Brüssow hits back at Welsh

2011-09-06 22:14

Cape Town - Springbok flanker Heinrich Brüssow has hit back at Wales coach Warren Gatland's remarks about the Boks playing boring rugby.

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Gatland last week accused the South Africans of "not playing any rugby" at his side's first press conference in Wellington ahead of their Rugby World Cup opener against South Africa on Sunday.

"They're very good at what they do in terms of set piece and they put the ball up in the air, use the power runners effectively and they're a strong defensive side.

"We pretty much know what they're going to do.

"(Morné) Steyn kicks penalties and drop goals and they will play to their strengths because that's what they're good at doing," Gatland was reported as saying.

Brüssow - who has thrilled Bok fans since his return from injury - says he is surprised at the Welsh coach's remarks.

"What are we doing then (if we're not playing rugby)? I don't know any of that and also don't read the newspapers," Brüssow told Die Burger newspaper when asked about Gatland's remarks.

"Every team has a plan with which it wants to win the World Cup. In the end it's about who wins the matches.

"If you win a match and you scored fewer tries, but kicked better at the posts, it doesn't matter. That's especially the case in a World Cup tournament. We will also win matches with kicks," said Brüssow.

Brüssow's good recent form has left doubt as to where Schalk Burger should be picked in the Bok loose trio, but the the Free State fetcher believes the No 7 position would suit Burger just fine.

"Schalk is very adaptable and could play openside or blindside. It just depends where you pick him. We will be assured with him as a No 7 flank as ball-carrier and distributor," said Brüssow.

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  • Henk - 2011-09-06 22:24

    You tell that Gat land, Boer Seun! Maybe he forgot how you ripped the ball from the All Blacks. Go teach those arrogant dragonions a few Grey Collage Rugby lessons! Go Bokke!!!!!

      Francois - 2011-09-06 22:31

      Why do you, Boerseun, answer Gatland? You should have replied "KVS". Schalk can also play nr 8.

      Brannas - 2011-09-07 05:29

      Schalk cannot play rugby to save his life. completely overrated and a palooka

      BreakdownBoy - 2011-09-07 07:27

      @Brannas - Wow, you must have forgotten the IRB player of the year award he has at home. Schalk is a legend, he came back from an injury that would have broken any other man, in stead he plays just as hard. The man is respected by rugby players the world over. What makes your oppinion worth anything in comparison?

      kosie - 2011-09-07 08:19

      Brannas is a blue bull and thinks stegmann is the only good no 6 in the country

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-07 08:32

      Yes gents. I would pick Schalk at 7 with Brusouw and Spies. Albert to come on in the 60th minute and give everything in that 20 minutes. In the smaller games Alberts can move to 8 with Louw and either Burger or Brusouw at 6.

      tonno - 2011-09-07 08:33

      @Brannas - jeepers, it's guys like you that give the blue bulls supporters a bad name. Thick as pig sh1t you are.

      Steyts - 2011-09-07 08:45

      If The Incredible Schalk is a pallooka, then Pierre Spies and Danie Rossouw must be retards... Anyway, i agree with sh@rks fever, Spies starts and is replaced by Alberts. His bruising runs the last quarter of the game will be a huge advantage!! In the smaller games Louw should play 6 to give Brussow a breather with Alberts at 8 and Burger at 7...

      roboman1 - 2011-09-07 08:54

      Well said Henk, and yes, by the end of this world cup everyone will know who Brussow is, plus Schalk the Hulk. And if we want to play pretty rugby we can do that after the world cup against minnows, at this stage we will play winning rugby, thats why we have two world cups already and Wales zero cups

      Rynosterman - 2011-09-07 08:59

      Waar val jy uit Francois...??? @ Brannas, ek stem saam met tonno, jy gee ons Bulle net n slegte naam. As jy wragtag dink Schalk Burger kan nie rugby speel nie en is n palooka ?? dan moet jy miskien figure skating as n sport oorweeg, want dan weet jy niks van rugby af nie....

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-07 09:27

      .....Pierre Spies = World's best no 8...!! ........Alberts, Vermeulen = pooooooofters....

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-07 09:32

      The Welsh are just frustrated that they cannot counter the Boks, whether they run or kick. Wales, with comments like that, have already resigned themselves to a defeat!! What else is new? GOOOOO BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      geewiz - 2011-09-07 11:25

      Slaan Gat land se stere so warm dat sy ma-hulle moet wonder waar hulle foutgegaan het in die dissipline-en-respek area. Gwar!

