Matfield: I was not mismanaged

2010-06-10 16:23

Cape Town - A diplomatic Victor Matfield, captain of the Bulls and vice-captain of the Springbok side which play France in a one-off Test at Newlands on Saturday, said he felt fine and ready for the matches which lay ahead for the remainder of the season.

Matfield responded to a question by the media whether he wasn't tired after the statement by Bok coach Peter de Villiers earlier in the week that the Bulls and Stormers had not managed their players well. This was done in the wake of the injuries to Bulls and Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and the Stormers lock Andries Bekker.

"Once you're with the Boks, you're ready to play," said Matfield. "After all, we're only halfway through the season."

Matfield felt Saturday's Test would be a hard clash. "France is up there with the best. I know we haven't done well against them lately but most of those losses were in France. It's nice to be playing in South Africa," Matfield said.

South Africa have lost seven of their last nine Tests against France.

Matfield agreed with recalled Springbok prop Gurthro Steenkamp that France would be very physical.

"They're a very physical side and they do the basics well," said Matfield.

"They have a good scrum, a good lineout and they're good and physical at the breakdown."

However, the Springboks will contest the French lineouts. It won't be easy, though, as France were one of the best lineout teams in the world and "did things a little differently," he said.

Matfield said it was an important Test. "But so is every other Test."

With France one of the sides to watch in next year's World Cup he said it was difficult to say in context how important Saturday's Test was, adding that from now on it would be important to try and get a mental edge on opposition.

"We need to be ready," he said with reference to the slow start against Wales last weekend. "With the old guys back, together we'll hopefully gel quicker. You could see it in training with guys slotting in quicker, " he added.

Flyhalf Morne Steyn, who is being partned with Ricky Januarie for the first time in a Test start, said it would take some adapting.

"Fourie (du Preez) and I have been playing together for a few seasons now. But Ricky is an experienced player and there shouldn't be problems," Steyn said, who felt his kicking form was back where it should be after some average performances in the Super 14 overseas.

He said the fact that he was next to his Bulls team mate Wynand Olivier who is at inside centre will also help to make things easier with a new halfback partner.

Steenkamp said the fact that he had been recalled "makes me get goosebumps every time I think about it." It is his first Test start since 2008 - and he emphasised that he didn't come out this season to prove that he was good enough after the disastrous scrumming performances by the Springboks in the midweek games on the year-end tour.

"There were many reasons for that," he said, pointing out that it was a "bunch of new guys playing together for the first time." His successful season, says Steenkamp, was the result of the Bulls forwards wanting to prove a point (in the scrums).

Like Matfield, he expected a huge onslaught from France, especially up front. "It will be good to measure myself against them," he said.


  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-06-10 16:30

    People can say whatever they want--- but Ricky All the Way!!! Go Ricky, Go Ricky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sharkie :-) - 2010-06-10 16:47

    Kyk nou net hoe backfire ou Snorre se snottie comments oor provinsies wat hulle spelers nie reg bestuur nie. Ek persoonlik dink dat Pienaar en Steyn `n beter kombinasie sou gewees het, maar nou ja..... Victor is die lynstaan Master en hy behoort die Franse `n harde tyd te gee op hulle eie bal......

  • H - 2010-06-10 17:13

    he wnats to play 100 test and become an even bigger legend - that is why he is playing!! Also - I think his 100th test is suppose to be at Loftus during the Tri-Nations ...

  • jan leeuw - 2010-06-10 17:18

    I think Ricky will be able to do even better than Fourie against the France,he know how to put pressure on the opposite.

  • Capey - 2010-06-10 17:35

    Springboks to loose by 10!!!!

  • Priester @ BALSAK - 2010-06-10 17:40

    Ou Balsak, wie de hel het jou hokkie geskud?!? Jy is soos 'n flippen papegaai wat die heel dag die slefde tune gooi! Pienaar would be a better choice but then some people feel Zane should not be in the team either. I think he should, he proved himself in the S14 and deserve the chance to prove himself. One or two bad games should not rule him out. January had many chances and never proved a thing!

  • Greg - 2010-06-10 17:44

    These guys a paid professional players.

  • Bull-Terrier - 2010-06-10 17:56

    Jeez Sharkie:-), for once I agree with you.

  • slg - 2010-06-10 18:33

    SA and France have played each other 37 times. France have won 11 times.

  • Boeggem - 2010-06-10 19:11

    Wie die hel is Peter de Villeirs. Hy moet homself eerder behou by die spel teen die Franse. Om spelers negatief te maak oor provinsiale aspekte smaak na swak styl en inmengerigheid. Elke man doen sy beste op die veld en is uiteindellik sonder verdenking. Sou de Villiers 'n daadwerklike saak gehad het oor sogenaamde wanbestuur sou dit beter gewees het vir die sport en die spelers, om dit konstruktief te gelig het op bestuurs vlak. Klaarbyklik raak elke oomblik vir Pieter de Villiers nou baie groter as sy snor en dus haas hy homself na elke oomblik, om sy eie beul te blaas.

  • gtrain - 2010-06-10 19:26

    being a capey i find it my duty to correct capey. Thats 'lose" not 'loose" Unless jy means los my bru! F&k die franse' our c****s is bigger!

