Rugby World Cup 2011

Boks aren't boring - Rossouw

2011-09-17 17:52
Danie Rossouw (Gallo Images)

Wellington - Six superb tries showed that the Springboks are capable of playing a less predictable game, Springbok lock Danie Rossouw said after his team’s 49-3 World Cup victory over Fiji on Saturday.

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"We are always accused of playing boring rugby, but today we threw the ball around a bit and look at the result," said the versatile lock forward who was named man-of-the-match.

During the match Rossouw displayed skills with ball-in-hand most backline players would be proud of, while his role as lineout coordinator was just as impressive.

As for the victory, Rossouw could not emphasise just how important it was for the team.

"We really needed this win," he said.

"It has definitely helped us with our confidence and I think it is a kind of a turning point for us.

"We needed to show that we can score some tries and we are really happy with the performance."

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers praised his go-to man for his contribution on the night, but added that he would not have had as much space to run freely, had it not been for the hard work from the rest of the forwards.

"Danie’s performance will come down to our structures," said De Villiers.

"He just fitted in and chose the right lines when he ran onto the ball and to look at him, an old man with a new revitalised 'engine' in the game here; I’m very pleased with him.

"Before we announced the team my concern about him was that he played eight, seven, he played four and five as well and all those different positions call for different tactics and running lines and responsibilities and roles.

"So for him to fit in like that; yes I take my hat off to him," said the coach.


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