Springboks 44 v Italy 10


A new-look Bok side will host Italy in the second game in Durban this weekend in what promises to be a great spectacle.

Previous results
2010: South Africa won 55-11, East_London
2010:  South Africa won 29-13, Witbank
2009: South Africa won 32-10 , Udine
2008: South Africa won 26-0 , Cape Town
2001: South Africa won 54-26, Genoa
2001: South Africa won 60-14, Port Elizabeth
1999: South Africa won 101-0, Durban
1999: South Africa won 74-3, Port Elizabeth
1997: South Africa won 62-31, Bologna:
1995: South Africa won 40-21 , Rome


South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Alberto di Bernardo, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto de Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Martín Castrogiovanni, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Joshua Furno, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Tommaso Iannone.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT; 17.15 Italian time)
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Expected weather: Sunny with a high of 28°C, dropping to 15°C,
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Hennessy (Wales), Blake Beattie (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Timekeeper: Paul Ackermann (South Africa)

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  1. Good game so far, bit lucky at times, but also some bad luck. I think Le Roux is maybe trying a bit too much, which was to be expected. He’s been talked up so much this week, that I think he’s trying to prove he is that good, he doesnt need to, he is that good.

    But still enjoying the game, when taken the fact that Boks have only been together for a couple of days. They can only get better as they spend time together.

  2. They shut off coverage after 1st half in the states.
    Don’t tell me that isn’t some sort of UN violation.

  3. JDV leaving Messerschmitt’s pass in the 1st half is proof he no longer has a heart for the game – bring on the new guy named Jan.

  4. We do Craven. Americano, take a bow, your calls for Willie le Roux has been justified. He settled down nicely in the second half and had an excellent game.

    This back 3 will have NZ dirtying their pants, they are bloody fast, add to that Engelbrecht’s pace, jees.

  5. it was a good game tonight but i must say Italy’s scrums and lineouts were much better then SA’s. If SA does get better in scrums then the next time SA and Italy meets Italy may just win.

    So we will se next time.

  6. The game overall wasnt nice to watch, some schoolboy errors by the Boks. But this will only get better as the players get to know each other. Also some over eagerness by the youngsters leading to a lot of those mistakes. So all and all a very good start

  7. JJ is a breath of fresh air with the way he attack the line every time he gets teh ball in the line.

    Willie will get better as he gets to know the playesr better.

    Adriaan is a yster, Bismark will find it difficult to get back in starting lineup.

    The scrums was not that bad, a better ref would have gave penalties teh whole day against Italy for not binding with hand on ground evertime on the hit.

    Our lineouts were as bad as receiving the kick off, but all can be worked on and will be better next week.

    Overall I am very happy and looking forward to see these youngsters gets better

  8. Score flatters the Boks. 4 PK’s at scrum time,
    lost two lineouts, poor from kick-ins.

    It was only Italy, but at last Habana warrants
    some of the hype surrounding him. Took him 84
    Tests though.

    Willie showed exactly why we don’t need carthorse
    Kirchner at 15.

  9. Ok I did see the Messerschmitt -JJ link up that got knocked.
    I think that’s the point with Willie, get the ball to the burners wide ( or inside like the linking with Steyn 1st half). He’s the oil of the attack engine.

    I think the ABs will test the recently coronated Sun King positionally & under the high ball. But given his involvement in other aspects that is a more shared responsibility with all back 3.

    Bottom line is these Springboks of yours are going to score far more trys & more shots with Messerschmitt-Willie on the field.

    I did not mention Australia because until I see differently, I don’t think they can plausibly be mentioned in the same conversation as the ABs & SA. Hope that changes but as of right now? No. If they had Jake White – obvioulsly the tune would change right quick.

  10. A great deal of potential in that bok team! But jirre those line outs and scrums and kick offs were amateurish. At least those are easy to coach compared to what jj, willie, basson, habs etc bring to the team.
    Lets see how they develope.

  11. Positives, our backliine is looking lethal with Willie being able to create the half gaps and getting the ball wide.

    We now have a boaltoad of pace in the backline, the forwards were better at the rucks.

    Negatives, Coenie Oosthuizen IS NOT A FUCKING TIGHT HEAD.

    We need to work on our restart, the setup is such that we set up for the ball to come to a soecific postion and when it is a bit too deep we cannot adjust, the ball went behind our catchers a number of times.

    We need to be careful of having our defensive line all bunched up, was that NZ we played they would have scored around the wide sides as there were plenty of space on the outside.

    All in all satisfactory and hopefully another week of preparation will iron out the kinks.

  12. Backline only effective from broken play (apart from 1 move). From set pieces our pansy flyhalve was k@k. Our robotic handling of kick-offs a joke – all our super 15 teams are useless in this area though

  13. Lineouts are just as much about communication as kick offs, Bulls dont have the highest win percentage in lineouts because Kruger isnt good. Kruger and Strauss just need to find each other again. So im not to worried about lineouts either, all can be fixed with time together. Where we have trouble is scrumtime, and not just because coenie isnt a tighthead, the minute their normal tighthead (forgot his name now) came on, Beast was struggling, which just went from bad to worse as soon as Coenie came on at tighthead. Scrums have long been nowhere in SA, we need some serious effort, as we havent really dominated anyone upfront in a long time.

  14. Reply to Bekke @ 9:08 pm:

    Could part of the reason for our poorish
    backline attacks be the fact that the Boks
    never line up in a staggered line?
    Surely this keeps the defence guessing a bit?
    And with Willie part of the stagger anything
    can happen . . .
    Your thoughts?

  15. Looking forward to SA getting their pack all sorted.
    Because with gas out wide, the Sun-King will find them.
    Heck, is Tenderai Chavanga still playing? Willie could resurrect even his career at this point because at least he could get it to him in space.
    With their Messerschmitt talisman in tow – SA to monster the upcoming “Quad-Nations”.
    Will the pack rise to the occasion?

  16. Uhg this weekend screwed up my superbru as well as my comeback on ratrace. Missed the first week and a half of games, but a messerschmit like effort has seen me move into top 10, just to forget that those bloody aussies are playing this weekend. There goes my planned come from behind win.

  17. With regards to the Bok scrum, I do feel Heyneke needs to go with combinations in the front row. This mixing and matching is not going to yield the required results.

    Jannie needs a rest, so start Beast and Coenie from the bench and start with a front row of Nyakani, Adriaanse and Strauss against Scotland, see how they go.

    Basically we have to settle on two complete front rows going forward. Jannie, Bismark and Beast as one unit and Strauss, Nayakani (or Coenie) and Adriaanse as the other one. The only way these guys will improve is when they are scrumming together against proper opposition and with Superugby experience the guys guys can form solid scrumming units.

  18. Reply to Aldo @ 8:43 am: I had a big problem with the ref on the managing of the scrums. From scrum one the Italian props put their hands on the ground upon the engage. This should be a penalty to Bokke.

    I also mentioned this to Morne during the game. I also felt half teh time when they do bind the lost their grip of teh bind and went in. How this ref and his assistants did not see that I do not know.

    My feeling was we were hard done by, not saying we do not have problems in teh front row.