Boks ready for 'real' RWC

2011-10-03 14:48

Wellington - South Africa were preparing for the "real" Rugby World Cup to start when they meet old foes Australia in the tournament's quarter-finals on Sunday.

"One thing's for sure, the real World Cup is starting this week," said captain and hooker John Smit, who guided the Springboks to four victories from four pool games.

"It's definitely a tournament that is set up in two stages, and this is the stage where every game is do-or-die, it's a different level completely."

Predicting there would be a "different vibe" around the camp, Smit added that any team that had safely negotiated pool play was worth their spot in the knock-out phase.

"If you've got this far, you've done well in being successful in your pool and those pools, especially for us, have been invaluable because we came into the competition pretty undercooked," he said.

"So having the game time, being able to see what your combinations are like, and see how players can get into form, it's really invaluable.

"Everyone's on the same level, so the results of what happened are irrelevant because everyone's on the same footing, but experiences of the last four weeks will have been helpful for the eight teams through."

Smit said he was "pretty pleased" with his team's performances so far.

"We've managed to come through our pool with some tough challenges. But it comes down to how we perform over the next three weeks."

The first challenge comes in the shape of the Wallabies, whom Smit agreed had a mental edge over the Springboks.

"We haven't beaten Australia this year and last year wasn't fantastic either," said the hooker, who has signed to play for English Premiership club Saracens after the World Cup.

"They're a team that has one up on us over the last two seasons, they're good opposition, we do know their players better than most and they're a team that has been improving.

"Certainly, they'll feel they'll have a mental edge.

"We'll want to face the match as a fresh start in terms of where we want to go over the next few weeks and I'm pretty sure they'll look at what they've been able to achieve before against us into this weekend.

"It's two different mindsets, I suppose, and they've certainly had the upper hand in the last couple of seasons and it would be naive not to accept that."

But he warned that neither team would rely on past laurels or disappointments.

"They're not going to fool themselves and rely on what they've done and we're not going to fool ourselves and look back at what hasn't been done," he said.

"Each of us is going to take what we've done over the last four weeks, work on that, take the positives out and put it all together on Sunday."


  • Rammsteen - 2011-10-03 14:58

    That's what I said, then everybody disagreed with me - but at least John agrees. There are only 10 worthy RWC teams in the world, why not shorten the tournament and save the minnows from 67-3 defeats?

      Pete OJ - 2011-10-03 15:21

      It was only the top sides that got these huge margin results. The "lesser" teams had tighter winning margins and in some cases the margins were erased (Tonga v France). One of the main reasons for this was exposure and the talent hunters could see the stars from the minnows, offer them contracts and so raise the overall standards (Georgia/Russia/Japan) of play. Making it fewer teams will devalue the overall competition and will contribute to no or little growth in the sport.

      CenturyBok - 2011-10-03 15:22

      well if the IRB wants the game to grow globally than they must keep the minnows around come world cup time, besides the minnows are getting better...

      Civil_Rights - 2011-10-03 15:22

      We will forever be above the Wallebies, they belong DOWN UNDER.

      flowing river - 2011-10-03 15:25

      The Aussies r goin to klap yawl....! Feenish and Klaar !

      marco - 2011-10-03 15:32

      One area of weakness and vulnerability for Australia is in their scrums especially at their tighthead props with serious technical issues when it comes to their binding under pressure.Whoever referee's this should be aware of that and South Africa would wanna target that for potentially a 3 or 5+2point penalty.Recent performances by Francois Hougaard,the now goner Francois Steyn,Bismarck du Plessis and Heinrich Brussow,shows that the Boks do have the X-factor compared to Australia and New Zealand.Even our old stalwarts like Danie Rossouw,Schalk Burger and Jacques Fourie are hitting fine form and surely look world class.Only problem is that PDV and co may have pencilled in Francois Hougaard,Bismarck du Plessis and Danie Rossouw on the bench for the quarter-finals and that's a major worry. One of many ways the Boks should beat Australia I reckon is by creating the maximum impact in the first half of a game.That means starting the guys they want to put on the bench in Francois Hougaard,Bismarck du Plessis and Danie Rossouw.The Boks are at their best with their noses infront first off,and with these players we have our best chance of getting ahead by scoring points.You know you can always bring on Fourie du Preez, John Smit and Bakkies Botha to close out the game then.The Springboks have the players in their squad to defend the trophy successfully so good luck to them.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2011-10-03 15:38

