Boks give up on Tri-Nations

2011-07-30 20:20

Wellington - Springboks coach Peter de Villiers surrendered all hope of winning the Tri-Nations crown after they were routed by the All Blacks 40-7 on Saturday and said the focus was now the World Cup.

Fielding a largely B-strength side, the South Africans were thrashed by Australia and New Zealand in their two away games, conceding bonus points both times.

Although there is a statistical chance they can claw their way back into contention with two home games to play, de Villiers said his attention was already on the looming World Cup, where the Springboks are defending champions.

"Pretty much the Tri-Nations has gone for us. We'll move our focus to preparing for the World Cup," he said as he surveyed the hammering his young squad had taken on their Australasian tour.

"The All Blacks are more ready now (than the Springboks) for the World Cup and they deserve the tag of favourites to win it."

That the Springboks were comprehensively outplayed by the All Blacks a week after being thrashed 39-20 by the Wallabies was not a surprise considering they left 21 key players at home.

Media reports from South Africa said the 21 were in a secret World Cup training camp but this has been denied by the team management, who said they were all injured and undergoing rehabilitation.

De Villiers said he was unsure how many of the 21 would be available for South Africa's remaining Tri-Nations games against Australia in Durban on August 13 and the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth a week later.

The players will undergo medical tests next week, but even if most are given the all-clear de Villiers expressed reservations about making too many changes, saying it may not be in the best interests of the side.

A disconsolate Springboks captain John Smit said that despite the satisfaction of scoring his side's only try against the All Blacks it was always terrible to lose.

"We're gutted with the effort of the last two weeks. We'll try to pull as many positives as we can out of it. But at the end of the day it's disappointing."

He also rated the All Blacks highly going into the World Cup, which starts in New Zealand on September 9, saying their ability to cash in on turnover ball made life difficult for any opposition.

"They've got some special players at the back and they're waiting for any kind of turnover to pounce on," said Smit.

"So any team that plays them has to be aware that if you don't take care of your ball you're going to be in a large amount of trouble."

The All Blacks outscored the Springboks six tries to one in a match where they missed only seven tackles while the South Africans missed 24.


  • craig.munn - 2011-07-30 20:36

    The focus is always something else.... How about winning you peanut!

      Francois - 2011-07-30 20:45

      Craig, he focused on winning. This is the same coach that said he thinks of a clean sweep in the T3N less than two weeks ago. I don't think his focus is wrong, I think his whole brain is. EVERYONE said after the British Lions tour that he must start bleeding new talent and get a gameplan and a fixed 15 to play together. Now all he has are 15 almost new bleeding players in which bleeding is the game plan, but at least he gives John Smit everything John wants, except a faint hope of lifting that WWE trophy for the second time.

      Francois - 2011-07-30 20:45

      And Peanut is a compliment, it should be pienat.

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-30 20:52

      Did you see the news 24 article about what smit was saying before the AB game today on 29/07/2011 "Smit: Bok future looking rosy" - He must be sucking on the same helium balloon as PDV!

      Thouca - 2011-07-30 21:01

      we panic too quick...the ab may have shot their bolt again way too early ......ala semi england '95 where they just didnt have the mind power to hold back one more game .....chill dudes...the boks will be ok next month

      marco - 2011-07-30 21:42

      This is what you get when you appoint someone for reasons other than rugby,but for political ones.Having nothing technical to offer,SARU will do this joke of a man more harm than good in the long run by keeping him on as national coach.I wonder why they don't end end the charade right here right now and don't let it go any further.Forget all that K@K about given the country's history and all that.We've all moved on and are way past that or any other excuses.

      mozzer - 2011-07-31 01:03

      Giving the boks to PDV is the same as giving Anglos to Malema. The longer they have it under their command the more they will F*$k the whole thing up!!

      AA - 2011-07-31 07:47

      Looser, with a captial L. Where is his pride ? If this is the attitude in the camp then no wonder the Boks got a thumping. Also talk about cheapening the Bok brand and Tri Nations.

      Dwarslat - 2011-07-31 08:09

      What can we say that hasn’t been said before?

