“Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance.” – Mary Mary, 2000
Ruggaworld hereby formally request the Springbok team management to chuck out all the Bok Van Blerk and other Frikkie motivational songs, and instead adopt the above hit as the new team mantra.
Just How great can we be if we let loose a bit?
Similarly just how dour can we play when we keep things conservative and structured as we did in the first 30 minutes? We still scored far too many tries off the rolling maul (which should be illegal.) This suggests we don’t trust our backline to create scoring opportunities – but still, this game showed glimpses of what the Boks can become if we allow our players the odd mistake to serve the greater good. Habana’s missed catch (or was it two?) ; Serfontein’s shocker of a pass – all these are examples of some elementary mistakes the Boks made on the day. However the enterprise with which our boys played meant that the odd trick will not work out – and this is fine. Or it should be. My honest opinion? Come Kiwi time we will again revert back to form and try and win by 2 and end up losing by 5. We will in other words play like we did in the first 30 minutes against Argentina.
But, and it’s a nicely rounded but….this game at least showed our coaching staff that we can cut loose and have the talent to score tries. Oh how I would love a free-scoring Bok team again….
Back to reality: The week ahead will see members of Ruggaworld meet in Cape Town for serious talks. So serious we fear tapped phones and spy tapes. It’s a pity Julian Assange never accepted my invitation to come and live in Bethlehem otherwise we might have had some help, but alas. On the site we hope to get answers on some of our questions from SANZAR chief Greg Peters this week even though we cannot guarantee it as the man is travelling back from South Africa. But look out for our exclusive interview with Rugrat – our ventriloquist puppet who tells it like it is. PG16
On our Facebook page we are launching a campaign whereby we ask clubs and schools to submit a great photo of a tackle or a try, with the winning photo awarded a brand new Bok Jersey. Go here now to submit your club/school photo: www.facebook.com/ruggaworld
I don’t want to say too much about the Currie Cup because the Cheetahs decided to play THAT game of the season which usually forces me reconsider my love of the game. This after the ‘Kwas and the Bulls tried the same trick on Friday night. It’s roughly this mentality: “if we try and play as little rugby as possible we won’t lose by much or we might sneak a win.” We welcome Pote Human’s honesty when he said his teams’ game was one of the worst he has had to witness. Pity Naka and Allistair did not do the same. In the latter’s case however he coaches teams to put people to sleep so he must be chuffed with that win.
I hope this weekend’s games are better and for the sake of my Superbru score I hope the players and coaches finally realize that at the end of the day they perform ONLY to satisfy my Superbru outcomes.
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