Richie McCaw sends warning

2010-07-11 10:09

Auckland - The All Blacks' 32-12 thrashing of world champions South Africa in the opening Tri-Nations rugby Test has set the benchmark for the season, warned All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

The four-tries to nil victory, as they out-muscled and out-ran the Springboks, helped erase the pain the All Blacks felt from losing all three Tests to South Africa last year.

But after waiting 12 months for revenge against their arch rivals, the All Blacks could not afford to become complacent because of one victory, McCaw said.

"That was the benchmark and there's no excuses for going back from that. If we are going to be successful in this Tri-Nations we have to play like that every week."

Head coach Graham Henry described the performance as "a special game" in which the All Blacks monstered the Springboks in the South Africans' set-piece comfort zone, including stealing the ball twice from acknowledged lineout king Victor Matfield.

But Henry warned the Springboks will be a different beast when they take the field in the second Test in Wellington next weekend.

"We know you don't beat teams like South Africa without them hurting," he said.

"They will be a wounded animal next week and they will play accordingly."

The Springboks will be forced to make at least one change with lock Bakkies Botha suspended for the rest of the Tri-Nations after receiving a nine-week ban for head-butting All Blacks halfback Jimmy Cowan.

Cowan was not injured but he did end the game with an abdominal strain and was in doubt for next week as were replacement centre Richard Kahui (shoulder) and left wing Joe Rokocoko (hamstring).

Henry admitted to being surprised by the 20-point margin of victory and noted the Springboks were leading the second half 9-7 until Tony Woodcock scored the bonus-point try on fulltime.

"Things will be more realistic in Wellington," he said, while adding he would not give a 100 percent pass mark although the All Blacks enjoyed 66 percent possession and forced the Springboks into 30 missed tackles.

"I think there's always room for improvement," said the All Blacks taskmaster. "The problem will be the Springboks will improve immeasurably I'd imagine next week so it will be a more difficult game."

Springboks captain John Smit had no complaints about the scoreline, saying the All Blacks were hungrier than his side, but he added his world champion side now had plenty of motivation going into the second Test.

"The positives are we can't do any worse and we've got a week to fix it," Smit said.

"We can look at the game a thousand times over and over-analyse it but there were many things we did completely out of character.

"Just losing will be motivation after this week. We are a team of high standards and as long as we can learn from these poor defeats then we will keep growing, but this was a disappointment to all of us."


  • Shane - 2010-07-11 10:48

    Well done to the ABs on a good win. Sadly though the brand of rugby they've reverted to is not championship rugby. Sure they will beat a hubris-tainted and victory-spoilt Bok team and a youthful Australian team in this 3N but the World Cup 11'? Nope. And deep down they know it.

  • Bokkie - 2010-07-11 10:55

    Try improving the kicking game that we always brag about. Morne Steyn missed several kicks for touch and those he did manage to kick out were to close to the touch line. The AB repeatedly took quick throw ins and we had no chasers to tackle. I am also always mistified by the chasers who always over run the player they are trying to tackle. It may look impressive but it is not very effective.

  • John - 2010-07-11 11:15

    AB’s peaking to early ........AGAIN!!!!!

  • joseph theeboom - 2010-07-11 11:18

    Oh well, i will have to follow ladies basketball under 18 as soccer is a disaster now rugby going the same way, cricket runs hot and cold, tennis is a bore, same people always win, but we can be proud, Einstein gave the world relativity, and we gave the world the Vuvusulas, that must get us at least an A plus from the world bank.however we did put on an exelent world cup apart from the 5000000 bees in my TV, so i had to look at it with no sound , other than that i see an man who was not nice to an tourist got 7 years jail not like our locals, who get out after rape or murder with a 500 rand fine on bail, and maybe or maybe not go to jail .joseph theeboom

  • nicolas - 2010-07-11 11:19

    How can De Villiers not play Ruan Pienaar or Rory in the place of Januarie? The same goes for Frans Steyn a World Cup winner?

