Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blast by Boks Coach

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blast by Boks Coach

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COACH Peter de Villiers has scoffed at suggestions that he might be a weakness in South Africa's armoury.

The world champion Springboks go into Saturday's third Test against the British and Irish Lions with an unassailable 2-0 lead following victories in Durban and Pretoria.

And despite de Villiers claiming 11 wins during his 15 Tests in charge, the jury remains out over the impact he has made.

Speculation pervades the South African media that the Springboks are effectively run by players such as their World Cup-winning skipper John Smit and second-row giant Victor Matfield.

But de Villiers (below) said: "If I am the weakest link, then we are b****y strong! "I didn't know about the perception, and I do not even have time to think about it. I know myself that I am a Godgiven talent.

"I am the best ever that I can be, so whatever you think about me doesn't bother me. I know what I am, and I don't give a damn." De Villiers has called Sharks lock Johann Muller into his squad after Andries Bekker - the obvious replacement for the suspended Bakkies Botha - suffered a torn knee cartilage. …

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