Smit: Boks not there yet

2011-09-17 20:30

Wellington - Even though his team delivered one of their best performances in recent times, Springbok skipper John Smit would not accept that his team’s 49-3 victory over Fiji was a breakthrough.

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"It is a better performance, I don’t know a about breakthrough," Smit said after Saturday’s match.

"I think it was a game that we really wanted to do well in. They are one of the tough teams in the pool and showed that they wanted to attack, so I would rather say it was a step in the right direction."

It took the Springboks 25 minutes to get the upper-hand in the contest.

The turning point came when loosehead prop Gurthro Steenkamp dived over in the corner for the first of six tries the defending champions scored in the match.

Smit praised his players for surviving the initial pressure they were placed under by a very passionate Fijian outfit.

"The first half was pretty brutal, they basically came out there on a mission, certainly from a breakdown point of view.

"Fortunately the boys stuck to it and it was good to see how the guys matched fire with fire and were pretty accurate; numbers wise, the decision making was good and it was a step in the right direction."

Asked to compare his team’s showing to this week to the narrow 17-16 victory they secured over Wales in their previous match, the Bok skipper said that the control his men had - with or without possession - was one of the most telling differences.

He said that they would not have scored high marks for their previous performance.

"The nice thing about this week, compared to last week, is that we got closer to how we prepared the week before the game.

"It is a good stepping stone to where we needed to go and to improve from last week. A lot of guys put some valuable time out there and some guys really put their hands up."

Prior to the match the Springboks were only given an outside chance to retain the title they won in 2007.

The victory had brought back a lot of confidence in the team’s abilities although Smit said that proving their critics wrong was not the main motivating factor behind the more credible performance.

"If it was perceived that way it may help, but the intention was to get better every single weekend.

"We were aware that we came into the tournament pretty undercooked from a rugby game time point of view so it was important for us to progress today.

"Week two is a little bit too early to be deciding who is making a marker, it is not really when you win a World Cup."

The Springboks’ next match is against Namibia at the North Harbour stadium in Auckland on Thursday.


  • Phillip Carlisle - 2011-09-17 20:53

    You are such a arrogant .... ...., and lets wait and see how the ABs do against france next week. The best thing about today for us was defense. We will still improve. What's this bye bye crap you always say? Are you over 12?

      colin.dovey - 2011-09-17 21:16

      He IS just over 12 - 12" high

      RandomDude - 2011-09-18 05:16

      oo nz - fr .. that is going to be fun !

  • Phillip Carlisle - 2011-09-17 20:57

    By the way the most hated man in NZ is your cousin fly-half. Besides a few old schools, 99.9999% of our country support the Boks. Your a weirdo mate with your hahaha. Just ssshhhh, and let's see what happens.

  • YO NITEMARE - 2011-09-17 20:59

    Kent CREEP!

      OZNOB - 2011-09-17 23:05


  • Whoa Dude! - 2011-09-17 21:18

    @Clark Kent Lets just see what happens. I suspect you're going to choke on your words, kinda like how your team has been choking on their arrogance for the last two decades.

  • Christo - 2011-09-17 21:24

    Smit not there yet.

      Mr Bee Hind - 2011-09-17 21:49

      Clark Kent since no one has ever hugged or told you they loved you let me do it. I love you man. Show so love....

      Vusi9 - 2011-09-17 21:56

      Honestly Clark you are just showing how stupid you are. Don't talk about things you don't understand. South Africa GDP US$285 billion, New Zealand GDP US$128 billion. Your nation is as insignificant as they come to being a player on the world stage. In fact most of your rugby players would not even get paid if it weren't for the South African monetary contributions to 3 nations and S15 rugby. You are bitter, I know your country well and you don't have a lot going for you. I accept it must be hard to live with the fact that your women are the ugliest on earth, as a nation you are not very intelligent, no natural resources, miles away from anywhere interesting and the fact that weren't it for the players you steal from the islands you would not even make it to the quarters you choke in so often.

      Lauren - 2011-09-17 22:28

      Vusi, you forgot to mention that ol' Clark lives in such a nanny state that it's suprising he's allowed to comment without his entire country vetting his comment first!!!

      Friksepappa - 2011-09-17 23:38

      Hahaha met monopoly geld kan ek 765.3 van jou ma's koop klark cent

      BardofAvon - 2011-09-18 05:49

      Go Vusi!

