Springbok changes expected

2010-06-13 15:00

Cape Town - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will make a number of changes to his side for the next two weeks' Tests against Italy in Witbank and East London despite the convincing 42-17 win over France at Newlands on Saturday.

De Villiers made it clear that he wants to cast the net as wide as possible to increase his options for the World Cup in New Zealand next year - and the last two Tests against Wales, which they won 34-31 in Cardiff the previous week, and France have been part of the process.

He also emphasised that the teams should not be seen as weakened B sides.

"I select every side with the hope that the new combinations will work and that the players will show that they are up to Test standard," he said. "If we lose, we lose as a (fully fledged) Springbok side."

De Villiers admitted the "experiment" in the third Test against the British and Irish Lions last year was a failure, but the form of players such as Gio Aplon and Francois Louw in the Super 14 has convinced him to repeat the "trial" in a Test.

The depth of South African rugby should enable De Villiers to have a pool of more than 40 players to select his 30 or so from for the World Cup.

Saturday's convincing win, except in the scrums, came despite the absence of players like Fourie du Preez, Juan Smith, Akona Ndungane, Bakkies Botha, Andries Bekker, Heinrich Brussow, Adriaan Strauss, Beast Mtwarira and JP Pietersen.

"We don't take any opposition lightly," said de Villiers. "For us, it is an opportunity to measure the players against good opposition to ensure that we select the right squad for the World Cup."

Springbok captain John Smit will almost certainly be rested for the weekend's first Test against Italy. Perhaps he should not have taken the field at all after injuring his hamstring in the warm-up before Saturday's Test.

"There was a little drama when we had to bandage it as tight as possible with only a minute or so to go," Smit said, adding that he stayed on a long as possible before coming off at half-time when he was replaced by Chiliboy Ralepelle.

France, meanwhile, admited they were totally outplayed and gave credit to the South Africans, but at the same time blamed most of their heartache on the first few minutes when the match was over as a contest.

The visitors were 7-0 behind when Pierre Spies scored after 90 seconds, fell further behind (10-0) after eight minutes, and trailed 20-0 after 24 minutes.

France's coach, Marc Lievremont, said the hiding they received would not change their approach and planning for the World Cup.

"The difference was those first few minutes," he said, adding that France were simply out of the game early on, describing it as "a catastrophe".

"We were as physical as we should have been," Lievremont said concerning the pre-match hype about the physical clash that was expected.

However, he bemoaned the fact that they could not play their natural game and had to rely on South Africa's sometimes aimless kicking for possession with which to attack.

"The quality of South Africa's forwards denied us playing our own game," he admitted.

"We came to the match with great intent," said captain Thierry Dusautoir, "but those first minutes cost us. We have no excuses."


  • Jan Basson - 2010-06-13 15:04

    Probeer vir Ruan op skrumskakel. In die 2de helfte het dit soms gelyk of Ricky nie kon byhou nie.

  • darkwing - 2010-06-13 15:14

    Can someone tell me what these strips are that some of the players are wearing these days? Aplon had it on his legs and BJ even on his neck.

  • Molefe - 2010-06-13 15:46

    One has to take your hat off to the Frech. Humility and class!

  • Duncan - 2010-06-13 15:51

    This aimless kicking is still very much part or Morne Steyn's, Blue Bulls & S.A.Rugby's style!

  • marius - 2010-06-13 15:53

    Yo MARK!!!are you still out there boet????see i chalenged you to comment after the game as i se you chose not to,SEE 42 -17 is a hiding boet NOT 20-13 or whatever SA scored agains France last time......WE just out-classed them and kept the pessure consistently on.....

  • Staalburgher - 2010-06-13 16:35

    This article is written as if it is a bad thing. The coach would be stupid not to rest certain players and give others an opportunity to settle in.

