EOYT: Italy v South Africa

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Springboks on 21 Nov 2009 at 14:08
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The Boks now have their backs against the wall, having lost 3 matches in a row on their ill-fated end-of-year tour.

Will the ever-improving Italy, with their strong scrum and never-say-die Italy, be able to score their first-ever victory over the Boks?

Or will John and the boys overcome the wiley Nick Mallett and his azure brigade to finally get the tour back on track?

Kick-off in Udine is at 16h00 SA Time.


Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Matteo Pratichetti, 13 Alberto Sgarbi, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Simon Piccone, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys, 4 Carlo Del Fava, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 1 Salvatore Perugini
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Ignacio Rouyet, 18 Antonio Pavanello, 19 Josh Sole, 20 Mauro Bergamasco, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Gonzalo Canale

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Adi Jacobs, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Mornรฉ Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Danie Rossouw, 6 Heinrich Brรผssow, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (captain), 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Tendai Mtawarira, 17 BJ Botha, 18 Victor Matfield, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Franรงois Hougaard, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Wynand Olivier.

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: James Jones (Wales), Peter Allan (Scotland)
TMO: Hugh Watkins (Wales)


  • Morne Steyn is quite frankly looking awful

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.11.09 16:47:44 by Miguel Reply
  • Score anyone??

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.11.09 16:52:23 by wpw Reply
  • @Miguel (Comment 1) : pathetic!

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.11.09 16:52:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • the italian try was clear obstruction. 13 took steyn out

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.11.09 16:54:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Idiot Naas Botha wants to blame Adi for the Italy try. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.11.09 16:58:09 by mbayshark Reply
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  • He doesn’t mention Morne Steyn’s poor goalkicking and him kicking all our posession away though! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.11.09 17:01:37 by mbayshark Reply
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  • Scrum was pathetic until…..wait for it……BJ,John,Beast…..WOW!!!!
    PdV & BG …now you know what your front row is for Ireland!

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.11.09 21:45:09 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • Kanko…did well tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.11.09 21:46:25 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @mbayshark (Comment 5) : Did you realy expect anything else ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.11.09 21:47:20 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 7) : Exactly..because BJ is a quality tighthead (our best) and John Smit is a hooker and NOT a tighthead.

    Made such a difference with this frontrow!

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.11.09 00:29:45 by Villie Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 8) : Agreed, don’t know why they subbed him and not Danie Rossouw with Deysel โ“

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.11.09 08:41:57 by mbayshark Reply
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  • The Italian try was not legal because of the obstructive line being ran by the 13 that have taken out Morne Steyn ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.11.09 14:10:45 by Charlie Reply

  • But who else to blame then Adi Jacobs, looking for somebody to blame, blame Jacobs ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.11.09 14:13:13 by Charlie Reply

  • b4 the game i had a feeling the boks would lose this game, with that in mind, im quite pleased with the result ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.11.09 16:08:17 by war1 Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 12) : spotted that one too. But it’s easier to blame Adi Jacobs! Come on, join in ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.11.09 16:13:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • My opinion is Adi is not a 12, he has always been a superb backline utility player from 10 to 14, but I just don’t see him as a starting 12. My opinion is that Fourie would make a better 12, a little more physical presence, can take up the crash ball if needed. I just think Adi is a better player in space. Just my opinion. Adi certainly deserves no blame for anything in this game.

    So how badly does Steyn have to play for Ruan to get another chance? Steyn has been terrible on this tour.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.11.09 05:09:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) :

    Hey DB. Howzit boet??

    Adi is more creative than any other centre in the squad and I think PDV wants him in side to create copportunities for his outside backs.

    Wynand Olivier is not as creative and he often tries to attack the line and hardly ever passes to his outside backs.

    I really don’t get why people rate him. ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.11.09 07:01:38 by wpw Reply
  • According to Voldy Adi and John were the worst performers against Italy.

    Why am i not surprised?? ๐Ÿ™„

    3. John Smit (4)
    Was outscrummed badly on four occasions (he popped out twice) and was mercifully moved to hooker when BJ Botha came on in the second half.

    12. Adi Jacobs (4)
    Got over the advantage line a couple of times early on, but was embarrassed on defence when Sergio Parisse ran straight over him. His failure to hold his line also resulted in Italyโ€™s try and he threw a poor pass behind Fourie that allowed Italy to get back inside Bok territory.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.11.09 07:24:07 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) : ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.11.09 07:49:31 by Charlie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 18) :


    This is beyond bias…it’s an unhealthy obsession…

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.11.09 12:12:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 20) : look, Adi wasn’t great on the day, but still… these guys are like a pack of rabid fricking dogs at the moment.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.11.09 12:16:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Agree, they just don’t like Jacobs IMO ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.11.09 13:13:32 by Charlie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 17) : Howzit Wes….I didn’t say in my post I want Adi out of the team, I said I prefer him at 13, he still has the opportunity to use his skills to set his wings and FB away, and he is more elusive than Fourie which is, in my opinion more suited to 13 where there is more space to work with. I thought Fourie should be at 12, he has more size and is more secure with ball in hand, hence a better crash baller. Not slating Adi in any way, and notice I didn’t mention Olivier in any of my post, it was you that brought him up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.11.09 16:27:32 by Dancing Bear Reply
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