Rugby World Cup 2011

White: Boks missed Brüssow

2011-10-12 20:48
Jake White (File)

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Jake White believes Heinrich Brüssow's injury early in the Springboks' clash against the Wallabies proved costly.

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The Boks crashed out of the tournament with a narrow 11-9 loss in Wellington on Sunday.

Brüssow left the field early in the first half with a rib injury, and White feels it was a massive blow to the Boks' fortunes.

Australia's flanker David Pocock had a field day, stealing many a Springbok ball - albeit with a bit of help from referee Bryce Lawrence - to prove how vital a "fetcher" is in the modern game.

White was in the past renowned for not believing a "fetcher" is necessary, but seems to have changed his stance on the issue. 

"David Pocock had a massive influence on the game. Many may think it's a big statement for me, but Heinrich Brüssow's departure from the field and how much the Wallabies missed Pocock against Ireland (when Ireland won 15-6), showed how important a fetcher is in this World Cup," said White on his website, RugbyXV.

White also lauded the performance of South Africa's Schalk Burger in New Zealand. "Schalk Burger showed again why he is such a phenomenal rugby player. For me, he was by far the best South African player at the World Cup, and that was highlighted by his showing against the Wallabies," said White.

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