Visagie cautions Boks

2010-11-26 07:51

Stephen Nell

London – England may fall into the potentially deadly trap of trying to play too much rugby against the Springboks on Saturday.

That is the view of former Springbok tighthead prop Cobus Visagie, who is the managing director of the UK Springbok Supporters Club.

“The big danger in the way the game is played these days is to play too much rugby. England will believe in their ability to play expansively and may concede turnover possession,” Visagie told Sport24.

“I believe England have a good team, but still make a lot of mistakes that we can exploit. The important thing is to use the turnover possession well.”

South Africa this week emphasised good execution in the build-up to the game.

Apart from effective use of turnover possession, Visagie would also like to see Morné Steyn get the Boks in better positions on the field and that England’s ball is slowed effectively at the breakdowns.

“It’s a problem that South Africa don’t play for field possession. I don’t know why Morné does not play the same kind of game that he does at the Bulls. Perhaps he’s playing under instructions. The question is whether we will get better field position this weekend,” said Visagie.

“I also think South Africa miss Heinrich Brüssow. You need an openside flank that can slow the opponent’s ball. We have to be able to slow England’s ball so that the defence can be more aggressive. South Africa allow teams to build phases against them too quickly and that is why the defence is struggling.

“Our opponents know that we are quite limited in our approach. It appears as if we don’t believe in the ability of our wide players to recycle the ball. South Africa have lost quite a lot of ball out wide in the recent past.”

Visagie had positive words about the Boks’ scrumming and even believes England are a little over-rated in that area. Springbok coach Peter de Villiers this week described England as the best scrumming side in the world.

“England are very solid on their own ball, but Andrew Sheridan (loosehead prop) has never had a strong game against a top quality tighthead. England are not as good on their opponents’ ball,” said Visagie.

“The Boks’ scrumming on this tour is the best I have seen it over the past eight years. There is still a lot of room for improvement, but the basics are better than in the past.

“There were poor scrumming decisions against South Africa against Scotland. It was clear that Scotland’s loosehead prop (Allan Jacobsen) did not want to bind.”

While initial predictions for snow were yesterday revised to partly cloudy, Visagie does not believe a snowfall will be as disruptive as rain if it transpires.

“The snow will be nothing because the field is covered beforehand. It will just be very cold and the field will be hard.”


  • Stephen - 2010-11-26 08:09

    I am just stunned that they have an MD of a UK based Bok supporters club.........WTF

      Rory - 2010-11-26 08:38

      gravy trains everywhere stephen

      BardofAvon - 2010-11-26 09:03

      Gravy train, Rory? Market forces surely. It is not a state organization, right?

      IanJ - 2010-11-26 09:32

      Why you stunned - Its a just a title that he has some important position - same as Chairman, Head etc.

      Flip - 2010-11-26 09:40

      Cobus also serves on the board of Saracens rugby and is a qualified CA.

      BOKLDN - 2010-11-26 10:40

      We in the UK appreciate it!

      StaalBurgher - 2010-11-26 11:33

      Because there are lots of Saffers in the UK, silly. Now go moan about the ANC if you want a real reason to belly ache. At least he is not stealing your tax money.

  • Rooikat - 2010-11-26 08:39

    Cobus should know about scrammaging!

  • kturpin - 2010-11-26 08:44

    We will do England the honours, and with a make shift team too. And when the tide has turned, and the force which is "die Bokke" has returned to full strength, then ..all the suurgatte, PDV haters, and people who just love to complain about k@k, can really just go suck on that. Go Bokke, win or lose, die hard South African.

      BardofAvon - 2010-11-26 09:04

      Fair comment, kturpin.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-11-26 11:34

      There won't be any turn around, or at least more than one or two game turn arounds, with Divvy.

  • Skubbe - 2010-11-26 09:12

    Just a klip in die bos.. Is it only a coincidence that the Bulls produced so many "top quality flyhalves" over the past ±8 years... or may it be a certain Mr. F. Du Preez making them look good? Not only is he the master of tactical- and field position kicks, but he also take loads of pressure off his flyhalves with space- and gaps he creates. These guys seem to really struggle without Fourie as their nr. 9.

      BardofAvon - 2010-11-26 10:46

      erm, Skubbe, the Bulls produce great players in every position, particularly going back further in time. And especially fly-half of course - there was one that Danie Craven called "the greatest rugby player South Africa has produced".

      Shistirrer - 2010-11-26 17:03

      Huh? Name them? Not even Morne Steyn is a decent flyhalf. Good kicker, yes, but totally one dimensional in general flyhalf play. Hougaardt was better than Steyn at flyhalf, but I still would not call him top class. I agree with you about FdP, seems like he can make mediocrity look good.

  • Christo - 2010-11-26 10:07

    We allready know the outcome. If the Bokke win, all will be forgotten. If England put it over the Boks, we all will be depressed. So, let try this time to decide, beforehand, whatever happens, live will continue and how happy or sad we will be is a matter of personal choice.

      StaalBurgher - 2010-11-26 11:35

      I disagree. Divvy should be booted regardless of the outcome of the England game. His incompetency has been proven time and time again.

  • ouboet - 2010-11-26 10:15

    If Pdv thinks England have the best scrum in the world and conditions are wet and heavy why the hell are we not playing with two props on the bench in stead of having Jacobs there!!!!!!!

  • zaroblan - 2010-11-26 10:18

    Kobus is probably the best tighthead ever to come out of this country. The rugby establishment treated him poorly, and now he has nothing but good things to say. What a legend and a gentleman!!!

  • Jacques - 2010-11-26 15:00

    I don't know if he was the best ever, maybe in the top 5 for tight heads in SA? After Hempies du Toit (another contender for top 5), he was the only good tight head ever in the Western Province thus far, which explains a lot about their apparent weakness. The best tight head from SA in the last 30 years, must be Pieter de Villiers that played for the French.

      Shistirrer - 2010-11-26 17:08

      For a moment there I thought you meant the current PdV - he is also a tight head! He has a definite tightness in his head that makes his voice come out squeaky and his sentences muddled :-) I'd like to see him at prop, though... Jou vabond, wag, ek sal jou kry Van jou sal net 'n bloedkol bly!

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