Deans: Boks 'getting there'

2011-08-14 11:59

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Durban - The Springboks remain realistic contenders for the World Cup, says Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

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New Zealander Deans told Sport24 at the press conference after his team’s 14-9 Castle Tri-Nations victory at Mr Price Kings Park here - their second triumph in three weeks over the RWC champions - that the Boks could not be discounted.

“Absolutely,” he replied when asked whether the Tri-Nations wooden-spoonists could yet be a force at this year’s global event.

“The Boks will get better and better ... they know what it takes to win the World Cup.

“The resilience we showed today was (gratifying). We stuck at it. We were good around the contact; we fronted up physically.”

Australian captain Rocky Elsom - seldom a ball of fire at media opportunities - pointed to his team’s “work ethic” as a key determinant of the outcome against a reawakening Bok side.

Deans’s counterpart Peter de Villiers, meanwhile, rued the Springboks not cashing in properly on a dominant start to the match.

“We wanted a good start and we got it, but we didn’t convert all our efforts into points. (Later) it was difficult to play catch-up with the state we were in. Some guys hadn’t played rugby for seven weeks or two months.

“But it’s a good start. There are positives to take out of it. We controlled the first half and looked really good. We can build from there.”

On the 25th-minute “try” by Jaque Fourie, disallowed after television referral, De Villiers said: “You get those things that go against you. Those you can’t control, it’s part of the game. We’ll bounce back ... we lost this game on the scoreboard only.”

He also took heart from the 50-minute showing of fit-again open-side flank Heinrich Brüssow.

“After 21 months out of Test rugby, what a revelation Heinrich was in the time he was on the field. We hope we can give us a good 80 (minutes) as quickly as possible.”

Captain John Smit, who faced an anxious wait to establish the extent of his arm injury late in the game, was philosophical about the losing end to his top-flight career at his hometown venue.

“I figured out a while back there are no fairytales. But it’s been good to me, Kings Park ... 14 years. Certainly I’ve been blessed to play for that long. (It’s) not the finish here I would have liked, but that’s not really the focal point; there are bigger (fish) to fry later.

“We made some progress; there’s lots to draw from it. It’s a horrible Test to lose because we felt like we had a lot of control but couldn’t convert it. It was frustrating.

“I was concerned going in at 6-0 (at halftime) after the kind of rugby we’d played and knowing the majority of the guys probably wouldn’t be firing fully come 70 minutes.

“But some guys got the full 80 minutes, the match hardness, and next week will be a different ball game.

“We must make sure we step it up against the All Blacks. We need a good result next weekend. We’ll work night and day to rectify (problem areas).”


  • UTU - 2011-08-14 12:21

    “After 21 months out of Test rugby, what a revelation Heinrich was in the time he was on the field. We hope we can give us a good 80 (minutes) as quickly as possible.” From the mouth of babes....tell me/us Dingo, what's your percentage regarding wins compared to Henry's and why don't you just admit that NZ has moved on and we no longer require your services Deans has a flashy new passport called AUSTRALIA, buggar off, ya spat the dummy and you're a loud mouth because your adopted country beat a SA team from first outing ( A team). Samoa v OZ, did you forget that or is G.Henry doing your head in. Eff off Deansy boy, Cantabs don't jump ships. Deans means jack, eff off deansy

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-14 12:30

      My oh my you are an idiot

      UTU - 2011-08-14 12:41

      @Obama wannabe, what's an idiot in your view? A Kiwi cantab coaching the OZ national team? I'll tell you my thoughts of an IDIOT, someone that uses the name of OBAMA BIN LADEN, you're a dick, no show just empty words......... IDIOT

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-14 13:07

      I am not sure what UTU is upset about?

      UTU - 2011-08-14 13:08

      @ Obama, here's the telling factor, who's SA's coach/captain. How do you say in "Afrikaana" come hither. NO EXCUSES

      Hayden - 2011-08-14 13:17

      Hehheeheeh @OBAMA BIN LADEN. For the record why use such a name. Gewizzz u & UTU certainly made my Sunday LOL heeheeheh

      UTU - 2011-08-14 13:36

      UTU means revenge, AB fan for life If I said that SA winning 2 world cups doesn't hurt me then I'd be lying. UTU, suck it up and welcome to AOTEAROA, land of the great oblong rugby thing. Bakkies is NO match, sheep jokes are well and good but you'd never say it to my face........BANG

      shark271 - 2011-08-14 13:56

      Sounds like a scared All Black.......

