Richard Ferguson

Strong SA A team for French BaaBaas

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :France Series 2017, Original Content, Springboks on 14 Jun 2017 at 11:27
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A very strong South Africa A team has been selected by Johan Ackermann to face the French Barbarians on Friday afternoon with seven Springboks in the match 23.

Juan de Jongh leads the team from midfield, where he is joined by the exciting Harold Vorster. There are 2 capped Boks in the back three with Lwazi Mvovo starting as the last line of defence and Ruan Combrinck on the right wing. Kings standout Makazole Mapimpi is on the left wing.

The halfbacks comprise Jano Vermaak, another capped Bok, with the in form Lionel Cronje at pivot.

The forward pack is less experienced with no capped Boks in the starting line up. Sharks duo Thomas du Toit and Franco Marais start together with Wilco Louw. Another Shark in Ruan Botha start in the second row alongside Andries Ferreira. The loose trio of Uzair Cassiem, Ruan Ackermann and Sikhumbuzo Notshe should make a strong statement.

On the bench, Trevor Nyakane boast 28 Test caps as forward cover while Francois Venter, who was actually called up the main Springbok squad, covers the backline.

The South African ‘A’ side to face the French Barbarians in Durban:
15. Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks)
14. Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions)
13. Juan de Jongh (captain, DHL Stormers)
12. Harold Vorster (Emirates Lions)
11. Makazole Mapimpi (Southern Kings)
10. Lionel Cronje (Southern Kings)
9. Jano Vermaak (DHL Stormers)
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers)
7. Ruan Ackermann (Emirates Lions)
6. Uzair Cassiem (Toyota Cheetahs)
5. Ruan Botha (Cell C Sharks)
4. Andries Ferreira (Emirates Lions)
3. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers)
2. Franco Marais (Cell C Sharks)
1. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)
16. Ramone Samuels (DHL Stormers)
17. Ox Nche (Toyota Cheetahs)
18. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls)
19. Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Bulls)
20. Andisa Ntsila (Southern Kings)
21. Dewaldt Duvenage (DHL Stormers)
22. Fred Zeilinga (Toyota Cheetahs)
23. Francois Venter (Toyota Cheetahs)


  • I would still like to see this team take on the Bok team, could be a good match up.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.06.17 11:53:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Wasn’t Francois Venter called up to the Bok Squad? Not sure the logic of calling him to the Boks, bringing in Pollard to the A side, and then have Venter on the A side bench with no sign of Pollard, after Venter has been presumably training with the Boks all week.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.06.17 12:08:49 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Ramone Samuels & Dewald Duvenhage 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.06.17 12:25:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Travesty that Acker v.d. Merwe is not part of this team

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.06.17 12:26:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : that is a head scratcher, would have thought Louie Schroeder. and Robbie coatsee or Acker v.d merve instead of samuals.

    But hey the selection panel probibly is picking on ability to execute a specific game plan/style instead of form, who knows.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.06.17 13:19:32 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Didn’t Nkosi brush him aside on his way to the try line?

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.06.17 13:21:16 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : A lot of hype about Ackers brother and then before the Bulls can give him his first SR game he jets off to play in france. Bulls famed development process creating stellar recruits for europe, hope they are getting transfer fees instead of just investing in the kids for free.

    Ackers bro is listed as a wing, but is only slightly smaller that Andre the giant.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.06.17 13:23:07 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Robert du Preez coming home? I see Beeld calling it a done deal as they usually do… Lets hope…

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.06.17 13:35:39 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : I will be so happy if true. Jeepers this will be great news for me.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.06.17 13:55:35 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Nothing related to this post, but I just read that RdP jnr might be on his way to Natal. Would be a brilliant signing!

