Spies eyeing strong finish

2010-11-25 08:49

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The worst thing for a top participant in a team sport is to be sidelined when the best laid plans go wrong for the side he represents and his team-mates.

So it was understandable that Pierre Spies was not the happiest person in the Murrayfield crowd when the Springboks slipped down a precipitous path to a 21-17 defeat to Scotland last week that has ensured that the South Africans will not be able to hit the target they set themselves for this tour.

“We said we would aim for the Grand Slam and I suppose that is no longer in our sights now,” said Spies as he joined his team-mates in preparing for Saturday’s final Test of the tour against England at Twickenham.

“But we would still like to finish the year on a strong note and I suppose if we win our last match it will give us something positive to take in next season. I don’t think a win over England will balance the books as far as our critics are concerned, but it will at least mean a lot to the players from a confidence viewpoint.

“We like playing against England and we like beating them. They are a good team, a tough team to beat, and we win against them it means a lot. Any game against England at Twickenham is a big one. So in a way it is a good thing that we get a chance this week to make up for last week’s poor performance against Scotland.”

Spies was not selected for the Edinburgh game and he left no doubt that he didn’t enjoy the experience of watching his team lose.

“It was horrible, I really didn’t enjoy it at all. It’s difficult when you are sitting on the side and you see the guys struggling and you are unable to help them out. When you are playing you are at least involved in the moment and you don’t get so anxious. We really didn’t play well last week. We didn’t execute well and we made a lot of mistakes which meant we were unable to place any kind of pressure on Scotland.

“Obviously it was a massive disappointment for us as we did want to do the Grand Slam. But that is now out of our hands so we must go out and achieve what we can achieve, and winning against England will at least be something if we can pull it through. We know it will be tough because they are a good team and they are in form at the moment.”

Spies described the 2010 season as “an interesting year for us” and agreed that the Boks have slipped a long way from where they were after last season’s Tri-Nations.

“But if we get all our top players back next year and we get back our form and win the World Cup then it won’t matter so much,” he said.

Spies replaces Ryan Kankowski in the Bok team for Saturday’s match. He was the Bok man of the match in the last match he played against Wales at the Millennium Stadium two weeks ago.


  • Preshan - 2010-11-25 09:09

    KANKO is better then Spies

      Johnny - 2010-11-25 09:50

      ......ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!!!

      mike - 2010-11-25 10:07

      There is nothing to support your argument I'm afraid. At this level Kanko falls well short of the mark set by Spies.

      Christie - 2010-11-25 10:10

      Based on?

      Theuns - 2010-11-25 10:23


      Merle - 2010-11-25 11:50

      Kanko can be better than Spies, if he is allowed to settle in a team that has a game plan - like the Sharks. But, don't forget the name Alberts for the World Cup. Go Bokke.

      Sheriff - 2010-11-25 12:26

      If Kanko is allowed to settle in a team and given as many game time than Spies, he will be better !!

  • Johnny - 2010-11-25 09:10

    SUPERMAN WEARS BLUE.. ....SOMETIMES GREEN... ........GO SPIESSSSSS...!!!! .....worlds best no 8...!!

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 09:28

      WTF!!!!! You must be supporting the bulls? boks should rather play Gugu Zulu than Papier Spies. he is as slow as my grand mother who is 96 in the shade.

      Ant - 2010-11-25 10:03

      @ Grant Spies is one of the quickest 8th men in world rugby he runs the 100 m in 11 seconds and weighs 105kg...either your Grandmother is f@#king quick or you smoke Tik.

      Theuns - 2010-11-25 10:03

      Thats why he moved from wing to 8th man..............fastest and strongest 8th man on the planet......cometh the man cometh the hour......!

      tktoplis - 2010-11-25 10:44

      He is also the dumbest

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 10:48

      @ Ant. Yes you are so right he DID run the 100m in 11 sec but at the time he did not weigh 105Kg. Please google it. No boet i never did the Tik thing i used a more classy drug best knowm as CAT. He is by far not the best in the world. If you so into your Rugby then take 15 minutes on saturday and watch a more classy act playing for All Blacks Kieran Read, he is way better than papier spies.

