Smal: NZ team could be special

2012-06-14 13:04

Christchurch - Ireland's assistant coach and former Springbok, Gert Smal, thinks the All Blacks have the makings of a great team in the squad selected by new coach Steve Hansen.
According to the website, Smal said he didn't know where New Zealand got their players from but there was an amazing amount of talent seemingly on call for the selectors.

"This one (team) is very special I think," he said.

"But in saying that we're not going to sit back and see what they can do. We also can play a little bit and we also showed two years ago that even with 14 men we can score two tries if we keep our possession and have a go at them, and that's what we're going to do on Saturday."

Ireland were conscious of managing the players' workloads after a long season and there was every chance that a nearly full muster would be available for selection for the second Test. This was despite the fact that several players took things easy at Tuesday's training run.

"It's not ideal going into big Test matches like these but I think it is quite important that we have them fresh," Smal said.

New Zealand won the first Test against Ireland in Auckland 42-10.



  • Advocatus.Diabolis - 2012-06-14 13:24

    Spot on Mr. Small, spot on!!!

  • Rory - 2012-06-14 14:02

    Well do you really think he would have said "well I thought they are a crappy team, and one of the worst NZ has put together in a long while." Ireland got a hiding, so by saying that he covers his ass from last weeks hiding and this saturdays result - whichever way it goes. DUH!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-06-14 16:13

      But why say anything at all?

  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-06-14 14:25

    I remember in 2006? NZ played Ireland at home (Eden Park) and Argentina in Buenos Aires on the same weekend. McCaw remained at home with the first XV and Carter went to South America with the other first XV. They've been awesome for years!

      Nzbro - 2012-06-15 11:54

      top marks to Ireland for trying to beat the All Blacks since 1905. That is for 107 years of trying to beat the MIB 25 matches losing 24 and drawing one match 10/10 in 1973. A truly shining example to the Boks to also keep trying to beat the All Blacks. Up until the start of the professional era, the Springboks had won 21 tests to the All Blacks 18. In the 39 matches since the start of the professional era, the All Blacks have won 27 tests to the 12 of the Springboks. Mr Smal would remember this statistics well because he was a part of the 27 losses to the MIB ...hence his observations and grumpy face. Bad memories Mr Smal?

  • anwar.addinall - 2012-06-14 14:36

    ".......Smal said he didn't know where New Zealand got their players from.......". They got them from across all their franchises. Obviously a different selection criteria to ours which I'm sure won't work for them :)

  • OOSTHUIZEN.GAZZA - 2012-06-14 14:57

    Gert Smal jy is 100 % reg ,dis n great all black span ,en wat my laat worrie oor ons rugby da is elke week n storie nog baie werk foute hier ,foute daar ,kyk die all blacks wow wat n eer om hulle te sien speel ,maak ook foute ma baie min ,want hulle speel rugby en bly by die basics dis al en gee die bal lug ,al die bokke is glad nie meer amateurs nie ,maar as amateurs soos Divan Serfontein gese het 1981 toe hulle gaan toer hat as amateurs en ek stem saam hom is en was hulle die beste bok span nog !vandag kry die ouens miljoene dis hulle werk om rugby te speel ma nog steeds lol is daar ouens wat ie eens n bal kan vang nie .

  • jonmac.lewis - 2012-06-14 16:15

    rook jy pot gert small druk dai stormers manne in die bok span dan speel ons dai All Blacks en dai Iere van die veld af

      allblacksfanatic - 2012-06-14 17:17

      Gert rook nie pot nie jy is maar net gesuip of iets!!! Ek stuur net die Crusaders vir julle Strontmis dan beskyt julle julself!!! Hahahahahaha!!! ALL BLACKS FOREVER!!!

      Pat - 2012-06-15 04:29

      twice in 1 season, and on there home field in the semi-final!! now this joker wants to put an entire stormers team against the ALL BLACKS, wot a joke sum of the springsucks supporters are!! this is a warning kids, just follow this guy and u will see wot TIK does to your brain!!!

  • Rich - 2012-06-14 17:17

    The All Blacks have conceded just five tries in their last five games, scoring 21 in the process. A win over Ireland this weekend would give the All Blacks their 60th victory in 68 matches with RICHIE MCCAW as captain. Last weekend’s victory saw MCCAW ‘s win ratio as All Blacks skipper increase to 88%.New Zealand’s last defeat at home was on the 12th of September 2009 when they were beaten 32-29 by South Africa. They have lost just three of their last 32 matches at home. Very impressive indeed.

  • anton.bischoff - 2012-06-14 17:26

    Wonder waar is die Ray vent nou, pleks hy lees die berig dan kan hy ten minste sense praat op die kiwi tuisblad

  • Henk - 2012-06-14 17:41

    This AB team is great and very special, but the Boks are better....

      Caleb - 2012-06-15 03:15

      Hahaha, now that is funny!!!

      Pat - 2012-06-15 04:15

      better in wot way??? they only won 2/10 trinations matches in the last two years??? so your standards must be lower than the cr@p under your shoe!!!

      Boereroo - 2012-06-15 05:20

      and 1/6 against the Wallabies!

      Nzbro - 2012-06-15 12:03

      now the comedy starts...

      Cape - 2012-06-15 18:51

      Funny Henk- jy is baie snaaks hoor!! Hou so aan.

  • Pat - 2012-06-15 04:21

    great to see a south african that doesnt have his head up his a$$!! 1 of veryvery few!! the springsucks supporters are sure talking it up, i like how they underestimating STEVE HANSEN, but we will see!!! bring on Dunedin and soweto!!! (pls make sure john smit's wife is in the audience, she sure cracked me up with those long crocodile tears, hahaha)

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