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Boks kick-off EOY tour against Baa-Baas


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 1 Nov 2016 at 13:41
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The Springboks will kick-off their End Of Year Tour against the famous invitational club, the Barbarians FC, at the Wembley Stadium in London this Saturday.

The Baa-Baas have been victorious in their last two encounters, beating the Boks 22 – 5 in 2007 and by a narrow 26 – 20 in 2010.

The last time the Springboks were able to beat the Barbarians was in 2000 when they ran out victors 41 – 31.

The history between these two go way back when South Africa became the third international team to face the Baa-Baas, when they met in Cardiff in 1952. The Springboks won that match 17 – 3.

Since then the Springboks were only able to win two of the next six encounters, 21 – 12 in 1970 and 41 – 31, as mentioned earlier, in 2000.

With the match being played outside the international window, Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee will have an opportunity to call on some “young blood” as he will only have South African based players at his disposal.

The squad for Saturday’s match includes 12 uncapped players in Lizo Gqoboka, Thomas du Toit, RG Snyman, Roelof Smit, Jean-Luc du Preez, Uzair Cassiem, Tian Schoeman, Francois Venter, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Sergeal Petersen, Jamba Ulengo and Cheslin Kolbe.

Former Australian coach, Robbie Deans has invited six South African players to join the Baa-Baas in their preparation to face the Boks on the weekend.

Amongst them are former Springbok scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar who is no stranger to the black and white hoops and was one of the first names confirmed and former Lions prop, Schalk van der Merwe. Joining Pienaar are Western Province’s Robert du Preez, Golden Lions’ Armand van der Merwe, Kwagga Smit, Ruan Ackermann, Martin Muller and Free State Cheetahs’ Clayton Blommetjies.

Many South Africans have represented the Barbarians over the years, but it was quite interesting to see that J.E.C Partridge has represented the Barbarians on 19 occasions between 1905 – 1915.

Technically Partridge is not South African, but he has however represented South Africa in a test match. What makes this a it bizarre is that Partridge actually fought against the Afrikaners in the Boer War.

In his time in South Africa he joined the Pretoria Harlequins and he also played for Transvaal. He represented South Africa in one of the three test matches against the touring British XV after the war which ended in a 10-all draw.

The Springbok squad for the Barbarians match is:

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Lourens Adriaanse Nizaam Carr Uzair Cassiem Lood de Jager Jean-Luc du Preez Thomas du Toit Pieter-Steph du Toit Eben Etzebeth Lizo Gqoboka Malcolm Marx Bongi Mbonambi Oupa Mohoje Tendai Mtawarira Trevor Nyakane RG Snyman Roelof Smit Adriaan Strauss

Backs:

Ruan Combrinck Damain de Allende Faf de Klerk Rohan Janse van Rensburg Cheslin Kolbe Jesse Kriel Pat Lambie (capt) Rudy Paige Sergeal Petersen Tian Schoeman Jamba Ulengo Piet van Zyl Francios Venter



58 Comments

  • Usually the International teams playing the Baabaas are settled teams and thus are usually better prepared than the Baabaas. However, this is not the case with this pretty much new Bok combination who have had almost the same amount of time to prepare as the Baabaas. Will be interesting to see which team gels quicker and can impose themselves. A number of SA players will need good performances if they are going to push for Bok places down the line

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.11.16 14:34:56 by SheldonK Reply
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  • What is Deans up to these days besides this?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.11.16 14:37:38 by benji Reply
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  • Funny also that he knows which SA players to choose,great coaches are a breed apart

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.11.16 14:39:09 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 2) : Doesnt he coach a Jap side?

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.11.16 14:46:49 by SheldonK Reply

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  • wonder if this is a first time in a Barbarians game that brothers have faced each other.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.11.16 14:59:23 by The hound Reply
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  • I am a bit confused after realising that both Wales and Ireland have matches this weekend, against Australia and NZ respectively.

    How are their teams selected then if this weekend falls outside of the International Window? Are the Welsh and Irish teams also diluted as a result of this? Surely those games are then gimmies for Aus and NZ?

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.11.16 15:51:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : Basically they cant pick guys playing in Eng and France. The Welsh and Irish have released players as far as i am aware.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.11.16 16:02:00 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) :

    So why can’t all the countries just play along and release the players?

    I see there is no Aviva this weekend, but there is Top14, so basically it’s just the French that are fuckwits?

