JP aims to relive 2007 v Fiji

2011-09-16 08:03

Cape Town - Springbok wing JP Pietersen has fond memories of his previous encounter against Fiji - a performance he will try to replicate this time round.

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The Boks take on the Islanders - renowned for their potency on attack - in Wellington on Saturday.

Four years ago at the previous Rugby Word Cup, the South Africans nearly came unstuck against a spirited Fiji in the quarter-finals in Marseille. That game was decided in large part by a superb cover tackle from Pietersen on a tryline-bound Ifereimi Rawaqa with the Boks leading 23-20 in the second half. The Sharks wing's try-saving tackle swung the momentum of the game to help the Boks claim a 37-20 victory.

And Pietersen, speaking to Die Burger newspaper, says the Boks could take a lot out of what he amassed that Sunday afternoon back in 2007.

"Yes, that tackle against Fiji was unbelievable and made me famous in that World Cup.

"It was strange - I was the top try scorer in the 2007 Super-Rugby competition, but my defence was constantly questioned. I had to constantly hear my defence was not good enough. But then I showed that I could tackle too."

And Pietersen admits more of the same will be needed if they are to come out on top again against the big Fijians.

"You defend differently against such big and strong guys. It's a mistake to try and target their upper bodies.

"The best way is to go in low and take them around the ankles. The Fijians can bump you off and can also side-step."

Bok fullback, Patrick Lanbie also echoed Pietersen's words on how they will aim to stop their counterparts on Saturday.

"Something I was told as a youngster is that everyone's ankles are similar sizes, so you'll find I'll be going for their ankles," Lambie told SAPA.


  • Ulrich - 2011-09-16 08:12

    Actually, you can tackle everyone low. Not just Fijians.

  • CHABRI - 2011-09-16 08:18


      Elvin - 2011-09-17 22:31

      and what is your changes now it should be chances just show u did u see that jp tackle again

  • Travis - 2011-09-16 08:27

    JP...I enjoy your play. Put last week behind you, and show us the tries again. Make us all proud. Behind the Bokke 100%

  • Anton - 2011-09-16 08:32

    Who is Patrick "Lanbie". Really news 24

      Villager - 2011-09-16 08:40

      This is a rugby forum - if you do not know who Lambie is - try the cooking forums. They might fing you funny there!!

      Felix - 2011-09-16 08:47

      I think it's his online gaming name :P. Maybe you should have put more """""""" """"""" for vilager's sake.

      Babs Visser - 2011-09-16 09:03

      Anton you will know who Patrick Lambie is after tomorrow! And it is Lambie and not Lanbie

      donkerhond - 2011-09-16 10:07

      @Babs Visser and Villager... the original article had a spelling error in Lambie's name. Get it?

  • pitchblack - 2011-09-16 08:37

    honestly guys...JP is useless now...he is slightly overweight and can't tackle anymore.

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-16 08:38

    Go JP...go BOKKE!!!!!

  • Wizard101 - 2011-09-16 08:41

    He can tackle!! High around the neck.

  • Marcus Daily - 2011-09-16 08:42

    Has not done much since then....

  • KingSmurf - 2011-09-16 08:48

    JP, trek net eers jou vinger uit jou *** uit en lyk tenminste net lus vir rugby speel!! Jy kan bly wees Snorre is die afrigter anders het jy laaaankal 'n paar PK's gekry!! Hierdie is jou laaste kans om jou self te bewys, anders is dit tyd om vir Aplon 'n geleentheid te gee!! Hy kan beslis nie slegter doen as wat jy laasweek gedoen het nie!!

  • Veld66 - 2011-09-16 08:57

    Go Fijians, im 100% behind you my brothers. Beat the hack out these Dutchman!

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-16 09:21

      Dutchmen live in Holland. You in-bred ingrate.

  • Didier Peinke - 2011-09-16 09:06

    make me proud! Sharks Supporter.

  • Babs Visser - 2011-09-16 11:01

    I am well aware that the Surname was spelled incorrectly in the article! It was the way you wrote your comment that made me think you really did not know who he was and after tomorrow most people will take note, whether it is Lambie or Lanbie or limpy or lampie!

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