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South Africa v Italy: 1st Test


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Springboks on 19 Jun 2010 at 13:00
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The Boks, unbeaten thus far in 2010, head down to Witbank of all places to take on the Azzuri.

It’s a weakened Bok side, but the Force is strong with Peter de Villiers and his crew, Will they be able to avenge their roundball compatriots and give Saffa sporting fans something to smile about after a horrible week?

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers, 12 Butch James, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 François Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Bjorn Basson.

Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Sergio Parisse (Captain), 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys, 4 Valerio Bernabò, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Fabio Ongaro, 17 Lorenzo Cittadini, 18 Marco Bortolami, 19 Paul Derbyshire, 20 Simon Picone, 21 Riccardo Bocchino, 22 Gonzalo Canale.

Date: Saturday, June 19
Venue: Puma Stadium, Witbank
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Expected weather conditions: Clear with a high of 13°C, dropping to 0°C and enough wind to take the windchill temperature down to -2°C.
Referee: Andrew Small (England)
Assistant referees: Keith Brown (New Zealand), David Changleng (Scotland)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)



106 Comments

  • PDV should have given Kanko a run seeing as this is only Italy!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.06.10 13:09:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Howzit hater. Did you see the cricket scorecard? :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.06.10 13:25:23 by klempie Reply

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  • Hope Butch has a blinder . . .

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.06.10 13:30:04 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Why not rest big Vic? Honestly?

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.06.10 13:33:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • :mrgreen: GO SA GO :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    Butchie go make our Sharks proud :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    Got SA to win by 10 so don’t let us down :smile:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.06.10 14:17:29 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • When did Butch get the nod?? :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.06.10 14:25:39 by klempie Reply

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  • Geez it’s cold!! :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.06.10 14:27:27 by klempie Reply

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  • 15 minutes to kick off.

    Sunny in Witbank, not much of a wind around.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.06.10 14:43:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Butchie looking pumped..

    Anthems to be sung..

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.06.10 14:56:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Italy kick off and immediately penalised for runners infront the kicker.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.06.10 15:01:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Guthro murdering Castrogiovanni in the scrums!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.06.10 15:06:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ricky “the pie” Januarie is flapping his arms at the ref while the Italians are stealing our ball.. CHOP!!

    Sa 0 – 0 Italy

    10 minutes

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.06.10 15:11:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Hmmm…. 10 minutes and no points. :|

    Oh ignore me. First points on the board…by ITALY. :shock:

    SA 0 – 3 Italy

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.06.10 15:12:44 by klempie Reply

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  • Penalty for Italy, SA offside.

    Bergamasco lines up in front the poles and grabs 3 points.

    SA 0 – 3 Italy

    12 minutes

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.06.10 15:14:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Italy with 73% of the possession in the first 12 minutes!

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.06.10 15:14:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Penalty to SA.

    Steyn slots to equalise.

    SA 3 – 3 Italy

    14 minutes

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.06.10 15:16:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • TRY HABANA!!

    Started from a Italian lineout stolen by Matfield, down the line, Kirchner grubbers ahead and Habana pounces.

    Steyn converts

    SA 10 – 3 Italy

    18 minutes

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.06.10 15:20:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Castrogiovanni has been replaced.. seems to be scared of Guthro!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.06.10 15:21:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • need to take my hat off to Zane there… he did good.

    For once

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.06.10 15:21:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Zane looking better.. best I’ve seen him play.. created a try and caught the high ball..

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.06.10 15:23:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good run from Habana.. chipped ahead and looked like he was taken out without the ball.. replays show the man stood his ground, so Habana should have run around him..

    Seems Habana wants an Oscar like the Bafana and English soccer team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.06.10 15:25:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • JDV with a typical intercept.. didn’t get very far though. Good to have him back in the team.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.06.10 15:27:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Was beginning to get bit worried Richard…not watching are we takibg our time getting into the game, or are the Azzuri hasseling us?

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.06.10 15:27:48 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Italy are playing really well hey.. they have a lot of the pssession and are camping in our half. SA seem to either be very calm and know they will win at the end, or are battling to find their feet..

