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Div: It's not a trainsmash

2010-07-11 22:30

JJ Harmse

Auckland – At least we can’t get any worse.

That was the reaction of Springbok coach Peter de Villiers after Saturday’s 32-12 defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park.

The Boks could not score a single try and at times it looked as if they did not belong on the same field as the home team.

By contrast the All Blacks scored four tries and even gained a bonus point that may ultimately prove decisive in the competition.

“There is no panic. We know we were poor and it can’t get worse,” De Villiers said afterwards.

He refused to acknowledge the negative aspects of the defeat.

“It was not a trainsmash. It was the first game of the tournament and we weren’t the best team on the field. There is nothing that happened that we cannot fix,” said De Villiers.

He admitted that things would have to be sorted out quickly.

“These things happen and it had nothing to do with our preparation. We just did not play well. The All Blacks made their own luck and got it. Well done to them, they did very well.”

De Villiers believes the big difference was that the Boks allowed themselves to be dominated.

“We can still determine our success in the rest of the tournament and it’s still in our hands. We know what to fix,” said the coach.

“At least we scrummed well.”

Springbok captain John Smit admitted that they were dominated.

“We did not pitch and never switched on. It’s frustrating and hurts. We weren’t competitive.”

According to Smit they still have an opportunity to put things right in Wellington this coming weekend.

“We have high standards and that is why our performances really hurt. There are lessons to be learned from such bad defeats.”

Smit blamed himself for the two lineouts that the Boks lost.

“I struggled with my throwing for the whole week and both those throws were too low to Victor. He must be annoyed.”

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Comments
  • Bob - 2010-07-11 22:34

    Ja bru....

  • L - 2010-07-11 22:38

    Bring back Frans Steyn!

  • Chris in Oz - 2010-07-11 23:24

    Can't get any worse? It will be much worse next week. In this game the AB's expected the Boks to come out firing. It took them about 10 to 15 minutes to realise the Boks didn't turn up and only then did they start to play their game. Next week they will come out playing their own game and smashing the Boks from the kick-off. To have a slim chance of playing better next week, drop Kirchner, Olivier, Januarie, Steenkamp and Du Plessis. At least Bakkies dropped himself. Idiot.

  • PapSak - 2010-07-11 23:30

    “At least we scrummed well.” ?? Het Peter die selfde game as ek gekyk? Vir my gelyk of die AB's ons lekker moeg geskrum het, veral in die eerste helfde. Maar coach is reg, nie nodig vir drastiese veranderinge nie, bring vir Danie in Bakkies se plek met Potgieter oppie bank. Stuur sommer Die Mechanic saam met Bakkies terug huis toe en gee vir Pienaar kans op skrummie. JdV en JF moet senter speel met Aplon op vleuel. Oppie bank moet CJ inkom vir BJ en Hougaardt in Pienaar se plek.

  • Pee-Jay - 2010-07-11 23:37

    How long is John Smith going to remain on the gravy plane? He should have been out of the Springbok team long time ago.

  • Ash - 2010-07-11 23:39

    Get rid of Ricky!

  • von persie - 2010-07-12 00:08

    Die ou maak ga sin nie.Hy praat praat alewig sonder om 'n te dink omtrent sy woorde.Dit is asof hy heentemal van sy kop af is.LOOIJIE GETUK toe say the least.Al wat hy se' is die “There is no panic. We know we were poor and it can’t get worse,”Instede dat hy praat oor hoe hy gaan drastiese verbeteringe volgende week aanbring maak hy eerder onnoostlike warmlug aanmerkings omtrent die span se speel wat in elk geval heentemal niks te doen het met volgede week.En hierdie is die beste wat Suid Afrika kan bemeester in 'n afrigter vir die Bokke.Voeitog die HEERE hoor my!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jon - 2010-07-12 00:42

    Forgotten that 49-0 in Brisbane four years ago?

