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Boks vs Pumas, a capitulation

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 10 Aug 2015 at 09:17
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Hi Bok fans, if there are any of you left out there.

I’m just going to put down some of my thoughts from my first ever live Bok game.

The good:

· Lambie’s value to the Bok cause must now be obvious, even to Heyneke Meyer, with some media reports even going as far as to suggest that Handre Pollard has perhaps even played himself out of the RWC Squad;
· Bok rugby is as low as it can get under Meyer’s tenure as Bok coach (touching wood, feet off the ground and fingers crossed that I’m right);
· Jesse Kriel and Damien De Allende have to be our centre combination as they provided potency on attack.

The bad:

· Jean de Villiers lacked the same force on attack prior to his injury;
· The Boks lacked a ‘Plan B’ when our ‘Plan A’ did not work;
· Our defensive structure was non-existent, the first try that was let through was too simple, and the try on Kriel’s wing could have been scored by anybody;
· Vincent Koch was given a lesson in scrumming, whether or not this was due to his ribs or not I guess we’ll never know;
· On that note, Jesse Kriel looked clueless and exposed on the wing, a shadow of the player from the past three games.

My observations:

· The crowd was less than expected, and the match build up was ruined by an announcement system which was impossible to interpret. I know there were a bunch of old guys who I guessed were former Pumas players, but nobody in the stadium could have been sure about that.
· The Argentinians were superb on the ground, seeming to turn the Boks over at will. It was incredibly frustrating to watch the Boks build up, get into a position to score a try, only for the ball to be turned over, yet again. Even with Marcell and Brussouw on the field we didn’t seem able to compete.
· Handre Pollard was clueless on attack, he shovelled the ball on, not offering anything in the way of holding up the defence or keeping them guessing. After his umpteenth mistake, when he kicked the ball directly into touch again, the frustrated crowd had had enough and the chant of ‘Lambie! Lambie’ resonated around the stadium. Lambie made an immediate impression, taking the ball flatter, his crisp passing and game management providing the Boks with some much needed direction. They just looked like a totally different team with him there.
· Chatting to the crowd around me, and listening to comments made by them, it was apparent that there is a huge amount of dissatisfaction with Meyer’s game plan and the management of the team.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on the game. I recorded it, but don’t think I’ll be watching the game again.


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