Gold on way forward for Boks

2011-09-12 22:01

Cape Town - Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold says they cannot afford to underestimate any of their so-called lesser opponents during the Rugby World Cup.

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The Boks next play Fiji on Saturday, followed by clashes against Namibia and Samoa on September 22 and 30 respectively - all games the South Africans should expect to win comfortably.

However, after Sunday's narrow escape against Wales, Gold believes they cannot afford to take any game for granted.

Gold, when interviewed by Die Burger newspaper, hinted that they might have underestimated the Dragons on Sunday.

"My emotional feeling after the match is that I'm unbelievably relieved that we managed to steal the win," said Gold.

"The one thing that game taught me, is that we cannot dare to be overconfident against any opponent. I know I will be laughed at, but I include Namibia as well."

"I think Namibia showed unbelievable character against Fiji over the weekend and there were surely times when they thought they could win the game against all expectations.

"It showed that we cannot take any game for granted."

The Fijians are renowned for their running and counter-attacking abilities, especially when given enough space. Therefore, it is imperative that the Boks keep the game as tight as possible.

"We will have to keep the ball close to our forwards and not shift it wide like the Fijians. It could lead to mistakes if the ball is just thrown around," said Gold.

Gold also stressed that they would need to keep to their structures and also improve on their tactical kicking.

"If you execute your kicks well, I believe you can - even with the modern rules - put pressure on your opponents."

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  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-12 22:26

    The way forward would be to get rid of you (Sleepy) and your buddies Sleazy & Dopy. To all my fans out there (and the handful of detractors), you might soon be rid of me for ever. I'm contemplating a move to a very different timezone, where rugby isn't very big. My unbelievable knowledge, education & experience is required elsewhere and I'm seriously considering the move. Please don't cry yourselves to sleep. Life does go on. Even with me not in it.

      Blikskottel - 2011-09-12 23:05

      Are you going to heaven for the climate or hell for the company?

      Safaripak - 2011-09-12 23:17

      Kanada? Jy sal 'n langbroek safariepak moet pak.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-12 23:20

      Julle ouens is funny. Nee, Safari, dis nie Kanada nie, maar n bietjie Suid (DC).

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-09-12 23:43

      Enjoy....I know we will!

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-13 00:07

      Thanks Mike..........and you are going to miss me. You can fool yourself, but not me.

      Mr D - 2011-09-13 01:25

      Net solank die BLIKSEM nie Kaap toe kom nie is die OK...LOL

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-13 01:35

      MrD, ek is al vir 10 jaar in die Kaap. Moet jy nie slaap nie of werk jy nightshift?

      jk - 2011-09-13 08:37

      dozer-shut your mouth...ok

      The Goose - 2011-09-13 08:47

      Cheers Mr Carey.

      jk - 2011-09-13 08:51


      roboman1 - 2011-09-13 08:53

      and SA again exports people, good luck Bulldozer. The exodus continues....

      Brannas - 2011-09-13 09:41

      Dozer ons sal jou mis, nou sal ek alleen wees teen daardie SAFFA troll and haar keffertjies ( gooinat die bronx chairman ) en daardie profiel steeler en "predator" daspoort, cliff, chris in oz en wat ook al hy homself noem. Al is daar n' tyd verskil kan jy nog deelneem aan die forum en daardie drolle van die Kaap op hulle plekke sit. Klomp dom etters daardie.

      jk - 2011-09-13 09:45


      jk - 2011-09-13 10:17


      The Goose - 2011-09-13 16:47

      Its The Goose jk.

  • aland - 2011-09-12 23:44

    Your coaching ability seems to be over-estimated. Yes you and Div are being laughed at and so might all of us as a result.

  • Jonathan - 2011-09-13 00:04

    Keep it tight? This Krusty has two side-show-bobs!

  • slg - 2011-09-13 00:11

    The way forward is the resignation of Peter (tonight) and a Freedom From Political Interference Charter for all sport. Finished and klaar.

