Victor and the Barbarians vs Australia

Written by Frans Weyers (Franshark)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Wallabies on 21 Nov 2011 at 10:08
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This coming week, 26 November, we see the Australian rugby team facing the Barbarians at Twickenham before playing against Wales at the Millennium Stadium the next week.

Victor Matfield is one of the squad members and most probably playing his last rugby game of his career.

Born in Pietersburg on 11 May 1977, his spectacular career on the field comes to an end. He played for Griquland West (1999-2000), and then the Blue Bulls from 2001. He made his Test debut on 30 June 2001 vs Italy in Port Elizabeth at the age of 24. He played in 110 Tests and 4 tour matches which makes him the most capped lock. Combined with Bakkies they hold the record for the most tests as a lock pair, 62 times they have started together. He captained the Boks 17 times in his career. He was nominated as Player of the Year 5 times and in 2004 his try vs Australia in Durban was awarded the Supersport Try of the Year.

The Australia coach, Robbie Deans, has named three uncapped players in their squad. A long injury list has led to a call-up for the Queensland Reds centre Ben Tapuai and his team-mate Ben Lucas, who can play at fly-half or full-back, as well as the New South Wales Waratahs back-row Dave Dennis. Nine members of Australia’s World Cup squad were unavailable for the tour because of injuries. Kurtley Beale, Drew Mitchell, Pat McCabe, Quade Cooper, Wycliff Palu, Rocky Elsom, Dan Vickerman, Sekope Kepu and Luke Burgess were not considered. Deans said the new trio had the chance to make their mark. “It’s a great opportunity for the three of them to take the next step in their careers,” he said. The prop Pek Cowan is the only other member of the Australian squad who did not appear at the World Cup, winning the most recent of his four caps off the bench during the 39-20 win over South Africa in Sydney in July.”While this is a relatively brief visit by current standards, both fixtures promise to be exceedingly demanding,” Deans said. “We’ve just seen at the Rugby World Cup how much and how quickly playing resources can be taxed.”

Australia squad: Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Pekahou Cowan, Dave Dennis, Anthony Faingaa, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, Rob Horne, James Horwill (captain), Digby Ioane, Ben Lucas, Salesi Ma’afu, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, James O’Connor, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota Nau, Radike Samo, Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Ben Tapuai, Lachie Turner. (this info courtesy The Guardian in the UK )

The Barbarians are being coached by the WC winning coach Graham Henry.

2 other South Africans are included in the sqaud: Bryan Habana and Adriaan Strauss.

The Barbarians squad assembles on the 22 of November and a captain will be picked then. (Personally I would not be surprised if they pick Matfield as captain.)
Barbarians squad:Bryan Habana (South Africa), Isaia Toeava (New Zealand), Robbie Fruean (Crusaders), Stirling Mortlock (Australia), Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand), Stephen Jones (Wales), Danny Cipriani (England), Peter Stringer (Ireland), Nemia Kenatale (Fiji), Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), Adriaan Strauss (South Africa), Salvatore Perugini (Italy), Sylvain Marconnet (France), Eusebio Guinazu (Argentina), Victor Matfield (South Africa), Simon Shaw (England), Marco Bortolami (Italy), Jason White (Scotland), Jerome Kaino (New Zealand), Adam Thomson (New Zealand), Mauro Bergamasco (Italy).


  • Some great players in the Baabaa squad.
    Go Barbarians!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.11.11 10:42:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Thats a pretty average Australia squad. IF Baabaas click it could get ugly for the Aussies…shame! hahaha

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.11.11 11:09:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • Awesome Barbarian team that. Oz will need the help of a certain ref to keep it under 50! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.11.11 11:12:35 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.11.11 11:17:28 by Franshark Reply
  • A tweet from Vic this morning…

    From: @VictorMatfield
    Sent: Nov 21, 2011 8:03a

    The first morning of my last week as rugby player. Flying tonight. Really looking forward to the game this weekend.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.11.11 11:19:52 by Franshark Reply
  • Go Bryan Habana!!

    LEGEND!! 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.11.11 11:28:34 by wpw Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 5) : I’m looking forward to the week after this one.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.11.11 11:56:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Mortlock for Captain.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.11.11 11:57:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : LOL

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.11.11 12:01:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : 😛

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.11.11 12:04:38 by Franshark Reply
  • The Baabaas teams looks a bit like a money chasers leaderboard list

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.11.11 12:36:44 by beet Reply
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  • Short a winger. Only 21 players there so will probably bring someone in before the wekeend.

