Sorry Bakkies … enough!

2010-07-10 13:30

Comment: Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – If relevant people in the Springbok camp have enough balls to insist on it, Eden Park must represent the drawing of a line on foul play offences by Bakkies Botha.

It will be clear now to all but the bruising lock’s most head-in-the-sand or daftly macho disciples that his serial sin-binning has become a liability … not just to the national cause, but to his domestic franchise the Bulls as well.

Crass disciplinary lapses by Botha are so “serial”, in fact, that some wags might be inclined to measure them in a breakfast-bowl shower of Coco Pops.

The Currie Cup, Super 14, Test matches … the No 4 joked a year or so back that he was so familiar with the various citing commissioners that he could spot them in a crowd or virtually be on first-name terms with them.

Only it has ceased to become a laughing matter.

Saturday’s latest flashpoint(s) again left 14 remaining, more honourable men vulnerable and over-worked … a particularly tall order when your team is so noticeably under the cosh anyway.

Ironically, there is a good case for saying that his yellow-carding by Alan Lewis, in the 13th minute of a near-disastrous Vodacom Tri-Nations opening defeat to the focussed and ravenous All Blacks, was rough justice.

He was pinned for a professional foul on defence near the Bok try-line, with captain John Smit protesting animatedly that it was a first offence of that nature and a warning would surely have sufficed.

But referees, rightly or wrongly, also have devilish ways and means of atoning for earlier blemishes -- like the Irishman not initially spotting Botha’s all-too-unsubtle headbutt on New Zealand scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan pretty soon after the kick-off.

The No 9 indulging in some jersey-tugging in open play seconds earlier may amount to a very small level of mitigation for Botha, but there was simply no excusing his blatant head-charge into the back of Cowan’s skull after tackling him.

It was swiftly shown on the big screen, to a deafening chorus of home-town boos, and Lewis and his fellow match officials would hardly have missed the replay, even if out of the corner of an eye.

Frankly, it will be a miracle if Botha sees action again on the two-game remainder of the away leg for the defending champions, and he may even be “struggling”, as they say – given a mounting catalogue of prior offences -- to grace this Tri-Nations on South African turf either.

Botha has some wonderful attributes when his red mist is kept at bay, but he is not so special that South Africa can bank on his leaving combat for 10 minutes and expect not to suffer against leading-light foes.

It happened here, with the Boks 3-0 to the good when he got his marching orders, and 10 points were surrendered in his absence – a critical turnaround which the visitors never looked like rectifying.

They talk about Botha’s vital shoving presence behind his tighthead prop, but when he returned to the fray cold off the offender’s bench, the Bok scrum was immediately pulverised anyway and duly penalised. Bam … another three points to Dan Carter.

“(In)discipline costs you Test matches,” Smit confessed acidly in the immediate on-field interview after the thumping defeat, without mentioning -- or needing to -- Botha’s blemish.

Not only is the controversial lock getting yellow cards way too often – something Schalk Burger used to, but has largely rectified – but he is tending to get them very early in matches, at a time when establishing a bridgehead is a critical factor.

I suspect Danie Rossouw, a similarly tough but rather tighter cannon, is about to get a succession of starts alongside Victor Matfield, something hardly undeserved anyway.

But whatever punishment is meted out in this instance to Bakkies Botha, someone needs to say to him in no uncertain terms: “If you want to be with us for the World Cup, enough is enough.”


  • Greg - 2010-07-10 13:40

    What a complete moron. Time for this God fearing,bully to banished from Springbok rugby for good. WHat a loser and hipocrat. GOODBYE

  • Skeptic - 2010-07-10 13:40

    B Botha is an embarassment to SA rugby and should be removed from the scene immediately! His pray and kill attitude is not amusing!

  • Leigh-Ann - 2010-07-10 13:46

    Enough is enough! A so called Christian does not behave that way and he should be banned for a long time! I'm both a Bulls and Bokke supporter, but despise foul play! He must be taught a lesson!

  • Jakes Jacobson - 2010-07-10 13:46

    Couldn't agree more. Danie Rossouw played brilliantly at lock while Bakkies was serving his previous sentence. In fact, might be a good idea to replace both locks for the next test. I doubt if Victor Matfield even had to shower after the Auckland test. His test kit must be clean enough to hand over to his successor.

  • nigel - 2010-07-10 13:47

    Botha's ill-discipline in the first ten minutes lead to the loss of this game. Before he was yellow-carded the game was perfectly balanced. From that point on, it was downhill to the final whistle. Botha does not deserve to be a part on the Springbok squad.

  • Ken - 2010-07-10 13:47

    I used to always defended Bakkies'' style of play , but as you say , enough is enough. When youre a marked man surely you KNOW you must tone the rough-stuff down. Sorry Bakkies , time to ride on into the sunset !!

