Div to step down as Bok coach

2011-10-09 09:47

Wellington - Peter de Villiers will step down as South Africa's coach after the reigning champions lost their World Cup quarter-final to Australia here on Sunday.

"It was a brilliant journey," said De Villiers, who took over from Jake White following the Springboks' 2007 World Cup win.

"There's a time to come and a time to go and I think the journey for me is over," he added following South Africa's 11-9 loss to Australia, which saw the 'curse of the champions' strike again, with no team yet to win back-to-back World Cup titles.

Turning his gaze on assembled journalists, De Villiers, who has been much maligned for some of his selection policies and public gaffes, added: "It's something you guys can't take away from me.

"It was incredible, and I'm proud to have been in a position to make a contribution to my country."

When South Africa captain John Smit, retiring from international rugby as a player, was asked to say a few words about De Villiers, his coach jumped in and joked: "It's not a funeral, eh!"

Smit said the Springbok squad had enjoyed life under De Villiers.

"We've had a really good four years together. That's been pioneered by Peter," he said. "Even the bad days are good

"He has given us leeway and space and tightened that space when we took advantage of it.

"I'm disappointed to end it like this."

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans added: "Peter de Villiers is a quality man, I've enjoyed the interactions I've had with him."

The 54-year-old De Villiers became a likeable but rather enigmatic figure in world rugby, often better known for bizarre utterances and actions rather than tactical master strokes.

De Villiers placed a lot of faith in the 2007 Cup-winning squad, choosing 18 of the 30 and 11 of those were in the squad that lost 11-9 to Australia.

'Div' upset many with his talk-now-think-later approach which peaked when South Africa flanker Schalk Burger eye gouged British and Irish Lion Luke Fitzgerald.

The incident at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria two years ago overshadowed a last-minute, series-sealing triumph for the green and gold, and triggered global fury.

Instead of offering sympathy to the injured Irish wing, De Villiers defended Burger and committed one of the worst gaffes of an often troubled four-year reign.

"Why don't we go down to the nearest ballet shop, get some tutus and get a dancing shop going?," de Villiers said.

His public support last year for Bees Roux after the Blue Bulls prop was arrested for the alleged murder of a Pretoria policeman also severely embarrassed rugby officials.

The 54-year-old native of the Western Cape wheat town of Malmesbury was a controversial choice as successor to 2007 World Cup winner Jake White.

South African Rugby Union boss Oregan Hoskins admitted rugby was not the only factor considered before de Villiers became the first black Springbok coach as the country tried to overcome the racial inequalities of the apartheid era.

Critics pointed to his inexperience - two seasons at Currie Cup minnows Valke (Falcons) and a spell in charge of a national age-limit team.

A poor first Test season brought only two wins in six Tri-Nations outings, but 2009 produced a dramatic improvement.

Victory in New Zealand sealed top place in the southern hemisphere championship and the large cherry on top was revenge for a 1997 series loss to the British and Irish Lions.

De Villiers failed to maintain the momentum, though, and 2010 was an 'annus horribilis' with five Tri-Nations reverses, including home defeats by New Zealand and Australia.

This year was no better with a 'B' team humiliated in Sydney and Wellington during July before a loss to the Wallabies and a win over an All Blacks 'B' team at home.

Apart from a dismal win-loss record, De Villiers has not delivered on promises to get the Springboks playing more expansively and speeding up transformation to increase the number of non-white players in the team.