      Zion - 2011-07-31 09:11

      Francois, Spot on. This guy is displaying a loser attitude. According to News 24 recently he was predicting a 4 game win for his immature Bokkies. Now he is running scared and his utterances are catching up fast. One can come to the conclusion that he is out to boost his own ego yet provide a contingency plan to cover himself when he is cornered. The two opposition teams are on the charge and there is little hope of winning both when they are in SA. SA has zero points currently and would need at least 9 - 11points to make headway for the trophy.

      Hardekwas - 2011-07-31 11:42

      The focus should be on picking folk that can match the likes of Wyatt Crockett, Cory Jane and SBW..... the poopsickles (e.g. Basson) currently operating in the Bok team simply have no chance.

      Sharkie4ever - 2011-07-31 18:27

      Wasn't it his intention to surrender the Tri Nations from the beginning? Apart from that the performance was disgusting. Is this the future of our national representation? Our backs in particular our centres are too small when you compare them with the likes of the All Black and Aussie centres.

      StBad - 2011-07-31 18:44

      I don't quite understand why we would try to look for positives... how will we benefit from this. Look at the flippen 'negatives' and do something about them!

  • Frans Smith - 2011-07-30 20:37

    PDV does not give a damn about losing a test. The fact that he is not even focussing on the remaining tests is an insult to any springbok and supporter. I take exception to the fact that we support a team with a coach that "surrendered all hope" about winning the Tri Nations. Any AB or AUSSIE COACH would have been hung up if he said that or got these results. SA rugby is going the same way as the country and failing are being rewarded in the new SA with extentions of contracts, golden handshakes and bonusses. This "twat" and Smit will earn approx 3mill each for this sircus. I watched in the UK on SKY. The guests Tienus Delport, Sean Fritspatrick and Michael Lynach said they felt sorry for Bok supporters and can not believe that the coach is allowed to field the team that he did 2 x weeks running. We have just lost total momentum and confidence. PDV, It is not just the Tri Nations that has gone but the world cup too buddy. You have had four years to develop new players and a winning style of rugby. You have tried year after year to hang onto Jake White's boys who by now is way past their best and meters to slow. In international rugby, things happen very quickly..ask Smit why he misses tackle after tackle. The poor guy still thinks and believes he has it...we can all see he hasn't.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-07-30 21:14

      I just want to know something. When you say "we have lost all confidence" do you mean the players? If so, which players, the current team or the resting ones? If the latter, why would they have lost confidence? The resting players are the only ones that matter. As for the fans, yes it is painful but how is any of this different from the horror show we have been put through the last 4 years with The Clown in charge? Why the sudden surprise? It has been like this for ages.

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-30 22:00

      staalburger; winning becomes a habit..sadly so does losing!. Sean Fritspatrick and Michael Lynach said today; "the Boks may have missed a trick here" - they also said "these players confidence must be very low after the last two weeks and this will have a huge impact on these players and even on the players back home". Maybe they dont know what they are talking about? Apparantly, It is important to have Momentum going into the world cup (or so say most of the rugby world i.e. Eddie Jones, Jake White, Fritzpatrick, Clive Woodward...). Maybe it isnt so important for the boks. Maybe PDV knows something the entire rugby world doesn't? or maybe he is just what a lot of people suspect, a fool?

      James - 2011-07-31 07:24

      pretty much spot on, plenty of delusion on the part of captain and coach who it appears have developed quite a symbiotic relationship.....and now for the last roll of the dice...... use the 2007 winning team in WC, close your eyes, and hold thumbs...

      Creeky - 2011-07-31 08:38

      PdV is a LEGEND in his OWN MIND!!!! Cannot "COATS" a high school rugby team, let alone a Nationa Side!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-31 08:59

      @Jamie; you say " SA is doing fine boet!" - i am glad you think so boet? I said "SA rugby is going the same way as the country and failing are being rewarded in the new SA with extentions of contracts, golden handshakes and bonusses." Proof to me that what i said was wrong...with some examples please?

      RL - 2011-08-01 08:42

      @jamie doff of the cap to you sir for not tagging in along with all the nay-saying cupcakes. these will be the same okes dying for the green and gold should we win the wc. bar "mary janes" try, the 1st half was a competent showing and we had everything to play for, sadly we didnt. stegman, meisie kind, basson get comfortable to watch the wc from your couches. the boks are full of quota players but im not talking about chilliboy johnson, gio, lwazi or de jong. mostert and lambie take a bow. reading all these comments one has so much more respect for the sa fans who support the ab's through the ups and downs. take it on the chin and move on.

