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Nabetragting – Springboks falls flat


It is difficult to get pass the point that the same Springboks side can turn from bonus point winners to getting smash in Argentina a week later.

They started the game looking to play with the ball and sure they scored the first try through Kolisi but that was about it for the Boks on the night.

The same pack that dominated the Argentina scrum last week were poor this week.

The same pack that dominated the lineouts could not hold on to their own ball this week.

The same team that were solid in defence last week could not hold a tackle this week.

So were did it start go wrong?

Not at Etzebeth yellow card that just helped the Argentinians to rub it in.

For some reason the plan was to kick at the Argentinians. Now there is no  problem if you have proper kicks which your speedsters can put pressure on, but if you kick senseless and no real chasers then why doing it.

The referee may have allowed the Argentinians to play close on the offside line but then you need to be able to adopt.

If you look at Rassie team sheet and bench you would think he wanted to play a forward dominated game, but that failed early on as the Argentinians was ready for it and hit the Springboks back in defence.

Faf de Klerk was poor on the night, with slow service and his tactical play as poor. Pollard was predictable on attack and again failed to impress.

Am and Esterhuizen had no impact at all and the gameplan did not suit either player.

With Mapimpi leaving the field early force Mapoe to the wing which did not help in the poor defensive game on the night.

The worst part of the backline was that they were going nowhere for about 90% of the game.

Our loose trio where nowhere in the game and where dominated by the Pumas throughout the match.

Struggle to look pass some stats from the game…

Meters Carried – Boks 630 Argentina 380, Carriers: Springboks 161 Argentina 90, Defenders beaten even, Clean Breaks- Springboks 14 Argentina 7, Turn Overs Conceded – Even, Tackles Made – Springboks 74 Argentina 149, Missed tackles Springboks 17 Argentina 16.

This does not show why a score of 32 to 19. It shows that Springboks had enough opportunities but failed to turn it into points.

Marx had a forgettable test and Beast looks like he have had his best days a few weeks ago. The replacement front row made a huge difference and surely Rassie must chance his mindset on his front row for the Aussie game.

For the 23 players only Wilco Louw and Kitshoff will get a score higher than 5 in my eyes.

It was a poor performance and this test is now two steps back.

Erasmus said after the match they looked like a club side, I actually feel you are insulting club rugby to say that.

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  1. These guys were hopeless on the day.

    What worries me is that this was pretty much the best we have on offer apart from Vermeulen, and they are consistently uncompetitive away from home, and have been the past 4 or 5 years. At home, they have moments of brilliance, but not sufficient to overcome a massive game. We were fortunate that England have been as kak as they have been this year.

    Personally, this would be my team selection:

    1. Beast
    2. Marx
    3. Vincent Koch
    4. Etzebeth
    5.RG Snyman
    6. Marcel Coetzee
    7. PS duT
    8. Vermeulen (C)
    9. Faf
    10. Pollard
    11. Dyantyi
    12. Jan Serfontein
    13. Frans Steyn
    14. Nkosi
    15. Willie

    16. Kitshoff
    17. Bismarck dP
    18. Malherbe
    19. Lood DJ
    20. Whiteley
    21. Ross Cronje (the cupboard is bare)
    22. Mapimpi
    23. Estherhuizen

    No place for Kolisi, he isn’t the best opensider or blind sider around, and Vermeulen had to pull them through against England anyway as the leader.

    For the Springboks to be remotely competitive, they have to select the best they have available, and in this case, the complexion leans more white than non white.

  2. Vark kak, about the best I can summarise, and Flo was nothing more either.

    Compared to the likes of Juan Smith and Heinrich Brossouw, these wankers are a bunch of school boys full of Tattoos with fuckall manhood, the whole freaking bunch of bunch of them, including Eben Etzebeth.

    No use being pretenders in front of a home crowd, FFS, learn to be a man in a foreign environment, and earn the respect of foreign crowds, then you’ll be remembered as a MAN

  3. Go and learn from men like Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retalick, Sam Cane, Kieran Reid, the Franks brothers.

    These are men FFS, not willy wankers with big muscles, fancy hear do’s, beautiful beards and Tattoos

    How far have we regressed FFS!!

  4. Springboks by far the most physical side in the world….

    Yearite, and my ouma has a hout piel and the pope is actually not Catholic

  5. I’m so GATVOL for this crap we’re being dished up with, no wonder the stadiums are empty on test Saturdays, the people aren’t stupid.

    Fuck the ANC, Fuck soccer

  6. Sooooo


    Useless Alistair Coetzee

    Useless Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee, Jaco Kriel, Elton Jantjes, Marx and Franco Mostert vs Argentina in Argentina…

    Springboks 41
    Arg 23


    If Rassie drops Kolisi now he’d be charged by the Human Rights Commission for “racism” and jailed with that Vicky Momberg chick

  7. @Welshbok die Brandwag:

    Not bad… I’d have Kriel/Smit/VanStaden over Coetzee (the guy had just come back from his umpteenth knee reconstruction… be might be as slow as Flouw). JLDP over PSDT (keeping him at lock where he should have been starting this week again).

    A fair few there still injured too. Combrink has to be promoted there too… that back three is lacking in every respect other than pace.

    Erasmus has certainly hamstrung himself by not selecting on form… Kolisi a case in point and as captain too… that`s costing him big time.

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