Changes for “A” side

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 14 Jun 2016 at 17:10
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Johan Ackermann has opted not to use any Springbok players this week as he’s rather focused on ensuring game time for all the member of his South Africa “A” squad. The team to face the England Saxons in Friday’s second match in George shows a good number of changes to the unit that lost in Bloemfontein last week.

Sharks forwards Thomas du Toit and Jean-Luc du Preez are both in the starting side, with Stephan Lewies sitting this one out as Ackermann goes with the established Bulls second-row pair of Jason Jenkins and RG Snyman. The Bulls are the big winners in this selection, with tight head prop Marcel van der Merwe and number 8 Arno Botha also in the starting pack. Lions hooker Malcolm Marx also starts, with captain Oupa Mohoje joining du Toit as the only survivors from last week.

Ackermann has also changed the entire backline axis, backing another Bulls combo in Piet van Zyl and Francois Brummer at half back. Sharks man Lukhanyo Am starts st inside centre in place of Howard Mnisi, while Sergeal Pietersen comes in at right wing in the fourth backline change.

South Africa A:
15. Leolin Zas (DHL Stormers)
14. Sergeal Petersen (Toyota Cheetahs)
13. Francois Venter (vice-captain, Toyota Cheetahs)
12. Lukhanyo Am (Southern Kings/Cell C Sharks)
11. Courtnall Skosan (Emirates Lions)
10. Francois Brummer (Vodacom Bulls/Steval Pumas)
9. Piet van Zyl (Vodacom Bulls)
8. Arno Botha (Vodacom Bulls)
7. Oupa Mohoje (captain, Toyota Cheetahs)
6. Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks)
5. RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls)
4. Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Bulls)
3. Marcel van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls)
2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions)
1. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)
16. Edgar Marutlulle (Southern Kings)
17. Coenie Oosthuizen (Cell C Sharks)
18. Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Bulls)
19. JD Schickerling (DHL Stormers)
20. Nizaam Carr (DHL Stormers)
21. Ntando Kebe (Southern Kings)
22. Howard Mnisi (Emirates Lions)
23. Travis Ismaiel (Vodacom Bulls)


  • Any idea why Lewies is not playing? I was under the impression he was one of the stand out players against the Saxons. I was very surprised when he was subbed. Did he get injured or did my Black and White goggles miss something about his performance?

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.06.16 17:24:23 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Ackerman still believes in that antequated system of rewarding players when they warrant it, and dropping players for not respecting the honor of selection for the starting 15.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.06.16 17:25:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • So Garth April is out of the squad completely? That can’t be the greatest thing for his confidence.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.06.16 18:35:44 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 3) : The 4 Bok squad members went back to the Boks on Saturday. 4 were supposed to be sent down today but whether Ackers didn’t want them or whether they weren’t sent down I don’t know

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.06.16 18:40:12 by Baylion Reply

  • A massive pack

    8 Arno Botha: 103 | 1.9
    7 Oupa Mohoje: 108 | 1.93
    6 Jean-Luc du Preez: 113 | 1.94
    5 RG Snyman: 117 | 2.06
    4 Jason Jenkins: 121 | 2.01
    3 Marcel van der Merwe: 128 | 1.88
    2 Malcolm Marx: 115 | 1.89
    1 Thomas du Toit: 132 | 1.9
    Total weight: 937kb
    Ave height: 1.94

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.06.16 18:40:41 by Baylion Reply

  • Pity Lewies missed out! Good luck guys!

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.06.16 19:39:48 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : ??? Did I miss something?

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.06.16 19:41:20 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : Just me having a go at AC, for apparently wanting to select mostly the same team as the one that got schooled on Saturday.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.06.16 20:23:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Am i the only one not too upset about Lewies and especially April not playing this weekend? Means there isnt a chance of them getting injured so will be ready to go for the Sharks. Looking at this side, its a good pack but cant help but think all 3 loosies are exactly the same type payer so not sure how that will go. Also both props have some binding issues they need to sort out. Backline looks ok but not sure they can handle the pace and power of the english back 3 especially.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.06.16 08:01:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • Odd how not many Lions forwards are in this team, nor in the Boks…

