Richard Ferguson

Rugby Champs 2017: Australia vs South Africa


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship, Wallabies on 9 Sep 2017 at 10:10
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Round three of the 2017 Rugby Championship and the Springboks are in Perth to face Australia.

The Boks come off a 5 match win streak while the Aussies are 0 from 2 in the campaign so far, but opposition in both instances are not exactly comparable. Australia would have taken quite a bit from the last match against New Zealand, being in a position to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand is no easy feat, so the Boks will have to be very careful of this Wallaby outfit.

It’s really simple for the Boks though, win today and they prove themselves worthy for probably the first time in 2 years. A win today will prove that the French series win and two wins over Argentina were no flukes, that this Bok team is series competition.

Key areas today will once again fall on the shoulders of Elton Jantjies: He will not only have to be on point in terms of his goal kicking, he will have to marshall this backline on both attack and defence. On the front foot, good quick ball will be key, releasing those speedsters in the back three, especially on the counter attack, will be important.

More importantly, his organising of the defensive lines will be the difference between the Boks having a good game or walking away with a hiding today. The Wallabies have some serious talent and power in the backline and missed tackles are non-negotiable.

The loose trio will face a real potent threat for the first time this season, and all three will have to put in workman-like performances to keep the opposition at bay. Kolisi has been massive this season and will have to lead by example once again in both tight and loose facets.

My prediction is for a massive game from both teams with both campaigns hinging on this match. I do suspect that the confident Wallabies will have too much for the travelling Boks in this game and that they will win a tight affair.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodges, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.     
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Curtis Rona.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende.

Date: Saturday, September 9
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 18.00 (12.00 SA time; 10.00 GMT)
Expected weather: Partly cloudy, no rain, a high of 21°C and a low of 13°C
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


43 Comments

  • The Boks’ 5 wins so far this season were most certainly not flukes.

    And today’s result, win or lose, will not change that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.09.17 10:51:41 by McLovin Reply
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  • Hopefully today we get to see one of the most rarest of sights on the rugby field. Raymond Rhule making a tackle.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.09.17 10:55:28 by McLovin Reply
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  • I wonder when officials are going to start acting against the AB’s for taking out pillar defenders way off the ball. Blatant cheating going on with impunity.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.09.17 10:57:50 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 3) : Yip agree, it’s so blatant. One instance Coles took someone out from in front t of the All Black’s

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.09.17 11:22:42 by Bayshark Reply

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  • @Bayshark (Comment 4) : With Angus Gardner actually following the action but only to see if the Argie taken off the ball is going to retaliate 😕

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.09.17 11:59:54 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Jeez, we’ve won just 4 Tri-Nations/RC away tests in the past 7 years? That’s pretty shocking!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.09.17 12:01:36 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Coetzee taken out in the air and not even a penalty?

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.09.17 12:25:59 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • And Rhule missing tackle after tackle

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.09.17 12:27:34 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Holy shit this is kak rugby. The AB vs Argie game in the pouring rain was far more exciting.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.09.17 12:27:35 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Poor Bok defence allows Beale to equalize after Jesse scored for the Boks

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.09.17 12:39:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Aussies dominating attacking stats. Only some good turnovers from the Boks and a few knocks saving the Boks

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.09.17 12:50:39 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • We should really leave the wp midget wings and rather get Kollisi.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.09.17 12:51:52 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Our defensive is very passive waiting for the Wobblies to come to them

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.09.17 13:03:38 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • This Bok attack can only be described as robotic.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.09.17 13:08:46 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Wobblies show us how to maul and scores

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.09.17 13:12:52 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Boks fuck up a try scoring opportunity after a good break by Kolisi and Serfontein

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.09.17 13:16:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • “How to fuck up a certain try” by Jaco Kriel…

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.09.17 13:17:25 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 17) : Settings in should just have passed to Skosan

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.09.17 13:19:07 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 18) : Settings is Serfontein

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.09.17 13:19:36 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Marx scores from a good maul

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.09.17 13:26:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Jaco Kriel stuffs up another try

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.09.17 13:34:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 21) : The Boks have left plenty of points on the park today.

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.09.17 13:38:04 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 21) : Figure up on the screen Rhule has made 10 tackles 3rd most in the team 😛

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.09.17 13:39:55 by The hound Reply
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  • Rhule has put in some big hits for a change

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.09.17 13:41:03 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • 20 Miles forward pass missed.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.09.17 13:44:32 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Beale winning the kicking battle against Elton

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.09.17 13:49:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : He put in a couple of decent ones in the second half – not sure how he ended with 10.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.09.17 13:53:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • I don’t think the AB’s are shitting themselves at the prospect of facing these Boks.

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.09.17 13:54:29 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Kissing your Aussie sister – no fun at all

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.09.17 13:54:40 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Boks had most success playing through the rucks. PSDT was very good at that

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.09.17 13:55:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 27) : We had the perfect opportunity to win the game in the dying minutes with a drop kick, everyone could see it except Hougaard

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.09.17 14:21:33 by The hound Reply
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  • Yawn. Same old same old. SA will struggle with Aus to establish who is slightly less pathetic and NZ will play real rugby and take the cup. Frankly I’d rather watch Currie Cup. Not like AC is a man capable of putting a world beating squad together or train one into being a world beater. He is a mediocre coach who has been living under the radar all his life. Now he is charge of selection and he will persist with crap or mismanage the rest. Why bother?

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.09.17 16:34:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : it ended up being the worst attempt at a drop kick that ive seen in a while. Instead of speeding the ball up hougaard slowed it down and then when the oz defense were set he passed a wobbly pass back that was charged down

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.09.17 18:50:59 by byron Reply

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  • Coenie’s arm broken…ag damn it!

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.09.17 20:21:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 34) : didn’t he carry on playing with a broken arm?

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.09.17 22:38:40 by byron Reply

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  • How about that AB number 6?

    They sure breed some terrific rugby players over in kiwi land.

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.09.17 02:41:42 by fyndraai Reply
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  • the scrum half situation for the boks is bad, ross is great, hougie is horrible, paige is inconsistent, vermaak is actually ok (but old), shroader killed it in sr but is being ignored. faf left. cam just got back and is injured. who else ?

    LS should be on the bench for the boks, ross to start. wish we could select faf

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.09.17 22:40:26 by revolverocelot Reply

     
  • Shaun Venter and Tian Meyer have both been in good form. Not long term options, but it is there

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.09.17 07:52:36 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Sad to see Coenie’s injury as he has really been playing well and is looking in good shape. JL Dupreez continues to make a big impact off the bench- Cassiem nowhere as was Kolisi in first half. We have to find another scrummie besides Hougaard. And then lastly Boks should have been awarded a penalty try to win the game- ast ditch tackle under the poles was high but ignored by the ref. At least Boks still unbeaten and All Blacks not looking as slick as they have in the past

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.09.17 08:36:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : Coenie has been really good and silenced a fear portion of the criticism levelled against him…real pity about the injury…

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.09.17 08:48:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 37) : @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : Scrumhalf is an issue…surely any of the blokes you list are better than Hougaard?

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.09.17 08:49:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : The thing I can’t understand is how Beast can start ahead of Kitzhoff,the difference when he comes on is remarkable.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.09.17 08:57:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 41) : Houghaard is so bad that even Kobus Reinarch is an improvement

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.09.17 08:58:24 by The hound Reply
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