Saturday’s humiliating loss against the Wallabies prompts the question: Where did we go wrong?
Article by Boertjie
Is it all to blame on a long and very sapping Super 15? All the franchises played the same number of games, yet the All Blacks and the Wallabies are able to select their strongest teams – even after being involved in the Super15 Final.
How come then the Springboks have now landed 25 players injured? (And one would guess that at least half of them are “genuine” injuries or, at the very least, serious fatigue.
Is it a lack of conditioning?
Or is it a matter of poor coaching – with backs again showing no attacking moves or skills, apart from the few times Mvovo and Aplon had posession? There was one unorthodox move by the Boks, which prompted me to think: Is this all they can muster after a week together?
Did we have too many players that were not up to the speed at which test rugby is played?
Why did we come short on defense – with 44 missed tackles after only 42 minutes?
Was any defensive coaching done? Or are there just too many players in the team that don’t know the basics of defending?
On top of it all it seems that we have once again dug our own grave in a certain sense. Thanks to better foresight and planning, New Zealand and Australia had the advantage of warm-up tests agains teams from the Pacific Island.
The B-team Boks had none, and I’m afraid it showed.
A Bok team that was very pleased with their preparations in Sydney was again humiliated Down Under. I say again, because who can ever forget the 0-49 drubbing by the Wallabies some seasons back, and the Boks being downed 12-32 and 17-31 by the Kiwis sand 13-30 by the Aussies only twelve months ago.
Against our A-team, mind you.
And it seems the worst is till to come next weekend, because the All Blacks will keep their foot on the pedal by selecting their strongest 22. They have beaten Fiji 60-14, but feel there is still a lot of “misfiring” that should be rectified . . .
I don’t have the insight to add, but I know there are some RugRats out there who would like to voice their opinions. Let’s hear it!
I stand by what I said on the match thread:
All teams have the same aims (call it game plans), but some are just so much better equipped to put it to fruition. And by that I mean players with outstanding skills and decision makers (think Genia, Cooper, Carter, Sonny Bill and another half a dozen, not to mention the loads of talented and well-coached forwards) and a decent coaching staff.
Who do we have to counter with – even at full strenght? Why don’t we produce players like these?
Two Springboks had some interesting insights after the test, and I will quote from Rapport:
OLLIE LE ROUX:
“The Bok coach again proved that he is not capable of getting a new team to gel.”
“John Smit was horrible and should not be going to the RWC.”
“Morne Steyn is not adding anything to the Bok-attack.”
He says good games were had by Danie Rossouw, Gio Aplon, Flip van der Merwe and CJ van der Linde.
HENNIE LE ROUX:
“Ruan Pienaar and Morné Steyn don’t attack the gain line enough. Steyn stands to deep. We have three or four good flyhalves, but are they coached well enough?”
“Quade Cooper and the whole Wallaby backline messed the Boks around.”