      Lance - 2011-08-02 14:51

      The fact that this chopstick has (on two occasions in two stories on this site today) used phases refering to "the future coach" is an indictation that he is deeeep in over his head and just wants to pick up his checque and stick his sorry @ss (head) deep into the sand. The fact that he is surrounded by two clowns doesnt help either......You'd start to wonder what the point was of hiring a head coach with no senior level experience along with two wannabe coaches as assistants who have done very little other than embarass their provincial teams at Currie cup level... If we dont win the next two Tri-Nations games the Boks confidence will be completely shot and they will end up play extremely defensively(albeit sub-consciously) and defense is not a strong Bok point right now...

  • Frans Smith - 2011-07-30 20:48

    news24 removed my first posting??? why, was i too honest. Let me try again: PDV HAS NO CLUE! Smit is a passenger - he missed more tackles and cost more tries than the gift try that he socred. Thanks god, Carter missed all those kicks otherwise we would have been 50+ against us. Last year 2010 Tri Nations - boks played 6 - won 1? This year we will lose all the games. It is humaliating that this coach does not even care about the next tests? Since when can a coach just not care about a springbok test. It is the same with SA - Failures get awarded longer contracts, bonusses and golden handshakes. these clowns (smit and pdv) will earn prob 3mill each for the WC, then smit retires and helium gets a golden handshake, a bonus, and a cosy job at SARVU.

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-30 20:57

      ja, I can't understand these clowns. you say something that's too close to the truth and they remove it. yet they'll allow that Tshepo idiot to get away with his blatant anti white hatred

      Wormtongue - 2011-07-31 04:47

      Why r u guys so desperately naive to just accept that "Tshepo" is the actual name of that contributor with the Avatar who looks like a dead African person. He is so obviously just a provocateur - his English swings wildly between perfect and pidgin.

      Zion - 2011-07-31 09:17

      It was not News24 that removed your comment but it was done at the request of a reader/ commenter. About 30% of mine are removed.

      AA - 2011-07-31 18:08

      Honestly Frans SARFU is a total mess and that is where the change needs to be made. There is too much politics and not enough focus on why they are there, which is to ensure that South Africa's rich rugby tradition is maintained. I am concerned that in a few years from now the pride of South African sport is going to be nothing more than a memory as these poopals continue to drag the sport through the dirt. What coach in the world does not care about a test, let alone a major tournament like the Tri Nations. If i were the Tri Nations board i would have some serious concerns about PDV idiotic comment as this does nothing for the tournament.

  • edalsg - 2011-07-30 20:48

    We are useless : end of Story ; Welcome Affirmative "springbok" Rugby. At Last I agree --Get rid of the Emblem --Its embarrasing . Juan De Jong _+ Left Winmg whose name fortunately escapes me , would not make Namibia !!!!!!! Bye Bye Bok rugby --sad but true.

      dvanheerden12 - 2011-07-30 23:00

      Juan de Jong was the only who break the defence, I was also sceptical about him, but at least he is far better than Olivier who cannot tackle.

      Creeky - 2011-07-31 08:35

      dvanheerden12.... Olivier will MESS UP HIS HAIR, should he attempt a tackle!!!!

  • john - 2011-07-30 20:49

    Meanwhile, in Formula One news, the Virgin and Lotus teams have conceded that winning the Constructors' Championship from favourites Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari "would represent an uphill struggle at this point and must be considered unlikely".

      TruthTeller - 2011-07-31 01:00

      hahaha you are funny good one

      darkwing - 2011-07-31 07:52

      And how about our jukskei team? Man, they are good.

      Zion - 2011-07-31 09:20

      So that means the Virgin and Lotus teams are going to sit out the rest of the season? If they sit a bit closer then Div. can fit in too.

  • Ian - 2011-07-30 20:53

    so the squeaky twit is a quitter as well, typical

  • Brencis - 2011-07-30 20:57

    Basics, basics, basics. Coaches who don't realise that even our very best players have shaky basics and still need practise takling, passing etc will always struggle.

