Div happy with Lambie at pivot

2011-07-31 12:22

Wellington - South Africa's hopes of using the first two Tri-Nations matches to turn a squad of youngsters into hardened Test players able to bolster the fringes of their World Cup party lay in tatters on Saturday night after a second successive heavy defeat.

Although their performance was a step up from the bloodless effort that saw the world champions go down 39-20 to the Wallabies in Sydney last week, the All Blacks ruthlessly pounced on turnover ball and ran in six tries in a 40-7 victory.

Coach Peter de Villiers clearly felt he had been let down by some players but at least had a clearer idea of which of the inexperienced tourists might have a chance of doing a job at the World Cup.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed," he told reporters. "A Test match to me is the ultimate, you do have the opportunity to come out there and represent your country.

"There was a few positives, especially if you look at what you do have as experience.

"I think there's a few guys who did put up their hands up and there's a few who didn't so for me and for South African rugby, I think there's a lot of clarity."

On the plus side, De Villiers was encouraged by the performance of Patrick Lambie, who was listed as fullback in his first start for the Springboks but played at flyhalf with the out-of-form Morné Steyn moving back.

"I don't think Pat went too bad, I think he brought a different dimension to the game and I'm more clear on who the number 10 should be," said De Villiers.

Waiting back home are more than 20 frontline players who South Africa said were not fit enough to travel for the two Tests.

The South African Rugby Union have vigorously denied accusations in New Zealand and Australia that the players were being prepared for their World Cup defence at a training camp.

Before winning the 2007 World Cup, the South Africans sent weakened teams to play their overseas Tri-Nations Tests but on that occasion they returned home with their morale boosted by two narrow defeats.

The Springbok fans will be hoping the injured players will be deemed ready to face the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth and Wallabies in Durban over the next few weeks and restore some pride to the green and gold shirt.

"That's the biggest challenge going back on Monday, to get them all in and do those medicals again to see if they are ready," said De Villiers.

"I just hope some of them will be ready to go."

Even if many of them are fit, however, South Africa would then have to go through the adjustment to Test rugby that saw Australia beaten by Samoa and the All Blacks look rusty against Fiji in their opening games of the season, he said.

"If we make too many changes for Port Elizabeth and Durban, we might struggle the same way, so we're in a catch 22 more than we thought we would be," De Villiers said.

"We're looking forward to the medicals and take it from there. The Tri-Nations is pretty much gone for us and we move our focus to preparing for the World Cup."

Captain John Smit was equally disappointed with how the tour had gone, particularly with how the team had defended as they conceded 11 tries in two matches.

"It's the biggest factor going back home and the thing that let us down the most, and really by and large it's the turnover defence, once we've had the ball and coughed it up," he said.

"Our line that we provided just wasn't good enough. Just two quick passes and we were in trouble."

"We'll be gutted with the efforts of the last two weeks," he added. "We'll try and pull as many positives as we can out of it but at the end of the day it's winning.


  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-31 12:56

    We should just make Julius the coach and replace the emblem with a spear and a shield

      Grayman - 2011-07-31 13:18

      No OBL - a spear and shield are indicative of combat. div has given up already. It should be a white flag.

      Chronoman - 2011-08-01 14:40

      Steyn won us the series against the Lions. With the current pack of forwards even Cooper will look stale.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-08-01 14:46

      Play Catrakilis

  • Andre - 2011-07-31 12:56

    Lambie was great on defence but out of depth in general and on attack hopeless. Of all the 2nd and 3rd faze balls etc Pienaar hit Lambie twice at most. The SA game plan is going the same way as the beloved Springbok, gone for good. The kiwi commentators pointed out with 2 of the All Black tries that the guy the wing ran around was John Smit, this is poor defence patterns and not poor defence. Big difference.

