Os: Bakkies hurt Bok image

2010-07-14 22:35

JJ Harmse

Wellington – Springbok legend Os du Randt believes Bakkies Botha has reached a crossroads in his rugby career.

There is no reason why Botha cannot wear the Green and Gold again, but then he will have to solve his problems at psychological level.

“I think Bakkies is really sorry and knows that he went too far this time,” Du Randt said in the wake of the drama in which the Bok lock headbutted All Black scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan.

“He will have to work hard on the psychological aspect of his game and try and remove those instinctive moments. He will have to programme his brain not to do it again,” said Du Randt.

“I could see that he was really sorry. In the past there was always a feeling that perhaps he was dealt with harshly or that it was a fifty-fifty call. It has also been said that he is picked on. He realises that this time he was the idiot, no-one else.”

Du Randt said he had told Botha at half-time that he was upset with him, but afterwards accepted the player’s sincere regret.

He added that there was absolutely no way that Botha’s action had been pre-meditated.

“It’s an instinctive reaction because he’s such an aggressive player. That is why it’s so important that he rids himself of the rage,” said Du Randt.

Asked whether he believed that the image of Bok rugby had suffered Du Randt said, “Unfortunately yes, that image of Bakkies will determine how people perceive the Springboks for the next few weeks. We can change that with good rugby. Winning rugby will help make those perceptions disappear.”


  • snotklap - 2010-07-14 22:44

    Nothing like parking a large cowpat on Bakkies head. Consider yourself kakked on

  • tom - 2010-07-14 22:56

    Yes ..Yes But lets learn from the clever use of big screen to get max, advantage ,,cunning ? oh yes

  • john - 2010-07-14 23:01

    If it's an instinctive reaction, then I think it will be very difficult to get it out of his game. And, if he does, he will probably lose other aspects that make him competitive. Some people just aren't cut out to operate in an environment that requires high levels of discipline. Bakkies appears to be one of those people. He is a liability for his teams. The Bulls had to do without him for the last two matches of the Super 14, now the Boks have to do without him for the rest of the Tri-Nations. What is the point of a player who, every time he takes to the field, puts you at risk of ending a man down due to being sent off? What sort of consistency and stability can you build in a team when you know that a player is going to play one or two games then spend two months suspended?

  • Just Bakkies - 2010-07-15 00:00

    and finally someone said it, that most agree with. Guilty as charge. "Os doen dit in sy gesig " LOL

  • Snotklap - 2010-07-15 00:27

    Elkeen by die Springbokspan doen nou mediaverklarings.....Dink iewers moet die bestuur dit summier stop en laat NET die Bestuurder, afrigter en kaptein die praatwerk aan die media van die veld doen. !!!!!

  • Mr. Mojo Rising - 2010-07-15 00:31

    Bakkies is definitely over his best. He will never have the same impact again as a Bok. Unconsciously he wants out. It's time to make money in France or grow a boep. Take your pick.

  • Snotklap - 2010-07-15 00:34

    Os jyt self ook gesê jys "gatvol" ...en van die veld in ntoets gestap >>>>daarna was jy ook net op jou gewig in die span ..Ons het dit nie vergeet nie . Wies JY om dus te oordeel ??

  • Candace - 2010-07-15 00:35

    This is priceless coming from a Springbok whom actually walked off the field halfway through a match because he was "gatvol". Os du Randt is the most overrated forward in the history of the game. Even more so than our precious hooker, John Smith. Ask De Villiers of the French team.

  • Tommygun - 2010-07-15 01:01

    Yes it was instinctive but the pulling on his jersey was pre-meditated hoping that he would react. The ABs have been watching too much world cup soccer and knew how volatile Bakkies can be, all they had to do was find a way to set him off.

  • Mooi Os! - 2010-07-15 01:47

    Coming from a legend and not out of the mouth of a cheating thug like Botha this comments by Os is sincere and he didn’t hold back. Surely a few idiots from Moftus will now jump onto Os but who cares what they say. I won’t be surprised if idiots like Blouste or Emile will tell Os that “jy sal dit nie in Bakkies se gesig sê nie duh!”Bakkies se trane was 10 teen 1 omdat hy bang was Os bliksem hom na die tyd wat anyway al taal is wat n tappet soos hy sal verstaan.Gaan seker nou dievolgende 9 weke by die een of ander bospredikant deurbring en himself reg bid...yeah right mate!Laat ou Natkoek vd Westhuizen sommer help of ook Angus! Hy kort anyway net n paar snotklappe.Kommin ding en ek hoop hy speel nooit weer vir SA nie.Hopelik vat Flip/Danie nou oor by die idiot by die Bulle ook.Release die thug dat hy Frankryk toe met family en al. Disgrace to the Bok jersey!

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-07-15 04:53

    Of course he did , if you check the last few years , he has passed Schalk ( Who All The BB Fans Love To Hate) with penalties , yellow cards & citings

  • Andrew - 2010-07-15 06:16

    You might as well try to programme a typewriter!

