Div: Brilliant start for Boks

2011-09-11 17:53

Wellington - South Africa's coach Peter de Villiers played down concerns over his side's narrow 17-16 win over Wales in their opening World Cup, saying a positive result was the only thing that mattered.

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South Africa allowed Wales to dominate both possession and territory in the match and could only watch on with bated breath as Rhys Priestland and James Hook missed a drop goal and penalty respectively in the final nerve-wracking moments that would have put Wales back in front.

"What a brilliant start for us," said De Villiers. "We always knew it was probably going to be tough.

"It was very hard. I enjoyed this one.

"They never allowed us to get going. It was a test of character. We came to win the first one and we achieved that goal," he said.

South Africa suffered a blow when they lost centre Jean de Villiers (ribs) halfway through the first half and veteran lock Victor Matfield (hamstring) early in the second half to injury.

But coach De Villiers was quick to praise the impact of his substitutes, replacement wing Francois Hougaard scoring the second decisive try after Francois Steyn's opening five pointer after just a couple of minutes played.

"We lost Jean very early and Victor very early in the second half," he said. "The bench came on and made a difference. They have to up the tempo and put the opposition under pressure and they did just that.

"I'm very worried about them (De Villiers and Matfield). We'll have a full assessment after 24 hours."

The Springboks, featuring 16 members of the victorious 2007 squad in the match-day selection, with 11 in the starting 15, also had Morné Steyn to thank for kicking two conversions and a penalty, while Toby Faletau scored Wales' sole try, with James Hook kicking 11 points.

Captain John Smit said the weight of expectation from a demanding South African public had led to "extra pressure" on the team, but was left "delighted" by the result.

"I'm delighted we got through. There was huge pressure from back home and there were a lot of nerves," he said.

"The tournament's about only one thing. It's only about results in the World Cup."

Smit played down concerns over South Africa's performance, saying that while it was not at its best, the Welsh also managed to make life very difficult.

"Wales played well," he said. "We didn't have the chance to play. They flooded the breakdown pretty much everywhere. The performance was not at its best but we can take a lot out of it.

"The boys have been around for a while. There was a lot of calm. They have huge belief in each other.

"It was just hard to get into their half."


  • ChrisW - 2011-09-11 18:00

    Hopefully commonsense will prevail now with the selections.

      Neo - 2011-09-11 18:49

      Div is right ... winning a side like wales who played brilliantly... have to atke my hat off for the boys.. GO BOKKE!!!!

      Spyker May - 2011-09-11 19:42

      Brilliant start for Boks... Step aside Trevor Noah - you are two puffs of helium short of a "brilliant start"...

      nzbro - 2011-09-11 21:06

      @ ChrisW - a reliable source told me that "common sense" is not that common at all. This pdivvy guy never ceases to amaze me with his evaluations of the boks performance.If this was the AB it would be deemed a disaster by Henry & Co even with a win.

      Christiaan - 2011-09-11 21:22

      @nzbro - only supporters of teams with 2 world cups under there belt can comment here. come back in another 22 years

      jase880 - 2011-09-11 21:27

      Every RWC is a disaster for NZ.

      clark - 2011-09-11 21:31

      - Apart frrom the first 10 minutes, there was nothing brilliant about the Bok's performance. They were outplayed in possession and territory for much of the game. Whatever angle Div. put's on this performance , he should be concerned.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-11 21:35

      Yes nzbro a disaster , we almost went down to the, very motivated, #1 team in Europe ( prob #4 in the world ) based on current form. How did the rest of the competition do ? France - JPN , Scotland - Rom, England -Arg, Ireland -USA, AB-Tonga ( not even top 10 ) , Aus - Italy ( not a very good first half ) .