  • Jay - 2011-10-09 09:59

    Times for chance,sad today but also very exited for the future,the old guys making way for the new blood that start to come threw.Buy to all the bok legends,welcome to the new boys

      PecanNut - 2011-10-09 10:27

      Yes, but why O why did they not do this before the world cup !!!!!

      thetruth - 2011-10-09 10:29

      pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees get rid of danie "waste"rossouw....useless....even if u have to leave the spot unfilled and play with only 14 men,pls kick him out

      JP Miller - 2011-10-09 14:16

      @Jay Your English spelling is yuch

      Werner - 2011-10-09 23:01

      Time for change (ahem) indeed. I had developed a rather painful disliking of Peter de Villiers. Every time I had to watch him in an interview, I cringed. C'mon! The guy is an embarrassment. His English is second rate, his comments are one-dimensional, and his liberal use of the word 'ja' was nauseating. Not altogether a very bright character. But the way he embarrassed the South African rugby public the last two years was disgusting (The tri-nations was becoming more like a Tasman-sea-clash, we didn't feature at all). For the love of rugby and all that is holy, please, please, I beg of the rugby bigwigs, put some brains and thought into your selection for our next coach. I do not care if he is black/white/coloured - he must have a rugby brain, and that is all. De Villiers is unfortunately a prime example of a person who thinks he knows more than he really does, and doesn't have inner vision to inspect himself - something called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Anyway. Good riddance.

  • jos.pike - 2011-10-09 10:00

    Most"s been a very long and bumpy ride!

      Yoni - 2011-10-09 12:24

      P Divvy ain't worried, he got paid well for his antics and remember he and Victor "Pappa Smurf" Matfield has shares in the Boland team. I'm glad to see the back of this clown and my ears will be relieved as well. His squeeky voice sounded too much like chalk on a board. Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag And smile, smile, smile. Don't let your joy and laughter hear the snag Smile boys, that's the style What's the use of worrying It never was worth while So, pack up your troubles in your old kit bag And smile, smile, smile...

  • Matthew Oliver - 2011-10-09 10:01

    Belive it when I see it.

      Matthew Oliver - 2011-10-09 10:02

      Was a close and exciting game, well done boys!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-09 10:07

      Was an exciting game... even tho the Bok's played against a 16 man Oz team.... only time I have seen more balls played ON the ground is in a BOWLS GAME!

      Tommy - 2011-10-09 10:56

      Lol at AMS You guys lose the cricket your chokers, you lose the rugby its the ref.Just face facts you guys kicked away the ball again,forcing yourselves under presure.And when you ran the ball had no idea

      JP Miller - 2011-10-09 14:19

      @Margie - I agree - time for politicians to butt out of sport. 17 years of democracy now. Let sport be democratic now.

  • RaggedTooth - 2011-10-09 10:01

    Time to build our next wc team. With players like Houghaard (9), Goosen (10), Mvovo (11), Frans Steyn (12), Juan de Jongh (13), ? (14), Pat Lambie (15) we should have one of the best backlines in world rugby. Just get a coach with vision and an assistant coach who actually understands backline play (an ozzie backline coach might be needed). Exciting times ahead, pending the coach selection.

      StangV2_0 - 2011-10-09 10:10

      was just thinking the same thing. Steyn could possibly play at his 3rd world cup at a ripe age of 28. Just hope that his shoulder makes a full recovery. Hell we could evn shoulder all kicking duties onto him. He can be a great goal kicker. that means a better attacking/defensive flyhalf can come in. Not criticising M Steyn, but change is needed. Lambie/Hougaard have just had some nice exposure to Wc and both impressed. And with a new coach coming, things could just be looking good for 2015. lets hope for a great coach. a real beauty that will take our Sa players, the best in the world.. PS.. Argentina have just scored!! hahaha,, hope the pumas whip em..!!

      Met - 2011-10-09 10:20

      Come next WC, Juan de Jong will be to flat with all the new young centres running over him. He will nit even be in the top 10 amongst the centres IN SA

      Boks4life - 2011-10-09 10:30

      My friend your forgot One thing : ''Politics & SA sport''.....Look at players should be selected on quality not on color...Cause this is racism against white people and black people...We must help black south africans going into rugby and play well and its a logn process and you must not anticipate or force it...EDDIE JONES OR NICK MALETT

      StangV2_0 - 2011-10-09 10:44

      Yup, 2 legends of coaching.. But isnt mallet tied up with Italy?

      lester.hoffman - 2011-10-09 10:47

      aussie coach? ? ?? are u nuts ? who wants a wallaby in our camp? its bad enuf south africans are coachin around the world. i wil not support that move.

      taff123 - 2011-10-09 15:11

      why not have a new zelander coaching the boks,graham henry coach all blacks.......robbie deans coach australia..............warren gatland coaches wales..........3 new zeland coaches in the last 4 of the worldcup...........

