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Down to business for Junior Springboks


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 15 Jun 2015 at 09:10
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With formalities a thing of the past, the World Rugby Under-20 Championship has reached the business end of this year’s tournament as four teams will face off in the semi-finals in Calvisano, Italy tonight.

New Zealand will be facing France in the first semi-final with South Africa and defending champions England clashing in the second semi-final.

South Africa have had a relatively easy run to the semi-finals after bonus-point victories over Italy (33 – 5), Samoa (40 – 8) and Australia (46 – 13) saw them qualify at the top of their pool.

Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron has mainly stuck with the team that beat the Aussies a few nights ago, only making one change to his starting lineup and one on the bench.

“We know this tournament is a marathon and not a sprinting race and we therefore have to be sensible with our player management process. All the players are fit and in good shape and now they must go out and do the business,” said Theron.

Western Province’s Rikus Bothma takes over from Jacques Vermeulen at flank, while Eastern Province’s Malcolm Jaer replace Grant Hermanus on the bench.

“We are not looking at England’s previous result (they lost to France in their final pool match). They are in the semi-finals and will be looking to play in a third successive final. We know they will be highly motivated and will definitely have a good plan against us,” said Theron.

Theron and his conditioning staff have managed the activities of the Junior Springboks squad very carefully during the past few days in an effort to keep them fresh.

“Although we have seen some rain here the past few days, the weather is still hot and humid and we therefore tried to give the players as much rest as possible.

“They are refreshed again and I am very pleased with their attitude and readiness. Earlier today (Sunday) we took them for an outing to Maranello, which they thoroughly enjoyed, and will finish off our preparations with the captains run in the early evening,” added to Theron.

Kick-off at 8:30pm and the match will be televised live on SuperSport.

Junior Springboks:

15 Warrick Gelant 14 Khanyo Ngcukana 13 EW Viljoen 12 Daniel du Plessis 11 Leolin Zas 10 Brendon Thomson 9 Ivan van Zyl 8 Hanro Liebenberg 7 Jean-Luc du Preez 6 Rikus Bothma 5 RG Snyman 4 Jason Jenkins 3 Thomas du Toit 2 Joseph Dweba 1 Ox Nche

Reserves:

16 Jan van der Merwe 17 Mzamo Majola 18 Frans van Wyk 19 Hyron Andrews 20 Daniel du Preez 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren 22 Tinus de Beer 23 Malcolm Jaer


102 Comments

  • Harsh on Dan du Preez. I don’t know much about Bothma, but I presume he’s a fetcher.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.06.15 09:38:45 by money Reply
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  • @money (Comment 1) : problem the twins have is that whichever way you look at it, there are three players competing for two places and one of those players ins the captain.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.06.15 09:39:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Very true. Well said. I didn’t think of it in that [email protected]robdylan (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.06.15 09:52:40 by money Reply

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  • The Baby Blacks are but thumping the French…31-7 at halftime…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.06.15 19:19:26 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Jeepers but reffing inconsistency is an issue. In the game between Scotland and Australia at the u20 champs, a Scot got a yellow for a run of the mill high tackle…New Zealand have just had 2 high tackles in 2 minutes and not a card in sight…

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.06.15 19:45:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Now NZ score to make it 38-7…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.06.15 19:46:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) : it’s a global rule of the game that New Zealand players do not get carded for high tackles or shoulder charges. Just the way it is.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.06.15 19:47:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Ai…aiaiai!

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.06.15 19:52:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Baby Blacks await the Baby Boks or the Pom Thumbs in the final. Their final score against France: 45-7…

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.06.15 20:25:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Baby Boks a man down with a yellow card…taking strain in the scrums, but 6-6 after 20mins…

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.15 20:56:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Liebenberg was yellowed but we managed to win the 10 minutes with 14 men 3-0…

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.06.15 20:59:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And guess what…a second yellow…again for a high tackle. It’s ridiculous!! It’s just not done to New Zealand…but to everyone else!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.06.15 21:00:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And technically tgat tackle into tge ingoal was a high

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.06.15 21:02:53 by byron Reply

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  • This ref is a joke

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.06.15 21:04:17 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 14) : It is a bit laughable isn’t it…

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.06.15 21:06:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • England lead 6-11…

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.06.15 21:07:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Our lineouts haven’t been great…

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.06.15 21:07:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Our scrum is getting crunched…admittedly with the lock off…but we did well not to concede a penalty there…

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.06.15 21:10:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • There were two clearouts around tge neck in the same move

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.06.15 21:11:01 by byron Reply

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  • England hooker has popped in every scrum

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.06.15 21:12:03 by byron Reply

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  • That is obstruction in every otger game

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.06.15 21:20:33 by byron Reply

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  • Rubish that is never a penalty try

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.06.15 21:21:46 by byron Reply

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  • This ref is utter kak … welcome to the future of s15 refereeing im afraid

