PdV is surprisingly more popular in SA than i would've thought. meyer should've been the coach 4 years ago but alot of saffa's arent blaming PdV solely for the boks poor performance over the last tenure.
alot are blaming jonSmit and the senior players.
i have to agree that PdV was hampered in his coaching attempts by matfield and FdP taking over and running it their way. of course their way meant kicking and chasing. worked really well in 2009 but came unstuck when the AB's started fielding a back 3 that could defuse any bomb kicked their way.
smit being a senior member got to pick himself as starter. hadnt they heard of conflict of interest? of all the seniors smit is seen as a big villain not opting to let the arguably better bismark to have more game time. again, conflict of interest anyone?