  • gcr - 2010-07-10 13:50

    Bakkies is nothing more than a thug and he has been this way for years - SA Rugby need to drop him completely from their future plans and also next years world cup. Also when will de Villiers realise that Morne Steyn is atrocious in a team under the hammer. Start the team with Pienaar and James and de Villiers (the player) and Fourie at centre and find a wing Jongie Nkokwe comes to mind, but please don't play de Villiers on the wing its not his position

  • Josywales - 2010-07-10 13:51

    By time Bakkies went and played Northern Hemisphere rugby now. Go play for money and not the love. We want hard but clean rugby down here. He is too good a player to resort to dirty play all the time. Pity because with his strength and talent there is just no need for it.

  • Graham - 2010-07-10 13:56

    Bakkies as much as I and we like you it's time for you to pack up or get your attatude under control, this has cost use dearly.

  • Jan - 2010-07-10 13:58

    This is something that started in the James Dalton era, Butch James, Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha.... We know they are at least a couple of yellows worth every season, but the coaches will keep on selecting them. It is clear that Bakkies is still unfit after his injury lay off, so in stead of making him fit off the bench the coach gamble with starting with him. How much game time did this guy gave us since back from injury. Does he get paid per game or per minute played...... At least Alberto perrera got fed up with Benny Mc Carthy. Wake up PdV winning a couple of games against the blind school is not going to win you the Tri nations or help to defend the world cup succesfully. At least now you know your team is not up to standard.

  • amelam - 2010-07-10 14:01

    I agree. Bulls supporters were quick to point fingers to Schalk Burger who has by all accounts redeemed himself. Bakkies? A lost cause .... what he did this morning was plain and simply idiotic.

  • Benny - 2010-07-10 14:03

    We were outmuscled; outthought and outplayed by a slick, fast moving superior-on-the-day All Black team. Backies Botha's customary yellow card did not help matters - As talented as he is, it is time he is dropped from the team. We have plenty of very good locks to replace him. Not far behind him is Butch James - why he was brought back mystifies me. It is just a matter of time before he too is yellow carded! On the positive side a number of players gave 100% effort in a team that just could not match the AB's for speed to the loose ball.

  • Stormer - 2010-07-10 14:05

    Go Bakkies - go!! SA rugby and the Bulls cannot survive without the terminator, aka Bakkies Botha. The author of this article is decidedly anti Bakkies and prejudiced. He clearly also does not like the Bulls. Rugby is unfortunately not for sissies. Bakkies does have his indiscretions now and then, but he is a force to be reckoned with and who won`t be bullied, by nobody. He is too good a player to not have in your team. He will walk into any intertnational side. Also take note that the TN citing committee has proved beyond any reasonable doubt to be anti-SA and pro any other team. Other players in opposing teams on a regular basis get away with simalair or even worse incidents. The immediate yellow card was uncalled for.

  • brian - 2010-07-10 14:07

    sad but he now has to go the boks just cannot afford him anymore..he let the team down badly today !

  • Shocking - 2010-07-10 14:10

    He has tarnishes the proud Springbok heritage. Time for Bakkies to be put out to pasture

  • Boelie - 2010-07-10 14:10

    Bakkies verteenwoordig 'n mentaliteit wat ingesluip het in ons sagmaak en intimideer. So, hy moenie alleen die skuld kry nie, daar is selfs armbande gedra tot steun van hom. Voordat ons nie wegbeweeg van hoogskop en dryf en weer avontuurlike oop rugby gaan speel nie, sal spelers (boelies) soos hy en Butch James steeds gekies en as helde behandel word. Dis tyd dat ons wegbeweeg van die Blou mentaliteit en spelpatroon!

  • Wazza - 2010-07-10 14:11

    You are such a tough guy Bakkies ...... head butting a scrumhalf in the back of a head while he's pinned on the floor! Your time is up.

  • Shawn - 2010-07-10 14:11

    Bakkies was provoked in this case and 3 officials as useual saw nothing, but that does not excuse him, he should have waited his turn and given their no 9 a good blue bull shoulder, or straight arm. having said that PDV should keep his mouth shut before games and the boks were over confident and got their asses kicked and they deserved it. It was very one dimensional and by now they should know that Morne is not going to save them everytime, what Butch James was doing only PDV and Butch would know. Jean De Villiers was shocking in defence and once again John Smit looked used up. The all blacks did their homework and were hungry to win. The boks on the other hand looked like Fat Cats, tardy, Lazy and without a plan. Poor show boys, very poor show.

