Teich: Tough pool may aid Boks

2011-09-06 15:26

RWC Mediawatch with Rob Houwing

Cape Town - The Springboks may benefit later from being placed in one of the most competitive pools at the World Cup, according to popular former national captain Gary Teichmann.

In their preview of the seven likeliest sides to win RWC 2011, The Guardian newspaper (UK) chose Teichmann, the Boks’ first Tri-Nations winning skipper in 1998, to assess his own country’s chances.

And the former Sharks No 8 said there were “a couple of factors” in South Africa’s favour.

“First, they’re going in as underdogs. Second, they’re in a tough pool so they’ll have to consistently play their best team - that can either hurt by causing too many injuries, or make them a hardened team used to pressure when the knockout games come.

“They will play in a way that works for them; they’re not going to play open or expansive rugby, so that shouldn’t tire them out too much.

“They’ll certainly be in the semi-finals - from there it’s hit and miss.”

*Another English broadsheet newspaper giant, the Daily Telegraph, in its dedicated online RWC section, is in the process of assembling a World Cup dream-team since the tournament’s inception in 1987.

Selected by writers Mick Cleary and Brendan Gallagher and loud-mouthed former England hooker Brian Moore, the exercise is being done day by day and position by position – Springboks in the incomplete XV so far are Ruben Kruger at flank and Joost van der Westhuizen at scrumhalf.

Loosehead prop has also been finalised already and, with the opinionated, glaringly Anglo-biased Moore using strong powers of persuasion to suppress Gallagher’s stated approval for Os du Randt, his former England front-rank pal Jason Leonard rather dubiously eclipses the great South African to the No 1 jersey.

Both had World Cup careers that spanned 12 years, of course, and appeared in two finals each, but Leonard got one winner’s medal to Du Randt’s two – and even then the Englishman’s came as an extra-time substitute to Trevor Woodman in the 2003 showpiece against Australia.

Du Randt started both his winning finals, was as renowned a scrummager as Leonard and also trounced him from an athletic point of view.
No rethink, Brian? Ah, thought not ...

*Also in The Telegraph, guest columnist Brendan Venter, the Springbok centre and former Saracens supremo, warns that All Blacks coach Graham Henry may be hoodwinking the rest of the world that “expansive rugby” is the way to go.

“This is a con from a shrewd operator,” suggests Venter. “His chief playmaker is Dan Carter, who is at his best when playing the percentages for the Crusaders.

“(And) all of the big World Cup games are being played at night. In New Zealand that means dew – lots of it.

“The wet will make multi-phase rugby tricky because the ball gets greasy and errors will abound.”

Venter also sang the praises of what he called “warrior players”: important ones at RWC 2011, he said, would be Lewis Moody of England, South Africa’s Schalk Burger and New Zealand’s Brad Thorn.


  • gooinat - 2011-09-06 15:32

    I don't think a tough pool will aid the Boks at all,thing I am worried about is injuries in these pool games.

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-06 15:37

      I agree gooinat. Samoa alone will send 5 boks home.

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 15:40

      Small Kok,If I want your opinion I will pull the toilet chain,traitor!!!!!!!!

      BardofAvon - 2011-09-06 15:56

      yes, gooinat, every time Kok opens his mouth he covers himself in something other than glory.

      Maori - 2011-09-06 16:12

      The old bokkies are getting softer! One hard hit from Samoans will break bok bones! If they reach the knoock out games, it will be will a seriously depleted side! Can already hear the excuses. Bring it on!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 16:51

      Worry about Tonga on Friday my Kiwi chaps........C-L-O-T-H-E-S-L-I-N-E

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-06 19:58

      I guess if I were an AB, I wouldnt mention the likes of Ried and Thompson - McCrybaby is next. That guy was nursing his eina all season - hahaha.

      Neilson - 2011-09-06 21:54

      @Chief Kok: Thats alright, Samoa can send 5 Boks home, the Boks will send 30 All Black's to their home town to watch the final on the telly.

  • jk - 2011-09-06 15:54

    if the boks were the only ones in the pool, they would still loose it...

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 16:09

      Kom, ek's hier agter Midas. Ek en my vrou. Waar is jy?

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 16:17

      @Ace hahahahahahaha,ek moes lag vir daai eene.Is dit die eerste,tweede of derde vrou??????

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-06 16:19


      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 16:21

      Gooinat, ek het al drie saam gebring. Meer chicks om hom voor te verneder.

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 16:25

      Ace,ek moet net lag vir julle ouens,waars ou Alwyn,ek moet se ek mis nogal die poephol:):):)

      jk - 2011-09-06 16:25

      eks by midas hoofkantoor jou aap, nie die tak in delaryville nie!!!

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-06 16:26

      Wat doen jy as die magtige All Blacks op jou afstorm? Antwoord: Kyk hulle stip in die oë. Gee een tree agteruit. Dan een tree na regs. Dan een tree agteruit. Dan een tree na links. Dan een tree agteruit. Ensovoorts Dit gaan nie help nie, maar te minste trap jy nie in jou eie bollie nie.

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-09-06 16:33

      Chief Kok Q. What do you call 15 guys sitting around the tv watching the Rugby World Cup final? A. The All Blacks

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 16:34

      Ek weet nie waar Alwyn is nie. Moet seker maar werk vir n verandering, nie soos die res van ons nie. Jk, ek was daar gewees maar al wie ek kon sien is so klein vaal ou mannetjie wat soos urine ruik. Het nie gedink dis jy nie, maar nou weet ek. Gee my 10 minute dan's ek daar.

      Alwyn - 2011-09-06 16:57

      Los my uit. My pastoor het gesê ek moet my nie ophou met gemors nie en julle klomp ouens is gemors. Wil net baklei en kwaad stook. In elk geval rugby is vir gomtorre. Van nou af kyk ek net skaak en ballet.

  • -Zeus- - 2011-09-06 15:56

    Dont know why everyone is rating these pacific islanders so much. Sure they are big and strong and tackle hard.....but so what, so do we....they dont really have any skills at 15 man union. All we need to do is keep it a tight game, not give them any ball, wait till they get frustarted, then take the points on offer. Simple really.

      jk - 2011-09-06 16:01

      we dont tackle hard, if you wanna see hard tackling watch the french!!!

      Jack Turner - 2011-09-06 16:11

      Big Deal...Like we have all the skills

  • Huey - 2011-09-06 16:38

    come on Guys, we are going to take no probs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phillip - 2011-09-06 22:44

    I can smell the Kiwi fear here in Auckland....its lekker!

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