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Second-half blitz saves SA XV blushes

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 30 May 2009 at 07:05
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Overcoming a stuttering first-half performance, the South African training squad XV managed an unconvincing 36-7 win over a Namibian Invitation team at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Friday.

In a game in which Springbok coach Peter de Villiers wanted to “test” his fringe selections – most of whom started the game – the SA XV held a slender one-point (8-7) lead at the break.

Rugby 365 reports that the first half was scrappy, with the SA XV in command, but too many handling errors and over-zealous kicking by the Namibian XV spoiled what the 12 000 crowd had hoped would be a spectacle.

The SA XV scored just a single try, by wing Odwa Ndungane in the 13th minute, after an attack from near their own line.

The home side’s captain, prop Kees Lensing, scored from a wide line-out ball and Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard – now playing at Leicester in England – brought his side to within a point after Peter Grant had kicked an earlier penalty to add to Ndungane’s try.

It was Ndungane again who broke what threatened to become a stranglehold – as the home team launched an early second-half onslaught – with Ryan Kankowski sprinting 50 metres to help set up the try for his Sharks teammate.

Thereafter the visiting team took control and ran in another three tries without reply for a somewhat frustrating win, although the second half provided better rugby than the first.

As expected, the match did little to provide Springbok coach Peter de Villiers with any answers ahead of the Tests against the British and Irish Lions and in truth he must have been a little frustrated by some sloppy play.


Namibia XV:
Con: Hougaard

South African XV:
Ndungane 2, Smith, Muller, De Villiers
Cons: Grant, Rose 3
Pen: Grant


Namibia XV: 15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14 Llewellyn Winckler, 13 Frikkie Welsh, 12 Wayne Julies, 11 John Mametsa, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Dries van Schalkwyk, 7 Jacques Nieuwenhuys, 6 Jacques Burger, 5 Nico Esterhuizen, 4 Marco Wentzel, 3 Ruan Vermeulen, 2 Danie Coetzee, 1 Kees Lensing (captain).
Replacements: 16 Hugo Horn, 17 Johnny Redelinghuys, 18 Marius Visser, 19 Fudge Mabeta, 20 Thinus du Plessis, 21 Jurie van Tonder, 22 Chrysander Botha.

South African XV: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Jongi Nokwe, 13 Morgan Newman, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Johann Muller, 3 John Smit (captain), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements – from: Adriaan Strauss, Wiehahn du Preez, Steven Sykes, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Jano Vermaak, Jean de Villiers, Adi Jacobs, JP Pietersen.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.09 07:20:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I would love to know how the kicking arrangement worked.

    Grant got 2 over, Rose got 3 over.

    No flyhalf on the bench, so I presume they both played a full game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.09 07:32:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Eish! I reckon old PDV’s detractors are gonna have a field day…

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.09 07:43:45 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    And if they’d won by 90 points then they would say the game was against a useless side.

    We need to face facts, there are people out there who will STILL find something to bitch about even if we win the series 3 – 0 against the Lions.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.09 07:53:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hey hey.

    Silverfox’s Birthday today. Congratulations!!!!!!!!

    AK = Asskicker? also celebrating today. Being a Bulls fan I think he is hoping for a great pressy. 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.09 08:29:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So true KSA Shark.
    Im at a schools rugby day at the moment. My laaitie’s first rugby game… He’s on the bench though! 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.09 08:36:32 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    😎 Enjoy, and don’t more the ref WHEN he cocks up. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.05.09 08:39:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Dude
    Some of these parents are already having a go at the ref and we talking bout U13 rugby here.
    A few are even giving their laaities are hard time… wtf?

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.05.09 08:42:49 by wpw Reply
  • Just witnessed a flippen brilliant try to win the game for Monte Vista against Edgemead who were actually dominating the whole game.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.05.09 08:50:00 by wpw Reply
  • Hope your boy gets a gOOde run Wes

    Orakel I had his first away game this week

    TraveLLed aLL the way to reDDersburg – aLL 69 k,s 🙂 –

    Rugby wasnt that flash – but the star of the show was the local dude – round about 9 years olde who coLLected a smaLL snake from the veldt and was showing it oFF to aLL and sundry!

    But I suspect that you would be in a more urbane seTTing?


  • Comment 10, posted at 30.05.09 08:51:28 by wiLLem Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 8) : 😕

    Sort of one reason why I am glad i only have girls, i would not be able to keep my mouth shut towards the guys who abuse the refs and give the laaities a hard time. 👿

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.05.09 08:59:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • according to Keo, rose played the second half at flyhalf and was better that Grant

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.05.09 10:04:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.05.09 10:12:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Well, well,well… 🙂

    Anyway…good luck for the Superbru… Bulle by 7!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.05.09 10:15:38 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    One swallow does hardly a summer make.

    Listen here bud could you please check your sharksworld email address?

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.05.09 11:21:07 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 9) :

    Monte Vista is my primary school Wes!

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.05.09 11:29:50 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 15) :

    And the opposition are hardly something to write home about.

    He is good at CC level, and this is more or less the level that this game qualifies as.

    S14 or International are a few steps up the ladder. the same ladder that Rose isn’t big or strong enough to carry. 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.05.09 11:30:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I know Vinnie. He is grade 7 now. It was a primary school tournament. He actually got involved in the rucks more than once and stole the ball quite a few times…
    They lost 2 games and drew their lost one. Their coach is damn useless!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.05.09 12:17:10 by wpw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 15) : my point is more that Grant is kak than that Rose is good 🙂

    i have replied, but will text you as well. See ya later, Mr Tardy 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.05.09 12:24:11 by robdylan Reply
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