      Sme - 2011-09-07 12:50

      @ Brannas en as jy daai Brannas neersit en die babbelas en Brannas afgeslaap het dan word jy wakker, kom agter watse brannas k*k jy gepraat het, en dan kom jy ook weereens agter dat jy nogsteeds 'n kommin (met'n k) idioot is en die BRANNAS help nie!!!!!

      Francois - 2011-09-07 14:45

      Come on guys, there are TWO statements - Brussouw should not have answered Gatland and the second on is: "Schalk can play no 8" , this was in reply to Brussouw selecting himself as selector in saying that Schalk can play 7 ie " I, Brussouw will play 6 and if that is the case Schalk must play 7" - well Schalk can also play no 8. Clear?

  • BokSharky - 2011-09-06 22:26

    Thats it Brussouw win at all costs,there is enough matches to show some ball skills and smooth backline tries,just sort out the first game settle in ..............Mnr GAT LAND i mean MR GATLAND needs to play and beat the boks first,before attempting any mind games against the BOKS

  • pants - 2011-09-06 22:47

    He should say we don't play rugby....I think what he meant to say was Wales don't play winning rugby. How many WWC's, how many time's have the Welsh beaten the Boks...yes that's it ..... It all makes sense now.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-09-06 22:50

    Heinrich, Don't let potential LOOSERS wind you up.

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-07 09:37


  • aland - 2011-09-06 23:10

    "Wat are we doing then...." - another article for the sake of ......another article. As a bare minimum, use a spell checker!

      scovele - 2011-09-07 06:03

      Hey Aland it could have been a typing error, ever thought about that.....

      JWock - 2011-09-07 06:45

      @scovele - it was a typo, but neither the spell checker nor the proof-reader picked it up, and there has been a surprising amount of News24 articles with spelling issues.

  • Democrat - 2011-09-06 23:38

    The reason we score more points from kicks is that the opposition employ illegal tactics close to their line leading to the penalties. They know that if we are able to clear the ball more quickly we would score more tries.

  • john - 2011-09-07 00:28

    Oh, for God's sake, it's a bit of gamesmanship by the Welsh coach, not an accusation that SA committed the frigging Holocaust. Just ignore it and prepare for the game. You can let your rugby speak for you on the field. Keerist, are they EVER going to let this go? Or is this going to be one of those Boer War things that SA players are bringing up a century from now? "Jou oupa het vir my oupa gese dat ons nie ordentlike rugby speel nie. Moenie dink ons vergeet nie, ou maat!"

      Hendrik - 2011-09-07 08:57

      Did you realise that the Welsh coach brought it up, not Brussow or any other boerseun for that matter. Seems like YOU have a problem or guilt feeling about the boer war

      Zee - 2011-09-07 09:37

      Get over yourself John...

  • Karoobloed - 2011-09-07 02:31

    Sensationalist headline. However, Brussow and other members of the SA squad would be wise not to get drawn into petty tit-for-tats. Always remain polite guys - it should not be that difficult.

  • noitall - 2011-09-07 06:50

    I can like to tell yous reg uit ons speil kif rugaby in RSA

  • Kevin - 2011-09-07 07:06

    Who is Gatland? Who is Wales? Do they know this is a Rugby World cup. The ballet was last month

  • Martin - 2011-09-07 07:14

    What's news Gat land??? Every team has a plan to win the World cup. Wales for instance: Play dead and avoid tough contact with boerseuns like Bismarck & Bakkies + ex-Zanu-PF the Beeeeaaast!!!

  • Auds - 2011-09-07 07:21

    Wales -1 Bokke - 0 Got suck in let the mind games begin.

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-07 08:40

      What are you on about. If Wales was pretty even with us like Nzl and Aus mind games can play a part in the outcome of a game. But they are very far from the Boks. They are in my opinion pretty useless when it comes to playing rugby and to even have the ordasity to say things like that makes me laugh. I wonder if Gat Land thinks they are playing against Namibie as with them maybe mind games would work.

      AjAxxxx - 2011-09-07 10:47

      are you saying wales minus one boks minus 0? Then boks are one ahead? TOOL.

  • Auds - 2011-09-07 07:25

    Wales -1 Bokke - 0 Got sucked in let the mind games begin.

