Boks did 'particularly well'

2011-08-17 11:13

Gavin Rich -  SuperSport

Johannesburg - All Black assistant coach Steve Hansen disagrees that the Springbok defeat to Australia last week was a train smash for the South Africans in their World Cup build-up.

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On the contrary, considering the length of time some of the players had been out of the game, he felt John Smit’s team had done “particularly well”.

“How do you judge the Boks on last week? Some of their players had been out for quite a while, so considering that some of them hadn’t played for eight weeks, and were clearly short of a gallop, I think they did particularly well,” said Hansen.

“The Springboks have clearly made a decision that they are running their own course, that the Tri-Nations is not their tournament this year, and that is fair enough. It was probably the right decision too because the Super 15 was brutal and quite clearly the players who competed in it can benefit from having a break.”

Hansen feels the five changes the Boks have made for Saturday’s clash with his team at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium were directed towards giving players a chance to show they could fit into the Bok plans. That said, he hinted that some of the selections would improve the Boks.

“I think they just want to use this opportunity to see how some players could fit in. But we know from Super Rugby that Willem Alberts is a big hitter and could make an impact, and the selection of Morne Steyn suggests they will be hitting us with an aerial game,” he said.

Another player who Hansen clearly feels will improve the Bok effort on Saturday is Bismarck du Plessis, though he did take care to not be seen to be criticizing Springbok captain John Smit, who is on the bench for this game.

“Bismarck is one of the best hookers around. He is more mobile, which means he is probably better defensively, he brings a lot of physicality, he is great over the ball and good at making turn-overs, just like (All Black hooker) Andrew Hore. Like Smit he is also a good scrummager, so it is good for the Boks to have them as they are both good players, just like our hookers.”

The All Blacks have arrived in the country with eight top players out, but the Crusaders came to South Africa and beat the high-riding Stormers with basically a second string side in the league phase of Super Rugby. Hansen believes there are enough senior players on this trip for the All Blacks to still win.

“I think we have prepared as well for this game as we have for any game over the past eight years,” he said.

“There are still a lot of senior guys who are here and the rest of the players are relying on them for leadership.”

A lot has been made this year of the playing schedule’s impact on the players and many see that as the main motivator for the Bok decision for the overseas leg and the All Black decision for this game to rest frontline players. However, Hansen issued a reminder that the travel load played as big a role when he spoke about Conrad Smith’s decision to ask if he could stay behind in New Zealand to play a provincial game.

“One of the reasons that some of the top players didn’t come was because of the travel. They have all carried big travel loads this year and that does take something out of you,” said Hansen.


  • jk - 2011-08-17 11:20

    nothing nasty to say about us or snorre- boring, tell us that you gonna beat us with 10 points man

  • Raka13 - 2011-08-17 11:20

    Well Mr Handsom, we only lost on the scroreboard remember?

  • willie werkie - 2011-08-17 11:26

    Of course Hanson will say this. And after the match he will remind us that it was an All Black B-team that beat the Boks.

  • Airborne68 - 2011-08-17 11:30

    At least we have one point on the log.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 11:31

    ''Boks did 'particularly well''. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

      jk - 2011-08-17 11:34

      but we did....

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-17 11:44

      ...did well..?? ....they lost...!! ........he he he he he he he he he he he he ..!!!!!!

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-17 11:44

      Yes, you did. You lost only with 5 points.

      MrMojoRising - 2011-08-17 12:49

      Te veel Blou Bulle in die span . . .

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-17 16:29

      ...te veel Stormer-WP-Losers-Suckers in die span... ...WP = 10 year losers...!! ...and counting....

      Dragonpig - 2011-08-18 10:01

      ''considering they haven't played for so long'' I will agree with that, I never really expected a win but when you take out the ring rustyness, dropped balls, etc we looked decent. . . just need to be more accurate which comes with game time

  • Chief Kok - 2011-08-17 11:43

    Can Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith plz keep their mouths shut!!! Since when are we talking so much before a test match?!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 11:51

      Hulle smeer maar net so n bietjie botter om Snorre se bek.

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-17 11:55

      Gaan dit help. Daar is te veel snor. Hehehe.