  • Nokka - 2010-07-11 11:29

    Philosophically: The Kiwi's were the better team on the day - much more hungrier and eager to play to the ball. The Boks waited for them to come to them, and were hesitant in attack and defense (in general, with exceptions). Structurally: Playing a centre on wing in such a big game was the wrong decision. Also, the Boks missed Fourie du Preez's accuracy and decision making. Team selection were as well wrong with selecting big, heavy and slow forwards when the Kiwi's opted to play a fast, wide, counter attacking game. We needed Dewald Potgieter (in the injured absence of Heinrich Brussow) to play to the ball in the rucks and winning the loose ball battle. Pieter Louw is solid, but slow. Individually: Ricky Januarie's tactical kicking game was not good. Mils Muliaina's first try came as a direct result of a poor (toor far) box kick. Louw was too slow to the break downs. Jannie du Plessis battled in the scrums. Bakkies Botha cost his team seven points at a crucial stage with a silly mistake. Philosophically, again: Nine weeks for Bakkies... the head butt was wrong and deserved a ban. The only thing we would like to see from now, going forward, is equal justice. If any other player head butts in a game, remember, nine weeks is the bench mark now. We'll remember for you.

  • Mike - 2010-07-11 11:29

    Best thing that could ever have happened to SA rugby! Loose a few more games (and kilograms) and we are ready for the World Cup!

  • webb - 2010-07-11 11:33

    Deeply dissapointing performance from the so called World Champions. everyone (apart from the Boks it would seem) knew that All Blacks were going to come out firing on all cylinders yet the Boks pitched up just expecting to win - poor planning, preperation and captaincy. One only has to look at the collisions points in the game to see how dominant the ABs were (The Boks were content to just stop the ABs whilst they smashed into the rucks and mauls driving the boks back) Dare we say it "the boks actually looked intimidated"! and that is the ultimate embarrasment out of yesterdays debacle.

  • Vuyo - 2010-07-11 11:34

    I've said it all along....PDiv is the biggest disaster waitingto hit SA rugby. This guy is a politically appointed coach that knows nothing about rugby. He is a loyal ANC cadre that's flying the political flag. He took over an inspired WC winning team and the initial results cannot be viewed as a tribute to his coaching techniques. The downward spiral started last on the end-of-year tour last year and is set to continue. PLEASE GET RID OF THIS FOOL!!!!

  • Boks will win - 2010-07-11 11:34

    Sorry Mr McCaw but you won’t win next week. The Boks were arrogant before and during the game and their body language told me that they weren’t really at Eden Park for that game. Bad discipline and sloppy defence PLUS an excellent performance from the AB’s buried the Boks but it won’t happen in Wellington.

  • GeePMB - 2010-07-11 11:38

    One big win and McCaw is mouthing off. First off, the AB's deserved their win, they played a better game, but the Boks will be back, we are too good a team not to. But lets look ahead, the AB's are renowned for peaking in the year before a World Cup and then failing dismally. Which prize is bigger, the WC or the Tri-Nations, I know which one I would choose. Go Bokke!!

  • Johan du Bruyn - 2010-07-11 11:44

    Yes yesterday I supported the AB my reasons been that we as South Africans are most probably the most arrogant nation in the world in this week I read one article that even said that NZ must come and check out our stadiums to how a world cup must be run. Our players that get paid to do a job could sleep in as long as what they wanted to we just need to be at the stadium to win the game. Lastly de Villiers is not a world class coach but we think he is and I do not believe that the fullback and scrum half are the 2 best we have in those positions I will support the AB team again on Saturday because I hate arrogance.

  • Joeman - 2010-07-11 11:49

    ood game by the Blacks but I'll be quick to add that one win doest win the tournament

  • Go Bokke Go - 2010-07-11 12:15

    The ABs deserve the victory but with that margin, i don't think so. Surely Bakkies 10min. sin bin gave them the upper hand and they scored a converted try in that period. A blind man could see that our team didn't perform due to unforced errors from our coaching side. Please! you not going to gain anything by playing Jean Div on the wing, he is a specialist inside centre, Zane Kirshner sorry pal, but your performance is below par or should i make myself clear, its a double bogey. We need "Slaan Krag" in our back line and for heaven sake we have talented players. Line out losses!!! The ABs scrumed against the U/21 Bok side, we lacked horse power, we simply had no power. Hope to see a match winning performance from the Boks on Saturday, good luck.

  • kiwi - 2010-07-11 12:40

    Listen to all you sore South Africans.......Botha got what he deserved...jimmy was wrong for giving him a wedgy....but jimmy just heard thats how botha likes it. You guys sure got won't be easier....these all blacks are motivated like never before.

  • GW - 2010-07-11 12:50

    @ bok supportes..Now after the Bok's got a good solid KLAP from a lean AB machine the excuses come.. last week i was told i was a wanker,plonker and knew nothing about the game? ha ha ha, i was so wrong to predict that dumb ass bakkies will cost bok's 9, sorry guys he cost 10.. Papier spies did nothing again, and lets now talk about Moffie steyn, he cant tackle,run or even create a gap, then again he has a gap between his ear's filled with a big empty jar. Vet gat smit once again ran around the ball park like a headless chicken. AB peaking to early? shame have the Bok's come to the end of the road? bottom line, the best team won on the day that's that.

