Gurthrö: 'We will fight back'

2010-07-11 14:34

Adnaan Mohamed

Wellington – Springbok loose head prop Gurthrö Steenkamp says the Springboks are hurting after last week’s 32-12 Tri-Nations defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park and they will fight back at the Westpac stadium on Saturday.

VIDEO: Bakkies headbutts Jimmy Cowan

“To lose a Test in a Springbok jersey especially against the All Blacks is not a nice feeling,” said Steenkamp.

“That feeling will stay in our memories and will definitely serve as motivation for us to do better next week.  We will definitely fight back.”

Steenkamp says Saturday’s Tri-Nations opening Test in Auckland was difficult because they did not see much of the ball and had to defend for long periods in the game.

“We did not always get enough quality possession and also turned over possession too often,” said Steenkamp.

The Bulls prop says the Bok scrum was under pressure when lock Bakkies Botha was yellow carded, but they managed to weather the storm.

“We were vulnerable when Bakkies left the field, but we sorted things out quickly. We will now just have to build on it,” he added.

Springbok fullback, Zane Kirchner, believes the Boks were simply not good enough on the day.

“The All Blacks killed us with their quick possession. We simply did not pitch up,” the Bulls fullback said afterward.

“They got possession in better field positions. We also got possession, but it was not in the right areas. I also don’t believe that we were mentally and physically up to it.

Kirchner says the Boks will have to look at perhaps tweaking their tactics and being more accurate in the execution of their game plan.

“We will have to lift our game considerably. We did not defend well and missed too many tackles. It was important for us to kick off the first game on a winning note. The opportunities were there, but we did not convert it into points.  We are on the back foot, but we will get another opportunity to set the record straight on Saturday,” he added.  


  • Gerhard - 2010-07-11 15:04

    I know you guys will bounce back!!! I for one will always support the Bokke, come high and come low!!! Kom bokke!!!! NOU!!!!!!

  • Ouch - 2010-07-11 15:05

    I think that there is too much talk going on again. Let the media department talk and focus on the game at hand Bokke. Stop the chatter as it is getting to the players heads and look at the result. If you are smarting from the klap, shut up then, do some introspection and clear the heads. Get the basics right again and focus on what you have always done best. Get rid of Butch James as well as he will also only cause more headahces for us. Tackling like a bunch of girls they are when they should be bringing the men down. Bakkies, go home.

  • Steve - 2010-07-11 15:38

    When I ask people what do I signify when I pick my teeth. And when the majority say I do not know. I respond and state ` That I have my own teeth` Which is trueat the age of 80 years. NOW many of my teeth through age are fallling out ( extracting themselves) No Springbok will extract himself so those can should. Get ride of the old- the formless -those who cannot tackle and the backroom boys who have not a clue what they are or should do, They are USELESS shoudt blame the coach - so I am failling because I will not. Did he put himself in this position ? As for bakkies who does he pray too before the game = tIt cannot be the Lord Sreve Steve

  • Balsak - 2010-07-11 15:41

    They can fight back, then Zane, Wynand, Ricky, Morne, Pierre and John must pull up their socks! But we all know now, that the MIGHTY ALL BLACKS have always been the pace setters in world rugby. Hulle het net 'n slegte 2009 gehad!!! Go BOKKE!!

  • marco - 2010-07-11 15:47

    There is not a more arrogant team in world rugby other than the All Blacks.There arrogance gets highlighted each time by people like Sean Fitzpatrick when his on show on SkySports in England and now this p**ph*l and koos Richie McCaw does exactly the same.The All Blacks' pure, unattractive arrogance will trip them up next week you can bet your mortgage on that.The All Blacks have never been humble, it is not in their DNA.They are told they are special from the moment they first pull on the famous shirt and they expect special treatment from the rest of the world at all times.There is extraordinary arrogance,pettiness and insularity over their commercially-driven haka, as though they were the only nation on earth allowed to express their individuality.Most of there players in their team are not genuine New Zealand born players either 'cause they(New Zealand Rugby Board) keep raiding the Pacific to replenish their player stock-players from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.Give them a Kiwi "Fruit" passport and they in.It is their mental isolation that makes New Zealand so pathetic. If they came down off Mount Olympus little more often than not then everything falls into better perspective.