      Wormtongue - 2011-08-17 12:41

      Kok if you are a Saffa, the AB coaches would be "them". You seem so confused regarding what you can lay claim to, that I hope you remember to only play with your own "kok". Making associations between things that actually have no connection (e.g. yourself and the ABs) could in some sense be considered a mental disorder.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 11:46

    Damn, why was my comment removed? Frikkin agents. It was an uplifting comment as well. Pffft.

      jk - 2011-08-17 11:51

      see you at newlands on friday saffa- have you got a grand stand ticket for me?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 11:53

      @jk - only have season tickets - Craven stand seating. Going to be pouring with rain again.

      jk - 2011-08-17 11:56

      ok, gonna get a grand stand ticket then

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-17 11:57

      Ek gan oek yt stiek. Ek sit oek grand stand, want ek kan dit bekostig.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 12:04

      @Chief Kok - I sat on the grandstand for many years. Then I started preferring the Craven stand seating after seeing the facilities there. If you were female you might understand my reasoning. Otherwise it's a suite - depends.

      jk - 2011-08-17 12:08

      kok- wie gee om kok, R80 is hardly spending...

      Durasmart - 2011-08-17 12:27

      @saffa. Enjoy Newlands on Friday. I will be sitting on the grand stand in PE on Saturday, row 18 on the 5 metre line. Close to the game, but still high enough to have a great view of the whole field.

      jk - 2011-08-17 12:32

      durasmart- who cares

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 12:42

      @Durasmart - Enjoy it!- I believe PE is absolutely rocking already - festival atmosphere the whole week apparently, all guest houses booked etc etc. It should be incredible! If things look as though they are going horribly wrong - please take one for the team and the nation and invade the field. (You know what to do, hahahaha) @Chief Kok - on hot,sunny days that railway stand is hell with the full out sun. Level 1 especially! @jk - The ticket prices have been very fair this year - both for the S15 and CC.

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-17 12:43

      @durasmart: You'll be surrounded by alot of AB supporters. They predict their will be close to 20k AB supporters in the stadium on Saturday. But don't worry, we are good chaps and won't hurt you.

      jk - 2011-08-17 12:47

      saffa- its too cheap, they need to increase it so oaks like kok & maori and all the bulls can stay away

      Wormtongue - 2011-08-17 13:11

      Kok you have an awful lot of travelling to do to get to Newlands, don't you...

      jk - 2011-08-17 13:52

      2 trains and 4 taxis, just to see kokkies beloved wp

      Wormtongue - 2011-08-18 06:17

      No, Kokkie/Maori requires more than land travel to enjoy rugby at Newlands... And hugely ironically not coming from New-Zealand.

  • The Hock - 2011-08-17 11:47

    Maybe he didn't watch the second half of the game, when almost all the SA players showed their age and/or lack of fitness and/or drive to win and/or basic ball skills. Or he's playing mind-games... or maybe this is some kind of semi-facetious NZ humour.

  • sharkbait - 2011-08-17 11:49

    Hang on guys... a little bit of faith here... The Boks, very rusty, against a very strong Aussie side, only lost by 5 points. If you don't think that was a decent result, you don't understand the game and are just making insulting comment to cover your lack of knowledge.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 11:53

      It's one thing if the Bok coach is happy with losing, but quite another if the supporters are.

      O-Kay - 2011-08-17 12:09

      I know nothing about rugby and I'm a girl, but I like to watch. I think they played really badly. Last week when I watched the all blacks play, you could see their plays being used. It was a technical game and they succeeded, so maybe I was watching a different game than you this week?

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 12:18

      My meisie, dan moet jy kom sodat oom Bull vir jou n bietjie kan 'touwys maak'. As jy verstaan wat ek bedoel. :-)

      jk - 2011-08-17 12:34

      o-kay- ek is n ou hand in die rugby wereld, ek sal meer weet as enige bul ondersteuner. coffee?

      Raka13 - 2011-08-17 12:34

      Dozer- O-kay sou geval het vir jou chat-up line, maar die "oom" gedeelte dink ek het dit ruineer.

      jk - 2011-08-17 12:40

      o-kay- moet nie na die nare ou perverse manne op die site luister nie, as jy enige iets wil weet, vra net...

      The Hock - 2011-08-17 12:48

      I think (or hope) most rugby fans in SA are 100% behind the Boks for every game and remain faithful in their team. We can all see the good things that came out of Saturday's Test but let's be realistic that we did not do "particularly well", for the most capped team in Bok history. Obviously they are rusty and will improve but second half, for me, was just a bit disappointing.

      O-Kay - 2011-08-17 12:49

      lol, you guys sure are funny!! I support the Stormers.... who still wants to teach me???

