Bok stance no worry for Henry

2011-07-12 09:46

Auckland - All Blacks coach Graham Henry is not concerned over the Springboks' decision to send a weakened side to New Zealand and Australia during the Tri-Nations.

According to the website, South Africa had decided injuries suffered by 21 of their leading players required rest and players of the quality of locks Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha and flanks Juan Smith and Schalk Burger were not included.

Henry said: "My thoughts on that (South Africa's policy) are immaterial. My thoughts have to be on what is best for our guys. I respect what they (South Africa) have to do and that is their strategy for this particular rugby year.

"We have to have our own strategy that we put into practice and make sure we have got a lot of communication about that," he said.



  • jk - 2011-07-12 09:58

    we all got our own crap to worry about mr sour face.

      Black Beauty - 2011-07-12 10:14

      Mr sour face lol

      InternetMan - 2011-07-12 10:51

      That is a very sour face

      Hein - 2011-07-12 12:23

      I think the last time he smiled was on his first honeymoon night - everything went wrong and since then he looks like this. ;=()

      BM123 - 2011-07-12 12:52

      Hey Tsheps - time and again?? - what about 2007? - strategy worked for us then! I don't think we have the team to win this year buty I do think the resting strategy is the right one.

      JD - 2011-07-12 13:49

      @Tsheps16V - Dude I look forward to seeing you eat those words. Whats with the negativity ?

      StaalBurgher - 2011-07-12 14:06

      Tsekps16V is that same douchebag from before, Tshepo or something. Still writes in the same manner with reference to "bucks". Just ignore him. Some people are born muppets and should just GA&D.

      chappy - 2011-07-15 15:00

      His sour face looks like "Blue-Steel" - I thought Zoolander patented it??

  • Martin - 2011-07-12 09:59

    So why would he worry???

      chappy - 2011-07-15 14:58

      And there is the difference between Kiwi and Aussie supporters. Aussies will whinge and moan about every other team, but the Kiwi's just get on with it. That's why we prefer Springbok v All Blacks clashes.

      Sharkie4ever - 2011-07-15 15:51

      Yep give me an All Black vs Boks any day.

  • Mike Webber - 2011-07-12 10:30

    I don't care too much for Tri-Nations this year (apart from much needed momentum of course), I'd rather we have our best players fresh and ready for the RWC. We'll have to see how good our strategy was by September ...

  • Anneleen - 2011-07-12 10:33

    ...kyk hoe kyk hy vir ons... ...even though it is a so-called "weakened side"...die Springbok-bloed in die spelers se are loop sterk. ...GO BOKKE!!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-12 10:37

    What is NZ's strategy? At least the guy does not whine like the Ausies.

      Zooma Lema - 2011-07-12 11:28

      To win

  • The Dutchman - 2011-07-12 10:50

    Just as a point, P Divvy, that is how you answer a question, no allegations, no finger pointing and no getting in the kak.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-12 11:24

      Agreed, if a Bok coach ever needed a communications mgr ( spokesperson ) Div would be first in line. Mark Keohane kinda ruined that enterprise.

  • Stryder - 2011-07-12 10:53

    I wonder how many of the youngster going over there consider themselves weaker. They are gonna be a highly motivated bunch of players, Looking forward to this.

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-07-12 11:05

    ANYONE WHO KNOWS THEIR RUGBY, will know that there is no such thing as a weak springbok team. its just that simple. call it a b-team but not a weak team. we the world champs and have the best depth on earth.e. call it a b-team but not a weak team. we the world champs and have the best depth on earth.

      FOF - 2011-07-12 13:20

      its a "weakened" team.learn to read

      Jaco Fourie - 2011-07-12 18:56

      Had a pretty weak team at the 2003 World Cup... Jorrie Muller, Tinus Delport, Jaco van der Westuizen, Louis Koen all in the same backline - that is very weak my friend!

  • FearoPhobia - 2011-07-12 11:16

    The SA "strategy"? I thought SANZAR said that they were 100% happy that the injuries are genuine. In that case it's not a strategy. We're just playing the best players we have available.

      BM123 - 2011-07-12 12:55

      And the Easter Bunny visits you every year too?

  • Kok - 2011-07-12 11:34

    Die bokke gaan erg pak vvat hierdie jaar. 3 keer teen All Blacks - In Wellington. PE en Auckland.

  • Kok - 2011-07-12 11:42

    My coach!!!

      JD - 2011-07-12 12:59


      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-14 14:57

      He never smiles coz he knows AB have never won the RWC since 1987.

  • First48 - 2011-07-12 12:07

    Who cares what Henry thinks? South African journalists really need to get over this inferiority complex they have.

