Knuckles ko’s Boks

Knuckles Connolly believes Jake White’s Boks will get a hammering in Wellington.

Wallabies coach Connolly told Newstalk ZB that he could not see the Boks’ fortunes changing after the 49-0 thrashing at the hands of his side last weekend. He predicts Jake White’s men are in for a long night at the Cake Tin.

Connolly says the All Blacks are very good at the moment, with the South Africans down and making forced changes.

He believes the five changes White has made to his side should not alter things to any great extent and he is sure the All Blacks will prove too much of a handful.

Meanwhile, in the Sydney Morning Herald, this is how Aussie rugby writer Greg Growden described life with the Boks.

“IT IS obvious when the Springboks are close by. Suddenly everything goes a bit strange. There are out-of-control media bushfires to tame, crazy statements made, moments at press conferences that defy logic, and issues thrown up that simply don’t make sense.

It’s a wonder how a South African Test team ever gets onto the field.

The days leading up to last weekend’s Tri Nations Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane were crammed with wacky moments, especially when coach Jake White and captain John Smit took it upon themselves at times to deny the bleeding obvious.

Despite Springboks players freely admitting they once had a competition to win $100 if they finished with one of Wallabies flanker George Smith’s dreadlocks, White said, with a straight face, that it had all been made up.

Then Smit got onto his soapbox and very shakily argued that the Springboks were a really, really clean team. Memory loss is obviously a problem for the Springboks skipper who, just eight months earlier, had been suspended for six weeks for a dangerous high tackle that fractured the larynx of French captain Jerome Thion.

Then there was the simple question no South African could answer: was a team manager appointed for this Australia-New Zealand tour?

Nothing much has changed since the Springboks headed off to New Zealand for tomorrow’s night’s Test in Wellington. A new city, new controversies – including one that cut to the core of the underlying problems in South African rugby.

Springboks officials are masters of saying one thing to the press one day and denying it all the next.”