      Grayman - 2011-07-31 13:23

      How could Lambie do anything on attack? Our pack was hopeless and your 3/4s can't do squat without good ball. Once again the AB's played the ref like a fiddle and were brilliant at slowing the ball down at the ruck so that by the time the ball came out Pienaar and Lambie were sitting ducks.

      Gavin - 2011-07-31 13:38

      This insight from somebody that can't spell phase??

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-31 13:54

      Andre, I agree with you. Lambie is good but hasn't the experience yet to fill the role. His tackling and defence was outstanding....10 out of 10! I still believe that Peter Grant is still the best choice for flyhalf at this point in time for 3 reasons....experience, the ability to change his game plan and calmness under pressure. It is a very poor reflection on Div that he is not able to see this. The problem is, he set his mind on the bulk of the team 4 years ago and very little is going to change it! As for the missed cannot expect tackles to be made against a rampaging team, like the New Zealanders were, at stages, without the proper structures being in place. This current team has not been together long enough to have had those structures drilled into them. I was far more concerned with the amount of turnover ball that the New Zealanders got....legally or illegally. Again, our loose forwards were basically ineffective, although Deysel did put in a ton of work and was head and shoulders the best of them (South African). Stegman works like a trojan but is ineffective.

      Ysberg - 2011-07-31 15:39

      Gavin, jou pispot, less than 10% of the folk in SA have English as their home language. Why don’t you just try and respect the efforts by some to speak their second language? Or even better, why don’t you reply in Zulu you numbskull.

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-31 15:56

      @ ysberg (and Gavin): The internet has given rise to spelling shorthand. I'm sure that Andre can spell "phase" properly but chose to use a shortcut - which I kinda liked. May even use it myself. So let's not get too fazed, rite?

      Whoosa - 2011-07-31 15:58

      @ Mike - Peter Grant is not the answer mate, not by a country mile. Hes proofed many a time before that he totaly falls apart on the big ocasions. Further more, he has bceome very one dimensional and the only thing he can do properly is kick for goal. Hes tactical kicking is dreadful, he hasnt got the ability to kick hes team into good teratorial position, which is crucial in tight games especialy in semis and finals. And gets no distance out of hand as well, he barely makes 10 metres every time he kicks. And as far as attacking goes - the stromers try scoring record in the s15 says it all. I think PDV and Thick Muir missed a trick here completely. Lambie is not right for wearing 10 at WC - fact. Age or experience has got nothing to do with it, he is just not ready and mature enough to do it. He doesnt look comfortable enough to start there, although he shows promise. Robert Ebersohn should have gone on tour now and started e very game. This guy lookes like a proper fly, something we havnt had in years. Hes got the boot, the flair, confidance, he looks very mature and comfartable if taken into account its his first season at super an cc rugby. I now this might sound as a huge gamble, but we have other option. Lambie is not the answer, nor Steyn and Grant probaply last on the list. Think about it, if Ebersohn played every game on tour and every pool game in the WC, he would have played 8/9 test already, which is not alot, but lambie at that stage would only have maybe 2 more

      Gavin - 2011-07-31 16:55

      @ Ysberg. Simple, I can't spell to save my life. If I'm not certain I check before posting. Easy? Apparently not...

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-31 17:40

      Gents - I wouldnt discard my regular flyhalf 2 games away from the RWC. Thats just me. If there was any sanity in the coaching camp, the team would have been settled by now, with replacements in key areas. Here we are at high noon before a shootout, changing our big guns. Things are starting to unravel fast.

      Ysberg - 2011-07-31 17:43

      Gavin, de gemiddelde persoon commentaar op dit forum heeft niet de tijd om te gaan en spellingscontrole elke enige commentaar. Ik zal echter uit kijken op naar uw opmerkingen met het doel om de perfecte Engels taal te leren.

