Rossouw ready for new role

2011-09-26 12:43

Taupo - In Victor Matfield’s absence, Danie Rossouw called the lineouts, ran more with the ball and was one of the Springboks’ most impressive players on the park.

With Matfield set to make his return from a hamstring injury in Friday’s match against Samoa, Rossouw will swap the number five jersey for the number four and revert back to playing a tighter game.

Rossouw said on Monday he would adapt to the role and play things a bit differently.

"Yes my role changes as Victor will be calling the lineouts," Rossouw said.

"I must clean a bit more and there might be less running from my side."

As one of the most impressive tight forwards for South Africa at the Rugby World Cup thus far, Rossouw said he was keen to experience his new challenge in the match against Samoa, a team which had shown a lot more patience than it did in the past.

"They (Samoa) did well in their game against Fiji," he said.

"They built an innings and that is a big thing, or a new thing that I saw from them. They are also a bit more structured and that is what makes them a bit more dangerous at this moment."

Contrary to popular belief, Rossouw had not taken time to go hunting with some of his Bulls team-mates but instead was obliged to be part of various, exclusive four-balls at Lake Taupo’s golf courses.

One of the men who made sure he chased after the illusive white ball was Matfield - a self confessed golf addict.

Rossouw said the role he had been asked to perform in Matfield’s absence was made easier by his friendship with the giant lock.

"Victor played a huge part in the lineout-calls I had to make, because that is the way we have done things at the Bulls where he would always help me.

"That (learning from Matfield) is a huge privilege because he is one of the best lineout locks in the world and he makes it a lot easier."

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  • Anneleen - 2011-09-26 12:59

    To Danie Rossouw and the Bokke...go out there Friday, and bring home the points... ..."lock" stock and barrel...go Bokke!!!!!

      BOKLDN - 2011-09-26 13:02

      I love you Anneleen! xxxx

      sean - 2011-09-26 13:13

      BOKLDN ... I think you are on the wrong website boet, the Lonely Hearts Club is a bit further on, but good luck anyway.

  • DeonL - 2011-09-26 13:00

    Well done, you have shown your worth.

  • Grolim - 2011-09-26 13:08

    Danie you can hold your head high. You have played amazing rugby!.

  • Otello - 2011-09-26 13:08

    Danie, I like your selfefacing attitude. A real old-school player without frills. No fancy hairdo or neon shoes. He is like a Datsun/Nissan 1/2 ton bakkie - just goes and goes and goes.

      flat bier - 2011-09-26 15:53

      He is actually wearing bright yellow green puma toks...

  • Koos - 2011-09-26 13:08

    Danie is n regte yster die afgelope paar games!!! hou so aan!!!!!

  • Lida - 2011-09-26 13:11

    he moron. You do not get into the team because of colour but because of what you can do. You are in sulting our present "black" players who deserve to be there. Go and smell the roses you idiot..........

  • zule - 2011-09-26 13:12

    Stir it up Moron...I like it

  • Robs - 2011-09-26 13:19

    They are around, but none of them qualify on merit, maybe in a couple more years you might see them coming through. Stop forcing, whites have mastered rugby for a long time and the catch-up will take a while.

      ironic - 2011-09-27 14:06

      Stop FORCING!! Absolutely correct, if you really want something you will work hard to get it!! But if they just give it to you because of political reasons, you'll never be good enough! take bafana what the hell have they ever accomplished - Where are the whites "qoata players" in the national soccer team?????????????????????????

  • Daniel - 2011-09-26 13:22

    Bismarck, you could learn a lot about the attitude of a team-player from listening to Danie Roussouw.

      Justin - 2011-09-26 13:47

      I agree - Bismark's attitude irritates me... He is a great player, but he needs to learn when to shut up and graciously accept that he will be no.1 after the world cup, right now he has to go along with what the coaches decide.

  • Davearch - 2011-09-26 13:29

    Against the top teams, once we get to 1/4 finals, Dave and Alberts must only be considered at LOCK. The way both are playing at the moment both should start at 4 and 5. As we saw with the french, when we play the AB we need support for the ball carrier, ie Brussouw, Schalk and Spies ... Alberts, Danie, Bis, Guthro and Jannie will be a great solid tight 5 ...

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-26 13:45

    Where is Saffa-Cat and jk??? Still crying over WPs loss this weekend?

      DeonL - 2011-09-26 16:24

      Not forgetting the Franch by 8 of jk. Ha Ha.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-26 21:18

      Sorry @Chief Kok - but you know me better than that. I do not disappear after a loss my friend. I have been away, and now at 21:15 I am catching up on emails etc and greeting you chaps :) Not crying over the WP's loss - promise. Congrats Cheetahs, they were deserved winners and the ref certainly didn't give them a fair shot. I am still proud of my ragtag WP team, they are doing the best they can with what they have - and that's good enough for me. Except possibly ditching a few chaps for BETTER chaps who are on the bench already.......Kolisi, Carr etc.

      Wormtongue - 2011-09-27 00:13

      Saffa, why don't you pull a Kok - just forget and ignore your legitimate ties to the Cape, and just latch on to another winning provincial team. Then belittle WP as much as you can. How cool would that be hey Kokkie?

  • BardofAvon - 2011-09-26 13:55

    What is an "illusive" white ball? Anybody? Anybody at all?

      rogeri - 2011-09-26 15:02

      The illusive white ball is referring to a golf ball. I just hope that Danie is able to carry on playing the way he has been without Matfield. From his comments here it sounds like Victor is his mentor and maybe he will back off with Victor on the field. I think he offers more in his ability to run like a flank than the old style big slow foward approach that Matfield represents.

  • Blikkies09 - 2011-09-26 13:57

    We really need Danie to continue his running game,since Matfield does not offer much offensively. Dont get me wrong,matfield is a genius in the lineouts, we just still need that extra running forward. Danie has by far been the most dangerous forward on attack.

  • Whoosa - 2011-09-26 14:46

    ATTENTION !!!!!!! ATTENTION!!!!!! JK IS LOST !!!!!!! JK IS LOST!!!!! All rugby fans and news24 bloggers. We as the rugby loving public are in a desperate state of shock. Since province went down to the cheetahs over the weekend, implementing the start of their yearly dowmward spiral, JK has been nowhere to be found on the blogs. Can anyone with info please contact childline or the new most wanted criminal list to be applied by the SAPD. Thanx for your support.

      Milkman - 2011-09-26 15:11

      Let's hope they find him soon. News24 Sport is not the same without his insightful comments. I will never forget, after a long and lengthy debate, he poignantly stated: "france by 8". It captured everyones thoughts and feelings at that exact moment.

      Wormtongue - 2011-09-27 00:07

      Please respect JKs privacy - he had his lobotomy revised and is apparently now repeating the phrase "breakfast by 8".

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