'Congratulations Boks'

2009-08-03 14:27

First and foremost, congratulations to the Springbok on their comprehensive trouncing of the All Blacks over the weekend.

Secondly, congratulations to Peter de Villiers for guiding the Boks to another convincing win over the All Blacks.

Thirdly, well done to Morne Steyn for his outstanding and powerful performance in single-handedly destroying the opposition.

It is very important that you take cognisance of the order of my praise. I place the team in the first praise because the team, without it, no one can win anything. It is bigger than the sum of its parts, ie the players individually. Making a mistake on this is short-sighted and would lead to failures in future. To all those men who were on the field on Saturday: "WELL DONE!" you did all of us proud. You looked invincible, you played well and you won as a TEAM!

The second praise I heap on Peter de Villiers, the Bok coach. Peter - you have done extremely well for the Boks and for this nation. It might be that you not universally liked by one and all, but your record already speaks volume of your fitness for the job. The fact that you were appointed "not purely for rugby reasons" as Oregan Hoskins pronounced upon your appointment - makes the case for transformation in this country the more relevant and necessary.

Much legislation have been passed in this country to facilitate the access of opportunities to those who were previously disenfranchised, but each day we wake up to more media vitriol on why we are ruining a country by forcing down redress. I say you are doing this government a huge favour by showing them that they are not completely lost in asking for redress and transformation to the highest order. If I were President Zuma, I would immediately order that you receive one of the highest national orders; perhaps the Order of Mapungubwe would be more fitting.

I find it disturbing that we still challenging the necessities of across the board transformation as a country as that is not only counterproductive but myopic as well. Many media releases this past weekend had no quotations from the Bok coach but more from the captain and pictures of the tries by Morne. That is incorrect and needs urgent rectification!

The last praise I place on Morne Steyn - a very good player who scored all the points for us over the weekend. Eight penalties in international rugby is not only impossible but improbable - well done to you Morne. The country needs more progressive and accurate shooters like you. The fact that you are also playing your rugby in South Africa proves that we also have a functional system here, transformation being part of it: WELL DONE!

To South Africans at large: It is time we give credit were it is due. Peter de Villiers, a man of colour, has done well for us a coach. He overcome teams which used to beat us before, has broken a few records in the process but he is not always polished when he needs to be. We cannot despise him for that nor not recognise him due to his colour anymore - let us all rally behind him and his team and make him know that we love him. Amen.

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  • 24Inch - 2009-08-03 14:36

    Yes, well done to the Springbokke! While the Springbokke is the pinnacle of the sport, the real transformation must take place at grass root level. More should be done at school and club level to develop the necessary players to be selected on merit. Then only will transformation be a reality.

  • Juan @Author - 2009-08-03 14:39

    You single out Peter Div for your argument in favour of transformation. Fair enough. Peter's a great coach, fact. BUT what about the 'transformed' eskom? The 'transformed' SAA, the 'tranformed' government? ALL of them are COLOSSAL FAILURES on which BILLIONS of rands have been wasted, which PROVES that affirmative action is a BAD thing afterall. No point in arguing the exception rather than the rule!

  • Sasha - 2009-08-03 14:40

    Tshepo, why on earth does the fact that Pieter de Villiers is coloured make the case in favour of transformation stronger? My smile at seeing an article not concerning some form of politics quickly turned to a grimace as the focus was yet again shifted to racial matters. Sheesh people, when are you going to realise that a person's worth and ability has NOTHING to do with his ethnicity?????

  • Anon1 - 2009-08-03 14:40

    Only when he stops persisting with Ricky and Earl, choose the best there is and not just to make up the colour of the squad. Only when he stops making ridiculous statements. These are the reasons why he gets so much flack, not because the World Cup team beats the AB!

  • Willie - 2009-08-03 14:42

    I will admit that I wzs one who did not give Pieter the chance as a coach, and he has done well, I still believe though that he should be more selective in his choice of words. Credit given where credit is due.. Pieter, Nicely done..!

  • kev - 2009-08-03 14:43

    The ABs previous "We have the divine right to win" attidude has taken a serious dent!
    That is until they play their next NH side!

  • JerryCindy - 2009-08-03 14:44

    Well done to Tshepo for writing something of substance and not the political trivia drivel we have seen today. The quota system does not always work and we should stick to men who can and know how to play rugby. Well done to the boytjies and here is a toast to coming Saturday!

  • Tsotsi - 2009-08-03 14:44

    Everyone should have seen it! Mmmm... Wonder if Luke Watson had a bigscreen TV at his wedding? Shame.

  • garyh - 2009-08-03 14:46

    Thsepo, I agree, well done Bokke, well done P-Divvy, you have proved us detractors wrong, you are the man!

