Deans wary of experienced SA

2011-08-11 20:22

Durban - Australia's coach Robbie Deans is well aware of the danger that an experienced Springbok outfit, whose starting team possess an impressive 810 Test caps between them, will pose.

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"The Springbok side is one that has a lot of history, they understand the meaning of it, they understand the importance of it and this is their first outing with a very short stretch before the World Cup," Deans said.

"They'll want to start well, they'll want to make a statement, they've got a lot of experience, so they know what's required and they know how to go about that, so if we're in any way underdone in terms of expectation, we'll get spanked, it's that simple."

Australia made a strong start to their Tri-Nations campaign with a comprehensive win over South Africa in Sydney but they lost a lot of momentum when they went down 30-14 to the All Blacks in Auckland last Saturday.

Deans said that it was vital that his players worked as a team against the Springboks to eradicate the individual errors which plagued their performance against New Zealand.

"The key for us is the team game as it always is. Rugby union is the ultimate team game and that's what makes it so rewarding when you do put it together off a back of a lot of work. It doesn't just happen. It takes a lot of time and effort from a lot of people. That's the piece of growth we are looking for this week.

"The industriousness and enthusiasm last week was good but it wasn't always well directed and that's what we have got to get better at."

Australia are in second position on the Tri-Nations points table with five points, four points behind the All Blacks, and a bonus-point win would propel them to the top of the table.

Bok coach, Peter De Villiers, feels that the professionalism of his group of players could be the deciding factor.

"I have never seen such professional people. They understand what it is all about and they understand the difference they can make to this country.

"If you look at the experience and ability of the players and where their heads are at the moment we can use that to help us on our next journey," he said.


South Africa:
15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Butch James, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Danie Rossouw, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Gio Aplon

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 James Horwill, 4 Nathan Sharpe, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.

Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Salesi Maafu, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Radike Samo, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Anthony Faingaa


  • DORINGDRAAD - 2011-08-11 20:27

    Ek dink Deans het rede tot kommer. Die Bok span het die regte mengsel van alles, ondervinding, hardegat, bal spelers, goeie aflos manne ...

      Lance - 2011-08-12 09:37

      At the very least we will dominate them physically which can lead to the win.

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-11 21:39

    Bokke by 14!

  • tau999heavy - 2011-08-11 22:27

    Whats JP still doing in the boks? Just an opinion.. hes gotten lazy....

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-11 23:48

      Still scored the Sharks out of trouble many times this season - just an opinion.

      tau999heavy - 2011-08-12 13:22

      Dont get me wrong, i am a shark supporter and know of his skill. I just believe there are better options out there. Mvovo for a start. I just don't like the fact that De Villiers wont give other promising players a chance and they have proven themselves in other tournaments.

  • Anneck - 2011-08-11 22:36

    Very good looking team! Just another three changes to make now: let's get of Peter de Villiers, Dick Muir and Gary Gold!

  • BokSharky - 2011-08-11 23:01

    Cooper Watch Out here comes BAKKIES ;)

      theunsvw - 2011-08-12 08:21

      What is stronger than a two ton Toyota bakkie...............Bakkies Botha...!

      Maori - 2011-08-12 11:00

      En Bakkies is dommer as 'n hondehok!

      Staalbal - 2011-08-12 14:47

      Hey "Maori" Ek sal enige prys betaal om te sien hoe daardie "hondehok" jou dubbel vou. BTW, As ek 'n sulke ernstige selfbeeld probleme soos jy gehad het, het ek maar eerder stil gebly en nie vir die wereld gewys hoe pateties ek is nie. Shame man, jy moet net se as ek vir jou profesionele hulp moet kry.

      Staalbal - 2011-08-12 15:17

      "Maori" Skakel 021 568 7697 vir raad oor wat om met jouself te doen

  • GraemeBB - 2011-08-11 23:47

    Gees, these Aussies just dont stop! Ok, we get it. When is your president going to tell us that Hoskins is someone to be feared?

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-12 01:02

    I'm behind the Bokke, no matter what other people may say or think of them. I wish them the very best of luck and may they have success! Go, Bokke! Make this be the first of many successive wins until the World Cup is back in the R of SA where it belongs once again!

  • Drewka - 2011-08-12 04:45

    Deans is a good coach, we should be 100% up for the task otherwise the experience counts for nothing. First time tackling, in their face defence and flair in the backline will be the key. If all works out Bokke by 15.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-12 06:10

    Divvy last night on the news"40 minutes for the first half,then we have 40 minutes the second half,and we must play the whole 60 minutes" WTF no wonder the Boks are always losing ,a game is 80 minutes

      Whuyu - 2011-08-12 06:18

      I'm not at all surprised the prick cannot count - he is an AA schooling. Any papers he may have are fake........

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-12 06:27

      He is a fake!

  • Phelan Wulf - 2011-08-12 07:44

    Aaaahh, The moderators are up early this morning. Removing any kind of negative comment again I see. Well, just like the good old days isn't it. The 80's with the repression of free speech and all that you know. Well, The team sellection STILL sucks. Whether you remove the comments or not.

  • Jeff - 2011-08-12 09:41

    I would rather let M.Steyn play and bring on Butch at a later stage. Second half use F.Hougaard at half-back and Gio and Gurthro should also come on as impact players. But the team is quite good on paper and im sure we gonna pull it off. With +/- 4 players still on the injury list, I definitely know that we do have the potential to keep the cup. Go Bokke!!!! Bokke by 12 to 16

  • veryhandsome - 2011-08-12 14:13

    Afrikaaner Rugby players from Pretoria are more hardcore than the rest of the country , We need a hardcore afrikaaner to throw Cooper like a rag doll , and Bakkies is the man. Blou Bulle for life

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