Richard Ferguson

3N Game 4 – South Africa (9) vs (14) Australia F/T


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 13 Aug 2011 at 14:00
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The Springboks start their home leg of the Tri Nations campaign against the Australians in Durban today, with the Boks desperately needing a win to get some points on the log and stop a losing culture that has come over them in recent times.

The Springboks field a side that shows almost no resemblance to the side that lost both away encounters last month, with so called A team players back from their injuries and ready to do duty. This influx of returning players can be seen in every area of this team, with first choice props Beast Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis adding much needed stability to the forward pack, and Matfield and Botha able to win us a few line outs, the Boks will have plenty more go forward ball.

The Australians, the only team who have not falling into the trap of resting their players, field almost exactly the same side that beat them in Sydney a few weeks ago, with their top combinations playing together week in and week out. This has its positives and of course negatives, as players could quite easily get injured.

I look forward to seeing some of the great Springboks play in what could be their penultimate home game in the Green and Gold, and I have the privilege of being able to attend this game and see them in action. Come on boys, let’s do this thing!

South Africa: 15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Butch James, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Danie Rossouw, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 François Hougaard, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Gio Aplon.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 James Horwill, 4 Nathan Sharpe, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.

Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Radike Samo, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Anthony Fainga’a.

Date: Saturday, 13 August 2001
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.05 GMT)
Venue: Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
Expected weather: There is a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of 20°C, dropping to 13°C.
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Carlo Damasco (Italy)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)



122 Comments

  • Radike samo?? Was he on the bench last time sa vs aus?how old is he now?35,36?but he is still a big fijian,oops,aussie.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.11 14:11:18 by bergshark Reply
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  • Bout 1.97m 119kg.good size to join the fray in 2nd half.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.11 14:12:20 by bergshark Reply
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  • …Bryce lawrence..hmmm?

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.11 14:16:03 by bergshark Reply
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  • go BOKKE

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.11 14:18:22 by juba_fan Reply
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  • Guthro steenkamp on the bench- almost forgot about him.hope he shows nice form,being a long lay off.but he is quality.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.08.11 14:18:36 by bergshark Reply
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  • Looking forward to the battle of the wingers here.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.08.11 14:21:16 by bergshark Reply
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  • Bit uncertain bout frans steyn at 15..how many times dsid he play at 15 for racing metro this past season?

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.08.11 14:24:59 by bergshark Reply
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  • Bit uncertain bout frans steyn at 15..how many times did he play at 15 for racing metro this past season?

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.08.11 14:25:36 by bergshark Reply
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  • Butchie must keep his tackles lower than shoulder level but compensate for height with delivering even more “punch”in the hit (evil). Here is hoping his shoulder and quade cooper’s arrogance meet ..(evil)

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.11 14:29:12 by bergshark Reply
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  • And the scrums..hmm?

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.11 14:30:03 by bergshark Reply
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  • Need to put pressure in genia.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.11 14:33:51 by bergshark Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 11) : you about covered the hole spectrum there, just as bored waiting for the game as me?

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.11 14:35:49 by Franshark Reply
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  • Looking forward to the game…

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.08.11 14:37:26 by Franshark Reply
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  • @fransshark:haha yes ,I was just bout to comment: anyone else want to write/add something?yes,can’t wait:hope bokke do it today.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.11 14:41:03 by bergshark Reply

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  • So its the speedy youngsters vs the slow experienced campaigners… ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.11 14:41:19 by Franshark Reply
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  • The biggest ask for the boks is to get going quickly, long time since this group played together…

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.08.11 14:44:50 by Franshark Reply
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  • Well at least habana sounded keen .said on tv news how he knows you have to make each moment count in bok jersey.dunnno when you will pull the jersey over your head again.but that aus back 3 ,even though they quite small,looms large..big threat.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.08.11 14:47:24 by bergshark Reply

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  • @franshark: brussow vs pocock..massive contest right there.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.08.11 14:48:22 by bergshark Reply

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  • With Butch playing hope to see some planned moves other that just kick and chase…

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.08.11 14:56:38 by Franshark Reply
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  • I dearly wish for the boks to play us into a state of awe…

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.08.11 14:58:15 by Franshark Reply
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  • Second that.would be nice to see exciting backline play from the boks.also for pierre spies to start performing in a bok jersey.showcase his athleticism runnning with the ball.
    How will fdp go?