  • Kev - 2009-08-03 14:46

    Quick question, does anyone know what has caused the eye injuries to the 4 Springboks in these last 2 tests? I noticed 4 of them leaving the field with a lot of blood comming from wounds to the eye socket area - see M Steyn on sat after 5 minutes and J.Smit the previous week as examples.

  • Poloyatonki @ Tshepo - 2009-08-03 14:49

    If it wasn’t because of ANC pushing transformation into Rugby, PDV would have not made it this far…. Viva Boks Viva transformation…

  • steve - 2009-08-03 14:51

    Tshepo good letter and could not agree with you more except for one thing Pieter de Villiers, i really dont care who the Springbok coach is as long as we win which he is doing with a team that he inherited from Jake White ,the problem will come when in a year or two alot of these players go overseas for the money and he has to build a team. He will as a good ANC man not pick the best but what the Board tells him to do and then we will see the likes of Earl Rose appear. His god given talent will disappear and we will loose. He will once again make stupid comments at press conferences which will result in him receiving the Order of Mamparas

  • marcel - 2009-08-03 14:53

    Yup, well done guys. We're not where we should be, we should always be looking to improve, but we're on the right track for sure. Let's make sure we beat the Aussies Saturday. Dude, I reckon you're a bit heavy on the transformation aspect though.

  • Zizo - 2009-08-03 14:54

    Are you asking people to abandon their culture. enough said. juan and his kind will find something to spoil the article.

  • Ronnie - 2009-08-03 14:56

    Good article Tshepo.It is time for journalists to come out in support of Peter De Villiers..There is just no appreciation of what he has achieved thus far...All praise goes to the dead and buried Jake White.

  • ant247 - 2009-08-03 14:58

    Tshepo, you got the order of praise spot on my friend.Span then PDV then old Morne. I was upset when I saw some horrible newspaper headlines this wknd, 'Morne 31 - Nz 19', it goes back to the Naas Botha days of doff rugby mentality as no one oke can play by himself. It was a team effort and well done to the bokke. But Tshepo, they don't quote PDV in the papers coz he talks kak, end of story, and once he wins us a world cup, give him whatever Noddy badge you want!!

  • Andrew - 2009-08-03 15:01

    Jeez Tshepo, I was enjoying reading a great article until you mentioned colour..why did you do that you tit, Pieter de Villiers is South African, NOT a man of colour. Get it into your thick skull, we don't care about colour, we care about WINNING!! anybody who had issues with div in the beginning were unhappy because of HOW he was employed, NOT because he isn't Caucasian..From a great article to drivel in one racist statement!! Prat!!

  • WILDFIRE - 2009-08-03 15:01

    Great back to back wins for the Boks.We are in a good position to take this series.Do not underestimate the difference Heinrich Brussow makes to this team. Morné Steyn should become one of the best flyhalves this country ever produced. And remember - rugby has nothing to do with politicks Poliodonkey.Rugby is the one thing this country can be proud of and it will always remain like that.It is in our blood and we are proud of it. Keep rugby away from the ANC ! Refer Mike Stofile's comment on quota system last week !Merits only !

  • 24Inch @ Poloyatonki - 2009-08-03 15:02

    Someone had to flush the toilet!

  • Stryder - 2009-08-03 15:02

    I still cannot understand how anyone fails to see the hypocrisy of AA and BEE and the fact that these are overtly RACIST policies. I find it ironci that people who were the victims of evil now perpetuate that very same evil. Congrats to Div and the boys for an outstanding win, race, BEE and quotas had nothing to do with it.

  • Stryder - 2009-08-03 15:03

    PS: To all those pushing racist policies through our constitution, just remember that you cannot transfrom anything over night, so stop alienating those who you need for the long haul.

  • Shilos - 2009-08-03 15:07

    We must be ready to accept defeat as well, it must not come to PDv head if we loose, I saw some article saying the coach is just a puppet senior players and assistants are doing the job themselves, thats why you see more comments about the captain and steyn not about the coach because some people will continue eating their humble pies until Boks win the trinations, all critics will go silent and we shall celebrate.

  • Mark V - 2009-08-03 15:08

    Don't forhet that Morne is coached by Percy MOntgomary - a white man! STOP - That was said toung in the cheek. PdV is doing well, unlike the rest of the Cadres...

