Minister to Boks: You must fire

2011-09-28 16:26

Johannesburg - Every game at the Rugby World Cup must be played as if it is the last, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has told the Springbok rugby team.

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"We expect you to be firing from all cylinders in the game against Samoa this Friday," Mbalula wrote in a message to the SA Rugby Union, the Springbok team management, and the Bok players on Wednesday.

"Treat this game and the remaining games as the final and continue launching the final assault on the enemy as true warriors."

The title holders need one point from their last Pool D match against Samoa in Auckland to reach the playoffs.

"Once this mission is accomplished this Friday, we will join you as you escalate and intensify the attack on the opposition we will be meeting at the quarter-finals," Mbalula wrote.

"Remember we are the future and nobody can stop us."

Mbalula told the team over 50 million South Africans were following their progress in the tournament with "great enthusiasm and interest".

He urged the players to maintain a fighting spirit in their quest for a third world rugby title.

South Africa's game against Samoa at the North Harbour Stadium kicks off at 9h30 (SA time) on Friday.


South Africa:
15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 John Smit, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 CJ van der Linde, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Jean de Villiers.

15 Paul Williams, 14 David Lemi, 13 Seilala Mapusua, 12 Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 George Stowers, 7 Maurie Faasavalu, 6 Taiasina Tuifua, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Daniel Leo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Mahonri Schwalger (captain), 1 Sakaria Taulafo.

Substitutes: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Logovi'i Mulipola, 19 Ofisa Treviranus, 20 Filipo Lavea Levi, 21 Junior Poluleuligaga, 22 George Pisi.

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  • The Goose - 2011-09-28 16:37

    Right on Minister!

      Kevin - 2011-09-28 18:14


      alexvanwyk - 2011-09-28 18:45

      We're bringing the cup home. Moer hulle bokke!

      Conrad Pieterse - 2011-09-28 18:47

      Watch this hilarious video of Moer hulle Bokke.... Moer hulle!!!

      Atholl - 2011-09-28 19:09

      It makes a big difference when a politician only focuses on 'the ball' and prefers not to play 'the man'. 'Moer hulle!' is far different to confiscating passports or 'dilly dally'-arguing-about-internationally-respected-emblems being worn on a shirt. Who knows maybe the minister will make an airport terminal announcement : 'passenger services calling mr william web-ellis and kisseng land-goodbye departing on SAA - pse report to the terminal'

      BOER - 2011-09-28 21:02

      This Minister Rocks!!!

      Karoobloed - 2011-09-29 05:15

      Mr. Mbalula again reaches out to the Boks and indirectly to the Afrikaner community. We should reach out our hands to meet him. This is nation buidling at ground level. I would love to have a beer with him.

      Lebo - 2011-09-29 08:57

      "Remember we are the future and nobody can stop us." Met trane in my oe :-)))

  • DeonL - 2011-09-28 16:39

    Well done! Go Bokke.

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-09-28 16:44

    Certainly feilding what I consider our strongest starting team, besides Fourie - I rate Hougaard above him. But if we somehow lose this one its no train smash, it may even be in our favour. (Ireland instead of Aus?) OK, now you can trash me for that opinion ...... but cowardly, but I want us to be gauranteed a semi.

      Maori - 2011-09-28 16:48

      Scared of the Aussies! Why don't the proteas throw the game - another form of corruption! Ask your honourable minister mbalula how to do it! Go ALL BLACKS!!!

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-28 16:50

      ..weak links in the Protea-team = Grandpa Smit(bench), Jean deVilliers(bench), and Bryan Banana...

      AA - 2011-09-28 16:59

      @You mat have that attitude Chum but i doubt the Boks do. They go in to win every game and Ireland themselves will be tough customers. As World Cup champions they need to want to win every game, regardless of who they play. So yes I am going to trash you, aiming to loose any game is a weak minded approach and i do not beleive it benefits any team

      pants - 2011-09-28 17:00

      Maori go get some front teeth. Wannabe.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-28 17:02

      At least the SA rugby team dont deliberately cheat to win like the NZ rugby team. What an unprofessional side that NZ team is AtoZ.

      AA - 2011-09-28 17:08

      @Maori. I can appreciate why you come on this site and trash the Boks. Obviously you are awe struck and fear the Boks.We thank you for your support and welcome you back anytime to keep showing respect to the Boks as you do, it is awesome.

      ikey_tiger - 2011-09-28 17:52

      @Johnny-BB: ..weak link in the Springbok supporters team = Johnny-BB (idiot)

      Karla Wood - 2011-09-28 18:58

      Samoa is a strong team...patrick bambie too little to tackle the big boys....anyway, it will be survival of the he wont be on long. mamby pamby michalhouse boys belong in the choir not in the mans world of rugby...Samoa to win by 15. Proteas are the cricket team I understand....Your funny squeaky coach is a clown , but I like him.

      tHeOrAcLe - 2011-09-28 19:02

      @ Moron oh i mean Maori...Please don't change your name after Friday so that we can speak agian..And remember this conversation..Do@s

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-29 06:28

      Thanks for the trashing AA, it was deserved. Karla, you obviously haven't watched Lambie much - he's anything but a pansy. When it comes to tackling, catching a high ball under pressure, etc, I don't believe there is another player in the country with more balls. Weird that you have seen otherwise?

      Justin - 2011-09-29 22:33

      @ Karla Wood - you say Rugby is a man's sport - maybe you should take ur own advice.... Also, Lambie tackles the biggest and smallest players - it doesn't matter to him - Size matters only if you let it - take him around the ankles and he will go down... I will bet you that Lambie wont miss a tackle tomorrow morning....

