Fitzy raves over All Blacks

2010-08-19 13:25

Johannesburg - Legendary former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick admits that he thought the Springboks would have the edge over New Zealand in the current Tri-Nations series, but pointed out where he thought the Kiwis got their noses in front by winning all four of their matches to date with 19 out of a possible 20 log points in the bag.

Fitzpatrick, the only All Blacks captain to lead his side to a series win over South Africa when they won in 1996, is in South Africa as an ambassador for the 2011 Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in September and October next year.

He is part of a New Zealand delegation to create an awareness of the tour among South Africans and also to establish ties at other levels and particularly business as part of the run-in to the World Cup.

Fitzpatrick is obviously looking forward to the Tri-Nations Test at FNB Stadium on Saturday and warns that the All Blacks, despite their two huge wins in Auckland and Wellington, will not have it all their own way.

"A wounded South African side is always dangerous," he said.

Fitzpatrick said the performances by South African sides in the Super 14 and the Boks' world class players like Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield had pointed to South Africa again dominating the Tri-Nations series. Where things went wrong for South Africa was with the injuries and the suspensions, which denied them continuity in team selections and building combinations, Fitzpatrick felt.

About the recent two matches between the two old adversaries in New Zealand Fitzpatrick said that the "Springboks were outplayed and outcoached."

Another reason for the turnaround in performance by the All Blacks this year is that they spend more time studying the game and the opposition, says Fitzpatrick.

"They're masters at the ruck because they're coached to clean out opposition players quicker than anyone else. The All Blacks are also better in the contact are than anyone else and their skills level is another step up.

"They think about the game, and it's not just about spending five hours in the gym for them."

The planning by the All Blacks also has his support.

"I love the way they (the All Blacks) interchange (their team)," he said and specifically referred to the two scrumhalves Piri Weepu and Jimmy Cowan.

"We don't need to develop two teams. They will develop mental hardness come the playoffs in the World Cup," he said.


  • Theo - 2010-08-19 13:32

    Bottom line is we have different value systems to this tosser. Allan Rolland won it for you, pal. But did you win respect???

  • scrum cap - 2010-08-19 13:35

    Wow, what a revelation! How brilliant is Fitzie to state the obvious!? The man's a genius!!

  • jaco - 2010-08-19 13:46

    i wonder why they think the test between the Springboks and NZ are of importance when clearly the biggest rugby match of the weekend is between Grey Kollege and Paul Roos Gym in Bloemfontein - there are usually about twice the number of spectators there as at Curry Cup games - I sincerely hope my alma mater Grey Kollege will create havoc and win by at least 20 points - viva la Grey Kollege

  • John - 2010-08-19 13:49

    Sean Fitzpatrick is the original sneaky All Black and many have followed e.g. Richie. Not sportsman behavior in my books.

  • STORMER - 2010-08-19 13:50

    And I rave about The Boks, who have outplayed and 'outcoached' the All Blacks where it really world cups...

  • @Theo - 2010-08-19 14:03

    Yes, I can't understand this either. The video evidence is there. The stats are there. Is this purely blind patriotism? Are they so used to cheating and getting help from the ref that they actually believe that it's their skills and that alone that makes them win? Or are they just plain stupid? Boggles the mind.......

  • west - 2010-08-19 14:03

    He is correct in mentioning the suspensions and the yellow cards.A full strength bok team will beat the all blacks any day

  • Spartan - 2010-08-19 14:06

    you forgot to mention, out manoeuvred by the IRB & cheated by the Irish ref contingent. Dude you can talk all you want, we are not interested in supporting Paddy O Brians farcical WC in New Zealand. You can steal our games, but you cant steal our money. Go home!!!

  • Tiger - 2010-08-19 14:11

    1st rule of winning over a people when on a PR drive ..... do not p!ss them off ..... how do you think telling everyone that their team is k@k, their coach is k@k and that basically the whole team is stupid and should spend less time in the gym is going to win over any hearts ??? Did your country invest in SA during/after the World Cup Soccer when your team was here? were you here to support them ? Even if you think you have all the answers to our problems, saying it like it is is not always good PR. Now p!ss off back to your cold, wet, dark, poor sh!thole in the middle of nowhere and start re-thinking your approach as well as your teams tactics which have now been exposed to the whole world and will sure as sh!t be watched by all referees. Spend some money and leave Fitzy.

  • @jaco - 2010-08-19 14:12

    Do you truly have to be such a typical Grey College old boy? Pull your head out of the sad you sad fool (and probably your old boy mates as well) Nobody cares about Grey College except yourselves.

