News24

Du Preez advice lifts Hougaard

2010-08-29 22:32

Stephen Nell

Pretoria – Fourie du Preez may not be able to play for the Springboks at present, but still had a hand in South Africa’s victory over the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

For the second Saturday in a row, the injured Bok scrumhalf assisted Francois Hougaard with some valuable pre-match advice prior to the big Test. And the youngster has shone on each occasion.

“We had a coffee prior to the game again this week and spoke about what I should do. Fourie has been a great help. He’s a great guy on and off the field,” said Hougaard, who was named man of the match.

The 22-year-old scrumhalf had a creative hand in three of the Boks’ five tries and also pulled off a big tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper in the second half to prevent a try that could have swung the match in the Aussies’ favour.

Hougaard’s performance even won him praise from opposite number Will Genia.

“He has big boots to fill and is doing well,” said the Wallaby scrumhalf.

Hougaard viewed the Test as the highlight of his short career to date, but was still not satisfied with the performance.

“I started with a poor kick, but my passing and decision-making was better than last week,” he said.

What was his favourite moment in the Test?

“I’d say that last break when I sent Pierre (Spies) away and JP (Pietersen) scored. I knew then that there is not enough time for the Wallabies to come back and score another try,” said Hougaard.

“The team is right at the top of my list of highlights. It was very special and I never thought I’d be named man of the match. It’s pretty special to be the man of the match, especially at Loftus Versfeld and in Victor Matfield’s 100th Test.”

Hougaard said the key was to stay calm after the Wallabies had touched down twice inside the first five minutes. The Boks had also decided to make Saturday’s Test a new beginning after four straight losses.

“Our view was that ‘what happened is in the past’ and we are looking forward. It was important to kick it off on a positive note. It is a big confidence-booster.”

Sport24

Comments
  • IZ IT - 2010-08-29 23:35

    HOUGAARD YOU HAD A BLINDER ON SAT,BUT I CANT WAIT FOR SIR FDP TO RETURN.(YOU MUST SHIFT TO WING THEN) IF A WORLD XV WAS CHOSEN NOW SIR FDP WOULD BE THE FIRST NAME DOWN,HE CONTROLS THE GAME AND THE OPPOSITION FEAR HIM! TO ALL YOU KIWIS ABOUT TO SAY MCCAW OR CARTER,GO SHAVE A SHEEP..THEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO POLISH HIS BOOTS!

  • Impi - 2010-08-30 06:18

    Man of the match in a wooden spoon play-off game riddled with mistakes. Moerse. Meaningless kicks surrendering possession, poor positional play at the back ... It's a bit early to sing his praises ...

  • Mark - 2010-08-30 06:44

    Wys jou wat se verskil maak jong spelers wat wil Rugby speel!! Bring Bismarckdu Plessis, Dewald Potgieter, Juan de Jongh, Gerhard vd Heever en Bjorn Basson ook in en kyk wat gebeur dan...!!!!

  • Nikki - 2010-08-30 07:22

    Hougaard jou YSTER!!! Watch hierdie outjie nog! Die bulle skrumskakel fabriek hou hulle net aan uitspoeg! Wereld-klas Franna!

  • Guy - 2010-08-30 07:35

    Please send Ricky home now, he is over weight and really is not reliable. PLEASE PLEASE.

  • hasie - 2010-08-30 08:05

    Hougaard jou doring, hoekom het snorre jou nie lankal daar ingesit nie, ek sê lankal met Fourie wat weggaan kan hulle nie 'n fout maak nie. Maar snorre luister nie.

  • ignored by province - 2010-08-30 08:06

    ....a youngster from Province that was ignored by Province.... ...because Province only buy "has-beens"... ......well done Bulls for seeing his potential...

  • Young Bulls - 2010-08-30 08:22

    Great game, now treat yourself to a decent haircut.

  • StormersSupporter - 2010-08-30 08:23

    LOL. I sometimes think people are not watching the correct games. IMHO Hougaard is much better the du preez and played VERY well on Saturday. But the game before that, he was awful. Brilliant when at the rucks, but hardly ever there. I do not think there is much du preez can teach hougaard. He is quick to get the ball out an FAST. Can only imagine in a few years time once he has a lot of experience at scrumhalf. Just wish he would cut his hair. lol

  • Sonny@Impi - 2010-08-30 08:32

    What game did you watch or were you full of booze by the time it started?

  • at Impi - 2010-08-30 09:22

    Impi you are clueless - this kid has enormous talent and will become one of the greats. If you are unable to recognise such, stick to analysing jukskei.,

  • Willo - 2010-08-30 09:24

    He looks really promissing but has some way to go. He's streaks ahead of Guthros's love child Ricky but not quite at Fourie's level yet.

  • MJ - 2010-08-30 09:34

    Poor FDP, the kind of pedestal SA puts him on is absurd. I guess its very easy to do when the entire current team is devoid of any skill at all. The Wobblies do the same for the Quade Cooper. The AB's don't for any player though, the whole team is lethal. The fact that Dan Carter has been playing this whole year with a busted ankle should be pretty frightening for the opposition when he comes back.

  • sparky@impi - 2010-08-30 09:37

    I think you bieng a bit harsh or just stupid.It was a huge game for S.A and he stood up for the challenge.The game was played at a very fast pace with a lot of tries scored from both sides.There are going to be mistakes , but saying that he deserved the man of the match award. I think Guthro , Juan and Jean could have also been considered!

  • @ IZ IT - 2010-08-30 10:21

    Why do u have to shout?

  • Candace - 2010-08-30 10:28

    Die kind is op en wakker, vol passie, rugby en vuur. Baie bedrywig op die veld, skort defenitief nie iets met sy fiksheid en werkverrrigting nie. Ai Habana, die ongeluk ry jou. Hoop jy herwin jou vorm. Ons soek nog n drie sodat jy Joost se rekord kan breek. Moet Habana nie skrumskakel speel en Van den Heever op vleuel nie. Hougaard speel hoe risiko rugby met die dat hy n Jack Russel houding het en gaan seer kry.

  • hopeful - 2010-08-30 11:52

    With this guy coming through, I think we can breathe a sigh of relief - we have a replacement for Fourie! Francois Hougaard has great BMT and it showed against the ABs and now against the Wallabies. He is a fantastic young player. If you can pick him, Fourie and Ruan as the scrumhalves for 2011, we can rest assured. Just keep fat-ass Januarie out! Francois Hougaard - write that name down; he is going to become a big player.

  • Ross - 2010-08-30 12:20

    if january makes it into the world cup squad im gona vomit. fdp and hougaard are weeks ahead of him and if he is in the squad i dont know how the other okes can play seriously with him in the squad

  • @ hopeful - 2010-08-30 13:45

    That's what people said about Januarie and they were right, he became a very big player

  • @Young Bulls and others - 2010-08-30 14:47

    what the hell is up with you guys and hougaards hair. why dont you tell matfield to cut his maybe then he will be able to tackel.

  • @ "@ hopeful" - 2010-08-30 15:09

    Hope you're making a joke about Januarie's weight, because he never made it big in world rugby. One game don't make you a great player. January has 10% good and 90% bad in his games. HOUGAARD, rock on, jy's die man vir Fourie se skoene in die toekoms. En indien Fourie speel hoop ek jy speel op wing want jy kan. Sien julle bokke in Bloem

  • pages:
  • 1
Report Comment