      Spyker May - 2011-09-11 22:31

      RandomDude - perhaps you should calm down a bit before just grabbing RANDOM notions out of thin air... Wales was 4th in the 2010/2011 Six Nations (above Scotland and Italy). Wales is currently ranked 6th by the IRB - so, excuse me, what current form..? What "top team in Europe" - both France and England are ranked higher than Wales. PLUS - Wales could have posted an ever better team bar injuries. Yes, so how did the other teams do.., FRN – JPN = 47 : 21 = 26 pnts diff SCT – ROM = 34 : 24 = 10 pnts diff ENG – ART = 13 : 9 = 4 pnts diff IRE – USA = 22 : 10 = 12 pnts diff NZ – TNG = 41 : 10 = 31 pnts diff AUS – ITA = 32 : 6 = 26 pnts diff SA – WAL = 17 : 16 =... By any measure the worst performing top tier team... So if we take our mighty coach’s word and according to him, the best SA rugby team ran onto the field, I sincerely feel sorry for the SAcans who bought semi-final tickets, even worse.., for the final...

      AlrightyThen - 2011-09-11 22:34

      Been reading all this negative nonsense about Smit and the rest of the line up all over the net. You couch critics seem forget the epic pressure factor on that field. Skill helps nothing when your legs are made out of jellow and your mind is more concerned about the millions of spectators back home when you misjudge a ball or slip on the wet grass. These okes have skill AND experience! So far this is my fav. Bok lineup ever. Methinks ye couch critics will be silenced and pleasantly surprised in the weeks to come!

      Dok - 2011-09-11 22:46

      Today we saw again that after John Smit left the veld the game changed again in the favor of the Boks! How long before we realize that he is no longer a player in the team? Apart from that, a true test of character indeed!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-11 23:00

      Spyker you so witty .. "Current form" .. They beat England ( ranked #4 ) in their last test and damn near beat them in their first test. France almost lost against JAPAN!! in their latest game . Ireland - USA , Scotland-Rom ? So yes based on **CURRENT" form they're the top Eu team . Point diff ? France pulled through at the last against JAPAN!! Same for Scotland and Rom, Eng - ART hardly convincing wins either. Tonga near outplayed NZ in the 2nd half and Aus - ITA was 6 all at the half .

      AJ2 - 2011-09-12 05:26

      @nzbro: I have always thought 'common sense' to be amongst the very rarest of qualities...

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-12 08:27

      For the tiny amounts of possession we garnered, any win would have been satisfactory!! You cannot play without the ball......Schalk Burger was epic in defense and Bismarck proved why he should start every game! So Wales, maybe in the next 100 years you may win 1 game against us. For now its just not meant to be!! Hahaha we can only get better. I really feel for Jean De Villiers. His WC voodoo continues.......

      Werner - 2011-09-12 08:58

      I have said it before and will say it again, div is a bit of a clown. I honestly don't believe he's all that bright upstairs. I don't mean to be mean, but he's making himself and South Africa look like idiots. I cringe everytime he has to do an interview. I wouldn't mind if he was an OK coach, but he's not. I mean seriously, who (SA supporters) enjoyed the 2011 Tri-Nations? It was humiliating. This is a proud nation of hardcore rugby followers, div. Not some primary-school B-team.

  • AdriaanAdams - 2011-09-11 18:01

    If there is one player who desperately needs to change his game plan, then it is Morne Steyn. All he can do is kick position away... We can continue to talk about the potential we have in the back line, but without the opportunity to prove it, it is useless. Yes Morne can kick well for points, but honestly, that's about all he can do...

      Abo - 2011-09-11 18:14

      ....and thats gud enough to win, isint?

      Grunk - 2011-09-11 18:16

      We are already sucking the hind tit already with De Villiers (ie the Coach), Smit, Habana, Du Preez and Spies. Without Steyn )M) we haven't a hope. Speaking of Steyns, somebody must have kissed Frans in the Changing Rooms because he played today like he played the last RWC - like a Prince instead of a Frog (like how he has been playing and with whom he has been playing since).

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-11 19:10

      @Adriaan. I agree with you. We cannot have a number 10 happy to just kick away possession away. It may work for the bulls in the S15. NOT in the RWC

      AdriaanAdams - 2011-09-11 19:15

      @Barry. It did not even work for them in the S15...

      BardofAvon - 2011-09-11 19:18

      Agree with Grunk. Without M. Steyn we haven't a hope. He is a fantastic #10. Fortunately the coach has twigged, even if others haven't.

