Springboks 27, All Blacks 38

October 5, 2013
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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

Teams:
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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142 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    We are an hour away fro the much awaited game at Ellis Park :boks:

  2. avatar Americano says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Messerschmitt-Willie LeRoux…….
    You’re cleared for take-off !

  3. avatar wrinkly 1 says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Go Bokke.You can do it boys.

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    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:

  5. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Here we go, wish I was their

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    @Brendon: :)

  8. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    No WiFi so doing this from phone for now. Pardon is a bit slow

  9. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    That haka is going to be huge

  10. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Go beast!

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Boks looks focus

  12. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Pub chooses today to not have WiFi

  13. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Next to me a Zimbabwe girl who just cried for “her” mtawarira.

  14. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    And my pint is still leaking

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    @Brendon: :applause:

  16. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    It’s tense. Guinness is good for you

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    AB Starts with some fire and on attack in Boks 22 but Boks ball

  18. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Player don’t seem too emotional

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Both teams feeling each other out

  20. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Please get our fat guys out of the backline right now

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Willie with great kick on attack and force 5 meter scrum as AB carry ball over

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Same Place as WC 95 :)

  23. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    In sa we will hate fourie for doing that yet in my mind that’s trying something new.

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Weird option from Fourie after penalty advantage

  25. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Banana calling for a ball he has not the skills to catch

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Should have gone and played adavantage

  27. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Dik Alberts and Morne missing crucial tackles

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Ben Smith run through Boks on side-line and score first try for AB.

    It started with Jeandre knocking ball on at kick off and Boks defence let them down

  29. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    My autocorrect makes habana into banana. Racist

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    AB choose to kick short at kick offs and Boks goes deep, have to give your players change to get to ball

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Nobody making the line straight in boks backline

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Great tackle from boks

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    We need to start dominating the scrums

  34. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Oh what a beauty

  35. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    And it’s Willie joining at 10

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    AB not committing too many players to break down and just as I say that Habs goes over after brilliant break by Vermeulen

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Habs score second try missed it as HD signal goes off

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Refs goes to TMO

  39. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Well Fuck me*! How great we are when we just play the game

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Try awarded Flo going for the pass to Habs

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Fourie with brilliant kick as Habs pulled something in legg

  42. avatar DavidS says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Dear Brendon
    Message from a Mr Vermeulen
    It says
    LINK THAT BETHLEHEM BUM.

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Habs going off

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Willie almost gets ball from kick and chase

  45. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Bad luck habs

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    23 min gone

  47. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    AB come back with second try

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    @Brendon: :)

  50. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Nigel not taking Richie shit great too see

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Attacking lineout for Boks

  52. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Boks gets penalty and go for Line again

  53. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Ref is talking now to AB great stuff that is their warning

  54. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Boks hungry to maul.

  55. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    AB done a great job in killing the maul turnover scrum for them

  56. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Happy we lost that. Kak deafeatist rugby. We dont need it, as two habana tries now showed

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Great scrum from Boks

  58. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Boks turn over the scrum great stuff from tehm

  59. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    These two teams are so even.

  60. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Boks have some lapses in defence and they cannot let it happens too much

  61. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Boks waiting for the AB to catch high ball, stupid play by them

  62. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Alberts and Read down after lineout

  63. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Alberts will go off looks like neck injury

  64. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Kolisi on for Alberts

  65. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    We are now stronger. Alberts just heavy, not effective. Milieuat least carries well

  66. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Saying that, I hope Willem is ok

  67. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Ok now tv signal lost. You would swear I am in the sudan

  68. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Tv back on and boks decide to not tackle. I an watching the cheetahs

  69. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    NZ score 3 de try after bad defence from Boks, Willie going for intercept and give AB space, bad play as hooter sounds

  70. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    HOW FKN STUPID CAN YOU BE!

  71. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    @Boertjie: Ja Oom

  72. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    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.

  73. avatar Deon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Playing pretty is going to lose us this game.

  74. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Wilie missing that made no difference. We did not have numbers because we did not play till after shooter sounded.

  75. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It’s an odd old game this but kiwis jusy speading ball the whole time.

  76. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    No bunny. We are fine on attack. Just not tackling.

  77. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Boks need to get to AB half

  78. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    AB hitting us hard

  79. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Finally cheaters gets yellow

  80. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Fourie takes fast and Willie dance through and score Boks 3

  81. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Morne Kicks over and Boks take lead, now to keep AB out

  82. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    High tackle on Willie ref should check

  83. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    No Tackle is fine Willie went down

  84. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    In All that we saw Eben sprinting down the touch line brilliant

  85. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Can we start believing?

  86. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Carried over by smith scrum Boks 5 meters out

  87. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    @Brendon: For the win ye

  88. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Strauss and Coenie on for the Boks

  89. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    AB steel ball in ruck and kick down field

  90. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    We are not putting enough players to the break down and loosing too much ball

  91. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Beast also going off as steenkamp come on for him

  92. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Willie goes out of line again and AB looks like they scored their fourth try

  93. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    No Try Kolisi held him up

  94. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    AB going for points

  95. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Like the way The Boks make the line staright in their attack

  96. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Jean score one of his brilliant tries, what a try the numbers were against him but he goes through them and score

  97. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    My phone dying. But I believe

  98. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    When last did a team score four tries against the AB, this is a special team in the making I hope people will see it

  99. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    AB score their forth try through Barret, brilliant try from the AB, Jean missing the tackle

  100. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Tackling.

  101. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    ANother Yellow for swinging arm from AB

  102. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Boks mess up maul

  103. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I cheer every maul we lose

  104. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Boks need to take advantage of the 14 men go win this game

  105. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Read score for AB again they beat us out on the touch line

  106. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    @Brendon: Part of the game

  107. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Boks need to chase the game now

  108. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    The day we can do that we will again be the best. Until then we will maul. Kiwis just too good

  109. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Boks losing their cool now heads are down

  110. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    end to end stuff now from both sides, but Boks needs to keep their heads

  111. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    We are losing lineouts and scrums now, replacements does not work for us

  112. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Lambie and Pienaar on

  113. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Messy play now

  114. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    From that Struass come on I think we have not won one lineout

  115. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Brains beat brawn. Would you believe

  116. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    AB deserve the win from a brilliant game Boks played themselves off their feet, I am happy with this team we will grow and this team will get better

  117. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Stupid stupid stupid… thank fark I got my money right!

  118. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    Really… so dumb this team!

  119. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    @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

  120. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Boks just too limited. Our set piece nullified and suddenly we dont have any guns. But jean divs was great today

  121. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    @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.

  122. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    We made some bad changes from the bench as well tonight I think

  123. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Fact we have made almost 100% improvement from last year, if a team keep on grows you can not fault them on that progress

  124. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    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…

  125. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    @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…

  126. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    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.

  127. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    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.

  128. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    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?

  129. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    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

  130. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Defence lost that game… nuff said!

  131. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    @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.

  132. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    @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…

  133. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    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.”

  134. avatar Brendon says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    @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.

  135. avatar Duiwel says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

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

  136. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    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.

  137. avatar Duiwel says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Ja Oudste,
    I have a feeling we have
    our rugby is coached out of us

  138. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 4:47 am

    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!

  139. avatar Aldo says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 5:57 am

    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.

  140. avatar Craven says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    @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?

  141. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    @Aldo: I am with you, one of the best games I saw in a long time.

  142. avatar Duiwel says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    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.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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