Div: Team game key

2010-11-29 22:01

Stephen Nell

London - Peter de Villiers hopes the Springbok jersey is all the motivation his young players need to end off their tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland on a high against the Barbarians on Saturday.

“The similarity between the match against the Barbarians and any other one is the jersey in which the guys play. Irrespective of what happens, people will say that it’s the Springboks that played there. The big challenge is to deliver a performance worthy of the jersey,” said de Villiers.

“It’s a chance to give some younger players opportunities – guys like Elton Jantjies and Patrick Lambie. They have to get a chance to show that they can play at this level. Juan Smith will be surrounded by a lot of inexperienced players and that makes it a little difficult for us.”

The Springboks will train on Wednesday for the first time this week. De Villiers will also name his team then. While he does not want to reveal his hand, the early indications are that Jantjies will wear the No 10 jersey.

With Jean de Villiers injured, the Bok coach may have no other option than to ask Lambie to plug a hole at inside centre.

“Jantjies and Lambie have the skills with which we can take on the world from 2012. We have to hone that to such an extent that it is to the advantage of the country. It’s not so much about the immediate,” said de Villiers.

“But you also have to keep the immediate in mind. If you look at the experience that the Barbarians will bring, it’s perhaps important that the guys get a wake-up call now so that they can be psychologically prepared for the kind of onslaught that they can expect at this level.”

Barbarians coach Nick Mallett has a number of backline superstars at his disposal and will be able to bank on some established combinations.

His backline will be comprised of some of the best available talent from New Zealand and Australia, with the likes of Will Genia, Matt Giteau, James O’Connor, Ma’a Nonu and Joe Rokocoko all available.

De Villiers believes the Boks’ chances of a victory will depend on whether the young players can place the team’s interests above their own.

“If we can get the young players to be focused on not showing how well they can play as individuals, but on how well the team can play, we can get a good result,” said de Villiers.

“There are perhaps too many young guys that will be out to show that they can be the answer for us. If we can get them to make that mental shift early, we will have a good chance.

“The Springbok code of conduct states that the team’s interests should always come before the individual's. Our biggest challenge will be to keep the ball, get our game going and from there see if we can play exciting rugby in the Barbarians tradition.”

Meanwhile, South African Rugby Union (Saru) chief executive Jurie Roux has dismissed reports that De Villiers will in future report to a technical committee.

Roux said there was “no truth” in the speculation. 


  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-11-29 23:38

    No truth regarding the technical committee? Is that because they still can't find anybody to work with him!?

      JW - 2010-11-30 06:44


      James - 2010-11-30 06:52


  • Solly - 2010-11-30 01:32

    I would still start with Lambie or janties at flyhalf. That was our weakness the last few games. The pivot should control the game, not kick away possession.

      Makutu - 2010-11-30 08:27

      LOL, true...

      semloh - 2010-11-30 08:52

      Yip they will have to start with Jantjies at flyhalf so that Lambie can play inside, cos if you exclude Kirshner we only have one center in the squad (Jacobs) :-)

  • Nick Schuster - 2010-11-30 03:32

    Come on! Every primary school rugby boy knows that playing as a team wins game in rugby. Please! What a bunch of intelligent people we have on the coaching team these days. Not! Call me, I'll be a better coach.

      Preshan - 2010-11-30 07:17

      i will be the assistant,

  • Karoobloed - 2010-11-30 06:33

    Jantjies at flyhalf & Lambie at inside centre - who knows perhaps one of them may even put their hand up in time for WC 11. We will probably loose, because the Baabaas have an awesome array of players vs a bit of a hodgepodge Bok team - but at least it won't hurt like the Scotland loss...

  • Preshan - 2010-11-30 07:16

    i would love to see ma'a Nonu vs Lambie and mvovo against O'Conner

      WeZo - 2010-11-30 08:31

      Wow guy. I like Lambie but the thought of Nonu running at him for the entire game makes me nervous as $Hi^!!! C'mon The BOKKE!!!!

      ryperd - 2010-11-30 10:39

      Scary to think Nonu will run at Lambie, but the youngster proved that he can defend. More importantly is the combinations in the back, and how well they perform/understand each other.

      Preshan - 2010-11-30 15:32

      Lambie is very strong, we some make brillant taackels.

  • ryperd - 2010-11-30 10:37

    We have the pack of forwards to control the game, and more an exciting back line. Jantjies at 10, Lambie at 12..... My mond water! This will be a good game to watch. Go BOKKE!!

      kturpin - 2010-11-30 19:56

      Also excited to see Lambie at 12, think he will do very well in that position.

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-11-30 12:40

    To be honest I am looking forward to this game despite our slim chances of success. I realise of course the number of unfamiliar and untried combinations will likely prove troublesome, but hopefully some of the individuals can shine in what will be an openish game.

      James - 2010-12-01 07:52

      with less to lose, we might see what some of this talent is capable of -ie in terms of running the ball.

  • Chadwick - 2010-11-30 14:34

    Well the Baabaas are mixed's like a new team with new players, they still need to settle in. That will be the only disadvantage though. Very good players there. So I'm expecting them to win...but I know the Boks will give a good fight. Gan Bokke!

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