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Bakkies born for bruising matches

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 11 Jul 2008 at 07:58

Bakkies Botha who plays in his 50th Test in Carisbrook says he was born for hard physical games and it cannot get more physical than in the House of Pain.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Bakkies Botha could hardly have asked for more. His 50th rugby Test will be at Carisbrook against New Zealand.

“This is what I was born for,” the Springbok lock forward said here on Thursday. “I enjoy a physical game and this is what it will be all about on Saturday,” he said. “You can’t get anything more physical.

“You want to be tested against the best and it does not come better than from the All Blacks.”

The Blue Bulls warrior will reach his half century of matches for South Africa when the Springboks and the All Blacks meet in the Tri-Nations Test at the House of Pain.

However, he does not want to overemphasise the fact that this will be a milestone.

It’s not about Bakkies Botha’s 50th Test or about history in Dunedin, he said. “To me it feels as if I’ll be playing in my first Test.

“The main thing about this 50th Test is that it comes through grace from above. It is the Lord who gave you the talent and who still gives you the power to play.

“The 50th Test is a great privilege but then one looks ahead. I think the 100th will be even bigger.

Turn the tables

“This, after all, is what it’s all about: to offer what you can to the team and to leave the field as winners.”

Botha has an important role on Saturday. He must establish authority up front, which could be even more important in the absence of New Zealand’s Brad Thorn, who has been suspended after misbehaving last week.

Botha feels South Africa can turn the tables on the New Zealanders after the defeat in Wellington.

“We know now what to expect from the All Blacks,” he said. “We did not play them in the World Cup last year. Now the teams have taken a good look at each other.

“We will test each other in the scrums and lineouts this week.

“We want to win. End of the story. We believe in our hearts we can beat the All Blacks.

“It will be tough and merciless, yes, but everyone believes we can do it.”

Bismarck du Plessis, who takes over from injured Springbok hooker John Smit in the starting lineup, said the South Africans would remain calm and would not let the All Blacks unnerve them.

“One penalty can change a game,” Du Plessis said, adding that it was a wonderful feeling to be back in the run-on team for a Test.

“As a youngster, you want to play against the All Blacks and to face the haka in their country,” he said.


  • Now if only Matfield was half as good.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.07.08 08:00:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bakkies also needs to lift his intensity from last week. He faded badly in the second half

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.07.08 08:20:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • The whole pack needs to improve,even Juan faded away last week. And what is the problem with our rugby(Sharks and Boks) not committing enough players to the breakdown? My poor 20 month old baby has to hear the most awful language when we lose the rucks

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.07.08 08:58:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : poor kid. Still, has to learn somehow, right? 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.07.08 09:02:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • I always thought bruising matches came about because Bakkies was born. 😐

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.07.08 09:43:26 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 5) : good point 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.07.08 09:51:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • have I missed soemthing this week..why is neither Spies or Kanko in the starting 22..they are just the kind of players that will spark or forwards to get going forward.

    Oh well done Bakkies just don’t get sent off please and mark this milestone with a victory old chap.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.07.08 10:13:45 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 7) : honestly I don’t know. But Simnikiwe Xabanisa (The Times) seems to think that Kanko is in for Big Joe. 😆

    The funniest part is on the squad list The Times has Ryan Kankowski Niekerk at 8. 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.07.08 10:20:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 8) :

    😆 sound journalism then..

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.07.08 10:23:21 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 9) : They’ve edited the error on the website but I have a copy of The Times and it’s there in black and white. So much for reporting from Dunedin. 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.07.08 10:27:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 10) : classic 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.07.08 10:29:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • If we play to our potential we can beat them.

    We are the WORLD CHAMPIONS after all.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.07.08 10:37:30 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    Amen Brother Wesley.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.07.08 10:53:21 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 8) :

    So they got married down under…nice of Joe to allow Kanko to keep his own last name and hyphenate it with his…

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.07.08 10:54:13 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) : he’s all heart

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.07.08 11:01:07 by robdylan Reply
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