  • Mandy - 2010-06-13 17:12

    darkwing, the tape is to help prevent injury to certain muscles, as well as to add a bit of extra support where there was a previous injury. Lock forwards also use tape, but that is for a different reason, it assists with the lifting in the line-outs (they actually make like a "sausage" out of gauze and tape)

  • CROZZIE - 2010-06-13 17:13

    please rest the main okes for next 2 weeks ie matfield,danie,scalk,spies,morne,jaque,gurthro,habana---play smit ,he needs wt loss and fitness, play CJand BJ with Kruger on bench,Pienaar again at 10 as back up for Morne, bakkies and bekker for fitness,drop kanko and play vermuelen,dewald,louw and smith in mix.zane needs time as do olivier and de jongh,more time for jean and gio.Finally think outside box and give hougaard 9

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-06-13 17:53

    @darkwing: They are blue strips that some of the Springbok players stick on to try to signal to the Blue Bulls management that would like to be Blue Bulls.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-06-13 18:13

    I would like to see the following players included in the SQUAD for the two tests against ITALY, Gary Botha, Tiaan Liebenberg, Duanne Vermeulen, Deon Stegman, Joe Peterson and Maybe even Patrick Lambie!! What must Botha, Liebenberg and Vermeulen still do to be included in the SQUAD???They can also look at WERNER KRUGER!!!

  • darkwing - 2010-06-13 19:05

    Thanks Mandy. Sounds like a new fashion, like those tubes across the nose to allow more oxygen in. William Shakespeare, some of those are red. Do they want to be Communists, maybe?

  • @BALSAK - 2010-06-13 19:07

    Joe Pietersen was slim genoeg om te besef dat Snorre hom nooit sal kies vir die Springbok span nie. Daarvoor is hy te lief vir 'n useless Zane en ewe useless Earl. Dus het hy reeds padgegee Frankryk toe. 'n Briljante speler verlore vir Springbok rugby!

  • Scaramouche - 2010-06-13 19:08

    Lol Shakespear, very good!! It's a pity that Juan Smith is unavailable for these games, as it would have been a good opportunity to give him a run as Springbok Captain with John Smit and Matfield been given a breather. I am seriously impressed with Aplon who is playing better every game!! If Coenie Oosthuizen did not decide to play in Ireland next season, he would have been a good in the front row. Look out for Ruan and Butch as 9 and 10 against Italy!

  • STORMER - 2010-06-13 19:32

    Duane has to get his shot.....and please oh rugby powers: the Kirchner & Meisiekind experiment is OVER....(How many chances must these 2 Bullyboys be given????????????????????)

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-06-13 20:44

    @Stormer, I agree with you my CHINA. I think Wynand Olivier played his last game in the Springbok A side. From now on, it will be Jean de Villiers and Jacque Fourie(Mossie). With Juan on the bench!!! What is going to happen to MEISIEKIND OLIVIER?????????????????????????????

  • mike - 2010-06-13 21:03

    Pretty good performance. Was impressed with Louw, although he is showing that his actually and out and out fetcher. Not physical enough yet to claim the number 7 jersey so I would love to see him focus on the 6 jersey. Ricky was the only dissapoiontment for me, his just too slow and he messed up some good front foot ball. I think our backline was domminant and would of done far better if not for his poor slow service.

  • Milder - 2010-06-13 23:45

    Some of you ask what must SOME players do to get into the Bok team, I want to know what must some PLAYERS do to get OUT of the team. I mean How many times must Zane proof that he is just plan RUBBISH! And then How does the 3rd or even 4th best hooker AT HIS super 14 team, probaly like 6 or 7th best in the country still get into the Bok team! Its just BS!

  • Bok Fan - 2010-06-14 00:20

    Please get rif of January. He is unfit and slow and so predictable. Duanne Vermeulen did nothing and doesnt deserve another chance. Aplon is going to get killed against the Wallabies and All Blacks. In 3 months he will be forgotten. Pietersen much better.

  • Claudeus - 2010-06-14 06:49

    Wynand het beter as Jean de Villiers gedoen, myle beter verdedig, Gio Aplon was baie goed, Louw was baie goed en baie Franse bal afgeneem. Zane sal se sokkies moet optrek, Rickie was beter maar is nie die nommer 1 keuse nie, Victor was puik, Chilliboy het Franse besig gehou EN WAS BETER as sy kaptein. Ons mag verskil van keuse maar daar is talent.