  • nikhil.duki - 2011-10-09 10:02


      htiek - 2011-10-09 10:25

      Best ever...over rated coach!

      BigR - 2011-10-09 10:43

      @htiek...he won a World Cup...enough said!

      xozaness - 2011-10-09 11:18

      He never faced the big guns...he dodged to the finals...easy way!!!

      Fathers love& grace - 2011-10-09 16:04

      HA HA HA ! JOIN NAMIBIA wil soon be in their level just like soccer which is a disgrace THEY have pulled down RUGBY too ! . Just look around what is still standing . Only God can help this downward spiral NOW as we pray for new leaders all over . to take over ASK BISHOP TUTU

      StangV2_0 - 2011-10-09 16:20

      @ xozaness.. u know f all about rugby playoffs!

      OnSide - 2011-10-09 22:02

      I must say that xozaness has a point. In 2007, we faced Fiji in the quarters, and Argentina in the semi's. Also if you look at Jake's winning record (66%) and Peter's (62%) there is not much in it. Against NZ and OZ (the games that matters) Jake has 42% (NZ=33% Oz=50%) winning ratio and Peter 39%(NZ=45% and OZ=31%). I would try and get Heyneke, but unfortunately I don't think he would go for it and I won't blame him with all these dumb politicians trying to hijack the game and the many ignorant Springbok supporters roaming the internet highways. Mallet was correct when he said that SA rugby supporters are ignorant - all the lame brain comments on Sport 24 is proof of that. The game today could have gone either way. If Lambie's kick was over these threads would have been full of praise for the Boks or if Fourie held onto the ball or if Morne Steyn didn't make a half hearted attempt at tackling James Horwill. Jake wouldn't have made a difference.

      kosie - 2011-10-10 12:47

      @one side: so how did fiji, argentina, and england get to the quater do realise that all the big guns were there, but they lost to these guys and that is why we didn't play them. idioit

  • Dan the Man - 2011-10-09 10:02

    Standing down, quitting? His contract is up so he can hardly stand down if he doesnt have the job anymore. Give us a decent coach, someone who can actually teach our dumb players how think and make correct decisions

      David - 2011-10-09 11:08

      All you are saying is that our players are too dumb to think for themselves. Maybe THAT is the problem with SA rugby !!

      JP Miller - 2011-10-09 14:23

      @David - I don't think that is what Dave the Man meant at all. I think that he meant our players should not be left to their own resources but making decisions as a team. It's up to the coach to help them make decisions. There are so many options in rugby. The coach and the captain has to guide he team as to choices.

  • colin.crowther2 - 2011-10-09 10:02

    Don't forget to bring Dick Muir and Gary Gold with You - Rassie Erasmus can stay as things improved when he was on the scene.

      mike881 - 2011-10-09 10:15

      Agreed, Dick and Gary must be put out to pasture - the sooner the better!!

  • Ant138 - 2011-10-09 10:03

    About time!

  • Daniel - 2011-10-09 10:03

    Let me say this for you, P. Divvy - you stood up to the bullies and the haters and the cowards and those in your own country who sided with the foreign press and foreign players against you, and you never let them get you down. Good for you.

      Sean Looney - 2011-10-09 10:08

      its true. the man is so clearly out of his depth but at least he stood up for himself and didnt back down against the critics. saying this he must shoulder a lot of blame for the way in which constantly broke up the team and then suddenly expected them to play with fluidity once we got to the world cup. wont be sad to see him leave and i doubt he will ever get a high level job again.

      Dave - 2011-10-09 10:22

      So he must be congratulated for being stubborn and clinging to power in spite of his obvious incompetence, at the expense of SA? With that logic you must be proud of Malema too!