  • Noel - 2010-07-11 16:07

    Before Bakkies goes he must teach Guthro how to head butt without being caught then he can take over!!!

  • james - 2010-07-11 16:42

    Bakkies is a disgrace. He cost the team 10 points and possibly a different outcome to the game. He should not be selected again. He is not a sportsman. We can win without him.

  • Tabile Kakaza - 2010-07-11 16:58

    Well done All Blacks! Cant wait for another Springbok defeat @ Soccer City Stadium......Go All Blacks Go!!!

  • hein Cent - 2010-07-11 17:04

    Bakkies did a foolish thing ,and people are overeacting . If an All black did this it wouldnt be so serious. now you can vote for him being a thug or a coward . Shame on you Mweb . Now S A is suppose to stand behind him.

  • Jawellnofine - 2010-07-11 17:44

    @Tabile Kakaza: absolutely no relvance to the article. When Bafana dropped out of the SWC millions of South African were saddened, now some chop like you comes along and tries to spoil what spor has and is trying to do for our country. Emigrate to New Zealand if you feel that strongly about it or else just crawl back into your narrow mind and drool.

  • stompies - 2010-07-11 17:50

    The AB's just took their first step in losing (chocking) in the World Cup,. AGAIN. They are peaking one year to earley. Now where have I seen THAT before?

  • MontserHOND - 2010-07-11 17:53

    @Tabile Kakaza - And the next thing I will hear out of your mouth is that this is your country most likely......

  • Will - 2010-07-11 18:20

    "Most of there players in their team are not genuine New Zealand born players either 'cause they(New Zealand Rugby Board) keep raiding the Pacific to replenish their player stock-players from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga." Haha Lovely little rant there Marco, Now stop sucking those lemons, it`ll only get more sour. Oh, and please post some stats to back up your ever-so-slightly inaccurate comments

  • Jon - 2010-07-11 18:41

    Poor Marco! Taking the 20-point slapping hard? The ABs, like all teams, only chooses players who are IRB-eligible to play for NZ. So does SA.Ask Beast. All -- every last one -- of the foreign-born ABs were already living in NZ by the time they turned 5. No four-year olds ever get "poached" by NZ talent scouts. And the ABs are confident of winning every test they play not because they're arrogant but because history shows that they usually do. They've beaten everyone else -- Boks included -- more often than they've lost to them.

  • van - 2010-07-11 19:06

    Tabile, just remember "All Blacks" does not mean it is black people playing. You are a definite racist.

  • kiwi kev - 2010-07-11 23:49

    I love nothing more than reading bitter comments left by disgruntled fans after another AB victory.Marco Marco Marco,how sad you are mate.NZ rugby doesn't poach from the islands! They came here to live in this country of ours,and Auckland is now called the polynesian capital of the world!!..why? because it's full of islanders thats why!..I tell you something for nothing,kiwis love thumping whingers more than anything,it used to be the poms,but now it's the yappies.Oh yeah,for those who think the ABs are peeking too soon? dream on,the boks are an old team on the slide and have little new talent coming through to amend things,while the ABs have loads.

  • rory - 2010-07-12 04:02

    @ Jon, NZ desreved tehir win on Saturday but...... When last did the ABs win a world cup and how many have they won? Oh yes it was one about 20 years ago...., when SA were not in the tournament.. Are NZ peaking too early again ready for the big choke next year? Their win's vs losses against Sa put them slightly ahead - remember you wouldn't play with us for 20 years because we were too good for you ;-)!

