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CJ: Haka motivates Boks

2010-07-15 14:01

Adnaan Mohamed

Wellington - Springbok tighthead prop CJ van der Linde believes the New Zealand haka doesn’t  give the All Blacks an advantage but motivates the Springboks even more so than the All Blacks.

VIDEO: New Zealand haka

Van der Linde will play in his 61st Test against New Zealand at the Westpac stadium on Saturday. The big Free State prop has been included in the starting line-up in the place of the injured Jannie du Plessis.

“I think the haka is a great thing,” Van der Linde said at the Springbok-hotel on Thursday.

“As a small child I watched the haka on TV and always dreamt of facing it one day. I don’t think it gives the All Blacks an advantage at all. I think all it does is psyche up and motivate the opposition,” he said.

The experienced prop says the Boks will still be hurting after last week’s loss 32-12 loss at the hands of the Kiwis and they will be extremely motivated to turn things around this week.

“The nice thing about the Tri-Nations is that if you lose your first game, you still have six game to set the record straight.   Luckily we are able to sort things out within seven days. We studied the video of the last Test and know where we went wrong and where we will have to improve.

The 122 kg prop has been playing his rugby in the Northern Hemisphere the past two years and he believes that that he has learnt quite a bit while playing there for Leinster in Ireland.

“The game is a bit slower there because of the weather conditions. It is not conducive to speeding up the game.  A lot of emphasis is placed on the scrums. I think my scrummaging has improved because of this. Hopefully I will be able to put the experience I have gained to good use in the Tri-Nations and the rest of the games this year.”

Van der Linde believes the Boks don’t have a  problem with their discipline.

“We only conceded five penalties in our last game.  A lot of things have been said about the Bakkies Botha incident. However, that is now something of the past. Our focus is now on Saturday’s game.” he said.

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Comments
  • Piet Parow - 2010-07-15 14:06

    Just win. That's all that matters.

  • Renegade - 2010-07-15 14:06

    I can see that in the test results!! I like this part ' Luckely we are able to sort things out within 7 days. We studied the video of the last test'. Halooo!! Wakker word boetie. Surpise surprise awaits you and your cappie and the coach!!!

  • BakkiesFan - 2010-07-15 14:11

    Remember-New Zealand is not a country, its an island! You know a team is under pressure when after one win they are hyped up as champions of the world. We did that for years in the 2000-2003 period. I am just going to luv the expression on McCaw's face when he is made to explain for their loss on saturday.And then I am going to drive to Aplon's town and mock all the All Black supporters there. HAHAHAHAHA The All Blacks are choker champions of the world. And the Haka is gay.

  • PDV-Hater - 2010-07-15 14:26

    Go All Blacks..!! Go Kiwis..!!

  • Januarie-Hater - 2010-07-15 14:34

    Go All Blacks..!! Go Kiwis..!!

  • Spartan - 2010-07-15 14:36

    hahaha, yea, it motivates them to headbutt, punch, miss tackles, miss-kick penalties, lose focus.....thats why the Ab's do it, but i'm sure even they underestimated the effect that the Haka has on the Boks. The intereting thing about the Boks, they seem to stuggle when they are at the top, its only when they have been humiliated & their backs are against the wall, do they find the determination to play well, bit like a wounded buffalo, I watch them play & I dream of the day that they play like Kings of the Jungle & not wounded Buffalos.

  • Willie - 2010-07-15 14:38

    Lets hope a bulls player doesnt spoil the game for the Boks again this weekend. The bulls player are just undisciplined and wreckless. The Boks cant play against the All Blacks and cater for the bulls players' urges for kakmaak and foul play.

  • Pierre - 2010-07-15 14:40

    Ummm....duuuu.... they only kicked our asses on Saturday, so its a bit arrogant to say teh Boks were motivated by the haka and it did nothing for the Kiwis. If we WON I think you could make such a bald statement. Looks a bit lame now.

  • the prodigy - 2010-07-15 14:43

    what happened last week then, didnt the Boks pay attention when they were doing the Haka?

  • Springbok - 2010-07-15 14:44

    Oh yes, it motivates the boks...that worked well last Saturday....???

  • Spartan - 2010-07-15 14:47

    hahaha ...The Enforcer, my ass!!! more like dunce.

  • Dronkie - 2010-07-15 14:48

    The Boks have the TOI-KAKA

  • webb - 2010-07-15 15:04

    A bit rich CJ - last week the AB looked positively on fire during the Haka whilst the boks looked like rabbits in the headlights. The subsequent match played out exactly the same. Boks need to front up this week-end or it's going to be 2 - nil.

  • AJL - 2010-07-15 15:05

    Surely the Boks should just blow some vuvuzelas while the Haka is being performed?

  • Impi - 2010-07-15 15:08

    Yeh sure, like it motivated Bakkies.

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-07-15 15:08

    bakkiesFan stop being a racist p***k. Would you like it if they made fun of local (e.g. zulu) customs/culture? The moderator must also be slipping up to allow such a degoratory comment to be published.

  • @ Bakkies Fan from Cape Town Boy - 2010-07-15 15:09

    Hey man, can I come with you to Aplon's town to laugh at them when the Bokke win? Ha ha ha , Bokke are the real World Champions!

