No Bok 'B-team' for Namibia

2011-09-18 19:23

Cape Town - It is unlikely that Bok coach Peter de Villiers will pick a so-called "B-team" for their clash against minnows Namibia in Auckland on Thursday.

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De Villiers told the Rapport newspaper that he views every match as a "final" and doubts whether he would use the clash as an opportunity to give every member of his 30-man squad a chance to play in the World Cup.

"I'm not sure, but I don't think so," said De Villiers.

This might come as a surprise given that the Namibians would probably lose to most of the South African provincial teams, and with two potentially gruelling knockout games looming, some would argue that the Boks could do with a rest.

After a much anticipated physical onslaught from Samoa in their last pool game, the Boks are likely to face Austalia and New Zealand in back-to-back weeks in the quarter-finals and semi-finals should they progress.

But the coach says they should rather use the match as an opportunity to help key players get match fit, as they haven't played together an awful lot recently.

"The team only had two weeks together before the World Cup tournament and there were injuries. I think we should do the right thing and approach every game like a final.

"Every chance should be used to get the players sharp and to let the combinations settle," said De Villiers.

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  • Samurai Demo - 2011-09-18 19:36

    ok how about a c-team then? 100-0! why are we worried about oz in the qf, they should be more concerned-instead of wales they get the world champions-they messed it up for themselves. fdp wake up, we need you! frans at centre!nstead of wales they get the world champions-they messed it up for themselves. fdp wake up, we need you! frans at centre!

      Hot - 2011-09-19 09:50

      he will probably play Bryan so he can score his "record" try...

  • Joshua Austin - 2011-09-18 20:26

    The coach is talking a lot of sense recently - must be ol' Rassie eh :) - 2011-09-19 08:53

      And when things go wrong it's the coach right??!! You box!!!!

  • Mr Ref - 2011-09-18 21:07

    like the coach and also his thinking behind the selection of the team

  • First48 - 2011-09-18 21:14

    Sensible thoughts. Couldnt agree more.

  • Mike-SA - 2011-09-18 21:35

    Agree with Div on this one. Making wholesale changes wouldn't be very productive. Key players are likely to get subbed after 50 or 60 mins and 8 days rest till Samoa. However, it might be good to bench or leave out a key player like Jaque Fourie who the boks seem to have a fair bit of reliance on to get defensive systems organised. With Jean potentially out the picture, who's the alternative "backline manager"... Juan? Frans?

  • Expatriate - 2011-09-18 21:42

    We will be playing Samoa in a must win match, then AUS, then NZ and then the Final in less than 30 days. I think Peter has no chose but to rest the Top players.

      Clark Kent - 2011-09-18 21:46

      Dont worry you wont be playing New Zealand the boys will be home before then they wont get that far. Aussie will be your lot

      Expatriate - 2011-09-18 22:09

      The Irony of this all is; Let's presume Wales and Samoa pick up bonus points against Fiji and Namibia which is more than possible. Then Wales will be on 1(SA) +4(Samoa) + 5(Fiji) + 5(Nam) = 15 Samoa will be on 1(Wales) + 5(Fiji) + 5(Nam) +?(SA) SA will be on 4(Wales) +5(Fiji) + 5(Nam) +?(Samoa) Say Samoa beats us by more than seven (they don't even need a BP by scoring 4 tries) Then SA will have 14 Wales 15 and Samoa 15, which will put us out of the World Cup before the QF's

      Oscar - 2011-09-18 22:27

      Expat, your scenario is quite possible. Samoa is a better team than Fiji, and they will present much more of a challenge than Fiji. Having said that, winning the Boks will be a first for Samoa.

      OZNOB - 2011-09-19 08:30

      DEAR CLARK KENT I thimk that you are just nervous co your cousins in oz have lost to ireland so their qualification to the quarters isn't so rosy and nz are getting a case of the twiching awefuls cos they know the game against france isn't going to go their way - which hasn't since 99 if ny memory serves me well . som nz's chance of getting to the quarters also aint looking so good . So I figure you are just trying to get rid of your own insecurities that you know deep down that the quarter finals are about as far as you are going to go . nice chatting to ya and we will speak in four years time when just maybe you will be in with a chance to progress further.