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.08.11 15:02:25 by bergshark Reply

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  • I’m outta here.go bokke!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.08.11 15:09:04 by bergshark Reply

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  • Hope the Boks play better then SA Academy

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.08.11 15:13:15 by Mutley Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 23) : I think the poor Academy (under 18) side that only got together on Tuesday are up against an under 19 French team.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.08.11 15:17:36 by beet Reply

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  • 50 min SA Academy 17 Frace o/18 31

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.08.11 15:21:17 by Mutley Reply

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  • The academy team in pathetic

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.08.11 15:25:54 by Mutley Reply

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  • Interver Rugby Halftime Pukke 29 Kovsies 13

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.08.11 15:27:53 by Mutley Reply

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  • 60 min SA Academy 17 France o/18 31

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.08.11 15:31:15 by Mutley Reply

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  • Academy scores 66min 24-31

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.08.11 15:38:52 by Mutley Reply

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  • And the French score 36-24 68 min

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.08.11 15:40:32 by Mutley Reply

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  • Fulltime SA Academy 24 France o/18 36

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.08.11 15:42:25 by Mutley Reply

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  • R@Mutley (Comment 31) : respectable score considering the one-sided nature of the game

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.08.11 15:46:09 by beet Reply

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  • @beet
    The French stopped playing they knew the won. The academy couldn’t even get the basics right

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.08.11 15:48:28 by Mutley Reply

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  • Interver Rugby Fulltime Pukke 41 Kovsies 18

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.08.11 16:05:21 by Mutley Reply

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  • I think this one is going to be a cracker! Go Bokke!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.08.11 16:47:32 by Ben Reply

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  • Boks goal kickers: In Super15 James 88% (7 from 8); In 2011 Steyn 79% (82/104).

    Wallabies goal kickers in 2011: O’Connor 70% (60 from 86) Cooper 68% (76/112) Beale 72% (59/82)

    In case you missed it, Boks starting line-up boasts 810 caps, previous record of 750 caps, v Australia Bloemfontein 2010

    2011 Boks on average per game: 26 lost possessions/turnovers, missing 1 out 3 tackle attempts, 9.5 hand errs, 9.5 pens

    2011 Wallabies on average per game: 22 lost possessions/turnovers, missing 1 out 5 tackle attempts, 9.7 hand errs, 7.7 pens

    Ref stats: Lawrence in Super15 forced to award, per game average 18.3 pens (10.3 at ruck) 4.2 scrum resets & 3.5 scrum infringes. Lawrence in Super15: 16 (1=most/highest) from 17 refs to award pens, 14th in ruck pens 12th ruck pens 4th scrum resets.

    Back at halftime now that they have 12 minute breaks instead on 10 minutes.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.08.11 16:47:46 by RuckinGoodStats Reply

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  • Very windy at Kingpark and pretty overcast

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.08.11 16:54:25 by beet Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 37) : Hope the rain stays away.

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.08.11 16:56:26 by Ben Reply

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  • Go Bokke

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.08.11 17:07:28 by Mutley Reply

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  • Kick off

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.08.11 17:08:26 by Mutley Reply

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  • Steyn to kick at goal and over

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.08.11 17:12:21 by Mutley Reply

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  • Bokke 3-0

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.08.11 17:12:59 by Mutley Reply

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  • Ausies putting in big tackles

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.08.11 17:19:17 by Mutley Reply

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  • Butch just floored Genia

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.08.11 17:20:20 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penelty Butch Bokke 6-0

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.08.11 17:25:26 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penelty Butch misses

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.08.11 17:29:44 by Mutley Reply

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  • TMO for a try

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.08.11 17:35:11 by Mutley Reply

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  • No try

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.08.11 17:37:09 by Mutley Reply

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  • Brossow is back

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.08.11 17:44:57 by Mutley Reply

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  • O’Conner first go at goal after 38 min

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.08.11 17:51:49 by Franshark Reply
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  • Penelty O’Conner and misses

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.08.11 17:51:58 by Mutley Reply

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  • Halftime
    Bokke 6
    Wallebies 0

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.08.11 17:54:30 by Mutley Reply

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  • That was about the most exiting 2min (after the siren has gone) of the game yet, a real grinding test….