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.06.10 15:29:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • The SA backline looking very dangerous when they actually get the ball.. we just don’t have the ball.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.06.10 15:29:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • That Meisiekind’s not playing, JDV passing to the assistant referee :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.06.10 15:31:39 by Charlie Reply

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  • SA 10 – 3 Italy

    30 minutes

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.06.10 15:32:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Boks mauling it up after a lineout from 10m out.

    TRY FRANCOIS LOUW

    Flo gets a try as they rumble it up, he breaks off and scores in the corner.

    Steyn with a difficult conversion from the sideline.. misses it

    SA 15 – 3 Italy

    32 minutes

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.06.10 15:34:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thanks…really wish that we would start putting these types of games away in the 1st half.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.06.10 15:35:23 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • So do I hey.. but it seems we have a problem with the whole teamwork idea.. everyone playing for themselves in these type of games.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.06.10 15:36:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • SA have had to make 39 tackles compared to the 13 made by Italy.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.06.10 15:37:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • SA penalised for a runner in front the kicker..

    Bergamasco lines up a 40m kick.. misses to the left

    SA 15 – 3 Italy

    36 minutes

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.06.10 15:38:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Penalty to SA.. Italian 6 obstructing Habana as he was chasing the kick..

    SA opt for the lineout inside the 22m of the Azzuri..

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.06.10 15:40:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • TRY STEYN!!

    Maul from the line broke up and a loose ball spilled out. Steyn picked up, stepped a few times and fell over the line.

    Converts his own try!

    SA 22 – 3 Italy

    39 minutes

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.06.10 15:42:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • And thats half time..

    SA 22 – 3 Italy

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.06.10 15:43:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Very little possession for the Boks in the first time. But when we did go into their 22m, we scored.

    Lineouts and scrums looked steady, but we should be owning them in both departments.

    If Boks can get more ball, we will walk this.

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.06.10 15:46:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Second Half has kicked off..

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.06.10 15:54:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Boks mauling it from a lineout..

    Chiliboy stopped just short.. Ball turned over after Ricky accidently kicked the ball..

    Another lineout in the 22m

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.06.10 15:58:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Finally home and I can watch the game, I have only been watching for 3 minutes and Januarie is annoying me.

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.06.10 16:01:39 by lostfish Reply
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  • Haven’t watched any of it and he is annoying me! :)

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.06.10 16:03:34 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • KIRCHNER TRY!!

    Scrappy stuff from the Boks.. no real great stuff. Kirchner scores after a few passes down the line.

    Steyn converts from the sideline..

    SA 29 – 3 Italy

    49 minutes.

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.06.10 16:03:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • GO RICKY !!!

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.06.10 16:03:59 by Charlie Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 39) : He is very annoying!! He has his touches, but I really don’t think he deseves his spot..

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.06.10 16:05:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Bakkies replaced earlier, I must have missed that..

    Jannie replaced by CJ van der Linde

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.06.10 16:06:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Sshhh don’t let wpw hear you…

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.06.10 16:06:43 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Hargreaves on the park for Bakkies..

    Go Sharkie!!

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.06.10 16:07:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Butch tackles high.. A fight ensues..

    YELLOW CARDED!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.06.10 16:08:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Buth James annoying me big time :evil:

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.06.10 16:08:48 by Charlie Reply

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  • I don’t want to be cynical, but I think that might be the end of Butchies chances of playing more rugby for the Boks..

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.06.10 16:09:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 43) : Thats my feeling, he has some good touches but he keeps doing silly things, taking far too long at the rucks, a lot of the time his passing is too high or too low.

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.06.10 16:09:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • Go Sharks!

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.06.10 16:09:59 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Not a great tackle from Butch – at least he used his arms ;-)

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.06.10 16:10:15 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 50) : He is very slow and should stop fussing with the ref and get the ball to the backs..

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.06.10 16:11:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • SA stuff up a line out in the 22m.. very sloppy!!

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.06.10 16:12:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Butch has no right being there :(

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.06.10 16:13:02 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 55) : Unfortunately I have to agree with you. I would love him in the Sharks side.. but we have much better centres in the country.. rather play de Jongh and the like..

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.06.10 16:16:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Boks have a try disallowed and the Azzuri go and score a try!!

