Rugby World Cup 2011
Krige: Management cost Boks
Cape Town - Corne Krige, who captained the Springboks to a disappointing Rugby World Cup in 2003 has expressed sympathy for this year’s Bok side, pointing to leadership as a possible cause.
“They had a chance of making history, and they had the talent to do it, but I think they were let down by a weak management team,” Krige told Laureus and Sport24.
A rebuilding phase of sorts awaits for South Africa; not so for Wales, a young team with a very exciting future, according to Krige.
“They’re definitely a team to watch in the next few years,” Krige suggested.
“They should have beaten the French, and I think they would have put up a better show in the final. They are an extremely young team with a very astute coach, and they will be hard to beat in 2015.”
Krige also liked the look of a couple of loose forwards at the World Cup. “I think the usual suspects have been fantastic like Pocock and McCaw,” he said.
“But we have seen a couple of new faces like Sam Warburton and Burger from Namibia play with real passion and commitment.”