Boks underwhelm in tame PE draw

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 25 Jun 2012 at 09:15
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Heyneke Meyer’s new breed of Springboks fell just short of their pre-series goal of a 3-0 whitewash, in conceding a 14-all draw to England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon. In blustering wind and driving rain, the Boks failed to assert themselves against an English team who appeared far more “up for it” than their hosts were and, in reality, were rather fortunate to draw, rather than lose outright.

A combination of Bok woes handed the imitative to their opponents, with the loss of Willem Alberts a telling factor upfront as the pack generally lacked impetus against a far better showing in conditions that arguably suited the English better. It was at halfback, though, where the real damage was done, with both Francois Hougaard and Morne Steyn delivering the sorts of performances that, if dished up in an All Black jersey, would probably ensure that they never played at that level again. Poor option-taking, woeful execution of tactical kicks and sloppy service were all there in abundance and in inside centre Wynand Olivier’s defence, even the likes of Sonny-Bill Williams or Frans Steyn would have battled to make anything of the dross ball inexpertly shovelled his way all afternoon.

Steyn’s sins extended beyond general play, though, where for the third time in as many weeks, his off-radar goal-kicking cost the side, with 11 points in missed kicks (including a wayward drop-goal attempt) more than enough to ensure some sort of a victory, which would have been a great result given this off-colour performance.

A general lack of intensity pervaded the Bok ranks, though, with senior players in particular looking out of sorts. Jacques Potgieter made a bright start to his international career and put in some big hits from the number 7 jersey, but was unable to maintain the intensity that we’d expect from an Alberts and was ineffective in the second half. His replacement, Ryan Kankowski, enjoyed a welcome return to the test arena, though and together with Ruan Pienaar gave Bok fans just a little to shout about in the final quarter.

The loss (well, not really a loss, but it feels like one and certainly based on the jubilation on the faces of the English, they seem to consider this result a victory) has left a bit of a sour taste at the end of a promising start to Meyer’s Bok tenure. While a 2-0 series win is still to be lauded, the signs ahead of the inaugural Rugby Championship are worrying, with a number of Meyer’s “go-to men” looking anything but must-have selections based on current form.

South Africa (14) – Try: JP Pietersen. Penalties: Morne Steyn (3).

England (14) – Try: Danny Care. Penalties: Toby Flood, Owen Farrell (2).


  • “Morne Steyn in kleedkamer na die wedstryd: Ek kan sommer my eie gat skop. J de Villiers : Toemaar dit sal mis wees”


  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.12 09:22:57 by wpw Reply
  • Today, again, for the 16th year, I am very proud to say that I am a Shark supporter. The way the WP supporters was booooing the baby Boks, the pathetic way the Lions can “fire” the man that brought a bit of passion back to the franchise after a couple of harsh words and the useless display by the “best kicker in the world” has made me proud to say – Black & White and nothing else matters.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.06.12 09:40:23 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • One could actually tell, as the game was about to start that it was a dead rubber.

    The passion and tension was gone, especially after the game by the Baby Boks the night before – nothing would have been able to contend with that.

    Anyway, bring on the Sharks/Bulls game!

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.06.12 09:45:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Bite me (Comment 2) :

    So you started supporting the Sharks in 1996??

    *cough* GLORY HUNTER *cough cough* 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.12 10:00:13 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    For all you know he’s only 20 years old and can’t remember before that.

    Nie almal is al ‘n ou fossiel soos jy nie! 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.12 10:11:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 2) : how old are you?

    so you’ve never heard Sharks fans boo francois steyn at Kings Park?


    go bite yourself

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.06.12 10:18:20 by Megatron Reply

  • Pity about the lose, but the atmosphere was great, in the end happy not have paid for the ticket. Pierre Spies and Morney Steyn are just numbers at the moment, add nothing to the team, and most thought none of the Sharks (on performance) should be in the Bok team, and they were the players making the most impact in the 3 tests #sharksforever

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.06.12 10:20:43 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : Aaahhh, the voice of truth strike again.

    We all turned a blind eye and hoped no one remembered that incident, but alas… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.06.12 10:21:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 7) : How’s about that tackle by Kanko – was impressed by his physicality…

    …even when played out of position, because heaven forbid we should face an international team without Spies controlling the ball at the base of the scrum πŸ™„

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.06.12 10:26:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Spies controlling the ball at the base of the scrum

    LOL… best one I’ve heard all day πŸ™‚

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.06.12 10:29:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 2) :

    Oh and btw, those aren’t WP supporters, they support the Crusaders/All Blacks!! πŸ™„

    And yes, they are a disgrace just like the Sharks supporters who booed the Boks after we lost at Kings Park in 2008. 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.06.12 10:39:38 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : In 2008, us Sharks supporter were still used to seeing the home team win every game played at Kings Park….we have since adapted to reality πŸ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.06.12 10:55:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Bite me (Comment 2) : All SA rugby crowds boo – there was even booing at the NMB Stadium on Saturday. Let’s not use that as an excuse to paint all rugby supporters with the same brush. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.06.12 11:13:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    You think that’s funny??

    This is what Pierre said in 2009: πŸ™„

    β€˜I believe I have something special because I’m unlike most No 8s in terms of my pace, and my experience as a backline player gives me a better understanding of how to link with them and about attacking lines in the backline,’

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.06.12 11:31:12 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) : And that my friend is why a backline player should never be converted to a forward.

    When the going gets tough, they go hide out on the wing.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.06.12 11:33:51 by FireTheLooser Reply


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