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.08.11 17:56:56 by Franshark Reply
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  • Haha yes more happened after the siren

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.08.11 18:01:21 by Mutley Reply

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  • The Boks need a try or two quickly after half time. A dominant first half but only six points ahead.

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.08.11 18:02:05 by war1 Reply
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  • Great atmosphere. Exciting game. Loving the Brussow / Pocock play at the breakdown. Not loving Butch’s tackling technique so much. Or Habana breaking the d-line in the hope of getting an intercept, altho I can see another merit to it in terms of unsettling the Oz passing game. Go Bokke.

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.08.11 18:02:31 by beet Reply

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  • good start boys.now come and kick some aussie arse

  • Comment 57, posted at 13.08.11 18:07:11 by juba_fan Reply

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  • Beast is having a realy good game

  • Comment 58, posted at 13.08.11 18:07:36 by Mutley Reply

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  • The 2nd half begins

  • Comment 59, posted at 13.08.11 18:08:33 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penelty o’Conner 6-3

  • Comment 60, posted at 13.08.11 18:11:02 by Mutley Reply

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  • Try McCabe

  • Comment 61, posted at 13.08.11 18:15:33 by Mutley Reply

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  • Aus 8
    Bokke 6
    49 min

  • Comment 62, posted at 13.08.11 18:17:10 by Mutley Reply

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  • Bismark on for Jannie

  • Comment 63, posted at 13.08.11 18:18:02 by Mutley Reply

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  • Aplon on for Steyn

  • Comment 64, posted at 13.08.11 18:19:07 by Mutley Reply

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  • Wallabies at our 5m.

  • Comment 65, posted at 13.08.11 18:19:39 by klempie Reply

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  • Like the new Supersport strap! :cool:

  • Comment 66, posted at 13.08.11 18:20:11 by klempie Reply

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  • Deysel on for Brussow

  • Comment 67, posted at 13.08.11 18:20:47 by Mutley Reply

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  • du Preez charged down…

  • Comment 68, posted at 13.08.11 18:21:11 by klempie Reply

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  • Who got red carded and when?? :shock: :shock:

    Oh it’s just a graphics detail. :oops:

  • Comment 69, posted at 13.08.11 18:22:54 by klempie Reply

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  • I can’t watch the game. How are the Boks playing?

  • Comment 70, posted at 13.08.11 18:23:04 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 70) : NOt sure. Missed the first half.

  • Comment 71, posted at 13.08.11 18:24:30 by klempie Reply

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  • Bis showing the Wallabies who’s boss. :cool:

  • Comment 72, posted at 13.08.11 18:25:09 by klempie Reply

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  • Penelty Butch Bokke lead 9-8

  • Comment 73, posted at 13.08.11 18:25:25 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty Boks after a Wallaby went offside right in front.

    Boks 9 – 8 Wallabies

    58 mins

  • Comment 74, posted at 13.08.11 18:26:04 by klempie Reply

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  • Hougaard on for Habana blood

  • Comment 75, posted at 13.08.11 18:26:34 by Mutley Reply

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  • Ag man.

    The Boks managed to phase the ball up to the 5m line from inside their own 22 and Wolla loses it forward in the tackle. :oops:

  • Comment 76, posted at 13.08.11 18:27:38 by klempie Reply

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  • 60 mins

  • Comment 77, posted at 13.08.11 18:28:47 by klempie Reply

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  • Aus 8
    Bokke 9
    60 min

  • Comment 78, posted at 13.08.11 18:29:07 by Mutley Reply

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  • Hougaards gets a great little ankle tap in on O’Connor

  • Comment 79, posted at 13.08.11 18:31:40 by klempie Reply

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  • Mostert on for Bakkies

  • Comment 80, posted at 13.08.11 18:32:52 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty Wallabies after JP played the ball on the ground.