      Steyts - 2011-09-11 19:28

      We should definitely play Pat Lambie or Butch James at 10. Morne was utterly useless today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Tits McGee - 2011-09-11 20:24

      @Steyts, in closely contested games a reliable kicker is more important. neither pat or butch are that, great players but not complete flyhalfs...we dont haver percy kicking anymore. think before you just say something

      Jaco - 2011-09-11 21:48

      At least four line breaks went straight through his (M Steyn's) channel. We need to bulk up there. And there is no more point in arguing the Bis/JS issue, they are not even in the same league anymore. And Alberts needs to start - not in place of THE INCREDIBLE SCALK or Brussouw, if you catch my drift. FduP can get a few more games, he is that good...a comment about Div. Just two weeks ago he said - on this website - that bonus points don't play a part in this world cup. In 03 our cricket team thought the DL score was for a win.....wake up!

  • Netherlander - 2011-09-11 18:01

    Boks won on DEFAULT!!!! If this was a "BRILLIANT" WIN... then the future does not bode well for the Bokke! Yes they won... but purely by DEFAULT. If Wales slotted those two kicks over.... Boks would have been sucking HIND TIT!

      corro51 - 2011-09-11 18:12

      Ja, but they didn't, and we aren't. Hindsight is 20/20 vision.

      sc? - 2011-09-11 18:14

      @adriaan - he missed more than one tackle for one ( how come everybody understands rugby nowadays?) we all understand and at international level any one of the15 can be captain - we dont need js for captain!!

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-11 18:21

      @Netherlander If this, if that .....if if if. Yes we got our of jail The BOKS won. Yes or no ?

      RandomDude - 2011-09-11 21:42

      Yeah and if the Ref opened his eyes he would have disallowed the Welsh try because of the *obvious* forward pass .. .. Have a look see around 0:44

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-12 08:34

      @Netherlander....the criteria for winning a rugby match is simple....score more points than your opponent. Mission accomplished! ......Next!

      Alf - 2011-09-12 08:38

      Nothing to worry about! De Villiers has been warned by Mbalula, that if the Boks don't improve bra Fikile will withdraw the Helium rations for 2 years! On the other hand De Villiers wants to keep his job as Bok coach. He therefore has to make sure the Boks don't bring back the trophy - we all know what happened to Jake White! Histeam won the WC and as a result he lost his job!

  • caprih - 2011-09-11 18:02

    Which planet are you from Div, we are so lucky to have won that game, we had no charge at all, the first 5 min of each half we played well, then we just sat back and let Wales came back into the game, I am honestly sad Wales lost as we did not deserve the win at all, we were just lucky for Hougaardt to get the try at the end for us to win. Wake up Div and select a decent captain or team as i can not see us winning thsi world cup at all

      AdriaanAdams - 2011-09-11 18:09

      So many people have so much to say about Smit, maybe because their understanding of rugby is so limited. Yes Bismarck came on and had a great game, as any impact player is required to do. Please explain and mention at least five things Smit did wrong while on the field...

      Twoplusthree - 2011-09-11 18:35

      @AA, Ascendency lacked!

      Karoobloed - 2011-09-12 04:59

      Bismarck should have an 80 minute impact. Smit just lumbers around, not even going for tackles in many cases. I am not suggesting John Smit should be marginalized completely - he is one of the few wise men in SA Rugby. I am just suggesting that he gently, but urgently be ushered into a dressing room role. Having Bismarck play is like having 16 men on the field - no reason to restrict his time on the field. The senior citizens in the Bok team are showing their age also in being injury prone - Bakkies seems to be out, and Matfield and De Villiers are limping already. I think PdV should stronly consider flying Gerhard Mostert in as a Bakkies replacement, and consider moving Frans Steyn to his favourite position - inside centre.

      Boerie - 2011-09-12 07:30

      Defence was poor, scrum impact poor when Smit was there and Beast not much better. Smit's days are over as Bok, and so other old men senior players who rather should have stayed at home.

      Dumisani P - 2011-09-12 09:12

      AdriaanAdams: Reg. Smit - He is said to be selected because of 'leadership' qualities and 'experience' However if you want Leadership and experience then select Frik du Preez , Wynand Claased and co. BUT he won't why BECAUSE those qualities mean NOTHING without FORM!!! ANd form is what Smit doesn't have. It's Not really what Smit did wrong but HOW MUCH MORE Bismarck offers when he plays. Burger possibly our 3rd choice captain, was captain in the last 30 min and he did just as well, possibly better!

