We owe SA a 'big one' - Div

2010-08-12 17:19

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers acknowledged that his team owed South Africa “a big one” after their poor performances in Australia and New Zealand of late.

The World Champions had to give up their Vodacom Tri-Nations crown after the three losses and now will be desperate to right things when they get to the FNB Stadium next weekend for the home leg of the tournament.

De Villiers said the team had done the required soul-searching, and had made what he says are the “small adjustments” to rectify the form ahead of the Soweto showdown with the All Blacks.

“We know our supporters are very important to us,” De Villiers said, “They are our partners and we value that partnership. The past three weeks have been good for us to realise what went wrong and we know we owe our fans a big one.

De Villiers said an open discussion with the senior players led him to believe the team was being torn apart with two different styles of play, something that has now been rectified so that all players now are apparently, on the same page.

“The problems have been identified and we have made small adjustments. But what I really think went wrong was that we were caught up in two styles of play. In the past when the Sharks and Bulls dominated our team, they both had similar styles of play, but now that it is the Bulls and Stormers dominating things aren’t the same.

“We perhaps took it for granted that everyone was on the same place and never took the necessary time or had the necessary time to make sure everyone was on the same page. We’ve fixed that.” De Villiers dismissed any thought of “revenge” for the All Black losses.

“Revenge is a big thing, and it makes you bitter inside. We need to show character as a team and not look for revenge. We know what we are capable of and we know what we have to do to be the best in the world. We let ourselves down and we know we need to be the best again.

“Sometimes getting a rude wake-up call is precisely the right thing at the right time.”


  • norman - 2010-08-12 17:33

    Now the team is all on the same page,that is fantastic news.I cant wait for the forthcoming victory.I wonder why they werent all on the same page in Australasia.

  • On Luke we Puke - 2010-08-12 17:36

    Luke Watson all over again, lol... simple, either pick Stormer/Sharks or Bulls/Sharks... how hard is it...

  • Onnie - 2010-08-12 17:37

    The same page , of the same comicbook ?

  • Nick - 2010-08-12 17:40

    Big words - the S.A rugby public deserves better - lets hope you deliver.

  • kobus - 2010-08-12 17:41

    jee whiz , for a professional coach to only realise after three losses that they are playing two diffrent games is a sad story .

  • BadWes - 2010-08-12 17:41

    Are they not supposed to be coached to be on the same page? Uhhh, I'm a bit puzzled now, what happens during the coaching and training sessions? Do they just confirm basic skills and handling and not make sure everyone understands the supposed game plan. Even in Standard 6 our coach would say,"play like this, do this and then this". Seems like PDivvy's castle is crumbling. Get rid of Muir and Gold and get Alister/Heyneke/Rassie to fix this circus. You have no idea what is going on, you rely on luck and player individuality alone and "hope" for a win, you're not coaching them to win!!

  • Greegs - 2010-08-12 17:46

    Great!!!! Now i can put my savings on them!!!

  • Johnno - 2010-08-12 17:46

    Hopefully they've all gone back to page 1 and will start doing the basics right again.

  • ian - 2010-08-12 18:03

    Arrggghhh!!!!!! F!!k I hope so.

  • springless bok - 2010-08-12 18:39

    The springboks have huge hearts, tons of guts (our forwards will make an impact) but little skill and initiative in the back line. Few will admit it but our no.10 has zero creative rugby skills. Let's hope the opposition gives away many penalties so our wonder boot can kick (what else). We will battle to beat both NZ and Aust at home.We will lose all three tests by 5-8 points

  • Tjoppie - 2010-08-12 18:51

    UNVELIEVABLE, After 3 tests you have the identified the problem. What 'n boykie. Now Piet. Have you identified the weird selection problems yet?

  • IsiTrupi - 2010-08-12 18:53

    Soos my man altyd sê, "jy gaan lê as daar gevra word, nie voor die tyd nie". Ongelukkig het die Bokke gaan lê. Luke is 'n volksheld, ons kort hom terug.

  • Woolly Bugger - 2010-08-12 19:03

    It took a long time to find out that there were two styles of play. Surely the coaching staff coaches a certain style? Does his statement mean players were not coached? It certainly seemed that way!!! And he is not a clown?

  • Michael - 2010-08-12 19:16

    A bit slow on the uptake hey old Snor. Lets see if you can get this one right. I am not holding my breath.

  • BLIKSEM - 2010-08-12 19:22

    WELLDONE!!!!!! Just a pitty the comic has got no open pages anymore.... Wake up HELIUM Man you are still sleeping!!

  • Claude - 2010-08-12 19:40

    The big favour DeVilliers can do for SA Rugby is resign!