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.06.15 21:22:39 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 21) : Absolutely…this is just ridiculous…

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.06.15 21:22:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • At least this old oxygen thief of a english commentator is enjoying it – Sa getting a taste of their own medicine he says – bloody hell.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.06.15 21:26:05 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • 6-18 at halftime…

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.06.15 21:26:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • We were dominated by their setpiece…and we were dominated by the ref!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.06.15 21:27:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The first penalty was not high. Just watcged the replay. The second yellow the player ducked into tge tackle and then a penalty try

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.06.15 21:28:57 by byron Reply

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  • Game over …

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.06.15 21:30:12 by byron Reply

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  • Where is this delightful ref from? Just curious lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.06.15 21:32:11 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Were not even being dominated at tge scrum tge ref gas no idea what 7s going on

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.06.15 21:32:18 by byron Reply

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  • Right boys…time to turn it around….

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.06.15 21:33:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • England are going up and crabbing sideways

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.06.15 21:33:07 by byron Reply

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  • Better scrum…this time we get the scrum people…

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.06.15 21:35:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Well I don’t know how old Veldsman didn’t see the nr 12 obstructing – just becoz he didn’t initiate contact – Come on obstruction is obstruction. In the words of Kaplan now on Twitter: “If an attacking player takes the running line of a defender he is liable to penalty . Make your own mind up”

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.06.15 21:35:31 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Ox knocks it on just short of the line…

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.06.15 21:36:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Dan du Preez is on…

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.06.15 21:37:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Baby boks are being robbed in this game, its 19 against 15 players here. Shaun Veltsman is ‘n gemors, sorry to say it. But how is that not an obstruction and those cards are controversial to say the least. Mxm, I hate it when an all black or aussie is in charge of our fate in such an important game.

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.06.15 21:37:37 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 35) : Look, it was clear obstruction…poor decision!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.06.15 21:37:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Boks kick a kickable penalty to the corner for the second time in 2 minutes…

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.06.15 21:39:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Thats tge 4th time tge maul has been collapsed

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.06.15 21:39:40 by byron Reply

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  • Where is the yellow card now?!?!

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.06.15 21:40:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • What the bloody hell!!!! A second warning…
    Just ridiculous! A big tackle without arms…shocker!!! And no card…and our two mild and very debatable high tackles BOTH get carded…RIDICULOUS!!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.06.15 21:41:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ridiculous, ridiculous, ridiculous!!!

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.06.15 21:42:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That maul was collapsed

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.06.15 21:43:00 by byron Reply

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  • Ja look this ref is a joke.

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.06.15 21:43:13 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • How can that even be possible?!?!?!

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.06.15 21:43:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This Kiwi ref clearly doesn’t want his baby Blacks to have to play us!!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.06.15 21:44:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Different set of rules for england then for boks it seems.

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.06.15 21:45:20 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 46) : How can he card our tackles (with no warnings) and not theirs (after already having warned them!)?!?!?!

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.06.15 21:45:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • It is just seriously pathetic!!!

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.06.15 21:46:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • England tighthead binding on tge arm … this is just terrible reffing

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.06.15 21:46:59 by byron Reply

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  • I do think we should have taken the points with those penalties though…

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.06.15 21:47:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And tge ref just spoke about it

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.06.15 21:47:58 by byron Reply

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  • This is Bryce and Rohan stuff…just embarrassing!!!!

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.06.15 21:48:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • England penalty makes it 6-21…

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.06.15 21:48:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 50) : He got lessons from Hoffman it seems..
    Don’t see us winning this game – sadly..

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.06.15 21:49:00 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Another penalty England with us on the attack…

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.06.15 21:49:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 57) : It makes me sick!!!!

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.06.15 21:50:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • As far as I can see it’s not the ref playing like a fucking palooka

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.06.15 21:50:56 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • This times it’s a penalty to us…

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.06.15 21:51:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Now we take a shot…

  • Comment 62, posted at 15.06.15 21:51:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 59) : Makes all of us sick – thats for damn sure!

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.06.15 21:52:24 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • And he bloody misses a simple kick…

  • Comment 64, posted at 15.06.15 21:52:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • They can’t pass, can’t catch, can’t scrum, can’t maul, can’t kick, can’t take a tackle without losing the ball

  • Comment 65, posted at 15.06.15 21:52:48 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 60) : So do you think:
    – the 2 yellows were justified?
    – the shoulder of the English lighty didn’t deserve a yellow based on the previous yellows given?
    – The obstruction was just fine?
    The game in general is not great, but the ref is pretty kak…and pretty kak in just one direction!!

  • Comment 66, posted at 15.06.15 21:54:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 65) : Sad but true and then you get this oke reffing too..

