Monty: Boks must kick less

2010-07-21 22:33

JJ Harmse

Brisbane – It’s not every day that the kicking coach of a team advises his players to kick less, but that is Percy Montgomery’s advice to the Springboks ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium.

And the most experienced Springbok of all time believes the Boks should call on their traditional strength of fierce tackling and get stuck into the Wallabies.

“I’m worried that we have neglected the basics a little. It’s little things here and there, but the end result is not good,” says Montgomery.

The highest points-scorer in the history of Bok rugby believes South Africa kicked too much especially in the first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland and poor execution gave New Zealand attacking opportunities. It must not happen against the Wallabies.

“I want us to kick less against the Wallabies and carry the ball more. The kicks will also have to be a lot better than has been the case up to now,” says Montgomery.

He says it’s the players’ kicking out of hand, in particular, that has not been good.

“The second week was much better. We pointed it out to the players after the Test in Auckland and the statistics from the second Test shows how much better we were. The last thing the players should have done was to kick the ball away. And that’s precisely what we did.”

Montgomery believes more pressure is needed on the catchers.

“The chase of the kick is just as important and that is another area in which I expect a major improvement. It cannot be measured by statistics. It’s an attitude and I’m happy that we are improving. We could get away with it against Italy, but not against the All Blacks. We have to go back to the basics.”

One of those is defence.

“I believe defence wins you competitions. Big tackles have always been part of the Springboks’ gameplan and I believe it should always remain part of our game,” says Montgomery.

He is happy with the available talent at fullback.

“I believe we are doing well. We have someone like Frans Steyn playing in France and he can still return for the World Cup. We also have Zane Kirchner and Gio Aplon,” says Montgomery.

He is impressed by Aplon’s attacking abilities.

“Gio excites me, but I should add that Zane is also doing well. They are different kinds of players and both can still be there for a while.”

Montgomery believes the Wallaby halfback pairing of Will Genia and Quade Cooper will be the big dangermen in Saturday’s Test.

“Their footwork is good. In fact, the Wallabies’ backs all have good sidesteps and we will have to watch them. They are a young team and will surely look to carry the ball.”

Montgomery believes the Boks deserve criticism, but is surprised by how heavy it has been in South Africa.

“People don’t realise how difficult it is to win here. The guys really want to win and will give everything on Saturday again to emerge victorious.”


  • Koos Kaap - 2010-07-21 22:45

    and Aplon must learn how to tackle and put on 20kgs!! Im tired of AA players!!

  • Rusty - 2010-07-21 22:49

    If they were fit enough to chase the kicks and up and unders, I would say that they should kick more, but why give the ball to the opposition every time they kick. Nobody chases the damn thing.

  • mike - 2010-07-21 23:40

    Everyone's worried about our defence but then they all call for the best tackler from last weekends game to get dropped. Thats right Wynand was awesome on defence, not one missed tackle with a extreamly high count. His been really impressive so far dispite the rest of the teams failure to secure ball. Be good to see him make some more runs like he did in the second half when Ruan got onto the field. You go boy, best backline player for SA in the tri-nations so far! Midget man Aplon, 4 tackles in all and he missed 2 of them, wonder why? You guys just keep saying his a good defender and see if the NZ and Aus players believe you, lol...

  • chops @ Koos Kaap - 2010-07-21 23:52

    You've got to be kidding me!! Aplon was far better than Fourie and JdV the short while he's been on. This has been widely reported on. Are you living under a rock or just in denial? Please watch the game with both eyes open next time you plonker.

  • Flip - 2010-07-22 00:24

    Wat het Monty nog iets te se oor ons rugby, Geen verdere vrae,

  • Arno - 2010-07-22 00:33

    'The last thing the players should have done was to kick the ball away. And that’s precisely what we did' Sounds like the team does not give two hoots about what the coaching staff has to say, or either the coaching staff is talking bull, or they could not figure it out by half-time to instruct the apparent insubordinate team.

  • DJ - 2010-07-22 00:45

    Rugby is supposed to be a game where you PLAY with the ball - not to see how far and how often you can kick it. Retain possession and USE it!!! OLD SCHOOL but STILL effective

  • Tommygun - 2010-07-22 01:24

    Cooper and the rest of the Aussie bacline like running but are not strong on tackling so why give them our ball to run with. Our big runners must attack Coopers channel, that is a weak spot in the Aussie defence. I am worried about our loosies, Spies has lost confidence Kanko, is playing out of position and Burger is not a fetcher. This is going to lead to a boiling pot of playing styles, if they don't gel we could be in trouble. If we can take control of the set pieces from the start, I don't see why we cant get a bonus point win. GO BOKKE!!!

