Burger: Backline did their job

2011-09-23 09:51

Auckland - Of the 12 tries scored against Namibia in their 87-0 victory in Auckland on Thursday, only two were credited to the Springbok forwards, and that is the way it should be, says Schalk Burger.

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"Against Fiji, the forwards had their chance," Burger said.

"Gurthro (Steenkamp), Beast (Mtawarira) and Danie Rossouw scored, so I think we have now had our share.

"We don't score a lot of tries so it was time we left it for the backs to do their work for a change."

Wing Gio Aplon, centre Juan de Jongh and scrumhalf Francois Hougaard added two tries each on the night while the forwards won a penalty try because of their solid work in the scrum.

Their only other contribution to the score was a late five-pointer by in-form lock Rossouw.

Burger said he was not concerned about the team's speedsters beating them to the race for the line.

"In fact, it is nice when you take your head out of a scrum or ruck and the backs score a try."

The back rower said he was looking forward to some rest ahead of next week's crunch match against Samoa at Eden Park.

"It is always good to get a couple of days off," he said.

"It was a relatively short turnaround from our last match, so we will now have time to rest our bodies.

"With that said, we know that we can't switch off completely.

"It is in the middle of the competition and there is a big match ahead of us next week."

Getting a weekend away from the predominantly wet training fields will also give Burger a chance to recover fully from the flu he had leading up to their third match of the tournament.

"I didn't feel that good this week. I was a bit blocked up and, to be honest, I struggled to sing the national anthem because I lost my voice, but it should come back one of these days."

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  • Anneleen - 2011-09-23 10:01

    Well done Bokke...speedy recovery for Schalk from his bout of flu...njoy your 2 days break, team! Go Bokke!!!!! Instead of the backline and forwards making a "beeline" for the RWC 2011 title, they will be making a "Bokline"!

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 12:23

      If we had fans like you, we'd win, unfortunately you support the're a true fan

      wasp - 2011-09-23 12:28

      Have a close look at the game, you will find that Burger spend a lot of time in the backline(Grrrr). I think he took some serious strain (maybe flu) during the game keeping up with his mates.

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 13:02

      @Wasp, Burger.....Jokes aside, Burgers experience...of all players he knows NZ play.....Saffas talk about defence with the likes of Brussow, and now all of a sudden back play? Who's scared, who's old and well done Habana..............1st tier....have I missed something from 22 players? Depth? it takes 22, I vote Zac as a curve ball compared to Habana

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 13:09

      Wasp, have a look, is Hougarrd your saviour? either I've had one to many or your hopes are dashed......all this arrogance based on Wales? YAY

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-23 14:50

      Whats the difference between the NAMIBIANS AND A SAMOOSA? SAMOOSA has 3 points!

  • Stortkraan - 2011-09-23 10:10

    "The front rower" erm... The last time I checked Schalk didn't play in the front row

      Toxethh - 2011-09-23 10:27

      And where does a 'lank' play? Superb proof reading News 24!

      kenroid - 2011-09-23 10:27

      Schalk was actually the flyhalf for this game! lol!

      Straightdeal - 2011-09-23 10:33

      It amazes one how they can come up with such blatant drivel...

      Stortkraan - 2011-09-23 10:37

      @Toxethh Maybe a Lank plays in the front row.

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 10:43

      It's basically finding fact from fiction.......let's be clear, who's SA's XV15, don't you think it's ironic that the SA media focus on NZ and for some reason no won cares except for SA, that's right....SA are GREAT, unfortunately apart from the TN, there's other teams, as much as SA likes to think you're worthy, no one else does. Soooooooooo frustrating LOL, what do you think is South Africas legacy? Do you think it's rugby? The world knows.......AWESOME, YAY, WC or not

      bakkebul - 2011-09-23 11:30

      @ Ruck: You obviously care what SA thinks, hence your irritating visits to a SA forum. Looking at your grammar you’re probably just a bleak little s..t stirrer pretending to be a NZ-der. At the end of the day, as a South African, it matters what a South African thinks – we don’t give a s..t what you or the rest of the world thinks.

      FJ2 - 2011-09-23 13:45

      @bakkebul: It's just mind over matter - You don’t mind, because Ruck'n Punt's opinion doesn’t matter.

  • Zullie - 2011-09-23 10:32

    It shows that the Bokke supporters are getting a real positive feeling as things develope at the RWC. I think they should continue to think on their feet and select a side for Samoa with management of players in mind. How about this: 15 Lambie (needs more game time there). 14 Pietersen. 13 Fourie. 12 Frand Steyn. 11 Hougaard (to cover Scrum half in case). 10 James (give Morne a rest). 9. Du Preez. 8. Alberts (just to give Spies a rest). 7 Louw (Give Schalk a rest). 6 Brussouw. 5 Matfield (captain). 4 Bakkies (hope his ankle is ok, but he must play an 80-minute game). 3 Jannie. 2 Bismarck (right time to rest John). 1 Mtawarira (Give Steenkamp's bumps a week to rest. Bench - 16 Ralepelle. 17 CJ. 18 Burger. 19 Muller. 20 De Villiers. 21 De Jongh. 22 Habana. This side will beat Samoa - I think they've had their "good" game. Go Bokke.