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 11:08

      @ tktoplis..i full agree he is not very bright,

      Ant - 2010-11-25 11:33

      @ Grant, buddy stop doing CAT and timing your Grandmothers running times and look at the stats, Kieran Read is a better ball fetcher yes, however Spies carries the ball better and 90 % of the time breaks the 1st tackle giving us go forward ball, the only problem is we will then kick it away.

      Johnny - 2010-11-25 11:37

      @Grant Wright and @tktoplis, ......the Bulls have more silverware than you 2 have brain cells... .....he he he he he he he ..!!!

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 11:47

      @ Ant I used CAT some years back and my grand mother is still faster than him. Read is not only a fetcher he plays a good running defence game and his overall performance is way better than spies. I will see ya comments after saturday when the boks lose once again. Please watch the AB game and check Read out and then we will chat again.

      AGENT - 2010-11-25 11:52

      Dude , Spies is an under perfomer, with that physic he should be like a neanderthal demolision machine, wich he is not. I sometimes get the feeling that he lies down in the tackle and doesn't try bust through it. Maybe he got tackled hard a few years back came down hard and took a major hit to the head and body, thats why he seems so lack luster. I'm sure even Aplon would take the guy out in a one on one situation. He dissapoints me.

      Ant - 2010-11-25 11:59

      @ will watch the All black game and get back to you...I might however need to also do a bit of Cat so at least I get the impression the Bokke are chasing their pointless kicks.

      Julz - 2010-11-25 12:52

      @AGENT..last year Aplon took Spies down one on one in the Newlands semi, 5m out from the line.Spies is useless!

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 13:55

      @ Ant... Sweeeeeeeet. Even if one takes CAT,Coc or Crystal Meths you will still not get the impression the boks play good.

      tktoplis - 2010-11-25 16:47

      @Johnny,keep your silverware, id rather not have any silverware if my team played the mind numbing crap that your province has been doing for decades. Id rather the boks be losing racehorses on the right track RATHER than winning donkeys stuck in the stables - and currently the only thing out of that antcedote that we reflect is: Losing and Stuck

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  • Johnny - 2010-11-25 09:16

    ....GO SPIESSS..!! ...WOW..!! .....WHAT A BOYKIE..!!!!!

  • OzzieCPT - 2010-11-25 09:32

    Whatever! Julle is vrot!

  • Carel Venter - 2010-11-25 09:36

    Hy het nie die beste jaar gehaad nie, hoop hy kan ten minste afsluit met 'n bang.

  • Johnny - 2010-11-25 09:42

    ....WE NEED 15 SPIESE IN THE BOK TEAM..!!! ......GO SPIESSSSSS....!!!!

      Julz - 2010-11-25 12:57

      so that we can lose and hopefully get rid of our useless coach!

  • Stephen - 2010-11-25 10:00

    dont want to S "piess" on anyones Battery but he is not the best number 8 in the world and when he is not falling over his own feet, he forgets how to pass the ball.

      Johnny - 2010-11-25 10:12

      Stephen, must be joking...!! ...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!! ......nice one....!!

      Theuns - 2010-11-25 10:14

      Methinks ya don't know ya rugga man,.........ya don't pass da ball if da playar next to ya is covered by a dafender ...da...! den ya rather fall ove da feet and take da play forward ....da!

      Theuns - 2010-11-25 10:20

      Da got my seems da do not know da do not pass da ball to another playar who are covered by antother defender,........da would rather fall over da's own feet and take da game forward........da!

      unratedexter - 2010-11-25 10:44

      Fully agree with you boet, He only had one good game this year and everybody is gaga over him. My backrow choice, 6 alberts, 7 smith, 8 vanmeulen. That will be essential for the new breakdown laws, you need guys that are physical and attacking the gameline/rucks. While spies is a big oke, he does have his (p)wussy moments of not putting his body on the line, which normally opens up a huge gap to the attacking team. Have a look at the tri-nations games - did spies perform?