  • EDI2000 - 2011-09-11 18:03

    OMG where we watching the same game?

      poolboy - 2011-09-11 18:09

      I was thinking the exact same thing!!

  • Met - 2011-09-11 18:04

    I am now convinced that he regards himself as a brilliant coach as well.

  • Postma - 2011-09-11 18:08

    Is Div delusional?

      Netherlander - 2011-09-11 18:19

      PdV is a LEGEND..... IN HIS OWN MIND!!!!

  • Phuza - 2011-09-11 18:09

    Stop living in the past! Experience is great, yes, but the young blood pulled it through for us. PDivvy: Very diplomatic comments - he s@@t himself during this one!

  • Jack_Parow - 2011-09-11 18:11

    take jon smit off and put bismarck on !

      AdriaanAdams - 2011-09-11 18:13

      So many people have so much to say about Smit, maybe because their understanding of rugby is so limited. Yes Bismarck came on and had a great game, as any impact player is required to do. Please explain and mention at least five things Smit did wrong while on the field...

      Phuza - 2011-09-11 18:13

      jack parow for coach - even he can see bismarck is the best hooker in world rugby!

      SonderSnor - 2011-09-11 18:30

      Difficult to list five things because he did absolutely nothing.

      EDI2000 - 2011-09-11 18:33

      @AdriaanAdams its not what he did wrong but the total lack of impact that he had when he was on.... You'd think that a RWC captain would lead from the front but I suppose it's hard when you're back tracking all the time.... NO leadership NO direction NO drive and that's what a captain is supposed to do, tell me HONESTLY did you see any of that today?

      Amer - 2011-09-11 18:34

      At the top level you need your very best to win. John is not the very best; in fact het contributes very little - like turn-overs, getting over the advantage line, finding his jumpers , making try saving tackles, pull the opposion in, intimidate the opposition - this is all things Bismark manages to do. Playing John can't be good for the team spirit either

      Derek - 2011-09-11 19:57

      Agree, he was hardly noticeable at all whereas Bismark made an immediate impact

      Harvey - 2011-09-11 20:34

      @ Adriaan, I was going to tell you you were talking crap but thinking about it, you're half right. I think the reason why everyone is putting so much pressure on Smit is because they see him as the real coach, which isn't fair, i dont think he's adding much during the game but off the field he shapes the strategy. That being said it was a dismal game and the all blacks will eat us if we leave the loose forwards to hang in the backline instead of securing the ball. 40% possesion makes me very nervous.

      Danie Ferreira - 2011-09-11 20:41

      @AdriaanAdams I watched all the Boks games this year, and the vast majority of Sharks' games. In every single game I watched where John Smit was in the run-on team, his team either lost the game or was trailing when he was substituted. Enough said.

      PDP - 2011-09-12 08:44

      @AdriaanAdams, how about we start with all the tackles he missed. That should make up your 5 easily!

  • FerretGee - 2011-09-11 18:17

    Who cares, we won. There is NO remarks column in the score book!

      evanknowles - 2011-09-11 20:16

      Maybe there should be.

  • Slapper - 2011-09-11 18:20

    If that was a Brilliant Win, I would hate to seeus have a bad day.

  • aland - 2011-09-11 18:20

    It still never ceases to amaze me that such circumstances could have existed, that led to this "coaching" appointment being made.

  • SonderSnor - 2011-09-11 18:22

    What a clueless clown!! The youngsters, Frans Steyn, Hougaardt and Brussouw pulled it through with the veterans including Spies nowhere to be seen. John Smit left the field once again with the Boks trailing. He has now lost 9 of the last 10 games he started as Captain. Imagine if we had Bizzie, Strauss and Schalk Brtiz in NZ. Snorre and his cronies will pay for this kind of wisdom (or lack of it). Bye- Bye R 500 000.000

  • Daz - 2011-09-11 18:25

    Smit claims it was "the weight of expectation from a demanding South African public had led to "extra pressure" on the team". So let me get this straight, it's our fault you played so crap!!!