  • Craig - 2011-09-13 02:56

    The amount of balls the Boks allowed to bounce on Sunday was indicative of their complacent attitude. I could not believe how complacent and lazy they looked at times, this is directed mainly at our 2 wings and scrumhalf. Habanna and JP have to catch a wake up - they looked lazy and did not look for work. So Gold you right, do not underestimate as u do it at your own peril!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-13 03:42

    The way forward is to pick the right players and forget about sentiments such as experience and only a certain person can be the captain. We played better last Saturday when the younger, more enthusiastic, players came onto the field and another player captained the team after that certain captain left the field.

      Magmansa - 2011-09-13 06:04

      Exactly, when we started to pull our comeback and were in a situation where they believe we need his captaincy John wasn't even on the field, so whats his roll again?

      Shark-Chic - 2011-09-13 07:21

      Soooooooo tired of this Smit debate. Just wish the coaching team would do the right thing for the team! But whatever happens next, I am still a Bok supporter and am looking forward to the future of our rugby when all our very talented youngsters take over soon and put on the Green and Gold!

      saburger - 2011-09-13 07:23

      I agree Kleinboet! Unfortunately many players who are on form are not part of this Bok team. We need Joss Strauss, Kobus Minnie; Grobbelaar to assist Brussouw; Elton Jantjies and Sarel Pretorius to replace the half backs; Jaco Taute to assist Steyn and Coenie Oosthuizen with Tiaan Strauss to strengthen the bench and to replace John Smit. Furthermore, and most importantly the Boks are in need of professional coaching! We need alternative options in attack, where Elton Jantjies and Sarel can kick the ball in the empty spaces or for the wings. Variety in attack will let the opposition guess the whole time and make the Boks brilliant again!

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-13 14:25

      saburger, don't cry over spilt mlik, my man! The players who are overseas at the monent are the only ones available for selection and must, therefore, bring the cup home. We will step off the question of who should have been selected into the group as it is water under the bridge. Even JS will have to pull his weight for us to be successful, no wishing him away! BUT, we can pick the best players in the squad to play and use the useless ones sparingly where they will cause the minimum damage.

  • Patrick - 2011-09-13 06:04

    Jon Smit should not be allowed to lead a blind donkey!

  • Andy - 2011-09-13 06:08

    The Boks first try against Wales was from a forward pass from at least 2 feet forward, watch the highlights. Funny how Saffas are ignorantly arrogant. Saffas are whining unless it's against them---CHEATS. Lets hear the whining saffas deny that it wasn't forward.

      Jay - 2011-09-13 08:07

      Sausage dog. You seem to forget that the wales try was also forward but I suppose you never rechecked that did you. Added to which I would assume by your use of the phrase Saffas that you are a AB supporter, in which case why dont you match analyse your own games as everyone knows flat to a AB means two feet ahead of the player. Chop

      mikegd - 2011-09-13 09:11

      You're right. In fact both SA tries resulted from forward passes as well but we don't hear the Welsh shouting about it.

      poorwhite - 2011-09-13 12:35

      that's because the welsh were shagging sheep and did not see the forward passes...

      StaalBurgher - 2011-09-13 13:20

      @Andy... I love your salty tears... cry some more please. The amount of BS that is being spewed by the European media is laughable. Fact remains, the Boks played way below their par and you guys still had to play your best game ever to just get close. Your pundits in the UK are waxing lyrically how you can even go on to win the tournament. With such a massive case of wishful thinking I really take any opinion you lot have about forward passes, reffing decisions etc with a huge pinch of salt. Just bugger off.

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-09-13 06:28

    How can we listen to him? Both he and Dick Muir must rate as the worst coaches in the country. Muir could not do anything for the Lions or Sharks while Gold, when he was with the Stormers forwards, got shunted week in and week out. Since he has left Cape Town the Province pack has improved immeasurably. Only in this country does incompetence get rewarded!!!!!!!

      Morne Maritz - 2011-09-13 06:55

      Amen. The Incompetence of Gold and Muir has long been hidden by the complete idiocy of the Head coach. Finally, people are starting to realise that Gold and Muir are just as guilty of this mess. The Boks play Dick Muir crash ball rugby.