  • Aussie Boy - 2010-07-22 02:44

    “Box must kick less” yeah - that’s exactly what Alain Rolland said to Danie Rossouw

  • Hannes@Koos Kaap - 2010-07-22 03:39

    The Boks are too predictable and therefore the All Blacks found them easu to read, defend and to turn ball around. For example when Kirchner get the ball he always kick an up and under (can he not link up with his wings?), the Boks also overplay the inside channel by feeding Spies, Burger and Rossouw the ball even when there are 5 to 3 overlaps on the outside. If you analise the game you will notice that January&Steyn's decision making was very poor. With crash boom Olivier on Steyn's outside (that eventually lead to a McCaw turnover) Steyn clearly did not have the confidence to play the ball wide. Aplon offers a different dimension, he is small but nippy and he keeps the defense guessing. The Boks desperately need more players like him as it is easy to even pick what Habana will be doing next.

  • magda - 2010-07-22 04:13

    I am a south african living in NZ I have seen better from the boks come on you still have our support dont fight enjoy the game

  • Renny - 2010-07-22 07:22

    The Springboks should kick more ass!

  • Dronkie - 2010-07-22 07:30

    @koos kaap - jou ma...

  • Piet Parow - 2010-07-22 07:40

    @Koos Kaap - Het jy ooit enige positiewe kommentaar?

  • Jakes - 2010-07-22 07:48

    At the break of the first AB game, the coach should have told them to keep the few balls they got, and defend it, run with it, but keep it in hand. Two games later, and nothing happened. This is not rocket science, these are basics. Also, did they really study their options BEFORE the games, or did they thought they are going to win the way they always do? I did not see any improvement in the 2nd game. I rest my case. Come Saturday, it is going to be the same story, kick, maul, no looseball, slow ball, bad ref, etc.

  • @koos kaap - 2010-07-22 07:49

    typical plaas boer

  • Vaste 6 - 2010-07-22 07:55

    100% Percy. The new rules caters to keep the ball in hand and only kick when neccesary. This kicking game is much more a Bulls strategy but you can only win with that tactic as a Bulls team as they enjoyed previliges which other teams did not have in the S14. Now it came back to bite the Boks. This is a National team end not a Bulls team. Keep the ball in hand and play rugby.

  • jacojvr - 2010-07-22 07:56

    neglected the basics a little!! - we dont know what the basiscs is anymore, look at NZ for basics - kick less, what a revelation, hell you must be a genius after all the comments to this effect - look at the best high shools in SA Grey College etc. and see how you must play nippy rugby

  • Molefe - 2010-07-22 08:00

    Two words, Bjorn Basson. By far the best of any player in SA under the high ball. No good blamming the backs for kicking the ball away if the forwards do not give them forward momentum. And here I am talking specifically about the two flankers. Who have been absolutely hopeless! Your hooker is supposed to be your 4th Loosie, carrying ball and attacking opposition ball. But where has "Slowass" Smith been? Yes the absurd kickiing away of possesion has been a problem. But only one of the problems! Get rid of Burger, Smit, Olivier and Habbana and the team will be a lot stronger!

  • Joke - 2010-07-22 08:04

    ....The Boks must get a decent coach... ...PDV is a joke...

  • KB - 2010-07-22 08:09

    Monty has it spot-on. We keep giving possesion away because we do not know what to do with the ball. When we get it we run like crabs instead of running straight at them and ensuring that there is backup to pass the ball wide. KEEP BALL IN HAND!!!!! January is never in place to receive the ball from the rucks and mauls...instead he is in the backline..... so De Villiers, please let him play centre and keep Ruan at scrummy. Better still get rid of January

  • C @ Koos Kaap - 2010-07-22 08:10

    Aai ou Koos Kaap. Daar is niks fout met Aplon nie. Daar is ander spelers (wit) wat veel eerder verdien om op die gat geskop te word, want hulle is net passasiers.

  • @Koos Kaap - 2010-07-22 08:18

    Aplon is really in the team based on his performences this year.He is on the side based on merrit.Just come out and say that u dont want any non-white players in the team,dont hide behind "AA"players,you idiot!!!

  • Vaste 6 - 2010-07-22 08:18

    100% Percy. The new rules caters to keep the ball in hand and only kick when neccesary. This kicking game is much more a Bulls strategy but you can only win with that tactic as a Bulls team as they enjoyed previliges which other teams did not have in the S14. Now it came back to bite the Boks. This is a National team end not a Bulls team. Keep the ball in hand and play rugby.

  • @ KoosKaap from a proud old man - 2010-07-22 08:20

    I am convinced that this poor chap must be an AA EMPLOYEE; unobservant, poor analytical skills, quick in judgement and self-righteous! My apologies to the real AA employees as I'm convinced that you are most probably a better human being than many of these pseudo-SA supporters who are actualty truly racist, hiding behind the screen of this blog!!

