Div 'sure' Boks will win RWC

2011-08-07 18:57

Cape Town - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers is confident that the Springboks will defend their Rugby World Cup crown in New Zealand.

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Even though De Villiers is mindful of the threat the All Blacks and Wallabies pose, he feels his team's biggest threat could come from themselves.

"We could be our own worst enemy if we don't maintain our excitement over the tournament and if we become over-confident," de Villiers told the Rapport newspaper.

The coach feels his charges are now 80% of where he wants them to be, which could make the clash against Australia in Durban a tough task. "I predict the team might struggle against the Wallabies, as it will be their first match in a long while," said de Villiers.

But the Springbok mentor believes they will be ready by the time they meet the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth in two weeks' time, as well as the showpiece in New Zealand.

"I am 90% sure that we will come home with the cup (World Cup)," said de Villiers.

South African fans would also not have to worry about supporting another so-called "B-team" this year. De Villiers revealed that he will play his strongest team at all times during the World Cup.

"I won't even try to experiment against Namibia; it's in a game like that where you must try to build momentum."

Springbok squad for the home leg of the Tri-Nations:

Backs - Province/Club - Caps

Gio Aplon - DHL Western Province - 14
Frans Steyn - Racing Metro, France - 42
JP Pietersen - The Sharks - 36
Bryan Habana - DHL Western Province - 68
Jaque Fourie - DHL Western Province - 62
Juan de Jongh - DHL Western Province - 8
Jean de Villiers - DHL Western Province - 67
Morne Steyn - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 27
Butch James - MTN Golden Lions - 40
Ruan Pienaar - Ulster, N Ireland - 49
Fourie du Preez - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 55
Francois Hougaard - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 8


Pierre Spies - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 40
Jean Deysel - The Sharks - 3
Danie Rossouw - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 56
Bakkies Botha - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 72
Victor Matfield - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 105
Gerhard Mostert - Stade Francais, France - 1
John Smit (captain) - The Sharks - 104
Bismarck du Plessis - The Sharks - 36
Tendai Mtawarira - The Sharks - 26
Jannie du Plessis - The Sharks - 24
Gurthrö Steenkamp - Vodacom Blue Bulls - 31
CJ van der Linde - MTN Golden Lions - 71
Heinrich Brüssow - Toyota Free State Cheetahs - 13


  • Maori - 2011-08-07 19:04

    Talking is cheap! I just love it when the bokkies talk up a good game and do not deliver. Altyd grootbek voor 'n game.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-07 19:13

      The Boks haven't said anything. It is your favourite BEE coach that has. Since you support BEE you might as well have said this yourself.

      Thouca - 2011-08-07 19:44

      noooo, not again, idiot alert......hey maori !...winning a wc with the boks in it entitles u to talk tough, brother........until then, how about u sit quitely in yr little loser ab corner and choke a little on some food poisoning excuses....

      Maori - 2011-08-07 19:57

      You girls are sensitive hey! Support white rugby, but not a coach of colour! Wow, this country has moved on.

      MrMojoRising - 2011-08-07 20:09

      Ah screw you Maori. Don't make assumptions like that, I'd support the idea of Allister Coetzee as the Springbok coach. This Div clown is useless, so is Dick Muir and Gary Gold.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-07 20:20

      Maybe PDV thinks he is in a Rocky movie, where this very old dumb guy rules. Lots of dead wood, knock-on speciallists and unskilled players in that squad. For them to win, they would need a lot of luck.

      Andrew - 2011-08-07 20:56

      I'm 90 % sure they will loose!

      transkeidave - 2011-08-07 21:10

      rugby is a funny game but just check the stats that really count--as long as we have RWC it is the ultimate prize--just thinking how long it has been since the AB--truly a great side over many years--have won the cup--lets do the talking after the tournament --

      Juan More - 2011-08-07 22:54

      I'm 90% sure you don't know how to spell lose

      Bumblebee - 2011-08-08 01:30

      And that is the difference between the AB's and the rest. Graham Henry alluded to work to be done before the next assignment, PDivvie said he is 90% sure he will win. The respect and I had for PDivvie is waining fast and I am a staunch AB supporter. The ABs know we havent won the RWC in donkey years and that is why they are so on their guard and rightfully so. They know talk is cheap.

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 07:04

      I believe that after the next two games in the Tri-Nations, South African supporters will SEE WHERE SPRINGBOK RUGBY is........!! Till then, PdV..... SHUT THE HELL UP! 100% or NOTHING!

      BokBru - 2011-08-08 08:10

      Maori, you know what your problem is. You read what one person say and then think that is how the whole SA feels. Wake up brother. Your comments sounds more racist than 95% of whites in South Africans.