  • BlouBos - 2011-07-12 12:37

    Stop this political crap regarding these affirmative players in the Springbok B team. If we seriously want to put up a show in the Tri-nations Cap rather select the Blue Bulls Vodacom finalised team to do the job?

  • Kok - 2011-07-12 12:48

    GH has a face problem. A certain other international coach has a mouth problem. hehehehe!!!!

  • James - 2011-07-12 13:03

    This weakened side tactic reeks a bit of 'Jake White emulation Fever'. P Divvy thinks he can just copy Jake White's formula for a world cup year and walk away with the title! Thank Buddha our Springboks tend to play above themselves in world cup matches (4 world cups with 2 titles - 50% winning success rate)

      JD - 2011-07-12 13:54

      We got the best hit ratio outta everyone. I tell you this though, It's gonna be a major wake up call for the AB if they can't pull this one off, they got the best chance at it for the first time in years.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-07-12 14:11

      Even though I feel we should be proud of having won 2 Cups I think we should all knowledge that 4 tournaments hardly qualifies as a huge sample. If we won 8 out of 16 we might have some serious bragging rights but...2/4? Let us be proud, just a bit more quietly pls.

  • Kok - 2011-07-12 13:05

    "My thoughts on that (South Africa's policy) are immaterial." This statement speaks of a low blow.

      jk - 2011-07-12 13:36

      kok, to be honest, as i said yesterday, there is too many ifs or buts in bok scenario at moment- rubber lips\snorre doesnt know his arm from his arse. If your team doesnt win it in 2011, then they will never win it. And dont tell me they will for sure, cause history tend to repeat itself kok

      Kok - 2011-07-12 14:18

      Kom ons wag en kyk maar jk. Gaan interessant wees.

  • Kevin - 2011-07-12 14:08

    The Springboks are not giving a cr@p what AUS and NZ strategy is, or what they do with their players. This is a non-issue, don't see why we need to explain ourselves. The Springboks just better do well, i'm not drinking beer at 9AM to watch us play badly :-) BOKKE!!!

  • Kevin - 2011-07-12 14:17

    Weakend team, i challenge any All Black to tell Coenie Oosthuizen that.. I hear bones crunching just by saying that ..Coenie Ooosthuizen CRRRUNCCHHH.... hahahahaha

  • DirtyDog - 2011-07-12 15:20

    @James: in 2007, SA was the only side in the tri-nations that had a full strength squad. Both NZ and AUS fielded second string teams. The BOKS ace'd that one. Now the wheel has turned and it's our turn. I agree with what has been said for a while now, in a RWC year, there should be no tri-nations. Super-rugby, yes.

  • Greenpoizn - 2011-07-12 17:30

    Me thinks he is worried Jake is in Oz and not the Boks

  • JerusalemJet - 2011-07-12 17:49

    Happy Hour Henry - seems appropriate . Dick Cocks used to do the same look on friday nights at DHS Old Boys club - semi naked in a speedo walking through the ladies bar with a board front and back advertising beers for next to nothing with that same look as his countryman Henry . Much as I would love the boks to win back to back RWC , I do think it's a bridge too far . The problem is unfortunately the Snor Coach - I do not think he has the nous - but I will glady apologise for my thoughts if we call pull it off . Everything else around the country is collpasing under a deluge of ruling party criminality , so it would be special if Barney and the boys pull it off .

  • Mickey Fin - 2011-07-12 22:54

    It is with great interest that I read some of the comments here. How short are people’s memories? Rewind to last years Tri Nations and year end tour of the Boks and these same people were ready to form a lynch mob and tar and feather Div. They now support him and suddenly his strategy is so good and the Boks have already won the world cup. Bok supporters are stuck on the fact that they have won the World Cup twice and are so quick to use that as an argument. You can now argue which ever way you want and bring up the reasons a team won or lost a World cup, but have a look over the past 15 years at a tournament that is run annually and the All Blacks have been winners 67% of the time as apposed to the 20% of South Africa and 13% of the Wallabies. Now I might be stupid but who is remembered as a great side? The flash in the pan team who won the world cup twice or the team that consistently wins everything they play? Why is it that the Crusaders are seen as the team to beat in the Super rugby competition. Do people remember Thomas Hearns or Mohamed Ali? Most of you would not even know who Thomas Hearns is yet he won world titles in more weight divisions than Ali, but Ali won more fights overall than Hearns. Let’s face it, in rugby, the All Blacks are the team to beat and victory against them is always sweeter. Here’s to a good World Cup and may the best team win-not the best referee.

  • Sharkie4ever - 2011-07-15 15:50

    Actually well said Mr. Henry I like your attitude, but that is real sour face, look slike you sucked on a lemon lol!

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