Victor to end centurion curse

2010-08-25 14:39

Pretoria - The Springboks will hope that another centurion's milestone can inspire the team to a win, as Victor Matfield becomes the third South African to achieve such a milestone.

According to the website, an emotional Matfield received a pair of boots from the Springboks first centurion, Percy Montgomery, in front of a media gathering at the Southern Sun hotel in Sunnyside.

"Your first game in a Springbok jersey is very special and to play your 50th as a Springbok is incredible, but to run out for your 100th game is something you never expect to happen," Matfield said.

Whether or not the occasion can inspire the team remains to be seen, but at least the Bulls lock will not play against the All Blacks – something of a bane against 100th Test celebrations.

Normally such a milestone guarantees success, with all seven of the first men to reach 100 Test matches able to record victories.

Of the next seven, only one of them – Irish forward John Hayes – was able to win in his 100th match.

Three of the last men to record such a mark, Percy Montgomery, George Smith and John Smit, all had their parties crashed by All Black teams.

Matfield, when taking on the Wallabies this weekend, will run out in front of his adoring home crowd at Loftus Versfeld, where his success at Currie Cup and Super 14 level has been quite remarkable.

The under pressure Springboks will be desperate to record their first success of the tournament, with the factors quoted as to their malaise adding up with every loss.

Among them is the fact that some feel that the South Africans have held onto some of their greatest players for too long.

But Matfield, unquestionably one of the greatest lineout technicians to have played the game, will hope to inspire his troops.

"We hope we can turn around our mistakes and bad luck from the first four games and come up with something special on Saturday," said Matfield.

At the very least, the South African cloning machine may help the Springboks, with reports there will be at least 35 000 Matfield’s at Loftus.

Puma spokesperson James Mullen said the masks will be handed out to honour the local hero, stating that "there will be thousands of Victor Matfields next to the pitch."

Percy Montgomery hands the real Victor Matfield his boots (PUMA)


  • well done..!! - 2010-08-25 14:56

    VICTOR + 100 = EXCELLENT..!!! ...GO VICTORIOUS..!!!

  • HPD - 2010-08-25 14:57

    Talk, Talk, Talk - Rubbish, Rubbish, Rubbish. This is how I summarise our pathetic Bok team.

  • Robert - 2010-08-25 14:57

    Well done Victor! Without a doubt the master of lineouts!

  • THE MAN - 2010-08-25 14:59

    never you sprinboks will never win you will slip to number 6 in the world ranking... i will get springbok biltong and urinate on it before the game begins and burry it in the ground in a secret a result you will lose every game until the piece of biltong is dug up from the ground and thrown into the fire, but i will only dig it up when there is a black captain...go australia jisis that was painfal..

  • WESTERN PROVINCE - 2010-08-25 15:04

    O bliksem i can see the blue bull costing us a game again and our numbe 2 world rankin in the next 2 weeks, well we do deserve to be number 4 or 5 anyway so we will take number 3

  • peebo - 2010-08-25 15:07

    been a good servant over the years, but I suspect this will be his swansong

  • mike - 2010-08-25 15:15

    A true legend of the game and still the best number 5 lock in world rugby. I'm sure we will beat the Aussies. Go Vic Go Bokke

  • KB - 2010-08-25 15:24

    He who can hardly keep up with the game and is battling to secure ball in the line-outs lately...and wants to secure a win for himself. It takes more than a Matfield to win a game. And by his slack standards over the past months, it will be another loss. We need to revamp the Bok Team if we are going to even have a chance of winning the world cup, let alone against the Wallabys

  • blou snor - 2010-08-25 15:44

    ja nog in rekord vir die bulle. die eerste bul wat 100 toetse gespeel het en wat sy 100 st toets gewen het nogal op loftus.

  • graps - 2010-08-25 15:56

    Go Victor. Hope you don't get let down by John Smit again

  • Steve - 2010-08-25 16:08

    Well done Victor. He has been the best Number 5 for many years and deserves recognition, however I do not think that he has time on his side to adapt to the rule changes. Less lineouts, less scrums, faster paced game and rucks are just as quick. Bakkies is in the the same boat. Bekker and Van der Merwe are the locks we need for the World Cup. I would also like to see Kankoski turned into a a lock as well, as we did with Danie. Locks have to have speed and a high work rate in addtion to set piece skills.