  • Makutu - 2010-08-19 14:18

    If the two top teams in the Super 14 were from SA, what was BJ Botha, CJ van der Linde and Butch James doing in the team? Frans Stey went overseas at an early age. He will be richer but his game will decline due to the less competetiveness of the sport in the Northern hemisphere. But hey, our coach just needs to think a little harder! Just a little... I would love to see Lwazi Mvovo and Gerhard van den Heever as wings... Just for interest sake. Enf og year tour still coming though.

  • Polly - 2010-08-19 14:28

    Did anybody "EAR" the joke about Sean Fitzpatrick !!!!!. Of course he will think the All Blacks are great. He was one of the guys that taught them to cheat and "bleat" at the ref. Excuse the pun. For our All Black supporters a pun is a play on words.

  • bull support - 2010-08-19 14:30

    @jaco, nou waaaaaaat het jou kak skole game te doen met SF? Gaan speel liewer met jou tottie en los die forum vir die ooms.

  • Anti - 2010-08-19 14:30

    He seems to have a rather firm grasp of the obvious. (Takes years of experience to master it)

  • Rod Mckenzie - 2010-08-19 14:46

    What mealy mouth bunch of twerps we have for journalists in this country!this article slobbers: Fitzy,the legendary All Black says...Jacque vd Westhuizen in this morning's paper "Richie MacCaw,the best open side flanker in the game...master poacher...The tosser from the Times gushes how good looking McCaw is...!No mention of illegal tactics here,we wouldn't want upset the hallowed visitors before a big game that so kindly graced us with their presence for.When our team goes to AustralASIA they are pilloried, insulted and called clowns.Never mind, they'll be getting the real message Saturday afternoon when 95000 deliver it to them come haka time and then the BOKS will be re arranging a few good looks thereafter!! (ps print that you gutless lot)

  • jaco - 2010-08-19 14:54

    @ bull support - can clearly see you did not attend any school - can clearly see you come from the gutter background your language and response reflects - no one worries about Springboks and AB's at all never mind SF opinion - go back to pre-primary and learn some manners - oh you probably still are in pre-primary

  • RUGGER BUGGER - 2010-08-19 15:06

    I watched the video called "does MacCaw cheat?" which gave about 10 minutes of our last game against the All Blacks. While it was often clear that the AB's go into the rucks from an off-side position, it was also sad to see how several of our tight five forwards hover around the mauls and dont get into maul or put in the effort and "fire" that they should. Its no wonder the AB's hammered us.Our forwards also looked exhausted, especially John Smit.

  • Fed up with SA Morons - 2010-08-19 15:24

    I have had enough of red-neck Safas bleeting on every forum they can find about how they have been cheated by refs, (including their own), McCaw, SANZAR, the IRB. On and on it goes. Dissapointment and knee jerk reactions is one thing, but you stupid half-wits are too thick to consider that you might not be playing the best footie at the moment. There's the conspiracy solved for you. Fitzy, Henry, McCaw and all of NZ know the Springboks can bounce back... if they use their smarts. Unfortunately SARU have shown they are thicker than their supporters. I used to have great respect for the Sprinboks and looked forward to these games. No longer. Please, pull out of SANZAR. There has been some good debate down here about a post Tri Nations without South Africa and I think there are some really good options for us. There is no place in the NH comps for another nation, that has been made clear to you many times, so enjoy playing the rest of Africa, we wont miss you.

  • There Are Sane SA Fans - 2010-08-19 15:44

    @RUGGER BUGGER you have renewed my faded belief that there are some intelligent SA bloggers. Your comment is correct. McCaw has been trying to tell reporters that the AB's have learnt to play to the ref. We didn't do that against France in the 2007 WC and THAT is why we lost. Instead of bleating about the ref (the AB camp made no public complaints) they analysed the game and saw France were getting away with what they felt were illegal tactics at the ruck. They were expecting penalties that didn'y come. The lesson? Play to the edge of what the ref will accept. It's simple really. Aus are trying to do this, but the Boks flounder. They go onto the field with a game plan and do not adjust to what is before them. PDiv does not have the skill to teach this.

  • skywalker - 2010-08-19 16:52

    Pretty Rich coming from the original cheat....but methinks Fitzy has shot his bolt....keep raving the time you choke AGAIN you'll be frothing at the mouth..!

