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Doc Jannie diagnoses Oz plan

2011-10-05 08:08

Cape Town - Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis says they have a simple plan on how to disrupt Australia's dangerous halfback combination when the teams clash at the Wellington Regional Stadium in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

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Scrumhalf Will Genia and flyhalf Quade Cooper are the key play-makers for the Australians and pose the biggest threat to their South African counterparts.

And for Du Plessis - a medical doctor outside of rugby - the recipe on how to go about neutralising the Wallabies' biggest threat is simple: Take them on up front and starve them of good go-forward ball. An old cliché in rugby, yet always vitally important.

"We cannot let guys like Cooper and Genia run us ragged. The counter to that is simple. We simply have to prevent them from playing on the front foot," Du Plessis told the Beeld newspaper.

"Everything will start up front. We have to get them on the back foot in the tight phases so that the possession Genia and Cooper receive, is poor.

"That will force them into making hasty decisions and that's what we want. We want to disrupt the halfbacks by putting pressure on the forwards."

While Du Plessis is confident in his forward packs' ability to dominate their opponents, he acknowledged it will be no mean feat come Sunday. He especially singled out the Australians' scrum as a highly underrated facet in their play.

"I don't think Australia were weak in the scrums against Ireland, it was rather a match where the refereeing decisions played a big role."

The clash in Wellington kicks off at 07:00 SA time on Sunday.

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Comments
  • call a spade - 2011-10-05 08:22

    More Johnny...Doen jy enigiets anders as te wag vir die volgende artikel. Wat gaan ju doen na die wereldbeker?

      kosie - 2011-10-05 12:15

      hy gaan dan oorgaan na die krieket section toe en dan gaan hy maak of hy iets weet van krieket af.

  • ozzymate - 2011-10-05 08:40

    an he figured that all out watching the irish play us? Oh no. better tell deans to change the plan and deny fd and morne go forward ball.That will force them into making hasty decisions and that's what we want. We want to disrupt the halfbacks by putting pressure on the forwards."

      Drewka - 2011-10-05 08:52

      Ag shame ozziemaid!!! You shouldn't lose any sleep over mind games like this. It’s just the big South Africans warning the very tiny players in Oz that they‘re in our crosshair ... Good luck and may the best team win...

      BABaracus - 2011-10-05 09:29

      Ozzymate - the best team will win on the day, but fact is, you lost against the Irish, and you can lose against us the same way.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-05 08:47

    Doc, may the Boks have a healthy game of rugger on Sunday...go Doc, go Boks!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-10-05 08:50

    The guys have been reading the art of war love whats coming out of the Bok camp gooo sign for Sunday for this game will be won before in starts.....it will be won in the mind and the Boks so far are playing it to a tee

  • Jeff - 2011-10-05 09:01

    The cup is in NZ just because it's a formality for the cup to be where the WC is held. It could've stayed here because we all know it's on it's way back to where it belongs, HOME (SA). As for Doc (Jannie) and the rest of the Bokke, Good luck guys! Lets take it game by game. I think now it's time for the Minister's words, "gaan moer hulle". I am confident that the Boks will take the cup. What amaze me about our team and the whole management is that, they all have their differences, but coming to where it really matters, we unite. WC is very important for us to proof a point, and we're only 3 games from it. I think our game plan and strategies will play a huge part in the next 3 games and no team will be able to outmaster us. Samoans wanted to bruise us and causes damage, on the contrary, we practiced and prepared for the knock-outs against them. Good luck to the Boks and all SA fans, Lets wave our flags in support of the Boks....... Oh... I almost 4gt.... Good luck with your comments, Johnny BB

  • Johann - 2011-10-05 09:47

    The man knows what he's talking about, his plan is the key to success, those Aussies can not dominate off the back foot. GOOOO BOKKE!!!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-10-05 10:41

    Blah blah blah. Next story plz.

  • bullincapeto - 2011-10-05 11:04

    Johnny-BB has put everything he owns on NZ ( a pair of Gypsey takkies, one pair stone washed jean pants, one glass tik pipe, one snoek head and his roll up apartment). Go big Johnny or go home.

  • StBad - 2011-10-05 11:24

    Thank goodness someone finally acknowledges the Aussies scrum... every T3 we think we can push them around up front and it comes to nought. Give them some respect, and then smash them to pieces on Sunday, go boys!

  • amarillomanzana - 2011-10-05 11:54

    Is it wise to divulge this to the media and the Aussies... now they know what our gameplan is. Not exactly smart unless of course we are playing mind games....

  • BluffO - 2011-10-05 12:09

    The Springboks need to keep the ball with the forwards for most of the game. When the ball does get sent down the backline, the backline should not kick possession away. This has been our major down fall in this rugby world cup. We try win games by kicking possession away and then trying to defend. Retain the ball and attack. Run straight and hard at them. If we keep the same game plan as we have had in the pool matches, we will lose. However if we stop kicking the ball away and attack more than we defend, then we should win.

  • Goran - 2011-10-05 12:20

    Jannie is a clever one right!! said in a very sarcastic voice....

  • HJS - 2011-10-05 13:54

    Doc Jannie I really hope you have the right medicine prescribed here and that the team takes a stiff dosage of it before Saturday. There are many nervous souls back here waiting with trepidation for what we hope will be a glorius win over the Wobblies. Go Jannie & die manne.

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