The Boks lost. The team is still not convincing. Is it time for change? Not yet?
Louis de Villiers is one of the more informed and knowledgeable scribes around and one has to at least take cogniscance of a few of his utterings in Monday’s issues of Die Burger and Beeld.
I have to agree when he says we still have a good team – a good number 2 in the world. This is after the OZmob fell through their own arses over the last few seasons; that the Oirish became old and the Poms are being left behind whilst the Argies are still learning.
Fact is the gap between 1 and 2 is still big. Yes, we could have scored a seven pointer and earn a bonus point – but that was when we were playing 14 against 13 . . .
De Villiers: “Let’s say it out straight: To try and tackle the All Blacks in the physical department will never be enough. A lighter pack then? No, it will be a good starting point to place the pack of the world champions under pressure, but it still won’t be enough.
“Eventually the Boks must learn to attack the gaps with the same eagerness they have when crushing into opponents. To pass the ball more accurate and to adapt when circumstances change.
“The above it not necessary against the others, but it has to be done against the All Blacks.”
He then writes that the performances of Jannie du Plessis and Habana can be put down to an off day, but Pienaar and Kirchner did nothing to prove their distractors wrong after some decent performances in Brisbane.
“Fourie du Preez’s presence will hopefully make a big difference, but it is also time for JJ Engelbrecht to stamp some authority.”
PS. He says nothing about the loose trio looking more and more like copies of themselves. He doesn’t mention Kolisi either.