  • Master_P - 2009-08-03 15:12

    It is imperative that we get to a stage wherein caucasians begin to accept that people of colour are just as suited and capable of discharging their duties as expected. The scepticism, cynicism and the fear of black leadership should come to an end. Despite the fact that DeVillers was already a tried and tested figure, many caucasians had huge and some still have serious reservations about his fittness for the job. We need genuine commitment to scrap racism in all spheres of our society. The media should do its bit in this regard

  • Buckwheat - 2009-08-03 15:13

    Well, I really think that we still have to see what Div has to offer on a coaching basis - it is a well-known fact that this bok team is, how do I put this, 'player-led'; in other words, the senior players are doing most of the coaching, with Div adding value by making facilities and the like available. So lets not get too ahead of ourselves here. I quite like Div myself, but you're giving him too much coaching credit boet.

  • cindy - 2009-08-03 15:17

    darn, was just about to get excited to read a nice, clean article, but NOOOOOOOO, you had to bring race into it! as a matter of interest, if you want to be so interested in "transformation" then surely the black players in our team should be scoring, no?!? don't make up daft arguments just to suit your political agenda, ANYONE can do that! but all in all, a great game, and i'm a proud bok supporter (black players and all)

  • T - 2009-08-03 15:20

    Yes, i believe congratulations is in order. But why, please tell me MR Author, why turn this into transformation, why do you have to refer to our coach as a man of color. This is so irrelevant. You started of well but sorry, pushing your own agenda at the end gets you a 3/10.

  • colin - 2009-08-03 15:20

    The problem in our rugby is not to transform from the top but what we need to do is to intensify the investment at grass root level - I am rugby mad and enjoy watching the game at any level and in any form - recent weeks I have enjoyed the FNB classic clashes which entertained us before the Tri-Nations test but what I find disconcerting is that mostly it is white schools with mostly white learners who are being given the opportunity to showcase there talent and the poor and marginalized children are left in the cold - it has been over 15 years after we obtained our freedom and to still see white school and black schools not integrating when playing sports is not what we should aim for - why don’t the township schools and the previously model C school compete against each other - why do we keep soccer out of our previously white schools – if this is the future I have to prepare my children for they have not much to look forward to – we should promote a country whereby each child will have the opportunity to develop to there full potential and not to be excluded as a result of race or class.

  • gomoco - 2009-08-03 15:24

    WHERE IS THE STATISTICS from UTC to analys the two wins, i bet he'll come up with something again

  • MP@JUAN - 2009-08-03 15:25

    Every time I read your remarks I can’t hep it but fell sorry for you, you’re so ill-bred or either full of hatred or uneducated as a results you’re factually bankrupt. I mean if other sectors are mismanaged we should not give credit were is due according to you statement. If we all agree that the past was unfortunate don’t you think we should redress? Transformation is not an event but a process which should allow continual improvement. Honestly I don’t expect you to understand you don’t need explanation but rehab.

  • Cynical - 2009-08-03 15:28

    Gee thanks Tsheppie, your positive note has convinced me that winning two rugby games will solve all our problems here. No more toyi-toying, no more unemployment, no more race problems, no more strikes, no more crime, none of those nasty things. As long as we can win at rugby, what more could a country want?

  • Tumelo - 2009-08-03 15:32

    De Villiers has had a wonderful run as a Springbok team, in fact up to so far he is the most sucessful South African Rugby Coach ever. But the racist find it hard to swallow the fact that in the sport they claim is theirs a black man is succeeding far surpassing their own. They now claim he is not a good communicator, he inherited a good team from White, he is coached by the captain and senior players. These people are just pathetic. His win's if you can notice are less celebrated, you dont hear the huge hallabaloo in the streets or at work that characterises previous white coache's wins. Whilst having an upper hand transformationalist should speed up the process.

  • WILDFIRE - 2009-08-03 15:33

    Why in hell does everyone want to politicise this article ? This is RUGBY !It has nothing to do with skin colour. And that is how it should remain - rugby is not for politicians to play around with. Keep rugby clean and pure - we have enough political failures around.

  • beans - 2009-08-03 15:35

    I will tell you why Colin, cos at predominantly white schools the teachers stay in and coach sport to the kids, I have employees here whose children go home after school to the shacks and nobody to care for them cos the teachers cant be bothered to spend longer at school and do what is important in kids life - ie playing sport

  • Lucas @MP@JUAN - 2009-08-03 15:36

    Juan is the only one here stating the facts no one want to hear. But everyone knows. He is like a conciousness that keeps reminding us where we went wrong. Keep it up Juan! Do not ever fell silent! Taht way you'll become like the brainless lets say the political correct things to keep the order. YOU GO MAN!!!

  • Kev@Cynical - 2009-08-03 15:36

    Is this darn article about all the crap you've mentioned? IDIOT! Grow up and stick to the programme!

