Div holds thumbs on injuries

2011-07-06 22:00

Cape Town - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers hopes late fitness tests will clear some of the 21 squad members placed on the injury list for South Africa's first two matches of the Tri-Nations Series later this month.

"Some of these players will undergo a second test later this week but because we have to announce our (Tri-Nations) squad on Friday, we'll have to make decisions almost immediately," De Villiers said on Wednesday.

"Once we have a second opinion on some players later this week we might have some relief, otherwise we'll just have to work with the players we have."

Australia and New Zealand were up in arms in 2007 when former Springbok coach Jake White rested key players for the away leg of the Tri-Nations.

De Villiers, however, said he was surprised to have almost half his provisional squad placed on the injury list earlier on Wednesday, including a host of senior players, which posed problems heading into the southern hemisphere competition.

"When I sat down with the medical staff I was very disappointed that I can't have some of those players for the Tri-Nations," he said.

"Our leadership group is actually very thin and that in itself can cause some problems."

Sharks loose forward Jean Deysel was called up earlier on Wednesday as cover for the injury-hit squad, and De Villiers hoped to call up prop BJ Botha, who plays for Irish team Munster, as well.

Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts said the players on the injury list would need to rest in order to recover for the home leg of the Tri-Nations and the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in September.

"These players need to sort out their injuries to get as fit and strong as possible," said Roberts.

"We have identified the injuries and those players really need to be managed.

"It's been a long season and all those players with injuries will now be put on a rehabilitation programme."

De Villiers said he was confident of their chances, even with a severely depleted squad, for Tests against Australia in Sydney on July 23 and New Zealand in Wellington on July 30.

"This is not what I expected but I must be positive," De Villiers said.

"I must bring it across to the guys that I'm very positive.

"The situation will call for a different way of preparing and we started in training today in a way that we can get those guys (the replacements) up to speed."

De Villiers said this season's lengthened Super Rugby competition had inevitably resulted in numerous injuries.

"A lot of the games were tough and a lot of the players aggravated their injuries because they had to play all the time," he said.

"They did not have a choice - they had to play, they had to win the game.

"This became detrimental to us (the Boks) and the players as well.

"I'm not blaming anybody. We always knew that after such a long competition someone had to pay the penalty."

De Villiers said many of the injured players had already proved themselves worthy of selection for the home leg of the Tri-Nations and the World Cup.

"They have been stalwarts for their franchise teams," said De Villiers.

"If you look at (Victor) Matfield at the Bulls, and (Andries) Bekker at the Stormers, they are Springbok stalwarts as well as stalwarts for their franchises.

"It would have been ideal if we (the Boks) were in a position to say that they can't play all the matches (in the Super Rugby season).

"But since we don't pay their salaries, we couldn't stop them playing all the matches.

"We have to respect the way the franchises do things and we just have to get on with the job now."


  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-07 00:22

    I don't quite believe so many players are injured, but it is a good strategy to rest overplayed players at this stage. Who can tell us that they are not injured if we say they are! In the year of the RWC the tri-nations is just another commitment to get out of the way. Besides, it is a good opportunity to let the youngsters cut their teeth on some international rugby. Trust the Ausies and NZ to react adversely to this announcement. So what, we can play whoever we want. They should actually be glad, because now they will stand a better chance of winning the tri-nations - if they can!

      Crusaderinvader - 2011-07-07 06:31

      Yeah because NZ have struggled to do that in the past aye?...plonker!

      Paul - 2011-07-07 07:28

      Agree 100% go bokke ... guys like Dysel!!! will give them hell

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-07 08:07

      The joke will really be on the Kiwi's if we win 3N with our second stringers, they will go into RWC with much doubt.

      Marcell - 2011-07-07 12:24

      Dream on!

      Makutu - 2011-07-07 12:56

      John Smit has been rated one of the worst defenders in this year's super 15. LOOK AT THAT! Our national rugby captain...

