At the end of the day Morne Steyn boot secure a second win for the Springboks in this year’s Rugby Championship when they beat Australia 18-10 at Loftus on Saturday.


It was far from a perfect performance with Springboks not closer in really able to challenge the likes of England or New Zealand.

I am sure we will all rather take a win than another lost but one needs to be honest and see that this team is still far from a complete product.

The Australians came out running at the Springboks and tested the Springbok defense, which was much better than what we have seen this year.

The Springboks tried to play an attacking game at times and they looked good with ball in hand but handling let them down again at crucial stages of the test.

Injuries was a major concern throughout the match starting with Jesse Kriel going off with a hamstring problem and Mapoe coming on for him.

This was not the end of the injury worries for Coetzee as Habana also went off in the second half with a leg injury which saw Willie Le Roux coming on.

With both the back players om the bench o the field, Rudy Paige got a hit to the head and had to go off which saw Hougaard coming on at nine and Jaco Kriel moving to the wing.

Willem Alberts took Kriel position at the side of the scrum which had the backline in all sorts of problems.

This prevented the Springboks from playing any attacking game in the last part of the second half and left them defusing against a desperate Aussie team.

It was Morne Steyn that opened the scoring for the Springboks with a penalty to take and early 3-0 lead in the test.

This was short lived with the Aussies quickly counter with a penalty of their own.

Australia got enough going forward ball which they used to put the Springboks under pressure and scored the only try of the match in the first half.

This gave them a 10-3 lead with the Springboks having to play catch up rugby yet again.

It was Morne Steyn boot that kept the Springboks in the match and they went 12-10 in the lead at halftime.

Francois Louw put one of his best performance on the night and were brilliant on the ground for the Springboks.

Captain Strauss also played his best game since taking the captain’s armband and led the team from the front.

As normal the Aussies never gave up and were running at the Springboks throughout leaving the Boks only to defend and playing the whole game in their own half.

One of the positives for the Springboks was their scrums and they dominated most of them during the test getting a few penalties from the scrums as well.

The Springboks good defense kept the Aussies out and forced a lot of handling errors from the Aussies and turnover ball for the Springboks.

With the defense holding the Aussies out and the boot of Morne Steyn they were able to hold on to a much needed 18-10 win at the end.

Going into the All Blacks test next week there will still be more questions than answers. The interesting thing will be what team Coetzee will pick for the world champions next week in Durban.

The biggest concern for Coetzee still remains his backline with the current players not looking like game breakers and depends on the forwards too much to win test matches.

At the end everyone wants to see the Springboks win test matches and they did just that but it was against a very young and poor Aussie team.


For South Africa:
Steyn 4
Drop Goals: Steyn 2

For Australia:
Con: Foley
Pen: Foley
Yellow Card: Folau

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  1. Ok excuse my French now….

    But what the fuck?

    Is this the team that will play in a years time? NO!!!

    Is this the game we want to play? NO!!

    This is a fucking win, something we have not seen in the last few weeks from the Springboks.

    Morne Steyn will not play Bok rugby next year but the shit Jantjies dished up for the last few months in Springbok rugby shows he has till allot to learn and he will get there, same with Faf.

    The win was important for the Boks today, does not matter how it came, in fact Steyn gave his backline more opportunities in the first 40 min than Jantjies did all year.

    I am happy with he win, will we now beat the likes of the All Blacks and England? Hell no we are still a long way from even competing against them.

    But we need to get players like Faf, Jantjies, Kriel, and all the youngsters to first get test against there name before they will be able to take on the world like they have done for the Lions.

    We expect the shit that Meyer cause for the last two years to get a magic fixed in 8 test, not gonna happen.

    DO we have the players in the squad to beat the All Blacks? No I do not think so and I still believe Coetzee makes mistakes on selections but that is my opinion.

    He is learning as much as his players and I do not know who said it but I also give Coetzee till end of year to get his shit together before I climb om the negativity bandwagon.

    I hate to see the Boks playing a game with no attacking opportunities in backline, I hate to see players playing out of position.