      Magmansa - 2011-09-23 11:28

      I'd save Brussouw, J. Fourie and F.Steyn. So would have 6.Alberts 7.Louw 8.Spies. 12.JDV 13.JDJ. Otherwise same squad as u:-)

  • Johnny-BB - 2011-09-23 10:35

    ....the Proteas shouldn't get too exited... was only Namibia...!!! .......EP Kings will beat Namibia...

      RGL - 2011-09-23 10:44

      Can't ever see a cricket side beating any rugby side ...

      DeonL - 2011-09-23 10:57

      RGL you are wrong, the Cobra's play the Stormers in a T20 every year, rarely don't win. Yes Johnny this is not cricket, maybe we should call the Bafana Bafana also Proteas, might win more.

      Sparkys - 2011-09-23 11:05

      JohnnyyBB....Try think a bit.Look at what the scores were for Namib against Fiji and Samoa.If you take that into consideration we did very well in comparason .Think you twat!!!

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-23 11:25

      RGL, ....sad news... ....the Springbok was replaced by the Protea on the Bok jersey... ....look carefully...

      Razz-ma-Tazz - 2011-09-23 11:30

      @Johnny-BB. You are correct the SPRINGBOK was replaced by the PROTEA. Meaning they are now known as the PROTEAS. What a beautiful flower.

      Lance - 2011-09-23 12:56

      Dont agree much with Johnny, but its true, the Bok is somehow missing on the jersey...If the name formally changes, I will no longer formally support the Proteas. The players will hopefully strike before that day comes..

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 13:18

      So true a word spoken by a gentleman, sometimes I wonder what saffas think when they go through customs, Ick dink, no offence against Saffas but who cares? Hard case and over compensation. I DON'T CARE, go and tell it to someone that does

      Shistirrer - 2011-09-23 13:30

      Johnny Brannas-Brain, for once I agree with you. The EP Kings will probably beat Namibia. After all, they beat the Bulls last time the two teams met.

      OnSide - 2011-09-23 15:39

      @Lance...The springbok is still on the jersey. On the right sleeve.

      OnSide - 2011-09-23 20:16

      I meant the other right.

  • Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-23 10:55

    Wow, what depth? and with Burger? Is Bakkies playing too? Scary stuff, how about J.Smit? is he playing too? Oh no, hopefully Habana isn't to........yay Scary days

      Stormsaam! - 2011-09-23 11:45

      Runt, I get that you are trying to stir up some of your fellow countrymen here, judging by your grammar and spelling English is clearly not your first language, so thus you're not a New Zealander, but mate please just come up with something more original and at the least bit funny, because at the moment you're just coming off as a complete tool!

      Shistirrer - 2011-09-23 13:33

      According to my timekeeping, Runt has been drinking solidly for about 7.5 hours now. His "kommints" are getting more and more befuddled and incomprehensible as the day goes on.

      Lance - 2011-09-23 13:56

      ...I long for the day I can hear Clark or Ruck talk some positive rugby..'how their team will take on ours"...I guess we are all allowed to dream cant we ? Forgive the arrogance but I think they both know deep down who the 2011 champs are going to be...

      ProudlyKZN - 2011-09-23 16:06

      Why are there so many expats supporting the Springboks? Rather support you adopted country you left SA so why support them and talk rubbish on this forum

      RandomDude - 2011-09-23 17:21

      @ProudlyKZN , I get to choose who I support.

  • Bigboet - 2011-09-23 11:06

    I must say John Smit had the best in 2seasons yesterday with offloads, great running, rucking and accurate lineout throws, what more do you want from a hooker/(prop). Oh and great captain, now its time to rest him for the quarters, don't want him to get burned out before the final.

      Vullis - 2011-09-23 11:45

      He is a great captain hey

  • Paul Lombard - 2011-09-23 12:07

    Has anyone else noticed Schalk's amazing handling this WC? Wow, it's like he's been playing cricket, fielding at slip, in his spare time. His cut-out passes, diving catches, one handed loop passes, just brilliant. Now he has speed, power, work rate AND great handling. Nice.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-23 20:22

      Also plays in the BACKLINE with a number 7/ 8 on his back.... similar to Bekker and Bob Skinstadt... Definitly a WeePee thing... for 'loosies' to play in the back line...

  • hawk - 2011-09-23 21:40

    To all those Province fans that doubted Danie I SAY SUCK EGGS

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