      Christiaan Roos - 2011-09-11 21:38

      Excellent comment - good teams are inspired by such pressure - they don't buckle under it

  • poendev - 2011-09-11 18:29

    I agree with Netherlander: there was nothing brilliant in this win Lucky was more like it. Never mind the two drop kicks that were squandered - Wales were done in with that one penalty in the first half. It was over and the kicker was clearly disappointed when the assistant referees showed that it was not over. Their immediate reaction was also that they were not sure...

  • MetalWomble - 2011-09-11 18:31

    Was a dumb-luck win. A win is a win I suppose, but we didn't earn it. If we carry on like this, the big boys are going to POUND us...

      Bok Fan - 2011-09-11 21:29

      I wouldnt call it a dumb LUCK game. But DUMB sure comes into it esp. when selecting a golden-oldies- has-beens quality captain. If you are listening John Smit, for God's sake man. Resign !!!!!!!!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-11 21:55

      How did we not earn it ? ..we scored the points ? . Boohoo about the Welsh kick , their try made up for that because that should have been disallowed .

  • Steve - 2011-09-11 18:32

    Wales lost on the scoreboard (only)

      Andrea - 2011-09-12 01:57

      Thats the only place that counts... I would rather win on the scoreboard than in the minds of spectators. Lets just be cynical for once, we are the only top tier team that has played against a highly ranked opponent and we scraped through. Is SA really that much better than wales? The important thing is to get to the end, play the final and make sure that at the end of that game the scoreboard says.. SA Wins

  • Eric - 2011-09-11 18:42

    Send the toppies home before it is too late !!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew - 2011-09-11 18:47

    Peter please read, The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people (you) make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their (your) incompetence denies them (you) the metacognitive ability to recognize their (your) mistakes (your constant denial). The unskilled (you) therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their (your) ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority.

      kiwiNZ - 2011-09-11 21:01

      @ Andrew -- Well said but I doubt he will comprehend the truth of your comment if this "win" is deemed as brilliant while the rest of the world do not think so at all. I believe the boks confidence must have been shaken at the very least and it aint over yet.In true bok form the truth will continue to evade them and they will still believe in their invincibility for the rwc.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-11 22:28

      Kiwi .. we played the #1 team in Europe, prob #4 in the world ... it's not like the competition made brilliant starts either. Tonga outplayed you boys, at home, in the 2nd half .. And as an AB fan you can't be throwing any stones .. the #1 team in the world on paper that has never won a WC in the history of the pro game .. you're not really the #1 team then are you ? ".In true bok form the truth will continue to evade them and they will still believe in their invincibility for the rwc" .. funny ..I think you made a typo .. you mean "in true AB form" ? This is what you get for being the #1 ranked team in the world This is what you get when you win the WC..

  • Greegs - 2011-09-11 18:49

    The Boks were lucky and should have lost.....plain truth! They pitched up with no game plan except the usual "give away possession" and tackle tackle tackle. They did not make use of the wind and pin the Welsh back in the 1st half.....also played that silly bash ball game again! I'm certainly not confident this bunch has what it takes to win the RWC....we beat the Lions and then traveled to Wales with a 2nd team and beat them there. We've gone backwards and the rest have moved ahead!

      paul.v.rensburg - 2011-09-12 07:21

      Agree with Greegs,but i am still hopeful that the Boks will turn things around. It just seems to me that the new Boks plays with far more passion and intensity than the Old Guard!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-12 19:34

      they weren't lucky .. they made their tackles , scored the tries and kicked their penalties ..luck had nothing to do with their win... I could make a convincing argument that they were unlucky ..yet another f'ing try coming off a fwd pass.

  • andile phungula - 2011-09-11 19:11

    its true what they say evarybody thinks he can coach , leave the coach alone he knows what he is doin and sayin win or loose thell always try to represent us and they are allready legends just stop hatin a win is a win ask the AB'S if they wish they beat france in the 2007 WRC by one point #boks #WRC

      Henco Swart - 2011-09-11 21:17

      Please read Andrew's response, Sept, 11 at 18:47...

  • Freddie One - 2011-09-11 19:27

    If this was a 'brilliant win' what is the adjective of choice to describe the England performance against Argentina?

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-11 19:32

    WeLL A WIN IS STILL A WIN - though I hope that this is the kick in the pants that we so desperately needed.