  • DG - 2010-07-11 12:58

    Now maybe egotistical PdV and his egotistical team will come down to earth and realise that just because SA had two teams in the S14 final and we managed to beat three mediocre NH teams, we are far from world beaters. I've said it before and I will say it again, Zane Kirchner is way out of his depth at this level and Januarie can't play behind a scrum that's under pressure. Bakkies should be dropped permanently because he just doesn't seem capable of playing a game these days without getting sin binned. Jean de Villiers on the wing? what on earth are the coaching staff thinking. (oops! I forgot, they can't think)

  • Coenie - 2010-07-11 13:00

    @Nokka; 9 Weeks for a headbutt is deffinately not the benchmark for other players. This was for Bakkies, and should have been 9 years, and not 9 weeks!

  • Burtfred - 2010-07-11 13:03

    Deja vu The Allblacks always award themselves the winners trophy before the tournament has started. The springboks aren't the world champions for nothing. One swallow doesn't make a summer.

  • Laska - 2010-07-11 13:06

    Don't worry !! Just watch the REST of the season !!!!!!

  • Dave - 2010-07-11 13:08

    Hey Bok supporters, come on we were hammered. The bully did it again. Leave him out and let him sting!!! Why no chasers???? We kick and Habanna looks and half sprints to put pressure. The biggest glaring difference is that the AB and Wallaby's for that matter play TO the ball, while we play the man with AND without the ball. Get the brains into gear!!!!

  • Leigh-Ann - 2010-07-11 13:26

    Richie McCaw is putting his money where his mouth is!

  • marco - 2010-07-11 14:16

    There is not a more arrogant team in world rugby other than the All Blacks.There arrogance gets highlighted each time by people like Sean Fitzpatrick when his on show on SkySports in England and now this p**ph*l and koos Richie McCaw does exactly the same.The All Blacks' pure, unattractive arrogance will trip them up next week you can bet your mortgage on that.The All Blacks have never been humble, it is not in their DNA.They are told they are special from the moment they first pull on the famous shirt and they expect special treatment from the rest of the world at all times.There is extraordinary arrogance,pettiness and insularity over their commercially-driven haka, as though they were the only nation on earth allowed to express their individuality.They are not genuine New Zealand born players in their team either 'cause they keep raiding the Pacific to replenish their player stock-players from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.Get a passport and you in.It is their mental isolation that makes New Zealand so pathetic. If they came down off Mount Olympus little more often than not then everything falls into better perspective.

  • zimm - 2010-07-11 14:39

    Can you please explain: What kind of Rugby are the ABs playing? Some questions for you all......How many times have the ABs won the Tri-Nations? How many times have the Boks won the Tri Nations? What years have the ABs "NOT" been Number 1 on the IRB rankings at the end of a Rugby season (easier to count)? As for the World Cup - "England" have won this one so that should say it all....IRB ranking, Tri-Nations, 6 Nations, Super 14 etc etc has nothing to do with who is going to win the World Cup. As was proven on Saturday,.... it all depends on who decides to turn up on the day!!!! One last thing....The World Cup has been played for 6 times in history....SA 2, OZZIES 2, AB's 1, ENGLAND 1....Yes Boks you definitely have the upper hand on the rest of the World in Rugby!!!! And all this grumbling has been caused by a little country with no more than 4 Million people in its entire population....SA should be in awe of the AB's. 4 Million people and like it or not....In Rugby the AB's are still the team everyone aspires to beat :-)

  • jono - 2010-07-11 14:40

    to john the boks are only getting older and peaked last year has your coach got the balls to make the calls that need to be made somehow i doubt it

  • Rens - 2010-07-11 15:19

    All credit to NZ who executed perfectly - with the bounce of the ball or not – that’s how it goes some days and you must take advantage of that is what they did. They played Bakkies 100%, out played the Boks 100% and knew exactly what they needed to do – and did it! BUT, This MUST be expected and respected from NZ and the Boks can only take this game and build on it. The Boks played 17 tests in 2007 with 14 wins; 13 tests in 2008 with 9 wins; 12 tests in 2009 with 8 wins; and so far 5 test in 2010 with 4 wins – of the 12 losses 5 NZ, 1 Ireland, 1 France, 4 Aus, 1 British Lions – since end 2006!. Give it to the Boks! THEY ARE the benchmark being chased down by the rugby world and one can not expect them to be No.1 EV ERY test and to add NZ will beat every other team in the world with one arm tied behind their backs! My opinion: Great opener! Great test for NZ; great motivation for the Boks to step up!

