Rek julle Bokke



October 13, 2016
Rek julle Bokke

GATVOL: Duane Vermeulen

Toulon's Springbok players speak out against sorry status quo in SA rugby.

Toulon teammates Duane Vermeulen and Juan Smith have hit out at the state of Springbok rugby.

Following their humiliating 57-15 defeat to the All Blacks in Durban, the two Bok looseforwards proved that they also have los bekke.

First it was Vermeulen, 30, and touted as a possible Springbok captain, who tells TMG: “I want to be part of the Boks but the way things are going now I can’t see a positive outcome.

“We need an intervention and I can’t sit silently on the side and say nothing anymore. I feel it’s always the coaches that have their say in a team environment and as a player there is no time to focus and to talk about issues in SA Rugby…

“I still want to play be a part of the best players in the country and represent the Boks with all I have.

“But at the moment I can’t see why players would commit 100
percent. That’s a huge problem. Where did everything go wrong?”

He adds: “It all starts at the top. And that is chaos at the moment.”

The South African Rugby Union will have a coaching indaba next week, led by Brendan Venter, but Vermeulen also feels that the “arrogance” of some SA coaches will prevent them from sharing ideas.

And ideas, especially in the backline – coached by Mzwandile Stick, is what is needed according to Smith.

The 70-cap Bok veteran tells Netwerk24: “Our setpieces, the scrum and lineouts were not bad this year. The big problem lies with the backline. They aren’t running good lines, no one is taking gaps.

“There is no one who is keeping defences guessing at the back and it looks like there’s no plan.”

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