      Ysberg - 2011-07-31 17:46

      Graeme, I fully agree with you, it is madness.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-31 18:00

      Graeme, on most occasions I would agree with you but, quite honestly, I don't think the idiot, himself, knows yet, what he wants to do. All he knows is that he is definitely going to take his preferred, over the hill players, and a few others, plus John Smit as captain.....that was agreed already, 4 years ago!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:03

      ....bye, bye World Cup...!! ......Thanks PDV.... ...and John Smit.....

  • Jack - 2011-07-31 12:56

    Butch is better. So is Ebersohn.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-31 13:56

      Butch is a walking yellow card.

      Jack - 2011-07-31 14:35

      So Mike, you'd rather have Peter Can't.

      marco - 2011-07-31 14:42

      @Jack You right mate "Butch is better" far better than the lot of them at flyhalf,but not so much on the discipline side of the game especially his shoulder blocking K@K he can't seem to wanna shake off and toss it in the skip for good.Other than his indiscipline to me he is South Africa's answer at 10.I guess the number 15 shirt is between Frans Steyn and Conrad Jantjes.

      Jack - 2011-07-31 15:22

      Butch has proved he can leave the shoulder stuff off the field. Just go back to 2007. I don't think there's a problem there. He's been in great form at Bath, and has transformed the Lions backline. Butch is the man! Anyway, I personally maintain that Lamb is a natural full back.

      Whoosa - 2011-07-31 16:08

      Your right Jack, Ebersohn should have gone on tour and played 10. Problem with Butch is, hes kicking at goal is poor. If Morne is not gonna play, we need a fly with a proper boot, which leaves us with Grant and Ebersohn. Grant is just not good enough, in fact apart from his kicking hes pritty poor in general play. Ja, we missed a trick here, Ebersohn should have gone on tour!

      Kaapie - 2011-07-31 18:05

      What.. so u wanna make Ebersohn a WC Bokkie ???? uh

      StBad - 2011-07-31 18:41

      If Butch was a part of the plans... then he should've been playing Springbok rugby over the past year or two; unfortunately it's too late for him (despite the value and experience I think he could add). Coach would be sending out the wrong message if he did select him.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-31 18:50

      @Jack - I am a huge fan of Sias and Robert - but it is too late to make these changes. Both those boys should have been part of the Bok setup already. Again, thats just me. I can see the likes of Divy losing these two fantastic talents, and SA will be the losers in the end.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-31 18:53

      @StBad - correct, if he was part of the plans, then he should have been part of the squad a year or two ago. Heres the surprise - John Pieman will get his buddy in. Are you sleeping? Why do you think Butch is back? Because he always wanted to play 2 games for the Lions?

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:36

      ...Morne Steyn must show PDV his middle finger and go play for the Bulls... ... .........PDV = quota palooooka....

      Jay - 2011-08-01 13:31

      Morne Steyn is off form, he had a shocker tour. he has been off for a while now.

  • Yoni - 2011-07-31 12:57

    Div is an idiot who should go and coach at Boland where he and that singer Kurt (the one with eyes like a potato bass) has shares. Stick with Lambie as first choice flyhalf at your own peril, and you will watch the final at home on a TV screen, Div.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-31 13:01

    omg At least we can enjoy the Bulls. Morne - you are the victim of the Hallucinating Clown, amusing himself with the Springbok brand, his own personal toy. Until the Fan votes with his feet and his averted eyes, this muttering madness will continue.

      Yoni - 2011-07-31 14:00

      Go Shakespeare!

      Marcell - 2011-07-31 14:14

      SA rugby supporters are to stupid to vote with their feet. The place will be packed come gameday.

      fullmoon - 2011-07-31 17:10

      And I enjoyed the Bulls yesterday...Prooooooovince

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-31 19:11

      @Brad - here is an ugly truth. I have lost the very little respect that I have had for helium and Pieman Smit. They have squeezed Steyn out of the Bok team, so that useless Smit's buddy, Butch, can go to the RWC. One bad game, and Morne was moved to 15. Why is that? To make him look bad before he gets a chance to play a good game. They knew he wouldnt hack it as 15. Shame on them. John, who shouldnt even be in his provincial team is organising for his buddy. Divy and John forget very quickly who has saved the boks time and time again. After the game on Saturday, Morne's expression on his face said everything - he knows he has been shagged in the ass. I felt very sorry for Morne - but it will come back to these two. And my friend, there will be more - Burger at 8, and a couple other tricks. I hope they are ready for the ton of bricks that is going to fall down on them. I, for one will be laughing my ass off!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:05

      ....PDV = quota clown....