  • Bren Vander - 2011-07-30 20:58

    "Pretty much the Tri-Nations has gone for us. We'll move our focus to preparing for the World Cup," - I'm sorry, why are we accepting complete and utter failure now as the only path to WC glory?

      BigD - 2011-07-31 06:52

      I thought we had better depth than what we are show casing in T3. We want to go to RWC with the bulk of injured 21 players and hope we will win. The injured 21 will have almost no game time before then. I thought the the coach was supposed to be able to take what he has at hand and make a game of it, old Snor does not seem to have the skills to be able to do this. Sad day for me yesterday.

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-31 09:01

      correct, why are the fans prepared to accept losing anymore tests? each test should be defended and played for as if it is your last! since when can we just lose tests and not care?

      Shawn - 2011-07-31 14:08

      if he fails in the RWC , what then??? reappointment???? aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh the joys of AA

  • backhome - 2011-07-30 20:58

    Cheats!!! The rest don't save the best till the last, give the paying spectators the game and value.

  • Sir Richard - 2011-07-30 21:12

    bwahaha Pieter has been coasting on the previous coach's skills for the last 2 years now that this is wearing off he has nothing to offer and it's showing in the results when the coach throws in the towel, it's a sad day let the tosser go

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-31 09:01


  • Petras - 2011-07-30 21:24

    This guy is putting all his hope on winning the World Cup, as are we all. But he will get found out and all we can hope for is that after the WC he actually goes and that it is not then, " This last 4 years was just about building for the next world cup" type thing and he continues as Bok coach.

      Lance - 2011-08-02 15:01

      Its called buying time...By keeping everyone focused on the RWC he detracts from the fact that we are losers right now. The basic principle of building and gaining momentum along with confidence is not part of his plan.

  • bemused - 2011-07-30 21:30

    Geez I miss the good ol days of Rugby isolation when we THOUGHT we were so good and yet didn't have to prove it and currie cup was more exciting than the wet fish it is now! At least we never had to face international humilation and embarassment with the circus that is SA Rugby.....Rivalry between the coastal boys and those from otherside the boerewors curtain was great fun..... - 2011-07-31 06:56

      Remind me why we were in isolation again... Oh yes - it was because of racism - luckily we don;t have that problem anymore... NOT!!!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-30 21:31

    "The All Blacks are more ready now (than the Springboks) for the World Cup..." Why are they more ready? Huh? I know why. They appoint their coach based on M..E..R..I..T and not R..A..C..E. Right? Anybody? Anybody at all? Best part was watching the SA coaching staff in their cubicle feigning frustration when the All Blacks scored.

      Zion - 2011-07-31 09:25

      How do we apply the degree's 0of comparison the ready. Ready, Readier, Rediest. Div, Divvier, Diviest.

      Raymond - 2011-07-31 20:11

      Another great South African Success story-AA appointment.A competent the party he votes for.Sooner or later,this had to catch up with him.Being handed a world cup winning team on a platter,made him look good,now that players are old and tired,the REAL test is now.Yes,PLAYERS and the coach in other countries is appointed on MERIT.As usual,we are,and always will be different,and that is why we always be backward.

  • Sigmund - 2011-07-30 21:33

    We should all hope that he wins the World Cup. That is the only way that we would get rid of this Joker. (Sorry Jake) O s##6, I forgot that affirmative action is still applicable in South Africa. I cannot believe that PDV thought that we can win the Tri-Nations. He must be the only idiot that is still believing that his team can win the World Cup.

      Paddy - 2011-08-01 05:52


  • muti - 2011-07-30 21:51

    This game confirmed that Morne Steyn is an "is was" not even a "has Been"!! Lambie proved himself to be the choice of fly half for the WC

      TruthTeller - 2011-07-31 01:05

      You must be blind and dumb as lambie did nothing he proved nothing

      Wormtongue - 2011-07-31 05:21

      Yellow card James now clearly seems to be the best option.

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-31 09:04

      first of all, i agree that steyn is not the answer. his type of play suited us two to three years ago..not anymore. even a naas botha would not cut it with the way the game has gone. lambie is a good distributor..fullstop. he can not give any direction or control the game that an international flyhalf should be able to. his kicking game is also not up to internationla standard. but then again, he did not select himself at 10 yesterday?

