Bakkies starts

November 4, 2008
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The Springboks have announced their team to play against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with Bakkies Botha a shock starter.

From News24.

Springbok Team – Test caps in brackets:

1 – Beast Mtawarira (7)
2 – Bismarck du Plessis (19)
3 – John Smit (captain) (78)
4 – Bakkies Botha (52)
5 – Victor Matfield (77)
6 – Schalk Burger (46)
7 – Juan Smith (52)
8 – Pierre Spies (16)
9 – Fourie du Preez (42)
10 – Ruan Pienaar (24)
11 – Bryan Habana (43)
12 – Jean de Villiers (43)
13 – Adrian Jacobs (18)
14 – JP Pietersen (21)
15 – Conrad Jantjes (21)

Reserves:

16 – Brian Mujati (9)
17 – Gurthro Steenkamp (18)
18 – Andries Bekker (10)
19 – Ryan Kankowski (4)
20 – Ricky Januarie (31)
21 – Frans Steyn (24)
22 – Jaque Fourie (39)

Points of interest:

The match will be the 23rd Test between South Africa and Wales since 1906. It is the third and final Test in the Prince William Cup, which the Springboks secured when they beat Wales in the first two tests in South Africa in June – 43-17 (Bloemfontein) and 37-21 (Pretoria).

The Springbok starting XV shows five changes to the run-on team in the previous Test against Australia on August 30. Captain John Smit replaces Brian Mujati at tight head, Bakkies Botha returns in the place of Andries Bekker at lock, Ruan Pienaar replaces Butch James at flyhalf, and wings Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen return in the place of Jongi Nokwe and Odwa Ndungane respectively.

Ricky Januarie is the only survivor on the bench from the Australia Test, with Pienaar graduating to the starting XV, flank Danie Rossouw not included in the match 22, Percy Montgomery having retired and Adriaan Strauss (hooker), Jannie du Plessis (prop) and Luke Watson (flank) not in the tour squad of 28.

Sixteen players in the squad of 22 featured in the previous test against Wales in Pretoria in June – eleven in the starting XV – Jantjes, Jacobs, de Villiers, Habana, Januarie, Spies, Smith, Matfield, Botha, Smit and Mtawarira – whilst Bekker, Gurthro Steenkamp, Bismarck du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski and Frans Steyn were on the bench.

13 of the match 22 played in the Test at the Millennium Stadium on November 24, 2007 – Pienaar (fullback), Pietersen, Fourie, Steyn, Habana, Januarie, Kankowski, Smith, Burger, Botha and Smit were in the starting XV whilst Jantjes and du Plessis came on from the bench. Smith, Fourie (2), Pietersen and Kankowski scored tries in the 34-12 victory.

Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha will extend their record as a lock combination in the starting line-up to 43

Jean de Villiers needs two tries against Wales to equal Joost van der Westhuizen’s record of six career tries against Wales

Jaque Fourie needs one try to become the sole record holder for most test tries as a centre (Current record is 19 held with Danie Gerber)

Bismarck du Plessis needs one try to become the sole record holder for most tries as a hooker (Current record is 5 held with James Dalton)

Schalk Burger and Juan Smith each need one try to become the sole record holder for most tries as a flank (Current record is 9 held with Andre Venter)

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48 Comments

  1. avatar Morneno says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    GO BAKKIES!

    Klap hulle

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    So Del Carme guessed wrong
    with Pakslae – who’s not
    even in the 22.
    :dunce cap:
    :brownie:

    Well, for once I agree
    with :snor:.
    Better – Best – Bekker

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:03 pm:

    Of course it’s only because
    Bekker is a WP boytjie.
    No other reason.
    :fishing:

  4. avatar Morneno says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    :lol:

    Ja wat, ek is net fokken bly Rose is nie in die 22 nie!

  5. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Ag stem julle twee ou wyndrinkers uiteindelik oor iets saam!

