Boks aren't that old - Bakkies

2011-09-05 09:48

Wellington - According to Die Burger’s Stephen Nell, emotions will be put on the back-burner for rugby’s most experienced lock pairing, Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield as they head into the twilight of their careers.

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“I don’t think it’s emotional. We know that this is our last Rugby World Cup and we are simply doing what is best for the team - Victor in the lineouts, while I sort out the physical aspect,” Botha told Die Burger on Sunday.

“We are not viewing this as our final World Cup or our final matches. We will approach the match (against Wales this Sunday) as if it is our first.”

Botha is in his last season with the Boks before he joins French club side, Toulon in France while Matfield will retire after the tournament.

Botha dismissed the notion that the experienced South African team are too old to successfully defend their title.

“England won the World Cup in 2003 with team which had average age older than ours.

“We know that we have an experienced team and the guys will still give it their all.

“Age is not a factor. The most important thing is that you are eager to make a difference for your country.”  

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  • Anneleen - 2011-09-05 09:55

    ...nee Bokke, julle is glad nie oud nie...daar is nog baie skop in julle...go Bokke!!!

      Netherlander - 2011-09-05 14:12

      You are as OLD as the PERSON YOU FEELING!

      Exoteric - 2011-09-05 14:54

      The headline begs a comment doesnt it, its hard not to be tongue in cheek with this one. Lets see if our 'ou toppie' bokkies can keep up with the youngsters...lets hope so!

      jk - 2011-09-05 15:04

      nederlander- we talk about prof sport here...not a bowling outing...

  • Shark-Chic - 2011-09-05 10:00

    Hopefully experience will be more valuable than youth. If we as the supporters believe in our team and they as players, believe in themselves, we can retain this title!

  • coolio_101 - 2011-09-05 10:09

    BOOHOO bloody old age home.....

      smarti - 2011-09-05 10:47

      jealousy makes u nasty!

      Marshall - 2011-09-05 13:19

      @Coolio you are an idiot. For the most part, there really isn't that much by way of difference between most of the squads. The average ages of the squads at this years WC from oldest to youngest: 18th. Ireland – 28.73 16th. Russia – 28.40 16th. France – 28.40 15th. Tonga – 28.33 14th. Scotland – 28.30 13th. Japan – 28.13 11th. South africa – 27.93 11th. Argentina – 27.93 10th. Italy – 27.60 9th. England – 27.57 8th. New zealand – 27.56 7th. Georgia – 27.10 6th. Fiji – 26.90 5th. Canada – 26.80 4th. Namibia – 26.73 3rd. USA – 26.13 2nd – Australia – 25.60 1st – Wales – 25.53

      coolio_101 - 2011-09-05 18:20

      What must i do with this useless piece of info ha?

  • Dal2000 - 2011-09-05 10:27

    The Boks are definitely not too old. It's the public with perception issues.

      Lipper - 2011-09-05 10:44

      I agree, they are not to old......but they are out of form and have not played together nearly enough in the past six months. I lay the blame with the coaching staff. This will be the reason they do not defend the title successfully.

      First48 - 2011-09-05 13:46

      So Lipper, if the Boks win will you give the coaching staff the credit or will you make up some other excuse?

  • robadog - 2011-09-05 10:45

    bokke, your'e not the youngest but holy crap Snor must be sent to patures

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-09-05 10:57

    Glad nie te oud nie! Bokke is op die regte plek, 4 goeie opwarmingswedstryde voor die QF's! Ons begin elke jaar ons seisoen teen 'n span soos Wallis en wen gewoonlik. Sondag is niks anders as dan nie! GO BOKKE!!!

  • mal.emmer - 2011-09-05 11:12

    Oupa Bakkies is reg. Al is die ligaam oud is die gees nog reg. Hy moet net n bietjie viagra en ys by die brandewyn gooi en hulle kan wen.

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-05 11:25

      ?? If Hefner can have children at his age.... Boks are a good age, and I back them all da way.

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-05 11:13

    Go Bakkies! Go Bokke!

  • W Wallace - 2011-09-05 13:39

    Bakkies Botha folded his first paper airplane when he was 4 years old. It landed yesterday...

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