Bokke 56, Samoan dirtbags 23


Yes it’s true. I said it. Samoa are scum. They always play dirty against the Bokke and escape. Will today be different?

The Samoans gave as well as they got and matched scores with the Boks against Italy and Scotland… arguably they were better. Is Bok rugby’s staff losses finally telling? Are the Samoans beginning to compete in international rugby? We’re about to see…

Players to Watch

For South Africa: Of course, you will watch cunning Willie le Roux who could just revel in a match such as this. You will watch Bryan Habana and admire his zest for the game.

For Samoa: Flyhalf Tusi Pisi may just be one of the most deceptive players in the world – deceptive in his footwork, deceptively fast and deceptively strong. He can break a defence apart. And you will keep an eye out for massive Alesana Tuilagi, so effective against Italy and so anonymous against Scotland. Perhaps he was resting from his labours. Samoa’s No.8 Taiasina Tuifu’a gets through a pile of energetic, powerful work.

Head to Head: Experienced Paul Williams, son of the great Bryan, against rookie JJ Engelbrecht of great speed and enthusiasm. Then there is the contest between two different kinds of flyhalves – staid Morné Steyn and sparkling Tusi Pisi. Steyn has homeground advantage. The battle between the front rows is an interesting one and could be decisive – huge Census Johnston against iffish Tendai Mtawarira. And when big Census leaves, bigger James takes his brother’s place. The hooking duel could be interesting in the scrum but more obviously about the field. Adriaan Strauss and Wayne Ole Avei both have high workrates about the field and both enjoy carrying the ball.

Previous results:
2011: South Africa won 13-5, Albany (World Cup pool match)
2007: South Africa won 59-7, Paris (World Cup pool match)
2007: South Africa won 35-8, Johannesburg
2003: South Africa won 60-10, Brisbane (World Cup pool match)
2002: South Africa won 60-18, Pretoria
1995: South Africa won 42-14, Johannesburg (World Cup quarterfinal)
1995: South Africa won 60-8, Johannesburg

Prediction: History suggests a Springbok victory but this is not confirmed by recent history. Mercifully, this will be a match, injuries aside, between the first-choice sides of each country. Normally one would expect a Springbok victory by a substantial margin but not after last Saturday in Nelspruit. If they repeat that performance, they will lose, which is unthinkable at Loftus. So we predict a close victory for the Springboks in an exciting match.


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

Samoa: 15 James So’oialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (captain), 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Jeremy Su’a, 8 Taiasina Tuifu’a, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 James Johnston, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Va’aulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Alafoti Fa’osiliva.

Date: Saturday, 22 June 2013
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT, 04.15, Sunday, June 23 Samoa time)
Expected weather: Sunny with a high of 21°C, dropping to 5°C .
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Hennessy (Wales), JP Doyle (England)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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  1. Willie Le Roux take a bow, reads the game so well and unpicks the defence. Exciting stuff even JDV passing some good ball.

  2. As predicted the Scumoans have already sustained one yellow and one for certain citing provided the IRB hasn’t sent some dronk gat affirmative wannabe to be citing commissioner.

  3. Loved how the Messerschmitt planned his early gaffes to giddy-up his detractors ( are you reading this Gavin Rich you creep).

    Only to then dash their hopes on the rocks of reality.
    Without Willie Boks don’t score most trys & their instinct in close is to muscle over or kick for points.

  4. Besides that they have been pretty clean so far none of those late swinging arms

  5. I think it shoulda been a yellow for Tuialagi.
    That ball was not for JDV. It was for Habana & he woulda been gone.

  6. Yeah I felt red was harsh. Probably because the only time Ive ever enjoyed anyone getting a red card was Ollie le Roux at Loftus. Shees I hate that guy.

    Red cards spoil the game a bit for me. But good game by Boks. Willie le Roux was flippen awesome. He really proved himself and his worth in all three matches. Evidently, he had bad starts in all 3 as well, hopefully he sorts the mistakes out, against the All Blacks or Aus that could cost us the game, but he creates tons of space around him.

  7. Caught on stateside feed Samoan player handing Willie something from his kit bag post game.
    Looked to be a shrunken head. :ghost:

    Surely they recognized this SunKing from some old island tale & thought an offering was in order.

    Good game.
    No worries about being nervous for Willie vs ABs/Aus.
    It wasn’t the Samoans or the test, rather I think it was due to the game being played @ Zee Bulls Death Star.

  8. Good game. The Simians showed some awesome handling as well.

    The stallwarts also came to the party, except for the 25 mins in second halve, when the operation was not CONTROL like the rest of the game.

    FLo was awesome, like Le Roux (he booked his place at 15),Habana and JJ. Morne had a good day distributing the ball. I also thought Ruan was not so bad.

    Of the guys that disappeared in previous 2 tests, the whole front row was streets better, so too Etsebeth and to my opinion, Spies, while he was on. Van der Merwe was a better option at lock than Kruger, felt to me that he provided more stability in fixed phases.

    What happened with that sucker punch of a try that the Simians scored from the line out? Is there no drill for that?

  9. At last we saw the Boks run the ball when they turned it over, was great to see.

    The pace in our backline made me. Drool like an 80 year old toppie watching a beauty contest.

    Willie le Roux knows how to create gaps for his outside support runners.

    Adriaan Strauss will be getting some soothing ointment on his privates.

    Pierre Spies must retire from international rugby.

    Ruan Pienaar must now qualify to play for Ireland.

    Habs well done on pipty tries.

    JJ jou fokken doring.

    Feel happy tonight, tough opponent and we won well.

  10. Crazy how some people criticise Pienaar – have they forgotten the crap service of Hougaard? Or how often Vermaak (and even Van Zyl!!!) is caught behind the rucks? Pienaar is MILES better than the rest (even though he is not at the level that we would like for international level). Reality is that we just do not have decent scrumhalves at the moment (and forget about Kocket – he has way too many chips on his shoulders…)

  11. Reply to Bekke @ 12:53 pm:

    Not crazy… he is KAK

    ALL our scrumhalves are kak.

    And if you want to see REAL kak watch how many tackles Pienaar misses but for you brainless Stormers supporting dolts (and Brendon of course) tackling just wastes time that could be spent running with the ball I guess.

    Vermaak’s speedy service was very Greganesque in speed of getting the backline moving against Italy whilst Pienaar’s slowmo diesel drive was most of the reason we could not get away against Scotland… maybe read up some… or rather… have someone read to you…

  12. Reply to DavidS @ 3:15 pm:

    Two noteowrthy ratings on 365:

    9 Ruan Pienaar
    An all-round improvement on last weekend. His best contributions were on defence, where he slipped a few but made two try-saving tackles. He was quicker to the breakdown and his box kicking was more accurate. Could still offer more on attack.

    8 Pierre Spies
    An awful mistake at the back of the defensive five-metre scrum that almost resulted in a try and failed to get over the advantage line. A cringe worthy performance.

  13. Reply to Cosa @ 8:02 pm:

    The try was a simple mistake by Willem Alberts.

    He played the receiver and should have been guarding the opposing receiver. If you watch it in slow-mo, you can see how he realizes his mistake just a split second too late.