  • Comment 67, posted at 15.06.15 21:55:20 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • That should be a sa lineout

  • Comment 68, posted at 15.06.15 21:55:28 by byron Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 66) : Agree, but the ref isn’t 21-6 bad

  • Comment 69, posted at 15.06.15 21:55:55 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • This last backline play after a turnover just sums up how pathetic they are

  • Comment 70, posted at 15.06.15 21:57:15 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • All this ref is doing is speaking to tdt … bind long … its a farce

  • Comment 71, posted at 15.06.15 21:58:20 by byron Reply

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  • Spill after spill after spill.

  • Comment 72, posted at 15.06.15 21:58:29 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • England on tge arm again

  • Comment 73, posted at 15.06.15 21:58:51 by byron Reply

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  • Bloody hell another knock on.. FFS!!!!

  • Comment 74, posted at 15.06.15 22:00:36 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 69) : The poorness of the ref and the unfairness of playing with 14 men for 20 minutes while they are not treated the same way is just extremely frustrating!!!!! Of course, so is the way we’re playing…

  • Comment 75, posted at 15.06.15 22:01:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • England on the arm again … were penalised for a short bind

  • Comment 76, posted at 15.06.15 22:01:29 by byron Reply

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  • Crap…

  • Comment 77, posted at 15.06.15 22:01:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Not ONE of them can catch!!!

  • Comment 78, posted at 15.06.15 22:01:36 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • England stepped out … not called

  • Comment 79, posted at 15.06.15 22:02:33 by byron Reply

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  • Watching this game I reckon there are 23 Sharks contracts waiting to be signed once the final whistle goes. The guys all seem to be up to speed with the way we play our game. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 80, posted at 15.06.15 22:02:44 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Lol that Eng guy caught the ball with his foot on the line in front of the linesman and he didnt see – pathetic!!!

  • Comment 81, posted at 15.06.15 22:03:11 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 75) : And this after THREE high tackles by the Baby Blacks were not carded. I complained about the lack of consistency even before our game started because the Scottish mild high tackle was immediately carded. The game loses credibility with all these inconsistencies…

  • Comment 82, posted at 15.06.15 22:03:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 81) : You see, this is the frustrating thing…every bad call has gone against us!! One way traffic…

  • Comment 83, posted at 15.06.15 22:04:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 75) : At age level rugby they’re extra strict on high tackles. The first yellow was justified. It’s up to the team to play the ref, so they should have realised another high tackle was risky

  • Comment 84, posted at 15.06.15 22:05:28 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Were veing told to bind long again … feet up … england straight on the arm

  • Comment 85, posted at 15.06.15 22:06:48 by byron Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 83) : Unfortunately yes. But in fairness we make too many mistakes as well.

    Game Over now..

  • Comment 86, posted at 15.06.15 22:06:54 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 84) : That is all fine…but why did not one of the 3 high tackles by the Baby Blacks get carded. If they are strict on it and they card the Scot and card the two baby Boks AND CARD THE THREE BABY BLACKS AND CARD THE RIDICULOUS SHOULDER CHARGE BY THE POM…well, then that’s fine. The inconsistency threatens credibility not the strictness…

  • Comment 87, posted at 15.06.15 22:09:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 86) : Sure…but that doesn’t make the reffing any better either…

  • Comment 88, posted at 15.06.15 22:10:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That was n9t a tellow either

  • Comment 89, posted at 15.06.15 22:10:26 by byron Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 88) : Agreed

  • Comment 90, posted at 15.06.15 22:11:36 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Oh well, I’m off to bed…all the best chaps…

  • Comment 91, posted at 15.06.15 22:11:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • England on the arm infront 9f ref … ref ignores it… THIS IS UTTER RUBBISH …

  • Comment 92, posted at 15.06.15 22:13:47 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 89) : Yeah was never a yellow.

  • Comment 93, posted at 15.06.15 22:14:47 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 91) : Lekker slaap 😉

  • Comment 94, posted at 15.06.15 22:15:37 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 87) : I don’t know. Didn’t watch that game. I agree with you and share your frustration, but the ref isn’t the one playing like this.

  • Comment 95, posted at 15.06.15 22:16:29 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • The only positive is that we’re spared the humiliation of getting smashed by the Baby Blacks in the final.

  • Comment 96, posted at 15.06.15 22:18:19 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • All things considered – its better to lose the semi than the final – right? 😈

  • Comment 97, posted at 15.06.15 22:20:02 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Knock on … no advantage … game over. Some farcical reffing to end a really poor eeffed match … Bryce Laurence reincarnate

  • Comment 98, posted at 15.06.15 22:20:36 by byron Reply

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  • England definitely deserved the win. Well played to them.

  • Comment 99, posted at 15.06.15 22:21:37 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • I like our captain. Really mature attitude.

  • Comment 100, posted at 15.06.15 22:24:09 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Thanks to the ref … we were never in the game. We lost by 8 … i recon tge ref was worth at least 15

  • Comment 101, posted at 15.06.15 22:24:49 by byron Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 97) : In some weird way yes 😥

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