RE: Is south africa the only country that has a forwards coach that moonlights as a attacking coach ????
November 20, 2012, 18:27:48
Let me be quite frank in this case - the forwards formed the firm base for any attacking play to succeed. In other words affective attacking is basically a joint effort between forwards and backs. You cannot have a forward coach that moonlights as attacking coach without a proper backline coach. In theory it is possible to have a forward coach doing the job. In this case we have a nonetity as backline coach so a forward coach as an attacking coach can never work.
However, this is a Bulls scenario. The backline outside of the flyhalf is there to make up numbers and even if the ball gets to no 12 - he is expected to crashball and bring the forwards into play. So the system is not really aimed at a comprehensive attacking program at all - hence the present disastrous format of play.
Mattfield is now the Bulls attacking coach - no other framnchise would have it - again proving that it is a Bulls thing only. Not that Mattfield was really a forward in his playing days - he was moonlighting in the backline frustrating effecient backline play far too often. That one is a real problem as well.
In the present Springbok environment the situation is ridiculous - no effective backline coach and a forward coah in charge of attacking. Any reasonable person would find that scenario as utter bullshit of the first order and I think Meyer should correct the situation asap if he ever wants to be successful as a coach.