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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ma'a Nonu loses his boot as he sets up Israel Dagg winning try

Thing didn’t go quite as planned for John Smit this past weekend. Celebrating his 100th Test match, Smit and his side were on track for their first win of the Tri Nations, until Ma’a Nonu slipped the grasp of the Bok captain, leaving his boot as a souvenir before setting up Israel Dagg for the winning try.

The try was featured in the highlights a few days ago, but it was without replays and all the rest, so here’s a longer version since there has been a lot of talk about the Smit missed tackle, and the fact that Nonu’s boot was left in his clutches.

Nonu - who for many years has been known as a superb tackle breaker but not a great distributor - then raced down field with only one boot on before delivering a pinpoint pass to replacement Dagg, who scored the decisive try with things tied up at 22-22, and 79 minutes on the clock.

Smit admitted to the error in the post match interview, and has since spoken out on the pain of the loss, and the feeling within the camp that it is only up to them to get out of the miserable hole they’ve found themselves in during the tournament.

"You got to look at yourself and the mistakes. To lose a test in that manner was very emotional for me. Losing is one thing and I understand it. It doesn’t mean I like it," Smit said, before discussing the similarities between this year and the 2006 loss of form.

"It is important not to use 2006 as an excuse and be comfortable with it and then to think that in 2011 we will be as good as we were in 2007. That is the trap we can’t fall into. In 2010 we have a much more experienced side that is getting beaten like this. Perhaps it is a high mileage thing where some players have had a bit too much rugby and their bodies are talking.

"Suspensions haven’t helped us either, and as much as we have excuses, we only have ourselves to blame. There is hurt and this weekend will highlight that. We’ve felt this feeling before.

"You want to reflect back on this in a year’s time when you need it – when you’re 20-all against Fiji. You want to remember this hurt. You want to reference back to this moment when you feel like actual death to get you out of that," Smit added.

"It's always hard talking after the game when you are the loser. To be honest, we had very little to take out of the first three games. This one we know if we are a little closer intensity we want every week, we know we can make any team ordinary.

"This is the team that is leading the way in world rugby and suddenly their passes went down and we were tackling them backwards. Suddenly we started to look like world champions again. Sunday I woke up and realised the biggest positive is that if we play right, we will win any game every time," he said.

As for Nonu, he’s in the form of his life and has finally silenced the critics, whether he's playing with one boot or two.


Time: 02:29


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34 Comments:

  • first :D

    By Anonymous Lucas, at August 24, 2010 2:59 pm  

  • and second O.o

    By Anonymous Lucas, at August 24, 2010 3:00 pm  

  • Yawn on the 1st and 2nd thing... Nonu really has worked on his game so much you have to say in current form he is first choice despite the talent in NZ..

    Really felt bad for John Smit at the end there - nice to see the other SA players patting on the shoulder in commiseration. You win and lose as a team...

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at August 24, 2010 3:18 pm  

  • He is jamie roberts with a brain.... and eyeliner

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 24, 2010 3:24 pm  

  • Was Fred over the deadball line when he forced that ball? :D

    By Blogger Stripe, at August 24, 2010 3:32 pm  

  • As much as i like the All Blacks, i actually think this was quite unfair on Smit, one tackle defined the game.... To be honest i think a tie would have been a fair result since the all blacks didn't really play as well as they did before... I actually thought Carter was going to covert the Richie Mccaw try :S

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 24, 2010 3:34 pm  

  • that springbok winger should have at least attempted to stop him from scoring

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 24, 2010 3:34 pm  

  • "NiWiTa"

    Spoken like a true fan of the game... it's brutal, exhilarating and unforgiving (depending on what jersey you don on the day)...

    Smittie should not be so hard on himself...

    By Anonymous Bryce_in_oz, at August 24, 2010 3:44 pm  

  • Kudos to Nonu... his all round game has improved exponentially... that pass was brilliant...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 24, 2010 3:47 pm  

  • Dagg is only just in by cm's!! He would have got major douch points if he'd have gone dead with that before touching down.

    Really agree with last comment - his game has improved so much - Nonu is no longer the just a crash dummy, he will be a great.

    By Anonymous Bradders, at August 24, 2010 3:55 pm  

  • if nonu could tie his shoe laces properly it could have been a draw :p

    By Anonymous jente, at August 24, 2010 4:22 pm  

  • I'm surprised Smit didn't give his boot a toss......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 24, 2010 5:14 pm  

  • How bout that counter ruck.....

    Hard Luck Smit....

    and yeah I too think a draw would have been a fair reflection of the game.


    GO THE ALLBLACKS

    By Blogger Dana, at August 24, 2010 7:20 pm  

  • Richie McCaw flicked Morne Steyn away like a petulant child in that ruck. Thank you Richie McCaw, thank you

    By Anonymous olwakachangchang, at August 24, 2010 8:45 pm  

  • Pass was poetry in motion. There's actually a Bok running interference that would've got the ball if it wasn't delivered on a plate. He made it look easy, there are actually very few people in the world who can do that while running full tit.

    By Anonymous Nerk, at August 24, 2010 10:15 pm  

  • lol my dad caught that during the match (before I did...)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 25, 2010 12:24 am  

  • I really do feel bad for Smit, he has had a great Tri Nations, unfortunate way to end it. Not totally his fault either I reckon, seems to me that number 18 from SA could have potentially made an attempt when he saw Nonu still standing after Smit hit him. Also, the pack as a whole let the turnover happen, did you see how many forwards were in that backline after they lost that ruck?!

