Div mulls Bakkies options

2011-09-12 06:29

Wellington - Coach Peter de Villiers says South Africa may act to summon backup for injured locks Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha "sooner rather than later," while center Jean de Villiers may again have to watch some of a Rugby World Cup from the sidelines.

Matfield aggravated a hamstring strain during the Springboks 17-16 win over Wales on Sunday and was taken from the field early in his record 108th test match to prevent the injury deteriorating and is expected to be sidelined for 10 days.

"Bakkies has got an Achilles tendon problem which hasn't responded as well as we anticipated," team doctor Craig Roberts said.

"We are still working on it and we haven't made a decision about how we're going to continue with him at this stage.

"The other one who is in a similar boat is Victor Matfield, who started feeling his hamstring tightening up and with a long tournament ahead we decided to put him off (the field) to try and protect that hamstring."

Coach de Villiers said the need for a replacement now had to be considered at an early stage.

He said the Springboks had expected injuries to be a natural consequence of the physical nature of World Cup rugby. The ageing nature of the South African team -  which deployed 815 test caps against Wales, the most experienced lineup in its history - exacerbated the injury risk.

"We always knew there would be injuries but what you gain from this team with experience you will forfeit on fitness," he said. "We always knew it because the older you get the longer it takes to get over the game blues."

Roberts said Jean de Villiers suffered a grade one rib cartilage strain before being replaced in the 24th minute of Sunday's match and would be sidelined for around 10 days. The rugged inside center was part of the Springboks team that won the 2007 World Cup, though he tore a biceps early in that tournament and spent most of it one the sidelines.

Peter de Villiers said there was no need for alarm because there was depth in South Africa and if reinforcements are required "we bring them."

"We've got a good team and to get a squad in which we can get our best players on the field is the focus for the tournament," he said.

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  • markings - 2011-09-12 07:17

    South Africa just doesn't want to learn that one does not enter a tournament with old, injured and half fit players. It is the same year after year, in many sports.

  • The Hock - 2011-09-12 08:11

    I think some people are being a little harsh on Du Preez and Morne Steyn... Du Preez was great on service, and they both played a key role in Hougaard's try. Steyn is playing to Snor's gameplan with all the kicking away possession bs, and unlike some of the other world class kickers this weekend, I don't recall him missing a penalty or conversion. I 100% agree that Bismarck, Hougaard and Alberts brought on something special, and was also disappointed with Butch. I would have way more young players for their energy on the field - rather put Frans Steyn at his preferred position in centre to replace De Villiers, with Lambie playing fullback, and Pietersen/Aplon and Hougaard starting at wing and Bismarck at Hooker. Smit needs to fake an injury quick - Schalk did fine as captain.

      shane2809 - 2011-09-12 09:55

      @ Hock, Good comments. Also, with two flyhalfs standing next to each other we were so predictable, if Morne didn't kick the ball away then Butch was sure going to.........

  • kyktweekeer - 2011-09-12 08:41

    JAAA SWAER...!

  • bill - 2011-09-12 08:43

    The old crocks looked exactly that - tired old and past their sell by date.Schalk burger is useless-cant offload in a tackle. Habanna is a passenger, the only ray of hope was when Hougaardt and Bismark came on.

  • Zullie - 2011-09-12 08:49

    Jeez - struggling to focus this morning on work???? I think that Gerhard Mostert is the only option if Matfield and Bakkies are ruled out for a week or two. pity Bekker is out? So, Muller and Mostert it will have to be - they are the only one's who know the system. If Jean is out (and it looks like it), they should go back to the 2007 option - Frans Steyn at 12 and then bring Lambie in at 15. Butch didn't look too good there? Minimal chganges are the key now - the guys will get better and better. I really liked the way Hougaard brought a high intensity to the game. I am a bit worried that Wales made Brussouw ineffective - he only stole one ball. The problem was that he was mostly the first player to the tackle, where he should be the second, which is why Alberts is a better bet than Burger. If we want Brussouw to be effective play Alberts. Wayne Barnes showed again that he blows with one eye in a patch. Smit vs Bismarck - I don't know what to say anymore? GO BOKKE SATURDAY!

  • Andy - 2011-09-12 09:16

    Quote, "though he tore a BICEPS early in that tournament and spent most of it ONE the sidelines". Just some editing. Thanks

      Shukran - 2011-09-12 14:37

      You are right Andy - the journalism and editing on News24 is quite abysmal sometimes. .

  • VELOCITY - 2011-09-12 09:35

    What is Pieterson doing in the Bok side? Put any other wing of colour in there if you must Divvie, but for heavens sake get rid of that Palooka. That man might just cost us a knockout game with his pansy defence, mindless "attacking" and general lack of actual participation in the game.

  • Ray123 - 2011-09-12 09:52

    We can't expect to win games if every player on the pitch can't give 100% effort. The biggest culprit was JP on the right Wing. He was pedestrian again and was not productive at all. Apart from fielding one up-and-under late in the game he was just standing around and jogging up and down the side line. What happened to our wings doing everything at full speed. This was eminent from the start of the Tri-Nations and he even got Booood on his home ground during the game vs the Ausies in Durban. Surely our Couching Staff should be able to see this from the post match analysis or are they just not looking at this at all. They should replace JP with Hougie as he proved again what can be accomplished if you do everything with passion and pride, heck, even Gio Aplon would be better in that position??

  • woodifer - 2011-09-12 10:08

    whatever happened to that naas bloke?

  • Williejohn - 2011-09-12 10:56

    Hougaard for du Preez, Bismark for Smit and Alberts for Spies. I hope that the selectors noticed the difference when these guys went on and are brave enough to drop the out of form senior players. Victor was a passenger and besides his injury, on form shouldn't have been on the field anyway.

  • Andy Lamont - 2011-09-12 11:00

    Some great and well informed post match analysis. As an ex front row exponent of the dark arts SA has to start with Bismark. You build wins and for that you need an established platform with Bissy at the centre of this. Your tight five is absolutely key. As Franscois Pienaar said the other day' forwards win games, backs determine by how much'. Lets hope that PdV can allow SA to build its winning momentum without their hands tied behind their backs. Certainly bring John Smit on once the job is done if that is what is needed to satisfy the politicians. Go the Bokke!

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