    O’Connor from 38m out, 15m from right hand touch.

  • Comment 81, posted at 13.08.11 18:34:19 by klempie Reply

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  • Penelty o’Conner Aus lead 11-9

  • Comment 82, posted at 13.08.11 18:34:43 by Mutley Reply

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  • Through.

    Boks 9 – 11 Wallabies

    66 mins

  • Comment 83, posted at 13.08.11 18:35:02 by klempie Reply

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  • Wallabies turn the ball over after disrupting a Bok maul.

    Steyn is on for Butch.

  • Comment 84, posted at 13.08.11 18:36:46 by klempie Reply

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  • M Steyn on for Butch
    Steenkamp on for Beast
    And its raining

  • Comment 85, posted at 13.08.11 18:37:09 by Mutley Reply

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  • Bryce Lawrence is such a ponce.

  • Comment 86, posted at 13.08.11 18:37:57 by klempie Reply

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  • The Boks starting to lose it

  • Comment 87, posted at 13.08.11 18:39:20 by Mutley Reply

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  • Aus 11
    Bokke 9
    70 min

  • Comment 88, posted at 13.08.11 18:41:08 by Mutley Reply

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  • John Smit is being murdered in the scrums!

  • Comment 89, posted at 13.08.11 18:42:43 by Ben Reply

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  • :lol: :lol: :lol:

    The Aussies DESTROY the Bok scrum.

  • Comment 90, posted at 13.08.11 18:42:44 by klempie Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 89) : along side with Steenkamp…

  • Comment 91, posted at 13.08.11 18:43:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • O’Connor chips the resulting penalty over.

    Boks 9 – 14 Wallabies

    74 mins

  • Comment 92, posted at 13.08.11 18:43:34 by klempie Reply

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  • Penelty o’Conner Aus lead 14-9

  • Comment 93, posted at 13.08.11 18:43:37 by Mutley Reply

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  • Boks are not good enough. Disappointing.

  • Comment 94, posted at 13.08.11 18:43:47 by war1 Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 91) : Its the tighthead side that’s going backwards.

  • Comment 95, posted at 13.08.11 18:44:42 by Ben Reply

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  • When did Ashley Johnson sign for the Wallabies? :|

  • Comment 96, posted at 13.08.11 18:45:32 by klempie Reply

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  • Boks have a lineout on the left hand side, about 23m out.

    79 mins

  • Comment 97, posted at 13.08.11 18:49:24 by klempie Reply

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  • Kom Bokke

  • Comment 98, posted at 13.08.11 18:50:07 by Mutley Reply

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  • They win a penalty off the lineout and go for another closer to the line. Lineout is 8m out

  • Comment 99, posted at 13.08.11 18:50:17 by klempie Reply

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  • Siren goes.

  • Comment 100, posted at 13.08.11 18:50:46 by klempie Reply

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  • Aus win it 14-9

  • Comment 101, posted at 13.08.11 18:51:19 by Mutley Reply

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  • And Rossouw spills it forward. :lol:

    FT Boks 9 – 14 Wallabies

  • Comment 102, posted at 13.08.11 18:52:28 by klempie Reply

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  • The Boks were rusty, lacking match fitness

  • Comment 103, posted at 13.08.11 18:52:39 by Mutley Reply

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  • How’s that hamie of stein, LAMBI for fullback next week?

  • Comment 104, posted at 13.08.11 18:53:21 by Franshark Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 102) : you look happy?

  • Comment 105, posted at 13.08.11 18:54:07 by Franshark Reply
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  • One more game for Div to become the first coach to coach a Bok team to losing every single game in a Trinations. :cool: :cool:

  • Comment 106, posted at 13.08.11 18:54:50 by klempie Reply

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  • Flat. No game plan evident. Poor but not hopeless.