  • Henry - 2010-07-15 06:17

    Product of the bulls!!! It's their style...

  • Shaun - 2010-07-15 06:22

    I say get rid of him. What if he cannot control himself and does it again. He is not the best lock in SA anyway, we have many more talented players that will be proud to wear the green and gold and will represent SA honourably.

  • Gustav - 2010-07-15 06:24

    Unfortunately, or fortunately, Os is right. It will take a LOOOONG time before, if ever, the real rugby fans of our country would like to see this dodo on the field again!!!!!

  • Lionel - 2010-07-15 06:25

    Sorry Os but Bakkies is a thug, a bully and is with no doubt the dirtiest player in world rugby. He is going to pick on the wrong guy one and be give a lesson he will never forget. I have no sympathy what so ever for him and he does not deserve to pull on the Bok jersey again. So tired of his pathetic apology that he has let his team, country, family and SARU down and one questions whether he is as religious as he makes out to be or is he just a hypocrite.

  • Frans bloubal - 2010-07-15 06:38

    One good victory by the AB's and the world of rugby is suddenly alight. My god guys, the Springobks did not turn up so what the hell did you expect? Yes it is bad but hey its like a up and coming pro boxer who gets a shot to challenge for the title (3N's) against a total punch drunk boxer. The Boks was punch drunk man. What happened to you guys last year with the 3-0? You had ample time to sort out your shit but the Boks still trashed you 3 zip. What happened then? Could you not find a alternative for their game plan which you played 3 times? Don't try to impress me with this first 3n test. No big deal man. The boks will be back BIG TIME.

  • Irish - 2010-07-15 06:50

    Os asb!!!!Los die Bakkies-sage nou uit en konsentreer liewer op saterdag se game,sodat ons nie weer ons name gat maak nie.En doen my n guns en gee vir PdV n "Boere klap" teen die oor,want daai man kan nie hoor as die publiek vir hom se dat Januarie k@k is nie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael - 2010-07-15 07:02

    Bakkies was programmed as the enforcer and the crowds cheered when he took people out in the scrums. The next obvous step for an enforcer is to take matters into his own hands when someone tugs at is pants. This he has done to the shock of many. Reprogram him - I dont think so.

  • GAVIN - 2010-07-15 07:04

    No wonder the Boks were so bad, if a player gets "kaked" on at half time. No wonder the whole teams minds were not on the game. We will never no what a huge influence that whole event had on the team. For a start the boks thought that they just had to pitch and win, howmany times are we going to fall for there media telling us how great we are. The boks play there best rugby when there "backs are against the wall" The boks will bounch back on saterday. GO BOKKE GO!!!

  • Witwillem - 2010-07-15 07:04

    At least Bakkies has not walked of the field midway through a test because he is "gatvol" - huh Os?

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-07-15 07:06

    with butch james around, you gonna need more than good rugby. James is another Thug who will pick up where bakkies left off.

  • Leon - 2010-07-15 07:08

    Who is the 'he' that will have to programme 'his' brain, Os? Taking into consideration that the brain cannot programme itself.

  • John - 2010-07-15 07:10

    I can't see that this was "instinctive". It was a deliberate act that Bakkies chose to do. I guess he was hoping no one would see it. But what was he thinking? These days, cameras don't miss anything. Yes, he has brought the Bok name into disrespect. Worse than that, he is a well known Christian, and this is an extremely poor testimony to those out there looking at it who would want to criticise him and his beliefs. I think it was big of him to apologise the way he did, but I don't think that makes up for this massive blunder! I won't be surprised if he is removed from the team.

  • DanieB - 2010-07-15 07:15

    Bakkies and Julius both to attend anger management classes?

  • Steve - 2010-07-15 07:18

    Bakkies is a fool, who belongs not on a rugby field, but he will get nowhere, he targets the small players on the field. I have never seen Bakkies takes on one of the big guys. He plays good amongst weak teams. The past weekend he never actually showed the class. BB rugby = brainless Bakkies.

  • Dee - 2010-07-15 07:19

    Get rid of him, and never select him again. Disgrace.

  • Garreth - 2010-07-15 07:26

    I absolutly agree with Os. Bakkies is a great physical player which is needed in the side. he just needs to clean up his act. there is such great talent in this great country of ours that bakkies (with a little bit of experience) can be replaced. look at Danie. many think that is is fast on his way to surpassing Bakkies in all aspects of the game (He already has with disipline - though that is not hard to do). i also agree that the image of the Bokke has been damaged. but it has been damaged before and we have shown the world every time why we are always ranked in the top 3. Bokke, we are proud of you and always will be. we are behind you every step of the way. so go kick seven sorts of sh*t our those all blacks. GO BOKKE!!!

  • Boss Barry - 2010-07-15 07:26

    Goodbye, Bakkies !! Sad but true, now we must stand behind Flippie and support him !!!