  • Mickey Fin - 2011-07-07 00:32

    Unreal how these players were fine last week, but now they are injured. Does Div think the rest of the world are idiots? We all know he is resting his top players. So what. The "second" team might just do better than the first team. That will really leave him with egg on his face!

      manuel28 - 2011-07-07 02:59

      we all know what the rest of the world think of div, let them think what they think, the players are 'injured' and that's that!

      Crusaderinvader - 2011-07-07 06:34

      It's a dangerous ploy and could backfire if the other nations play full strength teams and really demolish the boks..resting players is no guarantee to WC success, us kiwis no that all to well sadly.Coping a hiding during the 3 nations would do more harm than good me thinks!!

      boyd.lance - 2011-07-07 09:08

      Well said Manuel! No need to explain the decision...just get on with it! The SA rugby public have been calling for these new guys all season. So in my view they're getting there wish!! In my view, whether we win or lose the Trinations its more important to give the new caps valuable experience. Despite John Smits current inadequacies, he's still the best captain in SA and he'll be much needed with the newbies starting. Will be interesting to see what the starting team will be in the first game against Australia. I can't wait actually. One real pity is the injury to Vermeulen...he would surely have been given the nod...Ah, such is life I guess...

      Marcell - 2011-07-07 12:28

      Maybe, just maybe someone can break JS arm for us. The bokke are going to get klapped and div knows that. That is why he wants to safe face by sending the juniors to become cannon fodder.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-07 13:47

      @Mickey if the "second" team does well and actually win, how would that leave egg on PdV's face? Go Bokke do us proud

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-08 01:51

      Crusadervirus, we're not Kiwis; we are proud South Africans. At least we will play with fit players. Besides, when a player dons a Bok jersey, he grows stronger and taller and plays twice as hard; not like your 2007 Kiwis who did not arrive at the games. Why are you so worried about our successes and failures comes World Cup 2011? You should be glad if we make tactical mistakes, man. Maybe, perhaps, you might just win a cup for a change.

      Crusaderinvader - 2011-07-09 02:13

      @Kleinboet, why do you insist on talking out that hole betwen your butt cheeks mate?..seriously, on one hand you say you play with fit players then bemoan the selection of Smit because he's too fat?..then in pure stupidity you rave on about the boks growing taller, stronger and playing twice as hard when adorned in the springbok jersey..explain how come you guys lost 5-6 in last seasons 3 nations?..Who said I'm worried about the boks for the world cup??..I sure as hell didn't,believe me the aussies are a real chaps are crap so speak in facts not in la la land.

  • Owentjie - 2011-07-07 01:49

    If I were Aus or NZ I would pick full strength side and tell them to play like pallokas against 2nd Bok side. How confused will Div be then. Get F'd in the scrum, run ragged in the backline. Hahah, it would be Hilarious

      manuel28 - 2011-07-07 03:00

      ja cause that worked for oz and all blacks in the last world cup!

  • Nonbeliever - 2011-07-07 06:18

    Are "too old" and "over the hill" now classified as injuries?

  • Tana - 2011-07-07 06:38

    Div lieg blatant in almal se gesigte. Ek skaam my dood dat hierdie ou die Springbok afrigter is. Oneties verby. Almal....en ek bedoel ALMAL, weet die ouens is nie beseer nie. Hondetjol. SANZAR, asb sort hierdie gemors uit.

      MB1810 - 2011-07-07 07:39

      Well at least in 2007 Jake White had the balls to call these "injuries" what it really is, a much needed rest.

      boyd.lance - 2011-07-07 09:12

      This is irrelevant least we're giving game time to the fringe players. What's the point of complaining about whether senior players are injured or being rested??

