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Matfield: Form favours Boks

2011-06-01 12:20

J.J. Harmse

Johannesburg - Springbok vice-captain Victor Matfield believes that form, injuries and an established playing pattern are ticks in favour of the Bok camp ahead of the Rugby World Cup later this year.

"Look at the form of the top players. It's a major plus that the Stormers, Sharks and Bulls are still in the running for Super Rugby playoffs."

Matfield believes that most of the players are hitting form and "the chances are good that at least one or even two of the teams will make it, but that it will be good if all three could". (The Bulls and Sharks contested the Super 14 final in 2007).

The Boks are also in a good position as far as injuries are concerned.

"Look at the major injuries. At the moment it's just Juan Smith that maybe won't make it. The other guys all have less serious injuries. It's probably also a positive as it is allowing them to get some rest," said Matfield.

He also believes that it's important to have an established playing style with which the players are comfortable.

"We realised again after last year's victory over England how we should play and what works for us. We have to be careful not to want to copy the styles of other teams. There is a way of playing that works for us. It's a blueprint that was followed in 2007 and in 2009 we also played that way."

South Africa beat the British and Irish Lions in a Test series in 2009, as well as winning the Tri-Nations.

"That is how one keeps believing in a style and ensures that the execution is first class."

Matfield believes it's a positive that there are still places up for grabs in the World Cup squad.

"I think Bok coach Peter De Villiers is very close to the 30. The players that he has used in the last four years will again be there, but there are maybe one or two positions where players showing good form in Super Rugby could play their way in.

"That is good because it gives everyone something to play for. The established core remains important."

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Comments
  • Gorilla - 2011-06-01 12:48

    I wish these guys would keep their talking for the field. Matfield is supposed to be a "senior" player, surely he should know that.

      BOKLDN - 2011-06-01 12:56

      And you to keep your talking to yourself.

      RJ - 2011-06-01 13:37

      Stormers to make the big girls dont cry cry

      Honest Dude - 2011-06-01 13:57

      Matfield also blieves in an imaginary friend that can do magic with his mind, so please don't take him serious.

      Howzitekse - 2011-06-01 17:37

      What is it with the big talk from the bok camp. Empty vessels make the most noise. They were pathetic in the tri-nations, they were shown up by the Scotts, but they are crowning themselves the World Champions for 2011? Pride comes before a fall.

  • gooinat - 2011-06-01 12:53

    There's still a lot of derby's to be played,I hope I am wrong but I see maybe one or two more serious injuries coming up.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-06-01 14:47

      Nice Classy comment Sparky aka Mummford,you make the Stormers proud

      sparkster - 2011-06-01 14:55

      ZAPMAN..its not me.We fight here on news24 but im not a pig.I was the original mumford but not now.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-06-01 15:41

      OK will the real Mummford please stand up?,,,,,

  • Richard Stevens - 2011-06-01 12:56

    Personally, I think Andries Bekker has been in better form than old Victor for at least 18 months. Not discrediting Matfield, it's just that Bekker has become a beast.

      Werfbobbejaan - 2011-06-01 13:04

      Jip Bekker is definately one of the best centre's in the country..........

      gooinat - 2011-06-01 13:05

      I agree with you,some other players have also outplayed current Boks!!!!!!!

      sparkster - 2011-06-01 13:29

      I can not wait to see what i first Bok side will be after the RWC.i think it will be like after the 1995 RWC

      Hanjo - 2011-06-01 13:39

      @werfetter, that still warrants a Bok starting position, ahead of usual "stand-in(on) centre" Victor Matfield himself

      RJ - 2011-06-01 13:39

      Matfield is old slow and useless

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-01 14:01

      @Sparkster - here's hoping the rumours RE: Rassie being groomed as Bok coach are true. Although I don't think Rassie would want a coaching berth to be honest, he is far more suited to a 'tactical genius' role. All I know is: come end October this year, many so-called Bok players (who WILL be staying in SA) will find themselves with provincial contracts only. And may the NEXT Bok coach, make NO promises to certain players 4 years before the 2015 World Cup, and may he not be swayed by impressive gym stats. In the words of Sir Duane Vermeulen: "if I don't make the Bok squad this year, maybe the next coach will want me, which is why I am not leaving CT". And indeed Duane, I reckon the next coach will want you. Kanko and Spies can go and play SEVENS.

      clivegoss - 2011-06-01 14:23

      I do not understand this fly half issue in the Stormers team . Hennie Bekker has been playing really great flyhalf centre wing but he is a poor full back

      Mr Khoza - 2011-06-01 14:37

      Eish that is a very very racist thing to say,but we need a black coach

      sparkster - 2011-06-01 14:58

      SAFFA...that mumford is not me.I have got the I.T guys onto it as racism is a crime on a public forum!