      Sean Looney - 2011-10-09 10:31

      well logic will also dictate that he presided over a tri-nations win and lions series win. the truth of the matter is that he isn't the worst coach we've ever had but he has received more abuse than any of the others because of the way he was appointed. the malema comment was just stupid and unusual! i know people get a bit brave behind a keyboard so in future try breath and make a more coherent argument if you want people to reply to you.

      Daniel - 2011-10-09 10:41

      While I'm not a fan of P. Div's coaching record, he is clearly not the worst coach we've ever had - I'd like to put Rudolf Straueli forward for that, and John Williams not far behind - but obviously he has become a lightning rod for white frustrations and anger over feelings of political helplessness, and as such the abuse sent his way has been over the top, overly personal and in many case concertedly misinterpreting him. And, frankly, it verges on the racist. That's a hell of a lot of abuse to cop, when all you're trying to do is your best to win against very good opposition. he's done it with courage, and he hasn't had to hide behind pseudonyms on the internet. That should be respected.

      Jamiside - 2011-10-09 10:45

      So tell me Daniel, you rather praise his incompetence and rejoice at the fact that his poor decisions cost us the rugby world-cup this year, well good for you. You are just as pathetic as he was.

      Dave - 2011-10-09 10:47

      @Sean: Oh sorry, was I replying to you? I thought that I was replying to Daniel about the absurdity of congratulating a guy purely for being stubborn. Why don't you calm down with the keyboard warrior cliches, buy a "shift" key and take a breath yourself.

      Mags_24 - 2011-10-09 11:40

      @Jamiside - how is he incompetent? he won a lions series and trinations, first SA team to win in nz in something like 50 years. oh wait it was the players coaching themselves right?? but as soon as the team loses like in this case its his fault and he is incompetent and whatever else. its either him coaching the team or the players, so either the players take the credit when they win AND the criticism when they lose, or the coach gets the credit when they win AND the criticism when they lose.So which one is it going to be?? he might not have the best grasp the English language but that does not make him incompetent.

      DubaiBok - 2011-10-09 12:29

      @Mags: May I remind you that PDV inherited a world cup winning team and even if he was blind and deaf the team would still have remained competetive for at least two seasons. Problem is at some point the game evolves beyond that team and their known strategies at which point the coach needs to have started bringing in new blood and taking the team to the future with new tactics and knowledge of the game. Based on the last two seasons and the fact that he wanted to take someone elses work (Jake's) to this world cup shows his lack of skill, experience and knowledge of the game. I am not saying he is a bad person I am saying he is a bad, incompetent coach who tried to ride on the laurels of his predecessor.

      Debra - 2011-10-09 13:44

      It is amazing how we as a country and supporters of our national teams brings down everyone the minute we loose. We should be proud of how the boys played today and always. It is not the couch's fault nor is it the players that we lost. The game was ours and just because of missed luck we lost. There is nobody to be blamed. All we should remember is that they made us proud no matter what

      Jamiside - 2011-10-09 14:11

      @mags24. If he was not incompetant, we would not be on the next flight back home. His choice of people incapable of doing the job was his undoing. If you try to rest on the laurels of others, you are doomed for failure. Do you see a 2011 trophy in our Springbok cupboard????? Your argument is pointless as It is not the tri-nations that are worth anything, but the world cup. Oh and by the way, did he win the last tri-nations or not????? He needed to get rid off all the dead-wood which was bringing the team down, but instead chose to stick with the uselessness of certain individuals. The writing was on the wall 2 years ago already, the style of rugby changed, which made certain dinosaurs a liability to the team. He should have paid attention to the developments during the super 15, but no he acted like an ostrich and buried his head in the sand. That is why he is incompetent. His only saving grace is that he is not as pathetic as Rudolph Straeli as Daniel who I earlier critisised also pointed out. In my comments there is no such thing as racism, it is based purely on results, and the World Cup is the end result we were all looking for, and he had the responsibility as coach to have the right boys in the right place. Did he do this OR NOT?

