Bok team announced


The Bok team for the second test has been announced.

Schalk Burger has been given the number 6 jersey with Brüssow moving to the bench.

In another surprise move Ricky January has been axed from the 22-man squad completely, with Chiliboy Ralepele selected on the bench.

Adi Jacobs retains his spot ahead of Jaque Fourie who is on the bench for successive weekends.

The axing of January also means that De Villiers went for a 7/2 split on the bench.

Bok Team:

15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Adi Jacobs, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (c), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chilliboy Ralepelle, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Heinrich Brussow, 21 Jaque Fourie, 22 Morne Steyn.

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  1. Great run on team that- would have preFFered the RWC wiNNing 13 to play 13- but hey Adi was part of the first 50 minutes- when there were not much baLL for PhiLLips to swing.

    Dont mind BruSSow- being on the bench

    stiLL dont understand the bench though

    GueSS if FdP gets injured Ruan to play 9 with Morne Steyn @ 10.

    Have no problem there

    Bench is just light to cover problems to the wings.


    Lets hOPE!


  2. Hell of a strong XV! Having Bekker and Rossouw and bit unnecessary would rather have gone for Kankowski but otherwise no complaints. (or swop starting with Rossouw instead of Spies, Spies in the last 30 could be good).

    Communication between Adi and JDV should be better this week. If not just sub sooner rather than later.

  3. Reply to PietPloos @ 2:05 pm:

    Pienaar is there for cover on 9.

    Between Schalk and Brussouw, they can protect Pienaar.

    Carstens? eish…., Hopefully he won’t be needed.

    I can live with this, would have been nice with Wynand Olivier on bench, and Mossie starting.

    Politics will always be the “klippie in die skoen”

  4. Pietploos, ek dink Meerkat moet gaan kraam die naweek?
    I.t.v. komplimente: OK, van al die :poop: coaches, is Helium darem nie die heel :poop: ste nie (dis Stroolie!)

  5. Piet is verseker beter as Strauli en Viljoen itv results, maar hy het darm ook ‘n fantastiese span ge-erf van Jake wat hom die ideale voorsprong gegee het!

  6. And by moving Smit to tighthead he has ensured another 2 or 3 years of him being our captain which is great. If he scrums well he can go from being a very good hooker to a great prop because he contributes all over the park.

  7. Reply to middles @ 2:55 pm:
    keep brussouw, swap burger for spies and let burger burn it up for 50mins where he’ll be buggered from lack of match sharpness and then bring on spies in last 30 when more open.

    replace JdV with WO, Roberts is making everyone in that inside channel his biatch and getting over the adv line everytime, Burger will help but Olivier will also tackle better than JdV and is a loftus hometown boy just come off S14 success, horses for courses.

    finally and this is more leftfield, drop Becker for Deysel to use as impact for Juan in last 20min with Rossouw covering lock.

  8. Is the Meerkat injured,
    or has :snor: become a

    Just shows how totally
    unnecessary his racial
    outburst was.

    Bekker, Brussow, Rossouw
    on the bench seems a bit
    of overkill.

    Carstens must have shares
    in the :snor: family business.

  9. 1. Beast 2. Bismarck 3. Smit 4. Bakkies 5. Matfield 6. Brussow 7. Juan 8. Burger 9. FdP 10. Pienaar 11. Habana 12. WO 13. JF 14. JP 15. Steyn.

    Replacements: 16. Guthro 17. Kruger 18. Rossouw 19. Deysel 20. Spies 21. Jdv 22. Jacobs

    Daai span sal die leeus doer oor die palle skop.

  10. Reply to cab @ 3:16 pm:

    great thinking about the loosies. Obviously Deysel not in the squad so can’t really consider it an option currently but i agree that Spies is looking more and more in the impact mould.

    I do think that even WO will struggle keeping the defensive line strong with Pienaar on his inside and Adi outside. WO does tackle strongly but he had JP Nel and Steyn so he didn’t have to worry about covering other channels.

  11. Reply to cab @ 3:23 pm:

    I like.
    Personally I hope they play
    towards their strenghts more:

    Spies – can be devastating with
    the right ball in the right move
    (swing scrum, pickup at 8, blindside

    Habana – They simply must create
    space and ball for him and JPP.

    Mauls – Very effective, must have more.

    Fourie du P – Don’t worry – he
    creates his own chances.

  12. Reply to middles @ 3:28 pm:
    Yes maybe he will struggle, but WO is a bit young and gung-ho and fris, he will at least try and knock that big welsh taff back in the tackle, and thats what someone needs to really hit him hard early, fair but really hard, just to let him know he cant saunter around their all day. He’s taking liberties with Jean.

  13. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:31 pm:
    he can be but we never actually got the sort of ball retension where we can use him, the whole thing was such madness for the first 50mins that even brussouw could not set himself, this is where afkop excels, somme let him loose ek se…

  14. Reply to cab @ 3:32 pm:

    I think Jean is the best
    organiser of defence –
    apart from being the best
    centre of the lot.

