- Jan 19, 2009
Aus deserved it but the Argies kept them on their toes until the end. Tough game, blood all over the place.
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The All Blacks beat us in the backline.
Dan Carter is probably the best #10 in the world.
Nonu runs over people all day and he can offload in the tackle.
They have SBW on the bench, I believe that he's the best backline player in the world and they can afford the luxury of using him as an impact player for only 20 minutes.
Ben Smith was punishing us the entire game.
Savea I don't even have to talk about him.
Compare this to JP Pieterson. I have never seen a South African backline player do anything even remotely similar to what the All Blacks have done every game so far this RWC, barring perhaps Habana.
JP scored a hat trick yeah but all of them were soft run in tries just coming off the line into the corner. Stephen Hawkings could have done that.
That game makes it clear; brains > brawn.
As per usual, we just tried to send a giant ball-carrier up the gut time and again and it failed. It will work against every team not named New Zealand or Australia. We will forever be the bridesmaid as long as this is our bread and butter. We're the best Northern Hemisphere team in the world..
If we want to get rid of HM perhaps losing to Argentina might not be a bad thing. We need a coach who can bring some creative flair to our game.
After watching the game on Saturday I sat back and reflected on the game we played.
I'm in two minds about who's to blame for the type of rugby we played. Do we blame the coach for Pollard not kicking the ball out instead of punting it down the throats of the back 3 of NZ? Do we blame HM for Fourie du Preez doing the same thing?
There was no structure or idea behind the kicks. It was not to play territory or anything it was as if SA is scared to run the ball at then...
Habana really got some nice high ball grabs to make the kicks look like they working but they weren't. Apart from that I think they played ok. If we kept more ball away from NZ we would have won. Team selection for the RWC is also partly to blame, but do we blame HM or the politics in Rugby?
I do believe HM can still get the boks on the right track but he needs to re-evaluate his way of playing Rugby. And if he can't change and adapt then his time is over.
We need the type of rugby SA played back in the day. Sure bang them up front, smash them and be the best at the set pieces. But play the territory game by kicking to the corners and making sure they're out. Re group at the Line-out and go from there. I'm not sad or cross that we lost, I feel we could have done better if things were different. The boks got way further than I expected...
Should HM go? I don't think so. Give him another year and see what happens. But if he doesn't change his selection and the type of Rugby he wants them to play. Then his days are over. Who else would one select as coach? If you can tell me Jake White will be the next coach, then fire HM yesterday. If not, I think we don't have anyone better...
We scored 1 try, just 1 try in the QF and SF combined. That about sums it up for me