  • liz - 2010-06-10 19:48

    Fourie se skouer is al lankal gekrok! En Andries was hy nie op die krukkelys te lank terug nie?? Elke ou of jy nou rugby speel of nie sal siek word of 'n pyn en skeet he, en dan kan jy seker siek word define ook as jy wil!!!! En my kommentaar ook!! Bhoeja!!!!!

  • Andre - 2010-06-10 21:30

    January is the most overrated player in South Africa. Balsak, try and look over the f#cking mountain! Get yourself a tv like everybody else. Get some rugby brains man!!

  • Andre - 2010-06-10 21:41

    January is the most overrated player in South Africa. Balsak, try and look over the f#cking mountain! Get yourself a tv like everybody else. Get some rugby brains man!!

  • Jakes - 2010-06-10 21:50

    January, what's the fishing like in the Cape? Get a real job!!!

  • Mot - 2010-06-10 21:55

    Ek wonder wie Snorre blameer dat Juan Smith nie kan speel nie? Hy moet mooi dink wat hy se. O ja, dis Snorre waarvan ons praat - hy dink selde voor hy praat.

  • Andre - 2010-06-10 22:23

    I'm a Bulls supporter. Just to show that I do not discriminate against colour, creed or province, Zane is not up to the job, but then again, your Schalk Burger falls in the first tackle and do not deserve to be in the team. Forget about the heroes and watch the rugby!

  • @Andretjie - 2010-06-10 23:30

    Foeitog ou MATER is jy so dom gebore of so gebliksem?Schalk Burger word wêreldwyd as die top flank saam met McCaw gerate nou waar val jy uit blouvissie?Jy wil seker Potgieter en Stegman insit nê.Get a life mate it's fkn free or click a little to your right on the soccer button and talk k@k on that blogs.

  • Lefty - 2010-06-11 07:42

    Dit kan net ou snorre wees wat sulke simpel statements maak voor n groot wedstryd soos die . Waarvan praat die man , hy en SARU het dan saamgestaan toe die Wallis toets goedgekeur is , wat nooit in die eerste plek moes gespeel gewees het na n Super 14 finaal nie . Wie praat nou van mismanaged . Victor gaan die Franse hulle eie medisyne teruggee . @BALSAK - Jy is verlate man !! Pienaar moes eerste keuse gewees het . GO BOKKE !!!

  • Piet Parow - 2010-06-11 07:57

    Ricky is average at best. Ruan should be playing scrumhalf in Fourie's absence. Oh, and picking Peter Grant on the bench would also have been nice. Only reason Zane is there is because there is no one else. Peterson was a far better player than him. Big loss to WP.

  • Bernie - 2010-06-11 08:10

    Look I am a huge Stormers supporter but I agree January was not even first choice for the Stormers the whole season now he is next in line after Fourie du Preez, makes no sense. There is plenty scrummies better than January but I dont think there is anyone close Fourie du Preez.

  • arthur - 2010-06-11 08:28

    To slg...your stat may well be right...but remember also that they have won seven of the last nine encounters So our boytjies better get their act together Go BOKKE

  • PDV-Hater - 2010-06-11 09:16

    PDV is a p****le..... ...GO FRANCE..!! ...GO FRANCE...!!

  • @PDV-Hater - 2010-06-11 09:55

    You are the P&&^%$^L. you give up on an entire team coz you don't like the coach? what about patriotism? go live in france and eat snails.

  • Ethanamok - 2010-06-11 10:16

    Please dont mention "Ruin" in the same sentence as a Bok. Gysie cant come play for him or get the selectors to choose him like in junior rugby. He simply isnt good enough. He is one of the reasons the Sharks are so bad. Oh yes and at Balsak - you know nothing about rugby so please go eat something thats still living to increase your IQ for a period before you sh1t it out.

  • Raka13 - 2010-06-11 10:24

    The only mismanagement that took place is at SARFU and the selectors. Januarie, Chilliboy, Bosman and van Niekerk, should never have been selected for the squad. Snorre is mismanaging top players like Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Grant, Gary Botha, Tiaan Liebenberg, van den Heever, Lambie, not even to mention that he doesn't pull his weight for the BEAST.

  • BlueMofo - 2010-06-11 11:38

    Ricky J is fat and slow.

  • John Dias Ferreira - 2010-06-11 12:21

    Guys, it makes no difference what the committe does, we are the worlds best rugby nation and all of our players deserve a chance. We may not always see running rugby at its best but remember that you are only as good as your opponent on the day and believe you me some of those other teams make us look wet behind the ears. The fact is that Sa rugby is 1&2 in super 14 and that is enough for me, go Bulle and go Stormers and best of luck against the frogs. my score 31-14 to the Boks. enjoy your weekend and Bafana Bafana 2-1 to them to.

  • Mr D - 2010-06-11 12:56

    RJ is n' buttonkop kan gu rugby sleeli so fok hom

  • Sharkie :-) - 2010-06-11 14:57

    @Balsak Gaan suig maar eerder ou Klipkind se vuil tone - dit maak meer sense as die goed wat jy hier kwyt raak

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