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New Zealand are sick of this South African mob already

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2011, Springboks, Tri Nations on 28 Jul 2011 at 06:28
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With the naming of Peter de Villiers side for the Springboks second Tri Nations Test of 2011, many a New Zealand fan is struggling to take this mob too seriously.

Come kick-off on Saturday evening Graham Henry’s All Blacks have everything to lose and the de Villiers Boks everything to gain. But this mob trust me won’t be gaining too much.

With this afternoons naming of the Springboks for the Wellington Test, the Boks will roll out 11 players with less than 10 Test matches to their names.

Since touch down yesterday the Springbok camp have been surrounded in a comical side show that often accompanies Peter de Villiers when he travels to our shores. The furore involves whether the 21 ‘injured’ Boks at home are actually all in Rustenburg at a training camp with Rassie Erasmus and Percy Montgomery. The media have made a meal of it for one reason and one reason only – PDV doesn’t seem to have control of his mob, stories are leaking everywhere about what is exactly going on with de Villiers top charges at home.

De Villiers is a humorous character at the best of times and the media love him, he has made a tradition of saying some absurd things that have had general rugby fans (as long as they were not South African) double over in laughter. Once again de Villiers has managed to get the entire New Zealand rugby public smirking at his explanation of the so called training camp in Rustenburg.

At the end of the day all the New Zealand rugby media and the kiwi rugby fans are looking for is -honesty, which sadly seems to be severely lacking with this whole shambolic 21 ‘injured’ player fiasco and now the resulting ‘Rustenburg rugby camp’.

New Zealanders couldn’t care less how any country prepares themselves for the RWC – each to their own.

Kiwis are well aware that it worked in 2007 for the World Champion Springbok and let’s face it, it may work again.

The lack of honesty however and taking your hosts for a ride as if they were stupid is just embarrassing for all involved. The legendary John Smit is also not coming out of all this smelling of roses either. Smit unfortunately seems to have been tarred with the same brush as the de Villiers management team and has been speaking with fork-tongue, about how good he thinks this side is.

Today the rhetoric has been flowing since the naming of this severely weakened Springbok side.

This side should be remembered as one of the weakest Springbok sides of all time. What a sad indictment on a proud rugby nation and also for those involved on the field, come Saturday night in the ‘Cake Tin”.

Sharks fans are sure to be some of the more interested by-standers on Saturday with a swag of below par, past and present Sharks players tipping up on the international stage, some of them even out of position. Test rugby is not a place to go unless you are firing on all cylinders and one of this Black &White brigade is bound to pick up the gong for the worst player on the pitch.

The Springbok backs of years gone by will watch on in dismay as this lot take the field on Saturday evening. It is a back division that is simply nowhere near Test standard and will get seriously bullied by bigger men in Black jerseys and when the ones on the field are finished with them, then ones from the bench will come on.

Patrick Lambie, Bjorn Basson, Adi Jacobs, Juan de Jongh, Lwazi Mvovo, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar.

All have no size, form or right to be playing international rugby at the moment.

With the forwards it is not much better.

Danie Roussow, Jean Deysel, Deon Stegmann, Alistair Hargreaves, Gerhard Mostert, Werner Kruger, John Smit (captain), Dean Greyling.

Are an interesting collection of has-beens, unproven talent or bizarre selections.

The New Zealand rugby public are already sick of this mob and wish them good riddance already hopefully with a good kick up the backside from the All Blacks for their travels home.

This Springbok side are a waste of space no matter what spin we hear from those associated with them.

I can’t imagine we will see too many of them back in September.

However we all understand that the real prize up for grabs is in October when two full strength sides from the respective rugby giants lock horns.

It is not about this Saturday, next Saturday or when the All Blacks play in South African in a couple of weeks that matters, and fans from both countries realise that come Saturday evening.

However being taken for fools in your own country and being blatantly lied to is disrespectful and smacks of arrogance.

In the last 24 hours South African rugby have done nothing to enhance the unique bonds that exist between the two countries.

This mob have done themselves no favours off the field and is not likely to make up for it on the field either.

Like all Test’s this weekend will be much anticipated, but in reality New Zealanders are sick of this mob already.


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