  • @ Fed Up With SA Morons - 2010-08-19 17:08

    You obviously were spawned from a gene pool lacking in the intelligence quota of the DNA strand. You antipodeans need us, we don't need you. NZ rugby may not die like Aus rugby, but all your best players are going to come here and go to Europe in order to earn cash. If SA leave Sanzar, which I sincerely hope they do, you will not have the money to pay your players as half of it comes from SA fans. I'm fed up with the domineering attitude of Aus & NZ and i've had it with the bullsh!t that we've had to endure, bring back touring and FAQ the trinations! Please go back to your middle earth hut and consider 'slave trading' Samoans and Fijians (in a rugby context). Oh crap, you have already gone down that road. Maybe make another Lord of the Rings movie? The author was from South Africa I might add..... Looks like you owe us more than you know!

  • @Fed up with SA Morons - 2010-08-19 17:27

    BAAAAAAAA means NO !

  • @There Are Sane SA Fans - 2010-08-19 17:35

    You say 'Play to the edge of what the ref will accept'. Please explain the final, final, final warning you got in the second test. Obviously the ref didn't accept the way you were playing but lucky for you Paddy told him not to issue yellow cards against you.

  • Irish - 2010-08-19 18:44

    Just a friendly sidenote to the a note posted a couple of moments ago - Tolkien was English you muppet!

  • SORRY4U - 2010-08-19 18:48


  • Impi - 2010-08-19 20:28

    Fitzy, what a legend. If he wore green and that crappy yellow, SA would have loved him.

  • The truth - 2010-08-20 02:09

    If NZ were penalised for infringements and there was a different referee does anyone actually think (with their heads not heart) the boks would've won? The facts are the boks played absolutely crap and NZ played clever exciting running rugby! SA needs to change their game plan (or coach). This was a team and style of rugby that Jake White built and PDV inherited and has been running with it since. I don’t believe he has the intelligence to come up with a different team, style or new game plan which is sorely needed. What worked for them before won't work all the time. Other teams are onto their game plan and therefore should be more dynamic. Box kicks are a thing of the past especially against a class team that rarely drops the ball. Look for solutions not excuses!

  • George - 2010-08-20 04:16

    Tolkien was born and grew up in Bloem you c***!

  • Whiney aids infested country - 2010-08-20 05:19

    Why do NZ want Africans in our pristine beautiful country? They will come over with their arrogant attitudes, spreading aids and making it a third world shit hole like their continent. Sort out your corrupt Government and officials and you might get some respect on the world stage. You might also be able to stop all your educated folk leaving. 3 nil to ABs this year tossers.

  • Stellenbosched - 2010-08-20 07:04

    As far as I can remember Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein to English parents. Anyway, coming back to Fitzpatrick. I love it when wheels turn in life. This original AB cheat came up with the idea to call us Africans rather than South Africans. I think he figured it got us worked up. Brad Thorn also thinks he's very clever doing the same thing. What these characters don't understand is that we who live in South Africa are damn proud to be called Africans. The only people who got upset over the issue now live around the wet corner from Fitzpatrick. But, as the world knows, we South Africans are slow learners (the reason why the rules change so often actually) so perhaps it is time to call people like Fitzpatrick and Thorn 'white Polynesian settlers'. Yes, that has a good 'ring' to it.

  • Go Bokke - 2010-08-20 07:25

    Certainly Fitzy can crow about the mighty AB's. The question is which other country fields second rate players because of politics? My point is time gone by i was a true Ricky January supporter now i'm afraid he is a token player. How the opposition must enjoy playing SA and then they crow about their success. Why do they not speak out against politics in sport as they did in the past? Then playing fields will then be leveled.

  • skywalker - 2010-08-20 08:46

    I agree with Go Bokke....the ABs conveniently forget they are playing against a handicapped side and still try to convince themselves they are the best....Dream on suckers.....the best players played in the super14 final 2010..!

  • @Go bokke - 2010-08-20 12:59

    politics and sports are one, show me any country where politics doesnt influence sports clown

  • Chuck - 2010-08-20 13:49

    The article should start: " Johannesburg - Legendary former loosing world cup All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick..........."

  • Chris Jack - 2010-08-20 20:35

    Oooh, Fitzy was smokin in his prime, mmm mmm mmm. If that boy was an apple, he would have been a delicious, mate!

  • CD - 2010-08-23 18:21

    More bad looser comments coming out, yes the players infringe, going in the side of the ruck, yes they slow the ball down, yes they use hands in the ruck, yes they are offside sometimes. So much whinging, and you SA fans think yhour team doesnt do this also? Truth is ALL TEAMS DO THIS IN EVERY GAME!! Have you ever seen a game without penalties? How thick do you have to be to keep prattling on about this. Get over it, you are the worst sport fans in the world. Noone has any respect for SA anymore.

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