    At the end SARU have fucked Coetzee with the coaching staff and he needs now to crawl before he can run. We have only started to crawl tonight, still a long way to go

    For now I am going to enjoy a win rather than a lost against this Aussie team…

  2. Even Antiques Roadshow had more action Bunny. Slow plodding around against punchdrunk wannabees in yellow

  3. Today’s win was like a band-aid plaster on an open heart wound. My main issue is selections, selections and more selections.

    At the moment, Australia would struggle to win against Ireland, Argentina, Wales, France, even Samoa would hammer them.

    We won, and now we are relieved, but we should have put 50 past them FFS!

    Poor selections, I feel really sorry for some of these players:

    What a difference would it have been for Jesse kriel or Mapoe if they had a Frans Steyn on their inside.

    Imagine, with Page’s crisp service, having Lambie or Goosen at 10, Frans Steyn at 12, Mapoe at 13, Jesse Kriel at 15.

    Lood De Jager has doen nothing right this whole season, and Franco Mostert has done nothing wrong.

    Redlinghuys, Strauss, Kitshoff should be our front row starting.

    We could have given Australia a PK (rooi-oor) today, and we should have.

    Hopefully Ruan Combrink will be back sooner rather than later, Habana is getting long in the tooth.

  4. The Bok defensive system is still a big problem. They hardly ever cross the advantage line. Cooper had oodles of free space to take it the line and pick a runner. His over use of the inside pass was actually fortunate for the Boks, because the way they defend (in and hesitate) would make it very easy to create overlaps out wide.

  5. SO next week, like that other idiot at Bafana, do we see an entirely different 23 and backline?

    The win was non-negotiable… but this was Loftus and a Wallabies side missing their first choice centre combo, two bruising strike-runners and loose forward trio. Once you take the ‘gees’ out of this win what was dished up leaves nothing to be excited about…

  6. @bryce_in_oz: Spingboks had no Vermeulen with PSDT went off ealy, No Combrinck, Habana left the field early in second half with Kriel playing at wing and a make shift backline.

    Why is is that if we loose we useless, if we win we useless, if other teams have injuries we useless even though we win the test?

    If we do not win the way an experience AB team does we useless but we do not want to give any time to a coach who was screwed by SARU from the start and the shit of Meyer the past two years and the Government with their shit?

    Yes Coetzee with all that counts against him must just wave his magic stick and all will be good in Springbok rugby.

    Faf and Jantjies showed you cannot just throw in great SR players in test rugby and expect them to be great, it takes time…

    I actually wonder if we can see the difference between test rugby and Super Rugby and Currie Cup?

    Like I said, many things to be corrected and still to do but the win was important now. Consistency is important so that Coetzee can get the new stars more caps and experience to be the stars of the future we all know they gonna be…

  7. @Jacques:


    So he will persist with JDJ at 12, who was terrible again… when he did actually give Kriel ball it was shocking leaving him to have to crab sideways across the field (a-la-Joe VN of old).

    SO will the pack continue to leave the breakdowns to one (or two players) namely FLouw/Strauss. Will they cntinue with the impactless Mahoje who gives it his all but it’s not enough (we have always had a world class 7). Will they still refuse to counter-ruck or pick-n-go?

    The list goes on…

    But yes any win is important whether it’s a shite Australian side, Ire ‘B’ or and Argentine side none of the other sides struggle against…

  8. Jacques – don’t agree with you, but you know your stuff. Cant be bothered bitching any more either. You are right in the sense that a win is a win, but I give up watching these piesangs. I prefer watching the horror channel, its like watching the family channel compared to watching the bokke.

  9. @Jacques:

    Well this is what he said on the game… which is pretty much exactly how I saw it i.e. a ‘gees’ win against an average Wallabies side and all the same deficiencies still there despite ‘individual’ efforts.

    “‘The whole squad is going to be so relieved with this win after the three away losses. We going into the game against New Zealand next week with a win is far better than going in with a narrow loss. We played well in patches.The Boks made 99 tackles and missed 21, so I think it was our individual skills at the breakdown and the ability to the turn the ball over that gave us this win.”

    “The territorial game didn’t work, because we ended up, at one point, with 64% territory to Australia and 36% to South Africa. We played a lot of rugby in our half. I remember eight to 10 occasions when Australia were attacking inside the 22 and a last-ditch turnover or a knock-on or a forward pass stifled those attacks.