      Peter Britz - 2011-08-08 08:13

      Ah! Any chance of you being one of those sad sack Cpe kiwi supporters? Only logical explanantion for a Maori having such a good grasp of our "taal"

      Gazza69 - 2011-08-08 08:40

      I am 100% sure P-Divvy's days are numbered.....

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-08 08:56

      ...time for PDV teo go... ..!! .......he is an embarresment for SA Rugby....!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-08 09:19

      @Maori - you a ass. Why dont you move on. You always have alot to say about Divvy. Is he your man now?

      realist - 2011-08-08 09:23

      If you support the boks you support racism. Time to boycott all international games played by the boks/proteas.

      My opinion - 2011-08-08 10:04

      realist, why is supporting rugby racism, we can say teh same about soccer, were is the transformation and quota system in soccer?

      Tamzin M - 2011-08-08 10:08

      @Maori...always making us look like idiots! dont get me wrong, i am a staunch AB Supporter but look at the RWC past....S.A: 2....ABs: 1.....u telling us that "the bokkies talk up a good game and do not deliver." dude they delivered one more cup to their nation than AB's did to theirs! and do u think that has stopped them from playing their hearts out everytime they step out onto the field? NO! .......Chop. Supporters like u make me wonder wat ever happened to chivalry in rugby!

      Tertius - 2011-08-08 12:56

      Do they not edit these comments? Should they not have a requirement that you have to have at least one functioning brain cell to comment here? So far everybody would have failed that test.

      Wessel - 2011-08-09 08:49

      Maori let me tell you this year there must be a team still to be born to win the All Blacks.I am a SA seporter but the All Blacks is just to good this year and ont there grounds you have 2 changes 0 an -0.In our group we must watch out for Wallis and for Somoa.Also there is one coach that can take the Boks to a win and that is White.PDV could not even do any thing with the under 21.In the begining PDV did well with Whites players but now,the facks is there.

      chappy - 2011-08-15 12:42

      @ Tertius: And yet you list "PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME" as Vlad the Impaler and Atilla the Hun.... wow.... here's a suggestion bright-spark - if you're planning to insult a whole bunch of people, probably best not to log in with your Facebook profile....

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-08-07 19:12

    Oh God. I am starting to blame the media now. Stop making these retarded headlines! Yes, yes we know he is a clown but him making silly statements is not the issue. The issue is a-holes like Hoskins and politicians saying whites are not welcome and thus forcing idiotic selections. Focus on that for a change!

      clark - 2011-08-07 19:44

      - All along , some of us Rugby followers were prepared to give this coach a little benefit of the doubt. With this statement , he has lost that benefit and must now be regarded as dillusional , out of touch or just plain goofed. Watching the AB's and Wallabies on Saturday , we're simply not in their class. Quarter final exit is realistically the best we can hope for.

      marco - 2011-08-07 21:33

      @StaalBurgher You post some of the stupidest comments ever on News24.From politics to sport to whatever always the same old short,forcibly uncluttered,moronic scuttlebutts.What's the point of going to the RWC in New Zealand if you don't believe you can win the damn thing.Everbody else goes there thinking they have more than half a chance of winning it.Why else bother to go there in the first place if you don't believe you have a realistic chance of winning?This PDV man has to talk it up like this,cause nobody in your Republic will it do for your nation.

      FearoPhobia - 2011-08-07 22:00

      @marco - "Everbody else goes there thinking they have more than half a chance of winning it". Really?? I'm sure I heard Nick Mallet say Italy's setting their goals on a quarter final - for example. I think most teams are realistic about their chances. You sure you want to accuse StaalBurgher of making "some of the stupidest comments ever" after making a statement like that?

      marco - 2011-08-07 22:43

      @FearoPhobia and what exactly is the point of all your mindless drivel?Funny how most of your kind on News24 are so self-obsessed with saying negative things about South African Rugby under this particular "coloured" coach.You can't seem to wanna seperate the coach from the players on the pitch on the given day,any day that is,do yeah?By the way speaking of Italian Rugby who would've thought Italy would beat France 22-21 in this years Six Nations,their first ever win over France in the Six Nations,hey.Hardly anyone in your circles I would imagine.So don't be so damn negative all the time and start living life to the full for a little it will do you and many others the world of good to get rid all that built up,sad,one-dimensional thinking of yours.