  • Always optimistic - 2010-08-25 16:30

    I am so glad I am not a Springbok player...really...who wants to play for such negative, disgraceful, know-it-all, and hopeless supporters who has nothing good to say like you lot.Please go to the stadium, put on your boots and go show these professionals how its done, since you always seem to know better. And if you can't play, due to an obvious lack of talent, please apply for the coaching post and we will see how you fare. You go Victor. You and your mates have made me proud more than once before and you can do it again. Please excuse my fellow 'supporters', they know nothing. and know that there are still some loyal supporters out there who believe you can turn this bad spell around!

  • MACK DIE BLOUE - 2010-08-25 16:33

    julle bliksems ,toe hy die wereld beker help wen het,toe praat julle saam ,nou praat julle kak.... Geluk VIC ,KAP HULLE MANNETJIES FLOU !

  • Rupert - 2010-08-25 16:33

    @THE MAN Burying biltong in the garden? Are you the world's first computer literate canine?

  • DH - 2010-08-25 17:11

    @always optimistic: you've hit the nail on the head in my opinion. Everyone is an expert these days. I can't believe people are calling for him to retire. As an AB's fan, he is still one of your best players on the park and has been for a long time. Matfield is still the best lineout jumper in the current game and I would love to have Matfield in the AB's.

  • marlin - 2010-08-25 17:20

    we have to many side line coaches let de villiers do his job u cant win everytime we going threw a bad patch and thats ablessing in disguise especially before the world cup at least we can use these two last games and see where we must rectify our mistakes before the world cup next year.keep the faith because we critisize too much.bokke forever."victor congrats on your mile stone and hope you land john with the rest of the team will lead us to victory on saturday and in the world cup."100%behind you boys

  • Amazed - 2010-08-25 17:27

    @KB,Western Province and HPD: I read the absolute rubbish coming from people like you and I wonder what you are capable of on a rugby field. I am willing to bet R10,000 that someone like you and all the other smart asses that come up with these wasping attacks on the players, will not last 5 minutes in a test match. But then your IQ is probably so low that you can not think that far.

  • Shorts - 2010-08-25 18:11

    Hey Victor, it would be great if your 100th test for the Boks was a winning one, but, if not, it really is of relatively little consequence. As with John Smit, your total dedication towards, commitment to and passion for the game at all levels, specifically though at the highest possible international level, has earned you the undoubted right to be regarded & respected, by all of your colleagues, as well as tens of thousande of us mere mortals in the crowd who watch every single test, as one of the true great's of Springbok rugby. I, together with all these others, salute you for your contribution to rugby & great achievements over the many years and thank you for the pleasure you have given us watching you play. You have always given of your very best at every opportunity to both your team & country at large and you are a fitting example / role model to every youngster who has the guts & determination to be fully is prepared to make both the supreme effort and sacrifice to be one of, and playing alongside, the world's best.

  • JJ - 2010-08-25 19:39

    Well done Victor, a fantastic career! However, 100 tests seems about the right time to move one - Percy was ready to call it quits at about that time and John and Victor now need to make way for the next superstars.

  • Go Vic...!! - 2010-08-26 07:54

    ....pity Victorious have to play under a underperforming captain like John Smit.... ...Victor should be captain...

  • JS - 2010-08-26 11:03

    I am happy to see there are still some decent commentators around. As for THE MAN - shame dude - I think it is time you get that huge chip off your shoulder. Maybe Bafana Bafana can do with an Indian captain - shall I bury some walkie-talkies in a secret location for that? Oh yes - I don't have to - BB has not won anything... in a long, long, long, long time. Stop hating and be happy. Oh yes! Well done Victor - you deserve those boots and a win for the boks this weekend!

  • Luke - 2010-08-26 13:26

    @ The Man: Go and emigrate. SA doesn't need people like you.

  • Koos Kaap (@MACK DIE BLOUE) - 2010-08-26 13:48

    Jy is reg in die opsig dat Victor baie vir SA rugby beteken het, veral tydens die 2007-wereldbeker. Hy is reeds 'n legende in sy eie tyd. Ek gun hom werklik hierdie mylpaal, want hy verdien dit deur en deur. Dit is egter ook waar dat Victor vinnig besig is om oud te word en opvolgbeplanning dringend nodig is as ons kompeterend wil wees met die 2011- wereldbeker.

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