Italy: Mallett to shave head

2010-06-20 13:10

Johannesburg - One of the expected changes in East London when South Africa and Italy clash in the second Test match will be the bald pate of Italy coach Nick Mallett, and there might also be a new Springbok captain.

After the 29-13 win by the Springboks against Italy in Witbank on Saturday, the former Springbok No 8 and South African national coach said he would stick to his promise to shave off his hair if Italy lost by less than 20 points.

Saturday’s 16 points difference beat the 19 (score 40-21) in 1995 and last year’s 22 (score 32-10).

There will also be a number of changes in the Springbok side as Bok coach Peter de Villiers has made it clear: he will stick to his plans in the build-up to the Tri-Nations and next years’ World Cup despite the poor showing of his team in Witbank on Saturday.

This will almost certainly mean that Saturday’s Bok captain Victor Matfield will be rested and this could mean a new Springbok captain being blooded.

With regular Springbok captain John Smit in a race against time to recover from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Witbank Test, South Africa will get its 54th Test captain if Smit’s hamstring keeps playing up - and it will probably be one of Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers or Chiliboy Ralepelle, who is being groomed for the job.

Bulls captain Matfield will welcome a rest. He missed only one match during the tough Super 14 campaign and was due to be rested for the first Test this season against Wales. An injury to Andries Bekker, however, put paid to that.

A rest next weekend will effectively mean three weeks off the pitch for Matfield -- and Morne Steyn is likely to have a similar break period with Butch James or Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf on Saturday.

Gurthro Steenkamp has also not had much rest since February and together with Pierre Spies and Bryan Habana could also be rested.

Hopefully all these changes will see Pienaar get an extended run at scrumhalf where he prefers playing and where he was very good when the Sharks used him there.

De Villiers was particularly disappointed about what he calls Saturday’s "stupid mistakes" at national level.

"We let the supporters down because we didn't do what we are supposed to do. "We made a lot of individual mistakes and that prevented us building momentum," said De Villiers.

Matfield, like his coach, was also not happy with the Boks’ performance on Saturday.

"We didn't play very well," said Matfield. "We made too many basic errors.

"Our scrums were good, our lineouts were good but our individual skill levels let us down.

"There was bad delivery from the lineout, the ball was lost at the back of the scrum and there were too many handling errors."


  • peet - 2010-06-20 13:33

    Please Lord let it NOT be Ralepelle - how dark can our future really be...!!!???

  • Chiilboy - 2010-06-20 14:11

    Chiiliboy had a good game at hooker and is a good leader - let's test him as future captain!!!

  • rooies - 2010-06-20 14:25

    1ste swart kaptein. daar was n berig oor hoe die bulls die voorbeeld stel met transformasie in die laaste maande 1ste super 14 wedstryd in soweto, 1ste final in soweto en nou die eerste swart kaptein in die springbokke vanaf die blou bulle, nou moet julle nog net n vrou in die blou bul span sit dan is dit die perfekte span, uh ekskuus julle het alreeds een---------- wynand olivier, en sy is in die bok span ook ---- baan brekers werk, baie hartlik geluk

  • realist - 2010-06-20 14:45

    @peet....chiliboy proved the last two games that he is good enough for the job as hooker. guthro did not destroy giovanni all by himself!! in the loose he was a tiger and as future captain he has all the qualities as leader. good speaker. lots of play in him as he is still young. hope the injuries is something of the past. I think he could be a good captain. lets leave the quota issue and colour out of this equation.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-06-20 14:45

    @peet: Well, actually, if you think about it, Ralepele will at least show consistency in selection of choosing a captain who is waaaaay not the best in his position, right?

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-06-20 15:01

    Butch for captain!

  • Nee Nee - 2010-06-20 16:53

    Chilliboy is not the best player in his position. It is beside the point that he played okay against Italy, the Boks should have their best players in the 1st and 2nd XV and Chilliboy is not either of them. Our top players would have taken Italy apart, not just have done well, and would be able to handle the All Blacks and the Leicester Tigers too, which Chilliboy cannot do. It is racist to excuse the inclusion of a player who is not in the best two in the country in that position, just because he is black. That message says it's okay for our black players to underachieve as it will be overlooked while "grooming" continues. The implication is that they are carried by white players in reality while being patted on the back by coaches and administrators for being special. This is rank hypocrisy and stupidity, which are the hallmarks of racism. Habana and JP deserve their places and Chilliboy's inclusion just undermines their merit achievements. Do away with quotas, rid our country of racism so that we can watch our best in action. We are just tripping ourselves up on the world stage. Frans Steyn never received any such special treatment and grooming from PdV, and that guy is a world champ, being left out in the cold by PdV himself. Why the double standards? What message does that send to the world about ourselves? The All Blacks love it as they just pick a team and get on with it, and enjoy the edge our politics and resulting team selections give them.