      UTU - 2011-08-14 14:20

      sounds like a gutless wimp that hides behide excuses and a 'No show' avatar, here in the flesh boy, here's a classic song just for you jaapie "COward of the County" BANG To sum things up, I'll play you a tune KA MATE, under the hairy bush we surrender but we welcome you, light/day we'll stay and show YOU, challenge means JACK..........KA MATE

      UTU - 2011-08-14 14:43

      @Shark....I'm not scared, you'll understand when your "team" lands in my land, no excuses required. On a side note, Saffas aren't actually that big or at least the ones I've met (met= with) BANG Waiting

      Warren - 2011-08-14 15:27

      @ Desmond UTU: Lay off the steroids bru. However, I'm with you on the bin Laden thing.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-14 15:40

      UTU is also aware that the AB are the official chokers in World Rugby. This year, I don't believe will be any different despite home advantage.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-14 15:46

      UTU, where do you live? I would like us to meet so that I can show you what a ''gutless wimp that hides behide excuses and a 'No show' avatar'' can do to you. You can e-mail me at ''.

      James - 2011-08-14 15:51

      lol UTU..... can't half of your incoherent monologue, but you certainly put a smile on my face.... :-)

      flat bier - 2011-08-14 20:26 that hairy bush maybe one of the native maori woman?

      Trevor - 2011-08-15 03:40

      He is coaching the AUS team because his own country turned their back on him. What would you have done in the same situation. Best Super Rugby coach of all time, and they still choose a coach (who lost a world cup at Quarter Finals) to be the coach. Henry is good, but Deans should be the coach of the All Black team, not him.

      Crusaderinvader - 2011-08-15 05:22

      @Trevor, Deans had his chance as assistant to J Mitchell in 2003...we needed to change our habit of dumping good coaches because they lost the WC, which is why Henry and co retained their jobs!..a good call I believe. @UTU, I'm a cantab too, but unlike you I hold no bitterness against Deans..what's with you mate?..people have moved on from that saga and I'd suggest you'd be wise to do the same!!

      Ryno - 2011-08-15 15:48

      UTU..You are a wanker. Go tie yourself to a lampost and call yourself playstation...PRICK!!!!

  • Bren Vander - 2011-08-14 12:23

    Talk talk talk talk. I don't deny that John Smit is a great 'captain' and people-person. Maybe a great guy too. But it's time to retire, you're holding the team back. Unfortunately, it might just be too late to retire now before the WC, because noone else has had a chance to cement themselves in the leadership role now...

  • Sarge - 2011-08-14 12:26

    Hopefully not with Danie Rossouw, I have never seen someone with less drive than this guy yesterday. Should have left Brussow on and taken Danie off instead.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-14 12:35

    The result did not surprise me. Let's just put it down to a lack of match play for most of the guys and expect a much better performance this coming weekend....especially against a NZ (almost) 'B' team.

      Quasar - 2011-08-14 12:52

      I agreewith you totally. Anyone that expected a runaway victory for the Boks is a fool. They played well for their first game together. There is definitely a few kinks to sort out, but overall I'm a lot more positive after yesterday's game.

      Barry - 2011-08-14 12:58

      I agree with Mike and Quasar. It was not the result we wanted, although a lot better than the two recent away games. I don't think Dean's comments should be taken lightly. He knows the Boks are a big threat come the WRC.

      BoB - 2011-08-14 13:35

      I agree,the performance was a lot better and lets hope come RWC the Boks would have reached their peak & the other teams on the peak now would be going down.

  • Rhowen - 2011-08-14 12:58

    At least we know the Boks are NOT at their peak performance and could very well be ready for WC

  • Henk - 2011-08-14 13:03

    Hope Divvy gets his screws together before the world cup. Smit at tight head? Brussow so early off? No need to take James off. Frans Steyn need some discipline, it could have been different if he didn’t attempt that ridicules drop goal. It seems there is enough talent but a huge lack of strategy. Hope Rassie gets more power! Go Bokke! You are on the up and up!