      Wow! - 2011-09-18 09:23

      @Clark Kent - actually until the early 1990'2 South Africa was ahead of New Zealad on points and on wins - suck on that. So much for your 100 years of dominance. However, we South Africans generally concede that the All Blacks are simply GREAT rugby players.

  • Gavin - 2011-09-17 21:42

    Hey buddy, Clark, you seem a bit pent up over there - it's not the last 20 years of frustration, is it? You know, where you can boast that you're the best team in the world for 3 years and 10 months, but how you only have a single World Cup title to show for it? We, like John Smit, will not let this performance go to our heads; we know there are lots of areas where we need to improve; and we will quietly keep doing that. One thing we do know about - a little more than you - is how to win this Webb Ellis Trophy. Now, if you've calmed down a little since your rant, we might just be gracious enough to give you some pointers...

      Bok Fan - 2011-09-17 22:00

      Clark Kent since no one has ever hugged or told you they loved you let me do it. I love you man. Show so love....

      Gavin - 2011-09-17 22:01

      Ah, Clark, you have made me laugh, and for that I must thank you. You're right, we cheated our way to the first title with the help of a dubious caterer and we got lucky with the second. Still, we have two, and you have how many? Good night chap, sleep tight. Don't let the sour grapes keep you up - much like your 1995 All Black Team, you must know how a dodgy tummy can be a real b*tch! PS. I rather like my Afrikaner cousins!

      Mack84 - 2011-09-17 22:11

      @ Clark Kent. Boet if you were in front of me right now I would give you a p@es klap that sent you back to 1987. I just wish the Boks were playing cos then your WC tally would stand at ZERO. Mate you can say what you want about SA, at least we aren't universally known as the most boring nation on the planet.. I mean the land of the long black cloud or whatever..HAHA

      OZNOB - 2011-09-17 22:21

      DEAR MR CLARK KENT why thank you for all your stats and figures about how the new zealanders are bigger sheep shaggers than your convict brothers in botany bay and that you buy just about buy all your players from the pacific rim, not to mention that there was no lizzie or stomach bug just a mountain of sore losers ,Needless to say that being no 1 since pa fell off the truck does not bring home the silverware and that it'll be another 4 years before you can have anoyher bash at 'trying' to be no 1 but not world champs like we are . So please the proof in the pudding is in the eating so i guess you are still feeling sore that you cannot show us anyhting but hot air

      Bennie - 2011-09-17 22:31

      @Mack84 - With you on that klap. P$@s him hard!

      BardofAvon - 2011-09-18 05:56

      Gavin, it's 24 years since the All Blacks won their one and only World Cup - in the tournament in which the Boks weren't allowed to play. Had SA played, the Bok team would have included Naas Botha, Danie Gerber, Carel du Plessis and Ray Mordt. Hair stands on end.

      landieman - 2011-09-18 07:12

      What do you call 22 guys watching the Rugby World Cup final on TV?the all blacks

      OZNOB - 2011-09-18 11:42

      mr bardavon i think you are being overly generous there as that one did not count as south africa did not play

  • BnQE - 2011-09-17 21:57

    Clark Kunt - you are such a Panty ... no knowledge of Rugby, no knowledge of South Africa - go hug a Kryptonite

  • Clayton - 2011-09-17 22:00

    Clark Kent is such a loner has to visit a South African website and spill this drivel to try make his unimportant existence known to the world. You sir are a tool.

  • Angelo - 2011-09-17 22:11

    AB are the chokers of world cup with the abos being the cheaters .they know we the bokker are the best lose or win we are the team they look up and fear .. ask them...

  • Crusader Man - 2011-09-17 22:12

    well done SA .. wins a win and the F1J!s were extremely commited .. Like NZ you withstood verything they threw at you. Very clinical performance and you have now seen how to beat OZ. Hope you win that game too. No need to get all defensive. Its just a game and like last nights game. Best team on the night won.. Love watching the big games.. Bring it on NZ vs France next week... Its a shame that the loser of that game gets an easier run into the finals now.. NZ wont throw the game but i wonder whether France might play a B team... shame on them if they do..

      BardofAvon - 2011-09-18 05:58

      Thanks, dude.

  • Bok-USA - 2011-09-17 22:24

    @Clark. If you don't speak, people think you're stupid. Now that you've spoken, we all now that you are STUPID!!!.

