Springboks 13, Argentina 6


Springboks vs Pumas

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has rolled out the heavies for this game and it’s pretty clear that that his intention is to put the hurt on the Pumas irrespective of what his utterances in the media may be. This is going to be a bonus point or bust outing for the Boks

It has been a long while since I’ve glanced over a Bok team sheet and thought “ well ja, that’s pretty kief” , the selection of de Allende at 13 indicates Meyers love for backline players who could pass for loose forwards but every coach has his vice and Meyer is no different. Jerseys 1 – 8 will contain the whose who of South African beef, players who love nothing more than to steamroll opponents but with Bismark du Plessis and Francois Louw in the mix who contest furiously at the break, sort of like have a nice chargrilled steak and having some butter melt over the top.

The Springboks have gradually added an impressive attacking game over the last two seasons and will be using the fixtures against the Pumas to hone that, no disrespect to the visitors who will put up a spirited effort initially but will eventually fade under the unrelenting home pack. Ruan Pienaar, much maligned for not being able to transfer his European form to the international arena will have the perfect platform to deflect some scrutiny, quick ball should be in ready supply and outside him he has an exciting backline waiting to shine. It is here where the selection of de Allende may prove to be a master stroke, while de Allende is a big unit he has a very underrated passing game and should he be able to settle his nerves he should bring Cornal Hendricks or Bryan Habana into some great opportunities.

Expect the Springboks to keep it text book tidy in the first half hour, the Pumas will be looking to Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe to secure them turnover ball and they are always up for a good scrum. The Springboks will be patient, absorb any pressure and make sure they dominant there contact points well and should run out victors by at least 20 points with the 4 try BP safely tucked away, anything less will be viewed as a failure.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Matías Cortese, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Marius Mitrea (Italy)

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  1. Wow that sucked…

    Die Ellende proved why he should rather just stay at SR and we simply have zero scrumhalves and all the “running rugby” fairies showed why they are maybe good enough for some conditions but a guy like Zane Kirchner would have been far better off than the prissy footed Free Stater…

    The talent pool is drying out at a rapid rate and poor Heyneke Meyer will now be blamed for not “blooding youngsters” when the “youngsters” are no longer of the same quality as the players they are trying to follow up…

  2. Jeez guys wonder if you can firstly see how kak the referee was, allowing Pumas to go offside, diving into rucks, slow our ball down and playing in these conditions…unbelievable how we support our teams….

  3. This was a crappy game due to conditions.
    If this was another team being played like Aus or NZ HM would have had no qualms about locking it down, playing for position & penalties.

    Due to the fact it was Argentina penalty kicks were passed up for scrums & the idea was always to make something happen vs conservative play.
    Conditions just wouldn’t have it – footing, slippery ball etc.
    Really nothing to see here. Handy Pollard was definitely off, but I would like to see him start next game. He definitely keeps defenses honest at first receiver as he will look to take it to the line himself.

    Messerschmitt-Willie only added to the depth of proof that he is the preminent model at the 15 spot with his clearing kicks and performance in the air.
    This was a good game for HM to teach off of & post-RC after SA are crowned champions, will be looked at as the moment HM seized to turn lemons into lemonade.

  4. @Jacques(Bunny): I agree, some guys just can’t wait to bash certain players or the coach. I see Pollard is also getting some very harsh comments on social media. How stupid. The conditions was some of the worst I have ever seen for the test in SA.
    Most players will look like amateurs in conditions like this.

  5. I agree Christo-Vetgesmeerde-Blits.
    Only thing that really jumped out at me as a travesty – even given the conditions was seeing Adrian Strauss trot out on the field. Uggggh. I’m going to need to have a barf bag handy if HM insists on degrading the side in future matches with this guys entry.
    Other than that, HM will create lessons to be learned & this SA team will go forward to the ultimate and elusive in past goal of RC triumph.

