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Sharkbok

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Boks will only get better in 2013
December 06, 2012, 01:54:40

 

Boks will only get better in 2013

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South Africa's Springboks Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn and Heinrich Broussow. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

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It’s with some sense of relief that we bid the 2012 rugby season farewell. Too much of a good thing, they say…

South Africa ended the year on a high by remaining unbeaten on their tour of Europe. The Springboks battled hard for their victories over Ireland, Scotland and England and

cemented a top-four spot in the IRB rankings ahead of the pool draw for the 2015 World Cup.

Despite their performances leaving a lingering feeling of emptiness among fans, the team showed the

potential to improve considerably.

Heyneke Meyer claimed that the season was a success given that the injury-hit Boks conceded only

three losses. Even when one counts the draws against England and Argentina the team statistically

performed fairly well.

However, all the talk of win ratios and statistics is

secondary to the quality of rugby the Boks produced.

Suspect selections and an outdated game plan cast

a cloud over the team’s accomplishments.

The Boks were good in patches, predictably in the

forwards which remains their strength. Meyer

can pat himself on the back for basically creating

a pack from scratch that competed with the All Blacks

and even dominated the world champions for much of their clash in Dunedin.

Bar the 32-16 defeat to New Zealand at FNB Stadium,

South Africa also displayed miserly defence.

The way the clearly fatigued Boks managed to keep

out their opponents during the latter stages of their

end-of-year tour matches demonstrated a brilliant bloody-minded resolve.

But the inability of our backs to fire, to show even a

sense of attacking rugby, is a massive concern.

You can blame backline coach Ricardo Loubscher

(who was in charge of Blue Bulls age-group teams before his Bok callup) as much as you like, but Meyer’s game plan was at the root of the problem.

Mistakes included selecting Jaco Taute at 13,

Francois Hougaard on the wing, and instructing Ruan Pienaar and whoever wore the No 10 jersey to hoof the

ball up the field whenever the Boks were on the park.

Meyer needs to build an attacking game plan around

players selected in their natural positions to give the

Boks a chance to put teams away once they have them on the ropes.

When Meyer relaxes his ‘bigger, heavier’ policy

and selects more of the genuine ball players he has available to take advantage of our awesome forward platform, the Boks will beat the All Blacks at least

once next year.

Fortunately Meyer started showing a willingness

to admit mistakes and adjust his strategy towards the end of the season. His instructions to Pat Lambie to

play his natural game ahead of the clash with England last week was proof of that.

Despite an unsatisfying year, fans can take comfort from the fact that the Boks now have a squad for 2013 that is

strong across the park in every position (with the exception of fullback).

With the usual player exodus and retirements after the

World Cup Meyer’s first season was always going to be tough. The coach however deserves credit for blooding youngsters and building experience.

Next year will see the return of stalwarts such as

Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Bekker, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brussow and Pierre Spies, none of whom

will simply walk back into the Bok starting XV mind you.

We’ll also see Pat Lambie and Frans Steyn reuniting

at the Sharks for an entire Super Rugby season, and Elton Jantjies playing off the massive advantage a

world-class Stomers pack will offer him. These factors can only bode well for the Bok attack.

For now the players and coaches will enjoy a

well-earned break before returning to the drawing

board. With the Bok coach steady does it and we can expect steady improvement until South Africa reach their full potential.



Sharkbok

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RE: Boks will only get better in 2013
December 06, 2012, 03:59:11

 decent article, some of the points I and others have allready established but pretty concise. 


Sharkbok

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RE: Boks will only get better in 2013
December 06, 2012, 04:03:39

You can blame backline coach Ricardo Loubscher

(who was in charge of Blue Bulls age-group teams before his Bok callup) as much as you like, but Meyer’s game plan was at the root of the problem.

Mistakes included selecting Jaco Taute at 13,


Sharkbok

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RE: Boks will only get better in 2013
December 06, 2012, 04:05:29

 I blame Ricardo Loubscher especially. I thought so, Pieter Rousouw (ex bok wing) is in charge on the senior team backline and if Meyer was going to choose a bull he was the logical choice. Is this an affirmative selection to appease the political crew. Not sujre about Loubschers potential as a coach although he was a good attacking player, however going from age group as a new coach to the bok setup is a big jump


clevermike

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RE: Boks will only get better in 2013
December 06, 2012, 04:30:02

Meyer made some serious mistakes other than selection of Taute at 13.   He selected De Jongh in that position - who played much worse than Taute could even dream to play.   He kept on playing Morne Steyn - even after it became evident in the first three tests against the POMS that Morne was completely out of form.   He refused to recognize the fact that Lambie would be a food flyhalf selection and kept him on the bench virtually throughout the first nine tests.   

Francois Steyn was selected on reputation and showed zilch in the tests he played in.   There is a clear need for upgrading of Stey to a good level of play - but the coaching was not done.   Instrad of moving Hougaard to wing  - where he played badly - he should have specialized experts in to deal with the deficienies noticeable in his scrummie play.