    Parisse the captain scores after a breakaway.

    SA 29 – 10 Italy

    63 minutes

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.06.10 16:19:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 56) : There are better centres but Butch would be our best bet as back up at flyhalf.

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.06.10 16:20:17 by lostfish Reply
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  • sweet Januarie has gone off

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.06.10 16:20:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • A whole bunch of replacements on now..

    Pienaar in at Scrumhalf
    Butch moves to Flyhalf
    de Jongh comes to inside centre..

    Seems like Januarie and Steyn have left the field

  • Comment 60, posted at 19.06.10 16:21:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I wish they pull off Spies now to give Kanko a run!!

  • Comment 61, posted at 19.06.10 16:23:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 58) : I prefer Grant to be very honest.. he is solid and kicks a whole lot better.. Agreed tat he has his days off, but Butch is really not looking good today.. part of the disappointing Euro players.

  • Comment 62, posted at 19.06.10 16:24:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It would be hypocritical of PDV to play Butch if he isn’t playing in SA. Who is on for Januarie?

  • Comment 63, posted at 19.06.10 16:25:17 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Azzuri get a penalty and go for goal..

    The reason for his is that Mallett bet his team that if they lose by less than 20 points, he will shave his head..

  • Comment 64, posted at 19.06.10 16:26:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ruan Woods…

  • Comment 65, posted at 19.06.10 16:26:39 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 63) : Pienaar on for Januarie

  • Comment 66, posted at 19.06.10 16:26:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 62) : Butch is looking a little off. Could be the pressure to perform. I like Grant too but Butch has that little bit extra.

  • Comment 67, posted at 19.06.10 16:28:27 by lostfish Reply
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  • Pienaar is so much better a scrumhalf compared to Ricky..

    Sloppy play from SA, forward passes and dropped balls, its like they not in the game..

    SA 29 – 13 Italy

    71 minutes

  • Comment 68, posted at 19.06.10 16:29:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Is the guy blowing the whistle a coach or a ref?

  • Comment 69, posted at 19.06.10 16:29:26 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 67) : Agreed.. I’m a huge Butch fan.. I would pick him before all the other flyhalves when he is on form.. But lately he just isn’t hiself..

  • Comment 70, posted at 19.06.10 16:30:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Basson on for Kirchner now.. Aplon will move to fullback..

    Kanko on for Potgieter..

    5 minutes to play

  • Comment 71, posted at 19.06.10 16:32:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Don’t get why PDV says that Ruan is the “tiger woods” of rugby and then starts Januarie ahead of him.

    Yay! For Kanko :)

  • Comment 72, posted at 19.06.10 16:36:51 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Maku makes his debut.. he is on for Chili

  • Comment 73, posted at 19.06.10 16:38:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • What is the point of Maku coming on for the last minute? Are we handing out test caps now?

  • Comment 74, posted at 19.06.10 16:38:34 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 74) : I know.. it seems we only playing him because he was on the bench.. kinda like a pity cap..

    SA 29 – 13 Italy

    Full time

  • Comment 75, posted at 19.06.10 16:39:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It seems that way!

  • Comment 76, posted at 19.06.10 16:40:19 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Ruan asleep or just slow ?

  • Comment 77, posted at 19.06.10 16:40:42 by Charlie Reply

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  • What a rubbish game… 7 points in the second half.

  • Comment 78, posted at 19.06.10 16:41:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • Very disappointing!!

    Player of the match? Stand out performance? Your thoughts?

  • Comment 79, posted at 19.06.10 16:41:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Personally..

    Zane (surprisingly) played well.. better than expected..

    Bakkies had a decent game while he was on the park..

    Guthro made it count in the front row.. scrummed well against the supposed “stronger” Italian scrum.

  • Comment 80, posted at 19.06.10 16:43:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ricky for Man of Match…

  • Comment 81, posted at 19.06.10 16:44:19 by Charlie Reply

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  • Hahaha!! Good one Charlie

  • Comment 82, posted at 19.06.10 16:44:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Morne Steyn good game…

  • Comment 83, posted at 19.06.10 16:45:20 by Charlie Reply

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  • :twisted:

  • Comment 84, posted at 19.06.10 16:46:48 by Charlie Reply

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  • What was the final score?

