South Africa 36, England 27

The Boks will look to record their 9th consecutive and series win today at altitude in Johannesburg against the Poms.

Recent Results:
2012:
South Africa won 22-17 in Durban
2010: South Africa won 21-11 in London
2008: South Africa won 42-6 in London
2007: South Africa won 15-6 in Paris
2007: South Africa won 36-0 in Paris
2007: South Africa won 55-22 in Pretoria
2007: South Africa won 58-10 in Bloemfontein
2006: South Africa won 25-14 in London
2006: England won 23-21 in London
2004: England won 32-16 in London
2003: England won 25-6 in Perth

The teams:

South Africa: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 François Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Wynand Olivier, 22 Bjorn Basson.

England: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 11 David Strettle, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Alex Goode.

Date: Saturday, June 16
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.05 GMT)
Venue: Coca Cola Park (Ellis Park), Johannesburg
Expected weather conditions: Sunny with a high of 12°C, dropping to 2°C – a crisp Highveld winter’s day.
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scotland)


39 Comments on South Africa 36, England 27

  1. I wonder what Brendon will be bitching about this week. Even Spies has lifted his game, nevermind the centre pairing being on fire
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  2. bokke were poor – some instances of good play wih some extremely poor periods. Sorry, Spies was kak again (English try right in fornt of him, and his effort of a tackle seems to suggest he was not really interested in rugby!). And Steyn usual uselessness. Nearly vomitted when Olivier on the field agan…
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  3. Like last week, the pommies got away with murder at the breakdowns (never releasing, just lying over their players to protect the ball), but they were still by FAR stronger in the rucks and mails – at times seemed like our u/20 team was playing in the rucks against english??
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  4. You know Bekke

    Get some f***king perspective will you?

    The Boks lost three key players due to injury and had to adapt their play to provide for that in the second half.

    Added to which two England tries were simple addressable errors by the Boks not English brilliance. One was the result of a yet another piss poor throw (like last week’s try by Foden), and one came as a result of the Boks not retreating quickly enough. The thrid occurred when the Boks were playing 15-14 and the twat ref should have stopped play seeing as the fucking stretcher lorry was on the field to get JK off.

    The Bok flyhalf’s kicking was poor yer but like how many times in his career has he had a poor kicking ame for the Boks? He took one poor option when he should have passed but you were not there to see his vision. Like the chip kicks… both of those were preceded by instructions from JDV so he was doing what his skipper told him.

    Maybe then you should demand both hookers and JDV should be kicked out of the Bok team.

    The Boks scored four tries. JP Pietersen had an outstanding game. Junadre Kruger and Bismarck Du Plessis were huge and so was Alberts. Hougaard was brilliant and had clearly received a talking to. Frans Steyn was superb.

    And when the Bokke were just four point ahead on 72 minutes with the momentum with England it was the Boks who CLOSED THE GAME OUT and came back and scored a BRILLIANT counter attacking try started and finished by JPP.

    HM and JDV after the game in the post match were very very complimentary of the way England played. HM made it clear that this is an English team on the build who showed character and guts to not let go and it was them who fought their way back into the game not the Bokke who allowed them. BUT he was at pains to say and underline that when it was crucial and mattered the Boks closed the game out… in contrast to a few years back and even last year where we allowed teams to score come from behind wins. This is NOT a weak England team. This is a team who spent the whole 6N together and ended it coming damned close to winning it after beating the Frogs in Paris and the champions Wales in London!

    There were THREE SH v NH games this weekend.

    England was the only won that was comprehensively beaten.

    Aus needed dubious refereeing to come from behind and score “wins”. NZ needed desperate Dan Carter brilliance that Henry despises to win… a drop goal…

    We? At 72 min were were just four ahead and how did we react under this pressure having spent 30 minutes losing momentum and having lost key players to injury… we went and played three minutes of superb rugby and scored a try to make the game safe.

    Do me a favour please

    Take the drama queen to Keo… I saw him this evening… he looks kak and everyone ignored him.

    Jacques

    Same thing dude

    Get some f***king perspective…

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  5. David, I think you try too hard to impress HM – he already has a media liaision officer! I never said England was good, just that we were poor. They also miss a few players, yet they managed to pushed us all the way on our main homeground. If you believe this was good enough, you need too Google “specsavers”…
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  6. David

    Dude you know what I mean was a brilliant firts 30 min but the way we gave away on defense and mistsakes is not on I see some senior players that ride on their names and they need to be rocked abit. We know they have the qaulity but some are not showing it not now and not in the superkak. I like that hougie showed everyone that last week was last week and his service and play was brilliant in my eyes, all I and I say I want is that players must either be brilliant or piss off for in RSA we have a shit load of qaulity players. HM must keep all players on their edge, one bad game ok but if you keep playing kak rock him a bit so that he can get to the qaulity we know all these players have, our defense was shocking but was happy as you say to keep the poms out that last 10 min but they should have never been in that position in the first place just my personal thoughts

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  7. I just love Meyer’s passion and emotion in the box. The players will draw on that.

    There is something in the Bok team that just creates the anticipation that something good can happen at any time.

    The one thing that does bother me is that Meyer wants his bench players to make an impact and Olivier does not fit into that category. The attack was blunted when he took to the field and the backs could build momentum.

    For all other money well done Boks and Heyneke.

    I will say again: Heyneke keep the passion going. The players will draw inspiration from it. It is great to try and act like in a businessman like way, but in the end the coach and the team is about rugby whne on the training field and playing a game. It is much easier and less time consuming to guide passionate players, than to constantly trying to light a fire under someone’s arse.

    Just to play it safe though HM, drink that whisky and eat the garlic. Keep the blood pressure down. :bowdown:

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  8. On the ref, I was pretty impressed with Rolland. He allowed the game to flow and only when the players started to let themselves down, did he get involved. :applause:

    That had a lot to do with the freedom the Boks had to play in the 1st half IMO.

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  9. Reply to Bekke @ 6:50 pm:

    Hougaardt’s try was exactly the same. You cannot blame that defender anymore than you can blame Spies. The damage was already done.

    Not a Spies fan, but be fair.

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  10. Reply to Deon @ 3:50 am:

    There is something in the Bok team that just creates the anticipation that something good can happen at any time.
    ——–
    And not necessarily an intercept.
    Those little rolling kicks were
    really exciting and well executed.
    One can’t blame HMs substitutions –
    he was forced to make most them through
    injury.
    Only real mistake IMO was to split the
    centre pairing.
    That fist 20 minutes was the best I
    saw since the days of Mallett in ’97
    ’98.

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