Richard Ferguson

Sloppy Boks beat enthusiastic Azzuri


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 19 Jun 2010 at 17:06
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What was expected to be a landslide victory over a hapless Italian team, became a sloppy and uninspiring performance by the Springboks, beating the Italians 29 – 13.

Italy outscored the Boks in the second half, scoring 10 points to our 7, and looked very good towards to the end and were unlucky not to score on fulltime.

After a nervous start to the game, Italy drew first blood on 10 minutes by scoring a penalty. Steyn replied almost instantaneously to level the scores. The most disturbing part was that the Italians enjoyed 73% of the possession in the first 12 minutes. They were all over us and camped in our quarter.

5 minutes later, a well put together backline move put Habana in for our first try, with Zane grubbering through and Habana collecting to canter over. It took the Boks another 12 miutes to score again, with Francois Louw scoring his second try in 2 games. A good build up from a maul into the Azzuri 22m, Flo broke off and scored in the corner. Steyn missed the conversion from the sideline, 15 – 3 to the Boks after half an hour.

Morne Steyn scored and converted just before half time after some loose play, where Steyn stepped like he does, and fell over the tryline. 22 – 3 at half time. That was the end of the fun, as the Boks didn’t ever look to hit 5th gear after half time.

Kirchner did score 10 minutes into the half, a decent backline movement created space for him out wide. Steyn converted to make it 29 – 3, and that was it from the Boks, as sloppy, uncoordinated play followed what should have been an easy finish to the game.

The last half hour was paining to watch as all the replacements came onto the field, creating a disjointed performance which is very worrying one month from the Tri-Nations. Butch was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle, and came back onto the field with 20 minutes to go and slipped into the flyhalf role. He was far from convincing.

Italy scored a good try and a penalty to push their score to 13, really making the Boks look bad in the last half hour. Man of the match was the Italian captain Sergio Parisse.



61 Comments

  • Just as well I didn’t see this game.

    Who do we blame for the poor performance? Ref? Crusty? Ricky? and definitely Mat(lock)field’s captaincy?

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.06.10 18:45:25 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • Hard to get up for a nothing test in witbank…

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.06.10 20:57:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • It really was a disappointing game, it was hard to keep myself nailed to the tv to type up the commentary!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.06.10 21:16:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : None of the above, the Boks were flat for the first 20 mins and the last 40, they were just not on top form, why do we have to find someone to balme? Kirchner had a good game BTW

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.06.10 21:24:15 by war1 Reply
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  • Zane was surprisingly good!! Hardly made a mistake all game.
    The team just didn’t click…

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.06.10 00:34:16 by wpw Reply
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  • James and JDV is not a Combo

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.06.10 08:08:45 by Tiger Reply

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  • Did you guys see the article about an apparent IPL type rugby tournament? 8 teams of mixed internationals with 2 20min halves, with different rules to make it faster, 1st tournament to start in 2012. Got this from Rapport.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.06.10 09:34:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • IMHO Scotland is the least entertaining rugby union in the world. How could Argentina lose to them twice? :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.06.10 09:44:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : Because that is the SA way, always blame someone else and then run away overseas. :!:

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.06.10 11:45:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Btw, if the whole team sucked then no one person could have had a decent game.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.06.10 11:47:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Well for the game was not the SA we know if they play like this in the WC2011 we won’t even get to the semi’s and butch he didn’t play well for my liking at all Zane had well quite a good game but in overall the Boks could of done much better

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.06.10 12:52:09 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • Just maybe they are tried after the S14 :???: :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.06.10 12:53:07 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • FTL
    War1 was at the game. Hy weet waarvan hy praat!! :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.06.10 15:24:06 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen: :lol:

    Ja ek reken daai big screen by witbank stadion het mooi die action replays gewys :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.06.10 18:51:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.06.10 19:23:44 by wpw Reply
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  • I really really don,t undestand why pdv doesn,t give the young core his going to need after the world cup more game time and let the vics and j.smits rest ,once or senior players leave after the world cup and the aussies have more time to gel there going to dominate us and new zealand will have a new coach whose prob better then graeme henry and they,ll dig talent out of som where ,com on lets start thing ahead in sa rugby then again pdv myt get fired

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.06.10 08:59:20 by zvision10 Reply

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  • @zvision10 (Comment 16) :

    Matfield will definitely not play this weekend which means Bekker will more than likely start.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.06.10 09:19:21 by wpw Reply
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  • Can someone explain how Argentina can lose to Scotland twice?? The Argies really needs to join the Tri Nations, the South has dominate forever.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.06.10 09:32:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 18) :

    Do we know if the Argies were at full strength??

