RE: Kiwis teach Australians and South Africans how to play rugby
January 30, 2013, 10:42:42
The feelings are mutual. I do not think there is much we can learn if we take our own game forward. Lets see what Sasue said about a video clip - he put onto some kiwi websites. It dealt with Timo Swiel - a youngster from Bishops College in Cape Town. The most laugable Kiwi comment was "that the player must be a Kiwi - Saffas don't play rugby like that.
The problem is that on junior level - Saffas do play rugby like Swiel does - but our donkey coaches battle successfully to coach them out of playing like Swiel and his teammates do. They insisted on sterile backline play and often enough 10-man rugby. Sure our coaches should learn from their New Zealand counterparts - namely not to destroy natural talent which they are really successful in doing.
They have tried determinedly to do so - but in some cases they have not really been successful. The exceptions are Goosen, Lambie and Jordaan.
However, there is a change noticeable with the appointment of Spencer as backline coach for the Sharks and also assistance granted to the same team by Campese in the past. There is a small chance that Spencer could convert the donkey Francois Steyn into a better player - miracles can happen. For the rest he has a sound backline that can perform on high level.
As to forward coaching - I have my dounbts whether we can learn anything from New Zealand at all. New Zealand forwards prefer to play a loose type of game with lots of ball-handling and passing - whilst under-performing in the tight phases of the game. There style of play looks pleasing to the eye - but can be disastrous as well. I prefer a combination of loose and tight foward play - provided both are effective - but I have my doubts about tight forward play by the All Blacks