      Tools1 - 2011-08-17 13:17

      Whoa I heard most female stormer supporters are hermaphrodites, its in the warter you see. If this is the fact im sure Saffa and jk will be smitten.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 13:35

      Raka, dis om die 'sugar daddy effect' te enhance.

      O-Kay - 2011-08-17 13:38

      @Tools, you're a tool! Fortunately for me, I don't live there then! :D You don't have to live in the area to support the team. Fool Tool!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-17 13:39

      @Tools1 - I am 100% female old chap, always have been (and I'm pretty sure of that - I have just checked again) - So sorry - no 'smitten' happening. I believe the water problem is in exposed by various reports on Carte Blanche - the Limpopo Blue Bulls might in fact be, the Limpopo Blue Boobs? @Lloyd.....profile yourself oom - hahahahahaha.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 13:57

      SAFFA, if one looks at my vast knowledge, I'm sure there are a lot of people on this forum who think I'm a oom.

      jk - 2011-08-17 14:14

      o-kay- im the biggest stormers/wp fan in the world ever, now i just hop you live in the cape... but i only do home teaching, that o-kay with you?

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 14:19

      Kay, jk only has one pick-up line that works for him: ''Does this smell like chloroform to you?''

      jk - 2011-08-17 14:32

      dozer- half of your so called buddies here got no clue what you just said, and by the way, that always works...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 14:40

      Ha ha ha jk.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-17 21:22

      Oh, I thought JK's chat-up line was: can I buy you another stroh rum, or do I look good enough already?

  • pensioner - 2011-08-17 11:53

    I think that with his comments, Steve Hansen is polishing his marble for the Springbok coaching position when de Villiers get fired after the World Cup.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 11:54

      I'm not sure he's interested.

  • skek - 2011-08-17 11:56

    So begins the foreplay before the main event.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-17 12:07

    Sensible comments....but what makes me think he is blowing smoke up Div's arse?

  • StBad - 2011-08-17 12:13

    Very diplomatic...

  • bosegoos - 2011-08-17 12:14

    I like Hansen's sense of humor.

  • BlueSilver - 2011-08-17 12:29

    Victor, Victor, his our man!!! If he can't do it, no one can!! Go Bokke!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 12:30

      So n bek moet jam kry! Go Captain Victorious! Go Bokke!

      jk - 2011-08-17 12:48

      raven- zip it for once please

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 13:07

      jk laat ek daaroor dink.... nee

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-17 13:13

      jk, gaan speel, grootmense praat nou!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 13:17

      Ja jk gaan gou, voor ons die lammervanger op jou sit.

      jk - 2011-08-17 13:55

      raven & silver de lange- wie sou nou ooit kon dink dat julle tweetjies mekaar op n wp site sou ontmoet...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 15:42

      Ai jk what to do with you... sorry to inform you but sport24 is not a WP site and this article is about the Springboks. Try to keep up?

  • - 2011-08-17 12:39

    mind games

  • Wallaby - 2011-08-17 12:47

    The Kiwis are playing your minds you idiots! And you're falling for it!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 13:19

      Mêêê go catch a sheep... idiot

      Wallaby - 2011-08-17 13:37

      BlueRaven: the only 'sheep' we caught were in Durban on Saturday. No need for any sheep this side. I have a hot Aussie babe to keep me company.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 13:47

      uh huh! So you say...

      jk - 2011-08-17 13:57

      wallaby- whats her name? blueraven?

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 15:26

      No her name is jk, short for Joachim Koekemoer

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-17 21:26

      Now that explains what happend to our sheep.

  • Ozman - 2011-08-17 12:57

    All Blacks 52 - South Africa 18

  • henk v - 2011-08-17 12:57

    of course they will praise snorre and his old team. as long as they are in control of sa rugby, the boks will be NO worry at all for the all blacks!

  • Sprover - 2011-08-17 13:39

    Hansen is practising his line for when the All Blacks choke in the World Cup : "It is a shame it had to end like this but, we did particularly well..."

  • Totman - 2011-08-17 14:07

    Yes, I agree. They won on the field, but lost on the scoreboard...........why does it sounds so familiar?. Did I heard it somewhere? Maybe, hopefully, o..please let it be a better game. Hopefully, just maybe, with the grace of....... they will play better. I can save a lot if I know the WC is going to be like their previous game. R 559 p/month on Dstv alone. Never mind the bets.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 16:25

      Keep the faith Totman, just keep the faith :)

  • Alltainted - 2011-08-17 14:16

    Must have watched a different game to me!!

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