  • Dan the Man - 2011-09-11 19:33

    Clearly Div was watching another game - perhaps the aus-italy one? We were awful, no urgency, no pace, no physicality, no commitment, running around like headless chickens...and who's genius idea was it to kick EVERYTHING?? Seriously, we had less than 40% possession, and if we hadnt picked brussow it would have been even worse. We cant expect to win without the ball. We've had some bad games in recent times, losses to france, scotland, ireland, etc...but even though we won this was the worst bok performance I've seen since we lost 53-3 to england a decade ago

  • kdmadike - 2011-09-11 19:41

    Our hearts go out for the boys.I nearly cried.Well done.Go Bokke Go. Kgaladi M

  • jvl - 2011-09-11 19:42

    History tells us that in 105 years Wales have beaten us once,I doubt if all the matches were spectacular,but in history only the win is recorded not the how.Well done Bokke on keeping the wins coming.Now the next step towards new history in the making,only six matches to go....

  • Thami Fraser - 2011-09-11 19:44

    I sincerely hope this mediocre Bokke performance was just due to opening game jitters. An opening game does put the team under tremendous pressure. But please Bokke, defence doesn't win games. Please get this mindset out of your game strategy. We are much better playing forward then defending. And please impose your authority over your opponents. Don't wait for them to come at you.

  • divans - 2011-09-11 19:51

    who is kidding who

  • Rolland - 2011-09-11 20:12

    This has been a problem now for the last couple of years. Boks play a dreadful game but wins narrowly and with luck, but coach sees a brilliant win. All we see is the score - forget that we SHOULD have lost had Whales slotted those kicks. We will definitely not win this WC. Not on this performance. They were crap.

  • di - 2011-09-11 20:21

    errrr .... say what? The game I watched was ghastly ... period!

  • Davearch - 2011-09-11 20:24

    What an idiot is this coach .. how useless is that captain ? What on earth does Pietersen actually do in a game ?

  • camp.j - 2011-09-11 20:27

    You Pieter de Villiers, are a twat! You think a brilliant start huh? Fire this muppet and give the job to Jon Mitchell, this guy is the poorest coach i have ever listened to

  • Sjamies - 2011-09-11 20:28

    If that was a 'brilliant start for the Boks', then I am worried. The Boks were lucky to pull this one back. They were outplayed in every part of the field, by a Welsh team who have been mediocre at best during the 6 nations. ONLY because of the replacements of Hougaard, Bismark and Alberts did we pull this one back. Poor.

  • Tits McGee - 2011-09-11 20:30

    bismarck makes a good impact player and it should stay that way while john is there. john scrums and carries the ball well in the tight early stages. bismarck comes on the in the second makes big impact once the game loosens up. he looks way better because the game is loose and the opposition is weary. it is very effective as we saw with all the subs. it should stay that way. pierre spies is a show pony who does nothing but look ridiculously good in a tight top, alberts should start on flank, schalk has developed his game over the years and is now able to play 8th man.

      Clive - 2011-09-12 08:31

      Agree, especially re Spies. Keep Schalk at 7, start Alberts at 8. And tell Pietersen that waving your arms at an opposing player does not constitute tackling.

  • Wayne - 2011-09-11 20:38

    Will someone please shave Div's moustache... it's affecting his ability to breath oxygen... A hard game played well by Wales that prevented us from playing our natural game... We didn't win the game...Wales lost it for us !!! A lot of lessons coming out of it... hopefully the remainder of the pool games allow us to fix the mistakes... !!!

  • Rob Jones - 2011-09-11 20:48

    Wales won this game the penalty should be over turned. Bok no plan b. Backs looked ordinary no impact players.Wales looked like a well coached team, and if this result affects their total chances I believe its grossly unfair that the Bok won. BRING ON SAMOA THEY WILL SMASH YOU!!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-11 22:49

      their try should be overturned .. clearly as a result of a forward pass

  • Christo - 2011-09-11 20:49

    We can still have a chance if snorre come to his senses.The most important to select du plessis to start with howgaard on scrumhalf.Chilliboy on the benge.du preez on the benge only replacing howgaard if injured.Smit to go home replaced by Strauss.

