Richard Ferguson

June Internationals: Springboks v Wales

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 2 Jun 2018 at 14:00
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Some say this match is a waste and badly organised, some say its ridiculous to go so far for a single match, some say this Bok team isn’t a B team. All we know is it’s happening and it’s a match the Springboks would love to win.

It’s an extremely young and inexperienced Springbok team, tasked with facing a tricky Welsh team, all the way over in the Capital of the US. Pieter-Steph du Toit gets his first shot at captaining the team, while there are 12 players getting their first taste of Springbok rugby.

I for one am quite excited for this game, purely from an experimental point of view. Plenty of players out to prove a point to new Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus. This is the future people, these players are set to represent the Boks at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, so it’s exciting.

For all the excitement, do not expect a flowing game of rugby. Both sides are a bit patchy, and with new combinations come trial and error, plenty of errors. It will more than likely be a frustrating game to watch, but that’s what you get with a one of match on the other side of the world.

I am very interested to see Pieter-Steph du Toit’s leadership abilities and how Kwagga Smith adapts to International rugby. Ivan van Zyl and Embrose Papier will also be watched closely, it’s likely that one of them will be on the bench next weekend against England.

Kick off is at 23h00 SA time.

South Africa: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit (captain), 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Ox Nché.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Wales: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 George North, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Ellis Jenkins (captain), 6 Seb Davies, 5 Cory Hill, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Rhys Patchell/Gareth Davies, 23 Hadleigh Parkes.

Date: Saturday, June 2
Venue: Robert F Kennedy Stadium, Washington DC
Kick-off: 17.00 (23.00 SA time; 22.00 UK time; 21.00 GMT)
Expected weather: Heavy rain, possibly with thunder and lightning, a high of 28°C and a low of 18°C. Flooding is possible.
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Alexandre Ruiz (France), Frank Murphy (Ireland)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)


  • With Wales and South Africa being in similar time zones, having a game with such a late kick off will see to it that there is a minimal television audience for the interested nations. I honestly feel there’s little reason to stay up and watch

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.06.18 17:43:37 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 1) : what time does the tv coverage start?

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.06.18 17:50:38 by byron Reply

  • 22h59?

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.06.18 17:51:43 by byron Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 1) : first game of the season mate! that’s plenty reason to stay up and watch.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.06.18 19:38:45 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 4) : Exactly. 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.06.18 21:32:12 by McLovin Reply

  • Boks by plenty. 10+ at least.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.06.18 21:32:40 by McLovin Reply

  • Watch the Top 14 final to get you in the mood.

    Kockott v Pienaar.

    And Steyn.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.06.18 21:33:47 by McLovin Reply

  • Pienaar having a bit of a shocker with the boot.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.06.18 22:24:13 by McLovin Reply

  • Great start for Esterhuizen. Nice break, nice kick…
    Not such a great start by the camera men…

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.06.18 23:04:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Looking coached

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.06.18 23:21:01 by byron Reply

  • Cracking game. If you like scrums. 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.06.18 23:27:14 by McLovin Reply

  • I guess Jake White is the head coach again, kick and chase is the order of the day. 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.06.18 23:39:16 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Some shocking handling mixed with some shocking defence and Wales score again. 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.06.18 23:42:57 by McLovin Reply

  • This team is clueless,

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.06.18 23:43:00 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • sigh

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.06.18 23:48:20 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 15) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.06.18 23:49:24 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Finally half time. 😐

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.06.18 23:49:49 by McLovin Reply

  • Guys don’t look like scoring at all.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.06.18 23:54:56 by Keagan_Sharks Reply

  • So according to Naas Jantjies is our best 10?? hy rook sterk kak 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.06.18 00:05:26 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Jantjies is not test quality,…. esshhh

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.06.18 00:41:24 by byron Reply

  • Dream start for RdP. 🙄 👿 🙁

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.06.18 00:44:50 by McLovin Reply

  • Oh well.

    Well done Wales.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.06.18 00:48:51 by McLovin Reply

  • tough start for rob Jr. feel for him. it’s gonna be an awkward plane ride home for him, I hope he gets another shot though

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.06.18 00:54:24 by Poisy Reply
  • Must be some of the worst handling/catching skills seen in a ‘test’.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.06.18 00:54:29 by McLovin Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 23) : Should make him swim back. 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.06.18 00:55:37 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : intent and passion was there. we only lost bcz of jr. no amount of training can prepare you for 2 fuck ups in a row

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.06.18 00:57:26 by Poisy Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 25) : I don’t like the kid as a rugby player but that was harsh. he must feel like shit right now. doubt he will be sleeping tonight

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.06.18 01:00:19 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 26) : I’m afraid there were more than two f-ups old bean.

    But next week we start afresh.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.06.18 01:02:54 by McLovin Reply

  • Over and out.

    Way past my bedtime.

    Sweet dreams everyone.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.06.18 01:07:31 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 28) : ment from jr not the team lol

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.06.18 01:24:12 by Poisy Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 29) : nyt nyt

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.06.18 01:24:34 by Poisy Reply
  • Not too many players pushing for entry in the Bok A team.

    Andre was decent in that mish mash of a backline. Gelant showed at least he can catch high balls under pressure. Forwards were decent in the set pieces but the loose trio was not really effective.

    Not a great first cap from Robert – he generally just looks too slow at this level. Really hope Rassie has no plan to use Van Zyl against the Poms.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.06.18 08:06:47 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 23) : It’s tough but just like when bosch had a shaky bok debut I implore me exercise restraint, rob at least got more time on the field than bosch was granted so rassie at least helped him in that respect.

    Inconsistent performance form the general bok team, next week sat game against england will be very very interesting

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.06.18 15:43:47 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 26) : Not to excuse him but the scrumhalf should have taken that kick if that was the option. Van zyl sold him, and it was probably lack of experience.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.06.18 07:16:02 by coolfusion Reply

  • Im curious why we thought this would be any different to what we have seen in Super rugby this year? Moments of really good but lots of unforced errors and no consistency.
    I feel for RDP Jnr but he deos get charged down a lot, technique issue that one would think Van Straaten should have indentified and fixed.

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.06.18 08:20:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : Both sides struggled initially but the Welsh seem to get to grips with their makeshift team and the conditions much quicker.

    If this is our next level of players pushing for places in the Bok team, the talent we have locally is really not up to the level. As you say based on what we see in Super Rugby – to be expected.

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.06.18 08:35:31 by Bokhoring Reply

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