      Mojojo - 2011-08-01 13:10

      There are only 2 choice for us at Flyhalf. Little Lambia and Peter Grant. Full stop. We cannot aford to look at Yellow Card James. @Truth Teller, the reason Lambia was a little "useless" on Saturday was because his scrummie that that we were platying the All Blacks at Chess. Ruan Pienaar had another terrible games along with Smit and Basson. The rest of the team pushed Smit over the try line in his wheelchair along with some ushering from the ABs.

  • Rijger - 2011-07-30 21:55

    Very sad. I could say "Itold you so", but that would achieve nothing. The only hope for the poor bokkies to become Springboks again does not lie with firing the Clown and his sidekicks, but in firing the whole Sarfu management team, from No Balls Hoskins downwards, including selectors and all coaching personel. Start from afresh and use only merit as a guideline. That way, maybe, just maybe the players that puts on a Springbok jersey will have not only respect for it, but would have earned it and be the best that SA has to offer. As it is at the moment, I wouldn't be surprised if Sanzar starts thinking of dumping SA and rather bring in Argentina, Samoa and Fiji.

      James - 2011-07-31 07:13

      and unfortunately this will never happen, as rugby loving fans will be forced to continue to watch in helpless frustration

      Taupstar - 2011-07-31 11:37

      no way, the boks will always be the all blacks greatest foe, because both country's know so, just the boks scouts have to find withing your country, from schoolboys rugby to sevens to provincial to super to boks pedigree of talent with vision skill athletism in otherwords game breakers guys with the x factor, like most of the nz backline and reserves with a sound v8 machine to compliment them, but in sayn that u have to replace the parts that have passed its used by dates to keep this awesome engineered machine humming along nicely

  • Alan - 2011-07-30 21:56

    The boks were KAK. Div and the boys had better wake up soon. The World Cup is just around the corner. Kak play like we saw today is not going to do it. The All Blacks played OK but the Boks were totally outplayed and were pathetic.

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-30 22:13

      take into consideration 2010 tri nations where PDV played his best players; we played 6 tests lost 5 won 1 = take those tests and add the 2011 last 2 tests; bokke played against aussies and ab's 8 tests lost 7 - won 1. 2 x games to go and it is world cup? I dont blame PDV for resting the old boks; if their conditioning are anything like smit, they would never have lasted the full tri nations.

  • RobertKay - 2011-07-30 22:00

    I know it's all been said before, but I endorse th fact that Twakkie and Smit must go before the Springboka are humiliated any further. De V couldn't coach a s chool team, and any coach who gives up on any test match is a quitter, and should be dishonorably discharged! Sies, Twakkie, you're a whining little loser!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-30 22:07

    Just for kicks, let's see how a nation of winners operates: Who has just been appointed the new soccer coach for the USA? Answer: Jurgen Klinsmann. He's a German (ssssshhhh... "white" man) with a list of soccer credentials as long as your arm. Why has Jurgen Klinsmann been appointed head coach of USA soccer ? Because USA sport understands the concept of "winning". What happened to the last coach of the USA? He was F- I - R- E - D because the USA squandered a 2 -0 lead over Mexico and lost the game 2- 4. Simple huh? no CCMA for him! Anyways, we live in Loserville so we just have to live with our sorry lot.. But hey, thanks to the Internet, we can at least perve over successfull winner-like nations and their goings-on, right? Eish.

      marco - 2011-07-30 22:21

      I thought you was British supporting the English mate.How come you so bothered and obsessed by South Africa's Sports failure et al all of a sudden?You use to laugh it up bigtime when England did well or was that so only when they(the English) was playing any sports?

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-31 01:05

      @ marco: I think you are confusing me with someone else, old sport. I am a Bulls and Springbok supporter, probably in that order.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-31 17:47

      @Brad - Marco is thinking about Sir Milton and the Boere Ooorlog.

  • Pierre - 2011-07-30 22:10

    thank GOD that I can't watch the boks play, here in Belgium. get rid of them all and the politics in SA rugby. It's a bloody discrace

      Gideon Hanekom - 2011-07-31 03:44

      You should try living in NZ mate .. our kiwi mates are actually starting to feel sorry for us .. they have a huge respect for SA rugby and know the history and players well .. unlike Aussies .. but as of late .. they just feel sorry for us .. because THEY still understand something SA rugby used to understand .. GUTS and PRIDE .. never say die ..