  • Tommygun - 2010-07-12 00:52

    We can fix it, but are you and your crew the ones capable of fixing it. Spies let me down, what is the goose step for. Victor,Smit and Steenkamp flew into tackles where I thought Spies should have been. Spies and Pienaar have talent but lack the " aggro" to tame the ABs when they are on a roll. I like the Stormers no8 and Kockott. As I said before the ABs have their big game players back this year and we lost four of ours.

  • Louis - 2010-07-12 01:21

    Dit was n trein wat julle getrap het,Wel julle het hard terug aarde toe geval.Julle beter jul huiswerk doen want die AB gaan nie swakker word nie en julle sal met 100% verbeter as julle net moet n punt wil wen.As ek nie opdaag vir werk nie word ek weg gejaag,julle is gelukkig maak julle kak reg en daag op. Trotse maar bitter demoer in South Africa onder steuner.Springbokke maak my trots nou Saterdag wat kom.

  • NT - 2010-07-12 01:28

    I have never been so ashamed to be a South African! Having to explain Bakkies Botha's appalling display of ‘gamesmanship’ with that unnecessary head-but to all the New Zealand supporters in the bar I was in was so embarrassing. In my opinion, Bakkies’ little pathetic act was the start of our downfall and if he is the sort of player we field – well in all honesty - we deserve to be thumped 32- 12. Shame on him, the coach and the selectors for having such an unsportsman like individual as a role model for our youth. I am really glad the idiot has been suspended for 9 weeks. Come on the rest of the Bokke – show what we are really made of and have a clean game ion Wellington this weekend.

  • Lekke Divvie! - 2010-07-12 02:27

    He sounds like a politician from Africa......everything can be fixed! You might just get a surprise Div it might not be that easy and simple. You see Div your biggest problem is your big mouth and ego. Henry doesn’t have a big mouth you are the clown in this circus mate! You are stuck with your old mates John Smit, Matfield, Chilliboy, Butch, Januarie, Bakkies, Spies and Rossouw that you are too afraid to drop.Matfield is your business partner for crying out loud. At least Bakkies got rid of himself....again! When will you see that Spies is overrated and Smit just another passenger like Chilliboy and January? Matfield and Rossouw are the only 2 players in your “happy family” that deserves their spots at the moment. You let Grant go overseas and go for Butch James!?Maybe it was another ars#hole McIntosh selection? You and your team are arrogant and will not win this coming Saturday. It is clear that the players is running the show.Matfield has an ego problem for years and his typical Pretoria BBull attitude will not work at this level. Can SARU PLEASE get an interpreter for de Villiers at press conferences? He is an fkn embarrassment to SA.

  • mark hewitt - 2010-07-12 02:43

    I am afraid it can get worse Mr SA Coach. In NZ we are very tough on our team when they lose. If we lost after that performance, we would have wondered why the game plan didn't change. Really 4 tries to nil was a hiding. Could have been worse if it wasn't for some desperate defense from you guys. Laughable with comment at least we scrummed well. Completely outplayed in all areas from where i was watching. Your captain played fantastic, the rest were very average. Hope test two is the same. Sorry

  • mike - 2010-07-12 02:44

    Agree with old Div but the one area which has me very concerned it we don't have a fetcher in the team. Think it might be time to drop Schalk and give the fetcher role to Louw, bring in either Danie or Dewald at 7. The rest of the team can stay put as long as JdV does some tackle practice this week!!!!

  • mark hewitt - 2010-07-12 02:47

    sorry last email. could you please change my comments about captain playing well. Sorry i meant Victor Matfield played fantastic. I thought Matfield was captain. He should be cos he leads from the front. Fantastic player.

  • Bull Down Under - 2010-07-12 03:31

    "Not a train smash, at least it can't get any worse"! What planet are you from, we were whitewashed, 4 tries to 0, if you think it can't get worse it might be 52-12 next time! Get rid of january and Butch james for starters!

