Cooper in Butch's crosshairs

2011-08-11 13:16

Durban - Butch James has pledged to do his utmost in the Springbok defensive effort to extinguish the threat of Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper.

James, 32, known for his bone-crunching, sometimes dubious tackles, has just finished serving a four-match suspension after he was banned for a month for a high hit on former Sharks team-mate Keegan Daniel.

Speaking to Rugby Heaven website James admitted that he may need some assistance from his team-mates to shackle the wily Wallaby dangerman.

"It's tough to play against a player like that. I haven't played against him since he's been on fire this season," he said.

"He's very difficult (to read). You've just got to pick one side and hope that's the side he was going to go.

"But you do need your mates around you to help you out in situations with him around so that when you do go up, if he does cut on the inside, one of your flankers or someone else is there to make the tackle."

Starting at flyhalf in this week's key Tri-Nations clash at Kings Park in Durban, James said he was not too worried about perceptions about his tackling technique, and would not alter his approach.

"Those sort of tackles happen all the time, in nearly every game, every weekend," he said.

"It was a reflex high tackle. I'm not too worried about it. It wasn't like I went out there for a high tackle."

"It's not playing on my mind and I'm pretty happy with where I am at the moment in regards to my discipline and remaining cool on the field."

James said he wouldn't be giving Quade Cooper any special treatment.

"My main job as a 10 is to control the game and to do my job in the team," James said.

"Part of that is to make my tackles and defend that 10 channel. So whoever comes down there I'll try and defend it and make as good a tackle as I can.

"But I want to try and stay cool-headed."

Meanwhile in the Wallabies camp, fullback Kurtley Beale sang Butch's praises and lauded his physical approach, but hinted that the Wallabies had special plans in store for James.

"He's definitely a brutal defender, a very, very feisty defender," Beale said.

"We're obviously very aware of his defence. Hopefully I'm going to stick out on the wider channels away from him."

"In saying that, we've got plans for him around that. Even though it's a strength of his game, it can be a weakness."

Rugby Heaven

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-11 13:20

    Quade, keep the neckbrace ready.

      GILLBERT - 2011-08-11 13:52

      so vat hom vas... op ons klip harde gras

      Shadow - 2011-08-11 14:47

      If they tie his elbows to his hips he can't go high and should still be able to catch the ball....

  • coolio_101 - 2011-08-11 13:22

    Butch "YELLOW CARD" James...

      Graham - 2011-08-11 13:41


      Decoder - 2011-08-11 13:47

      Fine by me. As long as the yellow card is a result of Quade "headless" Cooper.

      FJ2 - 2011-08-11 14:27

      @coolio_101: You should considered suing your brains for nonsupport.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-11 14:55

      ....Bok (14 players) Team....

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-11 17:06

      You can say that again. This idiot will get sent off, if not in the tri-nations then the world cup, he is a yellow card waiting to happen. Same goes for bakkies, hopefully after been suspended 2 or 3 times he has learnt his lesson.

  • Maori - 2011-08-11 13:22

    Talk, talk, talk, wanneer leer die goed om hulle bekke te hou en die praatwerk op die veld te doen?

  • Makutu - 2011-08-11 13:25


  • Drewka - 2011-08-11 13:39

    @maori... dis als deel van die game... Butch is the best defender that we could ask for... @Dooser... rather keep the stretcher ready for Quade :)

      Maori - 2011-08-11 13:41

      Like they talked a good game down under? hahahahhahah

  • Carl vg - 2011-08-11 13:43

    Butch is the best player ever to wear the green and gold... He singlehandedly won the world cup in 2007.

      Maori - 2011-08-11 13:45

      Is Butch your lover?

      StangV2_0 - 2011-08-11 13:49

      It took a team effort in 2007.. But with that said Butch was a key player.. I do however feel that butch was the single biggest asset when we whipped England in the pool stages..

      Fats - 2011-08-11 13:53

      @Carl: I think you are taking it a bit too far mate. Butch is a great player, I'm one of his biggest fans and I will always back him and have him in my team, but the best EVER? We have coughed up some goos ones over the years..

      Carl vg - 2011-08-11 13:58

      No he is not my lover... I do not sing "liefling" after every kick he makes...

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-08-11 16:57

      He is a good player, but Fourie du Preez won the world cup in 2007 mate.

      Marshall - 2011-08-11 17:25

      Um... WTF? You have been smoking Butchs socks mate. You seem to forget what it was that made the Butcher seem somewhat adequate in 2007, Fourie du Preez on fire! By the by, it is now 2011 and Butch has done nothing credible over the past four years to justify CURRENT selection. Bath isn't exactly super rugby level, and the Bok opportunity given to Butch last year he converted into another yellow card vs Italy. The Lions mini-resurgence is mistakenly credited to Butch, yet it was Elton who played the (rare) blinder against the Brumbies that turned the corner for the team (Butch stayed on the bench). For the games Butch played, he was mostly at 12, and as a big fish was always bound to look better in the small Lions pond. Yes, the one game most people did watch him play (vs Sharks) he played a pretty good game... until, yet again, earning another yellow! His kicking is sub-standard, and history shows you will not beat Australia or NZ in the knockout rounds of RWC without a top-class boot. Butch is currently there by default rather than merit. PdV failed by not having a back-up plan to Morne (who is suffering a bout of low confidence). I think the best option right now is to get Grant on a plane homeward ASAP. He is solid enough on defense and attack, and his boot is as golden as one could hope for. Not to mention his vast experience combining with the centers! Simply, Boks need to go with Grant, Lambie and Steyn. Full-stop. Butcher must stay home.