      FearoPhobia - 2011-08-07 23:44

      @marco - lol dude! Where have I ever been negative about the coach? Are you sure you're talking to the right person? I've only had one post on this thread. lol... wtf!? And again, if you're going to accuse someone of something (mindless drivel this time), make sure you're not MORE guilty of it than the other person. Ya bloody plonker!

      croix - 2011-08-08 02:56

      This has to be based on Helium's powers of observation of the wonderful form of the Boks in recent games and the fact that he'll once again select 'only on merit' - NOT! I am 90% sure we'll not be a factor in this RWC.

      James - 2011-08-08 09:52

      @Marco..... I see alot of emotion in your comments, but little rationale or measured logic in your rebuttal of Staal's blog.

  • StrontPraat - 2011-08-07 19:27


      kolobe - 2011-08-08 09:03

      he better have enough black players as they perform better "Soweto Rugby Club is at the top of the Gauteng league with an unbeaten record"

  • openopportunity - 2011-08-07 19:29

    Famous last words Div

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-07 19:29

    Talk is cheap, but money buys the whiskey....

  • rimmoah - 2011-08-07 19:29

    im 90% sure Div is a complete idiot

      RobinHood - 2011-08-07 19:38

      Get yourself a Bells!

      Common_Sense - 2011-08-07 20:19

      Really, I'm defo 100% certain...

  • Agwambo - 2011-08-07 19:31

    Forget about the Boks, this is the year for Bafana Bafana. That lily-something squad will be massacred and I will rejoice; wait and see

      Hugh Mungus - 2011-08-07 19:42


      michael.e.bowery - 2011-08-07 19:54

      Agwambo, Good luck mate, Bafana wouldn't even make it in third division south in the UK. If you're sure of it, lay a bet with a good bookie you will get fantastic odds and win a fortune if they come right. Maybe the problem is no 14% lilies in your team and if not why not? What's sauce for the goose is definitely sauce for the gander.

      clark - 2011-08-07 20:13

      - That's the thank's we whites get for supporting Banana Banana in SWC 2010.

      Grant Stevens - 2011-08-07 20:14

      That PITCH BLACK Bafana team that is representative of SA will do well in the next world cup i'm sure hey ;)

      pants - 2011-08-07 20:20

      Bafana bafoons.... at least the boks have won the world cup and more than once. what Have the bafana bafoons done? full of black nothing.

      pants - 2011-08-07 20:25

      Oh sh&t.... I forgot it's apartheid's fault.....

      gatvol4corru - 2011-08-07 21:19

      correct me if I am wrong? Where exactly does the fearsome Bafana find's itself? Ranked 85Th? The so-called lilly-white team has won more trophy's then all the Bafana's diamond-earrings put together. Interesting thing is, when SA played with mostly white players before the sanctions,they actully were quite competitive. But then,your type choose to ignore the facts and play the race-cards

      Lewsi - 2011-08-08 04:45

      Fortunately I didnt support Banana banana in the world cup and never will.

      Rob Rabbit - 2011-08-08 06:13

      Lewsi - you lost mate. Rising to the bait of a black racist, by being a racist yourself exposes you as much as it does him.

      GHT - 2011-08-08 08:12

      This is a sports page. Go fight your stupid racist battles somewhere else. I seriously do not want to get to work on a Monday morning and see this load of crap. Best players should play. End of story, whether it is Soccer, Cricket or Rugby. Doesn't matter.

      Stormsaam! - 2011-08-08 09:32

      @Agwambo; It's unfortunate that you feel this way, but I get the idea that you do actually support the Boks, otherwise why would you go through all the trouble of reading and then commenting on this article? @clark; On behalf of all South Africans I thank you for supporting your national side representing you in the biggest sporting event in the world, an event that was also brilliantly hosted by our country, I wasn't actually aware that we need to thanked for supporting our national side. I don't necessarily support our politicians or our sporting administration and their decision making, but I will forever support every sportsman/woman that goes out onto the playing field wearing the South African colours, no matter how they got there, be it by the luck of the draw or through the colour of their skin, because they still represent us as a country, whether we like them or not.

  • kurtvs - 2011-08-07 19:37

    You gonna get hammered in Durban , PE and in New Zealand with all those stampkar rugby players and outdated gameplan Idiot.

  • Flamewulf - 2011-08-07 19:40

    Only 90%?

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-08-07 19:41

    Bokwagter needs some help

  • Raymond - 2011-08-07 19:46

    KEEP ON DREAMING DIV.I hope that you watched the AB- Aussie game.For starters, take note of the pace in which the game was played by both sides,the recycling of the ball and the support of the ball carrier by both sides.We don't have a fly-half that can take play to the next level of Super Rugby.DIV,you have to give all the players a MEDAL for keeping you in a job these last four years.You,like your comrades,are actually a joke in this country and abroad.

  • wynandjsmit - 2011-08-07 19:48

    kan iemand nie van hierdie bobbejaan ontslae raak nie?