  • razza - 2010-08-12 20:27

    (poor performance) thought it was the ref why they had lost lol

  • Jaundiced - 2010-08-12 20:49

    Peter, you right that you owe us and your right about your statement on revenge!! Good Luck wishing you and the team the very best!! Go Bokke!!

  • Kuppy - 2010-08-12 21:09

    Shame some of these posts must be hurtfull for this poor guy. I blame the incompetence in SARU for appointing this coach they are to blame for throwing him in the deep end thinking that he could swim. Most people in rugby knew he did not have any real experience at this level yet he was still given the job for tranformation. Now look what is becoming of springbok rugby and the sad thing is that saru are just as stuborn as De vil and if they get rid of him now will mean an acceptance of guilt for choosing this bloke. As @Bad Wes says Heyneke Meyer/ Allister Coetzee/ Rassie and Nieburger there defence coach should team up to solve the problems of the boks.

  • Deon - 2010-08-12 21:45

    Yes you do Div. Mind you that if you lose this one your life will pretty much begin to really suck. Be smart. Buy the ref at least.

  • Andy Strydom - 2010-08-12 21:54

    And I believe that is exactly what will happen - Go Bokke

  • Jon - 2010-08-12 22:19

    Both Graham Henry and Robbie Deans have already forgotten more about rugby coaching than this poor palooka will ever learn. He's so radically out of his depth is like one swimming above the Marianas Trench.

  • Market - 2010-08-13 03:25

    Div, you are a joke and a huge embarrasment to South African Rugby and also to South Africa. Do us all a favour and just walk away. You are a joke!

  • Polly - 2010-08-13 04:57

    I dont know if De Villiers did not read his letter of appointment but him and the players owe the country a "Big One" every game they play. How stupid to make the comment. I watch alot of school rugby and if our overpayed glory boys played with the same passion and commitment our win ratio would improve. Too much time doing TV ads and coaching clinics. Div and the boys need to attend school boy coaching clinics to learn about passion.

  • Impi - 2010-08-13 05:36

    And the ABs owe NZ a big one.

  • Garreth - 2010-08-13 07:30

    a real coach would be able to see if there are two playing styles after the first training session. but as the rest of the world knows.......YOU ARNT A COACH YOU ARE A CLOWN. you have had 2 months to work through this issue and find a common ground between the two styles and have done jack. yes the players didnt play well but most of the blame lies with SARU for appointing you. and the rest of the blame lies with you for not quiting

  • Mark - 2010-08-13 09:50

    That is why J Prinsloo is not at SARU anymore. He appointed PDV when he was CEO

  • gato - 2010-08-13 09:50

    THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK PDV WILL RESIGN....never!! he is waiting untill even sarfu cant bear it anymore, then they will offer him a golden handshake worth millions (and then they will realise what an a** he was). by then we will be number 6 or 7 in the world. it seems with every affirmative action position they wait untill everything fails and then they let the culprit off the hook with millions (see eskom, saa etc).

  • gato - 2010-08-13 10:02

    FIRST QUESTION; if steyn was so badly needed in the springbok side for the tri nations, why was the process not followed before the tournament started? ANSWER - pdv is panicking now. he selected his fullback, persisted with him after it was clear he was not international quality? persisting with the wrong players (whether out of form, whether out of shape, whether the game just does not suit them anymore - whether it is stubborness of the coach? the same can be said about ricky january. the same can be said about john smit. the same can be said about habana. sad to say; the same can be said of pdv, muir and the entire mamagement/coaching staff.

  • rayray - 2010-08-13 11:03

    @GATO Roedolf Stroili is white, he got more than R3M for his perfect cockup!!!!! It is not all about race, you either do the job or fail.

  • Barry @ Polly "PASSION" - 2010-08-13 11:05

    I agree look at teh passion at school boy level, Piv stop fiddling with your dilly and get the f:JK off the Pitch please, you are making Bok rugby be a Circus you CLOWN

  • impi - 2010-08-13 11:32

    div is the best coach. let me remind you all just how great he is. he won trionations and beaten the british lions. he beat the all blacks 3 zip and recorded the first win for springbok side on all black soil. he has the same winpercentage as wite who had to call in edie soto save his assets. div is rugby genius and our coach. he takes the media beatings cos he takes pressure off the players. yes he sacrifices himself for the good and ultimate prize for his countries honour to win the worldcup. viva div we salute you comrade