  • Emile - 2010-07-11 15:25

    This whole thing about depth in the Springboks does not make sense to me, if you look at the u20(JWC) then SA has not done better than 3rd in the last 3 years...if anything the AB`s are only getting stronger and stronger. JWC champs 3 years running and without even trying.

  • Honest from London - 2010-07-11 15:38

    The Boks were bad but Alan Lweis added to it. He let the AB lie all over the bok ball at breakdown, AB could hold the ball when tackled and on the ground, if the Boks tried to turn over the ball he penalised unfairly (Bakkies Yellow Card case in point), he allowed Richie to steal ball when lying on the ground, under a ruck, etc. Basically he stopped Bok momentum and gave it to AB. I think he reacted to seeing the Bakkies incident on the big screen - this is not what a international ref should do. Lets see how AB fair if a ref takes them to task the way L(D)ewis did to the Boks.

  • @GW - 2010-07-11 17:22

    You're probably an anti-bull supporter. Clearly!!!! When these guys play well and win matches like the one against the british lions (Thank Morne Styen) then everyone loves them. Just get rid of January and you'll see a difference....quick ball makes a difference especially when you play a strong defensive all black team.

  • pedros - 2010-07-11 18:41

    We took the first and second place in the super 14. This means we have the best players and game plans. If we lost by such a margin the problem must lie with the national team selectors and coach. What is Ricky doing in this team? He can't even get a place in the provincial team. I hope this lost is a wake-up call for the team and management.

  • terry - 2010-07-11 18:42

    PdV should tell the world that he will not pick Bakkies Botha again for as long as he is coach. Bakkies Botha's list of stupid aggessive off the ball incidents is well known - and by picking him again he is giving referrees the right to blow the Boks of the park. Demonstrate to the world that this is not the way that we want to play rugby by stating unequivocably that Bakkies will not be picked for the Boks again - ever!!!

  • saffer - 2010-07-11 19:04

    Johan de Bruyn: I agree with all your statements....! But supporting the All Blacks? Come on mannnnn...! Clearly by your name your're South African. You are just like some of those blokes in the Cape who are supporting the All Blacks. I don't like some of the players in the Bok team, but I will always support them. Shame on you...... You can go and support the arrogant AB's instead!

  • Craig @Nokka - 2010-07-11 19:10

    Nokka remember one thing Bakkies got 9 weeks because of his previous indiscretions so no this is not the benchmark. He needs so learn to play hard fair rugby and not always resort to thuggery. The Boks got a big klap as the AB's were fired up and wanted revenge. Lets hope that we can pick it up again this week and that PDiV does not play players out of position. Well done AB's you guys deserved the victory. Big wake up call for the Boks

  • ImpartialCanuck - 2010-07-11 19:32

    Agree the ABs were best on the day!! Their cause was helped by pure stupidity on the part of Mr. Botha and some shocking kicking from Mr. Januarie when he should have retained possession when Mr. Botha was off the field. Please drop them both!! Further compounded by very lethargic SA play - only two who looked alive were Habana and Burger, the rest were shocking. Am sure next week will be a different story and do hope someone on the AB side is binned for their incessant offsides, jersey pulling etc - they are masters at getting away with it......

  • Mike B - 2010-07-11 22:52

    Where are all the comments from last week that the Bokke will "clap" the AB's? Even the most staunch Bok supporter must agree that not the ref, not Bakkies cost them the game. They where simply outplayed and the arrogance that has krept into this Bok team was further highlighted by John Smit after the game when he could not congratulate the AB's but chose to say the Boks lost the game!!!! As in my comments last week I warned about Botha giving penalties away! Jean de Villiers on the wing???? He was continually doing an "Hababana" and trying for the intercept leaving us vulnerable outside. Januarie has lost it and Steyn under pressure is a differant player. Our loseforwards were outplayed. When last have we lost lineout ball? As for the ref, he kept us in the game!!!! Let's be honest with our selves and show some class. Well done the AB's you deserved that one, but we will be back!!!!!!!!

