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Oct 06, 2020, 12:11

one of several Players who are either retired or are still playing singing JW's praises. I understand he has his detractors but I've yet to hear of a player who thinks of him as a poor coach. Just the other day in an interview on News 24 Andries Snyman was praising Jake's coaching as well, in the mix of calling him out as Jake the snake.

Oct 06, 2020, 14:51

Jake is the Bill Belichick of the rugby world: His loyalty is to the program, nor individuals. Bill is famous for refraining from building emotional attachments to pllayers, as there is a time to come and a time to go. Jake demands loyalty, work ethic and commitment. He demands results. South Africans are the emotional types that like to be coddled, yet without reciprocating with performances. That's more and more apparent with each generation. It wasn't nice to be told to get out of bed and train early. So the Sharks discarded him, and were rewarded with years of mediocrity. The South African almost always leads to failure. In all ways, the nation is the very face of mediocrity and failure. Jake is not the typical South African, at least not like the modern Saffer. Yet, in Australia, he took the reigns of a Brumbies side who cut 17 players to destroy player power and allowed him to work his magic. In his debut season, they never lost by more than a single score, unearthing new talent and putting structures in place that would serve the organisation for the better part of a decade. I like that he doesn't buckle to popular opinion, I like that he sticks to his guns, yet still has the humility to learn; he knows who is worth listening to and who isn't. He was said to never use a fetcher, yet did so at the Brumbies, when he personally brought George Smith back. He works with what he has and makes it work. That's how his heavily depleted Brumbies side beat the British Lions that walloped the Wallabies. He is held in much better regard abroad than at home. He has worked with the IRB and programs to expand the game. He wanted to have coaching programs that were inclusive and shared information and methods to improve our coaching. He was ignored. Time and time again, South Africa turns on its most talented and most brilliant minds. They like smooth words that lead to destruction, and a good finger pointing session. 

Oct 07, 2020, 03:43

Well said, I totally agree.

Oct 07, 2020, 11:26

The likes of Dalton, AJ Venter, the Beast, the du Plessis brothers had nothing positive to say about Jake as a coach and person

Montpellier players reckon the only thing they learnt under Jake was a bit of English

For me Jake is a good to average coach, nothing special and he comes across as a complete prick.

Oct 07, 2020, 12:26

He is our best coach. Best since readmission. 

Oct 07, 2020, 13:04

A smart coach plays with the potential in hand, Jake always knew the limitations of his squad and it's for that reason that he cut his cloth accordingly. No point in playing razz matazz rugby with players who couldn't pass the ball.

Oct 08, 2020, 00:53

Our best coach my arse - he is not even close

Rassie is our best since readmission followed by Kitch and Mallett

Jake is on par with Meyer and ahead of the likes of Coetzee, PDV etc

Jake is middle of the road

Oct 08, 2020, 00:56

Disagree Denny - SA has NEVER been short of talent - Rassie has just proved that - taking us from number 7 to 1 using virtually the same players

Jake started off well but then completely lost the plot in terms of selections and how to play to win

Enter Eddie to save his bacon

Oct 08, 2020, 01:09

South Africa were short of talent between 2000 and 2003. We have these interim periods where the old aren't what they once were and the young are inadequate. Then we find a bunch of next gen players to carry the torch. It's that simple. The "everyone's a winner" card is part of a losing hand. Keep with the times and our your own down Lister. 

Oct 08, 2020, 17:52

SA has NEVER been short of talent and that’s a FACT

Oct 08, 2020, 18:03

Really? Willemse, SA player of the year 2003. Great stuff. Nyet. 2000 to 2003, barren awkward years between generations. Likewise 2012 to 2017.

Oct 08, 2020, 19:18

Willemse was a bloody good wing

I’ll say it again SA has NEVER had a shortage of talent EVER

What we have had is some pathetic sad excuses for coaches

Oct 09, 2020, 02:26

No. We have too little quality in depth. Is it a coaching flaw the Steph can't read play. And is too stupid to stop rushing out haphazardly? Is it a coaching flaw that Lambie had no pass or physicality, or that Damian can't pass or stop being dominated head on? Or that Kolisi is MIA for 98% of every test. It's quite obvious: you have no standards Saffy. You are too arrogant to learn. Almost as dishonest as Lügnerin. 

Oct 09, 2020, 16:15

Talking about dishonesty -  Dishonest about what?   Definitely not about rugby issues and very honest about pointing out that you do not understand the game of rugby at all.   The fact is why is rugby being played at all and why are try scoring the key to he game with kicking at goal a bonus?

The answer is simple - the coaches whose teams fail to score tries are not good enough coaches.   You admire  a flyhalf - a total failure in that position - because he was good at kicking at goal,    You write about Erasmus as a coach and lied about his situation.    There is one difference between Erasmus and Meyer and Coetzee.   That is that Erasmus was never fired in any rugby coaching position he held -  both Meyer and Coetzee were fired by their clubs for gross incompetence,   If  they fail totally on club level how the hell could they have been  successful on test level?   

As to White - I recently read his book about his coaching career up until 2007 - and was at that stage a strong White supporter,   He was a coach that does well initially and then collapse in the job when the opposition found effective countermeasures,   The fact is that in 2006 and 2007 before the start of the WC the Springbok performances were way below par ad there was an general outcry that he should be fired,   The further fact is that the Springboks had the easiest route to the final ever in the history of the WC,   In the final they met an English team with most of the players over the hill.   Easy meat against  any team - yet the Springboks struggled against them in the final after beating them 36-0 in the Round Robin stage..  Why were the Springboks suddenly struggling against the sub-par English team?   Because the English  prescribed the nature of the game to be played and White had no counter for it.

The English team of 2019 would have beaten the 2007 team by 20 points and the 2019 Springboks would have beaten them by a cricket score margin of at least 40 points,

The story why the Sharks terminated  White's  contract is entirely based on an article by the coke snifter based on what White told him.   There were many real reasons why his contract was terminated.   There was indeed a player revolt against White - but it had more to do with the division he caused between his favourites and the rest of  the team, and not with the coaching hours used for years by the Sharks,.    Players accept discipline - but for them it is not acceptable  to be treated like school boys.         .                                        ,   

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