Another poor performance gave them their second lost in this years Rugby Championship against Australia when they went down 23-17


With both teams under the fire, desperation was at the order of the day and a must win from the outset.

The Springboks started much better than the previous two test and with better handling and skills they scored the first try of the match after Etzebeth could get pass the defense down the line.

The Springboks under pressure forced an intercept by Strauss and with Jantjies kick ahead, Goosen was at the end of a brilliant try to make the score 14-3 after a few minutes.

The Aussies did not sit back and they put the pressure back on the Boks and turned two  penalties down to go for lineouts and eventually score with Coleman in the corner after the second attempt.

This made the score 14-10 for the Springboks after 31 min.

Penalties started to mount up against the Springboks giving the Aussies the territory to play from and attack the Springboks line.

With the Springboks losing their shape the Aussies were getting into the game and had all the ball in forcing the Boks into mistakes.

They closed the score with another penalty to make it only 14-13 after 36 min.

The Springboks did have a change to stretch the lead but Jantjies again missed the kick which is something we have gotten used to.

The Springboks seemed to start fading as the game progress giving the Aussies the opportunities to play a more direct game.

At half time the Springboks had a narrow lead of 14-13.


The second half did not start well for the Springboks and the Aussies took full advantage of the yellow card for Etzebeth kicking the penalty to take the lead 16-14.

The Springboks had great escape when the TMO decided a try in the corner was in goal by Aussies.

With the Aussies on full attack all the Springboks were doing was defend, defend and even on attack the Springboks could not support players on attack with Faf  too slow from the rucks.

The Aussies controlled the game on attack and defense making the Springboks looking ordinary at times.

With pressure on the Boks the Australian finally got that second try they wanted and stretch the lead to 23-14 after 60 min.

On attack the Springboks just kept losing the ball on contact or gave easy turnovers away which kept then from scoring any tries.

The handling mistakes kept coming as the Springboks tried to safe yet another game but with the Aussies defense as good as it was they kept them out and took the win 23-18.

This was yet another poor performance from the Springboks not making any improvement from previous test, just more questions than answers.


For Australia:
Tries: Coleman, Foley
Cons: Foley 2
Pens: Foley 3

For South Africa:
Tries: Whiteley, Goosen
Cons: Jantjies 2
Pen: Steyn
Yellow Card: Etzebeth

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  1. I think this “performance” was worse that the Japan game. What a disgrace to see bunch of old, fat ballies walking around, with no idea what to do. With the current clueless selection policy (Habanna, Jesse, De Jong, Lood, Hougaard, Strauss, Beast, Louw) expect more disgrace

  2. I can’t see them winning anything – there’s no go-forward, no dualism and no speed. Compare this game to the speed of the breakdowns that New Zealand and Argentina pay at (and Argentina are crap, but at least play rugby).

    This is just turgid defensive shit that is being produced week in and week out and these mamparras tell us fans we are Dom and it’s test rugby. What total horseshit – the ABs play test rugby better than anyone and it certainly looks nothing like the Boks.

  3. This is what Mitchell was trying to at the lions all those eons ago. Breakdown the dommigheid so that they played at speed. This is why he was so unpopular cos he basically had to light a fire under their arse and force feed them their medicine and got rid of the big names and senior players. And now they sit 5y later playing a brand of rugby that western province used to be famous for while province are still putting in defensive efforts that Coetzee force fed their sorry asses for half a decade and still can’t shake the effect of that.

    Until ppl start realising that attack is more important than defense, we will get the same results. The best sides in the history of The boks contained strike running genius like cartel and mich 2 plus 3, gerber, germishus – thhise boks could score from anywhere, they were deadly.

  4. @cab: Cab, the Boks are unlikely to win in Christchurch next week but did hold the lead with those 2 turnover tries right through to the second half. Surely we can fix up those disciplinary issues that gifted the Aussies their narrow victory and should take them in the home return fixture on 1 Oct?

    On current form, I am betting on Argentina beating Aus over there next week.

  5. Cab you doos

    Both Australian tries were the result of massive defensive system errors.

    On one you had Habana screaming for bllindside support and nobody organizing.

    In the other you had Jantjes and his outside defender unsure of who should go for the runner and then neither doing it… suddenly there is 12 points lost because of defensive system errors.

    THAT is why you have planned and organized defence.

    Given the braggadacio that Alistair’s selection would “take on” the Australians up front we got pwned at scrums like jail bitches on their first night in open prison population…

    So the one place the coach promised we would boss Australia they bossed us. What a disgraceful display of braggadacio exploding in your face.

    Again Faf kicking…

    he has not kicked the entire season at the Lions. Jantjes is making play calls at the Lions. All Faf does is ensure he gets the ball. Faf is suddenly kicking from the base. That was CLEARLY a tactic forced onto a player.

    From watching the game this is what I saw the useless tacticians do. They did not watch the Lions dismantle the Blues in the wet in Johannesburg in July.

    No it was Heyneke Meyer/Jake White 2005 wet weather rugby. We play a “tactical” game by kicking onto the opposition, pinning them into their half and then using the big heavy pack to force mistakes… excellent except you then select two attacking halves annd leave a combination which does play that rugby and have done so gtogether namely Morne Steyn and Francois Hougaard at 11 and on the bench… oh and it is cllear Goosen is like Montgomery under the high ball… he’d never be a cricketr because he can’t catch it. By the same token in contract to the one excellent ball chaser we have, JP Pietersen, we have fuckall on the field in this tour.

    Wrong tactical game
    Wrong players

    POOR tactics 12 years old… poor planning… poor selections


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