      The only way to grow the game is to sometime get heavy scorelines. The Springboks once beat Italy 101/0 but you don't hear people saying that we shouldn't play Italy… The reason that we see these scorelines during the world cup is because this is normally the only times when top sides play against the minnows. What I believe, is that in between world cups, world rugby should do more to expose the minnows to top rugby as part of growing the game. My bet is the normal end-of-year tour should be used for this. If all the top sides (i.e.: Tri-Nations and Six-Nations teams) would dedicate the hated end of year tour to playing the likes of Russia, USA, Georgia, Brazil, Portugal etc, in time the TV rights and audiences will pay for this investment...

      bullincapeto - 2011-10-03 15:49

      Stormers need to go prop shopping in Eastern Europe

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-03 15:04

    Well done John and your team for progressing to the top of the "Pool of Death". Regarding the different vibe in the Springbok-camp...yes, there is one..."Bok-vibe". ...Bokke, our soldiers...for putting your bodies on the line for South are saluted. Go Bokke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-10-03 15:10

    And so they keep on talking... I guess John Smit is not playing on Sunday, because he is whole day busy with press conferences.

      DeonL - 2011-10-03 15:27

      No one gives Argentinia a chance, you never know with them. Maybe they can do a France against the men in black? Probably not.

      OU AAP - 2011-10-03 15:33

      Kokkie,and now that Carter is not playing and i believe Richie mc Crook might also be out,you might not be doing youre Nama dance afterall

      Theo - 2011-10-03 15:38

      Chief K^k don't worry about Smit, our 2nd best Hooker will be playing and he is coming along nicely.

      Civil_Rights - 2011-10-03 15:38

      The All Blacks winning the Cup- well have a higher chance of seeing a unicorn in your kitchen.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 15:56

      To right John-O.. REAL RWC starts on the weekend... Going to be a GRIND..... and against Oz too... I WILL be rooting for the BOKS... lets hope the PLAN COMES TOGETHER and we KLAP those "MATE'S" !!!!!!!!!!!!

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-03 16:13

      ..genius PDV will definately play grandpa Smit... ...with the worlds best hooker, Bismarck, on the bench ,again,... ...and Banana at no 11... ......bye-bye world cup...!!

      Totman - 2011-10-03 16:26

      @OU AAP. No man, Kokkie is not worth doing our dances. He must rather practice his Kakka dance,...sorry mend Hakka dance.

      pistolpete - 2011-10-03 18:20

      Let me guess Kok. You are an expat who was also a Bulls supporter? Then the drivel you post makes sense. You are obviously trying to justify your decision to emigrate

      Fighterphoenix - 2011-10-03 19:49

      Kok.... Dude all I can say is your name is most apt!!! does sound best in English...must of taken some thought hey?

      Princess - 2011-10-04 16:26

      The floppe bokke is coming back, mark my words! They don't stand a chance against the Aussies. Will Genia, Kurtley Beale gaan hulle deurmekaar hardloop!

      Anon - 2011-10-04 17:17

      @pistolpete - Why Bulls supporter!? Have you ever been to the Cape? Have you ever watched a game played at Newlands during the Super15 or TriNations? Wake up boet

  • silverflash - 2011-10-03 15:13

    Only way to defeat the aussies , play them hard upfront , like ireland did ,we have to make sure they dont get go-forward ball

      OU AAP - 2011-10-03 15:35

      Close down Cooper and Genia,and hurt the centres with hard tacklind and they will be as useless as against Ireland

      Kcolraw - 2011-10-03 19:59

      And stop kick the ball away and giving it to them!

  • Maori - 2011-10-03 15:13

    We haven't beaten Australia this year and last year wasn't fantastic either," said the hooker, who has signed to play for English Premiership club Saracens after the World Cup.

      cj - 2011-10-03 15:48

      Your point ?

      DeonL - 2011-10-03 15:55

      As long as we beat them this weekend, we can go without a few more tri nation wins. We were also the underdogs in 1995 and beat the Oz (def. champions) in the opening game.