    Interesting to see Fruean being the uncapped player. Reckon he’ll be an All Black in 2012, but will need to make a lot more of his tackles as well :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.11.11 12:45:43 by hendrikp Reply

  • Is thought Bakkies was going to be in the Barbarians team? Is he still injured?

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.11.11 13:32:19 by Ben Reply
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  • The 22nd player in the BaaBaa squad is England league international Sam Tomkins.

    He played against Aus for England this last weekend in the League 4Nations and will be in the BaaBaa squad to play Aus in a union game this weekend.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.11.11 13:56:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    Cheers for that.

    Time Australia invest in Tatafu Polota-Nau as the starter I think.

    They have a heck of a lot of very good hookers in Australia. One position they won’t be struggling to find depth in, with only the Force lacking a real stand-out in the position I think.

    Brumbies have Stephen Moore. Reds have Saia Fainga’a. Waratahs have Tatafu Polota-Nau. Rebels have (the very impressive) Ged Robinson.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.11.11 14:02:29 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 15) : Also think Totafu is a brilliant hooker. Gets through heaps of work and he’s as hard as nails.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.11.11 14:05:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 16) :

    One player I’ll definitely be picking up for my fantasy team 😆

    Bissie might be the best hooker, but I’m not sure there is a ball-carrying hooker as effective as Polota-Nau right now.

    Interesting that most hookers rival loose-forwards in terms ball-carries, tackles made and so forth.

    You really do need to be a 4th loose-forward nowadays.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.11.11 14:11:00 by hendrikp Reply

  • Stephen Moore’s lifeline has always been his size and power for the at times questionable Aussie scrum.

    I remember Polotu-Nau from the u19 JWC in SA. He was huge for a 19 year old. I think his lineout work has been a sore point for Deans as well.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.11.11 14:19:47 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 18) :

    Good point. Has a bit too much Deon Fourie in him at times.

    Whoever they go with though, they’ll have a damn good hooker!

    Just saw Ged Robinson is actually a Kiwi. Interesting. Can’t remember him but he’d be a useful addition if he ever returned. Unlikely though 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.11.11 14:44:23 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : I saw Aled de Malmanche on the bench for a French team the other day. What a pity he couldn’t throw the ball straight and accurately. He was amazing a couple of seasons back. Unbelieveable power in the carries.

    It might be worth Robinson’s while to return. Kev and Andy are getting old, Corey has his injury concerns and Hika, I don’t know…, the jury is still out on him imho – I don’t think he’s a long term prospect. Are there some hot property hooker’s coming thru via the NPC?

    Also Luke Braid vs Matt Todd. What do you think? Braid is certainly in a much better position to set the stage alight in 2012. Todd offers more than guys Johnny Leo’o or Poff but he’s time on the park is going to depend on McCaw’s fitness.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.11.11 15:11:02 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 20) :

    I’m not sure what they’re going to do at hooker to be honest. They could spring a surprise and include Dane Coles, who I think has had a raw deal with Wellington for a long time despite being a very good hooker. Needs more grunt though, but could be a Mealamu type player.

    I don’t think either Braid or Todd are long term prospects, but if I had to pick one I’d go with Todd.

    The guy I’m most impressed with as an opensider though would be Sam Cane. Probable replacement for Richie in the long term.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.11.11 16:39:47 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 21) : Sam Cane of JWC fame. He’ll have to be good in 2012. I see the names of Scott Waldrom and Tane Latimer as immediate obstacles for him to overcome.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.11.11 17:03:29 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 22) :

    Rennie is never scared of giving the younger ones a go. I’d say he’d be good for at least a handful of starts.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.11.11 17:05:56 by hendrikp Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : thanks for helping out, was looking out to find the 22nd player info and saying nothing to buy some time 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.11.11 19:29:20 by Franshark Reply
  • Hehe, I called it… Victor is captain of the Baabaa’s team on Saturday

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.11.11 06:56:50 by Franshark Reply
  • Him and Habana is starting… With Strauss on the bench…

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.11.11 06:59:42 by Franshark Reply
  • The kickoff time is 16:30 SA time…

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.11.11 07:01:19 by Franshark Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 12) : Its interesting u say that because i think that is the 1 thing keeping him from being an All Black! U will not get picked for NZ if u miss tackles, its the reason Rene Ranger and etc arent picked.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.11.11 08:53:04 by SheldonK Reply


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