  • Jack - 2011-07-31 13:10

    Why are we complaining? We send a second string side to play the arguably the best 2 sides in the world, and get klapped. What's the mystery in that? We all expected it, so no use in whingeing after the fact. And when Meyer was shafted to make room for PDV, we all knew then that our player resources were going to be squandered. It's happened. So why do we go into games, expecting to win, and then getting upset because we lose? We all knew this. As I see it, there is only one solution to the problem: all rugby lovers, public and players, must break away from SARU and the IRB, and create a new sporting code. If Aussie can have their Aussie rules, and Ireland their Gaelic football, let's start a new south african sport and base it on rules that fit with what we enjoy watching.

      Yoni - 2011-07-31 16:16

      Good suggestion Jack. Only one rule change to current Rugby Union rules: No Peter De Villiers allowed near the team. And a name change to the team - Gemsbokke or something, we can immediately get Qatar Airways on board with their oryx logo, it'll be perfect. We'll have to compete as the non-National team that's all, and start by defeating them before we challenge overseas teams.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:32

      ..please call them the Protea-quota-team from now on ...... least we will then expect them to lose every game...

  • Fats - 2011-07-31 13:13

    Two Tests to play before the World Cup..and we still don't know who our best No. 10 is??? Maybe PDV thinks that he still has 4 pool games to experiment with the team before the Play-offs, you know, the serious stuff... What a KNOB!!

      Gavin - 2011-07-31 13:43

      We DO know, it's not Morne!

      Fats - 2011-07-31 13:56


      marco - 2011-07-31 14:52

      Mornè Steyn is the Springboks version of England's Charlie Hodgson when facing a Ma'a Nonu type situation.It leaves them both clautching at air as Nonu would just brush past them.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-31 17:21

      @Fats - we know that Smit and Habana will be there, on merit?? Trust me, they knew long back that Smit's big bud Butch was going to be there. All the guys shooting Steyn down - we forget who saved us from humiliation, and carried us to victory time and time again. Puting Morne at 15? To do what? To ensure he looks as bad as possible? Shame on them. I could see on Steyn's face yesterday that he felt bad. Shame on John and Divy. It will come back to you!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:55

      ...Patrick Lambie is NOT the solution for no 10... ......PDV is day-dreaming..... ...again....

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:57

      ..Morne Steyn should rather go play for the Bulls... ....PDV is a lost case.... ....flippen quota fool......

  • jochem - 2011-07-31 14:03

    What 'different dimension' is this clown talking about? All we saw was a massacre...

      Marcell - 2011-07-31 14:16

      The AB listen to JM before the game. 'kill a boer!' hehe

  • McFreak - 2011-07-31 14:08

    This man is going to bugger arund with a winning formula and wreck us at the World Cup! when Fourie comes back must he get used o 'Lampie' and vice versa? And if he leaves Morne at home - who is by far our most experienced international flyhalf - and 'Lampie' screws up what will he do then? Sit at the news conferences and squeak and tickle his snor!!! We are doomed with this inept bumbler at the helm of our rugby!!!! Springbok rugby will never recover from this mans toying with thiungs that e does not understand!!!!!! May God help us!!!!!

