Aplon gee'd up for Wallabies

2011-10-04 11:52

Cape Town - With the pressure knob considerably turned up ahead of this weekend's Rugby World Cup action, Springbok wing Gio Aplon has no doubt that it will only further spur the defending champions to march into the next round.

Knockout rugby should not be a strange phenomenon to anyone in the Springbok camp. Whether it be the World Cup, Super Rugby, Currie Cup or even Heineken Cup, the premise remains the same, win at all costs, Aplon explained in Tuesday’s Die Burger.

“It is the one thing that we are sticking to from the moment we left South Africa a month ago. There were thousands of people in Sandton to see us off and especially here in New Zealand we are seeing the supporters following us and every day I see messages of support on Facebook and Twitter.

“It gives your focus for the weekend, a sense of purpose, because nobody wants to disappoint all of those supporters or the team,” he said.

He believes they are as accustomed to their quarter-final opponents as they are to knockout rugby.

“We know them (well). They probably know us too, but I think that we are mentally stronger than they are despite recent results in which they have beaten us once or twice.”

Aplon did not hide the fact that the Wallabies may have missed a golden opportunity to welcome back one of their favourite sons, to add a welcome boost to an already star-studded backline.

“We are overjoyed at the news that (Matt) Giteau was not chosen. Robbie Deans probably has his reasons for his selection, but with regard to the Springboks, it suits us excellently that Giteau will not be in Wellington on Sunday. He has certainly bullied us in the past and there is definitely relief in our camp that he will not be part of the action,” he added.

The Western Province flyer hopes to use the added motivation combined with the collective support of a nation to spur the Boks to greater honours to go with what they have achieved already.

“We have fared well up until now. We have scored the most points in our group and conceded the least. The first lot of goals have been achieved. The next one is to reach the semi-final of this World Cup. I believe that we can do it, especially with 45 million people (back home in SA) who will help us get over the line.”


  • The Goose - 2011-10-04 12:00

    Gio vs Ioane! Classic!

      Maori - 2011-10-04 12:23

      Ioane all over and around him - like in the 3N

      Renny Meere - 2011-10-04 12:51

      My money is on Loane.

      Jamba - 2011-10-04 13:50

      Gio too clever for Loane. Maori - 3N is over. This is RWC. Think forward...

      Bert Pajou - 2011-10-04 21:26

      And too fast

      Neilson - 2011-10-04 22:44

      As long as we keep the ball, Loane will have his hands more than full, and will see Gio run around him a couple of times. If Loane gets the too much ball, we at least have FdP for scramble defence and a solid full back to help cover up.

      Clark Kent - 2011-10-05 05:04

      Gio the winger from Lillyput will get bowled by Ioane no contest, kInd of like brushing of gnats - 2011-10-05 06:11

      Renny, Jamba, Neilson. You guys don't even have a clue on Digby Ioane's name. (There is no L in it) yet you obviously know enough about him to say he will be all over Aplon. Go away and learn the player's name 1st and then come and comment on his abilities.

      Sonicboom - 2011-10-05 12:51

      @Clarke Kent - you would know what brushing off gnats is all about.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-04 12:03

    ...Gio Aplon and Bokke...may you switch to Bok-gear...once again, well done for topping pool D. ...backing you all the way for the rest of the tournament...Bokke!!!!!

      Steyts - 2011-10-04 20:15

      I love your positivity!! Especially amongst these South AfricanAll Black supporters who doesn't want shut up!!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-10-04 12:23

    You are too small Gio according to Div. So is Shane Williams and Ryan O'Connor.

      Alexander Luthor - 2011-10-04 12:54

      Who is Ryan O'Connor?

      Anchorman - 2011-10-04 13:03

      bra Ryan O'Connor is a radio dj on KFM waar stiek jy uit? lmimc

      Gary - 2011-10-04 13:47

      Think you mean James

      MustBeCrazy - 2011-10-04 13:54

      Stupid Chief Kokroach!

      Chief Kok - 2011-10-04 14:13

      Sorry, listen KFM the whole day.

      pants - 2011-10-04 15:01

      Just showing how little you actually know about rugby.......TROLL

      Espresso - 2011-10-04 16:35

      Absolutely no reason to have a go at CK for this comment. I see what you're saying, considering Shane Williams will go down as the best wing ever for Wales dspite all the critisism of his size. Has the side been chosen for the Wallabies game yet?

      Cheslyn - 2011-10-04 17:07

      @Espresso: the team announcement was postponed until Thursday; they waiting to see who recovers from theirinjuries.

      Superfish - 2011-10-05 01:27

      @ Chief Kok Just shows you how little you know about Rugby. Your always posting some negative sh*%t. Isnt there some Kiwi website you can go on......... Poser

  • Avi27 - 2011-10-04 12:27

    Sunday's game is going to be close but i think the boks are going to make SA proud. We are heading into some good form. We may have lost one of our biggest weapons in Frans but I still think we have more than enough experience and fire power to win. If our forwards can dominate up front, close Aus down and not give them space, control the breakdown and retain the ball we can book a place in the semi. Go Bokke!!!

      JimbOb - 2011-10-04 12:36

      If our forwards dominate theirs, then we have a good chance. Here's hoping!

      JimbOb - 2011-10-04 12:36

      If our forwards dominate theirs, then we have a good chance. Here's hoping!

      JimbOb - 2011-10-04 12:36

      If our forwards dominate theirs, then we have a good chance. Here's hoping!

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-10-04 15:13

      Jimbob, you went from 7-1 to 2-1 to 1-3.. with the same comment. Impressive!

