MAKE OR BREAK FOR SPRINGBOKS
Make or break for Boks – Fourie
by Brenden Nel 06 October 2011, 16:21
Springbok midfielder Jaque Fourie says the stark reality of the Rugby World Cup has hit home among his teammates and this has made them even more determined to win their quarterfinal against the Wallabies in Wellington on Sunday.
Fourie believes that this week is a do-or-die mission for the Boks, not only because it could be a large portion of the team’s last game, but also because they simply can’t contemplate even going out of the competition yet.
“It’s a very important week for us, and the guys realise this is make or break for us,” Fourie said about Sunday’s clash, which is the toughest of all four quarterfinals to be played this weekend.
The midfielder said that while he realised they would have to beat their two Tri-Nations rivals in successive weeks just to reach the final, his team wanted it no other way.
To win this World Cup they wanted to beat the best, and not have the harping criticism as they did in 2007 when they took the cup without playing one of the top four sides in world rugby.
“We’ve had a great group of experienced guys. There are 17 or 18 guys who were there in 2007. Those guys know what needs to be done.
“We’re here now, in 2007 people said we had an easy way to the finals, but that’s how it is. We said we want to win seven games and we did, while Australia and New Zealand lost, so that was their loss,” Fourie explained.
“The reality now is that we have to beat Australia and if we do that we need to beat New Zealand. If you want to win the World Cup, you have to win your games and have to go through all those teams to win it.
NO FAVOURS ASKED
“We all know what boat we are in. In the beginning when we came into this competition, we said we don’t want any team to do us a favour, we want to win all our games and that is the way we want to do it.”
While this game comes down to being a Tri-Nations double-header if the All Blacks win their quarterfinal against Argentina, the Boks know it’s very different to preparing to face their Antipodean rivals on a normal occasion.
“The analysing during the week stays the same, but the reality is if we lose this week we’re out of it, not like the Tri-Nations where you look at things like bonus points. I think at this point we’re going for a win, and not for a bonus point.
“If we have to make it ugly for 80 minutes we will, then that’s what we are going to do. Otherwise preparation-wise, things stay the same.”
And while just about everyone else is mentioning it, the Boks certainly don’t want to think about the fact that should they lose, it will be the end of a large portion of their careers. According to Fourie, this is simply another game.
“It wasn’t mentioned during the meetings. As our coach said, all the individual stuff aside, we need to do this for the team; it’s a team thing now. It’s our dream and our goal to win the World Cup and we know what we need to do to win it. “
Whether the Bok plan works accordingly, Sunday will tell.