Ackermann assures De Villiers

2011-08-03 19:58

Johannesburg - South African coaches believe the Springboks will be back to their best in the return leg of the Tri-Nations after national coach Peter de Villiers reportedly told Parliament his team lacked killer instinct.

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De Villiers was dragged in front of Parliament's portfolio committee on sport this week after the Boks lost both matches of their Tri-Nations away leg, against Australia and New Zealand, last month.

He said, according to reports, that his injury-depleted side were unable to land knockout blows when they had their opponents against the ropes, and certain team members were wary of playing "hazardous rugby".

Lions forwards coach Johan Ackermann, a former Springbok, said the Boks would be far stronger if they had time to work together without numerous injury concerns.

"I think killer instinct comes when there is trust within the team," Ackermann said on Wednesday.

"A team that start believing in each other know that they can win regardless of what happens on the field, like for instance when a quick try is scored against you and that killer instinct kicks in.

"I think the team that went on the Tri-Nations tour weren't together long enough and played against guys who had two to three times as much experience as they had.

"To build that killer instinct doesn't happen overnight."

Ackermann said South Africa would be a far more capable side once a host of experienced players returned from injury.

"Those are guys who have won Super 14 tournaments and a World Cup, so they know what it is all about and how to deal with a setback like an early try against you," Ackermann said.

"That (killer instinct) comes with experience and time."

De Villiers also reportedly told Parliament he deserved a medal for his efforts after four years at the helm of the national team.

The Springboks were set to face the Wallabies in Durban on August 13 and the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth on August 20 before the start of their World Cup campaign in New Zealand in September.


  • Drewka - 2011-08-03 20:09

    We all hope so Ackies!!! Divv has got two games to prove the critics wrong...

      Thats_that - 2011-08-03 22:15

      He has already proved his critics right.

  • Ryan - 2011-08-03 20:17

    "He said, according to reports, that his injury-depleted side were unable to land knockout blows when they had their opponents against the ropes," At what point did we ever have Aus or NZ on the ropes? We were like a drunk fighter hanging on for dear life both games... you can only have killer instinct, if you put yourself in a position to win, we were nowhere close... and the fact that Div says this, speaks volumes about his grasp on the team/game.

      apie - 2011-08-03 21:02

      Helium is seriously delirious.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-04 07:30

      Apie you too

      Crusaderinvader - 2011-08-04 08:41

      I never thought I'd ever utter these words but I am actually starting to feel some sympathy for you Bok fans!...seriously, your coach leaves me lost for words I'm afraid!!

  • MrMojoRising - 2011-08-03 20:27

    Oh thank goodness, this guy says the Boks will be okay. Was worries there for a second.

  • Andy49 - 2011-08-03 20:37

    "De Villiers also reportedly told Parliament he deserved a medal for his efforts after four years at the helm of the national team." Is this man delusional or on cheap drugs, what he deserves is to have his contract terminated before destroying the springbok team completely.

      Drewka - 2011-08-03 21:18

      Andy49 i think you are delusional. I know Divv isn’t the best coach in SA, and he acts like a clown sometimes but he is only part of a bigger coaching & management team. Some of the things he did do right were defeating the All Blacks in Dunedin, a record victory over the Wallabies that same year, a series victory over the British and Irish Lions and most recently the winning of the 2009, Tri Nations. Victories against Wales (43–17 and 37–21) and one against Italy (26–0). I'll say he is not doing too badly. But these upcoming two games is going to be the real test for him and the boks character. If they do good (and good meaning 2 wins) over AB's & Oz, then we have a fear chance to bring William Web back to SA. If they fail, then we have to bear with it because his head will role after the WC.

      Thats_that - 2011-08-03 22:23

      @Deewka - Helium did not win those games. The team that Jake White put together won those games. But time has marched on and the Auzies and AB's have developed new blood and new strategies.It is exactly these points that show Snor for what he is, hanging on to the coat tails of JW, without a imangiantory hair on his head or an original idea. He lacks everything we need in a Springbok coach. Combined, we have a core of old or fat or inexperienced or injured players and we saw what happened to plan B on the away leg of the Tri-Nations. Div is simply clueless.

      Ian - 2011-08-04 06:15

      thats that! So when the boks win its Jake White's boks that won but if they loose is Pieter fault.

      Licikityspit - 2011-08-04 09:30

      "De Villiers is the first Springbok coach since Nick Mallet to have a 100% win record over the All Blacks in a single year (2009). De Villiers is also the first coach since Nelie Smith to have secured a series win over the British and Irish Lions" - ppl got medals for way less than that china

  • apie - 2011-08-03 21:01

    Who is ackies? Does he know hat he is talking about?

      Drewka - 2011-08-03 21:31

      He was one of the best springbok locks in history Ape-man!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-04 07:29

      Apie jy is een stupid etter

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-04 10:48

      Apie do you guys have internet in Oranje?

  • CPII - 2011-08-03 21:16

    Blah blah blah...........forget the tri nations man. Focus on the World Cup if you want to reach even the quater finals. Also forget the Springbok. It's been culled long ago. Stick to the Amablommetjies....aaarghh, I mean Proteas!

  • kiwiNZ - 2011-08-04 11:34

    Hmm, all this shouting of support & advice from ex boks & from the coaching wilderness seems more like they are trying to say to SARU “Look! Pick me...pick me.I can do a better job!" only weeks from a RWC.I think the SA Bok camp are in a serious state of panic and for good reason.It’s all too little too late I'm afraid. The reality appears to be that the "players of colour transformation" is the priority in the SARU agenda & not performance. Reading the media reports it seems the politicians are oblivious to the impact this transformation will have if it’s done in haste and they cannot expect winning results so soon yet some still demand the transformation sooner and “by the way...why did you not win the game too?" the politicians ask.As an outside observer of this madness unfolding I can only conclude that PDivvy's failures are tolerated because he must be a big part of this transformation. Regardless then of all the hype and bull sh*T PDivvy says All you can do now as a Bok supporter is just sit back and watch the horror unfold. I think it will take years for this whole transformation exercise to be completed with the whole rainbow nation getting exposure and being selected on merit to satisfy the politicians. Perhaps then you will have a really formidable team that reflects the true demographics of a rainbow nation. That is perhaps where the Boks are heading going forward. What happened to the Boks of old wins & losses is history. A new chapter is beginning.

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