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.11.16 16:07:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : Eng and France have to be the two most stubborn Unions thats why. But i suppose they are the ones paying the most cash so take it or leave it for the players. Apparently there are rumours that the French clubs put huge pressure on their international players to retire from international rugby

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.11.16 16:08:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : think they do as they don’t want the players getting injured whilst playing for their national teams and with the amount of money they pay them it’s some what understandable!

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.11.16 16:21:34 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) :

    It really should be the other way around, that the International coaches are worried their players get injured playing a division lower.

    Funny how the division below International rugby rule the rugby world.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.11.16 16:25:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : nope it’s money that rules! In almost all cases money over loyalty!!! And it’s not that strange who is running SARU the 5 big teams or the 6-8 lower level teams?!?!

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.11.16 16:30:22 by JD Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : It’s a lot o do with the medical insurance policy that the player is on and who is paying it

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.11.16 17:58:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : I fully agree its return pn investment and money and those French club owners have huge

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.11.16 19:11:35 by benji Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : Im not sure Sheldon but if he is just messing about I think he should come mess about at the Sharks,even a short period will do just fine

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.11.16 19:17:00 by benji Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : All the Irish players play in Ireland, so no problem. For Wales the England and France based players won’t be released depending on their contracts

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.11.16 19:41:13 by Baylion Reply

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  • Possible Bok team (from someone who seem to know):

    Jesse Kriel, Sergeal Peterson, Francois Venter, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jumbo Ulengo, Pat Lambie, Paige Paige, Nizaam Carr, Oupa Mohoje, Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, PSDT, Lourens Adriaanse, Malcolm Marx, Beast Mtawarira.
    Bench: Bongi Mbonambi, Lizo Gqoboka, Trevor Nyakane, Eben Etzebeth, Jean-Luc du Preez, Piet van Zyl, Tian Schoeman, Ruan Combrinck

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.11.16 19:42:16 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : not to bad for a local based team.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.11.16 19:55:13 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : Very Very much doubt Beast will play. Makes no sense whatsoever!

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.11.16 22:34:13 by Villie Reply
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  • Also if that is the backline, it’s WAY better than the current Bok backline! At least they would be utilising players in their correct positions.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.11.16 22:35:08 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 20) : not a bad team but would love to see Cassiem start!

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.11.16 23:42:48 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : 6 starting players that played SR QF’s

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.11.16 07:06:17 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : Id be pretty happy with that side. Really think Cassiem over Mahoje though as no use taking a guy there for 1 week and not playing him. But overall good side i think.

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.11.16 08:32:49 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) :

    Best thing about this team…. Not a single player out of position.

    Great to give the guys a run, would leave Beast out of the team for this one if it were up to me, and even perhaps rest PSDT..

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.11.16 08:36:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • On a more pleasurable note, did you guys see the tweet in which Freddie Michalack wish Clement well? He said the Sharks are the best club ever. Made my day. I so wish we could’ve gotten him to come play one last season and then transition into our skills/backline coach.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.11.16 08:42:38 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • So Braam van Straaten Sharks kicking coach for next year.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.11.16 08:49:58 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 25) : Now you talking

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.11.16 08:59:25 by benji Reply
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  • Only query if that is the team is Nyakane’s abilities at tighthead. I’m no scrum expert but can he really cover that position at this level?

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.11.16 09:13:51 by KimFurber Reply

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  • @KimFurber (Comment 28) : no I don’t think he can even cover it at Super rugby level.

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.11.16 10:03:37 by JD Reply
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  • Baabaas match 23:

    15 Melani Nanai (Blues), 14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders), 13 Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders & New Zealand), 12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders & Panasonic), 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs, Panasonic & Australia), 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders, Kobelco Steelers & New Zealand), 1 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes), 2 Akker van der Merwe (Lions), 3 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs & Australia), 4 Martin Muller (Lions), 5 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), 6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes), 7 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand)
    Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready (Reds), 17 Schalk van der Merwe (Montpellier), 18 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia), 19 Sam Carter, (Brumbies & Australia), 20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions), 21 Nic Stirzaker (Rebels), 22 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders), 23 Luke Morahan (Force & Australia)

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.11.16 17:38:11 by Baylion Reply

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  • Not too much in our favour. We normally have pretty settled team by this time. This year they have not had as much time together as a unit so there goes that advantage. Also we have not really settled on a strategy, a winning one that is so this match will be a hard fought one.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.11.16 18:33:04 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 30) : not sure if I’m crazy but the Bokke should beat this team?!