      Blouste-Blou - 2011-06-01 15:08

      RJ - did you watch the last 3 Bulls games?

  • Theuns - 2011-06-01 13:09

    Wrong time to make any comments whatsoever. Do your talking after the final Victor........have you guys lost it ?

  • Hayden - 2011-06-01 13:13

    Typical Bulls player, talking before the real thing. I'll be very surprised if the Bulls make the play offs hey

      Marx - 2011-06-01 13:20

      Typical Stormer drivel, Matfield never said the Bulls will make the Play-offs !!! Get some glasses !!

      RJ - 2011-06-01 13:39

      Dont get you hopes up.

      Balsakhater - 2011-06-01 14:06

      Typical Wpeee supporter that opens his big mouth about sumething he does not know for the last 11 years. Please let the big boys talk.

      sparkster - 2011-06-01 14:30

      Marcell, according to you the butt hole sniffing dog the Bulls are the only side in the S15 .

      watalife - 2011-06-01 14:43

      @Hayden The bulls supporters have made it very clear they have the S15 final won and the trophy on its way. What they have not taken into consideration is the Mighty Stormers klapping them on the 11th

  • Gary - 2011-06-01 13:25

    First it was John Smit talking about the "core" group and now VM alluding to the same "core" group. When did these guys become selectors?

      Howzitekse - 2011-06-01 20:02

      From last year. They sellected the team that got swatted like a brommer in the Tri-nations and is ranked just ahead of the minnows of the world. On the strength of a single win against England, these players, and their dumb "game plan" are now the bees knees.

  • PMG - 2011-06-01 13:30

    I watched Victor playing in his favourite position again last Saturday at centre - the only problem is he keeps on knocking the ball on.I think he is just too slow to get to the breakdown,so he prefers to hang around in the backline,knocking the ball on.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-01 13:42

    All one gathers from this is that the 30 players going are those contracted, plus the 7 others who already have Bok caps (Alberts, Aplon, Frans Steyn, Pienaar) I quote Victor; "I think Bok coach Peter De Villiers is very close to the 30. The players that he has used in the last four years will again be there, but there are maybe one or two positions where players showing good form in Super Rugby could play their way in". So basically it was all smoke and mirrors, naming the 51 man squad (as I reckoned from day 1): At least now that Victor has announced this, the chaps who have been busting their guts week in and week out, know their efforts have been in vain. I will support the Boks with my heart - but the very unprofessional manner in which players "who are not part of Divvy's Diaper brigade" are being treated, leaves a bitter taste. And NO: I refer not only to a few Stormer players, I refer to those 'on the outside' from ALL unions.

      Raka13 - 2011-06-01 13:55

      "Maybe 1 or 2 players?" This was the squad in 2007. There are more tah 2 players not playing anymore? Forwards (16): Bakkies Botha, BJ Botha, Gary Botha, Schalk Burger, Os du Randt, Victor Matfield, Johann Muller, Danie Rossouw, Bob Skinstad, John Smit (Captain), Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Gurthro Steenkamp, Albert Van Den Berg, Wikus Van Heerden, CJ Van Der Linde. Backs (14): Jean de Villiers, Fourie Du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Ricky Januarie, Percy Montgomery, Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Andre Pretorius, Francois Steyn, Ashwin Willemse.

      gooinat - 2011-06-01 14:00

      Players get critisised for going overseas but who can actually blame them!!!!!!It sickens me that some players have got Bok contracts but can't make there S15 franchise starting line ups,believe you me we in for a surprise after the WC,more players are going to go ply their trade overseas.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-01 14:22

      @Raka and Gooinat - as I say, I will support whomever pulls that jersey over his head, but the bitter taste this entire "old fatboys club"/"Divvies diddums" selection issues leaves in my mouth, will linger a little.......The fact the Victor and John Smit (combined tackle stats for the season for the both of them = 2) are making all the 'selection' noises actually makes me feel sick. And I seriously thought that after Vic was implicated in the decision to NOT give Lambie a test start during the EOYT last year (protection of Morne) he would know better than to BLAB about selections again. Good luck Rassie......may the force be with you.

      Krugga - 2011-06-01 14:48

      Saffa, you remind me of a television in the olden days after the broadcast ended - NOOOOOOOOOISE! Maak nou oop daai grootbek van jou en se ons almal nou WIE moet dan gekies word? Victor still has the best line out stats out of all the locks in SA, Bekker included. Apart from your secret love, Spies, who else needs to be dropped? Come on, Im ready for a good laugh. Let me guess, all the Stompie 19 year olds...? Are you familiar with the site RuggaStats? Go check it out, you might learn something. Just get Gooinat to help you decipher what it all actually means, analysing is obviously not your strong point.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-01 15:49

      @Krugga - stats can be twisted to suit ANY argument. Stats mean ZERO until CONTEXT is added. Capiche? I think you are the one with 'frailties' in analysis.