  • Yarpie - 2010-07-10 14:12

    Mr Houwing, the ball was loose and a Bok player was clearly held back by a "mighty" All Black in an attacking position. That was a yellow card and a penalty, right in front of the linesman and the referee. Please explain why it was not given. Alan Lewis had a blinder for NZ. This SCUM have a history of demonising our players then having them cited. I don't buy a word of your article. It is poor and does not address the issue. Did you see how "Brad" finally found his raisin nuts when Bakkies was gone. Makes you think?

  • ck - 2010-07-10 14:14

    Bakkies has now become a liability. He is perhaps getting "long in the tooth" and can no longer keep up with the rest and therefore starting to revert to this new found nonsense of his.In the build up to the test all he spoke about was the physical challenge etc. Enough is enough get back to playing rugby as it is intended.

  • Priester - 2010-07-10 14:15

    Bakkies, what the hell were you thinking with that headbutt? You already have a bad reputation resulting in you being marked for yellow cards. Nee boet, I think you should come home as you are a liability to the Bok team. My bloed is BLOU … en groen!!

  • patrick - 2010-07-10 14:18

    Brainless THUG!! Get rid of him. He is a disgrace to SA rugby!

  • Punter - 2010-07-10 14:21

    TATA BAKKIES he sould be given a 12 Month suspension

  • marco it's not over until it's over - 2010-07-10 14:24

    Personally I don't think its all lost from here on in.Bakkies and a few other silly K@K cost us in the end but hey look the Boks lost against Australia last year 21-6 in their second game away from home and still manage to win the Tri-Nations Title with 2 wins out of 3.If we can replicate that same sort off result away from home this time round then we got it made with still 3 home games to come but we have to win all our home games and get at least 1 away win.The All Blacks were really up for it today from the word go even that haka they did towards the end when doing that chest slashing bid meant they were not going to lose no matter what and offcourse Bakkies sinbinning didn't help either at least we was able to restrict them to only 20 points difference which could have been a lot worse scoreline had we crumbled and folded.We just have to regroup this coming week,focus and work on our obvious weaknesses,mistakes and indiciplines which sadly was prevalent in every department as a whole and get it 100% right next weekend.Its definitely not all over until the fat lady sings.

  • Rasta - 2010-07-10 14:26

    What is it with these guys - the 10 min clan - Bakkies Botha - Butch James - Schalk Burger - Jannie & Bismark du Plessis - what don't they understand. Flipping stupidity!

  • Marius - 2010-07-10 14:29

    Bakkies, MY HERO ... MY HERO Agg same, the others are just babies

  • Zion Pay - 2010-07-10 14:29

    The country, players, public and much of the rugby world has been shouting until blue in the face about hero Bakkies' foul play yet nothing is done about it. Why, Because the powers to be, selectors and other want to turn a blind eye because it is convenient to do so. Bakkies may be good, in fact the best but totally undisciplined and and as such a hazard to any team he may play for. Like today. Give him the boot permanently because he does not have the inclination or mentality to change his ways. The All Blacks are laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Rons - 2010-07-10 14:31

    The Boks were lead footed from the start. Will someone please explain what January is doing behind the pack??? He is way to slow and it showed against his oposite number who's service was great. Jean de Villiers - come on, the same story!! At least Brian had a blinder in work rate!

  • coenie - 2010-07-10 14:32

    Time for him to get his permanent marching orders. We can and will survive without him. The Bulls and Danie Roussouw proved this allready.

  • Love Africa - 2010-07-10 14:36

    He should have been red carded for that then it would have been a lesson. Take nothing away from New Zealand they played as well as they could and we had a few players that didn't play so well. But credit to the players that all the supporters gave uphill for selection, Zane and Ricky they did very little wrong and really with John Smit for me worked hard to save us from getting a 50 pointer.. Let me say we won 2 in a row in New Zealand so to win 3 in row was always going to be difficult but I think the next game won't be so one sided. Come on Bokke.

  • Molefe - 2010-07-10 14:40

    Enough! Bakkies is as bad as Schalk Burger! Ban both of them from rugby!

  • Michael Howell - 2010-07-10 14:41

    Get rid of him.

  • GRAHAM - 2010-07-10 14:44

    Bakkies you are a good player but enough is enough. Such a stupid incident. Not sure what you are trying to prove. At this stage, you are a liability to the team. Drop the fellow from the squad and let him go through proving his worth again. SA has enough talent.

  • CK - 2010-07-10 14:45

    Hope it's the last we'll see of Bakkies....