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.06.17 14:14:55 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : Sorry bud. Just checked your post

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.06.17 14:15:47 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 5) : I like Akker at openside flank – he seems to be everywhere on the field. I would not mind if the Sharks bought him.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.06.17 14:34:12 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : @boertjie101 (Comment 10) : I would smaak it stukkend…

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.06.17 14:53:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I reckon Lambie will not be retiring but i hope they keep him out for some time so he fully recovers, we have enough cover there for now although against the Lions we would need him, Bulls at home we should be ok with April and Ben10
    and Bosch

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.06.17 17:13:57 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 2) : Swys on the bench as he will probably not be in the Bok 23, Pollard is only joining the squad after the weekend up in Joburg

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.06.17 20:25:30 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 16) : Thanks mate, actually makes sense. 😯 😀

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.06.17 04:40:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Mvovo definitely has found his mojo at fullback

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.06.17 16:57:54 by jdolivier Reply

  • Freddie still is a magician. He must enjoy playing in Durban again

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.06.17 17:34:09 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Are we all in agreement that the debate around whether the SA A team would beat the Boks has been well and truly settled tonight? They might win the game, but my word it has been pretty “hmm”…

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.06.17 18:15:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : Ackerman’s gameplan at international level will take 5 long years of repeated whippings before it finally bares fruit.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.06.17 18:20:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Wouldn’t mind Freddie playing some more rugby for the Sharks. That guy just never loses his magic.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.06.17 18:24:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.06.17 18:24:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Watching this my mind boggles how these two scrummies got in before Louis Schreuder…

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.06.17 18:25:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I know the half time score was 22-21 Boks, but have no updates since. Can someone give me an update please? still at work and can’t watch.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.06.17 18:25:57 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Ah well, at least Facebook kept me informed. 36-28 Bok A. :mrgreen: 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.06.17 18:36:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 25) : At work is where most people get their rugby (and social media) fix….public holiday = crickets on social media. ; )

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.06.17 18:46:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : We don’t have a youth day holiday here in USA. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.06.17 19:00:38 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 28) : Don’t think any country has as many public holidays as SA – we surely are the laziest country in the world.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.06.17 19:19:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 29) : Hmmmm I always thought the US was the worst and laziest. SA has 14 Public Holidays, USA has 10……seems I was wrong. :mrgreen: On a more serious note, with all the problems SA has, I never considered laziness one of them, perhaps I was wrong on that as well.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.06.17 21:02:46 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 30) : 14 public holidays, if any of them falls on a saturday or sunday it jumps to a weekday (can’t miss out on a rest day), then there’s the six million sick days + 13 million off days, nevermind the 1 hour lunch and 2 x 15min. tea break, and that leaves South Africans with very few work hours during which to hang out on facebook and other social media sites…..then we wonder why we have reached junk status.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.06.17 21:21:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) : You seem to be well informed of the statistics, shocking to say the least. Do you have the number of sick days per worker per year? Same with days off? Would be very interesting to compare to US numbers.

    In the US all public holidays that fall on a weekend are observed on a weekday as well. Many are observed always on a particular Monday (Martin Luther King Day – 3rd Monday in January, Presidents Day – 3rd Monday in February, Memorial day – last Monday in May, Labor Day – 1st Monday in September, and Columbus Day – 2nd Monday in October), Thanksgiving is always 4th Thursday in November, July 4 is always that day, as is Veterans Day (used to be Armistice Day – November 11), but both result in a weekday off when it falls on a weekend, same as Xmas and New Years.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.06.17 21:31:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) : What I can tell you, is that Federal Employees in the US all earn 1 day of sick leave every four weeks (whether they use it or not is a different story) , and after 10 years in, earn 1 day off every two weeks. Seems like a lot.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.06.17 21:33:43 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 33) : Apparently one paid off day for every 17 workdays…..36 days paid sick leave in a 3 year cycle. 8hr workdays, 9 hrs including lunch.

    Of those hours, anyones guess how many are spent actually working.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.06.17 21:56:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 34) : So the US is lazier. I was right after all. 😀 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.06.17 23:13:43 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 35) :

    Maybe you speak for public sector employees only.

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.06.17 00:40:28 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 36) : It was mostly humour, however, my personal general impression, having grown up in SA and having lived in the US for a very long time, and with both private sector and Government employment, is that people in the US don’t work as hard. Just my opinion, and also consider that I hold a strong belief in establishing a work/life balance, and insist my team members strive to find that balance as well. I’ll take productive employees working less hours any day of the week!

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.06.17 00:51:14 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 37) :

    What does the cold hard statistics say about it?
    Productivity per worker. I bet it’s pretty close to the top.
    If so, it must mean that atleast some people work mighty hard.

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.06.17 04:28:34 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 34) : That is very interesting I actually looked into that a few years ago. You know for instance that the majority of workers have ritualistic routines that also prevent them from being productive right away in the mornings or during the day. Like going to the bathroom the cup of coffee the smoke break the loitering. Of each hour people find a way to work one such thing in. At the end if the day if you can get a person to give pure focus for 4 hours (2 hours consecutively) you should count it as a win.