      Dmitri - 2011-07-31 13:23

      What this team needs are a few players who had the James Small attitude "on the park". I am not talking about his life off the park, but on it.Come on SARU, we have the players and the skill. What is going on in SA rugby. Honestly, stop shifting the blame and come out straight. It is embarresing to watch us get thumped by 20 odd points a game...If things do not improve I will be supporting Japan at WC2011. They have guts and pride.

  • deanorider - 2011-07-30 22:15

    So hey ho we lost again , who could have predicted an different result , sorry Boks but we need an different game plan !!!!

  • FAITHLESS - 2011-07-30 22:15

    Thanks for nothing SARU, a world cup winning team plus RSA politics.

  • Frans Smith - 2011-07-30 22:20

    i was called "unpatriotic" by one person on this forum for predicting a score of 42 - 19 ifo the ab's. i was actually being patriotic by predicting such a favorable score for the bokke. Sadly, we would not even get past 10 points in 80 minutes of rugby. if carter had his kicking boots on, it would have been 50+. the bokke just never looked like scoring..but have we not been saying that for awhile now? in fact, we have never looked like scoring tries the last two years unless habana intercepts or a few hard grined forward tries? At least, then defence seemed to have been able to cope, we could scrum and our lineouts were good. I think we have gone backwards in all departments now and the OLD BOKKE will not make a difference at all.

  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-07-30 22:33

    Yawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21eft behind - like who? Habana et al and he and they will save us? Let's move on and focus on who may be able to do the job!

  • Clone - 2011-07-30 22:34

    We should be grateful that we have lost this match. We no longer have to play Australia or New Zealand in the final

  • virgilioc - 2011-07-30 22:40

    I'm embarrassed by the way we lost. No pride in a jersey I wish I had talent to wear. A coach that is clueless and destroying the spirits of a few talented youngsters mixed with rubbish. Not a hope for the RWC, and Im not supporting anyone else. Who of this sorry group will join the 21 messiahs?

  • wolivierGR - 2011-07-30 22:43

    All Blacks must love us right now, they killed us in this game, our players had their confidence pulverized, the springboks on the field today will theoretically be the substitutes in the world cup. Imagine them running onto the field against All Blacks, they will have no self confidance. So let's look at what could have been, what if we had a long term plan to drill the Ausies and All Blacks in the the current tri-nations, then we would have them all on the back-foot and nervous as hell for the world cup. Easier to be on top of the pile than trying climbing up the whole time. Why do we make it so bloody difficult for ourselves????

  • BCC - 2011-07-30 23:08

    This truly is a pathetic error in SA rugby. I never thought i would see the day when the Springboks held up the white flag and surrendered (even before the first tri-nations game). SARU and PDiv can crap on about the big picture of the RWC all he likes but SA have lost a huge amount of respect in world rugby by showing they don't care about losing to NZ and Australia. And there is no guarantee their plan will see success at the RWC. In one word 'pathetic'.

  • slg - 2011-07-30 23:26

    I wonder if it is dawning on Regan, SARU and the ANC that they over-promoted Peter and acted prematurely in doing this, thereby damaging South African rugby and Peter's own career and life. I wonder it is dawning on them that they've done and are doing this to many players of color who have talent but should rather be developed further and matured before arriving at a decision whether they are ready or truly strong enough to play rugby at high levels. Hopefully now.

  • Marcell - 2011-07-30 23:35

    Tipies, wil weer iets weggee wat nie joune is om weg te gee nie. Sal dit nie goed wees as die AB en Aus spelers stuur wat nog nooit eers S15 gespeel het nie. Dan wen die arme bokkies en Helium lyk weer goed

  • TinaM - 2011-07-30 23:41

    wow you're suppose to be the coash and motivator. Use the tri-nations as prep for World Cup!