  6. I don’t think the weather should serve as an excuse.

    Was it a complete surprise? Do they not have a weather service in SA?
    The selections were completely wrong for the conditions and there is no reason why the team could not have been changed at the last minute.

    Marcel Coetzee and F Louw on the field at the same time – big mistake.
    The line out team was absolutely useless.
    Scrums?? Perhaps that’s the best we have. What use is a 120kg 8th man at scrum time if he pulls his head out?

    Back-line should have had, Steyn, Serfontein and de Villiers in that order.
    Lambie and De Allende on the bench.

    Pollard should have been playing somewhere in the sunshine.

    Le Roux was more solid in the conditions than any other SA back I’ve seen recently. His only real mistake was that tap and hospital pass to Morne near the end.

    And not taking the 3 pointers in the 2nd half—Whomever made that decision was stupid, stupid, stupid.

  7. Don’t know why the big surprise?

    We knew this was a brand new 9/10/12 combo…

    We knew HM wasted the Scottish test not using a tested centre combo… despite injuries…

    We knew that the Sharks front row had been overplayed…

    We knew that the Bok loose-trio is not balanced…

    We knew it was going to piss down…

  8. @Timeo:

    Alberts was withdrawn Saturday morning.
    Coetzee was on the bench.

    I think the weather was a bit of a surprise –
    Friday’s prediction was 20% chance of rain.

    Bok pack 930 kg, Pumas 877.

    Agree on PK’s not taken. M Steyn almost cost
    us the test when he did not clear a free kick
    right at the end and Hendriks just made it to the ball ingoal.

  9. Which centre played better than Die Ellende?

    Pumas outscrummed Boks, took clean ball in
    the lineouts unlike the Boks.

    Vermeulen was my MoM – those who may know:
    It was a copy of Doug Hopwood on a similar
    field (much more mud) in the 60’s vs a Home
    Union team – something us old geezers still

  10. Vermeulen shoulda been MOM.
    The Argonaughts are no slouches when it comes to tackling as shown by the way they cut the backs at the legs the few times the ball was swung wide.
    DV stood out because he routinely shucked tacklers and gained ground. He will be highly valued in a few years in NH as swamp play is standard fare up there.

    I am providing this to HM out of the goodness of my heart:

    Please start Handy Pollard next game. He needs the exp. & he is mentally tough as shown in WCjr. Why give him things to think about with the lackluster display in monsoon conditions.
    He is key going fwd to keep defenses from drifting wide as he will have a go. This will only open things up for “You Know Who” out wide provided JDV is skip passed.

  11. I like that SA is playing Argentina first.
    They are great scrummagers, they are nails at tackling & it seems like they aim to disrupt more than anything else. Yes they will score off a long grinding forward platform, but often ( and this surprises me given their soccer team’s flair – though they were shown to be able to play the German/Italian cynical type game when need be during WC) offensively they sometimes look like they have’ent thought it out.

    I will give them kudos for their defensive chops & I’m not one to really comment on this aspect….
    But for the life of me – they are either amazingly explosive off the line & have premonitions of where the ball is going
    They are offsides – a lot.
    Haven’t reviewed game but if these guys are not offside – the SA defensive coach should sure look to the Argie performances to glean some tips from

  12. @Boertjie:

    WLR was responsible for the charge down with his very slow and blase tap and and pass.

    No critique against de Allende. Serfontein would be more effective at 12 than de Villiers. Which means that de Villiers needed to be at 13 and MS at 10, with the talented, but inexperienced youngster between them.
    The other talented but inexperienced youngster – Pollard – should be introduced gradually.

    Looking at total pack weigh is misleading. A large portion of SA pack weights are at 6, 7 and 8 and as it happens our 6s, 7s and 8s almost never participate in defensive scrum.

    More like 600 against 877kg.

    In fact the Bok #8 (whomever he may be on any particular day) almost never pushes in scrums. On defense, he pulls his head and on offence, he turns sideways to clear the ball.

    In reality the SA scrum weight was never more than 800kg.