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Gerber backs Boks to win

2011-09-16 14:22

Wellington - Former Springbok centre Danie Gerber has thrown his weight behind the Springboks ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Fiji in Wellington.

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Gerber, arguably one of the best centres to have donned the green-and-gold, handed over the team's match jerseys on Friday.

After chatting with some of the players, he was confident the Boks would go all the way in the tournament.

"I have no doubt that the Springboks can win on Saturday and will defend their title," said Gerber.

"We had the most difficult first round game of all the teams as Wales could not have played better than they did, although we know that there is room for improvement."

For the former centre, who was as strong as most loose-forwards and as quick as most wings, the energy he felt in the team's hotel room was a positive sign.

"It was very special to be in a room of players that could one day be referred to as the world champions of 2011," said Gerber.

"I am very positive about this team, although handing over the jerseys was a very emotional thing for me as I could not experience playing in a World Cup because of the situation (political isolation) our country was in."

Injuries forced coach Peter de Villiers' hand in selecting his team for the Fiji clash, with the latest setback being the withdrawal of replacement lock Johann Muller.

Gerber, who scored 19 tries in 24 Tests, a record only recently surpassed by Jaque Fourie, complimented Bok management for the composition of the touring squad, which he felt had the depth to accommodate injuries.

"I believe we have the right group of players to go all the way even if there are some injuries," he said.

The timing, however, of reintroducing key players, would be key as the Boks progressed in their campaign.

"If we can go through the pool stages and give guys like Victor [Matfield] and Bryan [Habana] enough time to recover, we can go all the way."

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Comments
  • jk - 2011-09-16 14:26

    WHAT A BRILLIANT ARTICLE.....CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE... STICK TO WP RELATED ARTICLES...FRANCE BY 8, WP BY 6....IS ALL THAT COUNTS...

      Kubes - 2011-09-16 14:39

      so is yo mom JK

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-16 15:13

      jk, ........10 year losers ... .......and counting.....

      TheBush Catable - 2011-09-16 15:43

      See you next Tuesday!

      Francois - 2011-09-17 06:49

      jk, can you please read a couple of books on english comprehension or at least have yourself checked for OCD? It was a little little bit funny the first time when your mates saw you type it up, but you are giving even Blue Bulls supporters a good name now.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-16 14:30

    Who am I to argue....

      jk - 2011-09-16 14:31

      talk is cheap...

      Koos - 2011-09-16 15:08

      @ jk , jou ma is cheap . . . .

      jk - 2011-09-16 15:12

      kosie- seun...hoekom raak jou sinne so kort...? jy uitasem uit boeta..

      Koos - 2011-09-16 15:15

      sodat jy kan verstaan

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-16 14:37

    Danie Gerber, so moet mens praat...dankie! Bokke, you are gonna pave the road green and gold!!!

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-16 14:39

    Danie Gerber.... LEGEND!!!

      jk - 2011-09-16 14:40

      michael du plessis en faffa knoetze was beter...

      Koos - 2011-09-16 15:06

      @ jk nee wat jou rugby kennis is pateties, Gerber is kop en skouer bo faffa en michael

      jk - 2011-09-16 15:14

      danie miskien bietjie beter gewees as faffa, maar nie michael nie...never!

      Harvey - 2011-09-16 16:32

      The 'Doring van Despatch' was and is a legend.

      FJ2 - 2011-09-16 18:41

      Ag nee wat, jk, nou raak jy belaglik. Faffa is 'n nice en goeie outjie en 'n pel van my, maar selfs hy sal vir jou lag as jy beweer hy's beter as Danie gewees. Michael was 'n helse goeie balverspreider ('n binnesenter en losskakel), terwyl Danie buite gespel het (buitesenter en vleuel). Vergelyk appels met appels, boeta. Maar as jy dan nou appels en pere wil vergelyk - Danie was kop en skouers bo Michael. Hoor dit maar van 'n oom wat rugby gespeel het en gekyk het toe jy nog nie kon skuim pis nie. En as jy dan nie vir my wil glo nie, moet jy miskien gaan lees wat Dok Craven van Danie gesê het. Of gaan lees miskien Gareth Edwards se 100 Best Rugby Players of wat Frank Bunce gedink het van die oudagse Danie teen wie hy in '92 gespeel het. Jy probeer te hard om annoying te wees. Soms is dit beter om stil te bly terwyl die mense dink jy's dom, eerder as jou bek oop te maak en hulle vermoedens te bevestig.

      Vusi9 - 2011-09-16 22:35

      @jk, ek dink dis beter dat jy stilbly, want jy is nou besig om n groot boks van jouself te maak.

  • BB - 2011-09-16 14:41

    Nou praat n ou wat KAN rugby speel mos!!!! Nie een van die beste nie DIE BESTE!

      jk - 2011-09-16 14:44

      bb- WAS die beste...PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Friksepappa - 2011-09-16 18:29

      @Jk Meisiekind is en was die beste senter ooit!!!

      Bumblebee - 2011-09-16 22:45

      En in SARU het ons 'n speler met die naam van Paul Treu gehad wat kop en skouers bo Danie en Michael was. Wat 'n skitterende speler wat nooit sy talent kon wys nie.

  • Riaan - 2011-09-16 14:51

    JK as jy dink Faffa was beter as Danie Gerber, wys jy jou een ogige opinie. Bly stil want jy openbaar jou onkunde.

