Zondagh backs Bok blueprint

2011-08-25 22:05

Cape Town - Former WP and Saracens coach Alan Zondagh says the Springboks should stick with the game plan they employed against the All Blacks in order to successfully defend their World Cup crown in New Zealand.

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The Boks beat the New Zealanders 18-5 in their Tri-Nations Test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Despite being labeled by many as a "rugby-romanticist" due his willingness to follow an attractive, attack-oriented style, Zondagh feels the Boks' conservative approach of kick, chase and defend will stand them in good stead during the tournament.

"The question is just whether the Springboks can maintain the same intensity consecutively during the quarter-final, semi-final and final," Zondagh told Die Burger newspaper.

"I have through the years always been talked about as being a romanticist about the game, but that's not what the World Cup is about. You are going there to win and it doesn't matter how. Will anyone talk about your style of play if you win the tournament?"

Zondagh feels no team would have beaten South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

"The Boks had to win to go into the World Cup in a positive frame of mind and it showed they can do it on the day. They did not want to lose.

"That's one thing about South Africans - if you force them with their backs to the wall, they will put up a fierce battle. It's in our rugby's DNA," said Zondagh.

Zondagh has run a rugby academy, the Rugby Performance Centre (RPC), for the last seven years.

It's focus was to develop talented players, who failed to break into representative teams at an early stage, into top professionals.

However, financial difficulties have forced Zondagh to shift the focus of the centre for next year. From 2012 the centre will be a base for coaching clinics and camps.

The RPC has produced top players like WP scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage, SA Sevens captain Kyle Brown, Lions captain Josh Strauss and EP Kings fullback, SP Marais.


  • thefeather - 2011-08-25 22:45

    So why do they only put up a fierce battle if you put their backs up against the wall? That doens't make a whole lot of sense...not overly sensible rugby DNA either by all accounts. I wonder if we lost the 'pass the ball on a clear overlap' gene somewhere too?

      Aitsa - 2011-08-25 23:35

      If you're better at rugby analysis than Allan Zondagh, a fortune awaits you, smart guy.

      thefeather - 2011-08-26 06:20

      Thanks Aitsa, nothing like a bit of dimwitted sense of humour failure to end a Thursday. Read it all again, slower this time and wait for the light bulb to flicker to life.

  • Chris in Oz - 2011-08-25 23:43

    He might be right. But the Boks should also have a backup plan for when their halfback pairing is under a lot of pressure, because that is where the oposition will focus their pressure. Please do not have the Bulls gameplan of: try plan A, if that fails, try plan A again. If that fails again, try plan A again. If it fails for a third time, fight.

      MK - 2011-08-26 00:34

      Why not say Bulls if you are implying exactly that. Focus on the bigger Picture. Bulls Beat the British Ireland Lions, Won the Super 14 etc. Enjoy your Rugby objectively. I support the Bulls but am not blind to their shortfalls. I do not care if my team is on the losing side. I focus on the positives of Rugby in all provincial/regional teams. Let us unite for a change and support the Boks.

  • Bandleader - 2011-08-26 00:31

    The Boks need a Plan A first, and not the chip-and-chase game. We wiped the opposition in 2009 with a ball-in-hand & solid-defence approach. That's where Morne's boot will work best to punish the oposition. But kicking away possession in the hope of gaining field position will cost us dearly at RWC.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-08-26 02:39

    Ah, yes. Springbok rugby gives everybody a chance to be a Bulls supporter.

  • Jacques van Zyl - 2011-08-26 03:05

    people!!!i am a south african that has been living in nz for just over two years now. U all need to stop assuming that we will just march into the quarters and semis!! I also would like to be very relaxed about the situation of our guys just getting to the quarters , but the fact is , we have wales-who just beat england, in our pool, then we have samoa and fidji in our pool. The samoa springbok gme is one of the first to be sold out, it is guna be a massive game, remeber samoa beat aussies. So will the fidji game. Remeber, those two islands are right next to nz so those teams will have massive support. I really hope that the sbok side does not have the attitude of yeah we will cruise into the quarters like some of you. Yes im a big sbok supporter and really hope we win the cup again, but we will HAVE to look at this a bit more open minded

      George - 2011-08-26 06:23

      You are right, South Africa has a tough road ahead to the quarters and the only easy game might be against Namibia. To get to Alan Zondagh's comment of "conservative approach of kick, chase and defend" might get the Springboks in trouble. What happened to "keep the ball in hand" let the forward pick and drive and then move the ball down the backline up to our wings? If Steyn are going to keep kicking possession away like he did with the last test againt a full strength team we might just lose our chances to collect the WC trophey again this year.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-26 06:26

      Who DIED and made Alan Zondagh the RUGBY EXPERT????? As far as I recall, "KICK CHASE AND DEFEND" is why the Bok's WENT INTO THAT DOWNWARD SPIRAL!!!!

      hls - 2011-08-26 06:32

      Is it not also why the bulls went into the downward spiral?

  • mycentswrth - 2011-08-26 04:38

    if you think kick and chase needs to be taught, no wonder your academy is in trouble. MS appliethe kick and chase because he has no other moves and don't get me started on the stupid box kick. You win the line out, you mall and struggle, yes, this time we actualy not loose the ball ...and then FdP does the stupid box kick and give the ball away....all for brainer! the booke are going to loose with kick and chase.

      MB1810 - 2011-08-26 09:03

      THANK YOU for mentioning FdP kicking away the ball after a maul!! They work hard, actually get some go forward and then all of that gets wasted by putting up a ridiculous little box kick and handing posession back to the opponents. That has never made sense to me, they might aswell just lose the maul on purpose.

  • Exsafan - 2011-08-26 06:45

    BREAKING NEWS: Springboks rugby practice was delayed 2 hours today after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. Coach Peter de Villiers immediately suspended practice and called the police and hazmat investigators. After a complete analysis, both groups' experts determined that the white substance, unknown to players, was the TRY LINE! Practice resumed after the Police and hazmat experts decided the team was UNLIKELY to encounter the substance again during the rugby world cup. Now........ try to have a laugh at this all of you rugby fanatics in SA!

  • Colin - 2011-08-26 07:18

    I don't think that this blog should be used for ambush marketing tactics!!! Cheapskates trying for a freebee! See bnmfgh!! Anyway, the Springbok emblem should be on the chest.......

  • Zolani - 2011-08-26 08:36

    • On the 1st of September, the boys leave for New Zealand and you can give them a champion’s send-off. Be one of the rugby mad South Africans at Nelson Mandela Square sending the Boks on their way. It’s The Fans' Farewel PASS ON

  • POLAR_BEAR - 2011-08-26 09:04

    Hopefully Zondagh did not use this approach to rugby to train the players at his academy. SA need to produce players with skill and flair, players who can create tries, not kick up and unders the whole day. With this archaic approach, we will be well beaten in every match between world cups.

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