Springboks 27, All Blacks 38


The Rugby Championship decider between the Springboks and the All Blacks at Ellis Park has been billed as the greatest match of the year, and with good reason. The time is here for the Springboks to make a little bit of history again.

The only thing standing in their way is the worlds number one team and World Champions, The All Blacks.

Recent Results:
2013: New Zealand won 29-15 in Auckland
2012: New Zealand won 32-16 in Soweto
2012: New Zealand won 21-11 in Dunedin
2011: South Africa won 18-5 in Port Elizabeth
2011: New Zealand won 40-7 in Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 29-22 in Soweto
2010: New Zealand won 31-17 in Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 32-12 in Auckland
2009: South Africa won 32-29 in Hamilton
2009: South Africa won 31-19 in Durban
2009: South Africa won 28-19 in Bloemfontein

South Africa:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrechtn, 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 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau.

Date: Saturday, 5 October
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Expected weather conditions: It’s spring on the Highveld, the beautiful month of October. The weather is expected to be sunny and clear with a high of 26°C, dropping to 13 °C.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Greg Garner (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. Heard last night on Toks and Tjops that referee Owens said that this is his biggest game of his career, only game that will beat this one for him will be a WC Final with AB against Boks :applause:

  2. Oh heavens my Guinness is flowing fast and I am psyched. So is pub. Loads of kiwis and saffas showing nothing but mutual respect.

  3. In the pub everytime a ref calls against sa he gets abuse. Well done as media for creating a fine old victim mentality

  4. How many as teams would have just kicked out the ball with time up? It’s like boks even expected it. Systematic problems in our rugby.

  5. @Brendon: Nah it was just lapses in defence. Don’t mind loosing against World best team if players leave all on the field.

    Fact NZ proved that they are miles ahead off every other team but the Boks is getting their

    One of the best games this year

    Hard luck Boks, Congrats NZ

  6. @Brendon: Brendan be honest, this Bok team is by as far the second best team in the world as the AB are the number 1.

    Hate it that we will now say how kak we are. This is a brilliant team in the making and mark my words they will grow.

  7. Too good… Boks still too shite…

    I’ll judge this team on whether they can take 2 from 3 on the EOYT!

    Sucks… but I at least nailed the bet on this game…

  8. @Jacques(Bunny):

    Really… nup mate… this team has more holes than my socks… and has plenty of their best not playing for the team… punting this score doesn’t make it easier for me despite the win…

  9. Have to go with Bryce on this. Too many holes. You only have to front up aggressively to the boks and you have them for the taking. We have far to few weapons. Kiwis come with a bucket full. Even when we scored our two Habana tries against run of play and shocking mostly ourselves with our loose play, the Kiwis never panicked. The minute you give them ball they create opportunities. The Boks? Dont create nothing outside of pressure and momentum.

  10. Kiwis with 14 men for 29 minutes. They scored the deathknell try with 14 down at the mighty Ellis Park.

    We have some serious systematic issues in our game which starts from how we coach under 9’s.

    This team of ours, and how we roar in the stadium when Bismarck or Eben gets the ball and makes contact (yet not making a single meter or offloading to the next man in space) is testament to this malaise.

    As in 2009 we might be number one again for a few months every 5 years, but we can never dominate this small island while we coach our kids to run into other kids when there is space outside.

    And we get too bogged down in set piece play. The bloody maul probably takes half of our training week – yet if it fails we do nothing but pass to a stil-standing prop or lock and it gets us absolutely nowhere.

  11. Give me more Le Rouxs and De Villiers today and we might have had a shot.

    We carry serious deadwood Bunny, and now matter how much they ‘improve’ they are simply not talented enough.

    Why do we need a good kiwi spanking to illustrate this?

  12. I am glad that WP sans its boks are doing this well because its as if they then play more daring rugby, and they are amasing when they let the Colbes and Aplons and De Jongs rule the roost.

    Same with Deon Fourie. Bissie is from my town and Strauss is my Cheetah captain but I still think a player like Fourie is better because he is a monster in open play – like the kiwis

  13. @bryce_in_oz:

    fair enough but i still want every tom dick and harry who spewed bile about roman poite to apologise. Turns out we are not good enough to win even at Ellis and them with 14 men.

    This much was suggested even in Auckland when we had 15 but that did not stop ever media man from fueling the rage.

