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Rob Opie: Rassie Erasmus pep talk was right for the time, but not right for British Lions tour
Yes, I have seen that video. Sure was something .
Rassie gave us all a MASTERCLASS in Japan, but I’m sure he sees that speech as just a point in time.
Physical and mental disintegration tactics are never sustainable in sport.
What Rassie did so well was how he inspired the team from within (internal) – relying less on motivation (external). The culture was right before they put foot on Japanese soil.
To win rugby test matches you have to have a strong front row and at least ONE enforcer in the pack – in that game we had three enforcers in Duane, Eben and Malcolm. They were always going to out muscle Japan – with or without Rassie’s strong change room words of belief.
Rassie drives the team foremost on PURPOSE; much like you guys are big on purpose at BIZNEWS.
The 2019 Springboks had very high level game plan that saw that their PURPOSE, PRIORITIES & PERFORMANCE GOALS were all tightly aligned and congruent – and underpinned with a strong set of values .
This makes (or breaks) the CULTURE of any team.
Rassie’s speech was at the RIGHT time – RIGHT place – but certainly not RIGHT for the incoming BRITISH LIONS tour in mid 2021.
Mental or physical disintegration tactics used on opponents can so easily BACKFIRE ON SELF – when someone over steps the mark.
We saw this with Daryl Lehman’s coaching of Aussie cricket. Their mental disintegration tactics eventually backfired. It played out when Smith & Warner took it to far, getting banned from cricket for one year. The Aussie team culture had gone down the wrong road, thinking and believing that they could only get back to NO1 in the world if the pushed the boundaries against opponents – in their case sledging – and then finally just cheating.
You must play the game REAL HARD, but with the ultimate respect for your opponents – that is SPORT at its best.
Rassie will no doubt hatch a next level plan for 2021.
It will be big on PURPOSE, PRIORITIES and PERFORMANCE GOALS – but less focused on the total physical onslaught against opponents.
His focus will probably turn to how the British Lions Tour only comes around every 12 years. This means that some Springboks never ever get the chance to play against the British Lions. This is a one of a kind tour – an opportunity of a life time – for the selected Springboks to live out their purpose in what will be one of the best tours ever…….
Their purpose: “To entertain. To educate and to enrich a nation in desperate need of inspiration post Covid.
The Boks will be hungry. The Lions will be equally hungry in wanting to knock over the WORLD CHAMPS, in front of their passionate travelling fans.
We need to welcome them all to SA.
We need to enjoy it all together.
We are in for a cracker-jack British Lions tour.
- Rob Opie is the founder of The Game Plan. He is a brand strategist, keynote speaker, author and performance consultant to business and sports teams. This note was first published on www.thegameplan.co.za
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