      Mags_24 - 2011-10-09 14:58

      @DubaiBok - oh yes of course, (this is a new excuse im hearing, 10 out of 10 for creativity) it just happened that the team would stay competitive 2 seasons. but here's the kicker the first season under him they didn't win anything. so there goes your half assed logic that the team was competitive because they were the world cup team. try again. or wait the the game went forward the first year under Div they lost and then went back to the game that allowed the old world cup strategy to work and they won again. very interesting. try again. the problem for you is that i actually watch rugby and don't just regurgitate what i hear around the water cooler on a Monday morning like most sports journalists. what is jakes work? pls do tell because in 2006 AND 2007 jake's record was pathetic. and only changed after eddie Jones joined the team. another thing if u actually watched rugby then you would know defensive patterns are exactly what wins world cups. to say he is incompetent because he went with the formula that wins world cups is laughable. did you watch this mornings game? you tell me the difference between the way SA has been playing over the last few years and this game(all the wc games) and then you on my level. but be careful because they were doing something that jake's teams did not do, you might just end up praising the incompetent coach. but then of course im sure you would find away to give the credit to someone else.

      Mags_24 - 2011-10-09 15:23

      @Jamiside - bwhaahahahah ok i see so now the tri-nations means nothing. interesting. if you can tell me what the style change was then i would agree and i will answer your dumb question. just to help you SA has been playing a version of the bulls and sharks game up until the wc. at the world cup there has been a distinct difference. what has it been? problem for you the style change is different from jakes and most of the coaches before him. The only other time i have seen it played by SA was under harry viljoen and it was for one game against the Argies. its very subtle but I'm sure a man of your rugby knowledge would have seen it. at best you can complain about 2 players that should not have been there, smit and bryan.. 2 out of 22. and even they played well today... Ps. today game was lost on a bounce of the ball. we were not outplayed, go watch the game again and see that came back and dominated that second half (using an incompetent coaches strategy and useless players that should have been kicked 2 years ago.). but dont forget to answer my question.

      Jamiside - 2011-10-09 19:08

      @mags-24, well boy, where's the silver-ware? I am not going to debate you any further, the points are on the board and you cannot argue that. End of the day the Springboks are out.

      Mags_24 - 2011-10-09 19:43

      Jamiside - lol.... in other words, you cant answer a simple question. yet you feel you have the ability to decide who is incompetent. i think theres someone thats incompetent and it seems to be you.

  • Yar - 2011-10-09 10:04

    You are right Snor. Time to step down. I am worried over who will take over. Perhaps Fikile Mbalula will step in himself.

  • Theo - 2011-10-09 10:04

    Pls take your boss Smit Inc with you.

  • Timothy - 2011-10-09 10:05

    Even though we might think that Peter de Villiers wasn't that great a coach, we have to give him this much, he was really passionate about the game and sometimes I think what he was feeling didn't come out just right when he expressed himself verbally.

      SAtoStay - 2011-10-09 10:09

      He was a useless coach and a disastrous public speaker. So what if he was passionate about the game?

      Dontknow777 - 2011-10-09 12:15

      Precisely, though I didn't see his brilliance at times, shall we compare him to the likes of Mallet that destroyed a great rugby team for his own ambitions, or Strauli that just ... well... what a dissaster! The problem was firing the one guy who was actually GOOD. PDV, its not that you aren't a good coach, its just that you happend to replace an unfairly dismissed coach that won the world cup. It was always going to be a battle. The person to blame, Hoskins.

      Mags_24 - 2011-10-10 10:02

      @Dontknow777- jake was never unfairly dismissed his contract came to an end, although he did play the victim ever so nicely. before the world cup be was interviewed and he said he wouldnt take the bok job if it was offered to him. now after the team and eddie jones success all of a sudden he wanted the job again.

  • Francois V - 2011-10-09 10:05

    Best news of the world cup

  • Marcxt500 - 2011-10-09 10:06

    About bloody time...