  • BALSAK - 2010-06-20 17:23

    He must leave out Chili and include Tiaan and Gary in the squad. Also Duanne Vermeulen!!

  • Johnny G - 2010-06-20 18:02

    Just as I predicted. We win by a large margin in the first test, just to make sure that we don't make fools of ourselves, and then they shove in all the kakkest players for the second test. Unfortunately, I live in East London and will be attending this not-so-exciting game. Mind you, this might be a bit more contested.I will shouting for the green jerseys, as I might not know half the players in them. Sad.

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-06-20 18:08

    chilliboy has shown that he is clearly a decent rugby player and athlete in recent weeks! i have never liked the guy but he isn't that bad, even though i would rather see Bismarck/Strauss/Botha or Liebenberg on a bok team sheet!! i think we need to look at some of our youngsters for this test: sarel Pretorius @9/ Hougaard at wing if fit/Ebersohn or de JOngh at 13/Vermuelen at 8/Flip van der merwe at lock/Werner Kruger and Liebenberg in the front row!!! why not give them a crack??? leave Matfield. Smit and J Fourie on the bench!

  • Theo - 2010-06-20 18:12

    Please anybody but the eye-gouging idiot!!

  • Boetie Bok - 2010-06-20 19:26

    @ Nee Nee...Ek stem 100% saam met jou. Chilly is 'n 'goeie' haker, maar hy is nie ons beste een nie. Daar is teminste 4 ander spelers wat bo hom moet speel, bv: Gary Botha, Tiaan Liebenberg, Adriaan Strauss en Bismarck du Plessis. (ongelukkig is Adriaan en Bismarck nog beseer) Ek is seker daarvan dat die ander spelers in die Bok-span dit ook weet, so hoe gaan Chilly 'n span kan lei, wanneer die ander spelers nie in hom glo nie. Dan is hy nog 'n junior speler ook! Dit gaan nie oor rasisme nie, dit gaan oor die beste span moet speel! Dieselfde geld vir Ricky...hy speel nie sleg nie, maar daar is beter spelers as hy!

  • Mr D@ peet - 2010-06-21 03:15

    Our Bok Cap future is dark my bru voken donker ne...

  • Gerhard - 2010-06-21 07:56

    Whoever wrote this article is clueless of what is going on in out national side! Ralapelle is being groomed to be the no2 in SA rugby at most, and even at that, he won't make it or last long. I do believe his game has inproved alot, and I was really impressed on Saturday with hisplay, but come on!!!!!!!!!! It's Italy for crying out loud! It's like playing against the Lions, the Gloden wannabe Lions. His not the best in his province, not to mention the country. Maybe one day yes, but now, a big fat NO!!!!!! Januarie is not even the fastest prop on the feeld anymore, don't know what his still doing at scrumhalf! Good on Mallet for paying his bets! Divvie will try alot of new combinations this weekend, I just hope they at least play rugby in the second half, not netbal!

  • Claudeus - 2010-06-21 08:11

    The selection of Chiliboy motivated him to play his best ever Rugby, hope he keeps the motivation, Zane was great but J De Villiers looked rusted and most of our S14 centre parings would have been better.

  • Piet Tjabalala - 2010-06-21 08:15

    Maybe old Pdv only wanted to see what the best rugby couch SA ever produced would look like with a shaved head,Chilliboy for President...maybe, but Springbok captain........surely not, and @ theo, don`t make me come over there and beat you, and stop playing with yourself.

  • Vasvat - 2010-06-21 10:17

    vir die negatiewe couch supporters wil ek net sé - KYK na die groter prentjie. Daar is nog baie rugby wat voorlé en die jonges moet ook leer wat die oues al weet- Volvertrou Sprinkbok ondersteuner

  • Alien - 2010-06-21 13:44

    Kan PdV nie sien dat Chilliboy nie SA gehalte is nie. en as "EE" die enigste rede is, dan is Makhu 'n 100 maal beter opsie. hy kan ten minste rugby speel. om 'n "EE" kaptein te soek, is daar baie beter opsies as Chilliboy. hy het nie eens in die S 14 gespeel nie. 2 "goeie" games maak nie van jou 'n bok nie. onthou wat het gebeur toe Chilliboy kaptein was, hy het bewys hy hoort nie daar nie, en toe vat hy die res van die seisoen af.

  • Rhino - 2010-06-23 15:45

    All over the place Pieter Div... seriously, Butch James.. !! has never been a cleen player has always been a risk, penalties, gaps in defence, and more oimportantly, we have a surplus of awesome players that made us a really proud rugby nation with current super 14 performance. if we are building for tri-nations and next years WC, keep it local !!( that way we'll keep our players here..) it's not as though we are that short on talent that we need the king of yellow cards on our side ... cheers butch.. hope that was your last bok yellow card.. and your last bok game...

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