  • Laeveld Stormer - 2010-06-14 07:50

    @ Bok Fan: yeah right! like Gio got killed in the S14 against the WB and the AB? You're right Duane Vermeulen did not do anything as he has not had a chance, or are you under the impression he played on saturday? And Johan Peterson has already left the country. The only thing in your comment that indicates that you remotely even watch rugby is the "get rif of january" part. He had a better game on saturday but as Claudeus said, still not no 1 (in the absence of du Preez). And Milder, Chili has been earmarked for the captains position when Smit is out, regardless of his form. It seems he only plays Springbok rugby cuz he doesn't play S14 and injuries have been keeping him out of the Vodacom cup as well. Pity, guys like Schalk who has shown leadership skills are going to be overlooked when the time comes for Chili to fullfill his destiny (as determined by Pieter)

  • Raka13 - 2010-06-14 08:02

    Hard to believe, but I agree with Balsak, Werner Kruger, Gary and Tiaan, should be given a chance. I don't know much about the tight 5, but is our current props that weak in scrumming, or are the other forwards perhaps not doing enough in the scrum, to support the props and hooker? Wynand Olivier is really not our best, he should be dropped from the 40 man squad. Juan, Jean, Jacques and Butch are in a different league. Also, Januarie is not the answer. Aplon IS strong enough for test rugby.

  • @Bok Fan - 2010-06-14 08:11

    @ Bokfan - of course Duanne Vermeulen did nothing.... he wasn't even in the side you stupid twat !!

  • hasie - 2010-06-14 08:11

    Zane kon nie eers in so skitter toets uitblink nie, hoe vrot gaan hy nie lyk as die bokke sleg speel nie? Moenie hom saamsleep nie asb. daar is regtig heelwat ander keuses om te maak!!!!!!! January kan net 40min speel, hy bly nie by die hele 80 nie!!!!

  • legendkilla - 2010-06-14 08:27

    zane kirchner is a k@khuis,he just proved it over and over on sat,he just simply cant handle test rugby,why o why did they nt choose joe pietersen?wynand olivier cant keep up either,ur best centre combination:jean de villiers and jaque fourie,as for the aplon critics,need i say more?

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-06-14 08:37

    @Milder, I definitely agree with your question, WHAT must some players do to GET OUT of the SPRINGBOK team. And these players include the likes of Zane and Chiliboy, I mean these two players are just RUBBISH! You can't judge Chiliboy on one game!! Compare that to the 14/15 games that Gary Botha and Tiaan Liebenberg played and you have the answer??? Go RICKY, they CAN SAY what they WANT , You are GREAT, my CHINA!!!!!

  • Sharkie :-) - 2010-06-14 08:56

    Ek wonder waar is al die Frenchies vandag wat so groot bek was laas week. Wel gedaan ou Bokkies!!! Ek het nooit gedink ek sal my woorde moet sluk nie maar Chiliboy het actually beter gespeel as John Smit!! As ek hy was sou ek ernstig begin bekommerd raak oor my plek in die Bok span want ou Snorre wil mos in elke geval vir Chiliboy kaptein maak. Ek hoop al die Aplon afkraakers se bekke is nou stil - hy mag klein wees maar hy het die grootste hart op daai veld. Zane Kirschner was weereens pateties gewees. Ons agterlyn het uitstekend gegel Saterdag.

  • PDV-Hater - 2010-06-14 09:07

    ....why not change the Bok-coach as well..??

  • PDV-Hater - 2010-06-14 09:20

    Peter Helium de Villiers is the Boks weakest link.. .....bye-bye...

  • lk - 2010-06-14 09:23

    "Bokfan " skrik wakker ; jy kritiseer spelers wat nie eers gespeel het nie.( Vermeulen ) Verseker is jy nie 'n Stormer supporter nie...Gio het homself 'n tweede keer bewys. Die Franse is net so fisiek as die All Blacks en Wallabies. Het Gio sleg teen hul gevaar in die Super 14 ?? Haal jou oog- klappe af....dis nou SA !!!!