  • Steve du Toit - 2010-07-15 15:18

    The primitive Haka should be abolished. If there are those who believe it does not have an advantage should then also should wrongly assume that drawing pole position in Formula 1 Racing is likewise Let us do the famous Zulu dance at the very same time then we are equal or in the acendency Steve

  • bok4life - 2010-07-15 15:20

    @Bakkiesfan - all i can say is BOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and yes the haka is gay!

  • Dan - 2010-07-15 15:22

    And all of a sudden the coach is rubbish and the setup is falling apart after one loss. Will he be one of the best ever of the boks win on Saturday? Will John Smit throw better? Will the tight five move forward? Will Ricky deliver faster? Will the backline defend better? Will the collective mindset be a bit more realistic this time?

  • Dan - 2010-07-15 15:23

    And all of a sudden the coach is rubbish and the setup is falling apart after one loss. Will he be one of the best ever of the boks win on Saturday? Will John Smit throw better? Will the tight five move forward? Will Ricky deliver faster? Will the backline defend better? Will the collective mindset be a bit more realistic this time?

  • Bob - 2010-07-15 15:32

    @ BLOUBUL & BAKKIESFAN: BAKKIESFAN wasn't being racist, stop being so damned sensitive! They do make fun of SA culture anyway (they use the "C" word for our blacks and they call white SA'ans "JAAPIES") but who cares! If you cant handle that stuff then you need to dig youself a bunker & hide out in it for the rest of your life. I would make fun of white SA'ans jumping around like Zulu's, wouldnt you? The Haka is ridiculous. If grown men want to wave their arm around & pull funny faces & expect their opposition to fear them or even take them seriously..... well ja. I totally understand the NZ Maori team doing the Haka because it truly is their heritage, but it has just become a show piece when the All Blacks do it. The best responses to the Kaka is when Frans Steyn used to laugh at it, David Campese used to walk away and kick a ball around.

  • wisdom - 2010-07-15 15:40

    to all those supporters that support the all blacks and live in ct... go to new zealand if you love the all blacks so much, its really pathetic, times have changed and its time for us to unite and for only one voice of support, for the legendary BOKKE... if you think australia and new zealand dont have history of racism then you really need to look up ya history...at least the rest of the country will be rejoicing and partying when you guys will be crying... ps bakkies comments above are not racist at all... maybe arrogant but not racist

  • Johan du Bruyn - 2010-07-15 15:54

    wow nothing about the stadiums at least the HAKA is still done not like the Zulu Warrior that got canned and all of a sudden CJ learnt such a lot in the north jeez these articles irritate me

  • JP - 2010-07-15 15:54

    GO BOKS lets show these arrogant all blacks a leason in life thats if the ref does not hate us as usual

  • BakkiesFan@BLOUBUL - 2010-07-15 16:01

    You are a little to sensitive. Cannot believe you think my comment is racist. If it can be classed as derogatory it should rather be classed as "Xenophobic" or "Sexist?" but definately not rascist. Grow up, please. Imagine our Springboks doing a traditional dance before a game. I don't mind the Moari's doing it, but not the All Blacks . And what is a p***k? I know a p**s or a p**p**l, but not a p***k. I hate....sorry let me rephrase that before someone takes offense...i don't like any Saffas who support other countries (in NZ's case Islands) at the expense of our national teams. I don't care how poor that national team of ours may be. Go Bokke, rub their faces in the dirt. Then we can also call them dirty players! heehee

  • Shocked - 2010-07-15 17:13

    I don't understand the guys that only complain here? When The Boks won last year...were their backs against the wall, hey @Spartan? You know there is power in the tongue - so if you continue to only curse, critisize and belittle, what do you expect ? I also believe they messed up BIG time last week, and might again loose, but we will talk again after the World Cup...rmemeber how we performed before the last WC win....poorly! The All Blacks play stunning rugby, but their trophy cabinet is empty!

  • Shocked - 2010-07-15 17:21

    I don't understand the guys that only complain here? When The Boks won last year...were their backs against the wall, hey @Spartan? You know there is power in the tongue - so if you continue to only curse, critisize and belittle, what do you expect ? I also believe they messed up BIG time last week, and might again loose, but we will talk again after the World Cup...rmemeber how we performed before the last WC win....poorly! The All Blacks play stunning rugby, but their trophy cabinet is empty!

  • BC - 2010-07-15 18:04

    If the Bokke are motivated by the Haka I guess they had earplugs in last week and DAN it's not just one loss. They lossed games against UK club sides end of last season ,were poor against Wales and Italy and although the Bokke won it was more because the other sides were weak than because we played well.This side is just wrong - too many 'has beens' and players out of position.I hope we win but my head says no way.

  • Bokfan - 2010-07-15 22:53

    Last week is in the past! Give the Boks another chance. Is that too much asked?

  • Ryan - 2010-07-16 07:34

    The haka is great! Rugby would be duller without it. It seems there is no longer any respect between the ABs and boks fans. Come on guys, we play hard but in the end its the aussies we don't rate. We love playing the boks, and respect them. Maybe times are changing, maybe we shouldn't. We have reason to now.

  • Anti - 2010-07-16 12:40

    I think it was the passionate Haka that made Bakkies see the red haze last week. The cameras focused on him at one point during the Haka and the steam was coming out of the agressive man's ears. They need to control the agression! Having said that - it is a glorious sight.

  • NO,1 - 2010-07-17 02:03

    Have a close look at the picture, totally unfit, 100% 80 minutes BOET

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