Div warns Aussies of Bok scrum

2011-10-02 22:24

Auckland - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has warned their Rugby World Cup quarter-final opponents Australia to be prepared for some serious scrums.

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“It will be a challenge for them in the scrums, our scrum is exceptionally good at the moment,” he said on Sunday.

“We use it as a good platform to play from and a guy like Pierre (Spies) gets enough time to go off the back of it.

“Our lineouts aren’t bad either, but if they get their team selection right against us, we will be challenged."

Obvious threats in the Wallaby team include their halfback pair of Quade Cooper and Will Genia, while close tabs will have to be kept on the versatile Kurtley Beale.

De Villiers said his men will have to be careful of allowing those players to attack from broken play.

“They’re dangerous in turnover play and in space,” said De Villiers.

“We know that and we saw how Ireland cut off their space and how Samoa cut off their space.

“This is one area we want to look at - we want to cut off their space and force them to play deeper."

The Bok mentor said this week’s challenge will be an entirely different one to the physical onslaught his men had to endure against Samoa.

“Australia won’t be easy, but they will be easier," he said.

“Firstly they won’t be as physical as Samoa, but they will try to be. It is just Samoa who can be as physical as that because it’s part of their nature. Secondly, we understand Australia and we know what they do.

“We’ve been playing them for years, and they’re not likely to change anything this coming week. For them it will be easier and for us it will be easier.”

It will be the first time South Africa and Australia face each other in a World Cup quarter-final.

Australia secured victory over South Africa the last time they met, in Durban, before going on to win the 2011 edition of the Tri-Nations.

De Villiers was nonetheless confident his men have what it takes to set the record straight.

“If you look how we were a year ago, and how we needed to play catch-up rugby, to where we are now, then you can see a big difference. We begin by playing in our structures and we do it well.

“The first and especially our last game, we played total rugby.”

The fact that his charges have missed an average of 26 tackles per match is not a major concern either.

“There were linebreaks against us, but if there weren’t when would we be able to practice our scramble defence? Overall though, if you compare last year and this year there was a big difference."

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  • Opportunity_ - 2011-10-02 22:31

    Hou op jou eie beuel blaas.. Rather compliment them on areas of their game that's dodgy and hope they don't call your bluff, then beat them exploiting it. SA has ALWAYS been a nation of sportsmen that win when we're underdogs and gets wiped when we think we're on top..

      aus_beats_sa - 2011-10-02 23:08

      "SA has ALWAYS been a nation of sportsmen that win" Really? Pretty sure u guys copped it in the olympics and cricket WC's buddy? Unless SA means South Australia - which is a state in Australia and not an indep. nation. Irresposible comment buddy.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 00:46

      PIETER..... n stil bek is n HEEL BEK!!!! Stop BLOWING YOUR OWN TRUMPET... all SAFFA's are aware that when you do that... YOU END UP LOSING!!!!!!

      AA - 2011-10-03 00:49

      @Opportunity. I think you hit the nail on the head. When he comes on this site throwing his biligerant little comments he is tanked up. He probably goes to the same pub as Guildford does.

      RandomDude - 2011-10-03 01:11

      Clark ,last time our scrum went up against you it was your scrum that was demolished (PE). - 2011-10-03 03:56

      Oz does not to need any scrums or lineouts. SA win good clean first phase possesion....... then Morne Steyn gives the ball to them so they can run back at us. When will we ever learn? To play 10 man rugby, the kick has to land on a tickey with at least 3 chasers on the spot.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 05:42

      KURTLY BEALE......... is going to be the SRINGBOKS' Archilles Heel! That man s known for running STRAIGHT THRU THE DEFENCE OF THE BOKS!!!!! PASOP Boetie....

      Renny Meere - 2011-10-03 06:53

      This could be the last match that De Villiers coaches.

      OZNOB - 2011-10-03 07:03


      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-03 08:05

      ......if genius PDV play grandpa Smit on hooker (or prop)... ...its bye-bye world cup for the Proteas.....!!! ............Go All Blacks..!!