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.11.16 20:35:47 by JD Reply
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  • There was a time when every Baabaas team was made up entirely of internationals with the exception of one uncapped up and coming player. To see a Baabaas team with so few international caps is different. Not sure how the Bok team will fare against this crew.

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.11.16 22:30:50 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 33) : ja maybe the “international window” is also hurting them!?!?!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.11.16 22:35:25 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : I’m sure that is the case, personally I am kind of sad, it was a proud tradition of the Baabaas to field an all international team with only one uncapped player. I don’t enjoy seeing that tradition cast aside.

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.11.16 23:14:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 30) : Kwagga Smith the water boy then? Blommetjies driving the bus? Pretty decent side that..all are current players so should be fit and conditioned

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.11.16 08:06:35 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 35) : yes for sure. But like everything money has taken over!!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.11.16 10:21:24 by JD Reply
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  • South Africa: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ruan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Roelof Smith, 5 Pueter-ASteph du Toit, 4 Rudolf Snyman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
    Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Eben Etzebeth, Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tiaan Schoeman, 23 Ruan Combrinck.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.11.16 13:30:46 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 38) : Got to say i like that side. It could actually be the best Bok side announced this year in terms of players and combos etc. Well in my opinion

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.11.16 13:33:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 38) : @SheldonK (Comment 39) : still think this side should win this week.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.11.16 13:58:36 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 40) : Agreed

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.11.16 14:04:04 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 41) : the game against England is going to be a lot harder to win!?

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.11.16 14:07:16 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 42) : Yes indeed. Their injuries will disrupt them a bit but they are still a fairly settled side and will be tough to beat. However, they havnt really been tested when their pack hasnt dominated…if Boks at least get parity i dont think their backs are that hot

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.11.16 14:27:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 38) : I like that centre combination. Looking forward to see how they combine.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.11.16 14:34:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • An exciting team and for the most part one for the future. Very inexperienced at top level and the Baabaas, although it has less capped players than in the past, is close to a best of the rest from Super Rugby.

    The game should be a close tussle and it will be interesting to see how much freedom AC allows the Boks

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.11.16 14:44:03 by Baylion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 43) : will depend a lot on how the team looks that AC picks!

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.11.16 14:44:04 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 45) : I have high hopes for this centre combination. I hope they excel, thereby forcing AC’s hand for the remaining tests. I would love to see this combo get to play a full test.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.11.16 14:51:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 47) : Also happy to see Kriel at 15 (where I believe he is far superior to 13), and Lambie at 10. I would have liked to see Combrink at least on the bench so he could at least get a bit of a run after his injury and before the first test.

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.11.16 14:53:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 48) : Combrinck is on the bench

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.11.16 14:57:07 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 48) : Combrinck is on the bench?

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.11.16 14:57:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 49) : @SheldonK (Comment 50) : :lol: :lol: Sorry, eyes must be getting old!

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.11.16 15:03:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 51) : eish….maybe worse, maybe my brain is past its sell by date….

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.11.16 15:17:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 52) : let’s have a quick look and see: do you like the Bulls?!?!
    Tip if you answer yes it could point to your brain possibly being past it’s sell by date ;-)

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.11.16 15:33:41 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 53) : OK, so that question is just insulting, I may be senile, but I am not insane!!!!! ;-) :lol: like the Bulls indeed…….hrrrrrmph! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.11.16 15:59:28 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 54) : My father was born in Pretoria, schooled at PBH, but his medical school at Wits was enough for him to claim Transvaal over Northerns as his team. Of course after moving to Durban, he quickly become a firm supporter of the Banana Boys….even though they rarely won. He was the Anaesthetist for many of Natal rugby players surgeries, including when Piston van Wyk had his face rearranged by the All Blacks in 1976. Me, being born in Durban have never supported any other team.

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.11.16 16:34:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 55) : nothing wrong with that mind still fresh as a daisy ………. well let’s rather just say mind wise you have nothing to worry about ;-)

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.11.16 17:04:05 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 56) : Oh I can remember what happened 40 years ago with perfect clarity, it is what happened five minutes ago I worry about. :lol: :razz: :razz: ;-)

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.11.16 17:19:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 57) : just think of it as remembering the good old days ;-) anyway if it was worth remembering you would have ;-)

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.11.16 17:28:20 by JD Reply
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