Ox starts for Boks

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :2021 Lions Tour on 20 Jul 2021 at 15:01

Siya Kolisi will captain the Boks while Bongi Mbonambi, Makazole Mapimpi and Ox Nche have also been given the all clear to play after having to isolate.

It is good to see Lood de Jager on the bench as the other backup locks did not really impose themselves against the young Bulls forwards. I am surprised to not see Wilco Louw in the mix as neither of Trevor Nyakane and Vincent Koch really looked comfortable in the scrums for SA A.

My only worry is that the Boks will run out of gas in the second half due to having to field a number of players who will not be match fit. Interestingly Nienaber went with a 5-3 bench split instead of the expected 6-2 split.

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk; 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

BI Lions
15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland), 14 Anthony Watson (England), 13 Elliot Daly (England), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland), 10 Dan Biggar (Wales), 9 Ali Price (Scotland), 8 Jack Conan (Ireland), 7 Tom Curry (England), 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain, Wales), 4 Maro Itoje (England), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (England), 1 Wyn Jones (Wales)
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens (Wales), 17 Rory Sutherland (Scotland), 18 Kyle Sinckler (England), 19 Tadhg Beirne (Ireland), 20 Hamish Watson (Scotland), 21 Conor Murray (Ireland), 22 Owen Farrell (England), 23 Liam Williams (Wales)


  • The first test is going to be HUGE!!!

    We need to tackle them backwards and get over the breakdown quickly. Their backline has been really impressive. Interesting to see that Vunipola hasn’t been selected. I also thought Simmonds would be on the bench. Beirne and Watson are both prolific carriers and Murray, Farrell and Williams are quality players. It’s a strong bench.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.21 12:46:40 by ChrisS Reply
  • So far the boks are getting dominance

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.21 18:31:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Nic berry has had a couple of interesting calls the last 5 minutes

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.21 18:42:17 by jdolivier Reply

  • Van der Merwe is Kwaggas worst nightmare

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.21 19:29:29 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Fafs box kicks are kak

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.21 19:31:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Lions ahead 19-17

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.21 19:33:37 by Bokhoring Reply
  • How is that not a yellow?

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.21 19:36:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Ref has no clue

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.21 19:42:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Boks are struggling with the Lions mauls

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.21 19:45:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : disgusting how berry has handled the 2nd half

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.21 19:47:26 by jdolivier Reply

  • Mapimpi held back from a certain try

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.21 19:48:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Is our South African tmo really trying his best for a British citizenship, he’s screwed the boks proper tonight

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.21 19:50:43 by jdolivier Reply

  • Lions kicking game working very well for them

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.21 19:52:29 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : faf and his kicking has been figured out, we no longer contest effectively

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.21 19:53:25 by jdolivier Reply

  • I fear a miracle is needed to win this, all momentum in favor of the lions

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.07.21 19:55:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • Lions win. Some questionable decisions from the ref – Itoje stealing the ball with knees on the player, no yellow for player dumping yellow. But also some kak kicking from Faf, Boks not handling the high kicks and our World Cup replacement front row adding fuckall in the second half

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.07.21 20:01:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Player dumping Willie

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.07.21 20:02:13 by Bokhoring Reply
  • The kwagga takes every kick strategy also sucks

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.07.21 20:21:10 by jdolivier Reply

  • *kick off

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.07.21 20:21:25 by jdolivier Reply

  • The starting front row should have been given another 20 minutes. They were far superior to Kitshoff, Marx and Malherbe

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.07.21 10:24:03 by Bokhoring Reply

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