      Durasmart - 2011-09-13 07:15

      Agree with you wholeheartedly. Another example is Allister Coetzee who coached EP out of the Currie Cup within two seasons and was then rewarded with an assistant coach position at the Springboks, where he was also useless.

  • waratawu - 2011-09-13 07:16

    Our coaches attitudes are almost like "I don't care" probably becose they no they are not gonna be there after the world cup.

  • Mpuma Fred - 2011-09-13 07:40

    what a freeking joker, you are the coach of a supposedly leading rugby side and yet you can;t prepare the side correctly and go into a match against credible opposition being over-confident. What a w@nk&r. This is a World Cup Mr Gold not the local neighbourhood saturday afternoon touch rugby game. You have known who the opposition in your group will be for months and yet you are over confident.

  • Lourens - 2011-09-13 08:05

    South Africa arguably has the most talented and gifted rugby players in the world, unfortunately we also have the worst and most unprofessional coaches in the world! Like we have high performance centres helping our young talent develop we need to get some kind of training the trainer development programme for our coaches. I think we should get a foreign coach after Divvy has left.

  • Chris in Oz - 2011-09-13 08:14

    I almost got very happy. When I saw the headline, I thought this article is going to be all about Garry Glitter's resignation from the Bok coaching staff. I'm a bit disapointed now.

      jk - 2011-09-13 08:39

      im so glad when gary left province...hes done nothing for wp rugby...useless...

      OBwun - 2011-09-13 15:20

      Same! I thought for a minute they would maybe be recalling Os!

  • Weepee - 2011-09-13 08:56

    Gary - play the right side! Go and have a chat to Simple Simon and insist on starting with Bismark and Guthro. Stop the obsession with Spies play Schalk at 8 and play Flo & Brussouw as flanks. Then ask the 3rd clown in the trio to play Lambie at flyhalf toss Habana & JP and reshuffle the backline with JDV, Fourie, Hougaardt, De Jong with Steyn staying at FB. Win or lose you will come away with having done something positive because if you stick with what you have the Boks will not make it past the semi's anyway.

  • Flyhalf - 2011-09-13 09:28

    I thought the Three Stooges were dead. Looks like they are alive and well and 'coaching' the Boks

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-13 11:04

      @Flyhalf. Alive and well perhaps, but not coaching. I don't know what they're doing, but it sure ain't coaching.

  • siyafierce - 2011-09-13 09:49

    he pobably burned his bridges with the comedy lot that reside in Newlands (read: SA Rugby) but my 1st choice to coach the Boks is.................NICK MALLET!

  • Lance - 2011-09-13 09:53

    Im happy to agree with Gold for once..."The Boks cant under-estimate anybody"..Humbleness is always good.

  • thatmanvan - 2011-09-13 11:36

    why is the forwards coach talking about the kicking game ?

  • Muffyforu - 2011-09-13 19:13

    know i am going to called all sorts of names for this but I am actually a PDV fan and am sick to hell of everyone blaing him for all thats bad about the team, heres why: He took over from a world cup wining coach with a world cup winning team We all hoped and urged him to keep hold of the old experience players who won the 2007 cup, HE DID THAT AND KNOW WE BLAME HIM FOR THE FACT THAT TH PLAYERS ARE OVER THE HILL? Summary of his record since he took over: 2008 - crap year, coach getting used to players and visa versa who knows? 2009 - Won tri nations and beat the Lions, not many coaches have achieved that 2010 - Bad season, all coaches have them Graham Hendry had two one in 2007 and again in 2009, thats sport! 2011 - Took a leaf out of the much idolised Jake Whites book and rested players in a world cup year. My poimnt is that no coach can win a world cup with a bunch of old crocks we all begged him to keep in the first place, just ask the Italian coach after the last soccer world cup. Lets just all get behind the team for the world cup and rebuild after, who knows we might just win the damn! who we going to blame then? If we do i doubt PDV will get the aclaim he deserves

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