    ‘If you have Morné Steyn in the side, you presumably also want to have territorial dominance, which we didn’t have today. While he did kick the penalties and got a couple of drop goals, we spent 64% of this game in our own half and that’s pretty dangerous.”

    “Looking at the game, when did we ever look like scoring a try? Not once. We just took our penalties and drop goals, but we were never in a situation to score a try.”

    “‘But there was some good, determined scramble defence from South Africa to turn the ball over in the 22. If we give the same opportunities to the All Blacks next weekend, it’s going to be a very difficult afternoon. I’m very happy with the win. This team desperately needed it. It was what we expected from the team playing in Pretoria, but there are a lot of things we can still work on.”

  10. I pretty much agree with Warren Fortune’s rating give or take…

    15 Patrick Lambie:
    He was solid at the back and made a decent return to international rugby.

    14 Bryan Habana:
    He missed quite a few tackles and did not get enough ball out wide once again.

    13 Jesse Kriel:
    He ran sideways most of the time, but he did not get a lot of good ball to work with, to be honest.

    12 Juan de Jongh:
    The centre did not have a very good game. He was predictable with ball in hand and he lacked creativity.

    11 Francois Hougaard:
    He played in two different positions during the 80 minutes and he did well. He also did some scrumhalf work at a few breakdowns while Paige was still on the field.

    10 Morné Steyn:
    His boot won the match for the Springboks and he gave his backline some direction – although it was far from perfect.

    9 Rudy Paige:
    His distribution was good and he did well under pressure on a few occasions at ruck time.

    8 Warren Whiteley:
    He was fantastic in the line-outs for the home side and he was solid on defence as well. Whiteley also carried the ball with aggression.

    7 Teboho Mohoje:
    He contributed with a number of important tackles and a few good runs with ball in hand, but he could have done more while he was on the field.

    6 Francois Louw:
    The openside flank was brilliant at the breakdowns. He won a few crucial turnovers and made a few big tackles as well.

    5 Pieter-Steph du Toit:
    He carried the ball on a few occasions, but he was quiet for large periods during his time on the field.

    4 Eben Etzebeth:
    He secured ball at a few line-outs, but he struggled to assert himself in open play like we know he can.

    3 Vincent Koch:
    He struggled in the scrums and gave away a few penalties. However, he gave his all on defence.

    2 Adriaan Strauss (captain):
    The captain was outstanding in open play. He carried the ball strongly and made a number of clean breaks through the Wallabies’ defence.

    1 Tendai Mtawarira:
    He did what he could in the scrums while he was on the field and got over the advantage line on a few occasions with ball in hand.


    16 Mbongeni Mbonambi:
    Not used

    17 Steven Kitshoff (On for T Mtawarira, 45th min):
    He helped his team get the upper hand at scrum time on a few occasions after he came on.

    18 Julian Redelinghuys (On for V Koch, 45th min):
    He definitely dominated at scrum time, which helped the Boks tremendously in the second half.

    19 Lodewyk de Jager (On for PS du Toit, 45th min):
    His efforts around the park were poor for an international lock and he failed to assert his physical presence on the game.

    20 Willem Alberts (On for R Paige, 57th min):
    He had a few carries, but he did not deliver anything special.

    21 Jaco Kriel (On for T Mohoje, 55th min):
    He looked for work when he came on the field and tried to motivate his teammates.

    22 Lionel Mapoe (On for J Kriel, 39th min):
    He was solid on defence and got over the advantage line on few occasions with some decent runs.

    23 Willie le Roux (On for B Habana, 46th min):
    He did nothing special while he was on the field and just made up the numbers.

  11. @Timeo:
    But did you not listen to Ashwin on the Round-up how good and AGGRESIVE our defense was?? I would love to try the stuff he was smoking on Saturday…
    Seriously our defense makes me gringe! It hurts to watch so i record it and watch it when I am calm

  12. @Timeo:

    To be fair – that is called the cobra defense – when the attacking team has an overlap on you you do that shown in your gif.
    HOWEVER – that was ALLL the Bokke did in 80min!

  13. In trading circles we call the Bok performance a dead-cat bounce… bit of respite before continuing the down-trend.

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