      Maori - 2011-10-03 15:56

      Not my point - as you can see, it is a quote from your protea captain, idiot!

      Barry Edwards - 2011-10-03 16:38

      Yes another useless contribution from Maori, to the discussions on here.

      Bennie - 2011-10-03 16:48

      We didnt want to beat them this year....look at 2006....wasn't great either but what happened.....There wasn't a tri nations and WC winner in the same year.

      ApexPredator - 2011-10-03 18:35

      Whohoo. Maori het die copy/paste trick ontdek.

  • Alan - 2011-10-03 15:15

    I agree with Rammsteen - perhaps include Italy, Samoa, Scotland ad Tonga/Fiji, and let everybody play everybody in say 2 pools to qualify for the SF's. The minnows spoil the tournament, and having only 2 pools instead of four makes it less likely for some teams (like NZ in this years tounament) to have a n easier ride to the finals. (That was not an anti NZ comment - it happens to some teams every WC).

      The Rock - 2011-10-03 17:49

      Samoa should be banned!! Along with the useless refs.

  • The Rob - 2011-10-03 15:16

    Gonna be a good game and the Aussies have our respect. But I reckon we'll pip them to the post on Sunday. If we indeed manage to make the semi the following week, presumably against the AB's, it's gonna be tough, but again, we've got the players to do it. Go Bokke!!

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-10-03 15:17

    I believe in you, boys. Go get them!

  • SA-FAN - 2011-10-03 15:21

    What is your bok team for sunday? Please comment would like to see what everybody say. Mine is as follows. 1) G Steenkamp, 2)Bismarck, 3)Beast, 4)Bakkies Botha, 5)Victor Matfield, 6)Heinrich Brussouw, 7)Schalk Burger, 8)Pierre Spies, 9)Fourie du Preez, 10)Morne Steyn, 11)Francois Hougaard, 12)Jean de Villiers, 13)Jacques Fourie, 14) JP Pietersen or Gio Aplon if Pietersen is not fit, 15)Patrick Lambie

      gooinat - 2011-10-03 15:34

      John Smit will definetly start and Francois Hougaard for Habana,I dont know hey.All in all a good team....go Bokke

      HennieduPles - 2011-10-03 15:36

      No Sir, You have to pick between Guthro and the Beast for starters or do you want to play one out of position. Ouboet Dup and Guthro should start. Sorry, again, Hougy will be a replacement as an impact player. Like it or not, JdeV is the best option to Partner Jaques. And Hougie could cover for Fourie as well. Agree with the rest of the team but still believe Oupa John will start at no 2 and play for 60 min. My heart is gold and my blood green. My brain says the Bokke will win the next one but will be on the plane after next weekend. Hope I am wrong.

      Louw - 2011-10-03 15:38

      99% Kies net vir Alberts op 8. ( Spies Bye bye World Cup).

      SA-FAN - 2011-10-03 15:39

      Yeah you could always replace Butch with Jean but the problem is he gives away too much penalties. Actually I don't mind John starting, testing face is over this is where experience will kick in!

      Louw - 2011-10-03 15:44

      SA-Fan Kan nie vir Steenkamp en Beast saam speel nie altwee speel loskop. Moet Du Plessis of CJ wees.

      gooinat - 2011-10-03 15:46

      @Louw,I am not a Spies fan but let him start then bring on Alberts last 20 to bash the living daylights out of the Ozzies?????

      SA-FAN - 2011-10-03 15:49

      Ok then we bring on Jannie Du Plessis in place of Beast Louw

      JJK - 2011-10-03 15:49

      SA FAN, good team, but Jannie duP wil be at 3. Beast and Gertie is looseheads. More interesting will be the reserves. I think they will start Smit at 2 and bring on Bissie at around 50min mark. Lets assume Hougaard will start at 11, and JP at 14. Then JDJ & Aplon on the bench with Alberts, CJ, Gurthro, Bissie and Francois Louw. We must slam the Aussies up front. Being very physical. I think this team can do it.

      Louw - 2011-10-03 15:54

      San Fan ek stem verder goeie span.Stem ook met JJK se bench. Met hierdie span kan ons enige span wat oorbly wen. Go Bokke

      SA-FAN - 2011-10-03 16:01

      Sorry ouens my fout haha, Jannie moet beslis begin ek raak soms deurmekaar met die front row

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-03 16:18

      ..weak-links in Protea-team = grandpa Smit, intercept Banana, no-tackle Jean de Villiers, and genius PDV....