    This is a very very good Bok team. Bar Jantjies at 15 (or in the squad) I cannot see many weaknesses. Should Steyn replace the torryupununder this is our best Bok team right now.

    Go Boks!

  6. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Please Peter at some stage replace Jantjies with JPP with Spies moving to 11 and Kanko to 8.

    Now I just wonder if Canterbury make the pockets in the Bok shorts big enough for Spies to put Williams in and then score a try!

  7. avatar Morneno says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 4:18 pm:

    Spies to 11…

    Aii jai jai.

    And people thinks I am Cuckoo by moving Jean one position to 10…

  8. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Reply to Morneno @ 4:08 pm:

    As Rose by Stormers was en hulle gehelp het om NIE die semi te haal nie was jou bek nou doodstil.

  9. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Reply to Morneno @ 4:20 pm:

    Move Jean to 10? Shit then the 12 wont see any ball either.

    And Jean cannot kick.

  10. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 4:18 pm:

    Please Peter at some stage replace Jantjies with JPP with Spies moving to 11 and Kanko to 8.
    =========
    And then move Spies even further
    from the action and make him a
    linesman.

    Fairies will become pregnant before
    Habana is dropped.

  11. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Spies should be 14. Not to start but it should be fun seeing him there for 20 minutes or so.

  12. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:22 pm:

    Habana is yster. So is Spies. When the latter managed to catch the ball against FS in semis he was absolutely awesome. One of those ‘rather with us then against us’ players. Ditto Habana.

  13. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 4:22 pm:

    Big fan of Jean – at 12.

    Playing him 10 is about the
    dumbest thing I’ve heard.

  14. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:25 pm:

    Big fan of Jean – at 11!

    :lol:

    Now lets get Morne talking again.

  15. avatar Morneno says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 4:20 pm:

    Nee, ek het gese hy was kak toe hy hier ook was.

    Selle as Luke.

    Jean would have been like Naas, you don’t need a backline with him at 10…

    Cheers I am off!

  16. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 4:25 pm:

    When the latter managed to catch the ball
    =========
    Jip. WHEN is the operative word.
    Habana seems so out of form, he
    may as well be out of the squad.

  17. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    But forget the Boks.

    Can we not rather talk about how wild the Stormers will be next year?

    :pot:

  18. avatar Morneno says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Reply to Morneno @ 4:26 pm:

    Spies kannie n fokken bal vang nie man!

    Okay ek is nou rerig weg, cheers.

  19. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Reply to Morneno @ 4:26 pm:

    you don’t need a backline with him at 10…

    He seems to think that already – at 12!

  20. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Reply to Morneno @ 4:26 pm:

    Ja, jy’s vandag so baie
    gebliksem – ek sal ook
    waai as ek jy is.

    En Kadawer was nog nie eers
    op die site nie.

  21. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Reply to Morneno @ 4:28 pm:

    Pakslae het ook altyd gesukkel met die bal vang ding tot Sheryl hom bietjie onder hande gehad het. Dalk tyd dat Spies meer aandag gee.

  22. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:29 pm:

    Ja nee smaak my ook die mier vat bietjie houe op die site.

  23. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 4:31 pm:

    Jy kan mos sien hy het
    al breinskade van al
    die houe.

  24. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Ek sien die Sharks gaan nou ook vir Pienaar op 10 speel. great.

    Move nou net vir Steyn na 15 sodat hy ook kan settle. En vir Jantjies na Vodacom Cup saam sy vriend Luke.

  25. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Jis maar ek hoop Bakkies gebruik daardie eerste helfte om die manne moeg te maak sodat Bekker heerlik in agterlyn kan kom hang en al die shine vang.

  26. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    OK nee ek sien hulle gaan Steyn op 12 hou. Sweet. Dan kan Jean sommer 11 toe move en Steyn na 12 vir Bokke ook.

  27. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Torpedo gaan die bal 21 keer
    vang, sewe tree hol en dan in
    die lug in skop.
    Hy is so geprogrammeer.

  28. avatar The Brand says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 4:32 pm:

    AMEN !!!

