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Boks top the UK pops

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 24 Nov 2008 at 06:36
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New respect: that’s what Springbok rugby commands from the British press after their record 42-6 thrashing of dazed and damned England at Twickenham.

In the lead-up, some London papers had given the home side half a chance, based on lethargic Bok showings against Wales and Scotland. By Sunday, they had dramatically changed their tune.

Rob Houwing writes for Sport24 that Patrick Collins of The Mail on Sunday wrote: “The South Africans capered through the freezing dusk with a spring in their heels and the promise of a long and lively night ahead.

“England were overcome by a team who did the simple things much better; assessing situations, punching holes with their big men, liberating the people of blinding pace. And always thinking, thinking, thinking. It was wonderfully impressive.”

Former England and Lions lock Paul Ackford, in the Sunday Telegraph, pulled few punches in his assessment of his own nation’s showing.

‘Magnificent in collisions’

“Humiliation … this was the shambles of Australia (14-28 a week earlier) revisited with bells on,” he said.

“The England forwards may have won more possession than South Africa but at what cost? Whenever a ball emerged from a breakdown on England’s side, it did so with four or five forwards in white shirts flat on their arses while the Boks, having committed one or two at most, were marshalling their defence.

“(It) was out of this world. Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha and Pierre Spies were magnificent in the collisions, but even the little guys showed what they could do.

“In the last quarter Bryan Habana was knocking people off their feet with the timing and speed of his rush defence.”

The Observer’s Michael Aylwin said South Africa “never turn on the style until they know the opposition are beaten – and if they know it early enough the subsequent scoreline can get ugly”.

“They were content to sit back and watch England’s enthusiastic efforts (in the first half), almost holding them at arm’s length like a schoolyard bully while the victim thrashes at the air.”

Fresher legs

Stephen Jones of the Sunday Times was renowned as a southern hemisphere rugby cynic during England’s short reign at the top of the world pile in the early 2000s.

But he seems to have turned full circle, judging by his comments on Sunday after also witnessing the All Blacks beat Wales: “What was remarkable about South Africa and New Zealand was their exuberance.

“We are grimly used to watching European teams touring at the end of the northern hemisphere season on their last legs, with feeble teams, and frankly trying to do nothing more than emerge with less than a 50-point hammering.

“(On Saturday) it seemed as if New Zealand and South Africa had by far the fresher legs, which was absolutely staggering.

“It could be that this weekend represents the high water mark in all of rugby history in terms of the superiority of the major southern hemisphere teams over the north.”

Bemoaning the absence of England’s Johnson and Dallaglio-era toughness in the engine room, Jones observed: “One growl from South Africa up front, and England ran a mile.”


  • 😯 Patrick Collins makes us sound like World Champions. 😯

    OH WAIT!!! WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.11.08 06:40:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • It IS the end of a long season for us, so where did this energetic display come from? Or is it merely about attitude? Mind over matter? Oh well, the IRB will be gleefully rubbing their hands at the propspect that the Southern Hemisphere’s argument for a global season has now been swept out of the water.

    The realisation is that our rugby is simply streets ahead of the NH teams right now.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.11.08 07:50:05 by Baldrick Reply
  • And always thinking, thinking, thinking.

    That last try told the whole story.
    Everybody expected the Boks to be the ones thinking about the end of a long season—but instead it was England who were already thinking of following their fans out of Twickenham. I don’t think they know what hit them !!!


  • Comment 3, posted at 24.11.08 08:02:59 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply
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  • “They were content to sit back and watch England’s enthusiastic efforts (in the first half), almost holding them at arm’s length like a schoolyard bully while the victim thrashes at the air.” 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.11.08 08:40:20 by PJLD Reply
  • It was a delight and for a hack like Jones to even acknowledge the SH teams suggests that they are crying more than they let on.

    Viva la Bok

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.11.08 09:42:47 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • The UK press doesn’t need much to ‘gaan op hol’. I wouldn’t attach much value to their opinion. 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.11.08 10:00:19 by McLovin Reply
  • Eng were crap. Cipriani was like a rabbit in headlights. And Sackey was, well like a Sackey sh*t. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.11.08 10:03:56 by McLovin Reply
  • I thought the Daniesaurus also played very well.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.11.08 10:04:58 by McLovin Reply
  • Wonder were all messiah Johnson’s disciples are now. 2 weeks ago you would have thought his sh1t doesn’t stink. Now everybody wants to get a kick in.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.11.08 10:07:02 by McLovin Reply
  • Did you hear the British interviewer take Martin Johnson to pieces in the post match interview….I have never seen a more brutal sport interview in my life! 😯

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.11.08 11:13:37 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 10) :

    I commented on that on the evening as well.

    He was lucky to get out of there unscathed. Johnson was getting more than just a little pissed off with him.

    Where is youtube when you need it? 🙂 Hope I can find it there

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.11.08 11:21:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : go check the BBC site. Also a fantastic interview with John and Ricky. John has his arm around Ricky the whole time, like a proud father 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.11.08 11:25:19 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    post the link(s) here, please?

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.11.08 11:27:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    I was wondering if Martin would have a little “chat” to him after the interview….according to Bob Skinstad they is no love lost between the 2 of them.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.11.08 11:28:52 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    On Ricky..i cannot really comment as I only saw some of the game..however th elittle I saw of him, I would not reckon him being MOM…I really thought (by listening on the radio) that Ruan was more deserving…

    Whats you guys take on that?

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.11.08 11:29:07 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 14) :

    I loved it when Ricky almost swore on worldwide TV when John gave him the trophy. 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.11.08 11:30:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 15) :

    It is easy to want to make Ruan the MOTM considering he scored most of our points but I think JOHN Smit should have been the MOTM.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.11.08 11:31:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 15) : It’s one of those games where it is very difficult to single out a player as MOTM. It was really a team effort. JPP had another blinder and must be the most improved player judging from his 2008 Super 14 preformance

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.11.08 11:37:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    Yeah…but besides the points, he seemed to have a good game too…

    John IMO is always a MOTM.. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.11.08 11:38:57 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : I would have been happy with any of the following players being MOTM
    John Smit

    Actually the whole pack played good rugby and laid the perfect platform for the game

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.11.08 11:39:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) :

    Ditto that! 😀 I remember people really giving him flack on SR a while back..he has proved all wrong…SOLIDLY!! I really get very excited when he has the ball and love his soli defense, and by now, his great kicking too!

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.11.08 11:41:50 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 22) : it was Nessa, wasn’t it? 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.11.08 11:59:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 24, posted at 24.11.08 12:17:32 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    Thanks ou.

    That second one gives me an advert. 🙁

    But the interview on the BBC is a tiddlywinks version of the interview on Supersport. Let me go hunting.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.11.08 12:17:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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