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-31 18:29

      Yes Bambi is not ready to be the Bok #10.

      theunsvw - 2011-08-01 08:33

      What these poor sods do not realise is that you cannot compromise combinations that are formed through years of playing together, for the sake of one player trying to do it on his own. This was the problem with our so called "B" team, they did not function as a tight unit trying to play for a place in the WC side!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:43

      ,.....Morne Steyn should rather go play for the Bulls... ....he is wasting his talent in the Bok-team.. ...........the Boks are useless...!!

  • 106SA - 2011-07-31 14:32

    What a DOOOOOOSSS!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:06


  • hawk - 2011-07-31 15:16

    I find it really funny that for months people said that our Springboks are over the hill, too old, over the the due by date. So they send a team full of young stars (Except Oupa Smit)to Auz and NZ and guess what happens. They get nailed, slaughtered, embarressed, anailated and now everybody is calling for the old guys again. So maybe Victor and Bakkies and the rest of the old boys are not that bad. Maybe experience does count a lot. Isnt life strange..

      marco - 2011-07-31 16:12

      @hawk Mate it's not about old guys and young guys or over the hill, too old,over the the due by date per se.It's about changing with the times,old bones or new blood regardless.Our coaching staff,headed by the master wanker PDV is the real problem,not who get's put out here in Springbok green and gold on the playing field.PDV claims he was let down by certain players,but we the watching and paying public beg to differ as we see the problem laying squarely at your feet Mr Snor Bek.Your gameplan stinks and worse of all you can't seem to inspire the team enough to change things aound as the game progresses.The Boks play like robots that mechanically does whatever they've been programmed to do.With Australia PDV knows it's quick turn over ball,commit fewer numbers at the breakdown and move the ball through the hands and to the backline.With New Zealand it's pretty much the same thing with the extra edge of athleticism and physical prowess involved.PDV and his coaching staff knows all this but refuses to change with the times.Hence they get stuck in a rut trying to play the smothering game and it don't work as NewZeland and Australia don't allow them to control or dictate the game in that way anymore.It worked for the Boks regardless of the team that goes out there in 2009 but not so in 2011 and PDV knows that all to well but still he persist with this K@K tactics of his or SARU's

      StaalBurgher - 2011-07-31 21:30

      @marco, he is mostly referring to those idiots that trot out the line that a 25,28 or 30 year old player has "had his chance", "give the young guys a chance" or other generally stupid statements like that. There is no hard age limit yet people want to replace an older player with youth just because the younger guy is well... younger. Not taking into account that sometimes we are just beaten by a better team. That said, the reason why the balance between new and old is not good is because we have a BEE palooka for a coach. The whole world has been laughing at us for the last 4 years. It is only a subsection here in SA (non-whites or white liberal hand-wringers) that are living in lala-land that think performance will not be affected if you do not go all out 100% for the best all the time. PDivvy was not the best when he was selected. Subsequently we have had numerous poor selections. Eventually the whole system becomes porous. Sad but that is the way SA is going.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-31 15:38

    The players disappointed Peter as much as he disappointed them, me thinks. It is hard to step up from S15 to test rugby; besides some of the players were not even regarded as good enough to play for their franchises. Then, on top of it, they did not get proper training. They still do not play as a unit, consequently their defence patterns are suspect and there is little cohesion in other facets of their game. This was Peter's department and he can blame nobody else there. The biggest bugger-up, also his fault, is that players have still not been identified for specific positions - for example: flyhalf "I'm more clear now on who the number 10 should be". When are these players, once they have been identified, going to get an opportunity to play together and start to know each other! To be successful they must instinctively know what their teammate is going to do even before that teammate knows himself. Do not blame it all on the players, Peter. If you pick less gifted players, you have to work harder to make a success of it!