  • Blackboy - 2011-09-17 22:36

    Clark Kent is from the Cape Flats and now he thinks he is very clever. Seems that you got a laptop for the World Cup just to watch every game online as you can not afford DSTV. After the WC you need to return it to GAME as you are unable to pay the monthly installments.

  • coenie.koch - 2011-09-17 22:58

    @ Clark Kent. Remember to watch the 2 new documentaries end of October 2011. The one is called "The rise and fall of the All Black rugby team", and the other is called: "Oh shucks!! Here come the Bokke- the champs of champs!1"

      Kevin - 2011-09-18 06:35

      Clarke Kent. There are alot of South Africans in NZ at the moment and if your computer was not so ancient like everything in your country we would already have stolen your laptop and resold it. And keep looking over your shoulder whilst the World cup is on . It is not just Rugby that we are the best at.

  • Hmmmm - 2011-09-17 22:58

    I find the comments on the threads on news24 amazing, it seems no matter the topic somebody - ala Clark Kent will put in a racial, south africa is going down or something like that, what dribble! You don't even know who this guy is, the internet is great because you can post anonymous comments - lets see this guy say these things with his real name - trolls are trolls and we shouldn't care about a guy or girl posting the same crap on different articles, its hilarious! News24 threads are not a representation of what is going on in the country - if so has anybody dared to tread on other news sites all over the world and read the comments?? like give up your USA passport its not worth anything, this is wrong, thats wrong, that guys a racist, that party sucks - its all pretty much a waste of time but it can be an entertaining read - who used to read the letters to the newspapers?? Not much has changed in 50 years - same crap different day!Its amazing how people will belittle themselves and be totally disgusting online with their comments and when it comes to the real world they won't say anything! @Clark try sprouting your dribble in New Zealand and Australia in the open and see how many people want to be associated with you...

  • Pennyformy.. - 2011-09-17 22:59

    Smit: YOU are the only one that's not there yet. And you'll never be. Bismark is there. Face it Dikgat, your time is over ... do us all a favour and just handle the speech and comments after the game. You do NOT feature anywhere else anyway.....

      GREG - 2011-09-17 23:22

      For the first time in months..Smit stays on the pitch for the whole game and suddenly the Boks find their form... coincidence?

      Buffalo - 2011-09-18 07:04

      Absolutely have to agree with Greg. Oh and to the rest of you maintaining Klark Cent in the forum - report comment his a$$ off the site! Easy.

      Theo - 2011-09-18 07:24

      Pennyformy, I agree with you, how much better would we have played if they just reverse the roles between Smit and Bismarck.

      Kalkheuwel - 2011-09-18 20:44

      As posted on another site: First collpsed scrum Bismark in the middle. Skew throw - Bismark. Let's get real. JS plays a better tight game than Bismark, Bismark a better loose game. I would suggest that there's room for both

  • ian frost - 2011-09-17 23:11

    Used to feel bad about the earthquakes, that feeling is starting to fade.....

  • Gecko14 - 2011-09-17 23:14

    Clark, clearly you are a bit stupid. If the Aussies were to somehow beat the Boks is the quarter final, they will play the All Blacks im the semi. So sorry for you, idiot, NZ and Aus won't see each other in the final. Sorry, my mistake, they will be sitting together in the stands, watching the Boks take the William Web Ellis Cup for the 3rd time.

      Neutralist - 2011-09-19 00:43

      Records are made to be broken

  • Gecko14 - 2011-09-17 23:29

    Blackfan, you are generalising. We are a proud country that and the large majority of us, black and white, have a common purpose, to be the best we can be. We have the instinct of a natural fighter. We don't lie down, we don't give up, we will rather die standing than live on our knees. Put us with our backs to the wall and see what happens, corner us at your own perral. We, the people of RSA, are fighters, we are survivers, it is what we are, it is who we are.

      Gecko14 - 2011-09-17 23:49

      Clark, I am a white afrikaner, I am 36. I have quite a couple of friends of different races. You say we don't forgive, I say you don't know what you are talking about. I do not comment on the racial issues in other countries, seeing that I don't live there. Maybe you should try and do the same. We are not perfect, but hey, nobody is perfect. We are working through our isssues and getting to understand each other more and more. To give you an idea, Julius Malema's dissaplinery hearing started about two weeks ago. There were about 3000 - 5000 supporters running amok. When the Sprinboks left for the RWC there was 50 000 plus people saying good bye. (Of ALL races)

      Blackboy - 2011-09-18 00:00

      @Clark. You Cape Flats people are all the same. Start realizing that you live in SA you ma se P@&S. We all now that you are in our midst and that you are only stirring. You will never be a OZ or a AB or a SA. You will just be a nobody.