  14. @Brendon:

    Yep mate… I said punters were getting ahead of themselves… I take no solace in the fact I had the AB’s @1-12pts on sportsbet… particularly when it came down to miss-tackles…

  15. Well, I had the ABs by 9 – they got it by 11.

    They were just technically better than the Boks
    in all departments bar the scrum.
    And they had our mauls taped.

    Poor defence, poor on receiving from kick-offs.
    There really is no place for Kruger in this team.
    Will Du Toit step up?

    We also need better replacement props.

    As for the captain: Showed again he is one of the
    best centres in world rugby, despite being so often
    ridiculed by his own “supporters.”

  16. @Boertjie:

    boer there is a huge difference between being a great player and being a great centre. I still dont rate Divs as a playmaking 12. He find no synergry with any partners and you cannot always blame the other guy.

    Even today when he had a great game it was still a solo effort. He aint no creator of play. We only have Willie doing that.

    jean today was all heart.

  17. Basic ball handling skills are inferior
    never mind at speed.
    Falling off tackles
    No diffirent.
    Same old same old
    4 consecutive times since the WC
    Can’t blame the ref for that

  18. Jip, this ref was excellent, up to
    the point where he dished two yellows
    for the ABs.
    And still we lost . . . at the Highveld . . .
    no jetlag.

    Would they have played differently had
    it not been for chasing a BP?
    Could they then have won?
    It seems we can either defend or attack –
    not both in the same match.

  19. Just watched the game again… it really must be said…

    > This AB team is the best in the history of the game

    > This Bok team played to the best of ‘their’ ability… no coach will change that

    > Loose game in the end and slipped tackles lost that game

    It’s not all doom and gloom… where to from here for 2013… win every game on the EOYT whilst they continue to tweak!

  20. Ag toe, leave the bile and hate speech. The Boks were simply outplayed and the All Blacks proved how good they are. It was an amasing game to watch. Noth teams played brilliantly with ball in hand. We let ourselves down on defense and lost too many lineouts in the second half.

    Brendon, the Boks play expansive rugby and still you complain? We created many more oppertunities than the All Blsacks. In fact, Willie le Roux might have scored a hat trick of tries, but for some bad luck. We ran holes at times in the much vaunted All Black defense, with finishing letting us down. Too put it in the Aussie way, nah mate, we were well beaten, but we showed genuine improvement this year.

    Let’s be honest, when last did we score 4 tries against the All Blacks? We left at least another 3 on the field. Yes I am dissapointed in the loss and felt like crying, but I am proud of the way we played, we are definitely on the right track. When Heyneke took over we were nowhere, we now are truely the second best team in the world, not even by a short margin, we are just that much better than any other team than the All Blacks. And we will challenge them for the number one spot not too far in the future. We need some maturity and self belief and this team will be world beaters.

    What I hated was the crowd booing Zane Kirchner when he came of. It was in poor taste and left a bad taste in the mouth, the guy played really well all round and only kicked the one bad kick that turned into a try, but other than that he was good. We Saffas just do not appreciate what we have.

  21. @Aldo:

    Best post so far Aldo.

    I enjoyed the game, was gutted that we lost, but Boks really played their hearts out. The fact that we are playing positively this year goes along way to fill me with hope for the future. I had my doubts last year, but Heyneke is doing something right and I will support him all the way to 2015.

    This team needs some tweaking, for sure. I am still not convinced we have the correct players in all positions. I would like to see an inform Frans Steyn back at fullback, which hopefully will happen next year. JJ looks great on his runs, but his allround game still needs improvement. Oh for Jacque Fourie to still have been here in a team playing with this positive mindset.

    We need to find a lock partner for Eben, none of the current mob have me convinced. Maybe Pieter-Steph is the future? Our prop combinations need tweaking as well. I would love another tighthead on the bench and big Coenie playing loosehead.

    But to restate, this Bok team makes me excited. Looking back at last year this time, we have improved a hell of a lot. Thanks Mr Meyer, your efforts are definitely not going unnoticed.

    As for the ref, he had a great game I thought. Can we have more of him please?

  22. Ja Aldo
    Let me wipe the tears away
    with a deft swipe that has been practiced
    for 10 years.

    We are so great
    We now start talking of those games
    That were closer than others.
    But why we constantly lose
    Against them
    Is never addressed.