  • Comment 85, posted at 19.06.10 16:51:36 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Final score

    29 – 13

  • Comment 86, posted at 19.06.10 16:52:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Not a very convincing score…it worries me that we don’t have that killer instinct going into the 3N’s

  • Comment 87, posted at 19.06.10 16:58:26 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Jislike you guys can’t be objective!!
    If Ruan is such a better scrummie than Ricky why didn’t Jake select Ruan ahead of Ricky??
    Julle kan darem nonsens praat!!

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  • Dude, Ricky was kak!! Jake had to play him for his colour.. end of discussion!!

  • Comment 89, posted at 19.06.10 17:01:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • JAF
    We showed that killer instinct against the Six Nations Champions didn’t we??
    And this was far from our strongest team.
    We will be very competitive during the Tri Nations

  • Comment 90, posted at 19.06.10 17:03:34 by wpw Reply
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  • Never rated Januarie – EVER. Even when Jake coached. WPW everyone is entitled to their opinion without being abused. Please keep it civil.

  • Comment 91, posted at 19.06.10 17:05:16 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • You are way off the mark Richard!!
    Ruan has never had a good game at scrumhalf for the Boks!!

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  • I will rather experiment against minnows like Italy ;-)

  • Comment 93, posted at 19.06.10 17:05:51 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 92) : That’s because he has never been given a good run at scrumhalf.. how many games has Ruan had to cover fullback and flyhalf and all sorts from the bench..

    I’m sure I can count Ruan’s scrumhalf games for the Boks on one hand!!

  • Comment 94, posted at 19.06.10 17:08:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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    And this coming from someone who thinks that ‘pivot’ is the position of scrumhalf!! :roll:
    You may not rate Ricky but he has had more match winning performances at scrumhalf and nothing you say can change that!!

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  • Wtf are talking about? Chap

  • Comment 96, posted at 19.06.10 17:12:47 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Well Ricky plays 9, but Ruan agrees to play anywhere, but complains afterward if it does not work out :evil:

  • Comment 97, posted at 19.06.10 17:13:27 by Charlie Reply

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  • Well he certainly didn’t take any chances that came his way!
    In Ricky’s very first match for the Boks he had a blinder against the AB’s in NZ. Scored a try that nearly won us the game.
    He also had good games against the AB’s in CT when he kept applying pressure on Carter which resulted in a victory to the Boks.
    He also did well against the Aussies at Ellis Park when Jean and Mossie started their first match together…
    Those are game where he was a huge asset to the Boks!!
    He took his chances, Ruan didn’t!! End of story!!

  • Comment 98, posted at 19.06.10 17:14:04 by wpw Reply
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  • Agreed WPW.. he had some great games, you must have been following him quite well..

    But that doesn’t away the fact that he is slow, doesn’t have his old crisp pass anymore, and his boot is seriously lacking!

    There are better around, and even if it’s not Pienaar, there are others that deserve the spot above him.

  • Comment 99, posted at 19.06.10 17:26:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 98) :
    Ricky was shit today. That doesnt make him a poor player.

    But arguing against the obvious makes a you look like a fool.

    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 89) :
    I’m sorry, but thats just a stupid comment: he has played well for us many times.

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 100) : So what are you saying? Ricky for scrumhalf or not?

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 100) : Im not saying he never played well for the Boks, he was the hero in that win over the AB’s, we all know that.. He was great for us.. But the key word around is ‘was’.

  • Comment 102, posted at 19.06.10 17:35:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Richard
    I suppose who won’t agree on this one but I just can’t see how you can throw away a player with over 40 tests to his name and who has proved without a shadow of a doubt that he has BMT at test level!
    Let’s move on shall we?? :wink:

  • Comment 103, posted at 19.06.10 17:37:30 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 103) : Fair enough WPW, lets move on..

  • Comment 104, posted at 19.06.10 17:38:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • GO RICKY !!! I stick to my guns ! :evil:

  • Comment 105, posted at 19.06.10 19:04:25 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 88) : At that stage Ricky’s form made him first choice.

  • Comment 106, posted at 20.06.10 10:13:55 by lostfish Reply
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