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Defence should be the national obsession?
October 01, 2012, 12:43:21

RYAN VREDE of keo writes that defence, not attack, should be the national obsession.

So much has been said about the Springboks’ attack, many lamenting the impotency thereof up until Saturday when they ran in five tries against Australia at Loftus. However, that attacking performance was rooted in brutal, accurate and disciplined defence that pressured the Wallabies into taking risks, on which the Springboks capitalised.

With defences of elite teams so sophisticated in the modern game, turnovers and penalties forced through a strong tackle fight and breakdown contest is a primary source of points. The Springboks’ potency in these facets of play is highly encouraging.

They had struggled in this regard against Argentina and when facing Australia in Perth, with those opponents consistently bossing the gainline and controlling the flow and tempo of their attacks. The Springboks were regularly made to defend with an unset line, which complicated their task.

There was, however, a dramatic improvement against the All Blacks in Dunedin and against the Wallabies in Pretoria at the weekend. The Blacks looked decidedly ordinary in the face of a highly impressive defensive effort. Both their tries stemmed from individual errors – the first a poorly aimed kick that presented a broken field opportunity and the second through poor defensive positioning from prop Dean Greyling. Australia’s lone try at Loftus came when the Springboks had already sealed the result. They had never seriously threatened the whitewash prior to that.

There are a handful of reasons for the Springboks’ rise. Firstly, the team has had time to learn and understand defence coach John McFarland’s approach. Continuity in selection has aided their cause here as well. There is a growing cohesiveness about every aspect of their defence.

Furthermore, Francois Louw’s inclusion in the starting line-up has been significant. Coach Heyneke Meyer has previously stressed that he believes in the value an opensider brings, but wouldn’t include a specialist whose prowess didn’t extend to effective ball carrying. Louw fits that bill, but his ability to steal or slow the recycle remains his main asset. Eighthman Duane Vermeulen has made important contributions as well, particularly at Loftus. The Springboks’ threat in this regard will be amplified when hooker Bismarck du Plessis recovers from injury. (with Bisse there and Coenie adding a lot of punch in driving the ball up its literally tickets for the abs!!)

I understand the importance of the Springboks’ attack improving, but disciplined, pressure defence is what will create the opportunities, often against a scattered line, against the best teams in the game. For this reason I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen from the Springboks in their last two Tests. Defence must be the bedrock upon which they mount their challenge in the coming years.

Sensible stuff from Ryan. Louw and Vermuelen have added authority to this pack, More authority will be added with the addition of Bissie and Coenie. If you really want to get even more physical add in Flp for Bekker. 

It will all be simply far too much forth the wee abs. It could in fact be carnage for the abs. Mcaaaw - never mind the sabbaticals - retire on a high note?



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RE: Defence should be the national obsession?
October 01, 2012, 13:03:55

 Beeno, we the ABs management have had a meeting and decided that McCaw will now take his sabbatical early and not play in the last 2 dead rubber games! But here is a picture of him saying "Hi Beeno"

he said no but I convinced him to pose just for you Beeno since you are such a big fan of his - you and Dean Greyling!


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RE: Defence should be the national obsession?
October 01, 2012, 14:24:05

Hahhahahahahahahahahahaha hakwa!!!!!!!! Be assured that mug will never feature as my avatar.

Tell ritchie, if he let me have his email address, I will send him an autographed photo of me and Katie.

Remember Hakwa : Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin




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RE: Defence should be the national obsession?
October 01, 2012, 17:59:20

anyone got a quick link to keo...the beeno can just use it for his every post.


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RE: Defence should be the national obsession?
October 03, 2012, 03:11:28

I am afraid brotherbeens lets everyone else think for him as he doesn't have the smartest logicical process in assessing the game. Hence his "jumping on the bandwagon" of every journalist he can find on line so that he can resemble a slight assemblance of knowledge hehe.


ED - could you please delete all of beens posts that are plagarised as it only confirms that he is a "punk arse" 18 year old and we cant have him embarrasing real SA


Thanks ED 



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