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Jannie: Bok scrum world class

2010-11-28 21:57

Stephen Nell

London - After stamping their authority on the England scrum during their 21-11 victory on Saturday, Springbok tighthead Jannie du Plessis believes the Bok scrum is world class.

“We worked hard on our scrummaging, and have since 2008 regained our self-confidence.

“We believe now that we could scrum any team,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

“It feels good when other teams talk about our scrum, because we know it’s something that they fear, but are trying to turn into something positive from their perspective.

“It wasn’t easy. We did struggle in one or two scrums, but in general this was a very successful aspect of the tour.”

De Villiers said in the build-up to the England Test, that the English had the best scrum in the world. Despite this, the Bok front row didn’t yield a single step against England’s fearsome front three of Andrew Sheridan, Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole.

"England scrummed brilliantly in recent Tests, so this became a huge challenge for us. I believe we met that challenge eye-to-eye. It was good to provide the backline with a good foundation – which is really what we are there for,” said Bok tighthead Jannie du Plessis.

The establishment of Du Plessis as the first choice tighthead has been one of the Springbok success stories of the year.

Du Plessis was part of the rampaging Bok scrum during the first tour match in 2009 against Leicester, but was injured and returned home.

“People sometimes write you off, but like any professional you go and work on your strong points and improve your weaknesses. We had a good pre-season at the Sharks, won the Currie Cup and I played regularly,” Du Plessis added.

Du Plessis hopes that the Boks can carry the self-belief earned from the victory over England into next year.

"The coach has asked us to play for each other and to earn each other’s respect.

“I think the men really put their bodies on the line to earn that respect,” said Du Plessis.

“It’s a good first step towards the grand prize that is the World Cup,” he added.

The Test was a triumph for the Boks’ front eight, and they could have produced an even bigger winning margin against the English if their finishing on attack had been better.

"It was disappointing not to get the try when Victor (Matfield) went over.

"Bissie (Bismarck du Plessis) was also almost over, but got carried back. But that’s why it’s Test rugby. At lower levels they would easily have been able to score, but here we were playing against a team that also puts its bodies on the line,” Du Plessis added.

“It’s Test rugby because it tests your character as a person and as a player. The line breaks did eventually come, and at least we could score in the end.”

Sport24

Comments
  • Frisbee - 2010-11-29 00:01

    Nowhere does Jannie say that the Bok scrum could 'annihilate any scrum in world rugby'. Toilet journalism...

      Jan - 2010-11-29 10:05

      Agree, stupid thing to say anyway considering 'Boks' poor form lately.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-11-29 00:09

    It would be very pleasing to know that our scrum is consistantly strong. Alas, this is not so! For far too many games, we seem to go in without the passion to dominate and it takes a game like the Scottish to really rile us and show us what we are really capable of.

  • Karoobloed - 2010-11-29 01:36

    We are just firing up our opposition with immodest statements/headlines like this. We should rather concentrate on the many areas where we have huge room for improvement (option taking; off-loading; selection; coaching issues), and let our opponents compliment us. Take a leaf from the book of the ABs, a team that is doing extremely well in virtually all facets of the game, and usually does not blow their own trumpets. Springboks be humble and kick arse will you?

  • Snakebite - 2010-11-29 07:04

    ......typical asshole statement - next week the baba's scrum them to hell-and-gone and whaat then!!!

  • erewhon - 2010-11-29 07:40

    Another Bok "expert" voicing his opinion. Why don't they just keep quiet and let a designated spokesman speak if it is necessary?

  • James - 2010-11-29 08:09

    OK so now would you care to comment on the backline? I mean that's where we need some improvement.... and how about the coaching staff... some improvement needed there too.

  • Viv - 2010-11-29 08:49

    As long as old, fat, slow John Smit is kept out of the team and the Du Plessis brothers and Beast are kept in their respective positions the Boks scrum will be the best in the world. Put Fatty Smitty back in and there is goes again.

      rebcraig - 2010-11-29 14:05

      Vlieg in jou m**r in! He is your country's Captain, give him the respect he deserves you twit

  • Johnny - 2010-11-29 09:49

    world class, ...until fat boy quota John Smit is selected....

      rebcraig - 2010-11-29 14:06

      Johnny! see above! The same goes for you

      FuzzyStorm - 2010-11-29 14:28

      Afraid Smits time has come and gone, he should retire gracefully before being dropped.

      Johnny - 2010-11-29 15:18

      PDV = quota.... .....John Smit = quota..... .....Bismarck du Plessis = best by far...!!

  • pcpcoetzee89 - 2010-11-29 10:03

    No, no, no, JANNIE - All Blacks gave us a torrid time in the scrums during TRI NATIONS games in NZ! Our memorie are SHORT LIVED ... Good heavens ... we are sooo over the moon about this victory - amongst mediocre performances and too many losses during 2010 - that we tend to become like drivelling toddlers!! Grief ... we should stop talking and produce much more regularly ...

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-11-29 13:45

    Our scrum is about the only good coaching result we have lately. Well done, Os.

  • abe1wp - 2010-11-29 16:13

    Well done to Os, Jannie, Beast, Bismarck, CJ and Gary Gold for your hard work and effort. It payed off.

  • Doug - 2010-12-01 16:52

    THE BOK SCRUM MAY BE WORLD CLASS, BUT WITHOUT JANNIE IN IT ,SORRY MAN,I LIKE BUT THERE ARE FAR BETTER THAN HIM,CJ EVEN JHN SMIT,DAN COLE GAVE HIM A HARD TIME,THE SCOTS BEAT HIM AT HIS GAME AND THE IRISH TIGHTHEAD PULVERISED HIM, HES INEFFECTUAL WITHOUT A STRONG GRAFTER LIKE JEANNE DEV. BEHIND HIM,HES NOT FIT ENOUGH, OR MAYBE FAST ENOUGH TO BE IN THE SQUAD,HES HARDLY EVER TO BE FOUND IN THE BREAKDOWNS JEANNE DEV AND THE OTHER OUKS ARE THERE TO DO HIS WORK..HE HAS MADE ONE EFFECTIVE TACKLE THIS SEASON AND HOW MANY PENALTIES HAS HE CONCEDED FOR THE BOKS. HIS BROTHER IS A SERIOUS STALWARTH FOR THE GAME .HES NOT EVEN THE BEST PROP THE SHARKS OR EVEN THE CHEETAHS HAVE GOT,PLEASE SELECTORS WE HAVE THE BIGGEST POOL OF RUGBY PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, LETS GET THE BEST ON THE FIELD. LETS HOPE THEY DO SOME CHANGES FOR SAT. O/W THE BARBIES ARE GOING TO WALLOP US YET AGAIN.IF WE HAD THE BEST PLAYERS SELECTED ON MERIT WHO PLAY FOR THEIR PROVINCES (DIVISIONS) IT WOULD BE FAR EASIER TO BEAT THE CHEATING ALL BLACKS ONCE AND FOR ALL

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