  • Durbanpoison - 2011-10-09 10:08

    Great news....great...great.....brilliant,never ever ever to see paddy.time to win rwc again....ole!!!!!!!!!!

  • mike881 - 2011-10-09 10:08

    Just wonder what a coach like John Mitchell would have done with all the raw talent in the Bok side? For if he can turn the Lion side, with a bunch of unknowns, into a Currie Cup match winning side - just think what he could achieve with a Bok side!!

      Martin - 2011-10-09 10:21

      Let his team do something in the super 15 and not Currie Cup against weaker teams without their stars.

      mike881 - 2011-10-09 10:33

      Martin the point is what he (Mitchell) could achieve with the pool of talent in SA.

      Vince - 2011-10-09 10:51

      Watch how the teams change when the men are back.. PRO-VINCE!!!!! with a great plausible future coach of the national team.

      Fathers love& grace - 2011-10-09 16:10

      HOW about Bishop Tutu ! God must help us now in this country

      OnSide - 2011-10-09 22:15

      Mike I agree with Martin. Your argument is weak.

  • Davearch - 2011-10-09 10:09

    Great chance to get a foreign coach .. why not try Mitchell, look what he has done for the Lions

  • Marius - 2011-10-09 10:09

    You won't be missed.

  • Broodjie - 2011-10-09 10:09

    Bring back Jake White!

  • Zion - 2011-10-09 10:10

    Peter de Villiers, I am not a fan of yourself, nor of the Springboks, nor SA rugby in general. However I do recognised what you have done for SA rugby since your service started in in SA rugby. I should also mention that the rugby public in this country is totally intolerant with any perceptions that may not be to their liking. In fact the public expects rugby wins and "best players" to be the only balls that are regurgitated from a lotto machine. There is little insight and understanding that a rugby game has an inherent chaos element in it. Peter, fare ye well but keep to the game.

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  • ZAF Mike - 2011-10-09 10:11

    Well, with all the money he made and did nothing he might be able to buy new dentures. Useless political appointment

  • EmptyCan - 2011-10-09 10:11

    Time for Allister and Rassie!!!!!!!!! Cut the deadwood now ie. CJ, Victor,Bakkies,Rossouw, Spies, Fouried P, Jean d V, Habana. Start building for 2015 NOW.....Goosen, Hougaard, Lambie,Juan deJongh,Mvovo, Aplon, Ebersohn, Brussow, Alberts, Viljoen, Beast, Bismark, Bekker etc. Bye bye Helium choker!

  • BoerSeun - 2011-10-09 10:12

    little late now

  • simplyme - 2011-10-09 10:12

    At last! Now we can get a quality coach instead of the AA coach we have had to endure for the last few years.

      Fractious - 2011-10-09 10:19

      If the next coach is white, the politicians will create hell for him. Expect them to step up player quotas to make his life difficult.

      simplyme - 2011-10-09 10:45

      I never said I wanted a white coach! If you Look further up in the comments you will notice that I said that I don't care what colour the next coach is as long as he has the right qualifications and can produce results. The time for choosing people for jobs simply based on the colour of their skin needs to come to an end. It has to be BEST man (or indeed woman) for the job or we will end up mediocre at best.

      Fractious - 2011-10-09 10:56

      I'm not disagreeing with you. My point is simply that even if we get a decent coach, we're not out of the (political) woods yet.

      simplyme - 2011-10-09 10:58

      I certainly agree with you on that score and I'm sure that political interference won't end until the ANC is out of government. I'm not holding my breath.

  • Wynand - 2011-10-09 10:13

    Aweh!! Ma se kind.

  • Brian Smith - 2011-10-09 10:14

    Just another ANC cadre deployment, a failure from the beginning he should have been fired years ago. Good riddance!!!

      OnSide - 2011-10-09 22:24

      @matla...A person born in Africa is called an African (or who has become a citizen of an African country by any other means). There were 22 Africans playing for the Boks today, get with the program.