    Hence his continued inclusion.

    I don’t think it has to do with
    favouritism etc.

  15. Reply to middles @ 3:34 pm:
    nope its a good side, i’m happy with PdV.

    the subsitutions were a bit foolish but his reasoning was sound, it was a period that it looked the lions were gaining ascedency, i think tho he should have trusted his onfield players for another 5 mins or so.

    besides i think his zen koans are wonderful thought-puzzlers.

  16. Reply to cab @ 3:34 pm:

    Points to work on then –
    exploit your own advantages
    to the fullest.

    We had some good posession –
    4 lineouts and 4 scrums won –
    but we kicked every single

  17. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:36 pm:
    i think jean is exceptional, but not against this sort of centre, too much of a thinker, this roberts just runs straight, if the lions get that sort of ascendancy in this all-important channel again, i reckon they will take some of the 4 chances spilled over the line last week, and will win fairly easily.

  18. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:39 pm:
    in fact imo this is exactly where we need your old hero, someone like mannetjies roux who stops this guy with some big hits.

    but you might be right, Jean is very good centre allround.

  19. Reply to cab @ 3:43 pm:

    I don’t think he will enjoy running it Schalk too much either, might just dampen his spirits some what. I am a little concerned though that Schalk might just clothesline him and earn a card in the process.

  20. Reply to PietPloos @ 3:47 pm:
    lol, neewat dus nie net jacobs nie, geen schalk of butch, en pienaar en jean vlieg nie in nie. daai twee senters het omtrent 9 of 10 linebreaks gemaak, daai is nie ontvaarbaar in die moderne game.

  21. Die RUGGRAAD van die huidige BokGroep en die genuine besluitnemers is:

    John S
    Schalk B & Juan S
    FdP en Percy!!

  22. Reply to Ollie @ 3:48 pm:
    lol, and i can just see that, the longer schalk is off and the higher the game pressure the more likely he will be to do exactly that…haha. he just wants moer anything plat that moves old schalk.

  23. Reply to cab @ 3:51 pm:

    Strange, I have visual recollections
    of all the forwards driving guys
    back in the tackle.

    None of the Afkophoender.

    I do have recollections of guys
    slipping his tackles and of him
    being the 2nd or 3rd tackler.

    Maybe it’s just my prejudice –
    I remember what I want to?

  24. Reply to PietPloos @ 3:55 pm:
    dalk moet ek ook bietjie in slow motion weercheck, te veel miskien, maar hel Bod is Adi se man en Roberts is jean se man, en al wat ek sien is roberts wat deur die hele spulle lekker straight draf.

  25. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:59 pm:
    no ways afkop somme runs in and hits them with everything.
    the only worry as ollie says is he dont go head-hunting again.
    used to be part of white’s game with the umbrella defense, force them all in to the ok corale where schalla pounces, thats why DC never excels v bos when schalla on, he is bang of the big burger sandwich, i am sure.

  26. Reply to PietPloos @ 3:55 pm:

    same here – he was pulled in off his line by Jamie a few times which put BOD into space. He needs to trust his incide centre… Maybe that is from playing for the sharks that he had to cover for his incide centre a few times and now he is doing it all the time. Should be better this week.

  27. What I don’t like is that Adi is apparently playing with an injury. Let the bloke get it healed if that is the case. We have enough centers to cover for him.

  28. I am asking because Fourie was on at time when we were doing most of the defending and I for one saw him all over the place.

  29. Reply to middles @ 4:30 pm:

    Not sure, I didn’t see the full stats, was just told how many they missed.

    Regardless though, 2 missed tackles is hardly a revolving door in 50 odd minutes of rugby.

  30. Reply to Ollie @ 4:34 pm:

    Not if the other team don’t have the ball. I remember the tackle count for the bokke being 20 something at halftime then 88 by the end of the match. Moer of a difference.

    Anyway, does it count as a missed tackle when you miss the player completely? :mrgreen:

  31. Reply to JT – @ 4:41 pm:

    Jip. You can also get away with
    selecting a guy that looks like
    an overweight prop and play him
    at #9.

    I still find it strange that :snor:
    (a) says he does not listen to
    (b) then goes off his rocker in
    defending himself against the
    critics and
    (c) then drops the player anyway.


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  33. Heading on 365:

    Ralepelle excited by Lions opportunity

    He’d better be, since he’s only
    No.2 with the Bulls and somewhere
    around No.4 in the country.

  34. Reply to Morné @ 1:58 pm:

    Are you for real the problems are not solved in the slightest… there is STILL no TH on the bench… the 5th best hooker in the land now in his place… STILL no bench 9… and STILL the injured Adi starting and to a lesser degree there’s STILL a 7ft winger at lock!

    He’s a simpleton…