Richard Ferguson

Ross misses out on 3rd test

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :France Series 2017, Original Content, Springboks on 20 Jun 2017 at 15:38
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News from the Springbok camp is that Ross Crnonje will miss the thrid test match against France, as will flank Oupa Mohoje, due to concussion concerns.

Cronje is suffering from delayed concussion symptoms after the second test match in Durban and will not complete the necessary protocols to be ready for this weekend’s match. With Francois Hougaard and Rudi Paige already in the squad, a replacement for Cronje was not deemed necessary.

Mohoje, after beng carried of the park during the second test, will also not feature this weekend whilst recovering from the head knock. The good news is that Jaco Kriel, who has not been in the mix so far this series, will come into consideration after recovering fully from his injury.

Allister Coetzee made it quite clear that there will be changes to the starting line-up after releasing both Francois Venter and Lionel Mapoe to the SA A team for their second match against the French Barbarians on Friday night. Venter already featured from the bench in their first match.


  • It was strange to see Ross at the airport seperate from the rest of the Boks, who came by bus…..possibly some Sunday concussion tests I presume.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.06.17 15:47:29 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : I never noticed him take a knock on Saturday.

    Did anyone notice?

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.06.17 16:59:38 by Hulk Reply
  • Wonder how the “new” team will look?!?!?!

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.06.17 17:02:56 by JD Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 2) : Maybe he got into a brawl after the game….it was Kings Park after all 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.06.17 17:30:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

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    Looks like he may have knocked heads with Blue 12 as he is cleared at the ruck by 15. His head could have hit the ground also. He did get up, stood under the posts during the PK and ran off by his own accord when the replacement signs came up.

    Ironically, the last significant thing he did on the field was to run away from a ball carrier.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.06.17 02:53:21 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : Most likely just Jesse Kriel replacing Mapoe and JLdP starts in place of Oupa with Jaco Kriel on the bench. Only at SH where I wonder if AC will start Paige instead of Hougaard.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.06.17 08:07:22 by Quintin Reply

  • Id make a couple changes:
    1. Kitshoff 2. Marx 3. Malherbe 4. Etzebeth 5. Mostert 6. Kolisi 7. DuPreez 8. Whiteley 9. Hougaard 10. Jantjies 11. Lleyds 12. Serfontein 13. Kriel 14. Skosan 15. Coetzee
    16. Beast 17. Mbonambi 18. Oosthuizen 19. DuToit 20. Kriel 21. Paige 22. Steyn 23. Rhule

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.06.17 08:30:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Fanta impressed me when replacing Beast….scrums well, on fire at the ruck, tackles well and very mobile – we’re spoilt for choice at LH: Beast, Fanta, Thomas, Ox….all good at scrum time and general play.

    Coenie was clever to make the switch to th, put in the hard work and it seems to be paying off.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.06.17 08:55:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 5) : Wow, harsh statement….or he may be scrambling to cover the vacant right wing position. He has a player behind him that can cover the ball carrier – the French 11 is totally open, Cronje sees this and is attempting to get there to cover him.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.06.17 09:14:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : That forward pack i picked could really become a good unit if consistently picked together. All young/ish and quality players.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.06.17 10:16:13 by SheldonK Reply

  • Newspaper spins it thusly: ” SA wants to see tries Ross out Hougaard in”. I just shook my head firstly don’t bother to check facts you’re just a journalist. .. secondly does SA still think Hougaard is the best hope for scrumhalf? Maybe get off your arse and find out how many people actually have confidence in Hougaard. Lastly watch the games you moron journo Ross was way more valuable than Hougaard.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.06.17 12:35:05 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) :

    It’s a judgement of the Bok defense, which was in disarray, not the player.

    I watched that sequence a few times and I think the French butchered an almost certain try.
    3 on 3, but all 3 Boks had eyes for the ball carrier only. Rule made the tackle, Cronje and Coetzee both participated. A correct timed passed to either side and Skosan would have been wrong footed or beaten to the corner by 11.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.06.17 13:04:05 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : Modern day journalism- the more sensational the better. Truth is but an after thought

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.06.17 13:18:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • I’d try to get this team to settle if the idea is to keep it primarily unchanged for the RC. Considering AC wants Serfontein at 12, I’d play the following:

    1. Kitshoff 2. Marx 3. Malherbe 4. PSDT 5. Mostert 6. Kolisi 7. DuPreez 8. Whiteley 9. Hougaard 10. Jantjies 11. Rhule 12. Serfontein 13. Kriel 14. Skosan 15. Steyn
    16. Beast 17. Mbonambi 18. Oosthuizen 19. Etzebeth 20. Kriel 21. Paige 22. Lleyds 23. Coetzee (unlucky but I want to see if Steyn fits in anywhere else)

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.06.17 14:14:54 by Hulk Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 12) : Agree that they probably should have scored here and that our defence was poor, but your post was more about Cronje running away form contact – which is not what he was doing.
    So whats happening on the election front in the USA. When are the Democrats going to win one of these special elections. Evertime I watch CNN Im surprised that they can find a Trump / Republican supporter anywhere in the USA only to learn that the Republicans have won another one. Things dont add up.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.06.17 16:06:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : Yup. They made budget cuts and the fact checkers are the first to go after the journalistic integrity.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.06.17 17:39:21 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) : Stop watching c(very)n(fake)n(news)….their polls and “facts” are created to drive their narrative – they’re probably still reporting that Russia leaked the Clinton emails, even though facts show it was leaked by a now murdered dnc staffer.

    I’ve given up on all forms of news, it just can’t be trusted.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.06.17 18:04:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) :

    I guess Americans, just like Saffas and Russians and Zimbos, still love their big talking buffoon president. 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.06.17 19:02:40 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : So you reckon every news website apart from Breibart carries only fake news?

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.06.17 19:19:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @fyndraai (Comment 18) :

    But more seriously, the Rs won that seat by 62%/38% in November 2016.
    In the 16 years before that, their margins were even larger. Since 2002: 80/20, 100/0, 72/28, 68/32, 99/1, 65/36, 66/34

    Yesterday’s tally was 52/48.
    Make of that what you will.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.06.17 19:30:33 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Pffft breitbart….there’s a reason cnn featured their controversial reporters right after their ellection – same overlords.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.06.17 19:50:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) : So Alex Jones?

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.06.17 07:40:53 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @fyndraai (Comment 20) : Looking at those margins I can only deduse that there are a lot of very confused / schizo voters living in Georgia. Were there full blown inquiries into Russian meddling in the 100/0 and 99/1% results? Those results just dont make sense and hark back to election results in the old USSR and their Eastern European satelites.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.06.17 08:55:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • No politics guys. You know the rules.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.06.17 09:38:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : With spoons full of salt.

    As I said, I don’t trust the news….it’s money driven – whoever pays the bills owns the news.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.06.17 09:55:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Was hoping it applied to SA politics only (although lately all politics have become heated)….so, fair enough oom.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.06.17 09:56:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) :

    I recon this may be classified as social studies.

    99/1 Results means that the voters were once so reliably for one party that the other one did not bother to field a candidate. This is not uncommon in parlimentary systems.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.06.17 12:38:40 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 26) : Ditto.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.06.17 12:47:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 27) : That could explain it but then who did the 1% vote for…..spoilt votes maybe?

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.06.17 12:48:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 29) :

    Write in candidate.
    Many States have a blank spot on the ballot where you may write in any name you want. Sometimes candidates who came too late to have their names printed on the ballot, or long shot candidates with no money, will campaign as “write ins” and garner a few votes like that.

    This one was in 2010

    The guy got 188 votes
    Actually 99.91% / 0.01% ( I rounded off poorly there)

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.06.17 14:44:14 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Yes please. Politics so boring. No one has answered me on this one. Is Kockott not a French international now? Why is he not in the squad?

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.06.17 18:37:25 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 31) : Kockott has 11 caps for France, so yes he is a French International. Why not in this squad? My guess, he has always been somewhat inconsistent, so most likely has not been performing this year.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.06.17 20:15:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 32) : Thanks

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.06.17 06:39:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 31) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 32) :

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.06.17 10:01:38 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Probably one of the best matches in years on at the moment. Lions not standing back to the All Blacks

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.06.17 10:28:29 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 35) : Good game, but Manchester Utd. will ultimately succumb to the AB’s.

    140+ tackles made by the BIL at the 60min. mark – no team will survive that.

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.06.17 11:15:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 36) : Yeah, the Lions (especially their forwards) just do not have the skills of the All Blacks to make the crucial passes stick.

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.06.17 11:19:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 37) : Great test match to watch, but ab’s to bring the hammer next week…..more pain for Britania.

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.06.17 11:30:44 by FireTheLooser Reply


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