      Sparkys - 2011-10-03 08:29

      Why dont all you childish winers shut your mouths.PDV is our coach and up until now he has done well.So pathetic how the public think they can always do a better job!! Support your coach and team and grow up!!

      Aar - 2011-10-03 08:55

      fully agreed opportunity!!!!!!considering south africa has played two less world cups, our record is amazingly good!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-10-03 09:36

      Johnny.....grow up. Your comments are as stale as last years bread!

      Gazza69 - 2011-10-03 09:57

      Great to see the coach talking a good game!! I think the Aussies will be on the back foot and we need to capitalise psychologically. Bokke by 10!

      pants - 2011-10-03 10:05

      Johnny BB........weak link in the human race!!

  • marco - 2011-10-02 22:33

    Anybody pay any attention to the POLLS?Well here's the latest one on SkySports: Who will win the Rugby World Cup? England 7% Wales 7% Ireland 47% Argentina 7% France 7% South Africa 13% New Zealand 7% Australia 7% They reckon Ireland is gonna win it how about that hey!

      The_Stud - 2011-10-02 22:46

      Stupid Irish supporters. Ireland wont win the cup that I can assure you

      Scaramouche - 2011-10-02 22:53

      Interesting Maco - I am wondering how many people voted though. Personally I see them fail against Wales in the quarter finals!!

      Christiaan Roos - 2011-10-02 22:53

      Yeah must have been a poll just after Irelands last game .............. :-D

      Christiaan Roos - 2011-10-02 22:55

      Actually I rate Wales more - if they beat Ireland they are sure to beat either France or England in the Semi's. So a SA Wales final maybe?

      Bert Pajou - 2011-10-02 23:06

      Well, they have the easier road to the finals and may just get there a bit fresher than the other finalist, but that is where their campaign will end, for there waits a green(dressed in white) monster that going to swallow them without chewing.

      Opportunity_ - 2011-10-03 00:14

      100/15 = 6.67 (or a bit closer 7%) Then again 100/15*7 = 46.67% So that means that 15 people voted, with 1 vote to everyone with 7%, 7 votes to IRE and 2 votes to SA. Either only 15, or perfect multiples of it, so that's a meaningless stat.. 15 votes are waaaaay to small a sample size to even consider.

      Bert Pajou - 2011-10-03 00:24

      can such a lot of people be so stupid?

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 00:48

      Must be an IRISH WEB SITE!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-10-03 07:16

      SkySports poll is the British version of our Sport24 poll. Now pose the same question (as it already has) and you get a resounding vote for a South African win. All to do with patriotic loyalty and, let's face it, Ireland does seem to be the strongest of the 4 British teams at the moment.

      burtfred - 2011-10-03 07:18

      SkyeSports? Are you serious? The only sport they know anything about is football.. Yesterday Ireland only beat Italy, they didn't beat a real team.

      Willem Swanepoel - 2011-10-03 07:55

      Since when does "polls" win world cups ?

      Scatman - 2011-10-03 08:06

      @Mike. Ireland is not a British team, it is an independant country as is South Africa

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-10-03 08:19

      @Scatman.....excuse my ignorence....but you know what I is one of the teams that make up the British and (excuse me!) Irish Lions team....:)!

  • Bert Pajou - 2011-10-02 22:48

    Judging their respective performances in the pool games, the Boks should win and it won't surprize me if there is going to be a bit of a difference in the scoreline. A lot has been said about loosing FS, and yes, he's a great player and we will miss his long range boot, but look at it this way: we are now starting with the original #12. The only difference is Lambie on fullback iso FS and based on his game against Samoa, we have nothing to worry about that switch. I am more concerned about the line outs. And over all, Oz cannot beat the Boks four times in a row!!

  • Troep - 2011-10-02 22:51

    Come on "total rugby", I don't think so - when I think of total rugby I think of a super 14 final where the Bulls played the Chiefs, that was total rugby, and I'm not even a Bulls fan.