  • Eckard Potgieter - 2010-07-12 04:54

    @Tabile Kakaza - sir you have in 16 words demonstrated what a sick, twisted person you are. Take a good look at yourself and feel ashamed because I feel saddened and angered by your words. If you and your kind don't change you attitude our beloved country never stands a chance. I will translate what I said above so that you can understand : YOU ARE A FUCKIN ARSEHOLE

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-12 06:27

    @Marco, I travelled a fair bit especially in Europe and it's widely acknowledged and accepted that the Boks are considered to be the most arrogant fans, players etc etc, you really ought to listen to PdV, do you actually watch rugby? How about backing up your statements with facts regarding NZ poaching other nations for players. You really ought to follow rugby more, dry your eyes, the Boks will play better at Wellington. 12-32, has a nice ring to it don't you think

  • Michael - 2010-07-12 07:34

    What irkes me the most about this loss is that some of the players in the present squad cannot take the step up. That puts huge pressure on the old faithfulls. Our front row was ordinary, our srummie and full back over their heads at this level. A bad day at the office does happen to all sides. Unless we have a game plan C we are on a hiding for nothing in this T3. With the RWC next year and with so much rugby ahead of the Boks - I wonder is they can be a major force in 12 months time.

  • Bokke - 2010-07-12 07:54

    I agree with Marco, I have never been exposed to such arrogance like I have been while living in New Zealand. Win or lose their only comments are about how South Africans are all dirty, racist, arrogant cheats, and unable to cope with their 3-0 whitewash last year took refuge in bringing up the 1995 world cup at every possible opportunity. The work place is the worst. But that is irrelevant. AB's dominated that game, but only because they were allowed to. I have absolute confidence that if the Boks play their usual game next week you won't see an All Blacks squad that looked even half as good as they did Saturday. And bloody hell show some guts, win or lose support the boys. Don't demean yourselves to the level of New Zealand fans who all manage to boycott support their team after every loss.

  • Bokke - 2010-07-12 07:57

    As for Bakkies! Not to complain about his ban because it was deserved (I think 4 weeks was better suited though) but to everyone having a cry about it, if you throw mud in someone's face you have no right to bitch about it when he leans over and smacks you over the head. Conrad deserved worse.

  • Raven - 2010-07-12 08:17

    He was South Africa's best player, he work rate was fantastic! Anyhow good players don't just turn into bad players over night. Its 1 game get over it. January, Olivier, Smit, Kischner, Bakkies doesn't look like Spirngok material. Jdv is not a wing.

  • Jay - 2010-07-12 08:18

    The All blacks were better in every aspect of the game on Saturday, they really did their homework!! Steenkamp is useless, he got hammered in every scrum, missed tackles and made no advantage when he had ball in hand. Why the hell was De Villiers on the wing??? We definatetly missed Fourie at 9. Bakkies you chop, let's see what Bekkers got under his sleeve. Good luck Bokke for this Saturday, Pieter De Villiers, you need to catch a wake up!!

  • SA ALL BLACK - 2010-07-12 09:50

    Bokke played like a bunch of schoolboys without purpose or cannot just rock up in NZ and think you will win the All Blacks, the nr1. team in the world ..what arrogance...another loss this coming Saturday...GO ALL BLACKS

  • Ben Doon - 2010-07-12 10:14

    NZ are odds-on for as champs for the next RWC. They are providing the catering:)

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-12 11:17

    @Bokke, it's a pity you feel that way, maybe youd be better off living in SA, does pot kettle black remind you of anything, perhaps your like a lot of Saffas that live here and expect Afrikaans to be taught in the school curriculum especially on the north shore, remind us kiwis how arrogant we are again. A simple thankyou would suffice old chap

  • blou bul - 2010-07-12 11:30

    tabili with chieps, how does 2 world champion titles sound to you, leave your stolen laptop alone and go wash the cars

  • Lionel - 2010-07-12 15:25

    Guys, guys, guys accept reality, you received a good hiding on Saturday from the world's best, I mean you almost lost against Wales a few weeks ago what did you expect, come on get real. You kept one of your best wings and hookers Aplon and Liebenberg outside the game, Juan De jongh who is a game breaker was not even on the bench come one get real and realize you play against the world's best. Go ALL BLACKS Go

  • Bokke - 2010-07-12 20:19

    @Man in Black: I don't even speak Afrikaans buddy, but yeah you are right, thank you for making my life in NZ so shit, even though I consider this my adopted home and have always supported the All Blacks unless they playing the Boks. @Lionel: We played three of our starting players for that game, it was clearly an experience cap for many.

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