Richard Ferguson

We won, what now?

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship, Wallabies on 3 Oct 2016 at 09:29
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The Springboks beat the Wallabies at Loftus to maintain some sort of fortress status at the Pretoira stadium. Where to from here though?

Morne Steyn scored all the points for the Boks in what was a hard fought victory over Australia. The victory came more from tenacious defence rather than enterprising play, but a victory remains a victory. The fact that the Boks could pull it off with only 35% of the ball only adds to the picture I am painting here.

Steyn’s return to the starting line up gave some compusure to the backline, while the entire team seemed to be a little quicker to the breakdown. Being able to frustrate the Aussies at the breakdown was a real positive, especially considering their loosies. Francois Louw, for all the criticism he has come under, showed why Allister Coetzee has put so much faith in him so far this season. Both he and Adriaan Strauss had their best game of the season so far, amongst a few other who also showed some true grit and passion. It was that tenacious defence and passion that has been missing from the Springboks so far this season.

But where to from now? We dropped Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies for this game, does this mean their careers are also now over? Is Rudy Paige the answer to the Bok 9 jersey? Will we see Morne Steyn take over the 10 jersey for the next few years?

Those are all questions that I would love the ask the current coach, but I am quite sure he will not be able to give me the answers. Yes we pulled off a win, but we have to remember just how poor this Australia team really is. If this victory came against the All Blacks, I would have put this entire article in a different mood.

At the end of the day, I think some of the combinations finally came right, the substitutes really made an impact, especially in the scrums. It was unfortunate to have to utilise Jaco Kriel on the wing, but that is the risk you take with a 6/2 bench.

Apart from the injuries, which we should get clarity on later today, should this team then run out against the All Blacks in Durban? Will the tactics used against Australia be as effective against New Zealand? We can only ponder this until the match this weekend.


  • building a successful rugby team is a process, we have to remember this. It’s better to build on a platform of winning games.

    So I would say, take this for what it is; a narrow, ugly win that was sorely needed. There’s a perception here that Allister Coetzee is a fool – I don’t necessarily buy into that, but one thing I will guarantee is that he’s not stupid enough to think this performance is good enough as the Bok standard. We all now the team has massive amounts of improving to do, but let’s celebrate a win over an old foe – at least for today.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.10.16 09:31:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Because after all, this game is meant to bring us joy. If we find ourselves in the position that we cannot gain any pleasure from our national team winning a test match, maybe it’s time to change hobby?

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.10.16 09:32:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • For me the player that is the most ineffective at the moment is Oupa, yes he is making his tackles, but a 7 should get you over the advantage line. I thought Page had a good game, but I guess Hougaard or Faf would be moved to 9. Inside centre is a mess, De Jong has and never will be Bok quality. Hell, I would much rather have Mnisi there at 12 next to Mapoe.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.10.16 09:35:20 by KingRiaan Reply

  • to quote Planet rugby
    ”To suggest as Coetzee did afterwards that “we have been good with ball in hand… we moved the ball well” is remarkable when recalling South Africa’s lack of opportunities and their failure to maintain field position.

    Likewise the soundbite of “our defence was outstanding”, when the Springboks missed 21 tackles and looked soft around the fringes and off first-phase ball, notably for Scott Sio’s try.
    Get real people there is nothing to celebrate here,unless we celebrate substandard mediocrity,this is not the team that won two World Cups.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.10.16 09:40:40 by The hound Reply
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  • Don’t think it’s fair to simply write off the Aussies as poor. They seemed to run very good lines and threw the kitchen sink at us. No trivial feat keeping them scorelss for an entire half, esp considering their possession and territory stats.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.10.16 09:48:01 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : This!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.10.16 09:58:20 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 5) : I wish I could “like” this comment! The Australians are a good team, with a good coach and a strong pack of forwards. For some reason, us South Africans tend to underestimate the Ozzies but we are usually evenly matched. Our histories show that we usually beat them at home, and usually lose to them away. They are a top side in world rugby, and beating them is an achievement.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.10.16 10:03:10 by josefgremlin Reply

  • This isn’t the performance we want but I’d take a win at this point over a loss. So happy about the win. Thought Paige, Steyn and Lambie played well for guys who’ve hardly played any rugby for a while. I’m still concerned with our options at 12 and feel an abrasive player like Andre or Janse van Rensburg will be a better fit for this team.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.10.16 10:36:04 by Hulk Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : beating Ozzies 3 times in 3 days was awesome!!! Almost made me forget the pain of the Sharks loss!

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.10.16 10:47:30 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 4) : also remember half of those inside passes was forward and ref “missed” it! First game in 14 that Oz/ref combo lose?!?!?!

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.10.16 10:50:48 by JD Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 3) : PLEASE NOT MNISI …

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.10.16 11:03:10 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 11) : must say I also think he’s not in the same form as last year and picking him now will be more on reputation than form!?

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.10.16 11:09:46 by JD Reply
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  • “Where to from here though?”

    That’s a good question. We keep supporting the boys and keep hoping for a proper SARU overhaul/restructure I guess?

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.10.16 12:30:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : if you think the elton bashing is bad …

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.10.16 12:35:31 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Jeeze, but Barnes is a poor ref. Missing some serious forward passes. His handling of that incident where the Ozzie ran 15 metres to attack Alberts from behind must take the cake though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.10.16 12:44:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : and then he warns Albert to not do it again of he will be sent of!?!?!? Fuck he was standing minding his own business when the Ozzie slammed into his back!!!!! Ja commentators said Ozzie’s won last 14 matches that Barnes officiated and from that performance I can totally understand why!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.10.16 14:44:02 by JD Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 14) : what Elton bashing?

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.10.16 14:45:00 by JD Reply
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