      Christiaan Roos - 2011-10-02 22:59

      You are right (and I am a Bulls fan) it is the kind of game where you get and then keep momentum - relentlessly never letting up pummeling them up front and stretching them out wide. I believe the Boks can do that and probably will step it up for Oz game. My only gripe (still) Start Bismarck!!!!!

  • Scaramouche - 2011-10-02 22:56

    Memories of a crumbling Aussie scrum against England 4 years ago comes to mind!! Although this time round, the Australian pack (and scrum) must be about a 60% imporvement on their jelly front row back then. Still the Bokke should target it as an area where they can do some serious harm!

  • Bert Pajou - 2011-10-02 23:13

    An average of 26 missed tackles per game and he's not very concerned! Then I suppose it matters where those missed tackles occured. After all, they conceded only two tries in four games. And three of those teams showed that they know how to score tries!

      Opportunity_ - 2011-10-03 00:07

      @Bert: You have to look at when those tackles are missed. SA's defense is a driving defense close to the rucks (to take them opponents back), and normal tackles out wide. Missed tackles are only a bad thing if they occur out wide. If you're prepared to fall over backwards with the player running at you, you're much more efficient than when you're running in meeting them head-on. Our forwards, the first-time hitters tackles this way, to keep opponents from crossing our advantage line. Teams can have a 100% tackle stat and lose 60-0 if they keep on going backwards when making tackles...

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-10-02 23:13

    ALL YOU IMPERIALIST whites are so lucky to have dstv while we missed half the games or had to watch it delayed late at nite. alberts and flo look so similar. 2007 repeat sa-eng final. sa-oz will be a block-buster, game of the tournament! i want us to wear an all green kit. frans we miss u!

      Bert Pajou - 2011-10-02 23:22

      Yea, and Frans Steyn is also going to watch the games on DSTV.

      Opportunity_ - 2011-10-03 00:03

      Balrog we're on the same team! You have internet 23:13 at night, I'm pretty sure you can afford to go and watch the game at the nearest pub like I do.. Stand together, because divided we'll just fall.

      JustinD - 2011-10-03 09:27

      Ya it must be kuk to be you hey.....

      Chronoman - 2011-10-03 09:53

      Balrog, DSTV helps nothing when your schedule does not allow you to watch the games live my friend. You just don't know it but when you watch the repeat many guys with DSTV are also watching for the first time.

      Mr Coe - 2011-10-03 10:07

      Crawl out of your hole and go down to your local pub and enjoy the game. They have DSTV.(i'm sure)Just to add more wood chips to both your shoulders , I have seen more black people wearing Springbok gear this world cup than in previous years and I'm sure the are watching the games at home or in a pub and enjoying the games, so how would you classify them as White IMPERIALISTS. Stick to soccer. That way you can watch the soccer on a non pay-as-you-watch channel. I'm not sorry that I have Dstv.

      Staalbal - 2011-10-03 15:57

      Frans is also an imperialist, I thought you did not like us.

      Tommy - 2011-10-03 18:48

      I think frans would of enjoyed you guys in green kilts from what i hear about him lol

  • RandomDude - 2011-10-02 23:23

    Why give them a heads up that you'll take them on in the scrum?.. sure, they prob know it already but it might just give their pack that extra bit of motivation to match us in the scrum .

      Bert Pajou - 2011-10-02 23:41

      Maybe he's trying to get their attention away from the line out, hoping they will select strength iso length

      RandomDude - 2011-10-03 00:57

      doh ! ..I'm sure that's it !