      Blackboy - 2011-09-18 00:05

      @ Clark. Wake up buddy. You are on the Cape Flats and not in AUS or NZ.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-18 05:40

      Clark .. we just get under your skin don't we ? Good .

  • Mack84 - 2011-09-18 02:52

    @Clark Kent. Mate name the place I'll meet you there. and take you down to China Town.

  • GREG - 2011-09-18 09:02

    @Clark Kent. Just wanted to point out that you are the one brought race into this article. Easy for you to pull the race card and make comments about different race classes in my country. I don't like to generalize so I wont make the assumption that all Kiwi's are condescending classist fudgepackers... just YOU are!

      Razz-ma-Tazz - 2011-09-18 10:26

      @ Greg Be man enough and admit the lad is 100% correct with his statements. Firstly, this is a 100% BOK page who is fanaticle about their rugby as Bin Laden is about his religion. Many of you are one track minded. Not prepared to accept others view points. It is all about yourself and thats it. If you travel abroad then you hear how foreigners are mocking the South African whites saying they will sacrifice their country but not your rugby. WHAT A JOKE....

      Gecko14 - 2011-09-18 11:51

      Razz, rather keep quiet, you have no clue.

      Blackboy - 2011-09-18 12:50

      I see Razz Dumisani is also here. Please go and learn the SA national anthem rather. Your idiot.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-19 04:52

      Razz, I 'm based in the US (12 yrs now ) and have worked all over the world with people from the US , Korea, Japan, China, India, Russia, France, Canada, UK, Germany , Iran , Israel, Pakistan, Greece and Mexico , just some of the ones that come to mind, and I've never experienced anything but positive vibes towards South Africans. I've never experienced the mocking you claim. You're basing a broad conclusion on a small sample drawn from the circles you move in.. a common logical fallacy . But even if you're correct why should the opinion of bigots bother us ? And before you start with the predictable ran away from SA line, I was recruited by a US company and I moved because it was a very good career move... still miss SA .

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-18 09:04

    John Smit you had a great game! Hats of to you, the team and the coach. You made us proud :) Go Bokke!

  • FM150 - 2011-09-18 10:08

    You have a winning gameplan there Smithy. Dont change it! Great defence and at last a balance in the presure tacticts (less kicking) makes a winning gameplan!

  • Bakkels - 2011-09-18 10:47

    Hey Clark! Dont agree with your comment, but that not the point. I love SA man! This country is great, and if I love SA that means I love u too man! Braaivleis bo!!

  • Bakkels - 2011-09-18 10:51

    Hey Clark! I dont agree with your comment, but thats oot the point: I love SA and that means I love u too!! We have a great country we have, may my kids kids will grow up here (and I grow old) and live life abundantly in SA. If Boks continue to improve they have a good chance, but OZ + NZ have lots of firepower. Braaivleis bo!!

  • rob.horneman - 2011-09-18 12:41

    @Kent no one rememebers if youyr were nr 1 in rugby for how many years,they rememebr when you had the tenacity , guts and tournament attitude to win 7 consec games in a row,abroad and in own backgarden,everyboduy knows who was the World champ in whatever year, thats why you RAAAAAAvvee so much about being World champ in 1987, the year before we wiped your asses in kavalier tour, and in 1991 we were not there either , we have won 50% of all Word Cups weve played,beat that ,no one knows you win 70% of your games its alll!!!! about World Cup nothing else matters!

  • Mr Ref - 2011-09-18 21:16

    Stil a long way to go, first secure the top spot, and then what following anything can happen, whoever play in the qf, have a real chance to play in the sf, and the two teams playing the final have a 50/50 to win it. no team can put his hand on the trofee as yet, to much at stake as yet, the ref of the day and the way the ball goes is the deciding factor. Go bokke and just do what you do best if NZ play fancy let them do that, if AU is arrogant let them be, play as u used to, a win is a win whter by kicks or tries, we take the win.

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