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Boks have RWC shot - Jones

2011-08-29 18:58

Johannesburg - Despite seeing the Boks finish last in the Tri-Nations, former Australian coach Eddie Jones still believes the team has what it takes to win the World Cup.

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Speaking from Jake White’s RugbyXV website, Jones said that the Boks ending their Tri-Nations on a positive note against the All Blacks would aid them in their World Cup campaign.

“They'll take confidence from the win, and will rely on their combative style using field position through kicking. In the opposition half they'll hang on to the ball and will be physical,” Jones said.

Jones said that the most important thing for the Springboks was getting cohesion between forwards and backs.

“It's a question of getting their backs' style coherent with the forwards' style.”

Jones also indicated that the Boks had chosen the right time to peak.

“They've got a few guys coming back into form, and have a shot, at least, of winning the World Cup,” said Jones.

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Comments
  • A.K - 2011-08-29 19:01

    yes Eddie.... we know. Tell us something new

      Thouca - 2011-08-29 19:17

      a couple of odd panic comments coming from the ab camp since saturday.........mmmmmmm...wots playing on their minds ??

  • Steyts - 2011-08-29 19:34

    COME ON THE BOKS!!!! Some guys finding some nice form now. BUT, we need to get past the Ozzies and man do they look good!! Forget the AB's! They will choke as usual...

      jase880 - 2011-08-30 02:56

      Hahahaha. So true.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-29 19:34

    It rather looks like Eddie had a couple of shots.

  • Johann - 2011-08-29 19:37

    The man clearly knows what he's talking about, just wondering if last para came out right: ..............."at least, of winning the WC"

      jase880 - 2011-08-30 02:58

      Haha. At least winning the World Cup, and at most...what? Defeating Al Quaeda and ending the war on terror maybe? Lol.

  • JC - 2011-08-29 20:03

    So does Namibia seeing as they are in the tournament...

  • Karoobloed - 2011-08-29 20:46

    He should, but probably will not be, considered a strong candidate for our post RWC coach. Except for perhaps Mallet, better than all our local coaches by a mile.

      draaft - 2011-08-30 08:01

      Mallet will never be chosen, he was let go because of political reasons remember, not because of lack of success.

      Kevin - 2011-08-30 16:49

      @draaft...he was let go because he questioned SARU on ticketing prices!!!!

  • cupid - 2011-08-29 22:01

    He should be in bed getting some sleep. Look at him. Its like seeing a homeless man in a business suit

  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-08-29 22:05

    More positive than Jake White then? 2007 all over again?

  • herb77@24.com - 2011-08-29 22:08

    The RWC tournament is a leveller of note. Just about any team in the competition can win on the day. AB's and Aus learned that the hard way last time and I dont think they will make the same mistake again. SA have hopefully got enough old hands on board to keep the ship steady and not scuttle themselves in the pool games.

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-29 22:37

      You are right, except for the All Blacks, who can't win on the day because the day is the day that they choke.

      EXBULL - 2011-08-29 23:11

      Please herb.............."Just about any team in the competition can win on the day" You're joking right??? By this statement, you are saying that teams like Namibia, Japan, Georgia, Russia and the USA stand a realistic chance of winning the WC. I dont even think teams like Scotland, Samoa and Argentina honestly believe they can win.

      Bruce - 2011-08-30 02:23

      Realistically one out of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England or France are going to win. All it takes is a little luck in the draw (two of those 5 will meet in a quarter final - probably England v France), a couple of 50/50 calls going your way and play two good games in the semi and final.

      Justin - 2011-08-30 08:52

      @ bruce - i would throw in Wales and Ireland.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-30 09:48

      @Justin - I wouldnt.

  • Graham - 2011-08-30 08:24

    @chase88, thanks man, started the day with a good laugh

  • jk - 2011-08-30 08:29

    him and jake must disagree all the time on this topic...

  • gharri - 2011-08-30 10:54

    YES!!!!

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