  • red - 2011-07-31 17:45

    Pieter de Villiers is a tactical idiot... A coach'sjob is to have a game plan against a said opposition , and choose players according to that game plan. At the same time , i must say SARU has missed a trick here , the reason South Africans are resting their top players , is because they play that bash up rugby , im sorry , but that does not work anymnore , every sport evolves and so has international rugby ,the Currie Cup is bad competition in my opinion , it teaches our players these bad habits , and they believe it is fine. South African Rugby Union needs to have camps on skills development , something as intense as Sevens. Some of the more serious problems: Cannot offload in a tackle No support runners on either side No Fitness - players lagging behind No quick scrumhalf No cleanout No ruck support Coaches NOT astute enough to understand their opposition and their own strengths. Hope they look into this.

      Manus - 2011-08-02 10:04

      I played a lot of rugby at scrumhalf. I would agree that Pienaar wasn't good and asked no questions of the opposition, but it's quite hard when the ball is not properly protected and presented, the forwards are generally not up to it and you always have to look up and make sure how many steps you will have to take to get the ball past the first donkey standing between you and the backs or to have a look at whether the right players are in place to set up the next phase 'cause you have to stick to the structure that has been drilled into you. The upside, of course, is that you don't need to think ...

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-07-31 21:09

    Lambie did well. Morne should not be in the WC squad, let alone the starting line up/bench. Morne can only play flyhalf and as we have seen he is no longer effective in the kind of setup the Boks need. That 5% extra kicking ability you get is not enough to make up for his headless chicken routine on attack.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-31 21:24

      @Staal - I couldnt agree with you less. Morne has saved our sorry butts many times. The boy follows a game plan. He can run the ball, and I have seen him execute it well. I wont argue that Lambie has certain qualities which will making the leading flyhalf in SA, barring Sias doesnt show him up. However, Lambie's kicking when he is under pressure as left him wanting. He has too little experience at test level. Believe me, leaving Steyn at home is going to be a huge mistake.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:40

      ..Morne Steyn is a game winner when he is playing for the Bulls... ...but with the Boks there is no game plan and no caoch... .......PDV = qouta coach....

  • Kirkelbee - 2011-07-31 21:11

    Morne Steyn has two major problems. Firstly, he cannot make the big tackles and has to kick 4 penalties every game just to break even on what he gives away. Then he can't create anything for his backline so he has to kick another 4 penalties to make up for missed running opportunities. New Zealand won't give you 8 kickeable penalties when they know it is the only way you can score so Morne's boot is useless. It's Jannie De Beer all over again. We won in '95 and '07 with flyhalves who played well and kicked reasonably. Hannibol was flyhalf when we equalled the record of 18 international wins in a row. Kicking matters but not at the expense of everything else. James/Lambie/Grant are the only options this close to RWC, with long range kicking assistance from Frans Steyn to keep guys like McCaw honest. Ebersohn and Lambie are our bright future.

  • BokSharky - 2011-07-31 21:22

    Guys all we doing now is using the Tri-nations as a lil bok trial to see who will be the bok reserves and who will play the less important games at the World Cup Let me remind you you can never write off any Springbok team ,You need to peak when the time is rite hey....We all know who will be in the starting 15. -Pienaar needed game time ,we needed to find a suitable & flank in case JUAN SMITH dont recover in time therefore DANIE and Deysel will go as reserves We now need to play Brussouw, Francois Steyn full back ,Butch, a new front row like Cj ,Duplessis who all need some game time yip i'm not worried all we need is fit boks and the proper combinations we WILL win the world cup again so watch this space Rassie and co in the meantime will be studying all the videos and set up our defence patterns to counter the Aus and Nz attackers let me remind you .....Mr Cooper and Mr Carter had never felt Butch'ers"" tackles yet (Oh tog) can't wait all you need is the best in your face defence an accurate Goal Kicker - (form is temporary class is forever ) Mr PDV just play our traditional bok 10 man rugby and shut them all up ;)

      Mickey Fin - 2011-08-01 01:49

      @Bok Sharky. You must be related to P Div to come up with such crap. Two games to go and we still don't have a Fly Half!!!!!