      Barry - 2011-08-14 14:37

      @Henk. I think they were just trying things out in the forwards. Why not. No one is really worried about who wins the tri nations this year. I feel quite good about the performance last night overall. Not the result of course.

  • Dok - 2011-08-14 13:06

    Dear Robbie Deans. We would have been "there" earlier if it had not been for the coach and the captain. Yours truly. DOK

      Barry - 2011-08-14 14:44

      Dok is such a great supporter of the Boks !

  • Josh Brown - 2011-08-14 13:07

    The sheep in NEW ZULLAND are getting very very nervous!!!

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-14 15:17

      I agree they dont even want McCaw or Carter to play. Go figure!

  • Carlo - 2011-08-14 13:11

    well done Robbie the Boks wil fall for that, "they are getting there",make them at ease,n false sense of security!

      Hayden - 2011-08-14 13:23

      Its a true reflection from an honest coach as Deans. Do you perhaps think we not getting there Carlo after our first big Test together since last year hey?????

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-14 15:19

      Deans is right. WE ARE GETTING THERE !

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-08-14 13:12

    Smit at prop proved to be a disaster again.

  • watalife - 2011-08-14 13:14

    They came and hell they left with an empty tank once again. to many bulls players that will cost the boks very dearly,Russow pictured himself running right over the players and before he knew it he spilled the ball, bad dutchman attitude cost the boks once again. Fat boy smit did a great deal of nothing once again, oh hell mrs revelon francis steyn kicked one penalty pulled a fat muscle and off to bench. Useless bunch of lazy,old fat men.

      watalife - 2011-08-14 13:37

      Maybe he thinks he is Jesus with that so called golden boot. He should rather do photo shoots for revelon than play rugby.

      peter.saaiman - 2011-08-14 21:06

      watalife go get a life. @sshole.

  • Barry - 2011-08-14 13:32

    It is interesting to look back at the pools and final results of the RWC in 2007. Amazing to see two of the semi finalists coming from the same pool and neither AB or Australia even making the semi's. I bet the AB were favorites just like they are this year. I am sure no one could have predicted the outcome.

      Linzam - 2011-08-15 08:31

      Nobody could have predicted a ref who refused to penalise a defending team (France) for an entire half against the All Blacks, or that the way the rules were interpreted overall would lead to defensive tactics only being supported. Attacking teams were penalised continually at the breakdown. Teams that kicked and then defended, were awarded constant penalties in their oponent's half and thereby won. Therefore the fluke that the two most boring and defensive teams were in the same pool and made the final could probably only have been predicted by the refs. Teams with flair and willingness to attack were removed by the refs earlier in the competition. The rules have moved on but South Africa hasn't.

  • Henni Apple - 2011-08-14 13:38

    just been polite

  • GhengisKhan - 2011-08-14 14:26

    "We lost this game on the scoreboard only" - Is there any other way to lose a game???????????? Bloody idiot!!!!!!!!!

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-14 15:22

      Who cares who won the game ? It it only a tri nations game in world cup year

  • UTU - 2011-08-14 16:33

    Classic, a gem from Bully, BTW, how's yoúr avitaar Loyd..... CLASSIC??? Here's a tune, join the dots....CLASSIC

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-14 16:43

      Commenting in the wrong spot. Idiot.

  • D T - 2011-08-14 16:58

    Robbie seems to be too well liked for you to get any support, seems also that you might have to get that razor out again if the all blicks dont do well next week without their golden boy Carter. Geez we all remember what happened in 07 when the gods of rugby got run over by that big froggie steamroller... after the game half the new zeelend male population lined up at the bathroom mirrors with their old mans safety razors.... take that you loser... take that...

  • kiwiNZ - 2011-08-14 20:08

    lol. you saffas are really gullible & deans knows it too. "just tell them how great they are and they'l swallow it" lol.this man is a greater strategist than you realise. "getting there" is actually a destination guys. called "down the tubes". His boys praised your boks as they landed and it worked.Who do you think taught them? (shaking head lol gullible fools...) Oh & UTU is correct. kiwis dont coach Ozys how to beat kiwis. imagine your jake white or similar came over to coach AB's how to beat boks? does'nt taste right does it?

