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Australia down poor Springboks in Brisbane


Australia manage to take the win on Saturday in Brisbane when they beat the Springboks 23-18.

It was not very good quality test rugby but the Aussies was the best of the worst at the end

The Aussies made the perfect start with a try from Hooper after a poor box-kick from De Klerk with the Aussies founding the Springboks wanting out wide.

That gave them a 7-0 lead with 2 min on the board.

The Springboks were looking good with ball in hand and had the upper-hand in the set pieces and force a penalty which Jantjies slotted over to get them on the board.

The Springboks showed from the first lineout that they were going to use the maul and Australia did not have an answer to it with Bongi gong over for their first try after a lineout drive.

This gave the Springboks a 10-7 lead. They did not take long to get over for their second try with some great play from the forwards taking it through the phases to send Mapimpi over in the corner. It was a brilliant read and pass from De Klerk to Mapimpi.

With the Boks controlling the play the Aussies got back in the Springboks twenty two. From a five meter lineout Bongi went long but Kolisi unable to gather and a soft try for Toomua.

This brought the Aussies right back in the test. Jantjies and Hodge traded penalties to make the halftime score 18-17 for the Springboks.

Some questions will be asked why Erasmus took Bongi off before halftime and replace him with Marx. Mapimpi also left the field to make way for Kolbe after another injury.

Do not know what happened at the break but the Springbok side that came out was rubbish. The Aussies started the half great with putting pressure on the plenty of mistakes the Boks given them.

The got their noses in front with a penalty and never let that lead go. The Springboks were rubbish in the set pieces specially at lineout times which took away one of their best attacking options.

With the Aussies playing of all the mistakes from the Springboks they got kept the scoreboard ticking and extend the lead to 23-18. It was not that the Springboks did not have their chances they were just again not able to get points from it.

They did manage to score a try but it was denied by the TMO and with about 5 minutes in the Aussies tryline they again did not manage to get over the whitewash.

A very disappointed performance with no player standing out.



Australia Springboks


Tries:  Tries:
Hooper,Toomua Mbonambi, Mapimpi

Penalties Penalties
Hodge, Toomua(2) Jantjies(2)
Cons Cons
Toomua(2) Jantjies


Australia: 15Dane Haylett-Petty 14 Jack Maddocks 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Cheslin Kolbe

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  1. What Rassie sees in Louw only he will know. And yes, why take Bongi off and replace him with a fokken tappet that cannot hrow past 2 in lineout? And Beast had hishead in his arse the whole time. And kick fokken suurgesit Mosterd in sy ballas – hy is fokken uuuuuuuseless.

  2. Okay, is it just me or did the Aussies use subs illegally? Hodge on again after going off, no blood as far as I could see, one of the locks also came back on. The latter may be OK, but seems like red, AR & captain(s) should have discussed first. Or did that rule change?….

    Not to try and make excuses, just got nowhere with ball in hand in 2nd half and knock-ons at crucial times. Ref rather blind, but went both ways

    Tight game, Aus deserved the win, Boks not instilling a lot of confidence & optimism….

  3. Pity sounds like a tough game – do or die for cheika. I wish de Klerk would stop the box-kicks. They are just plain bad at best and at worst are so telegraphed that will be charged down

  4. I reckon Rassie will have this same de putting by year end. ABs are in for one helluva battle I reckon. The continued selection of Louw is beyond me.

  5. No BMT in this team.

    They can forget getting beyond the quarter finals at the world Cup, even with Vermeulen.

    They either go totally shriveled scrotum syndrome, or ells play brave but very stupid like today.

    Argentina are miles ahead of us, they pushed NZ with stunning rugby right up till the 74th minute.

  6. @Bekke:


    Are you nuts? He butchered opportunities tonight like he was paid too.

    Handling and passing skills let them down tonight.

    The call to throw long at the line out a bad one.

  7. @DJ: Mosterd? With that face as if he has swallowed something very sour? Why was he even standing on fucken centre if he is a lock? A fucking LOCK!!!!!!

  8. Boks can beat the ABs but it’s a different pack that needs selecting imo:

    1. Kitshoff 2. Marx 3. Wilco
    4. Etsebeth 5. Psdt
    6. Van Staden 7. Kolisi 8. Thor

    That pack for 60 mins will give ABs all sorts of problems.

  9. @Bekke:

    Now I can understand why David and you are constantly at loggerheads. Neither of you understand the principle of context.

  10. Some questions will be asked why Erasmus took Bongi off before halftime and replace him with Marx.


    They did manage to score a try…

    Dude seriously…

    As a whole the Springboks are a lost brand…

    Might as well retire the green jersey and the emblem and start suing a red, green, yellow, blue and white jersey and call themselves the Rainbows or something…

    Because this is a joke.

  11. @DavidS:

    Well he did say why he took Bongi off… because the guy is not fit enough to play 40 minutes of test rugby. Meanwhile Akker VDM sits on a Currie Cup bench behind another uber average hooker.

  12. Jeez we have issues with individual skills as well as decision making. We spend the first 15 min of the second half defending in our 22, get a turn over and Jesse decides to put in a stupid cross kick. Our line out is dysfunctional, ball handling at Gr1 level.

  13. @Aldo:

    Seems worse every week innit… but don’t worry… we keep hearing this is a ‘work-in-progress’ lol.

  14. @bryce_in_oz:

    Nothing helps

    It does not help that a team that played in three consecutive SR finals has FOUR representative players in a side

    It does not help that a side that came 11th got seven members of the Bok team

    It does not help that players are selected SOLELY and OPENLY based on their race and not their ability

    It does not help that the coach seems distant and uninvolved

    It does not help that outstanding players refuse to play for the Springboks

    It does not help that the other side that got a play off spot in SR gets ONE member of the Bok team(who is selected based on his historical form and his race) so your side is made up of a bunch of has-beens from overseas, representatives from the two kakkest SR franchises and then a few players of decent quality.

    Nobody watches the Springboks anymore…

    Nobody is even interested

    They could announce abolishing the Springboks tomorrow and nobody would give a fuck…

  15. Rassie is more useless than Heyneke Meyer in terms of relying on past glories…
    Hell he even selected a Free State player for the Springbok team…

  16. @bryce_in_oz: Well looky what Rassie said. Pollard to start against the AB’s. Rassie’s selection criteria seems based on who cooked the best Sunday lunch. Reminds me of the Boks of 2000 to 2003. Every week a new team and saviour.

    Rassie does not have a limit to who he can pick, other than 45% needs to be met. Then proceeds to pick out of form players, never where’s, reputations and to make it all worse, he rotates them every week. Picks players that are not available for every game.

    As much as I think Rassie has the technical know how, he seems to be clueless. I am yet to see the long term plan. At this moment it seems like he is using sales techniques. So he feels he will get the correct team by putting more in. I’m really confused

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