Matfield: Too many turnovers

2009-11-14 15:51

Toulouse - France coach Marc Lievremont has come under the usual fire since taking charge of the national team a year ago, but there is now a strong feeling that he is working to a well-oiled masterplan.

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Going into the Test against South Africa on Friday, Lievremont had an average record of nine wins for nine losses, having blooded a massive 68 players and continually tinkered with combinations in the process.

But there is no doubt that given his team's comprehensive 20-13 win over the world champion Springboks in front of a fervent Toulouse crowd and the surprise 27-22 defeat of the All Blacks in Dunedin in the summer that he has some real players of potential to go into the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

"Beyond the score, we're very satisfied with how we played strategically and tactically," said Lievremont, who saw his forwards dominate the breakdown and scrum and half-back pairing Julien Dupuy and Francois Trihn-Duc perform admirably.

"Apart from two moments, when they scored their try and when we went off the boil at around the hour mark, we played our own game.

"We scored a try before half-time and were unfortunate not to score at the end of the game - we had two or three occasions to score."

Captain Thierry Dusautoir said an aggressive defence had been key to the French win.

"We continued in the second-half as we had done in the first. We were solid in defence in the first-half into the wind," said the Ivory Coast-born skipper, whose side now play Samoa and New Zealand.

"We made a little mistake for John Smit's try but were very good in defence throughout."

The Springboks repeatedly paid the price for ill-discipline during the game, Morne Steyn and Ryan Kankowski both sin-binned as referee Wayne Barnes cracked down on collapsing the rolling maul and rucks.

Dupuy kicked four penalites from six, and Morgan Parra one, with wing Vincent Clerc bagging a try for the home side while Morne Steyn hit a penalty and drop-goal as well as converting Smit's opportunist try from an overthrown home lineout.

Springbok lock Victor Matfield said his team, who go on to play Italy and Ireland, could have few complaints about the loss.

"They had more intensity than us, they were one second quicker to things than us," said Matfield, who suffered a torrid opening quarter alongside famed second row partner Bakkies Botha, both having to go off for treatment to head wounds.

"There were too many turnovers, that's what the game is about and that's where they won," said Matfield.

"It was wet out there, but it was wet for both teams and they didn't spill as much as us, so that's something that we'll have to think about.

"We gave away a few penalties (at the scrum), we need to keep on working and hopefully next week and the week after it will be better.

"We always knew it was going to be tough coming to France. We haven't beaten them here for 12-13 years.

"They came out firing and the intensity was very high."

Matfield added: "Physicality is part of the game and for most of the time, the guys who win that battle win the game.

"When it's three guys hitting one guy, it makes it difficult, and that's what they did."


  • scipio - 2009-11-14 16:06

    Lucky run. France will fail at the world cup like they always do. Consistency is English, not French. And next time you idiots come to our shores it's payback. Stupid French eat lead

  • alan jacobson - 2009-11-14 16:32

    the french were simply better all-round

  • Brian Modra - 2009-11-14 16:33

    Well spoken like a true leader. We also need to enlarge the team a bit so we have choices of combinations to suit the game plan. We o in no. 6: Heinrich and Schalk, both great players. But what about the cheetahs tight 5 as a unit? They could tour with the Boks and may have been a better choice for last night's game...

  • player23 - 2009-11-14 16:38

    Wow Matfield what an intelligent comment! The team with most points on the board when the final whistle goes wins the match. We open the newspapers the next day and it is clear as daylight. I remember the Blue Bulls supporters telling the Sharks supporters in Super 14 final to stop whinning...well if the shoe fits wear it. We lost cause we didn't turn up to play. The French won cause they were the better team.

  • Mark2 - 2009-11-14 16:42

    rude awakening for the arrogant dutchmen

  • Tarras Bulba @ mark2 - 2009-11-14 17:20

    True they were a little over-confident., but take into account it's a rude awakening... but for a few beasts. And why label "dutchmen", you twat?

  • Bones - 2009-11-14 17:27

    I thought John Smit said complaining is for loosers.Typical S.A.”sports”men ,they can dish it out ..but they can’t take it. Now they complain because of their national anthem..and to top it off it’s a south African that sang it…GET A LIFE ,YOU PLAYED KAK.and you get paid to much.

  • shark2 - 2009-11-14 17:36

    scipio, what you smoking, you dont make sense at all. Springboks were beaten by a more motivated and hungry side. Snor must wake up and take the responsibility and not always look for excuses like the ref etc. Just admit we where K%k

  • Theo - 2009-11-14 18:05

    I seemed to recall the French scrum going backwards, if my memory serves me correctly. UNTIL OUR MATE WAYNE THE WIZARD INTERVENED. Did the same thing in Brisbane. Wayne kept them in the game.

  • James - 2009-11-14 18:17

    I can't believe people using the anthem as an excuse to justify losing to a better side. Weak. France were the better team, we should learn from it and not make the same mistakes.

