700 Test caps in Bok team

2010-07-13 22:30

JJ Harmse

Wellington – It is the most experienced Springbok team ever that will try and win a Test here for the first time since 1998 on Saturday.

The starting team has 700 Tests behind them, but not a single member of the squad has tasted victory over the All Blacks at the Westpac Stadium, in spite of South Africa’s status as World and Tri-Nations champions.

Coach Peter de Villiers has stuck to his belief that his team simply had a bad day at the office in Auckland and picked the same players that disappointed at Eden Park.

CJ van der Linde (for Jannie du Plessis, calf injury) and Danie Rossouw (for Bakkies Botha, suspended) are forced changes, with Ryan Kankowski having somewhat surprisingly been picked ahead of Dewald Potgieter to replace Rossouw on the substitutes’ bench.

De Villiers will continue with Ricky Januarie at scrumhalf, with Ruan Pienaar on the periphery and having seemingly lost the confidence of the coaching staff.

It appears as if Pienaar’s decision to go and play in Ulster later this year is already counting against him, in which case it should be asked why he was taken along to begin with.

He only got two minutes of game time in Auckland and it would probably have been better to give Francois Hougaard some experience by including him.

Januarie will have to come up with something extraordinary to justify the coach’s continued faith in him.

One of the Boks’ biggest shortcomings in Auckland was their tactical kicking and few are better at that than Ruan Pienaar.

Meanwhile, wing Jean de Villiers has said that the Boks will be much better than last week because they can turn the unpleasant experience into an advantage.

“We had so much experience in the team and then played so badly. It reminded me of the dark days of Bok rugby. We now have the opportunity to put it right and want to grab it with both hands,” said De Villiers.

De Villiers said that the “limp” performance in Auckland was a first for him in his 59 Tests.

“It sometimes happens that one team is not at its best and the other really plays well. I recall that being the case when we beat the Wallabies (53-8) at Ellis Park in 2008. However, it has never happened to any Bok team that I played for against the All Blacks,” said De Villiers.

The wing said that the defeat of 12-32 at Eden Park was something of the past.

“Harsh words were spoken, but we have now finished talking and venting our anger. It does not help you dwell on such a performance for too long. We will try again this weekend. Remember, the Tri-Nations is not won in July!”

The Bok team is:

Zane Kirchner (8 Tests), Jean de Villiers (59), Jaque Fourie (58), Wynand Oliver (30), Bryan Habana (61), Morné Steyn (16), Ricky Januarie (45), Pierre Spies (32), Francois Louw (5), Schalk Burger (58), Victor Matfield (96), Danie Rossouw (49), CJ van der Linde (60), John Smit (97), Gurthrö Steenkamp (26). Substitutes: Chiliboy Ralepelle (13), BJ Botha (23), Andries Bekker (23), Ryan Kankowski(13), Ruan Pienaar (41), Butch James (38), Gio Aplon (5).


  • Martin - 2010-07-14 01:11

    Mark my words, we will lose by more then 20 pionts again!

  • Tommygun - 2010-07-14 01:16

    It's whats under those caps thats the problem at the moment!

  • grant - 2010-07-14 05:01

    Perhaps its time to bring in more younger players - that's if the good ones haven't emmigrated.

  • Piet - 2010-07-14 05:11

    ...Januarie??? nice guy but doesn't have the edge anymore! need a faster distributor.

  • Piet - 2010-07-14 05:13

    ...Januarie??? nice guy but doesn't have the edge anymore! need a faster distributor.

  • Wagga - 2010-07-14 05:43

    The Boks will lose again simply because the lame and useless Stormbarians is still there nl, Over the hill January, Palooka Schalk, Someone called Louw, Fourie, has been Habana, Paplon I think, Replace them all with Bulls and we will have a team that will beat anyone in the world.

  • manny - 2010-07-14 06:49

    You are right it is never won in July, it is lost in July.

  • Piet - 2010-07-14 07:05

    JJ vergeet van al die toetse wat hulle al gespeel het daar is van die manne wat eeerder op pensioen moet gaan. Kies spelers wat op vorm is. Los oupa John,Butch en January by die huis. Kies manne in hulle posisie..Dan kan ons wen.

  • shaunb - 2010-07-14 07:27

    Januarie still in the team, he gives a 100% but he is just not up to the high standard compared to the rest of the team He's a good impact player, if we need a try to win and there 5 min to play he is the man for the situation but to start a test against the AB's he needs alot more to his game than what he got going, he's not consistent, only 1 out of 4 games he plays well. He is letting the team and bokke supporters down.

  • Bhhooo - 2010-07-14 08:19

    Experienced Bok team with a tappet coach...

  • Charl - 2010-07-14 08:39

    In his 30 tests Wynand Olivier has failed to silience critics. Please get rid of him - or - please Wynand - do something for a change that saw you emerge as one of the best 12s in the Super 14. You need to stand up for yourself for a change, or move on, its up to you and you can do it, but then start believing in your abilities against the All Blacks. Time is over for excuses, next test you're out if you dont perform. Jean is breathing down your neck big time.

  • Emile - 2010-07-14 09:06

    Just a correction. If you play a player out of position, his experience or number of test caps means absolutely zip (0). Add to that the players who is totally out of form and can't even make their provincial side, then the total Bok caps will probably be closer to 400, if lucky. Add to that the mindless use of substitutions and we can bring that total down to 300.

  • Mark - 2010-07-14 09:44

    Eish - you can have a million caps in the Bok team - if you dont have BMT and a street wise coach - then you have sweet f#@^k all !!!

  • @ Wagga - 2010-07-14 09:56

    You obviously know nothing about rugby and are completely provincionally biased. I agree that Ricky needs to go, but to take a swipe at the other Stormers in the team just shows your stupidity. Olivier should be dropped as well as he is a good provincial player at best and has never had a good game for the Boks. Rather give Hougaard an opportunity at wing and put JdV at 12. And to all those fair weather supporters, wake up! One bad result does not mean the guys are worthless, they will stand up again and be stronger than before. GO BOKKE!!!!

  • Doug - 2010-07-14 10:16

    We can field the most experienced team in the world, but if all they do is kick the ball away to the likes of Mills and big Joe, then it'll be the same story as last week. Morne Steyn has the creativity of a teabag: when in doubt he just boots the ball away. Running rugby will always prevail against dimwitted, uncreative players who specialize in kicking for posts. I would rather see Bok tries than penalties...

  • BC - 2010-07-14 10:40

    700 caps is more of a worry that a comfort. Too many players past their best and will be more so next year. Where are the younger keener stars of S14 who should be in the team and builing for next year?

  • Gazza - 2010-07-14 11:28

    Drop Wynand Olivier, put jean at 12 and Geo Aplon at wing. Jean plays his best game at 12, what the --ck is Pieter Div thinking?

  • Kiwi - 2010-07-14 13:08

    So i take it the final score is boks 700 kiwis 250 LOL. Boks are going to loose regardless of there caps. Kiwis can thank the boks brainless coach. how long can U suffer the humiliation being black man boys. last year was just a fluke.

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