  • rimmoah - 2011-07-30 23:45

    last year we had a full strength team for the tri nations and we lost 5/6.Div must be happy he has an excuse this time round

  • Eduard Nel - 2011-07-30 23:55

    Please Mr De Villiers, who are you kidding? Also even though these players might not have been the best we currently have, they were chosen to represent their country and at least should have had the decency to play with passions and commitment for 80mins. These guys are all professional players who are top fit and even though they might have been found wanting for experience and cohesion there was no excuse for their lacklustre display. Its socking to see that when someone hits a gap that their is no support runners and that the All Blacks were falling back quicker and in more numbers to defend than us having support players to finish off the move. Whenever the All Blacks made a break that player had 2 to 3 options to offload to while most of our players ran at the All Blacks individually without support. Their is no defineable gameplan and I am really worried about our future once Matfield and co retires as the next lot looks clueless at the moment. Then one last thing... I really don't see what people see in Juan de Jongh, he never passes the ball and never breaks a tackle. His defence is decent but our backline were so small the All Blacks were tackling us one handed. And for all the Smit bashers- he was the best player on the park for the Boks. This was an opportunity for the youngsters to put up their hands future Bok selection but sadly they couldn't display the necessary enthusiam. So good luck to the golden oldies for the world cup. And plz, get us a decent coach!!

  • Karumba - 2011-07-31 00:02

    Oh watta night !

  • BCC - 2011-07-31 00:05

    The Springbox are pathetic. They showed no respect for test jerseys and in turn the ABs humiliated them. All this to supposedly help them in the RWC. There are going to be some embarrassed SA rugby officials at the end of the year when the trophy cabinet is empty and the head to head test record against the ABs has become even more one sided. One word for SA rugby 'pathetic'.

  • JediDownUnder - 2011-07-31 00:16

    There is one way to put a stop to what PDV calls rugby. Vote with your feet and your wallets. When they play to empty stadiums and there is no cash from TV contracts because people are watching something else their tune will change. As long as the stadiums are full SA Rugby will carry on in their losing ways. As long as we keep on paying their inflated salaries with our hard earned cash this nonsense will continue.

      Marcell - 2011-07-31 02:29

      Wensdenkery. Die SA rugby publiek is so deur die knak as dit kom by Springbok rugby. Die stadion gaan vol gepak wees want die ondersteuners is ruggraatloos.

  • boerqwhaas - 2011-07-31 01:45

    I hope they lose and drop out of the WC early too.

  • superbok - 2011-07-31 02:21

    C'mon folks - this is all too obvious! What a mind job! Both coach and captain are singing the AB's praises and convinced the AB's are clear favorites to win the RWC..."The All Blacks are more ready now (than the Springboks) for the World Cup and they deserve the tag of favourites to win it." Really? Or is Snor and company just keeping their cards very close to their chest?

      Marcell - 2011-07-31 02:29

      What cards?

      HanHan - 2011-08-01 06:51

      What cards? - Get out of jail free!

      Lance - 2011-08-02 15:10

      Joker...Joker..Joker... I sincerely hope that the "injured players" are being nursed back to Super-hero health and that I can publicly apologise to Div and his to assistants. Right now we need to pick our biggest most muscular guys and bash it over the tryline. Too late to try any gameplan.

  • riaananddebs - 2011-07-31 02:31

    boks will still win the world cup...

  • William - 2011-07-31 03:16

    Man did you see that coach loose to the All blacks ...oh wait the guys who get paid millions to play the game of rugby were on the field and they lost. I do not like Politics in sport and I don't believe in Affirmative Action and Quotas. But as a man who played rugby for many years I don't blame the coach I blame my team mates and myself because when push comes to shove we have the ball on the field and what we do with it will determine the outcome of the game. And I know you are going to say but they just follow plans from the coach blah blah blah I do believe PDV is not the only one coming up with game plans what about the other coaching staff I don't see them get mentioned here could it be because they are white. Racism plain simple age old Racism still very prevalent in South Africa from both sides... sad sad thing.

      Feds - 2011-07-31 18:20

      Settle down William, Div is the head coach and as that he needs to take full responsibility for the team and the coaching staff HE APPOINTED. Crying racism is ridiculous and as such I will not be able to take anything you say in future seriously at all. Having said that Muir is also pathetic and must go, if not sooner than Div. In all your years of playing rugby, I assume you also watched rugby. Do you not remember almost every coach being criticised after a string of bad results. Dic runs the very real risk of winning one match out of two years of TriNations rugby and after 2 games has basically said they are giving up. Never in the history of Springbok rugby would that have even been considered. It shows all he wants to try and achieve is a world cup win and not to build a winning team with a winning culture. Div and co must go!! Happy William?