  • Kok - 2011-08-11 13:44

    Cooper gaan hierdie ou soos 'n voel laat lyk. Ek kan nie wag om vir Digby Ioane en Kurtley Beale te sien sirkels hardloop om Habana en kie nie. Gaan my stukkend lag.

      Fats - 2011-08-11 13:55

      Is jy nie veronderstel om in die kombuis te wees nie?

      Maori - 2011-08-11 14:06

      @Fats, please try to make sense!

      coolio_101 - 2011-08-11 14:16

      Fats ek hoop j verstik aan a donut

      Neilson - 2011-08-11 21:39

      "voel"? what the hell is a "voel"? Did you intend to say "fool". Because that is what you made yourself with this comment.

  • Tiger - 2011-08-11 13:51

    1ste poging tot 'n tackle 'n geelkaart...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-11 15:01

      ....en die 2 de een... .......rooi kaart...

      Drewka - 2011-08-11 17:06

  • Sbuda - 2011-08-11 13:53

    Butch please don't get yellow carded. That will put extreme pressure on the team, not because they will have to play with 14 men. Even worse, it will bring back Morne Steyn!!!!!!!!!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-11 15:04

      ...yip, ..Boks to play with 14 players... ....easy win for the Aussies...!! ......he he he he ...!!!

      Hendrik - 2011-08-11 15:40

      HAHA! good one, I ll rather play with 13 men then

  • Sarge - 2011-08-11 13:54

    To be Honest though, Butch is the only real option we have at 10 at the moment, Morne is clearly not up for it any more and Lambie is a fullback in my opinion. I don't see anybody else filling that position?

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-11 14:02

    Bone-crunching Butch...!!!

      Maori - 2011-08-11 14:05

      Butch said he is not going to alter his approach to tackling. Guess the Aussies won't mind the penalties. You go Butch, please butcher them!

      Anneleen - 2011-08-11 14:21

      @Maori...don't believe everything you read...

      Maori - 2011-08-11 14:22

      Reg so tannie!

      Drewka - 2011-08-11 17:32

      Shame... Cooper will need a new pair of pants just after singing advance australian fear... i mean fair...

  • Not Black - 2011-08-11 14:16

    Yellow Card to Butch for a High Tackle - 1st Half 10 min Yellow Card to Bakkies for Dangerous Play - 1st Half 10 min Yellow Card to Bismark for Punching an opponent - 2nd Half 10 min JP Pietersen will leak 6 tries in the above 30 minutes, as he DOES NOT & CANNOT Tackle at all.

      Henri le Roux - 2011-08-11 15:13

      Who made the tackle against Fiji in the world Cup again? You know the one that basically decided if we're going through or not? For the life of me I cant remember.....

  • - 2011-08-11 14:24

    If Morne Steyn could run and tackle like Peter Grant and Butch James could kick like Peter Grant, we would have the perfect #10.

      Sarge - 2011-08-11 14:38

      Peter Grant cant even kick a ball 5 meters into touch!

      Lance - 2011-08-11 15:52

      @ Sarge.but Grant had the best kicking stats in the S15..very dissapointed not to see him in the team.

      Tiger - 2011-08-11 19:53

      @Sarge Can see why you are still a "Sarge" and not a "Captain". No rugby knowledge!!!!!!!!!!!

  • StBad - 2011-08-11 14:36

    'Pick one side and hope????'- not the best plan Butchy... run at him with both arms out and you'll have him covered/decapitated!

  • Cornel - 2011-08-11 15:06

    1 x Crumpled Heap of Quade Cooper + a Side of smug yellow carded Butch James incoming this Saturday

  • POLAR_BEAR - 2011-08-11 15:39

    No way was that a reflex high tackle in the Sharks game. Check the video. The neck was literally grabbed and held. It will happen again.

  • RL - 2011-08-11 15:44

    "but hinted the wallabies had special plans in store for James" ... "we've got plans for him around that" ... keen journalsim ...

  • G54 - 2011-08-11 15:45

    Butch has a long history of dirty play - remember how he broke a French player's jaw? I see at least a yellow card in his future...and he's far too slow to be a good flyhalf. G

  • NV - 2011-08-11 16:00

    "Butch James has pledged to do his utmost in the Springbok defensive effort to extinguish the threat of Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper." Probably by taking off his head in a tackle.

      Coach18 - 2011-08-11 16:18

      So be it then if butch breaks coopers neck at least then its one less worry....

  • BokSharky - 2011-08-11 16:20

    They obviously aware of his tackling ability we will use it to our advantage .......let them worry about BUTCH we will Bulldoze them with our rolling mauls ...............i think a solid scrum from us our flanks will sort out GENIA and Cooper wont see the ball on Saturday boks by 11 watch this space ...... yes lets see if Digby can catch Habana ............and another thing Cooper rather worry about MR BAKKIES BOTHA he is even harder than James heheheeheheh oh toggggg cant wait

  • Danro Odendal - 2011-08-11 16:40

    Is it too late for a Peter Grant call-up, for th WC that is?

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 09:33


      TheDuck - 2011-08-12 11:14

      Peter Grant is such an average player. No flair and poor distance with his out of hand kicking game.

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