Matfield gets the boot

2010-08-24 22:35

Fanie van Rooyen

Pretoria – “Your first game in a Springbok jersey is very special and to play your 50th as a Springbok is incredible, but to run out for your 100th game is something you never expect to happen.”

Those were the words spoken by Springbok lock Victor Matfield at the Southern Sun hotel in Sunnyside on Tuesday after receiving a special pair of rugby boots with the words “Vic100” on them from former Springbok Percy Montgomery.

Montgomery was the first Springbok to have played in 100 Tests.

Captain John Smit became the second Springbok to play in a 100 Tests in the weekend’s clash against the All Blacks at the FNB Stadium.

Matfield said he viewed it as an “incredible honour to be able to follow in Montgomery and Smit’s footsteps”.

The Boks are taking on Australia at Loftus Versfeld and are hoping to register their first victory in this year’s Tri-Nations.

“We hope we can turn around our mistakes and bad luck from the first four games and come up with something special on Saturday,” said Matfield.

Puma spokesperson James Mullen said that approximately 35 000 Victor Matfield masks would be handed out outside Loftus Versfeld to honour him for his 100th Test.

“There will be thousands of Victor Matfields next to the pitch,” said Mullen.

Matfield just gave a shy smile when Montgomery pulled one of the masks over his face on Tuesday.

Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn expressed the hope that Matfield would have a better day on the occasion of his 100th Test than captain John Smit.

“Unfortunately we could not pull it off for John against the All Blacks, but hopefully we can make it a special day for Victor at Loftus,” he said.


  • Doesn't make sense - 2010-08-24 23:25

    This Tri Nations 2010 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. That will be all the controversial and incorrect decisions made by the “leading” IRB officials who include referees and linesmen. Most media reports including posters all over labels the Boks and their supporters as whingers and conspiracy theorists. That’s fine but hey lets face it do you blame these guys in the light of all these controversial and incorrect decisions going against one team and one team alone, The Springboks? Recall, have a look and makeup your own mind if you are able to. A few that comes to mind. 1. How Richie McCaw can get so many “official” warnings while Bakkies Botha was yellow carded for his first breakdown offence in the second test vs All Blacks. 2. Paddy O’Brien moved quickly to remove SA touch judge Wessels from the Tri-Nations panel, and banish him to Siberia. It wasn’t that his action was wrong, but where was he to move so quickly when Alan Lewis and the Citing officer failed to punish Rene Ranger’s shoulder charge on Zane Kirchner? If giving a yellow card for the wrong reason is punishable like this, why did Alain Rolland not get a roasting for yellow carding Danie Rossouw for nothing more than a push with McCaw’s leg? 4. Jean de Villiers was cited for a dangerous tackle on Rene Ranger. De Villiers was suspended for two weeks in the same test.? 5. Why was Rolland not given his marching orders for repeated warnings to Richie McCaw that never resulted in a yellow card? 6. Why was the third Irish referee George Clancy not brought to book for allowing David Pocock to transgress with a professional foul twice on his own try line v s The Springboks? 7. How, in an incident under the New Zealand posts immediately after half-time in Soweto when Dan Carter’s kick was partially charged down, did Richie Mc Caw managed to avoid a penalty and a yellow card, when he was massively off-side and prevented quick ball for the Springboks, which would almost certainly resulted in a try – and a 23-14 lead? 9. To dig up old stuff, remember this email? See the date? Friday Mar 26, 1999 An embarrassed New Zealand Rugby Football Union yesterday smoothed over a potentially harmful row with South Africa, saying the incident had been dealt with internally. Never indicated how? The message went on: "We won't tell Freek what we have decided and make sure (SARU chief executive Rian) Oberholzer doesn't get involved." My humble opinion, Boks move North no matter what. There are more positives than negatives to yourself making this move. Remember this you threatened in 2006 and backed out. If you do again, you’ll be the one who will loose big time and the other two partners will laugh in their sleeves thinking what idiots.

  • Brad - 2010-08-25 00:12

    Makes total sense - sounds like a severe case of sour grapes

  • Nathi - 2010-08-25 00:35

    The Bok coach failed the nation and he must bore out, anywhere he got that job because of this princeple of AA and BEE. Bring back Jackie. I am black and I do not support reversed apartheid. With his soprano voice Peter D is a joke. When questipned about what he thought of the soccer world cup in July he like a drunk clown put his foot on his mouth and said he does not care all, he was thinking off was TRi Nations. Now what have he achieved? NOTHING. Peter D do us a favour we are world chapions and you are embarassing the nation please leave and start your choir you have a good soprano voice!!!!