    By Anonymous Chambo, at August 25, 2010 2:45 am  

  • is it just me or is nonu both a talented rugby player and a talented actor...im thinking Predator 1,2,3.....predator vs.s aliens etc etc

    By Anonymous yak, at August 25, 2010 3:04 am  

  • if you look closely at 0.20 there is an all black hand in the ruck that plays the ball back. I'm not an SA fan by the way

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 25, 2010 4:16 am  

  • It was Conrad Smith's hand but it could be argued that he was playing the ball before a ruck was formed so was entitled to keep playing it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 25, 2010 9:14 am  

  • Justice for the boots!

    Don't be so hard on them, it's the IRB's fault I tell you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 25, 2010 11:13 am  

  • Cheers Bryce - re smit you've gotta respect him because he always puts in a massive shift for SA.

    @Yak - he he he, forgotten that Nonu was in predator! Probably sums him up pretty well because he is deadly at the moment. As an England supporter soon to be based in NZ I am cringing to think how much of a beasting the ABs will give England next time we play them!

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at August 25, 2010 1:51 pm  

  • Am I'm the only one that saw Dagg just blow by JP Peterson? I never like that guy on the wing. I don't think he is very good, just avg. You can't tell me South Africa doesn't have better wings then that. Nonu couldn't of made the pass if a faster winger was on Dagg. Get JP out of that green jersey.

    By Blogger Hendrick, at August 25, 2010 6:18 pm  

  • I'm with you Dana! Counter ruck was in full effect. Too often the team doesn't have enough in the ruck to protect their own ball. Great to see turnovers in the ruck. I think it's important to the sport that breakdowns be contested all the time.

    By Anonymous Topshotta, at August 25, 2010 6:49 pm  

  • Nonu should be fined or something, or banned for a bit for this, its ridiculous, i mean what next? How about shirts that are made up with velcro down the seam so if someone grabs it it just rips off?!?! i mean, Smit would have had nonu and then blantantly would have been turned over for a SA drop kick!

    instead his boot is loose so he gets out of the tackle!!!!

    By Anonymous Still hold the WC though!!!, at August 25, 2010 8:32 pm  

  • ^ please tell me that's a joke?

    By Anonymous Benson, at August 25, 2010 8:47 pm  

  • Benson how the **** is what I said supposed to be a joke?!?! Its a perfectly valid point and it stands on its own without needing to be inflated by the rest of the world. (unlike the AB's!)

    By Anonymous Still hold the WC though!!!, at August 25, 2010 10:10 pm  

  • Holy smokes, call down buddy, quit your whinging. If it was Bryan Habana losing his shoe in the tackle you would be saying "well, that's rugby for you". Anyway, the All Blacks defense in this video is just incredible. They were tackling their hearts out, and when they had the opportunity to turn the ball over, the swarmed on it. The boys from both sides played their hearts out that night, no doubt about it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 25, 2010 10:17 pm  

  • If you have never seen a boot come off while a player has fought through a tackle, you have not played or watched much rugby.

    Nonu is pure class. Poor Smitty, in my opinion he should have never been in that position, tackling a back in the open field.

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at August 25, 2010 10:19 pm  

  • It sounds like a joke because it's friggin retarded haha. You're deluded if you think that it was deliberate or gave him some kind of advantage. And if thats the case, maybe it'll catch on and nobody will tie their laces eh?

    Maybe they should also loosen their shorts in case they get tackled by them 5m out and want that extra advantage to get across the line. Maybe refs should check these things prematch. 'Double knot on the boots? Good, you're legal!'

    Seriously, from one south african to another, that is plain dof man.

    By Anonymous Benson, at August 25, 2010 10:39 pm  

  • Still hold the WC though!!! said...

    Nonu should be fined or something, or banned for a bit for this, its ridiculous, i mean what next? How about shirts that are made up with velcro down the seam so if someone grabs it it just rips off?!?! i mean, Smit would have had nonu and then blantantly would have been turned over for a SA drop kick!

    instead his boot is loose so he gets out of the tackle!!!!

    HHAHAHAH this must be the most ridiculous comment i have ever read LOOOOL, to be honest i never thought you could be that much of a sore loser... u sir have FAILED

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 26, 2010 12:24 pm  

  • Well SA deserved the win in that game, if we'd had a full team we would have won it....

    It makes no difference, we are still world number 1's, IRB rankings don't mean sh*t, we still have the world cup, and white washed the B&L lions!!! and held the tri nations cup for 2 years running!!!

    By Anonymous Still hold the WC though!!!, at August 26, 2010 8:38 pm  

  • Still hold the WC though!!! said...
    we are still world number 1's, IRB rankings don't mean sh*t, we still have the world cup, and white washed the B&L lions!!! and held the tri nations cup for 2 years running!!!

    I bet you think IRB rankings do mean sh*t when SA is #1. The WC was three years ago and NZ have won 5 of the last 6 tri-nations and SA have never won it 2 years running so learn to count and grow up.

    By Anonymous mooloo, at August 27, 2010 2:46 am  

  • What an embarrassment to SA fans this troll is..

    Two years in a row? How does that work when we only won it last year and in 2004? Clown. Get off mommies pc and go do your homework.

    By Anonymous Benson, at August 27, 2010 12:07 pm  

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