  • jacques - 2010-07-12 04:50

    Coach with bo pride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AJ - 2010-07-12 05:11

    48th minute - SA is a few points behind. SA have a 5 meter attacking scrum option in front of posts due to penalty. Even with supposedly great pack etc and playing to our strength, we choose 3 points with a kick. I knew the game was over then. ANY TEAM would have backed themselves to go for a try then to bring the scores almost level. Not the Springboks though.... poor attitude,.

  • Wazz Up? - 2010-07-12 06:42

    Div..... Changes are needed and it's now!! Danie Rossouw a MUST!!!! JdVilliers to move back to 12, Aplon in at 15 and Kirchner to 14 as he is safe under the high balls..... Januarie to move to the bench with Pienaar in at 9..... As you said "at least we can't get any worse"

  • Brakkies - 2010-07-12 06:44

    Scrummed well with wings on flank.... Time for Bakkies to pack it in as clearly he does not understand the concept of "team"...

  • hans - 2010-07-12 06:48

    World Champions (4 tries) vs World Cup Champions (4 penalties) - prove me wrong!!!!! Get rid of Smit,Matfield,De Villiers (both),Habana,January,James!!!!!

  • Spliff - 2010-07-12 06:52

    It is never a train smash... The team sucked, get the combination's right for a change!

  • Brit - 2010-07-12 06:59

    We cant play a center on wing??? And please get Frans Steyn back, and use him! Zane is the next Johan Roets he is not on Springbok level!

  • Irish leprechaun - 2010-07-12 07:00

    John Smit en Januarie is duidelik oorgewig en stadig,Pierre Spies moet die week bietjie tyd saam die duiksakke spandeer-sy verdediging was pateties.Bakkies moet erenstig besin anders gaan hy sy legendestatus verloor,hy moet res van die jaar rus en volgende jaar sy energie positief aanwend.Is Chlli die 2de beste???Francois Louw het weggeraak tussen die wereldklas spelers,Potgieter is ook nie die antwoord nie,ons kort ervaring en kwaliteit daar-PdV sit meT n probleem want die bokke kan ook nie Danie daar kies vir saterdag nie want hul lostrio is te atleties en vinnig vir ons om 23 slotte op die veld te stuur.ONS BENODIG N FETCHER!!!!!!!Wikus v H se ervaring word onderskat.Gee Hougaard n kans op skrumskakel saterdag,want sonder vinnige skoon bal sal die bokke weer slae kry.Daar was saterdag te min spelbrekers in die die span(Brussuow,Aplon,Pienaar,Hougaard,Frans Steyn,Bismarck)

  • Irish leprechaun - 2010-07-12 07:01

    John Smit en Januarie is duidelik oorgewig en stadig,Pierre Spies moet die week bietjie tyd saam die duiksakke spandeer-sy verdediging was pateties.Bakkies moet erenstig besin anders gaan hy sy legendestatus verloor,hy moet res van die jaar rus en volgende jaar sy energie positief aanwend.Is Chlli die 2de beste???Francois Louw het weggeraak tussen die wereldklas spelers,Potgieter is ook nie die antwoord nie,ons kort ervaring en kwaliteit daar-PdV sit meT n probleem want die bokke kan ook nie Danie daar kies vir saterdag nie want hul lostrio is te atleties en vinnig vir ons om 23 slotte op die veld te stuur.ONS BENODIG N FETCHER!!!!!!!Wikus v H se ervaring word onderskat.Gee Hougaard n kans op skrumskakel saterdag,want sonder vinnige skoon bal sal die bokke weer slae kry.Daar was saterdag te min spelbrekers in die die span(Brussuow,Aplon,Pienaar,Hougaard,Frans Steyn,Bismarck)

  • Piet - 2010-07-12 07:01

    Underperformers this week was Bakkies Botha (need I say more), Francois Louw (just not the performance we expected) and Jean DV (defence was shocking). We lacked a full team effort and the ABs outplayed us. Dont know if our game plan was the correct one.... gave them too much ball to play with. We need better continuity!