  • Rico - 2010-08-13 13:33

    Frans is a great kicker, and a big boy. He needs to learn to pass the ball though. People in this country has an obsession with him and rugby. Pathetic. Get a life all you okes. SARU does a good job, and has done so for years. Andy has to run around the world, cause they have to approach the clubs directly. Clubs and agents don't answer to letters and emails, unless the $$'s flashes hard. And to be honest why spend a million bucks to get Frans here when there are very capable players back home anyways. I think we have enough talent at home. So what if we loose to the Blacks as long as we play good hard rugga. We'd probably whip the Aussies at home and loose to the Blacks. And still be able to whip any other international team. You SA rugby public and media are a joke, and the Aussie and Kiwi media know exactly how to use you to create some 'chaos' over here. The weakest thing about the SA rugby public and media is that they want the SA to win every single match all the time and win every single trophy. It has become such a crazy frenzy its a joke. The things people say on here clearly reflects that. My greatest hope is that rugby becomes a backwater sport in this country oneday, with cricket following suit. It would mean a lot less ill directed hate going around. Rugby in this country is evil, and always will be. Not because it is inherently evil not because the people playing it is evil, but because of the evilness of the people watching it. This 'proud' rugby tradition is fuel by racism, violence and filth.

  • Megabull - 2010-08-13 14:23

    It wont happen with all the weerprobeer players in the team.....

  • skywalker - 2010-08-13 14:51

    If Div plays the 'big fat one' Ricky, the bokke will lose AGAIN..!

  • RL - 2010-08-13 15:34

    pete we support you sir pay no mind to these bitter agents ... they'll hate your skin colour whether you win or lose. keep that tash glistening mate ...

  • Bee-Bull - 2010-08-13 16:10

    Oh FFS! That is the worst excuse and biggest load of rubbish I have heard in ages. It is YOUR job to fix this Divvy. And should have been done AGES ago. Before the 3N's started. Had a modicum of sympathy left for the guy before I read this, but now, hands in hair.

  • What you are saying is!!! - 2010-08-13 16:14

    We have two camps playing different styles of rugby at the moment!!!???PDV you are the coach!!! What is your gameplan???Oh you don't have one is that it!!!!?We were aware of this ages ago-don't believe that bok supporters lack intelligence,don't insult us you AA PRATT!!! V@#off

  • JEER HIM OFF!!! - 2010-08-13 16:17

    Jeer PDV off the field at FNB Stadium!!!! The Pratt is so dense he'd probably think we're cheering for him!!!

  • Mr Siedaar - 2010-08-14 09:55

    You owed us the T3 trophy PdV, it's too late now! Two SA teams contested the S14 final and yet you cannot even guide the Boks to being even slightly competitive in the T3. Why is that? Bok supporters can see why. It's you with your silly Ricky-type selections and Chilliboy captaincies, wholesale second-half substitutions and fielding players out of position game after game, mucking genuine stars like Frans around and relying all too heavily on Jake White's ageing pool of yesteryear's heroes (John, Schalk etc) despite being spoilt for choice with S14 form players!

  • kiwi ross - 2010-08-14 10:32

    if juan smith and brussouw do what they do well .The boks will be dangerous . not sure why the bok selectors went for players who range wide in Australasia. the game is won and lost tight and at the breakdown ,turnovers ,quick ball to attack with and slow the ball down to defend. then strong dicipline its that simple. BUT you have to do this at speed and under pressure and thats where the coaching drills will be tested. Are the players good enough. It makes for a hell of a match next week.

  • @rayray - 2010-08-14 11:17

    I AGREE WITH YOU 100%, but in this case it is clearly a racial appointment. PDV who was never HEAD COACH of any worthwhile team, was amazingly appointed Head Coach of the world champion Springboks? nobody ever heard of him untill then. tell me how does that work? would this happen in any other decent rugby country? he assisted White - and here his appointment was also a ""politically correct"" appointment (after white's contract was not renewed?). just listen to the nonsense that he speaks week after week. my highschool coach could speak more sense. he is relying on smit's leadership (big mistake, because smit is past his sell by date) and the fact that he inherited the best team in the world. now that those players have aged and are not in form and are a bit slower than they were three years ago, we will see now if he can select the right players and if he can adapt as the game has evolved. he can not be playing the same team and the same game that won the previous world cup.

  • Mr Henry - 2010-08-14 15:56

    I for one support 100% Div and Smit's continued role in Bok rugby. I also support running rugby. The 2010 edition is most pleasing to watch

  • Billy Wiggill - 2010-08-17 08:51

    I find it rather sad that 15 years into our democracy, that there are still individuals who who have been unable to change their mindset. Perhaps these individuals should be placed in a museum as "relics" from the past. On a rugby note, there is an expectation from South African rugby supporters, that our national and super 14 sides perform well and bring the silverware home. This is not an unrealistic expectation. Rugby is a professional game and the gladiators that ply their trade in this arena are highly compensated individuals, the coaches included, and they to must deliver the results and meet their supporters expectations.

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