Boks deny it was a lucky win

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 29 Jun 2009 at 15:17
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Two senior Springboks scoffed at suggestions that South Africa were lucky to win the second Test against the British & Irish Lions to clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Craig Ray reports for The Times:

The Boks scored a breathtaking 28-25 win at Loftus on Saturday thanks to a last-minute penalty by replacement flyhalf Morne Steyn. It followed a 26-21 win in Durban.

“I don’t believe we were lucky to win at all,” said wing Bryan Habana in response to a question from an English writer. “I’ll definitely give the Lions credit — they played exceptionally well and forced us into errors.

“But we’re not No2 in the world for nothing, and we didn’t go to the UK last year and win all three games by chance. We prepared hard for this series for two years and won it. We weren’t lucky.”

Replacement centre Jaque Fourie was angry at the suggestion. “We won the series, why do you call it lucky? There was no luck involved,” Fourie said. “We practised hard and we’re now 2-0 up, nothing to do with luck.”

Lions coach Ian McGeechan didn’t say the Boks were lucky but did suggest they had had the better of key decisions in the first two Tests, which played a part.

“We haven’t had the rub of the green in decisions this week or last week,” he said after the game.

“In the end the result won’t change and you just have to accept it. How heavily it weighs on you is up to the individuals. We put in two great performances and could have been 2-0 up or 1-1 in the series. But as it is we’re 2-0 down and have to live with that.”

Habana and Fourie scored two of the Boks’ three tries and turned the match on its head in the second half after the team trailed 19-8 after 61 minutes.

Habana cut through a hole in the Lions defence from a scrum in the 63rd minute and Fourie touched down in the 74th minute to give SA the lead for the first time.

“It was a move we’ve been working on for a while now,” Habana said. “Jaque Fourie ran a great line and pulled [Lions centre] Jamie Roberts in, which made it easier for me. I can’t take credit for making the try but I had to finish.

“That started the revival. We were under pressure and it might have provided the spark we needed to get back into the game.”


  • The sign of a very good team: Winning games even though you did not play well (especially against good opposition)

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.06.09 15:30:11 by wpw Reply
  • Lions coach Ian McGeechan didn’t say the Boks were lucky but did suggest they had had the better of key decisions in the first two Tests, which played a part.

    Hahahahaha…. take your red tinted glasses off

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.06.09 15:47:08 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 2) :

    That’s why I despise the Poms. You should see the headlines in the Daily Mail – all about Schalk Burger getting off lightly blah blah blah!!! WHINGERS!!! 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.06.09 15:59:31 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    That’s why I despise the Poms

    Into generalising much? My son was born here, it’s the only country he’s likely to call home. Do you despise him too?

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.06.09 16:02:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : If he supports the Engels, yes. But Im sure he’ll be raised a saffer. Your grankids might be a different story. 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.06.09 16:06:41 by Rahul Reply

  • Seriously, was Bakkies rucking against the law? I saw nothing wrong.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.06.09 16:07:41 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 6) : can’t say I saw the incident that led to Bakkies being suspended… might be a case of “give a dog a bad name”

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.06.09 16:11:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Robdylan just heard Joe Muller has been called up to join the boks Bekker is out

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.06.09 16:26:49 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 8) : really? Good for him! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.06.09 16:36:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Its now confirmed Muller in Bekker out Bekker has a torn cartilage having op tonight
    Roussow is a wait and see but JDV and Fourie should be fine no news on bakkies and schalk’s replacement tho i heard they the boks are going to appeal bakkies 2 week holiday

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.06.09 16:46:15 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 2) :

    And that is why the talk of Mcgeechan becoming a S14 coach will come to nothing.

    He will have to spend all his salary on paying fines for complaining about referees every week.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.06.09 16:57:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • As Gary Player said: “The More I practice, the luckier I get.”


  • Comment 12, posted at 29.06.09 16:59:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @Fattmann (Comment 10) :
    Interesting, I thought it would be to remove a testicle, or two, from his thorax.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.06.09 17:29:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Nothing would have come from the hit if the other guy did not dislocate his shoulder. Bakkies did not dive in and did attempt to bind.
    The thing is that there was no need for the hit. It was a cheap shot. Bakkies should clean up his act. His own reputation is counting against him.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.06.09 17:32:24 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 14) : I think you are spot on with the last point…

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.06.09 17:51:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thats your failure as a a father allowing your kid to be born on mud island 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.06.09 10:03:32 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 16) : that’s it! No biltong basket for you!

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.06.09 10:06:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • All this talk about “the Boks bing lucky” and “they didn’t deserve to win” should be HUGE MOTIVATION for the Boks to make it 3-0 come Saturday! If I was PDV I would be thanking McGeechan for helping him write his pre-match speach. 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.06.09 10:56:44 by CS Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Morning! Reading this blog, over the last few weeks, makes me wonder if some of you guys really know what “poms” are?
    Call on of those Irish or Scots, B&I Lions players or supporters, a “Pom” and you are likely to get a “shiner” for insulting the man! 😉 😀

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.06.09 11:16:48 by Me2 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FV7GDD–w

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.06.09 12:02:59 by Superwors Reply

  • @Superwors (Comment 20) :

    I can’t believe he was cited for that?? 😯

    Did you read some of the comments on youtube??? Ridiculous!! 👿

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.06.09 12:49:14 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 21) : Agreed, that was quite tame by Bakkies

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.06.09 13:00:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 21) : Bakkies is definitely no ballet dancer, but in this instance there really isn’t anything in it. You see cleaning out like that in every match.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.06.09 13:59:50 by Superwors Reply


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