  • Irish leprechaun - 2010-07-12 07:02

    John Smit en Januarie is duidelik oorgewig en stadig,Pierre Spies moet die week bietjie tyd saam die duiksakke spandeer-sy verdediging was pateties.Bakkies moet erenstig besin anders gaan hy sy legendestatus verloor,hy moet res van die jaar rus en volgende jaar sy energie positief aanwend.Is Chlli die 2de beste???Francois Louw het weggeraak tussen die wereldklas spelers,Potgieter is ook nie die antwoord nie,ons kort ervaring en kwaliteit daar-PdV sit meT n probleem want die bokke kan ook nie Danie daar kies vir saterdag nie want hul lostrio is te atleties en vinnig vir ons om 23 slotte op die veld te stuur.ONS BENODIG N FETCHER!!!!!!!Wikus v H se ervaring word onderskat.Gee Hougaard n kans op skrumskakel saterdag,want sonder vinnige skoon bal sal die bokke weer slae kry.Daar was saterdag te min spelbrekers in die die span(Brussuow,Aplon,Pienaar,Hougaard,Frans Steyn,Bismarck)

  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-07-12 07:02

    But it wasnt supposed to be like this. As per the posts on this site last week, the boks just had to turn up!!!!

  • Joe - 2010-07-12 07:08

    Bakkies is the worst player of all time, streetfighter, dirty, a disgrace to S.A sport.ALL BLACKS STILL THE BEST IN WORLD RUGBY!!!

  • Michael - 2010-07-12 07:13

    No tries!! That is a train smash.

  • Sharksfan88 - 2010-07-12 07:22

    Agreed bring back Frans Steyn and Drop Kick Ricky January back to the Cape.

  • Buks - 2010-07-12 07:22

    Too many has-beens and never-will-be's in that team. @L - You cant be serious!

  • TP - 2010-07-12 07:24

    Behalwe vir John Smit - nie spelende kaptein. Ricky - kan nie die skop game speel om 1. druk te verlig 2. Ons spelers kans gee om onder die bal te kom nie. Jean moet senter speel...ja waars Frans Steyn...dan hoef ons nie te worry nie

  • Mmmm - 2010-07-12 07:25

    Thanks for helping us losing this one, Bakkies...

  • Wimpie - 2010-07-12 07:26

    As I said previously too many WP/ Stormers players in the team. Now I have been proven correct! What a useless bunch of idiots.

  • MartinH - 2010-07-12 07:27

    When is SA going to learn!!! Rugby is game that evolves continuously. Wayback when SA won the world cup by kicking the ball into the opposition and chasing it up. What IDIOT (January) thinks you can do that against a team like NZ who's coaching team are the masters of studying the game and changing it to suit their own game. Two tries were scored against SA because of this outdated tactic. If you really have to kick possession away rather give them a lineout and face the onslaught with an organized defence. And I hate to bring this up ONCE AGAIN, people of colour please breed us another scrumhalf or another hero so that Pink-das can drop 10th rated January.

  • Anon - 2010-07-12 07:42

    @Joe i couldnt agree more, if he is like that on the field what is he like off the field? And people want bakkies botha as a role model for kids. you know how the SA hate the Oz, and any team who plays against Oz will be supported. Simple for me now. If bakkies is on the team, I will vote for the opposing team. Bakkies is a disgrace. Thank the Lord never support the blue bulls.

  • exoteric - 2010-07-12 07:42

    Its exactly this kind of attitude ' At least we cant get any worse' from PDV that we dont need, too easy to blame the whole team, we were comprehensively outplayed in every department a total shocker, just like the sevens rugby, heros to zero in one game/season (in the case of the sevens)

  • Paul the OCT - 2010-07-12 07:43

    The only way you will win coming Saturday is if you had a red face after the disgusting perfomance last Saturday. And Bakkies you should never be allowed to put on a National Jersey again. Regards Paul the OCT

  • adrian - 2010-07-12 07:45

    Poorly prepared - not motivated. Thought they could just arrive and win. Must realise that everyone wants to beat them as world champs and must be on top of their game. Poor selections resulted in disorganised display. Jean deV not a wing and it showed - January slowest service delivery (worse than government) puts pressure on backline. Olivier once again proved cannot play at this level (how much that January contributes to this is debateable). Need more pace in backline. Bakkies - thanks , your services no longer required.