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.16 08:45:26 by Hulk Reply

  • 100% agree Sheldon. In my humble opinion April was rushed into the A team anyway after only 1 start for the sharks….lets put that into perspective. ..and he has a good spot with Pat to learn from and develop. I wouldnt even play Pat to be sure of brain damage in the 3rd test for Boks…with both rested a bit it could be good for the long run. Did you see the Irish arent happy happy that CJ got a 1 match ban? Thoughts? My feeling as it was more of a “nail the flyhalf so he is rattled for the rest of the game hit” that pubishment should be equal to the player injured lay off. Ja I saw that many feel he was challenging. ..but I am not buying it…it was meant to dominate and came off a bit more than he thought but if it was a challenge for the ball his hands weren’t up to make himself larger so no…anyway he apologised and its done nothing more but for Pat this unfair as he has been waiting since World cup to show his leadership and game management. .and now out due to aforementioned stunt.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.06.16 09:45:40 by Sharkfinn Reply

  • @Sharkfinn (Comment 11) : I also think pat should not play the rest of the series to make sure he is fully healed. And because thats a doubt im glad April is not playing against a physical Saxons side. Same with Lewies who the Sharks need badly. In terms of Stander- red card fully justified, even if yellow would probably benefit game more- perhaps yellow cards could carry different lengths of time off the field for various offences…thats how hockey works. In terms of Stander’s ban…he plead not guilty…they found that the red card was correct so he was in fact guilty…so in my opinion only a 1 game ban is him getting off very lightly. His challenge could have ended a players career.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.06.16 10:00:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 1) : If I had to guess I’d venture that it’s Ackermann trying to give everyone in the squad some game time? I assume the mission of the ‘A’ side is more about allowing the next-in-line some exposure to Bok level rugby, and in the process gauging their potential, than it is about winning but I could be wrong.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.06.16 10:49:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 10) : yea . dont understand …

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.06.16 10:54:50 by Zibbie Reply
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  • I like the look of this pack, but the backline doesn’t inspire much confidence, hope I am proved wrong.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.06.16 11:02:23 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 15) : How Esterhuizen and Paul Jordan are not in that squad amazes me,it wouldn’t surprise me if those two don’t up sticks at the next semi decent off shore offer they receive,they must see the writing on the wall.
    I wonder if Lewies is just being rested or ice is injured.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.06.16 11:09:45 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : Its laughable.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.06.16 11:55:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I presume that Notshe will be involved with the Boks this week.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.06.16 12:57:47 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 18) : I think Notshe will be watching the Boks from the stands this week with April,Groom, Scarra, Mostert, Combrinck, Kriel and Kitshoff

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.06.16 15:06:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : After the lackluster performance of last week I hope AC makes at least a change, although 3 or 4 would be deserved.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.06.16 15:28:21 by Hulk Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : not so sure about that. Duane is apparently under an injury cloud.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.06.16 15:33:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 20) : Besides Jantjies i dont see him making any changes apart from possibly PSDT starting and Lood benching.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.06.16 15:39:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Oh really…well thats could make quite an interesting selection conundrum. No Duane means Whiteley will start..but does he go Kriel or Notshe off the bench…bearing in mind Notshe can play 8 too…

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.06.16 15:40:29 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : I’m a revolutionary, but I would start Kriel at 6 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.06.16 15:41:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : How revolutionary…would you play Kriel, Louw and Whiteley (assuming Duane not fit)

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.06.16 15:43:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : I’d play Kriel, Notshe and Whiteley 🙂

    Don’t rate Louw. Never have.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.06.16 16:05:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Id take that Lots of speed in that loose trio. I feel Louw was at his best the year before the RWC i think so 2014…but since then i dont rate him. Think he is lucky to be there.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.06.16 16:09:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Any truth to the Jordaan departure rumour? (as spread by Brendan Nel)

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.06.16 16:59:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 28) : dunno yet. Nobody is saying much

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.06.16 17:21:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 28) : Now you got me choking on my coffee. That would be bad news if it is true.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.06.16 17:46:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : & @ Bokhoring: At the rate SA is bleeding players, I’ll probably go with the “true until proven untrue” view on all these departures.

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.06.16 17:54:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 16) : Jake white would love having a nother Frans Steyn at Montpellier. Esterhuizen is big and kicks it far – he’s a carbon copy of Frans .

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.06.16 18:03:21 by schrodingers cat Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) : sad but true.

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.06.16 18:47:04 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : Good thinking. Also not too upset that we aren’t risking Pat on injury while Coetzee flounders and tries to find a plan that works.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.06.16 12:00:08 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : Also hope Pat stays out of the rest of the test. I don’t rate any of our current bok flyhalfs at his level.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.06.16 12:03:12 by coolfusion Reply

  • @schrodingers cat (Comment 32) : yes,and aggressive tackling.