  • @doesn't make sense - 2010-08-25 00:40

    did you read article? or are you just looking for some free space to start another rant about conspiracy theories. Also 6Nis a European comp if we want to break away we need to develop an African one, they don't want South Africa especially after all the bleatings about NH Refs.Full of contradictions, embarrassing

  • Springbok Supporter - 2010-08-25 00:42

    Thank you Victor Matfield for your loyal service to South African rugby. I have studied your game against the All Blacks on Saturday with interest and would like to see the actual statistics of the game. In my book you have made more tackles than any of the loose forwards (doing their work for them) and you are the unsung hero in the team. Those that criticise you do not know or understand the game of rugby and are climbing on the band wagon to get rid of you, much to the delight of Graham Henry who most probably have started the campaign to try and discredit you after realising that without you South Africa will not be a factor in the World Cup next year. I have seen Frik du Preez in his heyday and have been privileged to have followed your career since 1995 - the two greatest locks to have ever played for South Africa. I salute you as one of the greatest Springboks ever.

  • Tommy - 2010-08-25 03:13

    SA has always had a problem with poor referree decisions going against them and costing them games. It was not until Jake White took over that it all changed, he brought discipline to the team on the field, got them purely focusing on the game and also analysed the refs blowing the games. Lack of discipline on the field or all players continually arguing with the ref etc.... on the field does not help the cause but makes it more likely that the ref will blow against you on the 50:50 decisions. Unfortunately there is just no discipline in SA team, where the players should focus on the game and leave the ref issues purely to the captain this is not the case. The players need to focus more on playing the game, getting their work rate up and the next move and less on these other things then things will turn for the better. Far too many players are passengers, with a little or low work rate and not doing what they are meant to on the field, this puts you at an disadvantage and in some cases even worse than playing with 13 or 14 men. The rot is from the top, complete lack emotional maturity of the coach and absolute lack of a game strategy and even broader long term game play overall. Like a ship sailing on the open waters with no set destination.

  • @Doesn't make sense - 2010-08-25 04:04

    1. Because Richie is a smooth operator and the boks would be better off trying to emmulate that. 2. He is captained by Richie and has learnt lesson 1 above 3. You didn't have a number 3...yay for the SA education system 4. He is unfamiliar with lesson 1 5. Refer to 1 6. Because he has an Australian wife and hasn't had any for a while. 7. Lesson 1 also applies here. Have fun up north when you're not playing the best!! MWAAHHH!!!

  • Kiwi Boy - 2010-08-25 05:22

    To “Doesn’t make sense. Get a life!!!!!!!! I know your team is at the bottom of its game but for peat’s sake, just how long must we listen to drivel like this? The Springboks cannot afford to “move north” as you put it. The players don’t want to either, so what the f#$ck are you on about? Have a look at the game from Saturday and just about every ruck and maul, the Springboks back line was offside! They got away with it and played to the ref. No one is bitching about that! I really hope that tomorrow when you wake up the sun is shining and you have a great day!

  • Polly - 2010-08-25 05:56

    John and his kids ,Victor and his boots, Habana and his silver boots that dont help his tackling,flag waving.Too many side shows and not enough winning rugby.It has become a circus and we have the chief clown

  • @Doesn't make sense - 2010-08-25 07:07

    What about Thorn dumping John Smit on his shoulder causing him to miss the next game and he only got a single week suspension for that, while Bakkies got something like 4 weeks for standard cleaning out at the ruck against Whales. I am sick of this biased treatment as well.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-08-25 07:10


  • Ad - 2010-08-25 07:15

    I have no doubt that Vic will celebrate this day with the rest of us when the Boks win. Losing to the All-Blacks should not be seen as any failure what so ever, they have been the worlds strongest team for as long as I can remember. We should not loose faith in the boys becuase of this season, plus the only beating we CANNOT allow, is one against Aus ... so go get them boys!!

  • Matfield = Legend - 2010-08-25 07:45

    Congrats Vic! Thanks for all you have done for SA rugby. I will never forget how you dominated the WC final as well as the Lions and AB in 09. You are a Bok Legend!

  • scrum cap - 2010-08-25 07:49

    Well done Victor, the gentle giant of SA rugby. Glad to see that the special footwear is NOT of the colourful (pink?), "bling" variety that is favoured by some of the players these days...