  • Poloyatonki @ WILDFRIED/WILDFIRE - 2009-08-03 15:43

    “rugby has nothing to do with politicks” I didn’t know that a person can be as stupid as you are. You are completely brain dead. PDV is in that position because of ANC’s gov…. Idiot

  • Kev:MP - 2009-08-03 15:43

    Nah buddy, Juan doesn't need rehab - He needs JESUS!

  • colin - 2009-08-03 15:55

    @beans - to paint all township schools with the same brush is not fair - the question I need to ask you how many township schools have you personally visited - I know of schools in the township were sport are very important and were teachers struggle in harsh circumstances to support there learners with depleted resources.

  • Frank - 2009-08-03 16:01

    PDV should be fired for making racist comments just like markgraaf was fired or is Saru endorcing double standards?

  • WILDFIRE@POLIODRONKIE - 2009-08-03 16:04

    Hey dronkie - you know nothing about rugby and you do not even have the right to comment on rugby. You are a useless ANC f...up and that is what you will stay.Go look in a mirror in order to see what braindead looks like. Stick to Pirates and Chiefs boetman. You say you stay in Cape Town ? Come see me and you will never speak this kind of shit to a white man again.I will make a prime example of you !

  • terence - 2009-08-03 16:04

    like i said earlier what will kill SA rugby is the interference of government. no player should be afforded the chance to play for the boks if he is not worthy of a place...if you going to start giving useless players a chance to play for the boks then just transform the whole team one shot and let that be that pull out of the tri-nations and start your own tri-nations against kenya and zimbabwe..... there now you have your transformed team.... now if you want to stay world champs you have to field the best starting 22 every time... and no freebies to useless players.... it is an honor and privelege to play for the boks unlike playing for banana banana players must earn that right....period.

  • Eles - 2009-08-03 16:06

    I wish people would just stop making this about colour! So bored of it now re PDV we cannot actually judge his performance by the team performance the reason been that he was handed a world class team - currently the best in the world we have a wealth of talent with many guys worthy of several top positions. Consider Bruessow he set up most of those goals Morne scored - it is a team effort. I will judge PDV on his coaching skills when he has youngsters to develop - that will be the true test. Not now. It is not about the team now but in a couple of years time. Rugby administrators would do better to ensure that we harness talent at school level and take it further. Politics does not belong in sport it is the one thing that can unite us and yet people still interfere! Sport like anything else should be the best person for the job regardless of colour.

  • iritated - 2009-08-03 16:16

    Stop pushin the politics, morons

  • jl - 2009-08-03 16:23

    i saw the writers surname, I knew what to expect, still i clicked, only to be proven right. PDV is coloured, part of a large stakeholder in SA rugby culture. I am afraid your ANC cronies and their vile transformation racial hatred policies, have no credit to steal. STOP trying to steal from the glory of others ala mbeki 2007.

  • Ivy@Tumelo - 2009-08-03 16:23

    While I agree that De Villiers AND team are doing very well, a statement like "the most sucessfull South African Rugby Coach ever" leads me to believe you only started following Rugby a year ago. Do some solid research before sprouting BS!

    We also have no problem with a coloured (Not black) man coaching the team, as long as he does a good job. Just a pity that every other time he opens his mouth to the media it sounds like "Stupid is as Stupid does"

  • Steminibos - 2009-08-03 16:39

    SA is enjoying a summer of every position you could choose 2 or 3 "boks" we have a forward and backline coach - both experienced and intelligent - we have the cubs from the Jake era now with mane and hart - we should dominate world rugby for 4-5 years as did NZ and England when experiencing this abundance, We have a clown as headcoach - who cares? I do - he had no track record when handed the job on a platter..and is now farming with another mans cattle - it wont be sustainable because he will believe the stories written about him to the demise of SA rugby - we WILL NOT win the next world cup as a result - and then you will remember this mail.... sad, so sad!

  • springbok - 2009-08-03 16:44

    where is/was the black spectators in rugby?

  • kevin owen - 2009-08-03 16:54

    It was Shane warne who once said that when you have a truly great team you do not need a coach.That is the case here so how much credit is actually due to helium head? Put the best players in the team ans screw the politics. As a whitey I would give 100% support to a team that consisted of 7 Bryan Habanas and 8 Beasts not based on colour but ability.

  • Keith @ Steve - 2009-08-03 16:55

    Steve, get a life. Not everything is about race, you moron.
    Sure, this is pretty much an inherited team, but they are still playing P Divvy's brand, which is different to Jake's.
    I think you forget p Divvy's success at age group rugby, where it is even harder to forge a team, in a shorter time.
    Maybe our coach is a lousy spokesman,ok shocking, but his coaching credentials have stood the test of time.