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.06.16 15:15:49 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Try! Jean-luc smashes his way through a number of Saxon players to put SA 5 – 0.
    Bummer misses his 3rd kick for poles.

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.06.16 19:23:29 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 37) : Lol. Bummer. …

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.06.16 19:26:28 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 38) : oops. Not fixing that unless he slots something soon

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.06.16 19:28:03 by gregkaos Reply
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  • 17 min in. SA looking very good. Handling and physicality much much better. JA must given them what for this week.

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.06.16 19:31:14 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Agh Brummer kicks a penalty out past dead ball line. He is having a shocker.

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.06.16 19:34:29 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 41) : There i was thinking that Ackers made the right call to replace Sharks players with Bulls after seeing who is the ref…

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.06.16 19:37:30 by Kabouter Reply

  • 5-3. Cipriani slots a straight forward penalty.

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.06.16 19:42:46 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Trust in Brummers kicking is down. They went for corner and gave away a penalty.

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.06.16 19:44:24 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Saxons try. Mauled from 5m.
    5 – 8
    37 min
    Oupa off and Carr on.

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.06.16 19:49:23 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Try! Sergeal finishes off some great attacking play. Lots of good rugby in the build up to that.
    12 – 8
    Holy moly Brummer slots the conversion! Crowd goes bananas!
    That’s half time.

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.06.16 19:55:27 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 46) : not watching the game.thanks for the is jl dup playing?

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.06.16 20:03:15 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 47) : Very well so far. Making an impact.

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.06.16 20:09:14 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Try! Sergeal gets his 2nd. Great inside pass by Venter to set him up.
    19 – 8
    Zas gets the conversion! Yes thats not a typo.
    43 min

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.06.16 20:11:16 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 48) :thanks.

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.06.16 20:11:36 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • TMO called in to check grounding for a Venter try….

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.06.16 20:12:35 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Our counter attacking mindset is on song today.
    Wow Venter got it by a whisker! Lovely grubber by Sergeal and Venter just gets his hands down on it first

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.06.16 20:14:39 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Brummer slot the most difficult kick on the night!
    26 – 8
    46 min

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.06.16 20:15:42 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Penalty infront for Saxons.
    Going for the corner

  • Comment 54, posted at 17.06.16 20:16:37 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Try. Another driving maul by the saxons. Jeez they look well drilled in that aspect.
    26 – 15
    48 min

  • Comment 55, posted at 17.06.16 20:18:07 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Sergeal scores a spectator try! Didn’t hear whistle. Called back for a foot in touch way back in our half.

  • Comment 56, posted at 17.06.16 20:22:33 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Saxon driving maul milks penalty and they put it in the corner again.

  • Comment 57, posted at 17.06.16 20:24:51 by gregkaos Reply
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  • SA stops the maul! Marx turns over. Ball lost and Saxons pounce and get the try.
    26 – 22
    56 min

  • Comment 58, posted at 17.06.16 20:26:39 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 56) : would be nice to see sergeal in a sharks jersey next season.

  • Comment 59, posted at 17.06.16 20:27:24 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Oupa looks OK. Chatting to media on the sidelines. He’s fairly sure it’s not bad but will get checked out after the game.

  • Comment 60, posted at 17.06.16 20:27:35 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 59) : And Venter! He’s been superb in getting Sergeal into space.

  • Comment 61, posted at 17.06.16 20:28:12 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Marutlulle on. Marx off

  • Comment 62, posted at 17.06.16 20:29:11 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Bit of a mixup in Saxons lineout in our 22. Hooker never threw looked around confused. Free kick to SA.

  • Comment 63, posted at 17.06.16 20:30:44 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 61) : he has also showed good attacking form the past two is the venter/am centre combo doing?

  • Comment 64, posted at 17.06.16 20:32:09 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Great turnover by Carr.
    Then Saxons turnover.
    Saxons break our line and accidentally pass to one of ours.
    Jean-luc smashes through some tackles and ball goes just forward when places it to pick it up again.

  • Comment 65, posted at 17.06.16 20:33:46 by gregkaos Reply
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  • 20 minutes terrible reffing

  • Comment 66, posted at 17.06.16 20:34:58 by byron Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 65) : sounds like jl dup is carrying the ball strongly?