      CITIZEN - 2011-09-19 08:47

      OZNOB i agree with you yes there is a chance that we can fall out in the quarter final but i were never so confident about the boks than now im sorry clark kent dream on SOUTH AFRICA WILL BEAT OZ AND KIWIS AND BEAT ENGLAND AGAIN IN THE FINAL

  • Bok Fan - 2011-09-18 22:15

    Anybody who thinks Samoa can beat the Boks is drinking from a vrot papsak

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-18 22:25

    @expatriate well done Im glad you have finally worked that out. I can tell you are probably a English South African because the other lot couldnt work that out. Sukudo totally flumixes them. That is what I have been saying for ages plane flights have already been booked

      Robsta - 2011-09-19 12:41

      you mean Sudoku?.... I guess your best form of defence is to attack?

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-18 22:33

    @Vuis9 Thanks for that you didnt explain why your lot are so arrogant but by your actions you have, you just cant see it through anyone elses eyes.As one of your country men said if the World Cup was won on arrogance South Africa could probably take out first, second, third

      Jacques Ackermann - 2011-09-18 22:39

      MATE WELCOME TO THE GLOBAL a few years time we might have a afrikaans NZ super 15 team. for you information we afrikaans blokes are not just from dutch roots but from german french and some other major countries. we are the cream of europe.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-18 23:33

      We're not arrogant Clark , talking in a Rugby context. Wales would be arrogant.. "exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities" . For SA ,NZ , Aus and England it's self-confidence since we have proven ability. But honestly the impotent internet rage and crusade to take us down a notch is getting to be a little pathetic .

      chefatwork - 2011-09-19 07:16

      go love sheep and leave the our news sites alone.

  • frans.mosia - 2011-09-18 22:57

    ''I think we should do the right thing and approach every game like a final.'' I really like that.

      Robert - 2011-09-18 23:55

      I love it how the South Africans on here thought the game was good against fiji. South Africa missed 36 tackles, Fiji missed 43 tackles which allowed you to only score 6 trys. If South Africa misses 36 tackles against the Aussies or the Blacks they will be staring down the barrel of a 30 point loss

      notapnala - 2011-09-19 06:44

      Good point Robert. Oz and the ABs will be more accurate, and 36 missed tackles will show on the scoreboard against those teams.

      Zeus vdm - 2011-09-19 07:31

      26 missed tackles dick.... Besides we defended the scoreline and managed to attack getting the 49 points, if it was OS or NZ against SA they would certainly have lost as well, the BOKS were back.

      Zip23 - 2011-09-19 07:45

      @Robert, why do you copy and paste your comments to more than one article. Your Aussie remarks are a bit off the mark following their defeat to ireland where their star players could not handle the pressure, and looked very ordinary at best.

  • Neutralist - 2011-09-19 00:29

    Give the key players a rest, they need it.

  • BB - 2011-09-19 07:45

    Lekke BOKKE. Momentum is the name! Steyn op Center was n goeie idee tesame met lambie agter, Hou dit nou net so!

  • cj - 2011-09-19 08:11

    Play A team the first half for some match practice and sharpening skills, then all the bench warmers and drinks carriers second half.

  • jacques - 2011-09-19 08:21

    He's an idiot not to do so - what about injuries. The Quarters are around the corner and he cannot afford to do this against a mediocre team such as Namibia.

  • Jones01 - 2011-09-19 09:06

    Div should not worry about Nam, rather get the focus on Aus. those Irish people did not actually help the Boks. Sorry Div and Boks, this is not an easy path as in 07, you will need all the luck. Remember Durbs, a couple of weeks back. When last did the boks beat the Aus.

  • ikey_tiger - 2011-09-19 09:19

    Hougaard at 9!!!! Die man is LUS vir rugby!!!

  • Fazel Sindlet - 2011-09-19 10:15

    I see alot of comment positive aswell as negative. Div is in a tight point/coner here. We scared for injuries to our key players, but we also need bonus points. I say put in our key players 1ste half let them get the bonus point for us, and let them rest 2nd half. Theres alot of good players on our subs that can handle Namibia. But please, please Div don't take any chances against Samoa, treat that game as a FINAL. As for the All Blacks and Aus. this ain't the super 15 nor the Tri-Nations. This is the 2011 RWC, and we busy defending our Championship...

  • popeye - 2011-09-19 10:30

    Snorre you have been playing with your B-Team up till now??? Bismarck for Smit, Hougard for Habana, Alberts for Spies, Steyn for De Villiers (inside centre), Spies for unfit Bakkies/Matfield/Muller (lock), Steenkamp for Beast then you will be closer to your A-Team? Du Preez and Pietersen had better games but still need to sleep less during game, unfortunately no better replacements in squad.

  • Brandon96end - 2011-09-19 12:54

    I agree. We've not played a lot of rugby at all over the last 8 weeks. Let the best team play and settle down.

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