      Damian@bulls - 2011-08-15 07:43


  • Raymond - 2011-08-14 21:30

    'Gettin There'?-let me know in which year they will arrive there.Just soft soap talk.

      Jonathan Davis - 2011-08-15 11:12

      AB's lost against France in a World cup what do you thinks the Boks are going to do to you in the semi final.

  • B A M - 2011-08-14 22:02

    Utu, Kaore te kumara e whaakii ana tana reka. All Blacks, Ake Ake Kia Kaha.

  • Hilton Robinson - 2011-08-15 06:02

    all you guys are sht talkers ! we all know that Australia will win this world cup. RSA won't make it to the 1/4 finals . you got lucky last world cup because you never came across AUS or NZ in the finals. lets face it. you did sht in the super rugby, try nation was shocking and your world cup will be your worst in history. RSA rugby has lost its magic . Hilton From SYD AUS

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-15 07:37

      ..........and you have lost your marbles.

  • Trevor - 2011-08-15 08:07

    @Crusaderinvader - Agreed, probably a good move to retain the coaches given their winning record leading up to the WC which they lost. I guess what I am trying to say is that people should not give Deans a hard time for leaving NZ to coach AUS...he was forced into the decision, his first choice was to coach NZ. You can hardly call his stint in 2003 under Mitchell as a chance...he proved himself a number of times coaching the Crusaders...I personally believe he is a better coach than Henry. Dont get me wrong, Henry is an amazing coach, I just believe Deans is better.

  • MB1810 - 2011-08-15 08:18

    Yeah, I was slightly heartened by Saturday's game aswell. I know we lost, but there was a lot of good stuff to take out of the game too. Still have 2 problems though: Danie Rossouw is too slow to play as a loosie, stick him on the bench to cover lock and flank as a super sub. John Smit - I know this debate is getting old, but seeing as Div has made up his mind that John should be in the team at least do the whole country a favour and keep him at hooker, we went from dominating the scrum to conceding tightheads when he moved to prop. Once again my sympathies to Bismarck, he proved again how SA loves to waste talent. Oh and credit to Pierre Spies, his attacking play was really good on Saturday, reminded me of how he played a few seasons back, but still 4 missed tackles on the weekend - something to work on perhaps.

  • Dan - 2011-08-15 08:36

    Just two things stood out from Saturday's performance. The superior class of some senior Boks made a significant difference and losing most of them after RWC is going to be a major shock to Bok rugby. The senior guys just again showed they are in a completely different class than the reserve guys in the two previous games. That is the positive. The negative is that one could also AGAIN clearly see the total lack of coaching, vision and probably competence of the team management. I can't remember when last I have seen a properly coached Bok team. We play 100% on senior player experience and individual ability. With are the money they (SARU) have, why don't they appoint the best coach in the world?

  • Rugganut - 2011-08-15 13:18

    I am heartened by the fact that we managed to subdue such a potent attacking side (Oz), especially after how poor our defence has been since the last tri-nations tournament, and lament the 2 occasions we did not have the composure to score a try. Besides all of the other points made by most bloggers (Smit should NOT play prop; Danie should be back up lock as he is too slow at flanker and for a full 80min; Frans Steyn is slightly over-weight and sluggish; Brussouw should play full 80min, once fit; Spies played much better; most had not played for 7 weeks and some for over a year, etc), Danie's attendance at the breakdowns was less than any other forward; Bismarck should DEFINITELY START rather than Smit (because when matches are close, you need Smit’s experience in the closing minutes of a match); our missed tackle count was much higher than that of the Aussies (John, Danie, James, JP and Spies being the worst culprits...their tackled/missed tackles percentage was higher than the rest); our offloading in the tackles must become a priority and increase; our forwards will have a harder edge to them with the likes of Skalk, Alberts and Juan (although I think including him in the RWC squad without any matches under his belt is a gamble) as we need their aggression to punch holes into the defence and create gaps for supporting runners; our defensive structure has improved dramatically (and was only let down by the few mentioned above) and increase the amount of supporting runners

  • rosemarie - 2011-08-15 20:29

    Mmm- Robbie Deans talking us up???

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