Boks unchanged for Scotland test

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 11 Nov 2008 at 16:13
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Bakkies Botha and Adrian Jacobs have both been passed fit to take their places in an unchanged Bok 22 to face Scotland this weekend.

Initial fears that the duo may miss out, after injuring an eye and a knee respectively against the Welsh, proved unfounded. Peter de Villiers has persisted with what he clearly believes is his strongest team for a second week. The colourful Bok coach apparently doesn’t want to give away any “freebies” on this tour;  I haven’t worked out whether he means giving undeserved caps to fringe players, or easier games to the Boks’ opposition.

John Smit again captains the team from tighthead prop, while Ruan Pienaar starts his second test at flyhalf. Pierre Spies, Bryan Habana, Bismarck du Plessis and Juan Smith can all consider themselves reasonably fortunate to retain their places after substandard performances last week. Smit will gain his 80th test cap, in so doing joining Os du Randt as the most-capped Bok forward ever.

Team v Scotland
(Test caps in brackets)

1 Beast Mtawarira (8)
2 Bismarck du Plessis (20)
3 John Smit (capt) (79)
4 Bakkies Botha (53)
5 Victor Matfield (78)
6 Schalk Burger (47)
7 Juan Smith (53)
8 Pierre Spies (17)
9 Fourie du Preez (43)
10 Ruan Pienaar (25)
11 Bryan Habana (44)
12 Jean de Villiers (44)
13 Adi Jacobs (19)
14 JP Pietersen (22)
15 Conrad Jantjes (22)

16 Brian Mujati (10)
17 Gurthro Steenkamp (19)
18 Andries Bekker (11)
19 Ryan Kankowski (5)
20 Ricky Januarie (32)
21 Frans Steyn (25)
22 Jaque Fourie (34)


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  • Comment 1, posted at 11.11.08 16:30:08 by PJLD Reply
  • No Suprises 😀 GO BOKKE !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.11.08 16:33:36 by Charlie Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 1) : Yeah baby

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.11.08 16:34:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wonder if the Scots are going to put up a show for us like they did for the Blacks. 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.11.08 16:36:37 by McLovin Reply

  • At least there won’t be any ‘roof talk’ this week.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.11.08 16:37:37 by McLovin Reply

  • Nice to play the way we know you can please..just 2 games thats all we are asking..not much..

    I’d like to see Jantjes counter a bit more instead of up and unders all the time.

    And Habana owes us a big game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.11.08 17:20:43 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 6) :
    Not to mention Juan and Spies.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.11.08 17:29:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) :

    Absolutly! , those two have looked jaded for sometime now.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.11.08 17:46:53 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • BOKKE!!! Well- MEL GIBSON and his mates will have a long day… 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.11.08 17:52:52 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply

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  • Impressed, I AM.

    Apologies in order to PDV from my side. I really thought he would make some silly calls on selection this week.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.11.08 19:23:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Ha ha ha…he kept his word. The best 22…

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.11.08 19:51:23 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply

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  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 11) :

    Except he still thinks Spies is better than Kankowski. 🙂 Please let that change next week?

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.11.08 19:57:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : the main Hoff-man didn’t exactly do his own credentials much good on Saturday. It’s a pity, because he really wouldn’t have had to do much to outshine Spies

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.11.08 20:47:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Spies is a better 7 (or 6 depending on whether you are talking SA or rest of world) than an 8. He is able to play a looser game at 7 and seems to suit his style a lot better. He was devastating on the flank for the Bok U21’s. In a balanced loose trio, he can be very effective but as an 8th man, he is not natural and just doesn’t have the feel for the position yet.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.11.08 21:57:25 by Villie Reply
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  • According to Keo the Scots last scored a try at their home ground during the 2007 World Cup against Romania.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.11.08 11:11:09 by McLovin Reply

  • Then again they could not have played many home games since then either.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.11.08 11:11:46 by McLovin Reply

  • In fact they have only played 4 test matches at home since Romania.

    Twice against NZ & once against Eng & France.

    Still not that good, but not really that shocking either.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.11.08 11:17:14 by McLovin Reply

  • @Villie (Comment 14) : he’d make a great doorstop, paperweight or draft excluder…

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.11.08 12:08:01 by robdylan Reply
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