  • Gareth Smith - 2011-10-09 10:15

    Good riddance

  • Dan - 2011-10-09 10:16

    At least De Villiers was a colourful figure among the rest of the sour ass coaches in world rugby. He might not have been the best coach, but I would rather walk a 4 year road with him than someone like that sad ass sour grape coach of the All Black for instance. Let's be honest, Pieter was a political choice and we all know politics in sport is always a disaster. But give it to the man, he achieved much more than anyone ever thought he would. No we should demand that SARU look for and appoint the best coaching team in world rugby. I don't care if it is South African or not - we deserve the best.

      thetruth - 2011-10-09 10:36

      I'd say Heyneke Meyer

      sniperman - 2011-10-09 11:21

      @the truth. Not Heyneke Meyer. The Springboks are a national team and should not be made up of 15 Blue Bulls.

  • Kuppy - 2011-10-09 10:16

    The next coach must be John Mitchell. Then we will see things happen.

  • theodore.kok - 2011-10-09 10:17

    good result against 16 man that maaifoedie of a ref

  • beicime - 2011-10-09 10:18

    Peter de Villiers took a ride on the work done by Jake White and didn't prepare a new team to take South Africa forward. Management needs Vision to create new winning opportunities while benefiting from someone else work is not management. We have no vision anywhere in tjis country.

  • Zintigzan - 2011-10-09 10:18

    A great opportunaty for SARU to show leadership by appointing the correct people in profesional structures. Bit of bad news is that the majority of Ausies will be in their prime next time.

  • Mark - 2011-10-09 10:19

    Pocock a hero no way, if the world cup get's to be won by constant negative play referees like Laurence is in the pound seats for match fixing. It's a total disgrace and I am actually supporting the All Blacks. You know what is worst than losing the game in the matter it was played, the stupid commentators of Supersport with their silly grins having their own little walk in memory lane. Somehow competing against each other in the studio protecting their own egos (except for Carlos Spencer) and forgetting they are in fact even of the field ambassadors to the men fighting out their hearts. IF ONE MORE COMMENTATOR SAYS THE OTHER TEAM MADE MORE USE OF THEIR OPPURTINITIES! I promise to shat my pants! Let me get this straight if the boks played more with hands in the rugs, collapsed forming malls, pushed knees into players faces deliberately we could have won? Get a life, and wipe the silly grins... SA is not as stupid as you think. Ausies are less competition for All Blacks than would have been the boks (read in between the lines)

      Fractious - 2011-10-09 10:25

      The Supersport commentators are bloody awful. Clearly they've been told to put a positive spin on everything, even losing a game you should have won by 20 points. Ashwin Willemse, for example, proudly proclaiming that at least the Boks "tried". It's a WC quarter final for heaven's sake. The least they should be doing is "trying".

  • Buffalo - 2011-10-09 10:20

    Yes please, do, do, bugger off, nice and quick. Open the way for Mallet's return. Imagine Mallet with De Villier's freedom of choice . . . mmm.

      Christiaan Roos - 2011-10-09 10:29

      Amen and amen to that!

  • OutbackJack - 2011-10-09 10:27

    Hey Saffas if you want to make sheep shagging jokes, read this first

      mervtheswerv - 2011-10-09 10:31

      he obviously spent some time in your country that's why he resorted to the goat shagging. Amazing how much of a contagious disease you have there.

      Buffalo - 2011-10-09 10:40

      Hey in-the-backdoor-jack: Yes, it does happen here, we admit it. But here in SA, as the article reports, it is a crime. In aus and kiwi-land, no one get's done for raping sheep; except the sheep of course.

      sniperman - 2011-10-09 10:55

      Please the man had to rape the goat as it was not willing

      Leonard - 2011-10-09 11:25

      over there you get to run 4 office

      mervtheswerv - 2011-10-09 15:59

      Go tie your kangaroo down sport and then treat it like a sheep.