  • Comment 67, posted at 17.06.16 20:35:45 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 64) : Also very good. Am not getting as much space so far.

  • Comment 68, posted at 17.06.16 20:36:15 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Great defence from our 5m. Pushed them back to 22.
    Zas fluffs a kick straight to Saxons.
    Great tackle by Venter.
    Defence has pushed them back to 10m.

  • Comment 69, posted at 17.06.16 20:38:35 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 68) : am playing inside and venter outside,right? has been in quite a few positions this season.wing and outside centre for the kings in superrugby,and now inside centre for sa “a”.

  • Comment 70, posted at 17.06.16 20:39:15 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Brummer puts in a great tactical kick. Quick cheeky throw in and we give away a penalty when we had them under huge pressure.

  • Comment 71, posted at 17.06.16 20:40:20 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 71) : how is thomas doing in the scrums?

  • Comment 72, posted at 17.06.16 20:42:22 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 70) : Yup. Am inside and Venter outside.

  • Comment 73, posted at 17.06.16 20:42:23 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 73) : am is a sharks player on loan to the interesting to know where he will feature in the sharks cc squad?

  • Comment 74, posted at 17.06.16 20:44:07 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 72) : Much better tonight. Scrums have gone both ways tonight though. well matched IMO. Thomas has been good around the park too.

  • Comment 75, posted at 17.06.16 20:44:49 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Great break by Am! Cut through Saxons like a knife through butter. Unfortunately pressure back on SA

  • Comment 76, posted at 17.06.16 20:47:28 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 75) : good to hear about his workrate.who is the saxons no3?

  • Comment 77, posted at 17.06.16 20:47:35 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Try for Saxons.
    26 – 29

  • Comment 78, posted at 17.06.16 20:50:00 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 78) : from a maul?

  • Comment 79, posted at 17.06.16 20:51:09 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Francois Brummer – Useless twat! Should never be allowed anywhere close to a green jersey again. 🙄

  • Comment 80, posted at 17.06.16 20:53:27 by Ben Reply
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  • Game over.
    26 – 29

  • Comment 81, posted at 17.06.16 20:54:39 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Missed penalties, penalty kicks not going out, and a lack of tactical kicking cost SA ‘A’ side.

  • Comment 82, posted at 17.06.16 20:56:10 by gregkaos Reply
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  • How exactly did Ackerman see it wise to have only 1 fh in his 23 today?!

    Anyone with a vague form of sanity would have subbed Bummer after 20mins….but we had nothing to replace him with.

    Poor poor rugby.

  • Comment 83, posted at 17.06.16 20:57:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 82) : Francois Brummer, basically. 🙄

  • Comment 84, posted at 17.06.16 20:58:18 by Ben Reply
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  • Pieterson robbed of a try by poor linesman call which became a 14 point turnaround. Followed by a try that involved a blatent offside. England first try was obstruction by no4 who was infront of jumper at maul. POOR REFEREEING!
    A much improved performance but subs were unable to give us go forward.

  • Comment 85, posted at 17.06.16 20:58:34 by byron Reply

  • Jean-Luc, Venter, Sergeal were great.
    Also maul defence was not good / Saxons very strong maul.
    We played way too expansive and from deep in 2nd half. Saxons did not. They only played when in our half.

  • Comment 86, posted at 17.06.16 20:59:10 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Oh add Snyman too to the good players list. Thought he made a good impact.

  • Comment 87, posted at 17.06.16 21:01:20 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Marx wasnt shabby

  • Comment 88, posted at 17.06.16 21:01:52 by byron Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 83) : There was only one flyhalf selected for the SA A squad

  • Comment 89, posted at 17.06.16 21:05:17 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 89) : Ludicrous…sheer madness. Oh well, Bummer proving what’s wrong with bulls rugby – back three proving what’s wrong with SA kicking game.

  • Comment 90, posted at 17.06.16 21:12:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 90) : Don’t blame Zas too much. He played fullback because there wasn’t a fullback in the squad

  • Comment 91, posted at 17.06.16 21:16:51 by Baylion Reply

  • Wow! What a semi between Clermont and Racing in the Top 14. 27-27 at full time. In extra time Clermont looked in charge taking a 33-27 lead…but a minute from full time Racing score and Carter converts to win it!! Great stuff…

  • Comment 92, posted at 17.06.16 23:19:48 by pastorshark Reply
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