  • inigomontoya - 2011-08-07 19:50

    If you can't back the international team YOU are coaching 100%, what the moer are you doing???

  • john - 2011-08-07 19:55

    Prior to the CWC, Jacques Kallis was 100% sure that the Proteas are not chokers. And just look how well that turned out. Before this, I was 99% sure that the Boks wouldn't win the Cup. Now I'm 100% sure. When SA coaches start talking about how well prepared they are and how strong the team will be, you just know they'll crash out at the first hurdle. If Div said "Things aren't looking good at the moment but we'll go over there and give it our best shot, that's all we can do", I would be a lot more confident. It's when they start winning the tournament in the pre-match interviews that you know they're toast.

  • Hayden - 2011-08-07 20:00

    If i was coach... i would say we 100% confidant we going to win the WC eventhough we up against tough competition. What is Div going to tell the public if we dont win it: "I told you we were 90% confidant that we WERE going to win the WC".

      StephanM - 2011-08-07 21:14

      maybe he can only count to 90...

  • nicholas holmes - 2011-08-07 20:00

    The div just set himself up for a big fail. Give him a medal.

      clark - 2011-08-07 20:06

      - Come on - the medal's should go to all the long suffering supporter's.

  • Boxxer - 2011-08-07 20:04

    This guy's like a lucky packet, always full of surprises!

  • djg - 2011-08-07 20:07

    he's the enemy the stupid plonker...the boks wont see the quarter finals

  • Doc - 2011-08-07 20:20

    I swear this guy's a crack addict !!!!

  • Figjam - 2011-08-07 20:21

    I don't know what he smokes but I want some!

      Screamer - 2011-08-07 20:31's strong!!!

  • FJ2 - 2011-08-07 20:24

    Pieter de Villiers may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot!

  • helgardt - 2011-08-07 20:33

    Ek is 90% seker hulle gaan jou fire na die RWC.

  • Jacques Kirchner - 2011-08-07 20:51

    Wonder what Jake White has to say about this "prediction"...? Sarfu started with it's "too white teams" crap again! Just a couple of days before the World Cup. Great timing idiots!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-07 21:08

    The CLOWN obviously never watched the AB vs Aus game. His stupidity borderlines on arrogance. Whent things go wrong,he blames the players. Sadly,even good players can not win without decent coaching or a game-plan. This happens when the ANC employs incompetent people. Add MUIR & GOLD -- the 3 stooges are complete and makes a mockery of the Boks and Rugby

  • Goebels - 2011-08-07 21:08

    "...if we become over-confident" Did this guy see the games the Boks played over the last 2 years? Don't worry Div, I don't think that will be a problem.

  • deminimus - 2011-08-07 21:08

    I am also 90% sure Div will sprout wings and fly before SA win this year. They also have to qualify in their pool by beating Wales and Fiji first.

  • StephanM - 2011-08-07 21:11

    and i am 100% sure they won't win the tri-nations...

  • slg - 2011-08-07 21:15

    Incredible delusion driven by a distorted Ego lens.

      marco - 2011-08-07 21:30

      You post some of the stupidest comments ever on News24.From politics to sport to whatever always the same old short,forcibly uncluttered,moronic scuttlebutts.What's the point of going to the RWC in New Zealand if you don't believe you can win the damn thing.Everbody else goes there thinking they have more than half a chance of winning it.Why else bother to go there in the first place if you don't believe you have a realistic chance of winning?This PDV man has to talk it up like this,cause nobody in your Republic will it do for your nation.

      slg - 2011-08-07 23:14

      Are you expecting a reply from me (or anyone)? :)

      marco - 2011-08-07 23:36

      I rest my case.Had a look at some of your other post the other day on lets say the US AAA+ Credit Rating story etc and it all had the same trend when you post your individual reply or when you reply to someone elses post.Always short,forcibly uncluttered and moronic scuttlebutts.Just seem to be a bit more frequent and scattered though over there.It's a reflection of your upbringing and education I can only imagine.You need to learn how to make decent and meaningful contributions when you post on News24.There are study classes available to you for you to attend and brush up on your limited skills you have in education.

      slg - 2011-08-08 07:34

      I have three degrees, including a masters. :) Shows how much you know.

  • Jenny - 2011-08-07 21:22

    Snorre, if you are not 1005 confident, get the hell out of the post and give it to someone who is 100% positive.