  • Big S - 2009-11-14 18:26

    I am a true rugby and bok fan but going into the game i knew we will lose. Even me as spectator had enough rugby for one year and i am only watching. After winning the Super 14 ( most boks are bulls) and the B and L Lions as well as the Tri Nations it is to much asked to return to that level on the end of the year tour.

  • 2scipio - 2009-11-14 18:37

    Why call the French idiots? The French are indeed inconsistent, that's what makes them unpredictable. French players are subject to psychological attacks, this is why the more pragmatic English often beat the French and, more broadly, why the French lose most of their military wars. Frankly, I'd rather have a predictable foe in front of me ... the French are neither stupid nor lucky, they're just unruly and obsessed with mindly matters.

  • Dean A - 2009-11-14 19:07

    Hey Pdv (coach of the year) - time to start pickng your own team! Jake's legacy won't last forever! Don't worry though - I'm sure Rose, Kirchner and Jacobs and Ralapele are good selections! And Jongi Nokwe's a great wing! I can't wait to hear your excuses next year! C.mon - being Berton Francis back in - he's awsome! You're a joke and a fraud!

  • richie@deaneA - 2009-11-14 20:43

    Haha, cruel! a man selected for the colour of his skin rather than his skills as a coach was always going to be judged and criticised more harshly, what a joke of a situation, his lack of skills have been carried by the might of the springbok pack, but i think people are becoming wise to the springboks now, and i woudlnt be suprised if they get ccleaned out by all-comers this autumn. France destroyed you, your scrum isn't that good at all! Expect to get roasted by Ireland

  • Boerseun - 2009-11-14 20:43

    Who cares about Jolly Jumper Matfield?

  • leon - 2009-11-14 22:14

    Am I the only one that thinks the officials sucked at commanding this games? I think that if the referee marshalled fairly we would have won.

  • MrWilly - 2009-11-15 06:38

    I believe the time has come to stop moaning about the coach who has achieved more then most others. Show me one coach in any sporting code who's got a 100% record !!!! It was about time for our super heroes to at least loose this one, given their extensive season of brilliance. For those idiots who never even played sport, stop the being cry babies and support our team. PdV and his go. I'm still a South African and support my team to the bitter end.

  • Geejay - 2009-11-15 11:27

    This story that the Boks are too tired etc is just rubbish, the All Blacks and the Wallabies have at least played as many games and they don't windge about it. You cannot play the French at their own game and if you cannot dominate the loose play and if you continually run away from your support play and isolate yourself then you will get a hammering. We should have trained harger and showed more respect for the French they are the only other side to contnually beat the All Blacks and we should have realised we were going to play a side which is increadibly strong.

  • Ian - 2009-11-15 15:57

    Question 1 Has South Africa ever been beaten in a test match by a better team or has it always been the ref's fault Question 2 Has there ever been such a good rugby team with such a bad coach, PdV the clock is ticking

  • stupid french - 2009-11-15 23:43

    you're actually the best team but accept that:"Give credit where credit is due, France were simply better"

  • Bird's Eye View - 2009-11-16 09:04

    @observer - good comment, I like your approach!

  • chez - 2009-11-16 09:19

    you guys read the comments and then atribute those comments to the players. they didn't say all this rubbish - YOU GUYS DID. the players didn't blame the ref, or the coach YOU GUYS DID. Idiots!! Where is the support for our team? We lost one game, we played one bad game; chill people we cannot win everything. support your team, they give you their best. don't be so nasty - this is not a world war, just a game of rugby. Read Smit's book and see his opinion of the coach.

  • Tired - 2009-11-16 11:09

    Amazing how many people are blaming fatique for the loss! We many of us said the Boks should be withheld from the CC for the year end tour, we were critisized and told we are scared of the bb. Now the bb supporters are using the excuse that they are fatiqued!! What a bunch of ignorant 2 faced supporters these guys/gals are!! Do note that the loudest mouth of all, bulla has been in hiding till now or using a diff. name!!

  • hardi - 2009-11-16 14:58

    @Tired, I have read and re-read the comments below and I see only one comment from so called ignorant BB supporter about fatigue.So exactly where you get"amazing how many people" is beyond me. It is plainly just another excuse from a little twat with an inferiority complex having a pop at BB supporters, all because their team had the audacity to win all the available silverware this year. Get over it, your team was just not good enough as was the Boks this last weekend. You have replaced Bulla as the loudest mouth, well done, difference is though he actually talks sence occassionally, something I fear you will never achieve. Also, "Tired" must be your real name.

  • The Oracle - 2009-11-16 15:42

    Is it so hard to accept that the bOKS were out played? why be so harsh on the players? Come on guys support the team, they dont deserve this treatment.

  • @Hardi - 2009-11-16 16:27

    Hardi, Typical bb. The minute somebody just mentions bb you have to just up and down like a circus clown. Read the comments again because you obviously missed a few on your 1st 20 attempts. No where did 'tired' refer to this article or its comments but if you spent time reading all the articles since the match you will see that he is spot on!! Your arrogance is still going to be the death of you!! A further bb stereo type would be how you attack the person and not the comment!! You are sad and a disgrace to the bb supporters - FROM A FELLOW BULL SUPPORTER!!!

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