Rugby Championship

Boks dreadful, says Guscott

2012-09-19 11:22
Bryan Habana (Gallo)
Cape Town – Prominent northern hemisphere critic Jeremy Guscott has joined the chorus of naysayers about the currently labouring Springboks.

In his weekly column on the BBC Sport website (www.bbc.co.uk) the former England and British and Irish Lions centre, who kicked a famous match- and series-swinging dropped goal on the Lions’ 1997 tour of South Africa, said he felt the maiden Castle Rugby Championship had been “indifferent” thus far.

“I’ve loved watching the brilliance of (runaway leaders) the All Blacks; they are so much better than the rest but even they look a tad jaded.

“The Wallabies and Springboks have been dreadful by their own standards ... the Boks have nothing more than kicking to offer which is embarrassing when Bryan Habana is on fire.”

But he did reserve special praise for tournament debutants Argentina.

“The Pumas have been nothing short of brilliant ... first game apart (beaten 27-6 by South Africa in Cape Town) they have been extremely competitive and could have beaten both the Boks (in Mendoza) and Wallabies already.

“Without doubt (in their remaining home fixtures) they will give NZ a good run in a couple of weeks and they have a really good chance against the Aussies a week later.”

Turning to the traditional end-of-year tours by the southern hemisphere sides, Guscott said that if Australia and South Africa arrive “in their current form” most of the home unions would fancy their chances of beating them.

He may have a short memory in terms of England -- whom the Boks will meet at Twickenham on November 24 -- as they were fairly comprehensively seen off 2-0 in a three-Test series on South African soil in June.

“The All Blacks are in a different league right now and I wouldn’t give any home union a sniff (against them) ... maybe Wales if they had the game of their lives.”

*Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing

HAVE YOUR SAY: Prominent northern hemisphere critic Jeremy Guscott has joined the chorus of naysayers about the currently labouring Springboks. Do you agree with his criticism of the Boks is it fair? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Waratahs shut out Bulls

50 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
94 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
16 August 2014
Australia v New Zealand, Sydney 12:05
South Africa v Argentina, Pretoria 17:00
23 August 2014
New Zealand v Australia, Auckland 09:35
Argentina v South Africa, rgentina 21:10
06 September 2014
New Zealand v Argentina, apier 09:35
Australia v South Africa, erth 12:05
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you have faith in coach Heyneke Meyer taking the Springboks to the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

 
 
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.