The deficiencies shown by the backline is partly due to the selecion problems - but also due to the coaching sraff ssistibng Meyer with regard to both backline play and attacking play.

There is a long series of Super 15 matches ahead  and Meyer would be well-advised to evaluate carefully the performances of the following players with a view to selection in all positions:

No 15   -     Kirchner. Taute and Ludick

Wings (for back-up purposes)   -   Mvovo, Rhule, Mapoe, Van den Heever

Centers -    De Villiers, Francois Steyn, Jordaan, De Allende, Howard and Serfontein 

Flyhalfs   -   Goosen and Lambie

Scrummies -   Hougaard and Reinach 

I think De Villiers is approaching retirement age and unless Francois Steyn moves from being a crashballer to a better attacking - he should not be an autommatic selection.    In essence we need the younger ball players (with ball sense) to really make the backline a force to be reckoned with.  

The appointment of Lounscher as backline coach is a massive mistake.   It looks like another affirmative action foul up.   Maybe they should get some technical advisors on backline play and arracking play of the squad and leave Loubscher in the office to play computer games.


Beeno1

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RE: Boks will only get better in 2013
December 06, 2012, 08:49:05

Please note this telling comment and be afraid chiefies nd crusties:

Elton Jantjies playing off the massive advantage a world-class Stomers pack will offer him.

I tried in vain to tell certain bulle herders I know (who were blind to reason) that Rassie was building a  superb pack. Well guess who got it right.

Of course the Boks will be better. The only thing that can derail us is another appalling run of injuries.. Bent down under refs had better be at their best to prevent Bok wins! Super 15 should also go well and the wee chiefies will hav etheir work cut out to repeat last years win.

No snapster, mike and muncher need to up their game and join the winning team - the mighty Boks!!! when will mike and the muncher cease soft soaping deluded ab fans! the abs need to reform and get their act together  - they are in a deep hole and action has to be taken to stop the rot before the abs become a rout! Bwahahhahahahaha

Beeno's free advisory services.


clevermike

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RE: Boks will only get better in 2013
December 06, 2012, 10:00:02

Beeno

You really are blind to reason.   Because I support SH teams playing NH teams does not make me less of a Springbok supporter.

You miss the point here  completely - I shall stop criticzing Meyer and his assistant coaches once they deal comprehensively with the "dead backline syndrome" that they seem unable to deal with.    You cannot play rugby with a mighty forward pack of 8 playes and then forget about 5 of the remaining players on the field.

We have two of the best wings in the world, burt they do not function to best advantage  because we have simultaneously two of the worlds worst centers to make sure they never see the balls    Nothing is done to rid the centers from their format of play or bring in alternative players to deal with matters on a positive basis.

Let me give you an example.   After instructing Lambie to play according to the Meyer rules in Dublin and Edinburgh - Meyer told Lambie to play his natural game in London .  He did and the ball went down the backline quite a number of times.   However the whole approach backfired because De Jongh - lacking ball sense completely - was constantly missing from the scene and in posirions where the ball could never go.    Kirchner came into the backline a number of times - but in view of the absence of De Jongh - there was no overlap and moves all "died" in the process.  Go and watch the test again and you would see why things went AWOL in this case. 

LET ME PUT IT IN CAPITAL LETTERS AND BOLD - I SHALL STOP CRITICIZING MEYER ONCE HE GETS THE "DEAD" BACKLINE DISEASE UNDER CONTROL.  IF HE DOES NOT - I WILL NOT CHANGE MY STANCE. 

In the meantime I hope the results would be better in 2013 - but that will only be possible if the backline issue is resolved.   Otherwise we will go the same way we did this year.


carpetmuncher

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RE: Boks will only get better in 2013
December 07, 2012, 16:35:27

backline play in south africa is a cancer sorry to say

 

can it be fixed yes but there needs to be some change in the thought process and game plan changes. the likes of the epic talented brussouw that benched schalk burger when schalk was on form will if injury free provide the boks with that sledge hammer come ruck time that louw to a certain extend has really helped the boks with. i will remember 2012 as the year of the meyer flip flops in regards to some of his statements. at least he has shown he can think a litte out of the box. next year will be the acid test and not havinig proper coaching infrastructures and a balanced game pattern will not give meyer that platform to develop this team into a dominatinig side to complete with the AB .

 

most of the sides this year was in a development of building phase so expect next year to be a lot tougher that is for sure.

 

@beeno we are on the winning team but realizing that your own team is not the best and wanting to improve is not be unpatriotick or biased its just being reallistic. RWC 2015 planning should all ready began and the blantant lacking areas int he meyer/ van graan game plan need to fixed or dont be tear eyed it come 2015 we are cup less and bowinig out of the QF again

 

the backline play is a cancer and will consume and destroy all the talent we have. nobody wants to see this type of rugby sorry to say


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