  • diplomat - 2011-09-11 20:49

    What a joke ! The pressure was too hard? Who and what do they think they do, they are Springboks, they should be proud of that, and do their best, the whole country expect that from them. And they did not live up to be a Springbok!

  • frans.mosia - 2011-09-11 21:01

    Truly speaking the match was difficult but i become concerned about the ability of the springboks to overcome most powerful teams such as All blacks and Wallabies.

  • Gido - 2011-09-11 21:06

    "They flooded the breakdown pretty much everywhere"... we NEVER contested breakdowns you idiot..

  • Anton - 2011-09-11 21:09

    WAKE UP 2011 World cup started>>>>!!!!!!!!! Tyd om ide BOK los te laat Come guys this one was the Icebreaker LETS defend the title GO BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!>>>>>>>>>>

  • Jonas_Barbar - 2011-09-11 22:08

    Not sure if I watched the same game. Wales bloody well nearly won it. The Boks looked old and predictable. Either Smit or Div or both need to go. Bismarck made a difference as did Hougaard. The rest seems to be has-beens. Sorry fellas; I dont agree with Div's appraisal of the game. We were lucky to win and Wales played brilliantly!

      paul.v.rensburg - 2011-09-12 07:28


  • mycentswrth - 2011-09-11 22:11

    this was the luckiest win ever. The Boks were dreadful, except for Brussow, FS and subs! If Div doesn't start the subs next game, he definetely is clueless!! Also, Aplon for JP, who standsand watches loose ball....s he on vacation or what?

  • Licikityspit - 2011-09-11 22:18

    Yeah were not brilliant today, but look at it this way, wales wont play any any better than they played today, they played at 100%, the Boks played at 40% of their ability and still won! As much as I admire JS I think its time for him to step down, give him a few more games till quarters and let him join the bench gracefully.

  • Rob Jones - 2011-09-11 22:25

    Last two games the Boks have won they have only won by bad official decisions sooner or later the luck will run out. Hardly gives any Bok fans any confidence

      RandomDude - 2011-09-11 23:22

      'bad official decisions" .. like the 6 forward NZ passes the officials missed in the last test against the ABs ? .. or maybe the forward pass that resulted in a Welsh try ?

  • susan.greyling - 2011-09-11 23:00

    John Smit and Bryan Habana need a hammer to the knees.

      ŸÄ±Kleinboet - 2011-09-12 00:45

      @susan Or a shotgun. And don't forget about JdV, JF and Schalk. TOTAL DISGRACE FOR THE GAME

  • ŸÄ±Kleinboet - 2011-09-11 23:30

    It's an easy equation from here: Get rid of useless, totally overrated JdV, Jacque F, Banana, Schalk and Smit OR BYE BYE WC!!

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-12 09:30

      First get rid of Spiertjies, Morne Steyn, Danie Rossouw and Fourie du Preez.

  • MJ - 2011-09-12 01:24

    Fluke win by1 point against Tier2 Rugby nation = Brilliant result. ????????????? Graham Henry would have given his men a 1/10 rating for this kind of performance had it been them. I'm tipping Samoa or Fiji for an upset.

  • tinaanddanie - 2011-09-12 01:28

    Div needs to get his selections right as we won't get another "get out of jail free" card... Smit played a hard game, but Bismark had a huge impact when he came on. What happened to Spies... I think he only touched the ball twice... Pietersen, I am sorry to say was useless - both in defence and on attack. Hougard should definately replace him, but then Dupreez was slow and way too casual maybe Hougard should replace him for a couple of games so he can wake up. Butch was quiet at centre... we need a game breaker like Juan de Jong and as good as Frans Steyn's kicking was I believe we have a better full back in Aplon. Finally if Matfield is out for a couple of games we'll need someone with the same work rate and I don't think Muller is the guy.... Wikus is currently playing the best rugby of his carreer... No other lock has a better work rate than him and he can feel agrieved not to be there. WITH THE RIGHT SELECTIONS WE CAN BEAT ANY TEAM, EVEN THE AB'S!!!!

  • Paul - 2011-09-12 04:19

    everyone steps up for the world cup and you will find similar rults at previous world cups. the top teams seem to do just enough to you can all shut up untill the cup is over :)

      Denzil - 2011-09-12 07:37

      You cant even spell shut up!