Boks won't be complacent

2011-09-20 07:30

Cape Town - Springbok scrumhalf Francois Hougaard says they are by no means lacking in intensity as they prepare to face minnows Namibia on Thursday.

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The Boks are expected to ease past their African neighbours, but Hougaard told the Beeld newspaper his team-mates refuse to view the game as a gimme.

"There is no way that we will fall into any sort of comfort zone. The competitiveness between the players is just too strong and the pride to give your best for your country and the Springboks is too big. We may know a few of the players from the other team (Namibia) and some of them are team-mates in provinces, but this is firstly a Test that you are playing for the Springboks," said Hougaard.

"It remains a privilege and a chance you must grab and cherish."

Even though he was picked at scrumhalf for the clash against Namibia, the 23-year-old Blue Bull realises his chance for a permanent spot at No 9 will come in future.

Du Preez is expected to be back at scrumhalf for the game against Samoa.

"Fourie (Du Preez) deserves to play there. He is one of the senior players and decision makers in the team."

And Hougaard is more than happy to help out as a substitute on the wing for the rest of the tournament.

"The fun part in coming on as a substitute is that the coach expects you to try and make an impact and on the wing you play the situation, so it's easier. Scrumhalf-play is far more structured," said Hougaard.


South Africa:
15 Pat Lambie, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Danie Rossouw, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 John Smit (captain), Gurthro Steenkamp.

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Francois Louw, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Juan de Jongh.

15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Danie van Wyk, 12 Piet van Zyl, 11 Heine Bock, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 7 Jacques Burger (c), 6 Tinus du Plessis, 5 Nico Esterhuyse, 4 Heinz Koll, 3 Marius Visser, 2 Bertus O'Callaghan, 1 Johnnie Redelinghuys

Substitutes: 16 Hugo Horn, 17 Jané du Toit, 18 Pieter Jan van Lill, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Ryan de la Harpe, 21 Darryl de la Harpe, 22 Conrad Marais

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  • Zip23 - 2011-09-20 07:34

    Would think its a good game to have Ralepelle start and sommer captain the team?

      gooinat - 2011-09-20 07:41

      I really don't understand the thinking that Smit must start and Captain the team!!!I would have given Bissie a half and Chilliboy a half.

      Zip23 - 2011-09-20 07:48

      Sure, but Bismark is in great form, Ralepelle needs the game time. What happens if Smit/ du Plessis injured in knock out phases?

      Zip23 - 2011-09-20 07:50

      Oh, Gooinat, condolences on the Cronje signing, keep the faith, all not lost:(

      gooinat - 2011-09-20 08:01

      Same goes with Flo as well,he needs game time!!!By the way,you can have Lionel I have never been a great fan of he's,to injured and to erratic,good luck though!!!!

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-20 08:04

      I actually think this is a very good team selection for this particular game. Strong team on the field to make sure we smash the Namibians into submission and then some good gamebreakers on the bench for when things become a bit loose in the second half. Nice to see Frans Steyn at inside centre again and glad that Aplon is also getting a chance.

      Zip23 - 2011-09-20 08:08

      Why are people giving my Chilli comment a thumbs down? Must be the expats, surely cant be saffas?

      Zip23 - 2011-09-20 08:10

      gooinat, agree on Flo, but he cant be captain:)

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-20 08:21

      Zip23, ....Chilliboy Rallepelle + grandpa John Smit = "Quota" players.... .....NOT in the team on merit...

      roboman1 - 2011-09-20 08:41

      In unity lies strength, Smit must stay the skipper and start as often as possible. This is a good team and we have harmony there, which is more valuable than the All Black all stars. Rugby is a team game and Smit is leading the team, so get used to it. And come on South Africans, lets back this team, coach and all, they are representing us. If they lose, go for it with recriminations and the amateur advice, but at this stage, support support support, thats what our team needs.

      Zip23 - 2011-09-20 08:44

      Chilli is no quota player, must be terrible going through life, and the only defining factor when judging people are the colour of their skin. You are missing out on a lot, I can tell you.

  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-09-20 07:47

    Should be a good game......Boks by 65

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-20 08:36

      Boks to have a shocker and Namibia to hit their straps - boks to win bt no more than 20

  • Carl Muller - 2011-09-20 07:48

    Go and surprise us again!

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-20 08:01

    Go Bokke, go! Well done to the team and their replacements announced last night. May all you players have a great time there in Taupo! Boks forever!!!!!

  • Melinda - 2011-09-20 08:02

    Finally Hogi gets a start go Bokke !

  • wayne.nkuna - 2011-09-20 08:12

    from a very reliable source ...................france will win the world cup by 8 points

      Zip23 - 2011-09-20 08:17

      jk is not a reliable source, my brother jk?

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-20 08:27

      World Cup of lawn bowls?

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-20 08:33

      ....2011 World Champions = All Blacks..!! ......Go All Blacks..!!

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-20 08:41

      Johnny-BB you have probably been shoutin' that ever since 1987..

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-20 08:43

      The last time the All Blacks won a world cup, was before Vanilla Ice was famous. It is THAT long ago. May the traditional CHOKE continue.

  • Coach99 - 2011-09-20 08:19

    Francois is right wing is far less structured, allowing him to move and manouver run like a man possesed and exploit all his talent. this is why is say he should start at wing and not at half back because he can set a game alight from the onset, i feel that he is trapped at no 9, not saying that he is not good there but this little mamba needs the ball and needs to run with it he will win you games! like a better version of a James O'Conner!

  • The Hock - 2011-09-20 08:31

    Hougaard has been great at wing because of his amazing energy! He just goes for it and has the talent to balance that out. Habana used to be like that. Still, I think Hougie will be great at scrumhalf! FdP maybe needs a rest and some quiet time to regain some of his old form. It will be interesting to see whether Morne can perform as well as on Saturday without FdP - they seem to pair quite well.

  • warerugby - 2011-09-20 09:23

    Pieter de Villiers has impressed me so far on the rwc being profesional and making good team selections, i like his policy of being the only coach to pick his strongest team just about every week. Now, if he only has the stones to pick Hougie before Habanna at 11 and Frans Steyn at 12 for the big games and Danie before Spies at 8 we might just win the whole thing!!! Is all of this happenig because Rassie is there?

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