Boks wrap up series with Joburg win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 16 Jun 2012 at 19:02
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Heyneke Mayer has won his maiden test series as Springbok coach as his side took an unassailable 2-0 lead against England in Johannesburg today. After a dominant first half, the Boks held on well against a good English fightback to win 36-27.

On a day when flyhalf Morne Steyn again left his kicking boots at home (he missed five from eleven attempts at goal) it was left to man of the match JP Pietersen to seal the result, finishing off superbly with 5 minutes to go after winning 40 metres for his team with a great run. Up to that point, his side were under the cosh, with England pushing back strongly and threatening to overturn a huge Bok lead built up in the first half.

Meyer’s side started like a house on fire, with Willem Alberts and Bismarck du Plessis scoring tries in the first 10 minutes before Toby Flood pulled one back for England after a quick penalty caught the Boks off guard. Francois Hougaard scored the third, though and with a seemingly safe 25-10 lead going into half time, all money was on the Boks to record a record win.

That was before scrumhalf Ben Youngs came to the party, though, scoring his side’s second and third tries in a half that England dominated. The Boks were disrupted, first by an injury to Pat Lambie that saw Frans Steyn drop out of midfield and then by a series of replacements that robbed the pack of momentum as first Alberts, and then both du Plessis brothers were subbed off in short order. Sensing a shift in momentum, the English were good value for their fightback, but ultimately lacked the killer instinct needed to finish the Boks off.

Meyer will be scratching his head ahead of the third test, though, as he goes in search of a series whitewash. Injuries to Lambie and Juandre Kruger looked serious and there were some worrying performances from his go-to men in the second half – none more so than flyhalf Steyn.

That’s Monday’s problem, though. For now, South Africa celebrates!

South Africa – Tries: Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, JP Pietersen. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2). Penalties: Steyn (3). Drop goal: Steyn.

England – Tries: Toby Flood, Ben Youngs (2). Conversions: Flood (3). Penalties: Flood (2).


  • If Lambies injury isn’t serious I would love to see him play at 10 in the next test. With Morne not being reliable with his kicking he is just another average 1D flyhalf.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.06.12 20:00:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • I thought for a while Steyns kicking was not bad…but when you need GOAL kicking, you need an ace….

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.06.12 20:26:10 by Ice Reply
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  • We looked uninspiring without Alberts, Bismark, Habs, Pat in the 2nd half.

    Beast was having a very hard time trying to scrum while he’s being pulled down

    Morne had some good tactical kicks, but he’s not nearly the attacking flyhalf he was trying to imitate today. Also, for a guy in the team for his kicking, 5/10 is horrid!

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.06.12 21:05:15 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) :

    6/9 actually..

    Frans missed one.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.06.12 21:11:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) : I read 6 from 11…..

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.06.12 21:32:38 by Ice Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : so it could be 5/10…? lets wait for stats…none available when I looked..

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.06.12 21:33:54 by Ice Reply
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  • Being a Lions i would like to see Elton come in the mix even if its off the bench ..

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.06.12 21:53:17 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 7) :

    but i think im all out of luck . used all off it 2 weeks back …

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.06.12 22:03:09 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 6) : Not counting the DG, either way, at test level your main goal kicker should atleast have an 80% return, especialy if that is the reason he’s in the team

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.06.12 23:32:10 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Jannie is proving himself indispensable. He was sorely missed when he left the field.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.06.12 23:33:09 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 7) :

    Not just for that reason…we have the series wrapped up and the Sharks need Lambie fighting fit for the remaining weeks of super rugby…

    Maybe start Frans on 15 and bring Elton onto the bench…

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.06.12 23:34:48 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) :

    Our scrums are very dif when Keegan replaces Alberts…even Beast went backwards….

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.06.12 23:36:01 by Hmmm Reply

  • Jeandre will def be out the for last match…so I suspect Franco will start and Flip will come off the bench…

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.06.12 23:37:34 by Hmmm Reply

  • I will also play Potgieter in place of Keegan…bring Alberts off the bench (let him rest a lil)…

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.06.12 23:38:27 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 6) :

    Morne 5 from 9. Frans 0 from 1.

    @Hmmm (Comment 13) :

    Eish I hope not. Time to put the nail into the coffin, and that means not handing out cheap Bok jerseys to any of Jacques Potgieter, Franco vd Merwe or Elton Jantjies.

    Not sure who to play blindside… Potgieter being fast tracked into the starting side would be criminal. Hasn’t done enough to warrant a place, yet here we have Heyneke telling us he wants the guys to “show him” that they deserve it.

    Assuming Lambie, Alberts & Kruger are out, something like this for me:

    15 Gio Aplon
    14 JP Pietersen
    13 Jean de Villiers (c)
    12 Frans Steyn
    11 Bryan Habana
    10 Morne Steyn
    9 Francois Hougaard
    8 Pierre Spies
    7 Marcell Coetzee
    6 Heinrich Brussow (Not going to happen, but I wish it did)
    5 Eben Etzebeth
    4 Flip van der Merwe
    3 Jannie du Plessis
    2 Bismarck du Plessis
    1 Beast Mtawarira

    16 Adriaan Strauss
    17 Werner Kruger
    18 Ryan Kankowski
    19 Keegan Daniel
    20 Ruan Pienaar
    21 Wynand Olivier
    22 Bjorn Basson

    Kankowski an excellent line-out jumper who can make a difference if they need him. No other locks have done enough to warrant a debut.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.06.12 07:28:58 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 9) : oh, I completely agree – his goal kicking is shocking, as I don’t think they were particularly difficult kicks. I did think his tactical kicking in the 1st half was good though. But just my opinion! 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.06.12 08:16:13 by Ice Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 1) : Couldn’t agree more

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.06.12 08:17:04 by lynessd Reply

  • Well done Boks. Those 1st 20 minutes were fantastic!

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.06.12 10:02:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Morné actually played well apart from his goalkicking I thought. I haven’t seen him play so flat and attacking the advantage line that much in a long time.

    It’s a pity he can’t be playing well and kicking well at the same time.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.06.12 10:05:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) :
    Have to agree – his distribution was good and even his tackling was better than normal.

    Terrible goal kicking though.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.06.12 10:08:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Happy Fathersday to all the great Daddy’s on Sharksworld!

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.06.12 12:27:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : I agree…

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.06.12 13:09:04 by Franshark Reply
  • @Ice (Comment 21) : Thanks Icy… 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.06.12 13:09:57 by Franshark Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 15) : Frans Steyn is not available for this game…

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.06.12 13:13:06 by Franshark Reply
  • Okay guys I want to throw something out there:

    What do you think about the fact that our Sharks performed so good in the green jersey but failed to get past even the Lions ( sorry Zib ! ) when they play in the black and white?

    Could Motivation be an issue? If it is I seriously question their profesionalism.
    Maybe the difference is a coach who knows how to get the best out of them?

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.06.12 14:38:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 25) : I feel it’s the coaching.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.06.12 14:41:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 25) :

    To be honest with you i think the players problem is consistency . Jpp dindt play so well last week and now he is MOM . i think this is a problem right trough out SA rugby .

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.06.12 14:56:29 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 25) : Coaching!

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.06.12 08:08:01 by Just a Fan Reply

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