Springboks 28, Australia 8


It is Castle Rugby Championship rugby at Newlands in Cape Town. The Springboks will take on the struggling but dangerous Australian team with all too play for still in deciding this years Champions.

By: By Michael de Vries

McKenzie has come under heavy criticism for his aims in the beginning of the season to play more attacking brand of rugby, as in fact his charges, many feel has gone backwards from Deans time with the Wallabies. One thing that will be boosting the Aussies is the return of their captain James Horwill which many will want to bring calmness and structure back in this team.

For the Springbok it seems that the greatest challenge facing them is not Australia but avoiding complacency and reaching their supporters’ lofty expectations.

After a frustrating performance against the All Blacks in Auckland the home side are aiming to return to their strengths by imposing themselves physically and putting territorial pressure on the Wallabies.

Recent results:
2013: South Africa won 38-12 in Brisbane
2012: South Africa won 31-8, Pretoria
2012: Australia won 26-19, Perth
2011: Australia won 11-9, Wellington (World Cup quarterfinal)
2011: Australia won 14-9, Durban
2011: Australia won 39-20, Sydney
2010: Australia won 41-39, Bloemfontein
2010: South Africa won 44-31, Pretoria
2010: Australia won 30-13, Brisbane
2009: Australia won 21-6, Brisbane
2009: South Africa won 32-25, Perth
2009: South Africa won 29-17, Cape Town

South Africa:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 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 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia.

Date: Saturday, September 28
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT; 01.00 Sunday, September 29 AEST)
Expected weather: Cloudy but dry, high of 15 low of 10, 30km/h wind
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Pascal Gauzère (France)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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  1. Poor showing vs the weakest OZmob in 20 years
    No way they can beat the ABs, never mind a
    BP try.
    Congratulations Kiwis – you deserve the cup.

  2. Ja,Oudste,
    I tend to agree.

    I am happy they won.

    I could nothelp but notice that:

    One quarter played with 14 men.
    Passion doesn’t mean stupid.

    Too many fumbles at speed,
    a basic skill at that level.
    Not finishing off when you can
    let’s sides back into the match.

    As well as the Aussies allowed us to play
    I saw one step.
    I can’t see jdv excitement of our
    I saw no spectacular handskills,

    FDP is a welcome relief-

    but if your back line
    Can only do the basics
    at their training…


    This side have much potential
    like most Springbok sides
    and Hk bloubul style is not a secret
    but some back line coach who can actually
    show some coached results at match day
    will be a godsend.

    New Dawn.
    Another one?
    Let’s see next saterday.

  3. Only zipped thru game but did notice – what seemed like several bu that coulda been the ff speed- up and unders in Aus end?

    Bummed about bonus point Aus was never in game I wonder if they went out drinking last night – do they even care anymore?

    BP vs ABs? Tough ask but if anyone can do it the combo of FDP & Messerschmitt-Willie LeRoux can

  4. No more doubt who the best hooker is. Strauss
    got a rousing send off from the Newlands crowd.

    Still question marks around Dr. Jannie and our
    6-7-8 combination.

    Even FduP went AWOL the last 10 minutes.

  5. A team play as well as it is allowed to do so, I think we played well under circumstances.

    Aussie went off the ball a lot and dive on the ball and from the side.

    The ref had no idea at scrum time, and Aussie scrum illegal, which Nick also picked up with John in their discussion after the match.

    Take that in consideration and we played well, if we did not have the two yellow cards we would have got the bonus points try I also think.

    We also went loose a lot of the time and should have kept to our structures more.

    We won with 20 points which I will take any day of the week and twice on a Sunday.

    Cannot wait for next saterday