  • Viva Le Bok - 2011-10-02 23:34

    @ aus_beats_sa read first before you comment. The comment reads "SA has ALWAYS been a nation of sportsmen that win when we're underdogs and gets wiped when we think we're on top" We win when we are under dogs and lose when we are arrogant and full of ourselves...GET IT

      Clark Kent - 2011-10-02 23:51

      Viva Problem is from what I see of your supporters they are so arrogant that they believe they are on top all of the time even when the team is clearly not playing well.As one of the more learned English South Africans said on this blog if the World Cup Rugby was based on arrogance South Africa would come 1st,2nd,3rd

      norman - 2011-10-03 00:01

      @Clark Kent Ouch!!! You are so right! But please, do try to understand us poor South Africans. It is so terribly hard to be humble when you know you are good. Sorry let me correct that, when you know you are so damn good! :)

      AA - 2011-10-03 00:43

      @Clark. So are the AB fans, Auz fans and English fans - thats why we are fans we believe in our team. Sorry that your fear of the Boks has made you so bitter towards South African's. Your respect for South Africa is evident and welcomed, we understand.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-10-03 07:37

      I would be MORE worried if we DIDN'T have people like Kent running South Africa down. If that were to be the case, it would really show that no one was worried about us! So go on Kent, you and all others of your ilk, keep your vitriolic comments's motivational and amusing!

      theprodigy - 2011-10-03 09:28

      Superboy Kent, is not a New Zealander guys, he is a spineless traitor wannabe that is backing a team that he thinks will win. Don't take any notice of him, if you want to see what NZ'rs are saying, read their online blogs, they are not like these idiots.

  • slg - 2011-10-03 00:05

    It's a weakness having a talkative teenager in a grown-up's body as our coach, one with a shamed Ego lens that often inverts reality. Hopefully the senior players are more influential than he is. But then what's he doing there?

      Opportunity_ - 2011-10-03 00:42

      The only reason Oz has a chance against us is "Robbie Deans". If we had a coach nearly as good as him, we'd be alongside a NZ (with Carter) as favorites. We're doing great because Rassie and that Nienaber oke is there. I'm no Stormers fan, but they know WAY more about rugby than PdV, Dick,or GGold

  • frans.mosia - 2011-10-03 00:35

    Shosholoza Bokke

  • KIWIDIOT - 2011-10-03 02:28

    Pdv's comments pale in comparison to Graham Henry saying that the AB's "are ready for the final".But we all know that the kiwi public is like a bunch of kids who have to be constantly reassured.The "headmaster" says so.Lets ask Pinetree Meads,what he thinks.."Yes kids,we are the best by far,its ours to lose.Yet the truth of the matter is that the AB's with their fragile psyche,is only one more injury away from falling apart,so go ahead and wrap ole Richie in cotton wool before the sky falls in on you. South Africans,whether you admit it or not,are made of sterner stuff.

      Black Beauty - 2011-10-03 05:12

      'Sterner stuff", really? Why are so many saffa refugees living in NZ then, what part of NZ are you living in KIWIidgot. Saffas are weak......50 million pftttttttttt and still whinging about refs, samoans, forward passes and yet the Saffas are the worst. Maybe Brussow should wear a motor bike helmet instead of that little poofy thing he wears to help protect him from slaps. "Sterner" bwahhhhhhhhhh

      Samantha - 2011-10-03 06:59

      Black Beauty, your comment was completely lacking class. Our political atmosphere is irrelevant in a discussion about rugby. But having met a few Kiwis where I live now, I guess I'm not completely surprised.

      theprodigy - 2011-10-03 09:36

      Black Beaty, living in Browns Bay....just another classless loser..if anybody is winging its the Skaapies, crying about the IRB fining Somoa, crying that England wasn't punished for switching the ball, crying about the WC finance structure, thats just in the last few days, but wait till they get knocked out in the next game or 2, they will be whining!! Brussouw makes Mc Cheat look like an old granny with bunions, please give us a break... & go post on the Herald or get a life.

  • Roy - 2011-10-03 05:31

    Remember! Actions speak louder than words.

  • Ian - 2011-10-03 05:46

    Wake up , guys. Don't take this seriously. Never heard of mind games? Say one thing and do the opposite.

  • MJ - 2011-10-03 05:48

    Maybe someone should warn Div about playing a one dimensional game plan over and over and over again that only works convincingly against T4 nations like Fiji and Namibia. SA are more predictable than a cuckoo clock.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-10-03 06:27

    Careful Div. Stay humble. Never add even 1% motivation to the opposition teams by making immodest statements. In the knockout phase things may come down to the wire. Always be totally respectful to all opposition teams. Even when you win.