      Krugga - 2011-06-01 16:14

      Saffa, where is your team? Meer bek as binnegoed... Funny you should say that about stats as your coach, Rassie is obsessed with it considering he was the first coach in SA to start analysing player performances based on stats, but again, you didnt know that, did you? He actually invented a progam to monitor the players on the field. Ive got a very easy stats related question for you - if the Stompies have the best and most creative backline in SA, why then do they have the second least tries scored in the whole tournament - 23? Put that into context for me please...?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-01 16:30

      @Krugga - if the Cheetahs DO have the most creative backline in the tournament, with their tons of tries why are they not topping the SA conference. Ditto for the Bulls. CONTEXT, old chap, CONTEXT.

      Krugga - 2011-06-01 18:55

      Again, you are not answering my question vlak haas. We were talking about the Stormers backline and were's your team!? Im starting to think you have less an understanding of context than you have of stats...

  • Cire - 2011-06-01 13:45

    Hey Victor - are there seasons on the planet that you come from?

  • crocowild - 2011-06-01 13:49

    I would say that if we want to be successfull we must include the next group of forwards.FrontrowersGuthro Steenkamp,Beast Mtawarira,Brian Mujati,Jannie Du Plessis, John Smit,Bismarck Du Plessis,Adriaan Strauss,Reinhardt Elstadt,Dries Alberts,Danie Rossouw,Andries Bekker,Victor Matfield,Bakkies Botha,Schalk Burger,Heinrich Brussouw,Pierre Spies This guys you can not leave out if you are serious about the world cup.My reserve list will be Deon Fourie,Chiliboy Ralepele,Ryan Kankowsky,Keegan Daniels,Duane Vermeulen,CJ VD Linde,Dean Greyling,Francois Louw. At the back Fourie du Preez,F.Hougaardt,M.Steyn,P.Lambie,J.de Villiers,J.Fourie,J.De Jongh,JP Pietersen, L.Mvovo,G.Aplon,R.Pienaar,F.Steyn and if we can take 30 i will include Sadie and Robert Ebersohn. Reserves and also those like Habana with experience should be no problem.Basson,Sias Ebersohn,Sarel Pretorius and Wynand Olivier and Elton Jantjies might be better as some of those i selected.So as you could see ,we ve got a wealth of talent.Just hope our selectors get it right and the coaching staff is up to scratch.

  • Raka13 - 2011-06-01 13:57

    This was the 2007 squad, there are more than 2 players not playing anymore.. Forwards (16): Bakkies Botha, BJ Botha, Gary Botha, Schalk Burger, Os du Randt, Victor Matfield, Johann Muller, Danie Rossouw, Bob Skinstad, John Smit (Captain), Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Gurthro Steenkamp, Albert Van Den Berg, Wikus Van Heerden, CJ Van Der Linde. Backs (14): Jean de Villiers, Fourie Du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Ricky Januarie, Percy Montgomery, Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Andre Pretorius, Francois Steyn, Ashwin Willemse.

  • Grunk - 2011-06-01 14:03

    Show me the form and probable team make up - as well as those players not on the injury list by that time - halfway through the Tri-Nations and then we will have a reasonable idea of our strengths (and weaknesses). Until that time you can think, hope and say what you want but whether it's anywhere near reality is a different story.

  • Common_Sense - 2011-06-01 14:59

    Urrmm weren't the rules changed in order to force teams like ours and England to change their style because it was becoming boring? There are aspects of Springbok rugby that will always contribute to a win but as the new rules have shown, you have to be willing to adapt. Box kicking is simply not going to cut it against quality teams like Aus and NZ. Nor is crashing it up, lack of vision and inferior handling skills like our fellow antipodeans. Still we can always rely on Sunny Bill to throw a few risky off loads, can't we P-dummy?

  • JoeStormer - 2011-06-01 21:07

    Victor, don't be modest, you know you gonna lift the Super 15 cup soon

      Brent - 2011-06-02 00:09

      Bro lets see if yr team can get past the Waratahs and Sharks first hehhhe

  • Brent - 2011-06-02 00:06

    GUYS i think we should give Mr Paul Treu an opportunity to coach the 15 man game (Springboks) ...Then lets us see some running rugby we all tired of the BLOU BUL 10 man rugby alles stop by Morne

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