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.06.17 08:18:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • Harold Vorster’s first try were not legit. The referee went back to check two of the French Baabaas tries for a possible knock on and player ahead of the kicker leading up to tries. Also Michalak lost the ball before grounding the ball…so on the whole, checking opposition tries for reasons not to award, but giving SA ‘A’ the benefit of the doubt (but more specifically, the try scored by the lions player) not great from Immelman. Notshe looked sharp, Ramone Samuels not sharp, Ruan Combrinck off form, Mvovo doing the business, scrums inconsistent. Sharks players generally acquitted themselves well. I think I could name 2 of the Baabaa players and given the fact that the looked like they assembled with a plan on a match-book out of some guy’s pocket they played far better than I expected at what should have been a fortress for the SA ‘A’.

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.06.17 16:02:00 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Was great to be able to be there for the first ever rugby game at Moses Mabhida. The level of play wasnt that high as lots of errors from both sides. The SA A side struggled to bring down the big French guys in the tackle. Mvovo showed up well as did Ruan Botha i thought. We were on the East Stand and the view was great- could easily see what was happening on the other side of the field. Getting in and out the stadium was a breeze as well. Only issues they have is the choice of DJ/Music prior to kick off that i dont think would go down well with the older public. And then the Food & Beeverage service needs a lo of attention…but those two are easy fixes.

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.06.17 08:33:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 41) : Which would you prefer: Moses Mabhida or Kings Park?

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.06.17 09:06:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 42) : There is no doubting that Moses Mabhida is the better stadium. Been watching rugby at Kings Park for years so thats kinda considered the norm and Moses Mabhida is certainly a different experience. I think the view is better at Moses Mabhida- the seat leg room is definitely better. So guess each stadium has its benefits- for me personally if they moved to Moses Mabhida i wouldnt be complaining

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.06.17 09:31:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 43) : I feel the same, though I haven’t watched a live game at Moses, the facility sure looks a ton better than KP – time to embrace the younger generation (u/40) and make the move – will be cheaper to demolish KP than to bring it into the 21st century….add more parking space.

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.06.17 09:43:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 44) : Yeh look there is a lot to consider before bashing down or discarding Kings Park. The Sharks offices, the Academy etc all housed at Kings Park- dont know if there is room at Moses Mabhida but i guess a plan could be made. They could also sell season tickets that could cover you for all rugby plus local soccer games. As i said they do need to work on their Food and Beverage as you cant run out of beer and close bars 10min before the end. But those are easy fixes. I do feel they should try play more games there…u19/u21 CC etc

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.06.17 09:48:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 41) : Good news re the rugby watching experience at MM. The stadium was pretty empty but did not give that impression of totally empty that Kings Park does.

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.06.17 14:49:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 44) : If moving to MM embraces the younger generation then you have your age bracket totally out – it should be under 70 because the biggest “move to MM” proponent has been The Hound. I also dont know of anyone doggedly not wanting to go.

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.06.17 14:49:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 46) : There really wasnt a lot of advertising about the SA A game. Unless you were a big rugby supporter you probably didnt even know about the game until on the day perhaps. Think that and the fact that the test was the next day also contributed to the crowd that was there. As i said i think it was a decent start for rugby there…just need to play more games there and refine it…ie.stock more beer

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.06.17 15:59:38 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 48) : You’re working real hard on cultivating the impression that you only watch rugby as an excuse to drink beer, aren’t you? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.06.17 16:41:25 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 49) : 😆 Was thinking along those same lines myself.

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.06.17 16:46:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) : The over 50’s are typically hard headed and find change very difficult, but if the 50 – 70 year olds are willing to move to Moses, then surely it’s a move worth working on.

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.06.17 17:12:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 49) : You have to stay hydrated…its important. Also i dont like queues so standing waiting for a beer when they only have 1 person pouring for everyone makes the queue quite long.

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.06.17 08:22:21 by SheldonK Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 51) : 70 is the new 50.

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.06.17 09:57:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 52) : Ever been to Newlands?, also not fun. I havent watched rugby at Cpt stadium but have been to big concerts there and the facilities are great, I imagine MM is much the same.

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.06.17 10:01:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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