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Hi Old Bugger thanks for reading.
I take your points and agree for the most part, but I think they blew it in the sense that they let themselves down.

They were outplayed by NZ sure, but they had a match riddled with errors. Defense, kicking, rucking. It was sloppy stuff by SA at crucial times.
I think if SA had a better tackle percentage, and managed to properly secure their rucks, they could have won.

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Thanks man. I thought we had a chance at lifting the cup before the weekend.

Saturday changed that perspective fairly drastically. Ireland looked like a well oiled machine last night. They looked hungry and clinical

If SA bring the same weak ass tactics into the knock out stages then forget it.

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Francois Steyn did great work for us in the past at 15, including some key penalty goals in 2009 when we beat NZ 3 times in a row.

PSTD is a talisman. Unfortunately, him and Kolbe were somewhat carrying the team

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Point well made Sinclair, but something didn’t sit right with being told that rugby isn’t my thing

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Fair enough, guess it paid off 👍

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Cheers mate, I’ll decide what’s my thing thanks. I’ll try to add a line next time to balance the article better, and maybe you try not to be a dolt.

Boks blow it against All Blacks

I am serious with that, actually. I thought his kick was pretty much lateral, didn’t go forward into much space. If Mapimpi had more awareness he would have shut it down earlier.

I think SA was lucky to get off without a yellow. Similarly, NZ got away with multiple infringements at the breakdown in their own 22 when SA had a lot of momentum. Argument can be made there for a yellow. Garces is a clown.

Not sure what stimulated the ire in your comment. NZ got the better of SA, I say so clearly multiple times.

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Thanks for the feedback Pinetree. Glad you enjoyed the article. Point taken about the ref comments.

I actually wanted to mention the fact that there were some lenient calls that had gone the Boks way. Unfortunately some of the readership seems to think I’m having a whinge about the ref!

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Thanks Ralph. Glad you enjoyed the read. It was a lamentable tackle completion percentage. Not up to standard at all

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Thanks Andy.

It wasn’t the intention to lay blame with the referee. A smart team will make adjustments to the game plan as things unfold. Part of that involves reading the referee.

We didn’t do that. The Boks should have adjusted their play accordingly, but didn’t.

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Thanks for commenting One Eye. And again. And again. And again.

In case you missed the point of the article, titled “Boks blow it”, I’m focussed on how badly the Boks stuffed up.

Part of that relates to not adjusting to Garces officiating of the breakdown. I agree the boks were lucky to avoid a yellow. I didn’t want to write a treatise on everything he got wrong.

You seem to have a big issue with my Springbok bias. I suggest you hold yourself to that same lofty standard of impartiality in your future comments.

Boks blow it against All Blacks

Cheers Jonty. I was happy to see new faces bringing a bit of change to our attack.

And as for new guys making mistakes- at least they seem to be positive ones a lot of the time. Guys trying to make something happen rather than being passive.
That comeback will be instrumental in shaping our mental fortitude.

Let’s hope we come off the blocks a lot better this weekend.

Rassie's Boks look to rebuild

Agreed Corne(biltong?). I’m not even focussed on silverware at the moment. Like I mentioned, the fact that we are playing with energy is reason enough to be excited.

But if we back these young guys and try to cement some positions prior to 2023..watch out!

Rassie's Boks look to rebuild

Thanks for commenting Harry–the midfield is a question mark that has been hanging around since JdV and Jaque Fourie stopped playing. We haven’t had a settled combination since and it definitely shows.

I think last week Kriel showed that he also has some defensive frailties.

Esterhuizen however looked like a bulldozer.

As for Pollard he luckily gives as good as he takes, and his defense is usually reliable. Need solid tacklers at 10-13…

Rassie's Boks look to rebuild

you’re a poet and a man of history harry. impressive stuff. well researched and bloody well written. if you like maritime history you should read “ghost ship; the mystery of the mary celeste” about that mysterious disappearance. interesting read.

Michael Cheika and the SS Waratah: A story of a Wallabies coach and a shipwrecked cruisliner

as always brilliant stuff harry. it seems like bok fans are living in a recurrent nightmare. why are we always battling with selections when the choices seem so obvious? why do we not reward form? why do we kick away hard earned possession? these questions have no answers and the coaches don’t seem like they will be addressing them! why is rohan JVR playing in the currie cup?! someone get me a stiff drink

Wallabies vs Springboks: Battle of the underdogs becomes clash of clueless coaches

Thanks RT glad you enjoyed the piece. Pity about deano missing the point

A Black bridge too far

@ Harry- those chop tackles cost Bismarck (in 2013 i think?) a total knee reconstruction. ruptured most of the ligaments he had in that knee. very dangerous

Springboks display failed game plan of a failed coach

unfortunately that’s what other supporters are now resigned to- appreciating when their teams play with heart! the competitive equivalent of a participation ribbon.

A Black bridge too far

thanks zack glad you enjoyed it bro. hansen is an incredible coach, inheriting the mantle from a legend like graeme henry and doing something special to continue the legacy. great stuff. it’s so funny watching him in the coaching box, never shows a bit of emotion. even when they score he looks like a guy who is doing his taxes

A Black bridge too far

unfortunately i don’t think ackerman will see the job for another 4 years biltong. AC is here to stay. and with that conservative selections and impotent attack.

A Black bridge too far

a lengthy piece and that was your take home message! even with the other headings bolded. the prevailing sentiment about p divvy’s tenure as coach is that he wasn’t the coach at all- it’s all but accepted that the core group of senior players (du preez, smit, matfield) were coaching the team and dictating game plans. not to mention the media antics that he held on a regular basis which embarrassed the team. hopefully next time you read the rest of the article rather than a snippet.

A Black bridge too far

thanks harry. accountability is sadly a thing that is missing in a lot of facets of life in RSA. besides, how can accountability be a priority when your backline coach doesn’t have the pedigree to justify his position! or any of the coaches for that matter. we’ve never had the type of culture that cuts players when they don’t perform, instead we persist and eventually our persistence pays off when a player delivers a performance that isn’t deplorable

A Black bridge too far

thanks mate i need a beer or six given the pain that awaits us in the rest of the RC. i really don’t know how this crop of springboks is going to fare overseas. we are going to get absolutely slaughtered

A Black bridge too far

Sad times indeed for the Boks. Heyneke Meyer had a pretty good run for 3 years, the last year of his tenure the wheels came off. We played a much more attacking brand at the start of his time as coach. Can’t believe AC got the job but that’s the reality we find ourselves in.

Until we figure out selections, and get a backline coach with actual credentials, kiss our chances of a cohesive performance goodbye.

Springboks display failed game plan of a failed coach