  • SirPlod - 2011-09-07 07:35

    I've read the article a few times and I still can't see where Brussouw "hit back" at Gatland and Wales?

  • Villagegenius - 2011-09-07 07:39

    Bakkies Botha has a picture of Chuck Norris on his bedroom wall, Chuck Norris has a poster of Heinrich Brussow

  • BB - 2011-09-07 07:42

    Heinrich, ons gaan lekker lag Saterdag.! Hulle dink hulle gaan wen. Die noordelike halfrond se spanne gaan swak wees hierdie WC!

      BokBru - 2011-09-07 08:08

      BB. Hulle speel Sondag hoor. Maar is waar wat jy se. Ons moet op die veld praat.

  • call a spade - 2011-09-07 07:52

    firing up the boks with that kind of comment can cost your team dearly mr gatland.

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-07 08:49

      And oh it will.

  • Gatvol - 2011-09-07 07:55

    Boks - 2 World Cups Wales - Zero

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-07 08:46

    The problem is that I don't really recall Wales playing exciting rugby either. Besides that our biggest opponent in our Pool is probably Samoa. Thats what we think of the Welsh. Bottom line is with our non existing rugby and all your fancy footwork and oh so marvelous game plan we are still going to kick your asses.

  • Mazizi - 2011-09-07 08:58

    let him talk Heinrich, what matters is what happens in the field. Go bokke.

  • Steve - 2011-09-07 09:14

    Don't worry Heinrich a win is a win and all of SA is behind you boys! We don't care if no tries are scored! Just bring the cup home!

  • Wayne - 2011-09-07 09:30

    This machine is going to make the Welsh eat pounds of humble pie.

  • Stryder - 2011-09-07 09:31

    Why has Chuck Norris only got one ball? Because Brussouw stole the other one.

  • Eugene - 2011-09-07 09:49

    My answer is this. Simple and Short. When last did Wales win a world cup ? *Smiles Wide*

  • RWC It - 2011-09-07 10:34

    What's wrong with all this... let's be honest, Gatland is only saying what the rest of the rugby fraternity is thinking... it's a style of play that the Boks do effectively, and he never said they were a bad side.... And, actually it's not the Welsh that are making these comments, as Gatland is a Kiwi... if anybody bothers to follow any other interviews made by the Welsh camp, they have a lot of respect for SA. Their backs & forwards coaches have been full of praise about the Bok players. What's all this over-reaction??? To be blunt, c'mon credit where's it's due... Wales have run us close in the last three encounters, and they've had a good build-up to the World Cup having beaten England & Argentina. It also seems apparent that some of you saying that who are Wales, are not old enough to respect that they've also had great teams of the past.. no World Cups admittedly... but hey, NZ have only won one, are are the most consistent team in the world... England got to the final in 07, and had not won anything in the Northern hemisphere tournaments since 03 because France and Wales were winning 6 nation Grand Slams... some teams are just better at the knock type of game... like the Boks and England.

  • gharri - 2011-09-07 12:28

    Gatland getting a bit worried about Sunday, now he uses a bit of mind games.......? What a shame!

  • Craig - 2011-09-07 12:43

    World champs TWICE to Walse ZERO and we cannot play rugby. Go out and thrash the livving CRAP out of them ... give thm a 50 point hiding and then shove their faces in it...PLEASE...........

  • barker - 2011-09-07 14:15

    Oh come on bok supporters it is the age old trick of weaker oppents making disparaging remarks about us to put us off our stride and the problem is often we do. The fact is compared to most other sides we do play the more boring and predicatable rugby so Gatland is not technically wrong. The fact is that it still works for us (but dont know for how long though) but he is simply winding the Boks up so he can hopefully piss then off enough, make them question themselves and in so doing perhaps put them off their nornmal game. So best we be careful as the Welsh are no longer the pushovers even though history suggests so. But let us not panic.....yet.....

  • tut - 2011-09-07 14:52

    Gatland has a valid point because the same applies to Welsh rugby too. Nothing intelligent, different, unique, innovative, strategic about PVD/Gatland and both their "perceived" coaching tactics for a tactical game plan for both sides. The only way the BOKS will retain their WC title is to prove their critics wrong and to play themselves off their feet literally. The Welsh will burn themselves out as they usually do at every WC like the damp arthritic dragons they portray themselves on the field.

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