Eden Park awaits

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 12 Sep 2013 at 09:32
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Jean de Villiers and his Springboks accomplished something no other Springbok teams were able to do in the last 48 years when they beat Australia 38 – 12 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on the weekend. The Boks scored four tries, picking up a valuable bonus point away from home, with the Wallabies unable to cross the Springbok try-line for the first time in 12 years.

Games between these two countries, at this venue, date back to 1965 when Australia won 12 – 8, back then the Suncorp Stadium was known as Long Park. The Boks also suffered their biggest defeat at this venue when they were kept scoreless for the first time against the Aussies, 49 – 0. The victory on Saturday gave the Boks an overall 43 wins against Australia’s 33, with one draw in 2001.

With the bonus point victory they can go with much needed confidence to face the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday. Wins don’t come easy in New Zealand and South Africa has only been successful with 9 wins out of 39 tests with 2 ending in a draw, and as last week they face another mammoth task in Auckland.

The Springboks recorded their first ever victory against New Zealand at Eden Park, when they beat the All Blacks 9 – 5 on the 21st of August 1921. The next time these two teams faced each other at this venue was on the Springboks tour to Australia / New Zealand in 1937 when the Boks managed their only other win at Eden Park, 17 – 6.

Since 1937 the Boks have been back to Eden Park 7 times without any success, with the most recent one in 2010 when the Boks lost 12 – 32. The closest they have come to winning was a 22 – 25 loss in 1981 and an 18 all draw in 1994. In New Zealand the All Blacks have been dominant with 28 out of 39 test wins and 2 ending in draws. Overall they’ve played 85 tests with New Zealand winning 48 compared to the Springboks 34 and 3 draws. Overall New Zealand has scored a total of 1596 points compared to the 1329 of the Springboks.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau.

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss , 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.


  • FAAAAAK!!!!!
    Never realized how difficult it was to win in NZ!!!
    KOM bokke you can do it!!!
    Realistically we should settle for a bonus point or 2 and then give them a hammering here in SA…

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.13 09:50:28 by R Hayward Reply
  • Go Bokke!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.13 09:58:30 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • GO BOKKE!!!!! I really think this is our best chance in a long time… The Bokke just looks like a great unit. They are really playing for each other.. Bokke by 5

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.09.13 10:32:17 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • Yip I actually think we can do this. GO BOKKE

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.09.13 11:59:23 by BR Reply
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  • Haven’t been this excited about a Bok game since the wc.

    Let’s hope the bubble won’t get popped this weekend. NZ is in a different league altogether.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.09.13 12:10:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : Yes but it is time we believe we can be in that league as well we have the talent, I know you have to respect you opponents but sometime other teams have to much respect for them and don’t play the way they can.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.09.13 12:16:36 by BR Reply
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  • Hope Pat gets a fair amount of game time whether it is at 10/15 don’t care

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.09.13 12:18:50 by BR Reply
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  • So a local newspaper has stated that the bok back line has spotted a chink in the Nz armour??? Where exactly?? The breakdowns and scrums need watching that’s for sure. Damn wish brussouw was playing in this game.
    It won’t be easy and South Africa need a full 80 to win this. Teams give up after 60 and that’s where the kiwis attack..
    gO bokke!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.09.13 07:26:12 by shaniboi Reply


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