  • edalsg - 2011-08-07 21:35

    And I,m 100% sure he is a BEE A Hole !

      marco - 2011-08-07 23:17

      What if he is "a BEE A Hole" so what?It's more comfortable and easier for you to label people as BEE A Hole in'nt?To treat people with impunity.If PDV ever turns out to be Satan himself that somehow might live up to some peoples expectations of what he says and does,but as it turns he ain't the Devil.He is only a man that enjoys doing his job.Nothing wrong with a man taking pleasure in his work.

      slg - 2011-08-08 08:04

      Actually, Marco, you're going around labeling everyone and shooting your mouth off. Just read your comments on this one page.

  • Pierre - 2011-08-07 22:58

    die bokke sal nie een die kwart finale maak nie, wien stem saam

  • balderdash - 2011-08-07 23:01

    Unfortunately, it will be the 10% that prevails in the end. Mr de Villiers is just deluding himself.

  • Petras - 2011-08-07 23:15

    WHAT A JOKE!!! This guy just has NO IDEA!!! Play your strongest team all the time in the world cup??? Now I know this guy is just a ANC coach that knows nothing about Rugby and he has no plan! He is a little like the ANC in fact, Let's tell everyone what they want to hear but let's DO nothing!

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-08-07 23:20

    How stupid can one person be ???

  • Moersteen - 2011-08-08 00:07

    Jirre dankie ou Div, ek het lanklaas so lekker gelag!!

  • junior.nafatali - 2011-08-08 01:08

    lol we shall see if the boks can get past samoa 1st, i expect the boks to come through with a win but that win against the wallabies a few weeks ago would of just given that samoan team abit of belief....besides the ab's the only other team i can see not afraid to stand toe to toe with the boks pack.

  • Henni Apple - 2011-08-08 01:35

    yes and i will be the next heavy weight boxing champion in the world, all i need to do is to add another 50kg to my weight and grow another 36cm. i know my ages is counting against me, i am 20 years older than the present champ but who cares. idiot at least i know i am living in a dream world. stop smoking your oaths in the morning it is having a influence in your thinking ability, sorry you are not thinking, and got a big mouth, go an learn from the best, although it will not help you don't have enough time 32 days right now.

  • Robert - 2011-08-08 03:02

    I just love this man is he fresh out of the the Asylum or slightly high on drugs. The All Blacks are that far ahead at the moment of any other team it doesnt really matter. No team can combine the inter connective, skill factor, and the bruising defence like the All Blacks can. The All Blacks changed 47% of their team from the team that trounced the Boks. They still trounced the Wallabies. No other team can boast the depth in players. If they could play two games in this World cup there is a real chance they could finnish First, and Second. Australia is too brittle with no real depth. The Boks are a team divided just like the Nation all pretending its ok when everyone knows it really isnt. Coloured players getting in when they really shouldnt,White Players not agreeing with their coloured coach or managment. Then we have the Boers in the team who bascially hate everyone unless they are a Boer. Then lets not get into wanting all the Blue Bull Players in or all the Shark players getting. A nation divded cant win.

  • robert meyer - 2011-08-08 04:00

    90 percent sure! and the other 10% ?is that for the semi against the All Blacks? what a plonker

  • Roy - 2011-08-08 04:59

    Good luck to you and the team but I think that the chances of losing the RWC is more than 100%. Sorry to say this bit I feel that the team is not good enough to retain the cup.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-08-08 07:02

    What's Div smoking?? lol! Oi, but then again, never say never.......

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-08-08 07:16

    I'm 90% sure we won't retain the cup - but at least the 10% is still there to give me hope. Div says the team must not be over confident? I thought confidence was created by winning - we have not won much recently? Underconfidence to me will be a bigger threat. Div is a weird fella, seems to see things so differently from the rest of us.

  • umlaut - 2011-08-08 07:23

    Then give him only 90% of his normal pay cheque

  • MJ - 2011-08-08 07:24

    I'm just surprised that he didn't say something even wackier, like that he's 157% sure that SA will win. I'm from NZ and I genuinely feel sorry that SA is stuck with this moron. I mean it's funny and all for a bit, but now it's just getting freaking sad. This man is the disgrace of the rugby world. On a side note John Smit should declare his retirement today.

  • munchkin.ross - 2011-08-08 07:25

    @Maori It's not because the coach is of colour, it's because he is useless.

  • ian - 2011-08-08 07:30

    90% Dosent the tosser mean 9%

  • waratawu - 2011-08-08 07:49

    Ou Pix I'm 100% certain you will win it

  • Wendy - 2011-08-08 07:51

    Oh my nerves.... has he watched any tri nations matches?

  • wenwe - 2011-08-08 08:03

    Sound like a Dettol ad ... we kill 99% of germs so be a 100% sure ... WTF

  • Odwa D - 2011-08-08 08:04

    Why does the coach have 10% doubt?