      Rugganut - 2011-08-01 14:44

      Thank you is refreshing to see another positive Bok fan (and I agree with you by the way). This website is being flooded with too much negativity. '95 and '07, I dont think many of us had much faith in winning the RWC, but it happened. Look at the poor form of England in '07...but they reached the final!!!! Stop the negativity and get behind the Bokke

  • SHARONVDM - 2011-08-01 07:48

    Lambie is overrated.Who won the super -15???Our teams let us down ,& now we're grasping at straws,I ,for one,will not be watching this World Cup - there is no Sprinbok pride left.iF sMITH HAD ANY GUTS HE WOULD STEP DOWN,BOKKE MISSED HOW MANY TACKLES???????School boy basics,you can only score tries,if you actually have possession of the ball.There were 15 individuals playing on Saturday,even Sonny - Bill was laughing at us from the sidelines,it was too painful to watch...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:08

      ...because PDV is the Protea coach, .....I will support the All Blacks... .......Go All Blacks...!!!!

  • theunsvw - 2011-08-01 08:28

    Peter should stop to put blame on players who did not make the mark. We all know that the Blue bulls in the team coached the team, how about blaming the selectors and the coaching team, they are useless by far 39-20 and 40-7 usseless. But we will keep our eyes on Rassie and the World cup and hope for the best..!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-01 11:09

      ...Go All Blacks...!!!!

  • wouter.vanheerden2 - 2011-08-01 08:53

    What in the hell is Pieter de Villiers smoking Pat Lambie did not make an impact on saturdays game whatsoever. If Pat Lambie had made an impact then there would have been line breaks and break aways but there was none of that. It just shows you how little PDV knows and he clearly watched a diffrent game than i did on saturday. Our backline was was extinct on saturday just like the Dinosaurs but then again we have a gameplan as old as the Dinosaurs aswell. We need atleast 3 good quality kickers to go to the World Cup namely Morne Steyn, Francois Steyn & Pat Lambie

      Mrgreeky - 2011-08-01 11:27

      WC rugby success depends largely on a solid defense, my opinion is that for the Boks to win against the top sides it's going to take 60m penalties or snap drops.

  • BCC - 2011-08-01 09:14

    Yeah he was awesome, really dominated! hahahahaha

      theunsvw - 2011-08-01 12:29

      Jip ! We dominated the seats on the plane on our way back home.....!

  • MUGSY - 2011-08-01 20:26

    Mugsy, I am a new kid on the block. May I make a once-off comment?

  • MUGSY - 2011-08-01 20:50

    Good evening everyone, I am a new kid on the blog and have never done so before. I am a fanatical rugby fan, but mostly keep my ideas and opinions to myself. I do however, read all your comments on a regular basis and just love hosing myself at some of them, especially when guys start really getting edgy with one another! Just to throw a ''stone into the bush'' I make the following comment: Not in the history of the game we love, has EVERYONE agreed with the Bok team as chosen for the game. On a number of occasions (in fact,quite often) the selectors (or selector) have really named a surprize selection or two, some good, some not so good. I am a betting man and I fancy a dark horse or two to be read out on 23 August. My choice is a fit, on form, brave, fast, intelligent, underratedly accurate goal kicker, utility back, who can cover from scrumhalf through to fullback and defend like a 1995 Springbok whose name is Dewaldt Duvenhage. Put THAT in your pipes and smoke it Guys!!! .

      BokSharky - 2011-08-01 22:14

      MUGSY my friend u obviously related to Dewaldt .................Francois Steyn will play there (We need experienced players now boet )

  • BokSharky - 2011-08-01 22:32

    Evening guys well done to my Sharks playing with our B-side and all heheeheheh.........Fourie and James will be the half back combination at the worldcup remember they played well as a combination 4 years ago and we NEED BUTCH to defend that channel where Cooper,Carter,SBW,Nonu attacks .....through .

  • Neyven - 2011-08-02 03:41

    @Whoosa - Robert is the centre; Sias is the fly-half

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