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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scrap-poor and uncharacteristic display by the Boks!

It's remarkable how a week can revolutionize things in sports, it took a week for Kaizer Chiefs to bounce back from Black Label cup defeat by Pirates and crash AmaZulu by six goals. But it can alter from good to bad also from bad to good as well. That's what happened for the Boks in Argentina, it changed from good to bad in just over 6 days. What went wrong?

Six days back we thumped them 27-6 in Cape Town, only to defectively draw with them 16 all in their back yard. We don’t criticize the draw , but how did it occur, poor display, deprived transition, not adequate phases by us even our handling left a lot to be desired-proving it when our captain De Villiers knocked the ball after the hotter when we tried to get something of the game, poor.

Yes, our hooker position is lean after Bismarck Du Plesis’ injury, but still one position can’t weaken us like that, even in Cape Town he only played two minutes, so he can’t be the reason why we played so uncharacteristic. Boks kicking by our trusted Steyn Morne and Francois was also not up to scratch at all.

Having gone to halftime trailing 13-3, maybe we can applaud the Boks for winning second half by 13-3, but having lost the first half by the same margin, that mean it was just a balance and nothing much. If we can’t put Argentina away like that, how will we do it in Australia and New Zealand?

But remember the same Pumas starting line-up is almost all playing in Europe, and they finished 3rd in the 2007 World cup, even New Zealand in Christchurch only scored two tries against them, so maybe the Pumas are not as poor as we tend to think. But that doesn’t mean we must play as poorly as we did though. Scoring through a charge down try by Francois is not so compelling.

Personally, I like to think that the experience we lost in John, Victor, Du Preez, Bakis etc. Is for some time going to show whenever we go outside the country. Maybe at home it won’t become visible but abroad, is certainly going to emerge as it did. So maybe we shouldn’t be too critical but comprehend that it's the new era under Mayer and Co, so lapses will show but all in the building route.

On the 8th of September, Australia will be waiting us in Perth, and the Pumas visit Wellington to tackle the table topping world champions New Zealand. Not much time in between and for us, we took the Wallabies who lost their two matches against New Zealand, so for sure they won’t go down easily. Show us what you got Boks, the Nation is behind you.

By Fanele Mbuyazi

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