, with an UGLY STICK! Lets see if they can KEEP THE BALL CLOSE to the forwards AGAIN... then maybe, only MAYBE, can they beat England! Please leave Apolon in the changeroom along with Ruan!

      CliffBradley - 2010-11-25 14:31

      Hey A-Hole - That Idiot Is Far Better Than That Clown Of A Kirchner - He Does Not Have To Be Klapped With The Ugly Stick , He Is Ugly Enough !!!Aplon Far Better Than Him !!!

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-11-24 13:25

    I have a theory. P Divvy is actually a Ninja for having gotten the job in the first place. Now a Ninja is bound by the Code of Bushido. A Ninja must therefore choose Death before Disgrace. Ol' Oregan must mail Divvy a knife so that he may be a Ninja one last time.

  • spindoc007 - 2010-11-24 14:07 had to watch a video to realise that you did not execute properly??Dumb pr!ck anybody could see that what little game plan you had was not executed.Even if you do execute this miraculous game plan it is still going to look like headless chickens being cased by a fox!!!

  • waynet59 - 2010-11-24 14:21

    Need a game plan first to be able to execute anything.This is a basic requirement PdV.That is what a coach is supposed to do.The players should have known that before Scotland whipped our ass.Nothing new here just another feeble excuse.

  • 2centsworth - 2010-11-24 16:27

    Better execution my ass!!! Reminds me of the joke about a golfer asking his coach to teach him how to be consistant....And the coach asking him " do you want a consistantly shank or slice?

  • deon.iphone - 2010-11-24 19:25

    Execute all you like, with a stale and outdated and very predictable "gameplan" any team worth their salt will just up the pace, spread it wide and run you off the field,my pedigree chum. ....or is your "god given talent" to be 100% as thick as you sound?

  • George Mouton - 2010-11-25 00:06

    De Villiers needs to be EXECUTED....!!!

  • Claude - 2010-11-25 07:15

    Confirmation that P de V is out of ideas because its clear that what the Boks are doing won't work.

  • skywalker - 2010-11-25 08:21

    Yeah...why don't you just tell England that you are going to persevere with the same old brand of CLUELESS rugby.

  • italy - 2010-11-25 11:36

    SPRINGBOKS TO CHANGE TO THE DONKEYS you guys are wasting my saturday afternoons

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