Saturday's emphatic win over Australia proved once
again what a highly talented group of players the current
Springbok squad possesses. Regardless of whether or not
people believe that our guys had nothing to play for, a 50
point-plus tally allied to a record margin over the
Wallabies is an outstanding achievement.
If the Australian press are anything to go by then this
was not a match that they were happy to concede, with
many questions being asked about why they can't put
two big games together. First off they beat the All Blacks
in Australia only to go down the following week and
then Saturday's reversal following their triumph in Durban.
The next step is to build on that victory which means
that right now we have to look back and see why the
team did not perform as it can on a regular basis.
We need to sort out the problems that are holding
us back and result in us underachieving. One result
will not provide the answer to those questions.
We need to establish the things that are holding
us back and why they are occasioning defeats on
one Saturday and victory on the next. We have to
be consistent and that comes from identifying
where these problems are. There is a world of
difference between losing and being beaten.
As you are now aware I am promoting the idea
of a "Director of Rugby" in order to facilitate an
easier succession and assist the coaching staff.
This is not meant to be in competition or as boss
of the current coaching staff but rather as a sounding
board to the coaches. That is why I was at pains to
point out that this would add value without usurping
the role, functions or decision-making powers of
the coaching staff
Just as I needed Eddie Jones' experience to bring
home the 2007 World Cup so too can Peter de Villiers
and the coaches benefit from mine.
The common goal is after all to make the Springboks
the number one team in World rugby.
Jake White speaking to Mail & Guardian's Mike Trapido