Australian tight five slammed


<a href="" target="_blank"></a>     05 Sep 2006     Fotopress

An article in South Africa's Sunday Times also spelt out a crude sheep joke at Australian rugby's expense but surprisingly most of the ire of the attack was aimed at their own team.

The Springboks may have finally won a match in the top flight series with a last-minute 21-20 win over New Zealand at the weekend but the South African media was still tearing apart its potential to perform at next year's World Cup.

"With a year to go, greater thought must go into ensuring backup at tighthead, fly half and fullback because the cupboard is almost bare," wrote rugby reporters Clinton Van Der Berg and Simnikwe Xabanisa of the South African team.

"Tighthead is especially worrying, not least because the hard men are in short supply, but because the position remains utterly pivotal."

"Just ask the Wallabies. They have arguably the best backline in world rugby served by a tight five made of porridge."

The article further put the boot into the Springboks by saying they lacked leadership and creativity.

"It's not only that the wheels have come off the Springbok sedan; the engine has seized and the chassis is bent," Van Der Berg wrote.

"Chiefly, the problems are a disastrously high rate of injury; a low-risk, low-reward style of play; lack of concentration and creativity; blind loyalty to under-performers; lack of depth in key positions; inadequate management."