  • iLuvSAgirls - 2010-07-11 23:09

    AB's peaking too early....I think not. Boks have come to the end of their run. SA needs a new coach, new game plan and start giving the up and coming players a start

  • Impi - 2010-07-12 02:47

    Braaivleai, soccer, sunny skies and Chevrolet. You guys have got it all there in the Republic, so what if you rugby team sucks. The ABs are superb, and the SA rugby team once again bows down before greatness - it's happened before and it will happen again. Lekker week almal.

  • Knockout - 2010-07-12 05:16

    Well done ABs. The smarter team won! Analysis was spot on. Tubbie too slow and therefore able to pressure Steyn(often not behind the last feet) No FSteyn therefore no huge punts downfield. WO weak link JDV out of position Spies too upright and not even trying to fetch. An amauteur ref. The ABs knew how to use this to their advantage. He was poor to both sides but the Abs were smart enough to take advantage of this. What we need to look at next game: Mccaws absolute disregard for laws. Neutralise him like the ABs did to our fetchers. ABs coming in from the side of the rucks on defense and attack. Almost every ruck there were black shirts either laying on the wrong side or players holding jerseys and playing the players off the ball in an off side position. How can players be standing on the worng side of the ruck pulling on Boks jerseys form behind???? The Abs did everything possible to slow the ball down and how in heavens they did not get cards for repeat offenses considering how weak Bakkies yellow card was. Jumping across the line at lineouts?? I thought playing the man in the air or jumping across the line was illegal?? We were taught a lesson on smart rugby and how to take advantge of conditions and the single most important man the ref. I hope PDV and his crew have some new ideas cos the ABs predicted their every move even the line out calls!!!! Well done.

  • mark from crusader country - 2010-07-12 05:51

    I can't believe how arrogant most of these comments are. Home town advantage has always played a big part in who wins between our two great nations. Last year we played 2 games in SA and this year we play 2 games in NZ. Can't believe how so many of you arrogant people believe that it wont happen next week. Wish i could bet against you arrogant people. NZ has dominated SA for years. Last year we lost a home game so what. The AB'S struggled last year. Every other year we have well and truly had the better of SA. I expect NZ to win this week.. And when we play in SA i expect you guys to win.. Wow do you guys really think that you will win this week.. Good luck.. May the best team win.. My $$$ is on the All Blacks again by 10 + points.

  • Bullthril - 2010-07-12 08:57

    Manne.... oaks, why everytime the All Blacks win, some of the Bok supporters say they are peaking to early...please saturdays match have no bearing on the world cup..although it could boost there confidence???but surely manne I've read a post a couple of weeks back stating..."the Wallabies and All Blacks to gain momentum, and the Boks to self destruct" is this perhaps early signs?

  • Laeveld Stormer - 2010-07-12 08:59

    Well done to Richie and his men. Great game played by the AB's. Oh and Mark from Crusader country... be careful my friend, having home ground advantage does not guarantee you a win. If gives you a slight advantage but does not guarantee you anything except added pressure to perform. There were so many things that we did poorly (that includes team selection and substitutions brought on) I do not even know where to start. Point is though... we lost because we were outplayed and we have a lot of work to do. What bothers me though is that there is only one person that can fix team selection and when / which substitutions come on and that is Pieter de Villiers... But who is going to fix him? bliksem, ons is in vir 'n ding

  • Well done - 2010-07-12 09:22

    Well done Richie..!! ...BBhhoooo to PDV and his quota proteas..!!

  • DVH - 2010-07-12 09:40

    The Springbok stars like John Smit, Victor Matfield, and Schalk Burger are over their best. Francois Louw is overrated, January is there because of political reasons and the worlds best utility back Frans Steyn does (strangely?)not make the group.The Boks will perform better but will lose again on saturday.

  • Thinus Jonker - 2010-07-12 17:22

    Johan du Buyn, why don't you move to NZ we dont need your tipe in SA. Bokke will take the cup again.

  • Arnie - 2010-07-14 20:13

    Chaps? Manne? Where is your faith. You dont win the Cup after week one. ABs had good day, burnt themselves out, wont last whole Tri Nations. Stop whining like women.

  • Anti - 2010-07-16 11:50

    Jeez, I'm glad I don't play sport with any of you moaners. You don't win the tri-nations after 1 match. Every team loses sometimes, it's how you pick youselves up that counts. I would say that the Boks are underperforming and the All Blacks had a good day last Saturday. Realistically speaking we'll probably be 2 - 0 down when the NZ leg of the competition is over but that doesn't mean we can't win the tri-nations. What's the matter with you guys? Where's your faith? I've seen far worse Springbok teams in the past. I wouldn't be totally suprised if we sneak this one tomorrow.

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