Springboks with a good start to Rugby Championship


The Springboks started the 2017 Castle Rugby Championship with a win of 37-15 on Saturday against Argentina.

It was a good contest from the start with both teams challenging each other on defence although the Springboks had the better of the early exchanges.

French referee Poite made the Springboks supporters shouting early in a match when he disallowed an attacking opportunity which would have resulted in an early try.

His managing of the offside line was poor with his assistant referees which allowed both teams to come up on defence.

It was the Springboks with two early penalties to get the scoreboard ticking and a lead of 6-0 but a turnover from their own half resulted in a first try for the Pumas.

The Springboks won this test upfront and they were brilliant in the scrums led by Coenie and Beast. The lineouts did not start that well for the Boks but they soon got it right and great platform to attack from.

Elton Jantjies did not had a good first half with allot of pressure being put on him and Cronje. One felt that the forwards maybe did not protect them well enough at certain stages.

Too much side movement from the midfield also did not give the Springboks backline to many opportunities.

The first try might have been a lucky one from Skosan as he did not release the ball when talked but the try was awarded and a lead of 13-5 for the Springboks.

A penalty from Argentina closed the lead to 13-8 but Jantjies hit back with a penalty of his own to make the lead 16-8.

With a kick to the line gave the Springboks an opportunity with an attacking lineout and it went through a few phases before Raymond Rhule went over for his first test try.

That gave them a good lead of 23-8 but Argentina were able to hit back with a good try keeping the ball in hand sending Emiliano Boffelli over.

That close the gab and the lead was only 23-15 with the last quarter to go.

The Springboks  then tuned it on in all aspect of the game and Siya Kolisi was at the end of yet another great attacking play from the Springboks.

The bench made a huge impact and did their part in the test with Pieter-Steph du Toit also scoring the Springboks forth try in the 71st minute of the test.

It was still not the best but a good start from the Springboks and it will only get more difficult as the Championship goes on.

Man of the match Coenie Oosthuizen had a great test and stand out in the scrums, attack and defence.

Next week it is Argentina again but in Argentina so a new test and it will be much harder as well


South Africa 37 (13)

Tries: Courtnall Skosan, Raymond Rhule, Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit

Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3)

Penalties: Jantjies (3)

Argentina 15 (5)

Tries: Martin Landajo, Emiliano Boffelli

Conversion: Juan Martin Hernandez

Penalty: Nicolas Sanchez

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  1. So they’ve beaten France and Argentina at home.

    Next test we actually see if we can hope for good things this year. The Boks need to be a lot more clinical.

  2. @cab: I am very concern about no proper go forward from pack yesterday.

    The one off runners did not make impact…We only started to get properly over the advantage line with 15 min to go and Argies got tired.

    Our backs also did not show to much great things on attack…we were not running into space and to much sideway running

    We made a 109 tackles and missed 19 that is not good enough especially if you look at how NZ run the Aussies riot.

    We only got over the advantage line at a 37% success rate and we need to get that up.

    I was really impressed with the scrums but Aussies and NZ will be tougher

    Next week a must win for the Boks

  3. Jacques,

    Interesting stats, 109 tackles is a helluva lot. You are right if we not getting over adv line with go-forward, nothing will happen. Marx is really the only one. I think JLDP is becoming essential, but dunno if he brings that go-forward. I thought PSDT might do that.

  4. @cab: In this game interesting enough we had 61% on attack against Argentina 54%

    We defended 39% and Argies 46%

    Sure against NZ we will be defending much more and that we will have to kick better and make turnovers from it but then again who would want to kick against the AB?

    Defence will be crucialas the Lions showed in June and running straight another we need to correct and get better at

  5. Not bok related, but

    The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed on Sunday evening that Vodacom Blue Bulls Head Coach Nollis Marais has been granted paid leave for the remainder of the 2017 season.

    Barend van Graan, CEO of the BBCo, explained that the step is merely a next step in the turnaround strategy. This follows the continued unfolding of the turnaround strategy the BB Co announced earlier: “We are working hard to ensure sustainable and long term success for the Vodacom Bulls as well as the Vodacom Blue Bulls. We are working towards achieving success and to restore trust and faith in our brand”.

    The BB Co confirmed the following management teams for the remainder of the 2017 season:


    • Head Coach + Attack + Exits:
    – John Mitchell
    • Skills & Kicking:
    – Hayden Groepes
    • Lineouts:
    – Pote Human
    • Scrums:
    – Gary Botha
    • Defense (ALL TEAMS JUNIOR – SENIOR):
    – Pine Pienaar
    • S&C:
    – Jacus Coetzee (HEAD WTP & Rehab)
    – Ghafoer Luckan (Senior S&C assistant)


    • Head Coach:
    – David Manuel
    • Backline Coach:
    – Bevin Fortuin
    • Forward Coach:
    – Anton Leonard
    • S&C:
    – Shaun du Toit


    • Head Coach & Backline:
    – Dewey Swartbooi
    • Forward Coach:
    – Denzil Frans
    • S&C:
    – Henri-Charl Terblanche
    – Yusuf Vahed (Junior S&C assistant)

    Junior teams kicking; ALL teams PR&Admin:

    • Divan Strydom

    van Graan added: “I believe this furthermore grants us the opportunity to cross pollinate our players; teams and ensure what senior coaches have learned whilst being involved at senior rugby be transferred throughout the entire system and structure which will be to the benefit of all involved. We urge the supporters to rally behind the team and come out to support them.”

  6. Hoessit, Tjops.

    – Jantjies’s tactical kicking, he found good space with at least two that I recall. Much better than hoofing the ball straight to FB! And his kicks for post too, for that matter.
    – Coenie and Beast in the scrums, I was worried but they really performed well – keep it up, please!
    – Skosan’s try. Little sloppy in the end, but set move off 1st phase ball and at least looks like the backline knows what to do with ball in hand.

    – Quality of opposition. Taking nothing away from the Argies, but I’m not sure one should read too much into this result. I’ve heard that the Pumas will not play like the Jaguares, but vetweet Frikkie, it sure seemed like that on Satruday. Same coach, same players – kan nie net oornag verander! All Blacks will prove an animal of a different kind, no question.
    – Rhule is a CC player at best, he just goes rabbit-in-the-headlights too often and lacks in finishing. Sorry man, sharpen up and come back after. Combrink, Sergeal Petersen, Kobus van Wyk, Mapimpi, Malcolm Jaer and even EW Viljoen better options.
    – Loosies balance, i.e. Cassiem. He’s not an 8 and too slow for a proper ball scavenger. Have been worried about loosies since France tests, not looking a lot better yet.
    – Captaincy. Like Etzebeth as a player, not sure he’s captain material. Experienced yes, but let him rather focus on his game and not have to (try to) work with the ref. Same for Kolisi and Jantjies, whose name has also come up. But who else is there??

  7. Bunny – moerse groot guns, kan jy asseblief die %&$@# website stel dat hy nie elke keer na bokant van blad spring nie??!?? Elke keer as mens post, back, refresh of selfs kliek om comments te kyk, dan spring hy na bokant van blad.
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