  • Danie H - 2010-07-22 08:25

    I agree with Koos Kaap. We all saw how Aplon couldnt tackle Ranger out of touch last Saturday. Against the Aussies he is less of a gamble, but he has been piss poor so far.

  • Danie H - 2010-07-22 08:28

    I agree with Koos Kaap. We all saw how Aplon couldnt tackle Ranger out of touch last Saturday. Against the Aussies he is less of a gamble, but he has been piss poor so far.

  • Vaste 6 - 2010-07-22 08:30

    The Boks misses Fourie du Preez big time and Spies is not prepared to put his body on the line(read Schalk Burger). Come Spies, we know what you can do !! Between Olivier and Jaques Fourie(both good), our wings will never see a ball - big mistake. Players cannot be played out of position in a tournament like this, that was proved in the last two matches. Ball should be kept in hand and for the rest.... basics, basics, basics - ball handling, not conceding penalties. Come on Bokkies, make us proud !!

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-07-22 08:39

    bad refeering? I think not. This statement by percy puts things into perspective. The box played crap against the All Blacks. Finish and klaar

  • Agree with Koos - 2010-07-22 08:48

    Agree with Koos Kaap..!! ...tired of Quotas and AA in sport..!!!

  • edwin - 2010-07-22 09:18

    You cannot score a try if you do not have the ball in hand. If you catch the ball at the back you run towards your forwards for support while looking for a gap. But then the support should allso be quick enough to ensure there is no turn around ball. Kicking is the last option to get out of jail free.

  • Jay - 2010-07-22 09:39

    Says Percy Montgomery ? Of all the people on the PLANET, PERCY MONTY is saying kick the ball less ? Jesus. I think every single time I saw Percy recieve/catch the ball he bombed it straight down the park every single time, no questions asked, no matter what, it seemed. Not an ounce of dynamism in the rugby. Not much has changed since he retired come to think of it.

  • RL - 2010-07-22 09:50

    why is it a few racists always have to rear their repugnant mugs in these forums? springboks win, its the awesome senior players, support staff and everyone besides pdv. springboks lose it is the aa appointment pdv and all the quota players. stop fiddling your brothers, cousins mothers and sisters and your race will be a lot purer, IQ's a lot higher and comments more sensible(relatively – get it relative, mother brother…never mind) ... here's to no more yellow cards and a springbok clean sweep for the rest of the tourney.

  • Freddy - 2010-07-22 09:56

    @percy, stay home with your wife, oh she doesnt wants you home. You were one of the Joke Whiter guys that introduced the kicking game, you got away with it in the WC 07. Ater that every SA rugby player start kicking the ball. No the result. We done know how to play from our own tryline. This is an inherent problem. Better start coaching the players to keep the ball then kick it. Morne Steyn was praised for this, but he cant play neither can Blondie. Please reviewthe selection of the bok team. Even the Matfiel/Botha style is not working, the boks cant win the oponents lineout anymore.

  • Craig Scannell - 2010-07-22 10:05

    Hey guys, come on lets give them a break. We are so quick to say lets get rid of this one and that one and even some have sail to get rid of PDIV. During the super 14 and games we have been winning - we all said the boks are great and nobody will beat us and everyone was keen on PDIV and what he has done. Our guys are professionals are should be winning because they are the best but you can't win them all. Someone has to loose and this time is was us. We will get on on top so do not stress to much and still give your 100% support. There is nothing wrong with PDIV and our players - perhaps just a few selection issues, but we all make mistakes. Let see how we fix them and move on.

  • Clinton@Jay - 2010-07-22 10:12

    Please, no need for BLASPHEMY! Aplon is looking good and I'm glad Ruan is in for January. We might win this one. Good advise Percy...

  • Centurion - 2010-07-22 10:30

    We have been playing this game for 100 years or so and only now does someone in the coaching team realize we always kick the ball away. It all appears quite simple to me. Stop giving the other team the ball!!!! If you kick, make sure the chasers tackle the receiver of the ball and not run past him at 60km/hr. If that cant be the case kick it into the stands so that they cant take a quick throw in.

  • Cheeseboy - 2010-07-22 12:44

    @Danie H and Koos Kaap. And we still cannot explain how Burger, Spies and Krulletjies hare missed the tackle on Dagg. Maybe they are all AA players and you are AA bloggers.

  • Bosveld @kooskaap - 2010-07-22 15:09

    Ek is net soos jy siek en sat van aa spelers, maar as hul dan wil kies kies eerder n Bjorn Basson of n Jp Pietersen en nie klein mannetjies soos Aplon of Habana wat afgetree het nie. Lyk my as jy bruin is en jy kom van die WP kry jy voorkeur bo ander gekleurdes van ander provinsies

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