  • Piet Parow - 2010-07-12 07:49

    @Wimpie, weet jou pa jy is besig om met sy laptop te speel?

  • Tank - 2010-07-12 07:51

    Ons het nooit opgedaag vir die toets nie. Mens kon van die begin af sien die bokke het gedink hulle moet net opdaag en alles sal reg wees, dink dit was n vout om so laat oor te vlieg en dan die manne te los dat hulle elke dag laat slaap. Dit het gelyk of daar geen game plan was nie en die pak voor spelers het nog op die veld geslaap niemand was gefokus nie.Spies en kie was nie lus vir speel nie en die agterlyn het toe klippe gekou. Maar ek dink dit is n goeie ding wat gebeur het, nou kan div en die bokke dalk wakker word en sien dat niemand gan terug staan vir die bokke nie.

  • Roy - 2010-07-12 07:52

    We lost because of a dirty player,Bakkies Botha.Knowing what a dirty player he is why is he still being chosen to play for South Africa.Provocation or not he should be the "christian"he makes himself out to be and not let opposition players intimidate him.

  • RRR - 2010-07-12 07:53

    To all the Bulls and Stormers players a question:: Why is it that when the Springboks win it is the Bulls and Stormers that won the game but now that the Springboks lost nobody say anything about it is the Bulls and Stormers that lost the game????

  • shane - 2010-07-12 07:57

    Its exactly this kind of attitude ' At least we cant get any worse' from PDV that we dont need, too easy to balme the whole team, we were comprehensively outplayed in every department a total shocker, just like the sevens rugby, heros to zero in one game/season (in the case of the sevens)

  • Laeveld Stormer - 2010-07-12 07:58

    Well done to the All Blacks, you truely outplayed us. Had a better game plan, more confidence and better execution. Now, Div how do you fix this? My 2c... De Jong to partner Fourie (that would make our midfield attack more potent and no problem with de jong on defence) Aplon on fullback or wing. But if we play aplon on wing, kirchner will be in the team and if we play Aplon on fullback, who do we play on wing? All our supposed spingbok wings are injured (I'm saying supposed because I never thought any of them were good enough) Maybe play Bjorn Basson, Gerhard vd Heever, Francois Hougaard? I don't know... All I know is that if we pitch up that we did this coming weekend our 3N will be over and I'll only be watching CC.

  • P Div - 2010-07-12 08:01

    oh bliksem.....sal maar vir Rose moet terugbring and move Ricky to prop

  • ian - 2010-07-12 08:02

    We simply did not pitch. When Spies got the ball, he hardly ever "just took off" as he is capabale of doing. He waited for them to arrive and tackled like a fariy. January, VERY average, DeVilliers had a bad game on the wing, Louw was not up to the pace. What the hell happened to our defense???? We need to get our act together this week AND WIN or we can kiss our TriNations title goodbye.

  • henk - 2010-07-12 08:03

    Div, het ons na dieselfde game gekyk ou maat? hou aan om vir john smit, ricky januarie. butch james, guthro steenkamp te kies en jy gaan jou gat in elke wedstryd sien. en kry sommer so gou moontlik plaasvervangers vir jacques fourie en bryan habana ook. fourie is te dik en habana dink hy doen die land 'n guns om rugby te speel. julle was in kort pateties en het te windgat geraak omdat julle skoolspanne soos frankryk en italie gewen het. jou spankeuses is net so pateties. jy moet jou persoonlike strond met frans steyn uitsorteer.

  • Blikperd - 2010-07-12 08:04

    Was Wynand Olivier op die veld???

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