Thursday, August 31, 2006
Springboks & the Tri-Nations
Springbok coach Jake White has named his team to play the All Blacks in the penultimate match of the 2006 Vodacom Tri-Nations series, somewhere in this week; they will be playing at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg on Saturday.
I wonder how exited the entire South Africa is about this? There was even an explanation on the news the other night about how Rustenburg will cope with the traffic that will flow too there humble abbow.
All Black coach Graham Henry apparently said on Wednesday the match in Rustenburg was the end of a long and tiring programme for his team: "This will be our ninth test in twelve weeks, including tours of Argentina and South Africa" He might be making excuses before hand for when they loose.*hint hint*
On the SarFu site I found Jakes corner, goodie I taught this to be some bloody good reading….and Alas I need to share it with yi all..
by Jake White
The last couple of weeks have seen some of the toughest moments in the Springbok camp. After two years of doing very well, we are now faced with a situation where we have suffered a number of defeats, in a row.
The feeling has been terrible for everybody within the team and management. However, in spite of all that, we are still positive that we can still pull through and regain our winning ways.
As a coach, what has been encouraging is the attitude of the players, especially when we started practising on Tuesday. They are hungry and willing to work even harder. To me, that is a sign of character. It is times like these that demand character of any human being. One gets a sense that the players are still willing to put their bodies on the line for their country. They know that playing for the Boks is a rare privilege, and they respect that.
Without making any excuses, this current run of defeats came at a time when we are without some of our key regular players. There is a whole group of highly capable players who are now ruled out of national duty due to injury.
However, I wish to make it clear that I am not taking anything away from the current group of players. They are also good, but there are those who are not here with whom we had created a number of winning formulas, as a result of certain combinations.
Once again, I wish to thank the loyal fans of the Springboks for keeping sending us messages of encouragement before each game. You cannot underestimate the value of such great words of encouragement to each and every member of the team.
Enjoy the game on Saturday.
Shame Jake you speak so lovingly about your dear battle members!
Springboks team announcedPosted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 14:03 Springbok coach Jake White has named his team to play the All Blacks in the penultimate match of the 2006 Vodacom Tri-Nations series at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg on Saturday September 2. Kick off is at 15:00.
The squad, currently based in Johannesburg, travels to the North West on Thursday for the final preparations before the game.
The players are (with Test caps in brackets):
15 Jaque Fourie (24)
14 Akona Ndungane (3)
13 Wynand Olivier (7)
12 Jean de Villiers (22)
11 Bryan Habana (21)
10 Andre’ Pretorius (19)
9 Fourie du Preez (28)
8 AJ Venter (23)
7 Pierre Spies (2)
6 Pedrie Wannenburg (14)
5 Victor Matfield (52)
4 Johann Muller (4)
3 BJ Botha (1)
2 John Smit (58)
1 Os du Randt (68)
16 Chiliboy Ralepelle (1)
17 Lawrence Sephaka (21)
18 Albert van den Berg (39)
19 Jacques Cronjé (26)
20 Ruan Pienaar (1)
21 Butch James (12)
22 Breyton Paulse (60)……..This is how it was published on the Sarfu site, just before someone sues my pants off for plagiarism. But I am also happy for the new blood he is pouring into the team.
In my opinion we all must stand behind them, because if they win everybody loves them, but when they battle to get the ball over the try line to score, everybody is a critic. I do not know that much about rugby, I just know we need to have some sportsmanship ourselves.