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Seems like a ready-made excuse to me, just in case they need it.
Posted 09:53 06th June 2012
@Ruggernaut - thanks for your reply, I think i might have phrased it better or in a clearer way. SA rugby officialdom has had a past history of blaming the coach when it goes wrong. I suspect of all the sides in the world a test or series loss against England would be the most difficult for the SARFU to take.
I still believe we might nick a test but home advantage should be enough for the Bok's to beat a developing England squad,
Posted 22:24 05th June 2012
@Headhunter99 - I agree that England's chances of a series victory is very good. I am very concerned that there are a number of players picked for the Boks who are not very good on defense and also tend to wobble under pressure. But I don't think SA Rugby will be in the disarray you are claiming it would be. The new coach is surrounding himself with players he knows from his days with the Bulls, purely because he does not have much time to figure out new combinations. England can be assured that it will be a typical forwards-based game plan with lots and lots and lots and lots of kicking. Get your way around this and you will take the series. Good luck to you and your team.
Posted 18:39 05th June 2012
Sean Fitzpatrick has been doing this for years . It pays well .
Posted 06:42 05th June 2012
Bit of talking England up here from Smit, mainly because there is a lot of pressure in SA for the Bok's to win tests. After their poor RWC show the Bok's need some wins before going into the Tri-Nats.
Whilst most of us England fans anticipate possibly winning one test as a good step forward, if we were to do the unthinkable and win the series I think it would be fair to say SA rugby would then be in total disarray.
Posted 23:35 04th June 2012
so he will from now on go by the unforgettable name of BJ Botha, er, Smit? ;-)
Posted 19:56 04th June 2012
they are probably better prepared but i still expect the boks to seal the series in 2 even with the questionable selections.
Posted 11:02 04th June 2012
That's a fair amount of lip-service.
Posted 10:04 04th June 2012
Interesting, although preparation and time together is huge, does it outweigh the fact that the Bok's are on home soil and that they have individually had more recent game time and that they are half way through their season???
Really looking forward to all 5 games.
Posted 09:41 04th June 2012
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