  • SoulDaddy - 2011-09-28 17:14

    this dude can have me if he wants to

  • Andy49 - 2011-09-28 17:28

    I thought he said "You must retire"

  • MissyO - 2011-09-28 17:33

    ons gaan hulle bliksem

  • Balhaar - 2011-09-28 17:35

    The Minister knows absolutely F@$#&L about rugby. When the PROTEAS get home after the Quarters, will the same Minister say to the crowd at the airport "MOERE HULLE"

      Ian - 2011-09-28 18:03

      And just how are you privy to that information?

      JustMe - 2011-09-28 21:03

      the proteas?????? ha!!!

  • papio - 2011-09-28 17:50

    I like this Minister!

  • Johann - 2011-09-28 17:58

    Ja wat, they just have to do as he told them at send-off ............. MOER HULLE!! To the guys here that are thrashing the Minister for not having any rugby knowledge (HennieduPles & Balhaar), I read only motivational quotes and nothing about rugby strategy.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-09-28 18:09

    We are bringing the trophy home

  • Blikskottel - 2011-09-28 18:23

    Fire the ministers!

  • 722 - 2011-09-28 19:42

    The man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-28 20:22

    As mr Mbalula says "Remember we are the future and nobody can stop us." Yes the blacks in South Africa are the future, and as you quite rightly pointed out there needs to be more black players like guy apalon in the team. Who add flair to the team. We also like to see players like apalon tackling Nonu or Sonny Bill

      Safaripak - 2011-09-28 20:49


      JP - 2011-09-29 10:33


  • SmitSupporte - 2011-09-29 00:52

    Johnny-BB .... so sick and tired o you and your posting the same comment on every article relating to the Springboks .... not an original / intelligent bone in your body! Just watch what's happening and shut up 'cos you're gonna look like a COMPLETE idiot when it's all over ... rather pipe down and restore some dignity while you can .... should that not be possible please bring something worthy and intelligent to the table! ha ha ha ... and i have a suspicion that should the Bokke succeed you'll wanna come and join the party ... just so you know ... you're not invited!

      Clark Kent - 2011-09-29 01:08

      Smit is a bit slow and past it I can see how the scrum is depowered when he is in it .So I can see where Jonny is coming from

      SmitSupporte - 2011-09-29 01:51

      Yep ... possibly!!!!! ... and that is ONLY possibly!!! ... yet to be proven ... but I do think that people are getting carried away with the Anti Smit campaign .... he is more than that - he is still an awesome player and an amazing Captain and I still believe we need him! (this includes the recent attack on JDV; Bryan; Bakkies and most recently Muir .... OMG ... not happy unless we're critiscising someone!!! ... soooo sad!!!)... and ... people - relax ... everyone will get their turn ... they will all get their game when they're needed. Isn't it great we have such an immensely talented squad that we just about have 2 no 1 teams .... seriously a huge advantage!!!! So ... just all calm down and get behind them .... all this negativity is revolting!!! Next time you type something ... consider the positive aspect??? Call yoursel a supporter??? Well then support!!!! there's absolutely blow all you can do about it now!!! And besides ... they're hitting their straps big time ..... jump in ... the water's warm :-)

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-29 08:02

      @SmitSupporte, ....if you can't see that grandpa Smit is a "has-been"... ....then youre as blind as a bat... ....blind idiot....!!

  • SmitSupporte - 2011-09-29 01:28

    Great energy, enthusiasm, positivity and support 4 our boys! Just what our guys need! Thanks Minister! Pity there's still so much negativity I read in comments on these articles!!!! "Select this one ... away with that one" .... on and on and on .... these armchair specialists just don't quit!!! But rest assured ... there are some that actually do support the team ... through thick and thin ... come what may .... and we believe in them!!! (ALL o them!!!) Interestng to see though how about 1 month ago there were a lot more people saying the Boks were useless and NOW a marked swing in the opposite direction .... WOW ... scary to see just how many "turncoats" there are among us!!! Yeah ... you know who you are!!!

  • Blip - 2011-09-29 02:47

    Why is the minister wearing a Bok blazer? Can anyone get one these days?

  • bapsfontein1 - 2011-09-29 04:18


      Pythia - 2011-09-29 05:32

      You mean proteas "maori"...

      Zip23 - 2011-09-29 06:59

      Bapsfontein, my learned brother, I will explain something to you about these "dutchmen" you write off so easily. They have played four world cup tournos in the past, won two. Only ever lost one group game, and lost in extra time during the 99 semis against the Australians in extra time, so the as per usual statement shows that you should propably smoke a little less, and apply yourself to something you are good at. That is off course, if there is such a thing.

  • wozlocksley - 2011-09-29 07:46

    @bapsfontein - you sound more intelligent with your mouth shut.

  • alijmain - 2011-09-29 09:01

    I like you minister Mbalula, please pass on some tips to your Comrade JUJU!!

      Maori - 2011-09-29 10:02

      It is President Malema for you!!

  • Aabels - 2011-09-29 10:21

    Funny how this ex ANC youth league moron has nowadays so much to say about rugby (which he knows nothing about) now that he is the minister of sport. Watch his change in tune when Malema and his fellow stooches help him to become the next ANC secretary general.

      Maori - 2011-09-29 10:55

      Show respect to the man! Our future president!

  • Jason - 2011-09-29 10:54

    Great words of encouragement Fikile C'MON YOU SPRINGBOKS

  • int1m1d4t0r - 2011-09-29 12:37

    Oh yea! Love this line.... "Treat this game and the remaining games as the final and continue launching the final assault on the enemy as true warriors."

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-29 12:48

    I love how the All Black supporters say we need more blacks in the SA team, but just the other day they showed us how racist they are!

  • - 2011-09-29 15:34

    "Remember we are the future and nobody can stop us." Got that right minister!

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