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-25 08:02

    I'm saying this with RESPECT to Victor Matfield, but he, John smith, Steenkamp, Spies, Morne Steyn, Chiliboy can't be part of the FUTURE plans of the Springboks!!! Hulle is OOR die MUUR!!!! WP groete!!!

  • well done - 2010-08-25 08:09

    ....WELL DONE VICTORIOUS..!! ....YOU BEAUT...!! no 5 in the world...!! ...just like the Bulls.. ...simply the best...

  • BBJW - 2010-08-25 08:09

    Well done Vic ! Glad to see you still wear mens boots - not those moffie coloured slippers that some of your team mates like . Third time lucky as we are really desparate for a win .

  • BBJW - 2010-08-25 08:09

    Well done Vic ! Glad to see you still wear mens boots - not those moffie coloured slippers that some of your team mates like . Third time lucky as we are really desparate for a win .

  • stefmeister - 2010-08-25 08:11

    What a sensationalist, shit stirrer is this journalist!? Celebrating Vic's 100 test cap in the article, but with such a misleading title when he knows a lot of Joe public is also calling for his head! Seems to me every other idiot can be journalist/writer of some sort these days.

  • Adrian - 2010-08-25 08:34

    Id like to see less fancy boots, less fancy photoshoots and more points on the board

  • @Balsak - 2010-08-25 08:44

    @Balsak, ....die oor die muur Bulle het die Super 14 gewen.. ...teen die Stormbarians nogal...!! .....word wakker ou sak....

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-08-25 08:47

    Hopefully the game doesn't follow the same trend. percy 100th game SA 0 - 19 All Blacks smit 100th game SA 22 - 29 All Blacks matfield 100th game ?????

  • THE VOICE - 2010-08-25 08:48

    Good for you Victor! one RWC title, two TRI NATIONS titles, three SUPER 14 titles and four CURRIE CUP titles ... now that is what i call EXCELLENCE!!!! You go VIC ... give us some hope and joy on Saturday against the Wallabies! Oh yes ... over and above all of this ... YOU ARE A SUPREME BLUE BULL!!!

  • Andre - 2010-08-25 08:57

    Ai ou BALSAK, wat het jy weer gisteraand gerook? Jy is totaal van die punt af.

  • JACKET - 2010-08-25 08:57

    Look back at how many games Jake White LOST? What did he do when devilliers took over and we had to play without Matfeild,Smit and others? .Devilliers was set up for failure.! but we won the games!! Have you noticed the LACK of support from Smit and other key players? Theire work rate has DROPPED and it seems its a ploy to get JAKE back. Do not be fooled by White's influence on the players who will not be part of the future Boks ,He is probably offering them work in the "counties" in UK. Be warned!

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-08-25 09:05

    Well done, Victor. Dankie wat jy deur die jare vir SA rugby beteken het. Jy het beslis legende status bereik. Ek hoop jou wedstryd #100 is 'n goeie een in 'n wenspan. WP groete

  • Uncle - 2010-08-25 09:22

    Wish they would drop him just to pull him back in line. attitude vs aptitude.

  • Pokkel - 2010-08-25 09:50

    All the conspiracy theories are all gud and well but they not helping our cause. These theories have always been there bt pushed to the back when we(springboks) are dominating. Can we play some rugby, winning rugby, and stop moaning. We down and out now but it happens to the best of us and we wil bounce back. We need to get the basics right, and keep it right than we wil be successful.

  • best - 2010-08-25 09:58

    ...GO VICTOR..!! ...GO BULLS..!!!

  • Edward - 2010-08-25 10:06

    Victor Jou LEGEND!!! Well done, Boet!

  • Theo - 2010-08-25 10:19

    This headline is a bit misleading, nonetheless well done Vic. Vic is an excellent line out specialist but apart from that, what else does he really do? I've watched him closely and he seems to be a good ruck inspector when he's not in the inside centre watch those Bulletjie supporters go ballistic LOL.

  • henk - 2010-08-25 10:26

    jy is seker die domste joernalis wat ek ken! kan jy nie jou strooi artikels verkoop kry sonder om die publiek te mislei met opskrifte nie. geen wonder die regering wil julle onder sensuur plaas nie!

  • Gabba - 2010-08-25 11:13

    Well done Victor. I just hope that you pull your socks up otherwise you are not far from being dropped if you keep on going like this. Don't shy away when Bakkes is not there. We need you to play and not to captain the side or coach. There is people that is very capable of doing that.