  • Ockie - 2011-10-03 07:11

    Ireland and Samoa however kept the ball in hand. Are we planning to do the same or are we going to kick the ball to them to play with? That is the question.

  • Ozymandios - 2011-10-03 07:21

    I never fail to understand why a coach like PdV gets up and says a week before a game, an important game, as well "'Hey Aussie these are our strong points before we play you and this is where we are planning tol mash you up". Its like being in the army and putting up a sign 1km from an ambush point you are preparing for the enmey saying " hey Enemy "AMBUSH 1KM ".away. Don't tell me this is a cunning tactic, because PdV has never been cunning or tactical. Why say anything? Its like guys you meet in a pub who tell you they are going to F(*^$&* you up. Why warn me? Why prepare me? Just F#%$^*&(^$% me up by hitting me one great "knuckle-sandwich" when I don't expect it. Because thats sure what I am going to do to you. Tell the 'enemy' squat and go out there and bliksem him with the frying pan and the kitchen sink. Don't tell him what you are going to do beforehand. Which Sales and Marketing Director sends out a memo to all his/her oposition that they are launching a new product a month before their company does so, so that they can act against it and ensure it has limited impact? Wow! we sure pick some great coaches in this game.

      InternetMan - 2011-10-03 10:20

      Bait and switch. Look it up.

  • burtfred - 2011-10-03 07:25

    Snorre is uitgeslaap. It's not what he says, but what he doesn't say that's important

  • umbertoeco - 2011-10-03 07:35

    Bet the ozzies are quaking in their boots. Look at the stats divvy. They have beaten us 9 out of last 12 encounters. Could be your last game in charge.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-03 09:23

      ....hope it is grandpa Smit last game as welll....

  • trevor - 2011-10-03 07:42

    p div just go play the game

  • Goran - 2011-10-03 07:48

    This is one of the most irratating and frustrating things that we keep on hearing before we play the Aussies. Can anyone tell me the last time we absolutely destroyed the Aussie scrum; remember Durban a last month, where we got hammered by the Aussie scrum? But yet we keep on persisting with theis notion that we will win because our srcum is better!! There is no doubt that we have a better pack, but the Aussies have a way to neutralise it, as they have done for years!!!!!!

  • Louw - 2011-10-03 08:10

    Speel vir Bismark op 2 en Alberts op 8 . Louw op die bank. ( Speel vir Smit en Spies Byebye worldcup)

  • Maori - 2011-10-03 08:43

    Groot bek met 'n groot snor voor die tyd! Do the talking on the field idiot!

  • Jacques - 2011-10-03 09:16

    Clark we are springboks not proteas you idiot!! Go back to the hole you came from!

  • Barnowl - 2011-10-03 09:24

    The fact that his charges have missed an average of 26 tackles per match is not a major concern either. “There were linebreaks against us, but if there weren’t when would we be able to practice our scramble defence? Overall though, if you compare last year and this year there was a big difference." Very funny argument. Hope you had enough practice, because you'll need it against the Wallabies.

  • leonard.w.gray - 2011-10-03 09:33

    Lets go bokke!!! PDV 100% behind you!!

  • Gibbonater - 2011-10-03 09:54

    We will win. The cup is ours again.

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-10-03 10:10

    Snorre is much shrewder than we think. He wants them to spend more time on scrums and less time on everything else.... But, if I realise this (unlike most people lambasting him) surely the Aussie coaching staff will too and ignore this statement completely which makes it totally pointless to say in the first place. Wasting air really

  • Raymond - 2011-10-03 19:38

    Div-stop being like other coaches and warn the opposition what to expect,rather keep quiet and go out there and surprise them and do it.You now have to put your money where mouth is.

  • Lance - 2011-10-04 15:57

    It wont be easy...but with an imporved scrum and new attacking backline(game as a whole), best kicker and defence...its going to going well for the Boks. if all else fails we can just protect the line...Nobody coming through the GREEN WALL.

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