Richard Ferguson

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Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 24 Jun 2013 at 08:00
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The Sprinboks surprised all and sundry, myself included, by beating Samoa quite convincingly on Saturday evening. What I enjoyed the most about the game was the fact that the Boks looked better than they have looked under Heyneke Meyer.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a perfect performance and we shouldn’t rave about beating Samoa, but there were plenty positives to mull about as we wait for the Rugby Championship to start.

Before we go on, I’d like to clear up something. Morne Steyn may have signed a contract in France but that does not stop him from playing for the Boks during the Rugby Championship. As with any other top tier competition, players are to be released from their clubs to represent their countries, and this is exactly the case.

So, taking this into account, we can assume that Steyn will start that tournament as flyhalf, barring injury. This, to me, is a good thing. Many will disagree, but I feel Steyn has done enough during the Super Rugby season as well as these three tests to justify continuing as first choice flyhalf. Steyn stood up against some of the toughest opposition, being Samoa, and took some big hits while being called to make some big tackles himself. For the first time in a while the Springbok backline got front foot ball, not being scared to give the ball some air. That showed in the amount of tries we scored, and although against lower tier opposition, it was a glimpse into a game plan every Springbok supporter wants to see.

For the first time this year, the Bok pack looked dominant. Again I remind you that it is only Samoa that we played against. In the same breathe, the Boks could have slipped even further in form and let Samoa walk over us. Instead, the tight five fronted up, the loose forwards looked dynamic both with ball in hand and in defence.

Unfortunately, with every game, there are a few negatives to discuss. Ruan Pienaar failed to step up with the rest of his backline. I backed Pienaar as the only choice for these tests and the Rugby Championship, but his play is too slow and he will be caught in possession even more when we start playing the All Blacks, Australia and Argentina.

Siya Kolisi was given 40 minutes to show that his Man of the Match performance against Scotland was not a one hit wonder, but he failed to fully recoverfrom the knock that forced him from the field to do the ‘ding-dong’ test. He did no better than Marcell Coetzee would have done, and we could have given Lappies Labuschagne a similar shot given the match and opposition. Spies himself was missing in action and one has to wonder if he is playing with some injury, or whether the extreme length of the season is effecting his play.

It will be interesting to see the make up of the squad selected to do duty at the Rugby Championship, given the amount of injured players which are set to return, while we await further injuries to our players in the final stages of Super Rugby. All in all, it was an Incoming Series that left much to the imagination, but perhaps a ray of light in terms of players found over the last three weeks, with Willie le Roux and JJ Engelbrecht practically ensuring more Bok caps in the future.



23 Comments

  • The boys did well on the weekend and I believe it started with Louw and Alberts. Those two gave us the momentum up front to get over the gain line and score soem great tries. I just hope Alberts can stay out of the injuries and make the same impact in the rugby championship.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.13 08:22:06 by Viking Reply
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  • I thought the lock combo performed really well too.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.13 08:38:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : As locks and doing what a lock does they played well. But I was dissapointed with Flip’s general play. He gives away too many penalties with stupid things like joining from the side. It probably cost us a try or two in the game.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.13 08:44:04 by Viking Reply
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  • Have to agree on Willie and JJ, especially JJ surprised me, let’s hope he can take that sort of form into the RC.

    I thought Pienaar played quite well, giving clean ball to Morné/le Roux and dictating the game with his positional kicking. van Zyl came on and his passing was allover the place and to my mind the Samoans managed to interfere with him on far more occasions.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.13 08:49:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Rich, I totally agree with you. MS has proved he is the best. and he should get credit for coming back the way he has after last seasons failures. I do rate Lambie, but I think he will have to wait a bit long to make that no10 jersey his own. MS is pure class when in top form. Something he is close to at the moment. Lambie needs to find his old self. and like someone else said on another thread. We can not keep hanging onto the 2010 CC final. Lambie has not shown anything close to that game again.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.13 08:53:46 by Uli Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : Yes JJ has really been a revolution to the side. Willie is just what we need at the back to get the back line going, and gives the side a bit of a surprise element.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.13 08:55:24 by Uli Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 3) : Yip, some silly penalties from Flip but discipline in the side seems to be steadily improving and that’s why I’d prefer him as a starter instead of Juandre in future games

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.13 08:59:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • At least HM is starting to watch the same game as us.It gave me a nice fuzzy feeling when he took Spies off :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.13 09:06:39 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.13 09:11:46 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 9) : I was second whoop whoop :D

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.13 09:46:12 by Uli Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 9) : ok – I’ll see to it

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.13 09:51:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yeah baby!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.13 09:58:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) : happy?

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.13 09:59:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • I for one was very excited about Beast’s performance in loose play. He actually made ground and had energy on the field, something we’ve been missing. In terms of 8, I hope Plum gives Kanko a good run because he is probably our best bet for at least the start of the Rugby Championship. I actually agree that Steyn has been more than solid (and I’m no big Steyn fan), and I wouldn’t mind per say if he started the Championship. I do however still feel that his play is far too 2 dimensional compared to Lambie. Oh well, by now there’s no changing Meyer’s mind. Other than that, I can’t wait to see PSdT get a go.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.13 10:00:30 by David12246 Reply

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  • Thanks Rob :cool:

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.06.13 10:13:08 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) : :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.06.13 10:27:33 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • Another player I’m excited about in Louw, Alberts need to get back to full fitness then we still need a no8

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.06.13 10:30:52 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • I know one swallow does not a summer make, make the ONE BIG DIFFERENCE in this Bok side, compared to any we’ve had for the past 10 years, is Willie le Roux.

    Whenever he pops up as first receiver on attack, the opposition defense is in deep shit, because he’s excellent at drawing tacklers and creating space for those around him, and he does everything at speed.

    This is a quality sorely lacking in the majority of SA backline players, including most of his Bok team mates.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.06.13 10:52:48 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Thanks for the Morne Steyn assessment Rich, been arguing the same thing over the past 24 with Talent and FireTheLooser, he’s justified his inclusion, whether Lambie is 3D and Morne is 1D, Steyn is currently working for the Boks and you can’t fix it if it’s not broken.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.06.13 11:13:07 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 19) : We can and will have to once we hit the Wallabies, who are a huge threat this year once again, and the ABs of course.

    I will eat my words if Morne Steyn proves me wrong…and by wrong I dont mean kicking goals and letting all the tries come off Willie le Roux at 10…If Morne Steyn dominates those games in all facets of play I WILL BE THE FIRST TO STAND UP AND AKNOWLEDGE…until then he is nothing more than solid who looks good behind a massive pack…

    Willie Le Roux might be the most exciting prospoect in a Bok jersey that I have ever seen!!! His selection better not be questioned by HM.

    AND DEAR GOD I PRAY PLUM GIVES KANKO GAME TIME….(quoting a friend here) Spies might be the most athletic fairy I have ever seen, but a fairy nonetheless…

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.06.13 13:25:56 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Spies form went downhill since the Cheetahs game. The gang tackle him into submition and since then the bit of form he had was gone.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.06.13 17:27:47 by JD Reply
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  • Maybe KD should get another go as Bok 8, then atleast Sharks is rid of him for a large part of the currie cup.

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.06.13 17:36:19 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 21) : The 2008 Cheetahs game? There have not been many times in his career when Spies has been in form in my opinion.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.06.13 09:40:27 by Orelando_G Reply

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