      Tana - 2011-07-07 09:14

      Ek het nie `n probleem as iemand stront praat nie. Ek het wel `n probleem daarmee as daai persoon verwag ons moet dit glo

  • daaivark - 2011-07-07 07:06

    Ek is nie 'n rugby-kenner nie, maar die man se TV-optrede gisteraand was skokkend. Hy was blatant of baie baie dronk, of gerook, of iets. Sy ogies kon amper nie oopkom nie, en was bloedrooi, en hy het gegrom en gehakkel, asof spraak moeilik was. Last night's news appearance by this man was shocking. He was clearly either drunk or on something. Could barely open his red eyes and stammered and mumbled. Shocking.

      Gregs - 2011-07-07 07:20

      You are talking absolute rubbish. Why do people like yourself do this type of thing? Just because you don't like the man shouldn't make you lie like this. I suppose it shows the type of person you are.

      Black Beauty - 2011-07-07 07:49

      @daaivark. I didn't see it, I'm not from SA so excuse me if this sounds like a silly question but are you referring to P.Divvy, Dr or another selector etc?

      Tana - 2011-07-07 09:05

      Ek stem saam met draaivark. PdV het beslis nie geweet na watter hoek om te probeer kyk nadat hy op tv lieg nie. Dit was duidelik die gesig van iemand wat besig was om `n leuen te vertel.

      boyd.lance - 2011-07-07 09:31

      I agree with Gregs. The man speaks that way because his first language is Afrikaans. Just because people don't fit into what you think is socially acceptable, doesn't mean that you are allowed to criticize another persons appearance or speech. I prefer not to comment on racism or prejudice, but its people like you who make it incredibly difficult to be non-racial. Stop being counterproductive and get your head out of your arse!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-07 10:57

      Some of you chaps will never be satisfied it seems. Yes, Divvy has said a few things in the past that have warranted a few giggles etc. But for the sake of chocolate in winter, some of you chaps can't wait to NAIL the man for everything he DOES and everything he DOESN'T do. Have you chaps heard The Argie coach speak English? Or Marc Lievremont from France? Do you laugh at them, when they make mistake after mistake? Do you chaps moan about Graham Henry, who has been the KING of conspiracy theories this year RE: refs etc etc after the Saders lost to the Reds? Do you chaps MOAN when another coach rests players - NO - you chaps say "good call". P Divvy is DAMNED if he does and DAMNED if he doesn't in you lots eyes. Did ANY of you trash Straeuli, Viljoen, Mallet, White in this way? If we lose you 'manne' will blame it on Div - If we WIN you will say it is IN SPITE of Div..........(or the players are running the show etc etc) Divvy is the Bok coach - his players LOVE him - and that should be good enough for us! Get behind the coach and his team, or support the Kiwis. No skin off anyones back. Divvy might be a little wacky and a bit of a clown at times - BUT HE IS OUR CLOWN, and deserves our support. @Daaivark - I saw the same insert, and funny....I draw NONE of the pathetic conclusions you do.

      Marcell - 2011-07-07 12:32

      Saffa-cat: Clowns are supposed to make you laugh.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-07 13:51

      @SAFFA I agree with you

      Darkhorse - 2011-07-07 19:17

      @ Saffa well said I agree. t's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-08 01:58

      Daaivark, is jy seker dis nie jou eie oë se rooi wat jy raakgesien het nie? As mens gedrink is, lyk nugter ouens dikwels vir mens asof hulle dronk is - altans so vertel die dronkies my!

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-07-07 07:56

    So old Papsak Divvy played the injury card. At least he will have a good excuse why his team of has beens will not make any good in the Tri Nations. Just wonder what excuse he will pose for the World Cup.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-08 02:07

      How about NOBODY but NOBODY has ever won TWO World Cups in a row? Would that satisfy you? Why are you complaining? You should be rejoicing because South Africa is making tactical blunders (according to you).

  • Dorian - 2011-07-07 11:19

    well we will most probly come last again(3rd time out of 4 attempts, how embarresing!)mighty boks my ass!no such thing anymore with the ANC sticking their noses in our boks

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