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Sharkbok

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Irish Captain Sexton states- The Boks are used to losing to teams wearing Black!
November 06, 2012, 02:48:57

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2012

Ireland and Leinster flyhalf Johnny Sexton insists Declan Kidney's charges will need to be prepared for a physically demanding contest when they take on South Africa in the first of Ireland's autumn international Test matches at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm).

Despite a disappointing Rugby Championship campaign which saw them win just two games from six, the Springboks remain third in the IRB World Rankings with Ireland four teams lower on seventh.

Kidney's men will be looking to build some momentum ahead of the 6 Nations and bounce back from another crushing tour of New Zealand which saw the men in green fall to three straight defeats.

Sexton has fond memories of this fixture, having kicked Ireland to victory over South Africa in just his second appearance for his country back in 2009, but the Leinster man is aware of the threat their big opponents pose under new head coach Heyneke Meyer.

"They're so big and physical and they haven't changed, their new coach is even more down that line so we have to be ready for that confrontation," Sexton told IrishRugbyTV.

"They're big men so we're going to have to come with a plan how to move them around and also how to take them down when they've got the ball.

"It's a big challenge ahead of us, we're putting all our focus on the first game which is obviously South Africa and we're looking forward to it."

As the visiting team is entitled to wear their home strip in rugby, Saturday's fixture will mark the first outing of Ireland's new black alternate jersey.

While he doesn't expect the jersey to have a major bearing on the game, Sexton points out that black represents a colour the Springboks have often lost against.

"I suppose it's something different, I've never worn a black jersey before but it'll be one that we'll keep, a one-off.

"South Africa have lost to teams wearing back plenty of times with the All Blacks so we'll look forward to it and like I said it'll be something different."

After South Africa comes the challenge of Fiji who will take on an Irish XV side in Thomond Park on November 17 before the visit of old rivals Argentina to the Aviva on November 24.

With the likes of Brian O'Driscoll, Rory Best and Rob Kearney ruled out and a question mark over the fitness of Paul O'Connell, there will be an extra onus on Sexton to lead as one of the senior member of the squad and the St. Mary's College man is targeting a big game against the Springboks to build momentum for the remaining two games.

"At the moment (the objective) is just to win the first game. That's all we're thinking about at the moment.

"If we get off to a good start it will make the next two games that little bit easier, take the pressure off us a little bit so everything is geared towards South Africa and trying to get a good result there."


Sharkbok

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RE: Irish Captain Sexton states- The Boks are used to losing to teams wearing Black!
November 06, 2012, 02:49:50

 The Irish are wearing black for the game and get to keep the shirts. 


Beeno1

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RE: Irish Captain Sexton states- The Boks are used to losing to teams wearing Black!
November 06, 2012, 08:32:25

Go Bokke lets give these Irisk oaks a severe snotklap! There is a lot of stuff that the Boks under Meyer need to correct. I trust under his helm we shall resume our rightful and historic role as the number one side in the world.  enough of this ab myth!!! We only have to get our house in order (Cenral contracting etc- and its all over bar  a few ab wins here and there. We know it they know it. Hakwa , Brycy, Sitting bull, Allblacknblue, saSUE, poie, poly boy etc all know it.  

It will be a tough tour given injuries, over tired players and an excellent young band of youngsters being not quite ready. We should however begin the recovery next year and win the next world cup etc.That said I think we have a reasonable side and still hope we can do well. 

Away wth the doomsayers like snapster (who thinks he knows more than Meyer) and Mike who is far to hung up on De Jongh and is losing the bgger picture. I do hope these two man up as Bok supporters sometine! Bwahahaahahahaha - ditto carpet muncher and jallopy who fawn on the abs in a most unhonourable way!

The SH teams now need to show these NH pretenders exactly who is BAAS!! Hahahahahahahaha.  Beeno expects every SH team to do their duty! However France smacking the abs would only be right as France were robbed of a world Cup by Craig Joubert so that would be a small recompense.

 

 


carpetmuncher

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RE: Irish Captain Sexton states- The Boks are used to losing to teams wearing Black!
November 06, 2012, 11:03:04

@beeno its not only the central contacting that is a problem is support staff and the game pattern that is also holding us back.

 

i dont fawn on the AB i respect there systems and playing style as its where we will need to be if we want to compete and be the most dominate side in the world. the forward obsessed defence only kicking game should be shelved with the other relics of the game. that playing model does not work. but rather just being one dimensional we need to focus that what we have and develop the areas that we are really lacking. that model of play will ensure long terms success.

 

those that think that just copying a central contracting system will solve all our issues are ignorant and just plain stupid. there is a lot more work to be done. SA rugby is busy cleaning house of the old guard and those live in the past will stay in the past

 

playing fetchers even second string ones like louw have really changed our playing dynamic. old louw is just keeping the jumper warm for the likes of brussouw to stamp his world class ablitys on it


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