  • Comment 107, posted at 13.08.11 18:55:12 by Ben Reply

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  • @Franshark (Comment 105) : Yes, I’m quite pleased. Post 106 refers.

  • Comment 108, posted at 13.08.11 18:55:34 by klempie Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 107) : and that’s what I wanted to see more than get the win, and now we lost and did not show any signs of a WC winning game plan…

  • Comment 109, posted at 13.08.11 19:05:15 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 109) : It’s almost like you sound surprised. :|

  • Comment 110, posted at 13.08.11 19:06:28 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 110) : Am a bid, thought a surprise was on the table after camp-Rustenburg.

  • Comment 111, posted at 13.08.11 19:09:50 by Franshark Reply
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  • Peter Helium has now won 8 of 21 tri nation matches 38%

  • Comment 112, posted at 13.08.11 19:10:00 by Mutley Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 112) : ouch :oops:

  • Comment 113, posted at 13.08.11 19:12:28 by Franshark Reply
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  • Jake White had 8/18 44%

  • Comment 114, posted at 13.08.11 19:13:02 by Mutley Reply

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  • Lets just get a congratulations in order for meneer snor..not only are we the laughing stock of world rugby..we have no plan b and by the looks of none of the boks wanna play under him..

  • Comment 115, posted at 13.08.11 19:24:46 by shaniboi Reply

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  • Such a close game stats wise :???: , so RSA first: Rucks 70 v 76; Lost possessions/turnovers 21 v 20; missed tackles on average 1 in 4, v 1 in 5; tactical kicks from the hand 27 v 27;

    Australia conceded 12 penalties to South Africa’s 6. Both side conceded 2 penalties inside their 22.

    South Africa made 4 critical handling errors inside the Australian’s 22. This was 4 of the 12 they made. Australia made 9 handling errors in the match.

    An unusual, well for me anyway amount of charge downs in the match. South Africa charged down 1 and Australia 2.

  • Comment 116, posted at 13.08.11 19:30:59 by RuckinGoodStats Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 112) : It’s only going to get worse.

  • Comment 117, posted at 13.08.11 19:39:03 by klempie Reply

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  • Disappointment once more :sad:

  • Comment 118, posted at 13.08.11 19:47:38 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Bit unfair of pdivvy to have expected of smit to play @3 after 55min or so of effort at 2.
    But who else can play at 3 from the bench?certainly not greyling or cj.
    Beast was awesome today- guess only flaw was not passing inside after his charge down the line near end of first half.but was allover the field it seemed.making tackles,carrying the ball up.hitting rucks.
    Boks also didn’t play advantage well when they had pen in 57min of the game.fourie dp just kicked aimless outside of the boot chip kick a la carlos spencer-couldve played the advantage a bit there.

  • Comment 119, posted at 13.08.11 20:07:53 by bergshark Reply

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  • Not a bad comeback game for several rusty Boks.

    Would have liked better tactical kicking and handling in contact (Danie was very bad today), but I’ll take it as a loosener.

    Hey Rich – you were right, Oz did win, but just by a whisker.

  • Comment 120, posted at 13.08.11 20:44:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Hope the Boks come back against NZ thou it won’t be much considering NZ sent a B team

  • Comment 121, posted at 14.08.11 07:18:03 by Mutley Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 121) : I´m afraid NZ´s “B” team will be far too good for this lot.

    Firstly, they´ll actually have a game plan that doesn´t consist either of bash-it-up or kick-it-away.

    Secondly, when on our tryline, after numerous phases and with our defense in disarray, they will spread the ball and score and not mindlessly keep going with a forward onslaught ending in the inevitable spilled ball. They also won´t have locks and flankers who cough up the ball just about every time they go into contact.

    And finally, they are not going to put their hooker at prop and give away the one thing going for them (a dominating scrum) and allow the opposition to gain the edge and win the game.

    They simply won´t be THAT STUPID.

  • Comment 122, posted at 14.08.11 11:35:10 by rhineshark Reply

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