  29. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:38 pm:

    15 van die 21 keer gaan hy genoeg spasie he om eers te goose step vir niemand vcor hy die torry launch.

    Dan se die kommentator: Jantjies kicks the ball in a way thats very difficult for the opposition to field.

    En dan vang die ander maatjie eenvoudig die bal, roep `n merk, en skop dan die fokon deng terug.

  30. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Nou ja daar is almal weg. Mamma het heerlike gekookte kos in die oond. Nou moet die stads apies net 2 ure in verkeer tussen die fumes sit en dan is dit by die huis!

  31. avatar dummykick says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Rose to Tighthead imo!

  32. avatar spunkie says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Beter beste bekker was is goeie opsie,
    Spagetti arms kanko moet nog eers sy voete vind op d vlak.
    Dink dit is d beste span wat ons kon kies!

  33. avatar dummykick says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    it’s a clever move if you think about it, the opposition prop impales himself on the toothless javelin :D

  34. avatar Stan says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Reply to spunkie @ 5:24 pm:
    Nie op vasskop en heelagter nie…

  35. avatar sharks30 says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Bakkies = 9 punte per game teen ons vir vuilspel :cuckoo:

  36. avatar newbokshields says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Ag ou sharkie ek moes al die hele week hoor hoe die wp ouens kerm oor ‘ander’ spelers en nou moet ek jou grappies oor bakkies ook aanhoor?

    Bakkies is `n monster en sedert die Jake White dae nogal `n skoon een ook.

    As Cheetah kan ek met sekerheid se dat ek bly is beide Kanko en Spies is daar!

  37. avatar sharks30 says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Reply to newbokshields @ 7:08 pm:
    :agree: Terg net :wink:

  38. avatar Stan says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Reply to sharks30 @ 6:55 pm:
    Bekommer jou eerder oor Smit se gebreekte nek as oor Bakkies… en dan daarna Mujati..

  39. avatar sharks30 says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Reply to Stan @ 8:18 pm:
    Kyk ek laaik Smit fokkol , gans en al te liberaal na my smaak , ek wens hy wil Bulle toe gaan :nono:

  40. avatar sharks30 says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Reply to sharks30 @ 8:20 pm:
    Hoekom is Dok Jannie nie daar :?:

  41. avatar Stan says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha will extend their record as a lock combination in the starting line-up to 43

    Inderdaad n merkwaardige mylpaal.
    Daar is ook nie n beker of medalje behalwe die Leeus agter hul naam nie.

  42. avatar Stan says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Reply to sharks30 @ 8:20 pm:
    Hy het daai kak maniere in Natal aangeleer…
    Hy was n oulike seun voor dit.

  43. avatar Stan says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Reply to sharks30 @ 8:21 pm:
    Killer Smit en Mujati is mos daar… :whistling:

  44. avatar Stan says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Lyk my hier is niemand nie… dan gaan ek maar sport kyk.

  45. avatar sharks30 says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Reply to Stan @ 8:31 pm:
    :muahaha:
    Reply to Stan @ 8:32 pm:
    :blah: :1up:

  46. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Ag nee… this means… Smit to move to hooker when the sub front row comes on…

    Not a fan of the swapping positions in the latter half of the game at all… it’s cost us many a time…

    With the ELV’s front-rows have to be replaced by fresh legs to play at 110% for 85minutes…

  47. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 3:22 am

    5 starting POC’s… 8 in the 22…

  48. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Didn’t realise the following… particularly Mossie’s figures (and that was with MJ there before him in JW’s tenure)…

    “Jaque Fourie needs one try to become the sole record holder for most test tries as a centre (Current record is 19 held with Danie Gerber)

    Bismarck du Plessis needs one try to become the sole record holder for most tries as a hooker (Current record is 5 held with James Dalton)

    Schalk Burger and Juan Smith each need one try to become the sole record holder for most tries as a flank (Current record is 9 held with Andre Venter)”

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