Boks prop Trevor coming home
By Lindsay Weyer
Technical Advisor to the
Springboks in Japan
Springboks prop Trevor Nyakane’s World Cup is over, he will be replaced by Thomas du Toit. Nyakane replaced Frans Malherbe in the second half of the New Zealand game on Saturday and not long after he limped off with a serious calf injury.
We are a little disappointed about the weekend’s result, things did not go our way. Two turnover tries was the best New Zealand could do against us, otherwise none of their plays worked.
There was a good aerial battle which we mostly won, but the two we knocked on, they scored. The mood in the camp is still very positive.
We need to handle the referee better perhaps, as New Zealand was all over him, literally in his face, always communicating with him, even mentioning “gutless” which is in the NZ papers. Jerome Garces and the 50/50 calls went NZ’s way. The referee is like the CEO of a company, they are in charge.
We have learnt our lessons, and this has set the tone. It is guaranteed that we will be better with handling certain things the opposition and the referee give us.
Analysis has been underway for the Namibia game on Saturday, all of us as coaches are working extremely hard making sure that we are tactically correct individually and as a team. We are ready to defend whatever Namibia throws at us.
We have played Namibia a couple of years ago in Cape Town and we beat them. Our toughest opposition is expected to be Italy.