Richard Ferguson

Springboks dominate the French

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 12 Jun 2010 at 16:49
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After a quieter than usual build-up to a Springbok game, the Boks came out gave quite a performance, shutting out the French in a dominating performance.

The Springboks, maybe taking some motivation from Bafana Bafana, were off to a flying start, scoring a try through Pierre Spies in the opening minutes of the game. This was followed up by a brilliant run in from Aplon to double the score after 8 minutes.

Zane Kirchner came within inches of a third try, with a great chip through from January, but lost it when a pass was maybe the better option. Notwithstanding the missed opportunity, the Boks got a penalty which Steyn duly converted for a 17 point lead in 11 minutes.

Francois Louw, playing his second game for the Springboks, had a great game, forcing a penalty, getting the Boks up the 20 points in only 24 minutes.

The French hit back on the half hour mark, Rougerie scoring after a good attacking platform. Scrummie Morgan Parra converted for a 20 – 7 scoreline. Guthro Steenkamp got in on the action, crossing the line with a big wing dive in the corner. The try was set up by a wonderful Steyn pass, skipping no less than three players to put Steenkamp in space. Steyn unfortunately missed the conversion.

The French had a good opportunity to score before half time, but the Boks held firm with some great defending. The French eventually had to surrender the try and went for poles, making the score 25 – 10 at half time.

The Bok scrum, boosted by a good performance from BJ Botha and a return to the team for Guthro, looked good, getting the loosies on the front foot. There was a half time surprise, with Chiliboy coming onto the filed to replace Smit. He made an immediate impact, forcing a turnover and defending like a man possessed. The scrum remained solid with him in the front.

Steyn opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty in the 47th minute, after which a great running try was scored by Aplon. The French were on attack, deep in our 22, when a long pass out wide went to ground. Aplon duly picked it up and ran across the pitch, scoring under the poles. No French player got within 5 meters of him. 35 – 10 after 10 minutes of the second half.

That seemed to be enough for the Springboks, with PDV clearing out his bench and giving Flip van der Merwe his first cap. Other substitutes were Jean de Villiers for Zane Kirchner, Juan de Jongh for Wynand Olivier, Jannie du Plessis for BJ Botha and Dewald Potgieter replacing Schalk Burger.

Flip’s debut was cut short when he was yellow carded for cynical play, which meant he was only on the pitch for about 10 minutes. The playing field was leveled not long after, with Yachvili also receiving his marching orders.

Francois Louw scored the team’s fifth try when he fell over the chalk in front of his home supporters, capping a very good performance by the young flanker. Pienaar converted to take the Springbok tally to 42 – 10.
The French rounded off the game with a try under the poles to make the final score 42-17.

Not many supporters were expecting this kind of white wash, with the French being a bogey team for the Springboks lately. The French never really recover from the explosive start by the Boks, and were never really in the game. The Boks had majority of the possession, which was helped by the Boks not losing a single line out, and taking 4 from the French.

Players who really stood out were BJ Botha, who vastly improved from his game against the Welsh, Francois Louw, Ricky January and Gio Aplon. The lesser impressive players were Wynand Olivier, who looked nervous and missed several tackles, and Zane Kirchner, who really looked under pressure at the back, unable to make that step from a good Super 14 campaign.


  • What a long letter you wrote my its going to take so longggggggg
    we have to be inbetween all the games and thats 3 altogether

    But well done SPRINGBOKS
    knew you could do it

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.06.10 16:52:45 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply
  • Up the Bokke!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.06.10 17:55:10 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • I dont agree with bj botha assesment. As soon as j dup came on we started winning the Scrums. As a prop thats your main job.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.06.10 18:49:17 by Rahul Reply

  • LMAO!! WI are 77/9. Still need another 75 to avoid follow on.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.06.10 19:34:09 by klempie Reply

  • Dale Steyn just became the 4th fastest in Test history to get to 200 wickets. 😎 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.06.10 19:37:18 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 5) :

    4th is just THIRD of the losers. 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.06.10 20:25:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Howdy KSA Shark!! 😉
    I can’t believe Klemps is getting excited about usa beating the useless WI side. They are pathetic!! 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.06.10 21:20:36 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    usa beating WI?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.06.10 21:46:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • I’m posting from my blackberry.
    Should be ‘us’ not use. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.06.10 21:58:14 by wpw Reply
  • Well done Bokke! Great performance!

    On a different note. Expats who normally use will know that the Asian Supersport stream has been suspended 🙁 so it´s back to Rugbyzone´s pathetic service.

    Anyone wanting to watch the Baby Boks take on the Aussie Sucklings can do so live and online on the IRB´s website

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.06.10 08:44:39 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 10) : seriously? It’s on live?

    KIFF! What time does it kick-off?

    LTV4E stopped working for me some time ago. Simply could not get that dodgy plug-in to load in my browser

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.06.10 09:40:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Game kicks off at 8.55 tonight

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.06.10 09:48:42 by Just a Fan Reply

    Just a Fan
  • @Just a Fan (Comment 12) : so just before 8 my time. Might be able to swing it

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.06.10 18:59:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Getting back to bj botha…

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.06.10 20:13:58 by Rahul Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Yebo, it´s live. . Click on the link and then Video. Enjoy!

    If you had a pc I reckon you wouldn´t have had a problem, bwana 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.06.10 20:50:09 by rhineshark Reply
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  • U were saying Rahul?? 😀

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.06.10 20:52:52 by wpw Reply
  • Can we have a Baby Boks v Aus thread please? 😐

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.06.10 21:01:46 by klempie Reply

  • So apparently, the winner of this match goes through to the semis.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.06.10 21:08:39 by klempie Reply

  • Lambie slots the first penalty of the game.

    SA 3 – 0 Aus

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.06.10 21:12:14 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 17) :

    trying to get one up now

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.06.10 21:12:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : That sounds SO wrong…

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.06.10 21:19:30 by klempie Reply

  • TRY!

    Lambie misses a tricky conversion.

    SA 8 – 0 Aus

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.06.10 21:20:31 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : He’ll be fastest to 300. Watch.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.06.10 21:51:16 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 23) :

    That will be cool. 😛

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.06.10 21:52:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©

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