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Theron predicts special era

2012-06-23 13:25

Johannesburg - Baby Boks captain Wiaan Liebenberg, wearing No 6 on his back, lifted the IRB Under-20 World Cup trophy at Newlands on Friday night.

It was a stark reminder of the historic moment when the 1995 Springbok No 6, Francois Pienaar, led the Boks to World Cup triumph.

Following their 22-16 win over New Zealand in the final, the SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron said that before the match he recalled the only Bok captain to win a World Cup on home soil was Pienaar, and he was tempted to tell the team that it was a good omen that their captain was also wearing number six.

"Before the game I didn't want to say anything for fear of adding to the expectation," said Theron.

"There must be something about the No 6, they seem to be the guys that draw the trophy towards them."

Theron, a former Bok prop, was a highly emotional man after the conquest.

"It's unbelievable. It's the best rugby experience of my life and I've played for the Springboks in 30 Tests but this is very special.

"Words can't describe the feeling. One can see what winning this title meant to the guys, especially after that Ireland loss in our first game when they were burdened with the weight of the nation's expectations on their shoulders.

"Under pressure two things can happen either you scatter apart, or the heat of the moment causes you to gel and you become like a rock and that's what happened.

"It was a wonderful show of typical SA, New Zealand rivalry, and in the first half all the big hits came from them. Our guys came out in the second half and really stood up to the physical contest and there were big hits coming in from our side.

"It was tremendous to see how the guys responded. I can imagine that if these guys stay together, as well as those who couldn't play because of injury, there will be a special era of Springbok rugby ahead.

"The crowd must have been over 35 000 and judging by their support one can say Springbok rugby is alive."

The Cape Town-born and bred flanker Liebenberg savoured the iconic moment by reflecting on the privilege of donning the Springbok jersey.

"It's just a great thing being part of this jersey," said Liebenberg.

"There are so many [players] that have worn this jersey before, and this team is proud to be part of that legacy in South African rugby. This team wanted to tell a story by making history and that's what we did for our country," said Liebenberg.

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Comments
  • jason.children - 2012-06-23 13:35

    Great job lads, Im a truly proud SA Supporter today! Good luck to JDV and his team for the game today! Bokke 4 life!!

      Jan - 2012-06-24 12:48

      Lets no delay. Let the new era starts with Nick Mallet as couch. Enough is enough, let us the rugby supporters start a campaign to install Nick Mallet as Springbok couch before the Championships in August. So please come out in thousands and vote, motivate and support this campaign. Let us sort out what the administrators cannot fix.

  • staal.burgher - 2012-06-23 14:00

    I want to wax lyrically

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-23 14:17

    We've just come put of a special Bok era and look what Regan Hoskins and SARU did with it. Regan has taken zero responsibility for squandering a special crop of players, and he's still in his job notwithstanding that he's taken zero responsibility. What's going to happen next?

  • Ben - 2012-06-23 14:24

    A good coach has a lot to do with it, especially one who understands forward play.

  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-06-23 14:27

    Heading into the right direction yes-that depends how these young guys are managed by their clubs and franchises. Last thing you want is talented players falling through the cracks of the system due to poor management then disappear into the nothing. I think it would be a bit premature to state the 'beginning of a new era' etc etc. It is a possibility heading into 2015 but you have to look at the opposition. NZ have won it in 2008, 09, 10, 11 and runners up this year. So you can imagine how stacked they are in depth against us heading into 2015.

      dawood.timol - 2012-06-23 14:42

      the future boks look good, but if u've seen NZ against Ireland this morning,doesnt look like HM will long be the coach. Aus and the Boks rather not take part in the coming tri-nations. NZ oozes class

      Craven Luyt - 2012-06-23 14:48

      Dear Timol. It is now called the rugby championship with Argentina included. Rugby is obviously not your thing, go be negative elsewhere. Craven

      dawood.timol - 2012-06-23 14:55

      dear LUYTie i'm a realist,unlike you. By any chance, are u family of Louis Luyt, who cleared SA Rugbys coffers, before he left???????????

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-06-23 16:24

      Craven & Luyt were both DICTATORS and was the cause that this country was isolated from the international arena for many years. You almost sounds the same. Don't be judgemental and say that rugby only belongs to a certain sect in SA and you knows everything.

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-06-23 16:59

      Dawood ur are indeed a f*cking idiot! Why dont u & ur boyfriend Shakes go play with each other. Give credit where its due Baby Boks have made history so go cry elsewhere ur excuses are LAME just like u 2 fools!

  • shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-23 14:42

    Ag Dawie, wake up!!! PdV ailso achieved that accolade and failed at the end. It seems you want to be Heineken's successor. Your Bokkies needs to gaze a lot.

      jason.children - 2012-06-23 14:52

      Shakes you are an Idiot! lol there is nothing else to say..............just an Idiot!

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-23 15:09

      Rather an Idiot than A D@@S like you who doesn't know anything.

