Springboks seek perfect year

November 25, 2013
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Springbok LogoWhile 2013 may rate among one of the best years for Springbok rugby, enforcer flanker Willem Alberts said the team would not be satisfied until it had secured a perfect record.

“The season as a whole was very successful, it is one of the best years the Boks’ has ever had, but we will never be satisfied if you don’t win all our games,” Alberts said on arrival in Johannesburg on Monday.

“We’ve worked hard as a team — from the management down to the supporting staff — so it was a good season for everyone.”

The Springboks ended the season with a 19-10 victory over France at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday evening.

This was the Springboks’ 10th victory from 12 Tests this year, making the 2013 seasons statistically their most successful since 1998.

Finishing their November tour with three wins out of three, the Springboks had only been beaten by one team this year, world champions New Zealand.

Springbok lock and 2013 IRB World Player of the Year nominee Eben Etzebeth said as they had failed to topple the All Blacks this season, they would have to do it next year.

“We set ourselves goals at the beginning of the year and one of those was to be unbeaten on the end-of-year tour and we’ve done that,” said Etzebeth, who arrived in Johannesburg on crutches after sustaining a foot injury.

“We’ve won 10 out 12 games which is quite good but we wanted to go for 12 out of 12.

“I am going for scans tomorrow and hopefully it is not too bad as I want to enjoy the December holiday without these crutches.”

Etzebeth, 22, was the youngest of the five IRB World Player of the Year nominees, which included Kieran Read and Ben Smith (both New Zealand), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales and the British & Irish Lions) and Sergio Parisse (Italy).

He said the team used the outgoing tour — which included the victory over France, a 28-0 crushing of Scotland and a 24-15 win over Wales — to get the players used to the playing conditions ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

“The next world cup is in the northern hemisphere and we’ve won all our games there over the last two years. So everything is going well for us in our preparations as we work towards the next world cup.”

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13 Comments

  1. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    That’s what they said last year….
    And
    Four -wait for it…..
    Nil
    Irish put 3 running tries on NZ in one half.
    We had two seasons.
    So we wait another two years
    in playing Herr Heynekes ten man rugby
    with a fly half that cant catch a ball
    Lately
    Or his hope of Lambie
    Who cant decide to piss on the pot
    or get off.
    sorry,
    Heard it all before

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    @Duiwel: Only you and few other believe that, the rest believe the stats on this teams progress for the past two years.

  3. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Ja,
    Tell me when you watch the game
    and see a professional centre
    knock on continuously
    Struggle to run at speed
    Have very little idea of space
    slip tackles when it matters
    Can’t offload
    His basic execution piss poor

    Do you look at the stats
    To Bol jou self?
    The stats that matter is
    4
    Nil
    Look at it from 98
    And it is almost two thirds.
    Dan Carter in more a HUNDRED games
    Have never lost to tje Springboks
    But no
    We are not the poor mans All Blacks
    We are physical-right?
    Ok.
    Ja broer

  4. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    For the fourth year in a row
    New Zealand have finished their season as the number one side in the IRB World Rankings after a perfect record of 14 wins from 14 matches in 2013 resulted in an increase of 3.73 points to their rating.

    This record – the first time a side in the professional era have gone through a calendar year with a perfect record – means their cushion at the top has increased to 4.47 rating points over South Africa, who themselves improved their rating by 2.4 points in 2013.

  5. avatar Rent-a-quota says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    This is the second time you’ve posted
    “Dan Carter in more a HUNDRED games Have never lost to the Springboks”.

    I couldn’t resist any longer.

    1. It sounds like you are saying he played the Boks 100 games; I understand this is his total of all internationals.

    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Carter says he was on the winning side against SA 13 times, the losing side 4 times.

    Am I missing something?

  6. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    @Rent-a-quota:

    Thanks!
    Duiwel, please take note :twisted:

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    @Rent-a-quota:

    After all these years he also still thinks
    it was Butch that cost the Sharks the S14
    titel vs the Bulls (where Habs picked up
    and scored.)
    Actually it was F Steyn who did not find touch.
    :weed:

  8. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up.
    Oudste
    Cost us the s12

  9. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Looks like i got a bite.
    More a nibble really.
    Probably a pike.

  10. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    vs South Africa
    Matches: 18
    Won: 14
    Lost: 4
    Win %: 77.77
    Points: 245
    Tries: 3
    Conversions: 31
    Penalties: 54
    Drop goals: 2

  11. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 26th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WIcWJtWtfbQ

  12. avatar Aldo says:
    November 27th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Rent a quota, Duiwel loves nothing more than to complain about the Boks, to tell all that Jean knocks every ball he touches, he forgets to mention how good Butch was in world cup 2007. Just smile and nod, he makes some valid points at times but his general bitterness towards the Boks blinds him to positives and improvements.

  13. avatar Duiwel says:
    November 27th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Aldo,
    I prefer result-orientated
    as opposed to the hane kraai luidskeels
    at three in the morning.
    dawn is when i i see the sun.
    Not the promise of the sun
    or buzz about when it will be there.

    I believe it when i see it.
    So far i ain’t seen shit,boet.

    Just fresh faces and more of the same

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