      Marx - 2011-10-03 16:51

      SA-FAN, Bakkies is still injured and won't be up for selection, Danie/Victor will be the Locks.

  • Chief Kok - 2011-10-03 15:23

    The aussies must take on the same aggressive attitude that the Samoans displayed. Boks will be scared to tough the ball. I heard Gio Aplon is too small for the knock out phases. Just surprised that James O'Connor and Shane Williams are just as small, but key players for their teams.

      GTG - 2011-10-03 15:28

      LOL - Only aggression the Aussies have is towards the sheep that does not want to submit.

      Staalbal - 2011-10-03 15:29

      "tough the ball" English should be your first language mate. Sit in jou tande en bere die papsak boetie.

      OU AAP - 2011-10-03 15:38

      Samoa showed bad sportsmanship

      Totman - 2011-10-03 16:38

      @Chief Kok. I think the only reason some is saying Gio is a bit small and say nothing about the small opponents is that our game plan is very much build on defense and theirs very much on attack. I am sure all still rate Gio as a very good player. Helping you because it seams you only h'v half the story

  • hansbull - 2011-10-03 15:29

    My 4 teams for the semi's:Wales,England,All Blacks,Bokke

      SA-FAN - 2011-10-03 15:32

      Yip I agree with you. Wales bokke final then we can beat them decently :)

      gooinat - 2011-10-03 15:41

      Ireland vs Wales game is gonna be a cracker!!!!!!!!!!!

      Chief Kok - 2011-10-03 15:43

      Wow!!! I'm surprised that you have the All Blacks in there - your biggest threat and obstacle.

      sinvol - 2011-10-03 15:50

      Yes Chief. Kokkie... We are objective!!! We can think with our grey matter and appreciate the Qorld matter who is playing. You will enjouy the game even more with an open mind! Think about it....

      Shistirrer - 2011-10-03 16:22

      Sinvol, Chief K*k cannot have an open mind, because that implies that there IS a mind there somewhere...

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-03 16:28

      ...All Blacks and Ireland final... ........ All Blacks = Champs..!!!

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-10-03 16:29

      Ireland to beat Wales!

  • McDaNife - 2011-10-03 15:51

    There are too many Tri-nations and the British Isles playing one another giving the other lesser countries little or no exposure to gain experience. That is the reason soccer why is very popular and way ahead of any sport. Every country has set fixtures to play friendlies to gain sharpness and experience before they do battle to qualifiy for the world cup. Rugby officials are too dumb to follow this trend.

  • Christo - 2011-10-03 15:53

    South African ventriloquist visiting Australia walks into a small town and sees a local sitting on his porch patting his dog. He figures he'll have a little fun. Ventriloquist: Hey, good looking dog. Mind if I speak to him Australian: The dog doesn't talk, you stupid? Ventriloquist: Hey dog, how's it going? Dog: Doin' alright. The Aussie is shocked! Ventriloquist: Is this Aussie your owner? (Pointing at the Aussie?) Dog: Yep. Ventriloquist: How does he treat you? Dog: Real good. He walks me twice a day, feeds me great food, and takes me to the lake once a week to play. The Aussie can't believe his ears! Ventriloquist: Mind if I talk to your horse? Aussie: Horse doesn't talk either. Ventriloquist: Hey horse, how's it going? Horse: No worries. The Australian's mouth is agape. Ventriloquist: Is this your owner? (Pointing at the Aussie?) Horse: Yep. Ventriloquist: How's he treat you? Horse: Pretty good, thanks for asking. He rides me regularly, brushes me down often, and keeps me in the barn to protect me from the elements. The Aussie is TOTALLY amazed! Ventriloquist: Mind if I talk to your sheep? Aussie: The sheep's a liar!!!

      Maori - 2011-10-03 15:57

      shame - copy and paste! Dommer as 'n hondehok, ou christo!

      Marco - 2011-10-03 16:24

      Maori - you're the one thats dumb mate - he was talking about Auzzies. Or are you confused you afrikaans speaking Maori / Auzzie?

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