      HanHan - 2011-08-01 07:02

      Well, William, it includes the captain as well and he is lily white. The rest of management - ditto. Irrespective of what people may say, Jake White was forced to get out because of his skin colour. They tried to hang him even up to the 2007 World Cup. If Jake White was of colour and Div white, it would still have been unacceptable. I don't care about race. I want the best and at present we are the laughing stock of the rugby world. Btw, read Kitch Christie's biography and check how he had to battle to get to the top because he was NOT an Afrikaner! No Christie, no RWC 1995 for SA.

  • slg - 2011-07-31 03:41

    I think it's clear the Springbok era ended a long time ago, before political agendas became strong and the norm. In truth, these are not the Springboks, nor will they be at the World Cup. Coaches and players are not, and have not been, selected purely based on strength and ability for a long time. Only when they are will Springbok Rugby rise again and be strong.

  • Kieron - 2011-07-31 04:07

    McDonalds is looking for a new clown to replace Ronald McDonald in South Africa, it’s a AA position, and only requirement is you have to have no experience and an ability to screw up things and make ridiculous comments when needed, a funny voice will help, and ideas like putting the meat patty... out of position on the outside and the bun in the middle will be tried although it has never worked. Please send you resume to the South African Rugby Board for consideration. (Chefs, burger experts and other food experts please don’t apply)

  • All Blacks aotearoa - 2011-07-31 04:33

    Pity and disappointing to South African history and tradition of competing with All Black rugby is this the beginning of the end for springbok rugby if this is the best of the country, its not looking very bright, This smashing could be a good kick in the ass

  • Selwyn - 2011-07-31 05:12

    Hy shlaan die spyker mis nog 'n keer.die bedrieglikheid en stupid balle wat hul speel,wys die ervaring van 'n spinnekop,wat sy nes bou sonder 'n GSP.

  • Dips - 2011-07-31 05:36

    And Div is costing his organisation money, who will fill the stadium in SA and overseas to watch a bok game in the tri nations. Well, not me. Peter lacks some managerial skills where two of them is vision and his ability to represent the country. Sorry maar ek is nou gatvol vir die Bok coach se planne.

  • Sportzmad - 2011-07-31 05:47

    World Cup year or not, no Springbok team should lose like this. It is an utter embarrasment & a slap in the face of a very proud rugby nation build on the blood & guts of Springboks in the past. Stop all the exuses of "resting" players for the World Cup. We should aim to win each and every match we play in (to do that you have to choose the best team/players irrelevant of the circumstances) only then do you become a dominant team that other teams have respect for. The first step in winning is to be positive & confident (earned on past results), what team will have this when they meet in NZ again. I am a proud SA supporter & as much as I realise they cannot win every game I expect them to perform better than the last two weeks. It is not only the WC that is important to me but how we perform in each & every game. PDV & company is using the upcoming WC as an excuse to cover for his poor skills & decision making as a coach. No Springbok team, no Springbok team should lose 40-7!!!! Never

  • Roy - 2011-07-31 05:55

    Glad to hear that they have given up on the Tri-Nations. From the beginning they never had a chance. They may as well also give up on the RWC because with this bunch of old men we will not get further than winning the lower ranked teams IE Namibia,Fiji,Japan etc.

  • All Blacks aotearoa - 2011-07-31 06:17

    As an All Black supporter we all think De villiers is a complete idiot, now he doesn't have the skill and great players to hide behind so hes exposed for the clown he really is. None the less All Blacks will never take any Springbok team lightly under strength or full strength. RWC is the holy grail to All Blacks with Springboks weaken makes life very easy

  • kelvinbrink - 2011-07-31 06:20

    Come on guys, this was the B team we put out there with a few experienced guys. We did this before with the Boks. We know know what to expect in the world cup. Aussies and AB showed there hand. Do nor write us off, if Smith said we where rosy I still believe in the Boks. We will be in the final of the world cup.

  • Angel - 2011-07-31 06:24

    Is DeVilliers allowed to do that? Give up on TriNations? And they expect us to still support the Bokke? What happened to Bok pride? Went out the door with ANC BEE appointed coach!! Did not take him long, not even 4years, to f' SA bok rugby up!