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 10:52

      @ Theuns please stop it with that kak aap twak, One of the main reason the boks dont win is for the mere fact that they are alwys playing on the gorund and not on there feet. I really think you are at the brille 'n pille stage of your life so seek help its not too late.

      Theuns - 2010-11-25 11:35

      @ Grant Wright, you are so right, never argued with that statement, but on the other hand I think what I forgot about the game you only think of now, ya see, with age comes a bit of experience, so get over yourself........!!!

      Johnny - 2010-11-25 11:42


      Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 11:51

      @ Theuns you make me laugh. I am way past the brille & pille stage.

      AGENT - 2010-11-25 11:56

      Dude , Spies is an under perfomer, with that physic he should be like a neanderthal demolision machine, wich he is not. I sometimes get the feeling that he lies down in the tackle and doesn't try bust through it. Maybe he got tackled hard a few years back came down hard and took a major hit to the head and body, thats why he seems so lack luster. I'm sure even Aplon would take the guy out in a one on one situation. He dissapoints me.

      Theuns - 2010-11-25 12:06

      @ Grant Wright yeah I agree with you, you must be on something stronger, because ye got stuck at brille and pille stage......!!!! Not very intelligent conversation..!

  • mike - 2010-11-25 10:06

    Real pitty he missed the Scotland game, the weather conditions suited his playstyle much more the Kanko. Unfortunately I think its time to find another 8 to take over the understudy role. Kanko fails to physically match up at this level. Maybe we should be looking at Alberts to take over there with Deisel coming in for 7 backup when his fit. Speis has had an awesome end of year tour would of definately made a difference had he played.

      Theuns - 2010-11-25 10:12

      Beats me why he was "rested" after he became man of the match in the previous game. He always makes a huge difference and instigates the other power players in the team like Bismark and the likes...!

  • unratedexter - 2010-11-25 10:40

    I would've liked to see Vanmeulen in the bok setup - a very strong runner, coupled with alberts and smith, would be devastating

      Johnny - 2010-11-25 11:44

      Duanne Vermeulen is as slow as a tortoise...!! ...slow-motion Vermeulen..!! .......ha ha ha ha ha ..!!!!

      MB1810 - 2010-11-25 12:07

      O Gosh, please save us that spectable - Vermeulen and Burger was owned by the Sharks' loose trio in the Currie Cup final - I'd hate to see what a Jamie Heaslip, Nick Easter or Kieran Read would do to him.

  • MB1810 - 2010-11-25 12:11

    I don't think Spies had the best season this year, but in my opinion he has the makings of the best no 8 in world rugby. He is big, strong and quick and if he sharpens up his defense a little he could easily take that title. He has however got a lot of work to do!!

  • Louis - 2010-11-25 12:20

    Look PDV are not the best coach whe had but i think also not the worst......Spies is not a bad choice, hes quick and strong and u are going to need that against England. Its the flyhalfs where he is making hes mistakes. If he didnt change Steyn last week he would have kicked the kick over that lambie missed & whe would have been 2 points away from the Scotts build up momentum & maybe got the forwards over for a try. I would have loved for Jake White to have stayed another 4 years and have had taken us to this world cup to have a back to back win. Jake White took a six ranked Bok team and made them no1 World Champions, PDV took a no1 ranked team with golden era players and have a good chance to fall to 5th place if whe loose to England saterday. Just hope the Boks stay calm and play like the SPRINGBOKS can play..... GO BOKKE........

      AGENT - 2010-11-25 12:47

      PDV = L-O-S-E-R , it's as simple as that, no rocket science.

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