  • Shinga - 2010-07-15 07:28

    Bakkies will never come right, he is a fighter asnd rugby is not for him, he will never change, he can join forces with James Dalton and start a body gaurding business.

  • opstaan vir mekaar - 2010-07-15 07:34

    Os dis waar wat jy se Botha gaan moet werk om sy humeur in toom te hou maar julle moet begin julle mense ondersteun en julle bangatte in die lyn sit vir julle span. Hoekom het julle nie gaan beswaar maak dat die ref net soveel aandeel in die geval het as bakkies. Op die video kan jy duidelik sien dat cowan bakkies VOOR die ref se oe terug trek en hy doen niks nie. As julle vuil spel uit die game wil he dan moet die skeidsregters begin vasgevat word, want as hy partydig blaas dan wil die spelers geregtigheid in eie hande neem..dit het al soveel kere gebeur maar die skeidsregters kom skot vry daarvan af. Dis tyd dat hulle vasgevat word en ook geskors word omdat hulle die tipe goed tot aanleiding gee. Sterkte bakkies behalwe vir die geval was jy die beste bok speler op die veld, jy en kirshner was die enigstes wat my beindruk het op die veld.

  • Rog - 2010-07-15 07:38

    When a legend speaks, listen

  • Wallaby - 2010-07-15 07:42

    One of the rugby commentators on The Australian Rugby Club TV programme last night refer to Bakkies as a low breed. Someone that world rugby can do without. Bakkies must realize that he came to the end of the road. No more international rugby. Thats it mate! You have done enough harm to your team. World rugby will not miss you. Bakkies who?

  • chez - 2010-07-15 07:44

    Dead right with all you say here Os. I don't believe that Bakkies has lost fans though. I have always been a huge fan of his and although was disappointed, it has not changed my feelings; he is still the best number 4 in the country, if not the world. Dannie Rossouw is a wonderful player and ambassador of the sport and our country and should be in the team, just not at number 4!

  • Ryan - 2010-07-15 07:47

    Why is it so hard to play smart rugby? Leave this fool out of the squad!

  • Ryan - 2010-07-15 07:48

    Why is it so hard to play smart rugby? Leave this fool out of the squad!

  • GO BAKKIES..!! - 2010-07-15 07:53


  • Amazed - 2010-07-15 07:54

    Ironically Bakkies makes a show of piety and prayer on the field; as if the God of the heavens concerns himself with rugby!

  • hasie - 2010-07-15 07:58

    Mooi so Os, jy was jou hele rugby loopbaan 'n voorbeeld! My hero van alle tye!!!

  • Tom - 2010-07-15 07:59

    It is high time that we rid ourselves of the bad boy image and Bakkies is a telling example of how not to behave. If I could have it my way, he will never wear a Springbok Jersey again

  • Gert - 2010-07-15 08:05

    People have become so accustomed to soccer with their pretty boys with clean uniforms and acting, that they have forgotten what rugby is about....Go Bakkies...!!! time he wont pull your jersey!!!!

  • ASKED - 2010-07-15 08:07


  • Well said! - 2010-07-15 08:10

    Well said Os, he has shown regret and apologised, good of you to accept his regret. Now go beat the All Blacks - the scrums didnt look good last week!

  • Rose - 2010-07-15 08:12

    Bakkies ons staan 100% agter jou - daar is BAIE ander wat al vele meer foute gemaak het as jy en - "after all" 15 manne maak 'n span nie net een nie en alhoewel hulle jou gaan mis, het jy beslis nie die Springbokke se beeld skade gedoen nie.

  • FOTA - 2010-07-15 08:13

    This far along in his career and he is still out of control, sorry, it is not curable. If he was a dog they would put him down. Horrible parallel I know, but surely the time has come to send him to play in France, or Argentina where this is accepted. We have Bekker, Rossouw, Hargreaves, Louw, all coming through. Put him out to pasture, he has become a completely predictable liability in the Bok team.

  • Alan Ingram SA - 2010-07-15 08:14

    i disagree, yes bakkies has reached the cross roads in rugby but it is time for him to find other pastures (other than the springboks)! There are other better players that can fill his position?

  • Blikperd - 2010-07-15 08:17

    If Os said so, it is so!

  • Frikkie - 2010-07-15 08:21

    No, we need Bakkies' rage!

  • Louis - 2010-07-15 08:23

    Bakkies is a big box, he should go and join Earl Rose at Raiders.

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-07-15 08:26

    Os you are right! Bakkies did bad and in this instance he is 100% to blame even if provoked. He is man enough to accept he is 100% in the wrong and he has apologised unconditionally. He will undergo some sort of counselling no doubt. However, if the Springbok image survived the Schalk Burger "attempted" eye-gouge incident, surely it can survive this fiasco now. To the idiots that will still call Bakkies names and talk nonsense about Blue Bulls/Bulls supporters, there is only one thing to say: Jealousy make you nasty! We are the holders of the Super 14, Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. Where are your cups?