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.06.10 09:43:47 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : i think they were, apart from the absence of “el mago”

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.06.10 10:04:15 by war1 Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : I have no idea :oops: all I know is, is that I dislike Scotish rugby and that it cost me on SB, twice :oops:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.06.10 10:04:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 8) :

    You need to watch Scotland a bit more hardly lack entertainment value. :grin:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.06.10 10:07:20 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 22) : I watched the last 10mins of both games and I was bored, even during the 6 Nations they bored me with their low scoring, penalty for me, penalty for you approach :evil: maybe I’m biased but its my honest opinion :oops:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.06.10 10:13:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 23) : Especially when they are playing a strong side.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.06.10 10:15:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 23) :

    They are probably the most expansive side in the 6 Nations.

    Wales v Scotland was probably the match of the year.

    …and Ireland 20 v Scotland 23 was probably not far behind it.

    …..Think you maybe totally WRONG

    …time to open both eyes ;-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.06.10 10:26:08 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 23) :

    Time to say awesome results for Scotland in Argentina

    ….how many times have the Springbok won in Argentina.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.06.10 10:33:48 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 21) :

    Is it like watching the Waratahs?? :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.06.10 10:35:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 25) :

    Wales V Scotland was 31- 24…hardly low scoring :???:

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.06.10 10:35:11 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) :

    Grow up….. you mean the best team in Australia….. don’t they attack.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.06.10 10:36:41 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 29) :

    Sorry, I meant to say: Is it like watching the rubbish Stormers? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.06.10 10:40:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) :

    You guys just need to start giving credit where credit is due.

    Scotland have been good for their wins as have England in the last couple of weeks.

    There is also nothing wrong with the Tahs…. !

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.06.10 10:44:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 31) :

    I was about to agree with your comment but then I read the last line. :lol:

    Bro, they are Aussies, of course there’s something wrong with them!! :twisted:

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.06.10 11:33:23 by wpw Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.06.10 11:42:41 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I thought Chilliboy had a good game on Saturday… I’m not a fan of Chilli, but he was definitely better than anything I’ve seen from John Smit in recent games. Is it my imagination or is John looking very lethargic these days?

    Zane also had a good game… he’s never going to be an excellent or great player, but at least he brings a consistent reliability to the position. The scary thing is that no matter how much people don’t rate him, they have to be honest and admit there’s no one better in the country at the moment. There’s been a lot of fuss over Lambie recently, but I feel he’s still to inexperienced. I wonder how Louis Ludik would have shaped this season if he hadn’t been injured?

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.06.10 11:57:55 by CS Reply

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  • Regarding Ricki… something about him worries me. He’s a good player, and often he’s involved in moves that end up being tries, so he can’t be all bad. But I get the feeling he’s often missing at the back of the rucks, or he’s at least very slow to arrive? It’s difficult to measure a player against what we’re used to (ie. Fourie DuPreez), so I’m looking forward to seeing Ruan get a solid run so we can compare “apples to apples”. Am I being biased, or is there something to what I’m saying?

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.06.10 12:03:55 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 35) :

    I agree with you. I think Ricky had a poor game this past weekend and Ruan deserves a chance.

    I get the feeling that Div would prefer Ricky and Hougaard as his scrummies because he sure as hell doesn’t want Ruan at scrumhalf.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.06.10 12:14:04 by wpw Reply
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  • I have to agree that this was Kirschners first test match where I didn’t cringe evertime they kicked the ball to him. Perhaps he should fumble the first kick of every game and just get it over with.

    What I would like to point out is the fact that I don’t think I saw the ball being passed even once from one of our centres to the wings. The few times that Habana or Aplon handled the ball was when they fielded kicks at the back or Kirshner passed the ball to then for a counter attack. I’ve never seen someone cling to the ball like JDV, he’s a deceptive runner and can hit a gap rather briliantly, I would just like to see him pass the ball more often. I always get the feeling that he thinks he’s playing alone in the midfield, it might be good for PDV to get him and Jacque Fourie or Habana to play of each other a bit more.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.06.10 12:15:23 by MB1810 Reply

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  • @MB1810 (Comment 37) :

    Good comment.

    I think JDV was probably trying to prove that he should be in the starting team. Lets be honest, he offers much more than Meisiekind and should be first choice when the Tri Nations starts.

    I just wonder who will provide cover on the bench. Will it be Olivier or De Jongh??

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.06.10 12:19:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 36) : I get the feeling PDV is a little irritated with the pre-madona attitudes of both Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar… and frankly, so am I. Although I was alsways a staunch supporter of Ruan, recently I find I can’t wait for him to go overseas so the likes of Rory Kockett and Hougaard can start estalishing themselves as the successors to DuPreez’s throne.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.06.10 12:29:27 by CS Reply

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  • Andries Bekker and John Smit have returned from injury-enforced breaks and are set to start against Italy this weekend.

    Bekker hasn’t played a Test this year after struggling with back and foot ailments, while Smit sat out in Witbank after suffering a grade one hamstring strain before last week’s France Test. Smit and Schalk Burger – who was a late withdrawal in Witbank – ran separately from the rest of the team early on, but the Bok captain took part in the lineout session.

    Burger sat out for the remainder of practice.