      Koos - 2011-09-16 15:11

      @ Riaan , jk= Kaptein kommen

      jk - 2011-09-16 15:15

      laat jk julle twee moegoes vertel dat michael du plessis strate die beste senter in sa ooit was...wp groete...

      Jannie24 - 2011-09-16 15:20

      MdP was beste, Faffa was goed - DG was goed MAAR net meer windgat.

      jk - 2011-09-16 15:33

      jip, michael was beste...

      Henk - 2011-09-16 15:38

      Ag jinne jk. Hoe oud was jy toe? Michael was n bietjie van n vuil gat wat gereeld hoog getackle het. Hoeveel driee het hy gedruk? Jy gee jou self weg jk. Niemand was beter as Danie nie. What the freak?

      KH - 2011-09-16 16:06

      Can't you guys find an afrikaans website?

      Durbanpoison - 2011-09-16 16:12

      Nee mense Jan Kop tand muis was die beste,, die boland centre het gate deur almal gehol... aaiiii ek kan sy flokkies nog so goed onthou

      Henk - 2011-09-16 18:53

      KH, are you the Emo that shouts Bokke! Trying to be all butch now hey?

      Henk - 2011-09-16 19:03

      DurbanPoison, stick to soccer

  • Jannie24 - 2011-09-16 15:41

    @ henk ja - M was vuilgat maar beste. het hom gespeel, ek weet. het van die 3 hier gespeel.

      Jannie24 - 2011-09-16 15:48

      dg = overrated

      Henk - 2011-09-16 15:49

      Hoekom se jy so Jannie? Sal dit vir Karel gee as Prins van Vleuls, maar Michael? Stem nie saam nie.

      Jannie24 - 2011-09-16 15:53

      henk - sien wie het almal teen DG gespeel en kyk wie het teen KdP gespeel. Shine teen goeie spelers, dan stem ek.

      Riaan - 2011-09-16 16:07

      Danie het vir OP gespeel en sy staal daaruit gewys dat hy kon uitstaan teen die beste. Die ander het 'n goeie span om hulle gehad om hulle goed te laat lyk het.

  • Riaan - 2011-09-16 15:52

    Julle WP manne het Danie gehad toe sy beste verby was. Sorry julle het mos nie OP dopgehou nie. So julle kennis van hom is nie die volle verhaal nie. Kyk maar net na sy rekord. Miskien het hy iets gehad om oor windgat te wees.

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-16 15:55

    Who is this?

      Riaan - 2011-09-16 15:57

      Maybe you should watch the tests we were robbed in New Zealand in the 80's theb youll understand.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-16 15:59

      Bye bye Kok

      Tools1 - 2011-09-16 16:11

      Riaan this isnt a kiwi. This is a khoi-san, Maori, Gamat wanabe. Who doesnt know that they where called All Blacks because of the colour of their kit.

  • Bootman - 2011-09-16 15:58

    Where are all the haters when there's a positive article about the boks? Why is'nt anybody saying that Danie is useless and doesnt know what he's talking about? Come on. Disagree with Danie. Tell him how rubbish Bryan Habanna, Victor Matfield and John Smit is and that we dont need them for the rest of our ill-fated campaign. If Danie believes, Why cant we all?

      Jannie24 - 2011-09-16 16:19

      @bootman. die artikel is positief.......maar die argument hier is iets anders.

      FJ2 - 2011-09-16 18:53

      Geen argument, Jannie24, want jy het nie 'n clue waarvan jy praat nie. Danie Gerber word deur Kirwan (voormalige vleuel van die AB's en nou Japan se afrigter, vir ingeval jy nie weet nie), Franck Mesnel, Philipe Sella en die res van die beste senters van sy tyd gereken as die beste teen wie hulle gespeel het. Hoekom moet ons dan vir jou luister?

  • George - 2011-09-16 16:27

    Nice to see Danie Gerber again, just the kind of player South Africa needs to make our backs look a little better.

  • Lewis - 2011-09-16 16:41

    Of course the boks are going to win! By a large margin as well. After all, they are double world champs (as we get told ad nauseum). Who would expect anything less from double world champs.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-16 23:18

      Yes Lewis we're awesome .. from the IRB site 'The Springboks have the best winning percentage of all teams in the Rugby World Cup. Their 22 wins and three defeats equates to an 88 per cent win rate. Other African nations have a combined total of zero wins and 22 defeats in RWC matches. • South Africa have a track record of 14 wins and one defeat in RWC pool matches. Their only defeat at this stage came against England (25-6 in 2003) which was their second match of the pool stage. • Need four more tries to reach 100 in RWC matches. • Have won their last eight RWC matches. Their team record is 10, a run that started in 1995 and was ended by Australia in 1999."

  • FanieWP - 2011-09-16 18:32

    Gaan dalk wen as jy Saterdag speel Danie ! ?

  • piet4545 - 2011-09-16 18:58

    Gerber is legend! I've seen alot of world fiteens by x overseas players, and hes always in it or a contender, hes try scoring record is amazing, J Fourie is not bad either almost scoring a try every second game.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-09-16 19:55

    Legend.

  • kiwiruz - 2011-09-16 22:44

    of course Gerber would pick the Boks, but really how can you after Wales was unlucky not to win because of a stray kick or two

  • Juan More - 2011-09-16 23:59

    Danie Gerber, what a legend!

  • Uthikoloshe - 2011-09-18 03:53

    Dannie, admit the truth, you donated DNA to the lab that grew Jaque Fourie !

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