  • popaai - 2011-10-09 10:27

    The best news the past 4 years. Give him R100mil to do on pension, just get him out off rugby

  • Chris - 2011-10-09 10:27

    It is not the couch but the referees that dont do there jobs. De villiers was a good couch. Well done for your hard work and dedication to South Africa

      simplyme - 2011-10-09 10:49

      I never sat on Div, so I don't know if he is a good couch...

  • Schaun - 2011-10-09 10:27

    i can hear the aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh sound from the clouds above,... finaly no more john smit(well they cant use him for the bok sheild add as he swet in first 2 min) hopefully no more crying schalk and wanna be jean,.. the rest retire anyways...bye snorre and dont worry to even coach soccer as thats already messed up and snorre john smit cant play soccer if u go that root.......bye bye pietie u wont be missed

  • Christiaan Roos - 2011-10-09 10:28

    PdV your insistance on playing Hasbeen JS instead of Bismarck cost us WC - missed scrum time penalties today could have provided points sorely needed. THAT is unfortunately your legacy. Only JS should be more shamed - he should have hanged his boots before WC 2011 - he will be a stain on Bok history

  • call a spade - 2011-10-09 10:30

    First congrats wallbies and sorry boks. Second. a Small pitch sport like netball have two refs, hocky have two refs, both cricket and tennis use technoloy and players can appeal. Rugby have four officials of which two are only allowed to show when the ball go into touch or show out bad play. The fourth one can only comment what happened after the goal line if and when he is asked.This leave one to try and run all over the field and officiate on what he see, don't see or what he want to see. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THIS REGARDLESS OF MY TEAM OR ANY OTHER TEAMS ARE DISADVANTAGED BY THIS MAD SYSTEM. Look at the wonderful attractive game played between Wales and Ireland compared to the disaster between SA and Samoa and what this official did about all that illegal play.SA could have lost that game..Rugby is a hard game played by professional sportsmen who practise extremely hard and should not be disatvantaged like idiots having to much power and whom cannot be scrutinised. GIVE THE OTHER TREE ODFFICIAL MORE POEWER OR GIVE THE CAPTAINS OF THE SIDES THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE TMO. Go google "the all blacks at the breakdown' and see what refs allow McCaw and Franks to do.The play all over the breakdown , take out players at the fringes from off side positions. McCaw getting warned FOUR times bt Rolland. No use winning games this way. It is simply cheating and this have to STOP NOW.

      Benny66 - 2011-10-09 12:52

      Must agree with you on McCaw. Today again he was running interference on the AB ball carrier; playing the ball on the ground in the ruck and deliberately getting in the way at loose scrums etc. He and Aussie players like Pocock have this down to a fine art!

  • burtfred - 2011-10-09 10:30

    Nic Mallet is available, but if he wants the job, he would have to wear an ANC t-shirt to the interview.

      xozaness - 2011-10-09 10:50

      im glad u acknowledge that ANC is the winning team...but he dont have to...he's a brilliant coach!!!

  • rosemarie - 2011-10-09 10:31

    Well well Thank you John for being the most selfish dick-headed captain ever to don the Springbok jersey Dankie Pieter jou pateet & to all the “experienced” players Now piss off - please

  • Balhaar - 2011-10-09 10:32

    Yes appoint another WHITE coach, and you'lle get F....D too in 2015.

  • Superdude - 2011-10-09 10:32

    Every cloud has a silver lining.

  • David - 2011-10-09 10:34

    GOOD RIDDANCE!!!should never have been coach anyways,and lets hope the next coach brings back some pride and running rugby back to bok rugby!

  • Razz-ma-Tazz - 2011-10-09 10:36

    Good decision Peter, and well said there is a time to come and a time to go. Let them appoint another cauliflower (white) coach. They were never behind you.

  • Nigel - 2011-10-09 10:39

    Now there's a luck!

  • xolile.hanse - 2011-10-09 10:39

    there's nothing that PdV did or improve...he was just riding Jake Whte's shadow....Julius Malema for Bokke coach!!!!

  • Nigel - 2011-10-09 10:40

    Now there's a Luck!