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Words fail me

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 21 Sep 2015 at 09:25
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I think we all know and have by now experienced the feeling, the total and utter shock. 48 hours later and I can still hardly believe what happened on Saturday evening. But it did, and thinking about it now, trying to put words to an article that I never thought I would write, it hurts. And that is what we all feel, forget anger and disappointment. It just really hurts.

But it happened. It’s done, the record book will forever reflect the result, whether we roll into the foetal position and try and forget, or forge into the working week with anger and hatred.

And before I carry on, I’m not here to say everything is going to be okay, let’s hold hands, sing kumbaya and win the World Cup. That is not going to happen.

The Boks lost, and however you want to phase it or whatever angle you want to play, there are just a few people that can take blame for it, and Van Riebeeck is not one of those. Coach Meyer and his most experienced team in the history of South African Rugby are to blame. Simply put, the players and the coach have to take this on this chin.

We can argue all day long that the coach should take more heat as he is the boss, or the players should bear the consequences, after all it is not the coach that needs to catch the ball. However you think it should, it should be on those guys.

There simply was no plan, and if what we saw was the plan, it is a pretty poor plan. I mentioned it in the week before the game, Meyer’s biggest flaw is that he has never been able to adapt or coach on field adaptability into the players. There was no plan B, there was no idea to try play different as a result of how the Japanese came out and played. We stuck to our guns, and our guns simply were no measure against a team that played with such heart and passion, a part of me was actually proud of their achievement.

Some players tried their best, some players were simply shocking. I am not going to go into a player rating scenario, because I do not believe they deserve to be scored based on the performance. They all failed miserably at the task at hand.

What now?

The reality is that the Boks could still very well finish top of their pool, which is great, because that was the goal before any match kicked off. 2 bonus points in the bag, and a wake up call later, we are still set to advance to the Quarter Finals. What happens from there though, is a completely different picture. We start facing real contender teams, and I feel that the Springboks simply do not have the team, the playing style, the confidence or the nous to actually go any further than that.

The point of this article, you ask. Probably very little other than allowing me the opportunity to get it out the way and focus on the next match. So I apologise for that. But I will leave you with an interesting little analogy:

Ten or so years ago Heyneke Meyer won the Currie Cup playing similar rugby to what we saw on Saturday. Also ten or so years ago, there was no such thing as the iPhone or Smartphone. Things change, they evolve, and that evolution is something the Boks are clearly missing.

Good luck out there, if you feel anything like I do, it is hard to get any work done, it is hard even thinking about the rugby, and this is not even mentioning the brilliance of Gary Gold. Strongs!

Oh, and congratulations to Japan. They deserved the win, they played with the necessary gusto, bravely and pure passion. Keep it up and you guys are going somewhere in World Rugby!


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