Championship in the rear view mirror..Lets be honest!
October 08, 2012, 00:26:48
After watching all games in this rugby championship, it is clear to see we could expect nothing different.
SA rugby is 10 to 15 years behind NZL again and you only need to watch NZL school teams to know what I am talking about. Yes, we had flashes of brilliance in 2007 and 2009 but the minute we "worked" the AB's out, they returned the favour the very next year!
We all have been disillusioned by this Bok team. I had a strong feeling that the Boks would put it to the AB's on the weekend and how wrong we were. The AB's know they only need to weather the storm in the first 60 from the Bok pack and make sure they still in the game because in the last 20, they take it away from us. We are throwing the kitchen sink at them until we are out on our feet and they are just biding time (hence the massive possession stats our way) because they know our attack in the back division is lacking. Contain our forwards, make us think we have space out wide and when we swing the ball, its easy pickings for them because we have no idea and run each other out of space. We can not compare ourselves to them at the moment.
Sure, we might win the odd game against them but even when we do win, its a kick fest and just a bruising game that we get lucky.
If Australia had our players, they would be by far the best team in the world. NZ would fear them then because then they would have a monster pack to contain with backs that have proper coaching with the pace and skill to boot. Eddie Jones was instilling this in us and they got rid of him. In 2009, those 3 victories over NZ was the after effects of Eddie just before personnel was changed in the players and we were back to square 1. Not 1 back of ours runs the lines Jaque Fourie did, Jean De Villiers was exceptional, big Steyn (before he became over weight) hitting the line from the back and two exceptional attacking wings in Habana and JP and the best half back in the world in Fourie Du Preez. That coupled with our forwards with me like Bismarck, John Smit, Botha and Matfield and Schalk and Juan Smith in the loosies was incredible. We were no longer 1 dimensional.
We need our school boys to be coached on the running game. A new rule must be brought in that in school boy rugby in SA, you kick only in your 22. If you kick in general play outside 22, its treated as a knock on. Get these players learning to run good lines. People will say im mad as an up and under is a great attacking kick but right now, we know our boys can kick up and unders and that is a 50/50 ball anyway so that will never change. They need to get used to creating space and beating defenders with ball in hand. They will be the next generation of Super rugby and currie cup players and Bok rugby will start becoming the force we once were. If we cant do that, we will never be better than AB's. We will always be hanging on to the hope of "upsetting" them every now and again. Our record in the past 20 years proves we are not on the right track!
I think it was Einstein who said, "The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again whilst expecting different results!" That sums us up boys.
Heyneke Meyer is a good coach but we should never have seen the back of Jake White and Eddie Jones. Any team in this world, including AB's, would love them two as a coaching pair.
Hansen has inherited a team and I dont think he brings out the best in them. They are out and out the best team in the world at the moment and they have not had any injury troubles to speak of yet they were within a try of losing to a boring, crap Aus display in the first game and were far less than desirable against the Boks in Dunedin. They will break this record and be the best team in the world but things could have been very different. They are the best by default really...