  • @ STORMER - 2010-06-14 10:08

    Still can't outgrow your provinsialism. I can agree on Zane (based on fact), but Olivier is playing great rugby and his combination with Fourie is excellent. Did he make your Stormer centres look real silly in the final. Common, stop your rubbish and act your age.

  • Sean - 2010-06-14 10:21

    We'll played boys, I was hoping for a tougher match, but we crushed them from the beginning. Everyone played there part and played well. Geeoooo jou lekke ding. One Styen in province back row LOL ;-o

  • Koevoet - 2010-06-14 10:35

    I still cannot understand that some people commenting in this blog think that history can get you in. You only needed to watch all the games to realise that european player (even the boks from there) are not used the the tempo of play. They will get their chance. Is there alternatives to Zane? Maybe Earl.............

  • Deneal B - 2010-06-14 11:13

    Habanna struggled with his possesional play..Wynand Olivier played rattle rattle rugby, January must be utilised as an impact player..Zane struggled alot in all categories except for his supporting game..BJ not up for 80min.. WOW, how blessed I feel as a Springbok fanatic to actually notice such alot of 'flaws' in the team after smaching the French 42-17!!!!! Go Bokke!!

  • Springbok Groupie - 2010-06-14 11:19

    Muhahahahaha...... all the frenchies ate some humble pie.....could've been some much worse had we not taken our foot off the pedal....well done to all our players .Would like to see a completely new squad for these two italian tests ......our oldies need the rest if they want to be effective in this tri nations ...biggest concern is Aus they are looking extremely dangerous ....but LOL at the "springbok supporters" who are regular posters after we win and still find fault in our players....sad bunch you are ......its like they would love to see someone fail just to prove their point ......grow up guys VIVA SPRINGBOKS!!!! VIVA BAFANA!!!! VIVA SOUTH AFRICA!!!!!!

  • Joe - 2010-06-14 11:41

    When Zane had a good S14 last year all the bulls supporters wanted him ahead of Corad Jantjies.. now his form has dipped a little everyone wants him out. He certain not a great Fullback but a good solid fullback. if i were the coach I would pen in JDV @ 12 in place of olivier who had 28 chances to impress at this level and failed every one of those tests. Now where is the consisitency. Everyone wants gary Botha, he too has played at this level and has not exactly covered himself in glory at test level.. Adriaan strauss liewr voor Botha and just to stir the black pot a little, Ralepelle looked good, in fact very good when he came in the 2nd half. Gametime for will surely improve the level of his play

  • merit only - 2010-06-14 12:44

    Bok-team on MERIT and MERIT ONLY, will look like this.. 15. Francois Steyn 14. Gerhard vd Heever 13.Jaque Fourie 12. Wynand Olivier 11. Francios Hougaard 10. Morne Steyn. 9. Fourie de Preez (injured) Ruan Pienaar 8. Piere Spies 7.Juan Smith (injured) Dewald Potgieter 6. Schalk Burger 5. Victorious Matfield 4. Bakkies Botha (injured) Danie Rossouw 3. BJ Botha 2. Gary Botha 1. Guthro Steenkamp.

  • STORMER - 2010-06-14 13:44

    @Merit only: would that be on Bulls merit only? 5 DE-merits for you chum. @@Stormer - Dude, Meisiekind is solid, nothing more-nothing less. And please don't tell me his DEFENCE is sooooooo awesum (he missed a few tackles on Saturday and seemed 'all at sea' when the Frenchies started running)Sorry, but solid just doesn't cut it at international level. I would start an INJURED Jean de Villiers over Wyand.

  • L - 2010-06-14 13:53

    Cant believe div said Frans Steyn had a bad game last week, but he still picks Zane after Saturday!! Frans played MUCH better than Zane.

  • @STORMER - 2010-06-14 14:46

    @STORMER, ...the Bulls have won the S14, ...haven't they..?? .....x3...

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