It was the way test matches was always and should always be played between the All Blacks and the Springbok but perfect it was definitely not by the Boks when they beat the All Blacks 36-34.

The All Blacks outscored the Springboks by 6 tries to 5 and Beauden Barrett had one off that off days with the boot as well. It was the defensive effort that got the Springboks over the line and the passion and believe that sealed it.

After seven test matches under Rassie the Springboks just can not catch a break at the start of test matches. The All Blacks were able to squeeze two tries in the first few minutes to take a lead of 12-0

That brought back some awful memories from last years slaughter by the All Blacks but the Springboks had a plan and sticked to it.

With the brilliant defence they forced the All Blacks in making some ordinary mistakes which gave them field possession. Some brilliant hands from Willie Le Roux send Aphiwe Dyantyi over with no space out wide.

The set pieces was better although we did not compete or put any pressure on the All Blacks on their lineouts. We asked for a step up from Handre Pollard, Willie Le Roux and Faf de Klerk and they stepped up, big time.

Even when De Allende went off with a shoulder injury and Jantjies came on at ten with Pollard moving to twelve the Boks did not loose shape on defence or attack.

Jantjies were brilliant in Aphiwe Dyantyi second try and need to be given credit how he control the backline when he came on and his kicking out of hand was very good.

We missed a proper fetcher in the test and Erasmus will have to start looking further than Louw. Louw almost gave the game away with a knock on in the middle of the park which gave the All Blacks the ability to play that last four minutes on the Springboks line.

There also need to be put some more thought into Beast being used as an impact player. He did what he needed to do as a prop but in that last ten minutes you want impact not just average.

We need to get into a mode that we replace player with a better option for the situation not just for the fact of changing.

Warren Whiteley was again the one player that is not always given the credit for the massive work he does in the team. He raked second in tackles made and third in dominant tackles. He made 25 tackles in the match missing only 1.

Pieter Steph du Toit is an absolute monster and his emotions shown after the match just show how much the big man put in this test. He is made 30 tackles in the test missed only 2.

The so called small wings with Le Roux at fullback showed that they can become world class. Kriel had one of his best test matches we show with even Kolbe climing into the tackle in that second half.

We knew when Aphiwe Dyantyi  come on the scene for the Lions that he will become a special player and he showed us today that he is more than just a wing that can score tries with open space and speed.

He will become a Springbok legend as the likes of Habana.

If you look past the losses you will see that the Springboks did not do much different that what they have been doing in the last two losses, they just converted the opportunities that come their way on the day.

The fact actually is that they even in this test left some points on the field which they should have taken.

There is that saying that ‘Rome was not build in one day’ and that is how we need to see this win. It is a great achievement to firstly put five tries against New Zealand, even more so in New Zealand but these once off wins is not what we want we need consistency.

The first question that comes to mind why could we not do it in the last two test?

We need to start seeing consistency in selection and they way we approach and play test rugby.

We can enjoy this win but the All Blacks does not suddenly become bad after one close win the same as the Springboks does not suddenly become world beaters after one win.

For a change highlights we can enjoy



All Blacks Springboks


Tries: Tries:
Barrett, Smith, Ioane(2), Taylor,Savie Dyantyi(2), Le Roux, Marx, Kolbe

Penalties Penalties
none Pollard
Cons Cons
Barrett(2) Pollard(4)

The carrot rating will at-least be a bit more enjoyable this week.

Here is what the SupperSport Studio had to say after the match


  1. Yes, Whitely put in a MASSIVE effort. He never gave up and lead the team brilliantly those last 20 minutes.

  2. @Bekke:

    With PSDT continuing with his form and huge work-rate this season from blind-side, Whiteley no longer has to carry the rest of the back-row on his own. Van Staden to open-side and Kolisi replacing Louw on the bench and that is arguably the best current available combination from South African based players.

  3. PSDT was legend. I take my hat off to the Boks. Bookies had AB’s winning by 20-25 points. Articles everywhere and me as well wrote them I off. No one gave them a chance. But they believed and conquered. Great game and great win. It had enough drama in that 80 minds to write a series. What a game.

    Now to why I am careful to say we’ve turned a corner. We defended like trojans, making more than 200 tackles. You cannot play like that every game. It is physically impossible on the body. It points to this being our gees game for the year. Don’t get me wrong, I am over the moon with the win, but I want us to win every game. We can’t win it like that. A great win I just hope we don’t play piss poor the next game.

  4. But how great was it to see us being physical, creating space on the outside with well played forward pods. Dyanti’s first try saw us going through 4 or 5 pods at space, drawing in defense and leaving dyanti with space. Haven’t seen that the whole year. We’ll played Boks. Keep doing that. Scoring 5 tries with virtually zero ball and poor territory stats shows we took every opportunity that came our way.

  5. Oh and a last word on the game. Great call cab. That’s now twice where you called the impossible, first being Japan in 2015, now this. You kept saying we can take them. Great call when no one else believed.

  6. Aldo – yip but they had to win like that (220 tackles).

    This bokke team got plenty skill and a great coach, they just got to get the belief. 8 years of getting drilled by the ABs has mulleted them. The ABs away is a v different animal as well.

    The Boks now know they can beat them anywhere and I would not be surprised if the stats get alot better at Loftus. Dunno if Boks good enough yet to pull back-2-back victories over NZ but it wouldn’t surprise me.

    If the best Bok side is picked and they get stuck in, I can’t see any side beating them. Unlike most, the 3 players I am most concerned about are Flo, faf and WLR. Sunking is great on attack but I don’t know where he is on defense.


  7. And if the Boks do beat them at loftus, I fancy ABs to go into a tailspin.

    Beauden and Ioane are special, and their scrumhalves give quicker service than ours – the rest are good but Boks just as good if not better.

  8. @cab: Cab be he is out of position or that wings and midfield do most of the tackling which then have more missed tackles. He also only made 8 tackles so far in the championship.

    Again we ca not blame the player we must remember the defensive structure is setup by Nienamber and with the gameplan of Rassie

  9. Shocking stat especially after Saturday that he has only made 8 tackles. I’m with cab on le roux. Though it must be said that when he fires on attack, I reckon he is brilliant.

  10. See he may not be available for last two test, maybe good idea to have Kolbe or Willemse get a change? I would prefer Kriel, still think he is the best at 15

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