  • STORMER - 2010-08-25 11:22

    Baie geluk Victor! Nou trek daardie nuwe boots aan en skop Pierre Spies in sy g@t dat hy frikkin wakker word.

  • jeff - 2010-08-25 11:24

    I am a Stormers fan but I know a legend when there is one.Great stuff, Victor, you are awesome.Still playing well and an inpirational leader. Only those who dont know their rugby are calling for your head!

  • True Blue - 2010-08-25 11:55

    Headline is BLOODY BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!! Making sure everyone seeing it will read it !!! BLOODY BRILLIANT !!!

  • Fanie @ Springbok Supporter - 2010-08-25 12:34

    Victor made 9 tackles, 0 turn overs. Spies 6 tackles 0 turnovers. Burger 14 tackles 2 turnovers. Juan 9 tackles, 3 turn overs. For interest sake John Smit 10 tackles, 0 TO.

  • Graham - 2010-08-25 12:45

    South Africa should get out of both trinations and Super 14 (15, 16) and build alliances with "new world rugby" and the "Islanders". Play more tests against Northern Hemisphere teams (not just in an exhaustion trip at year end or a thing to do to practice for Tri-nations) and build the Rugby finances of those with potential (Argentine, Toga, Fiji, Samoa, etc.). Let Australia Union try to compete against "footie" and "league" on TV without the tri-nations and Super 14 (15, 16,...) and encourage the Islanders to build up their clubs so their players stay at home (and not wander off to the "ANZ alliance") so that those players want to play for their birth right. The games will still come against ANZA as they will need to play us "on tours" just as they play the super 6 nations. A "Rebels 14" tournament with South African (who qualify to play for the countries international team) top 6 combinations playing another (say) 8 combinations (who's players must be picked from those who have qualifications to play Internationally for South Sea Nations or Argententine) would be a great attraction, would build Rugby in those with potential, weaken "our enemies" and broaden our alliances/experience against different playing nations.

  • PAULUS DIE BLOU-BUL - 2010-08-25 13:01

    veelgeluk aan n troefkaart van vele talent Victor Matfield van die blou-bulle.ek wil ook se voorspoed vir Saterdag en wys die wereld daar is net een Matfield wat sy voorspelers kan aanspoor om die wedstryd tewen.ek sal daar wees om te-ondersteun,loftus-versveld gaan sorg dat die Springbokke wen want die blou-bulle gaan die veld behoorlik seen vir hul seniors.

  • UK Bok Supporter - 2010-08-25 13:03

    Well done Vic. Top job. @ Stormer LMAO, thats some funny Sh!t right there LOL.

  • IZ IT - 2010-08-25 13:15


  • headcoach - 2010-08-25 13:23

    its about time Victor earns his place in team..........maybe if we pick players who want to play we could start winning again. well done for 100 tests, shame you didn't perform like somebody who got picked om merit though....

  • Boks No.1 - 2010-08-25 13:37


  • @boks no.1 - 2010-08-25 14:24

    i didnt hear any bulls songs when wp beat you a few weeks back...when all boks are back im looking fwd to a great wp vs bulls final at newlands!

  • Boks No.1 - 2010-08-25 15:35

    @Anonymous: Sorry bud, but bulls c-side holding the wp b-side to an almost stale mate was worthy of laughter more than a song ... WP is going to kak come September ... and you know it

  • @TheoAndHenk - 2010-08-25 16:25

    Theo, you and Henk sound as if you do not even have a double figured IQ. (I hope you know what that means). The only thing misleading is all your crappy comments. Nothing misleading at all, Victor literally got a boot or two... I think it's great that some people in the media still have a sense of humour.

  • @BOKS NO 1 FAN(1 Cell C for yourself) - 2010-08-25 16:37

    Even better than that mate, was the Leopards holding the Bulls to ransom at Moftus.

  • Theo @@Theo and Henk - 2010-08-25 17:25

    Ag please loosen up will you. I'm not knocking the journo, I actually agree that he was quite clever to play with words like that but you have to agree that when you first see the headline you immediately think Vic has been dropped....not so? Oh and as for my IQ, I did an IQ test recently and I scored put that in your pipe, pull hard and feel it burn your a$$ :o)

  • @Theo - 2010-08-25 20:33

    Hey Theo... please give me the website address that you did you IQ test on, I want to check mine too. Some people also reckon I'm too patronising (that means I treat them as if they're stupid).

  • Tom - 2010-08-25 21:03

    Well done Vic and John,Bokke Bo!!!