  • THE VOICE - 2010-07-10 14:46

    You are right! Yet it is a damm pity ... for he has again shown today - when he was on the field - that he is the one who CAN MATCH THE AB'S WITH SHEAR AGGRESSION through his tackling and driving play! Problem is ... you simply cannot beat the AB's with poofters as was so clearly demonstrated again today. Remember ... 2011 will be played out on their turf and i strongly doubt whether we will again be so lucky to win a WORLD CUP by having to beat "minnows" like in 2007! Botha's tackling, driving and cleaning out is from the top drawer! Yes ... it might be all over for him but then again ... if we do not play the tough nuts of RSA rugby such as STEGMAN, BRUSSOUW, DYSEL and the likes of Bismark Du PLESSIS ... it might be all over for us also! The AB's have too easily ... too conveniently ... too nonchalantly disposed us today - i am a deeply worried Bok supporter ...

  • Andrew - 2010-07-10 14:47

    And the fact that he is vocal about his devotion to Christ says volumes about Christians and their hypocracy

  • Amuser - 2010-07-10 14:48

    Drop Him!!!

  • Wade - 2010-07-10 14:48

    Send the a**hole home... he shouldn't even be playing club rugby!!!!!

  • Basher - 2010-07-10 14:49

    Is this man Brain Dead? He has become a huge liability to the Bok's and an embarrassment not only to the Green and Gold but South Africa as a whole. He must now take his medicine like a big boy - a total ban from all forms of rugby for a year would be appropriate censure. Lekker slaap Ou Groote! Long live Danie!

  • Sharks Supporter - 2010-07-10 14:54

    Really Rob..., this is a boring article! We've heard enough about what happened in the game (All Blacks draw first blood), we saw it with our own eyes too... it wasn't the worst foul play ever seen either... SA have too many guns, UK have too many knives... and Bakkies Botha too aggressive... go Bakkies, do what you're paid to do & don't be a sissie... just don't paralyze them for life, please! Good heavens, what is becoming of good, hard & aggressive rugby????

  • Andy - 2010-07-10 14:56

    Stem saam. Bakkies, you don't need to play foul. You're good enough without!

  • blou machine - 2010-07-10 15:04

    bakkies go now plz, you making a fool of yourself, i dont want my sons to see you in a bulls jersey, no longer, plz piss off to france, your a disgrace to the bulls and the rest of the country

  • George - 2010-07-10 15:10

    I had similar thoughts about Schalk Burger a while back. Botha places himself above the team far too many times. I believe he must now be dropped and others come to the fore- Danie Rossouw, Bekker, Hargreaves and Flip van der Merwe come to mind.

  • Peet - 2010-07-10 15:11

    Bakkies is a bully and a disgrace he should be fined his full "match fee" and sent home. The Bull supporters must also wake up " vuil en gemene spel is nie welkom in ons Rugby nie. Hou ook op om hom as held voor te hou, hy is 'n uiters slegte voorbeeld vir ons kinders en jonger spelers."En sy "gebed" voor die kameras is ook 'n belediging vir ons intelligensie en mede Christene gesien in die lig van sy swak disipline en gedrag. Skors hom lewenslank en maak 'n voorbeeld van hom...!

  • Peter Schafer - 2010-07-10 15:12

    Let's put it this way. Bakkies Botha's springbok career is 110% finished. There is not a miligram of doubt about that. A sad way to go to a former hero, but he's become a liability and embarrassment.

  • Peet - 2010-07-10 15:15

    ...GENOEG IS NOU NET EENVOUDIG GENOEG...' permanente "ROOIKAART" is nodig.

  • Vic - 2010-07-10 15:18

    Rubbish maar stays rubbish! Should be banned for life!

  • Duitse Burq - 2010-07-10 15:19

    This test was used to see which combinations can or will work. It should be clear that the following combinations were not tested: 1. Bakkies and self-control, discipline, or intelligence. 2. Wynand Olivier and an expansive game. 3. Morne Steyn and innovative, creative rugby. 4. Januarie and snappy delivery. 5. JdV and solid defence (a la Stormers). The following combinations were indeed tested, but failed to impress: 1. Kick and chase, and kick, and chase, and kick and ........ 2. Bakkies and rugby 3. Wynand and the ball. 4. Giving the ball to the ABs with a kick, in the line-out, after being tackled, ... 5. Going for the intercept and covering your man. 6. Going for the intercept and keeping the defensive line. It was the first time in years that I switched off the broadcast in disgust. Sies, Bokke!

  • Freddy - 2010-07-10 15:20

    Bakkies should go on a anger management course or he should join WWE and try his skills there in the squared ring. I watched this match in bits and pieces and sorry to say I have lost my patience. He could also vent his aggressiveness on the bulls running through the streets of Spain during the annual festival held there on an annual basis.

  • Fan - 2010-07-10 15:22

    He's a complete idiot. How thick do you have to be to think you can get away with that in international rugby. Time for him to change or we get rid of him.