  • Alihandro - 2011-10-04 12:32

    I Love the mind games hahaha The Bokke have been under performing ou maaitjies. The whole year has been geared towards retaining Our trophy. Watch the bokke come out of the blocks aggressive and intent on making those wallaby knees buckle bwaaaahahahahahaha. Cooper se vir jou ma daars VIS

  • Good Advice - 2011-10-04 12:36

    I like this guy. EEEEEEEE-OOOOOOOO-IIIIIIIIIIIIIII-HHHHHHHHHHHH-AAAAAAA-NNNNNNNN-EEEEEEE is all you'll hear when Appels is done with him!

      Kleinboet - 2011-10-04 16:08


      Steyts - 2011-10-04 20:19

      Who is Eoihane?? More like Ioane???

  • Babs Visser - 2011-10-04 13:26

    So what is the problem? Gio is from Hawston near Hermanus where the people eat lot of fish, he may be smaller than Loane but there is nothing wrong with Gio's mind, people who eat fish instead of Kangaroo are much more intelligent!

      Maori - 2011-10-04 13:29

      Babsie, in that case, it is clear that you love eating kangoroo!!

      oomtas - 2011-10-04 13:39

      maori jira jys kaaak onnosel....u must be at a different level of retard cause not even 13 year olds will laugh at your jokes

      pants - 2011-10-04 15:07

      And Maori does not eat due to his Tik habbit.

  • Babs Visser - 2011-10-04 13:35

    No, Maori....I come from the West Coast in Cape Town, people who eat fish are much, much more intelligent than those who eat lamb chops and kangaroo. If you open a tin of sardines now and have it for lunch you will find that you can run circles around Loane!!

  • Love - 2011-10-04 13:37

    thats only if he plays - he is not selected yet

  • Babs Visser - 2011-10-04 13:50

    So when are they going to announce the players in Sunday's match? I cannot take the suspense any more my nerves are shot!

  • Nick van den berg - 2011-10-04 13:50

    Ongelukkig sal jy van die kantlyn af kyk ou boet!!

  • morena - 2011-10-04 13:53

    apol is way better than ndungane

  • - 2011-10-04 13:57

    I hope Gio gets to play. Him and Hougie on the wings, will give our team the x-factor we've been missing. What we lose in penalty kicking ability from 60m (F Steyn), we'll gain in try scoring ability from 100m!!! GO BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Babs Visser - 2011-10-04 14:04

    Just read in the Argus that the South African team will only be announced on Friday, I am afraid my nerves will not last until then!

  • gc - 2011-10-04 15:21

    To all the AB oxygen thiefs living in our gr8 country...Leave the boks alone...Argentina is a different cattle of fish. Whether Gio eats fish or not is irrelevant. What u gonna do about the heat that is coming to u. Those Argentine players are a masters at operating as a cohesent unit. Whether this is at scrumtime (where u'r coach will pay for his other gr8 sin in not selecting Wyatt Crocket) or or when i tcomes to harrasing their opposition. Hopefully the AB camp is'nt underestimating Argentina like these O2 thieves are, otherwise I predict... In fact if anyone is in dabbling in the stock exchance, ...a good bet would be to invest in companies manufacturing valuims and mayby hard liquor, cos i can see a spike in sales coming...

      DieSkim - 2011-10-04 16:01

      As much as I wish this were true, I can't see the All Blacks winning this one by less than 30 points. I say this based on the fact that: 1. The last 5 times Argentina played New Zealand at home the scores were 41-7, 67-19, 62-10, 93-8 and 49-12. Clearly they have been improving the past few years and so I don't see a 93-8, but something closer to the more recent 41-7. 2. This year so far Argentina has lost to Wales (28-13) and to England (13-9). England has been a terrible side the past few years, and the last time they played NZ they lost 44-12. The last time Wales played New Zealand they lost 29-10. If Wales is 15 points better than Argentina and NZ is 19 points better than Wales then you can look forward to a 34 point game. Not exactly a mathematical science, but fits into the picture above. 3. Argentina beat Scotland 13-12, and Scotland went down to England 16-12. If England is 4 points better than Scotland and NZ is 32 points better than England then you can expect a 36 point game. Again, not exactly a mathematical science, but fits into the general picture. 4. In their last 5 games against major opposition like NZ, SA, AU, ENG and FRA Argentina scored 0 tries. That isn't a typo. They haven't scored a try against any of the aforementioned nations since 2007. From that I'll go with a score of something like 45-9 or 43-6 or something to that effect. Perhaps with a close first 10 minutes and it opening up from there. And I say this as a staunch Springbok supporter.

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-10-04 15:34

    So Aplon and JdV in the team??????????? Bye bye Worldcup

      Angus - 2011-10-04 18:39

      BulvanBulle, jy is 'n klipkop van klipkoppe

      Oukoos - 2011-10-04 20:24

      @Angus Pragtige chirp daar, jy moet geweldig intelligent wees

  • AllBlue - 2011-10-04 17:48

    Bokke by 9 points for the weekend! These guys playing wininng rugby at the moment. Will be tough this weekend but die ou manne gaan die wa deur die drif trek vir seker.

  • Crusader - 2011-10-04 18:33

    “We have fared well up until now. We have scored the most points in our group and conceded the least. " - Gio Aplon hahaha he doesnt even know wales outscored them...(SA 166 POINTS FOR WALES 180 SA 142 AGAINST WALES 146 AGAINST ) lol

      Crusader - 2011-10-04 18:40

      Correction not points against but difference boks conceded 24 and wales 34...

      Oukoos - 2011-10-04 20:26

      @Crusader Well, lets be honest, good thing the rocket has been invented because Gio is not gonna do it

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