    Early indications from Monday’s training are that Gio Aplon could start at fullback with Jean de Villiers on the wing and Juan de Jongh at inside centre. Depending on Burger’s fitness, Danie Rossouw may start on the flank alongside Francois Louw, with Bakkies Botha retaining his spot at lock. Ricky Januarie and Morne Steyn are due to be the halfbacks.

    Other players who missed the Witbank clash but who have returned are Jaque Fourie and Wynand Olivier. Fourie is likely to retain his No 13 jersey, while Olivier may be used off the bench.

    Those who weren’t present at training from last week’s group include Victor Matfield (rested), Ryan Kankowski, Bjorn Basson, Bandise Maku and Alistair Hargreaves.

    The group of 24 at training on Monday: BJ Botha, CJ van der Linde, Jannie du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, John Smit, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Bakkies Botha, Andries Bekker, Danie Rossouw, Francois Louw, Dewald Potgieter, Schalk Burger, Pierre Spies, Ricky Januarie, Ruan Pienaar, Morne Steyn, Butch James, Juan de Jongh, Wynand Olivier, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Zane Kirchner, Gio Aplon.

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.06.10 12:30:18 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 38) : What did you think of Butch’s game on Saturday. Was JDV looking good because of the good ball he was getting from James? I particularly liked his pass of the back of one of the rucks in Ricki’s abscence…

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.06.10 12:31:56 by CS Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 40) : I feel sorry for Olivier, because he’s really improved his game this season… but I think Juan de Jongh brings a bit of the x-factor which makes him a better bet than Olivier in my opinion.

    We’ve got a few of those players in our team now (eg. Gio Aplon, Juan De Jongh, Jacques Fourie, Bryan Habana, Fourie Du Preez) which I’m sure will give our Tri-nations opponents some head aches this season

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.06.10 12:38:09 by CS Reply

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  • Scotland have been very good value of late.
    They only have 2 professional clubs and a handful of players and yet still manage to come out and give it a bit.
    Andy Robinson has been a revelation down there and they’re simply following the Jake White playbook – win whichever way you can with the resources you have.

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.06.10 12:46:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 41) :

    Butch should have started at 10 with Steyn on the bench. I mean we’re talking about Italy here.

    I didn’t watch the entire game but from what I saw Butch was ok’ish.

    I still rate him and thinks he still has a lot to offer. I’d rather have him as back up to Steyn than Ruan.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.06.10 12:47:09 by wpw Reply
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  • The Boks were never gonna go balls-to-the-wall for this encounter – why would they?
    This little test series against the Azzuri was sandwiched inbetween the s14, a test against the French and the TriNations.
    Did you really expect them to put their bodies on the line for a game they could win at a canter?
    Cummon dudes.
    The nature of beign the best in the world is that you can lift your game when you need to.

    Hats off to the boys. They’re winning and developing depth at the same time.
    And they’re doing a decent job of pairing senior players with junior players and their seems to be long-term (okay medium-term) vision.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.06.10 12:49:11 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 39) :

    Amen brother.

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.06.10 12:50:24 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Butch should not even be in the bloody squad. He’s as overrated as Spies.

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.06.10 13:18:01 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 47) : But who else is there?

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.06.10 13:27:15 by CS Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 45) : the problem with the Boks is we play according to the opposition, whereas the All Blacks play flat out no matter who the competition is. So when we’re playing a weak team we often disappoint.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.06.10 13:29:30 by CS Reply

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  • Yeah have to admit, I wasn`t impressed with Butch. He should make a call . . . either come back and get back in shape against good opposition or kiss his world cup next year goodbye . .

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.06.10 13:56:28 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 49) : pretty much like the Sharks..I dread the Cheetah and Lions clashes!

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.06.10 14:01:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 51) : Come on Ice, you know FS has our number :mrgreen:

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 52) : our bank account number?? :lol:

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.06.10 14:13:41 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 53) : Certainly my Sporstbet account number . . . sigh

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.06.10 14:25:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 25) : William Wallace had a small weener :twisted: For the moment I dislike the Scots, Aussies, Poms and Cheetahs. I’m not changing my mind :roll:

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.06.10 17:25:07 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 55) :

    Just escaped that list….but it looks like it’s growing ! :lol:

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.06.10 18:21:13 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 56) : i need to e-mail you sth can i will ask Rob if hre can get it to you :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.06.10 18:43:35 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • @chaz (For you Bro) (Comment 57) :

    No problem Chaza Rob has all the details. :grin:

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.06.10 19:06:40 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 58) : done it already and get your wife to make it its taste great i think Rob has already email it to you so check your email :mrgreen:
    let me know what you think :mrgreen: ;-)

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  • @chaz (For you Bro) (Comment 57) :

    Thanks Chaz …that’s really nice of you will report back :mrgreen:

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.06.10 19:27:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 49) :

    Agreed. But is that really such a bad thing?
    It means our players are fresher, pick up less injuries but most of all it means there’s precious little for Graham Henry to analyse prior to the TriNations.

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