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-06-23 15:23

      Ag lose the Chip on your shoulder shakes n get behind the boks! We've now won the u19, u20 and u21 world championships as well as 2 world cups (1 AWAY from home...something NZ has yet to accomplish). Screw the negativity n cheer on the champs. On the other hand if you're just another locally based AB \fan\ voicing opinion based on bitterness and resentment then well...u know where to go.

      jason.children - 2012-06-23 15:29

      @Shakes im happy to wear the crown of D@@S at least those are useful! unlike idiots! LMAO

  • paddy.pereira - 2012-06-23 14:45

    Excellent result - following White Jake and PdV before him - did not see it last night but will try to watch a repeat on Supersport after the Boks hopefully slaughter the Poms at 17h00 this afternoon in PE - I am surprised about the withdrawal of the England prop who made things particularly difficult for the Bok front row in last weekends 2nd half . Will have to phone my lighty who is watching in PE this afternoon to see whats potting!!!

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-06-23 15:00

    Dream on you stupid dutchman!

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-06-23 15:16

      Oh and what have YOU achieved? I'll go out on a limb and say LESS than the \stupid dutchman\ ? Would I be correct in assuming this?Let's not forget that the \stupid Dutchmen\ almost single handedly built a country from scratch. I'll ask you again...what have YOU achieved?

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-06-23 17:01

      the koisan did all the building LMFAO!!!!!!

  • tommy.september.3 - 2012-06-23 15:06

    How much did the boks pay the refereee

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-06-23 15:34

      Howz the chip on your shoulder working out for u boet? Lol must suck that you're such a bitter racist that u cannot bring yourerlf to support the country of your birth like WE can...we love it and LOVE the boks!!! Well don't the baby boks!!! You've done your country proud!

      Hannes Truter - 2012-06-23 16:18

      Net so baie soos die aantal voortande wat jy en die wanneby AB supporters van gisteraand het....okkol!!!

      stormers.fanbasefull - 2012-06-23 16:53

      Exactly the same amount as you paid him, only in our case it was to have blow the game fairly. Now piss off to NZ you wanker.

      stormers.fanbasefull - 2012-06-23 16:58

      Exactly the same amount as you paid him, only in our case it was to have blow the game fairly. Now piss off to NZ you wanker.

  • Elizabeth Venter - 2012-06-23 15:21

    wow, im really saddened by the comments on this specific topic. i really thought SA rugby was something that brought us as a nation together. its disheartening to see how sport cannot even keep our people together... really disappointed...

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-06-23 16:04

      Unfortunately elizabeth there are still bitter, narrow minded souls who cannot let go of the past. Even the thaught of supporting a majority white (with a few black and coloured players who are in there on merit n just so happen to be some of the biggest stars but there we go..) fills them with revulsion. They'd rather pull out their front teeth, don an imitation AB rugby jersey and cheer on the silver ferns. (the fact that proper AB fans would sooner piss on these dirty traitors than embrace them as fellow fans seems to have eluded them...probably cos they lack a lil something called loyalty or national pride). They punish the 15 men in their green n gold who are simply playing their hearts out for their country, for the sins of the past. Unfortunately their pea brains havnt evolved to the point where theyve been able to look past the colour of the team and move on. A chip on the shoulder must be a terrible burden to bare! But ag shame, end of the day u have to feel sorry for them...they'll never be able to share in the elation and spoils of bok victory (instead having to wait 24 years for a world cup win on home soil against one of the worst teams in the comp...but thats another story). On that note have u ever seen a scot at a aus/Scotland test wearing an Aussie jersey cheering on the wallabies? Or a kiwi in the red n white of England cheering on the red roses?? No!! Cos it'd look bloody rediculous! N that's what you u local AB fans look like...can u imagine what the international community thinks of u lol..u look like u don't know weather you're Arthur or martha lol!! Pathetic!! Sad!! Ag that's my rant over. So yeah Elizabeth sorry that a few rotten apples seem to thrive on spoilIng the rest of the bunch.

      Hannes Truter - 2012-06-23 16:45

      Who mentioned colour!? Please explain yourself Juliet, as far as I'm aware of, all teeth are white....

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-06-23 17:48

      Romeo. Reorganis your argument. I was actually actually complimenting the players of colour..I called them \stars\ if u remember? The only racist here is u and youve proven that.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-23 21:17

      romeo.kok.7: Agree with you but the same question could be posted to you; How do you expect South Africans to build a nation with people like you who support the all blacks due to your hatred for the Boks because what happened in the apartheid regime? Hope this will get you thinking....

  • Mike - 2012-06-23 15:26

    @ Tommy September. Hope the bitterness wears off sometime in the next few years!

  • reg.nagel - 2012-06-23 20:01

    well done baby boks.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-06-23 20:30

    wat se n capie wat die all blacks support nadat hulle verloor het? massa poeth!

  • charl.koegelenberg - 2012-06-24 15:40

    Tipical sa supporters. One win and you think you are the best...

  • tom.hunter.7792 - 2012-06-25 08:47

    "Dawie Theron said that before the match he recalled the only Bok captain to win a World Cup on home soil was Pienaar" - I don't know if Theron actually said this or if the Sport24 journo is mistaken, but can anyone recall 2004 u-19 World Cup held in Pietermaritzburg? Alistair Hargreaves captained the Baby Boks to a World Cup victory. Well done Baby Bokke on friday, what a game, what a victory!

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