Boks underdogs in Brisbane

2010-07-21 11:18

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - The Springboks are marginal underdogs heading into their Tri-Nations clash against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday, according to bookmakers.

Kick-off at Suncorp Stadium is 12:00 SA time.

The Boks, coming off consecutive defeats to the All Blacks - in Auckland (32-12) and Wellington (31-17) - are 10/11 underdogs to register their first win of the 2010 Tri-Nations, according to leading SA bookies, GreatOdds.

The Wallabies, who are coming off a four-week break, are 5/6 favourites to keep their record of never having lost to the Boks in Brisbane intact.

The draw is on offer at 16/1.

Saturday's Test will be the sixth match between Australia and South Africa at Suncorp Stadium. Australia have won all five previous encounters, with scores of 32-20 (1997), 32-6 (1999), 29-9 (2003), 49-0 (2006) and 21-6 (2009).

New Zealand top the current Tri-Nations standings with a full-house of 10 points after their bonus point victories at Eden Park and the Westpac Stadium.



15. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. James O'Connor, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Matt Giteau, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Richard Brown, 7. David Pocock, 6. Rocky Elsom, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Salesi Ma'afu, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. James Slipper, 18. Rob Simmons, 19. Matt Hodgson, 20. Luke Burgess, 21. Berrick Barnes, 22. Kurtley Beale

South Africa:

15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12. Wynand Oliver, 11. Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9. Ruan Pienaar; 8 Pierre Spies, 7. Ryan Kankowski, 6. Schalk Burger, 5. Victor Matfield, 4. Danie Rossouw, 3. BJ Botha, 2. John Smit (captain), 1. Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 . CJ van der Linde, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Dewald Potgieter, 20. Francois Hougaard, 21. Butch James, 22. Juan de Jongh


  • Koos Kaap - 2010-07-21 11:24

    With smurfs like Aplon who cant tackle a wing out of touch we will struggle. Aplon is the next Ricky - a transformation passenger. Where is JP Pietersen or even Hougaardt?!

  • PDV-Hater - 2010-07-21 11:27

    ...Go Aussies..!! ...Go Aussies..!!

  • Oubaassehonne - 2010-07-21 11:35

    For South Africa to win the WC next year, a few things need to be corrected. One of these is to get rid of John Smit. To make the team you have to deserve it. A good captain leads by example and sorry, the fact that he did a good job in previous years means nothing now.

  • Ant - 2010-07-21 11:37

    Well seeing as we're coming off a poor run and we've never won in Brisbane (where the Bulls and Stormers also lost earlier this year), the bookies are right. But I'd say it's a good time to bet on South Africa.

  • Tiger - 2010-07-21 11:38

    Underdogs - No Sh!t Sherlock ..... we did not figure that one out for ourselves .... thanks a mill!

  • dark knight - 2010-07-21 11:41

    great stuff then we shouldnt be disappointed when we lose , morne steyn = spies =smit = olivier = JA NO WORRY(januarie) =all useless

  • jacojvr - 2010-07-21 11:44

    this is a mild understatement!!!

  • scrum cap - 2010-07-21 11:48

    Oops, did you note the Aussie's record against the Boks at Suncorp Stadium? 5 - 0!! make that 6 - 0 after Saturday...

  • lefty - 2010-07-21 11:53

    Ek dink nie ons is "marginal underdogs" nie, maar wel volslae "underdogs". Die rede daarvoor is doodeenvoudig omdat ons manne oorspeel is. Die kop wil maar die lyf kan nie meer laat die All Blacks en die Wallabies maar kraai van lekkerte - die wereldbeker is eers in 2011. As ons manne voortaan bestuur word - beginnende om die Bokke deelname aan die Curriebekerreeks te verbied - gaan dit 'n ander storie wees wanneer ons aantree vir die werledbeker.

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-07-21 11:54

    In all the games the Springboks have played the All Blacks and Wallabies, they have copped 51% of all the yellow cards. This trend certainly will continue and the odds are against the Boks to win another Tri Nations this year or soon.

  • Lizzy - 2010-07-21 12:01

    Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi Aussie OI Aussie OI Aussie OI Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi

  • KaapseKlong - 2010-07-21 12:03

    Koos jy praat net k$$$k my broer. Ontmoet my op die Parade en dan m?%$$R ek jou..

  • @Koos Kaap - 2010-07-21 12:05

    Where is JP Pietersen? Busy winning games for the Sharks!

  • Gaz - 2010-07-21 12:15

    Trying to be positive!!!!!!....Boks to bounce back and break the Aussie record of never having lost to the Boks at Suncorp. A tad worried about Aplon but then he can only do more than Jean did the last 2 tests...Boks to win but will be close!!! Kankowski & Spies partnership could be a big factor...God I hope so!!

  • @ Koos Kaap - 2010-07-21 12:18

    Are you blind or just ignorant? I suspect it's both. Aplon can't tackle? What games have you been watching boet? That small young guy tackles better than the supposed awesome Pierre Spies. Aplon has done brilliantly this year and as far as I know no one has targeted his defence as a potential weakness. He, unlike fat-ass Januarie (who 90% of rugby fans abhor by now), is there on form. It's funny, everyone always critcised Breyton Paulse because of his size, but the man played 60 test matches for the Boks. Not bad for a small bloke. How many tests did Dean Hall play? Thought so. Btw Hougaard is on the bench moron as a scrumhalf and he is not that much bigger than Aplon. JP Pietersen was injured and he only got back to playing rugby now. But you would have known that if you actually knew what was going on.

  • THE MAN - 2010-07-21 12:36

    both the australians and uselss spring bucks can go to hell, bunch of whinging loosers the both of them....we all know the srping bucks are going to loose there honestly can't be anyone out there that believes this team is capable of winning a single game against australia or new zealand i mean c'mon honestly now i think the boerewors is getting to your heads if you think this team is a bunch of winners...hahaha they are the bafana bafana of rugby,

  • bok4life - 2010-07-21 12:40

    I think Aplon did well, and i hate the midget!! Anyways he did better than De Villiers!! and Ruaan u biscuit!! He should have started last week, Januarie needs a freakin diet and the gym! Little fattie slowed our whole game down!! Anyways all i can say is BOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKEEE!!!!!!! Go do us proud boys!!

  • Jono - 2010-07-21 12:45

    @ Koos Kaap You obviously haven't watched the last few Bok games, because Aplon's defense is actually very good. He's there on form, to suggest he's an AA player is very unfair to him.

  • mike - 2010-07-21 12:52

    I think we should win this weekend, but Aplon was targetted by cross kicks in 2 games of the super 14. The opposition scored in both those as he is just 2 short to compete. Zane and Jaque going to have there hands full making sure we don't get exposed by midget man. And yeah no problems with him on attack except if its in close quarters, but test matches are won on defense not attack.

  • Mike - 2010-07-21 12:54

    Are the boks really underdogs? The betting indicates they are the marginal favourites?

  • Skiballas - 2010-07-21 12:54

    @ Koos Kaap...jy is mar lekker deur die k@k ne. Aplon mag dalk klein wees, maar ek het hom nog nie tekkels sien mis nie. As jy wil moun oor mense wat nie tekkel nie, begin by ene Mr Spies. Hy mis meer tekkels in een game as wat meeste in een seisoen mis.

  • Anti - 2010-07-21 12:57

    @The Man - we are agreed! It must be that ugly Proteas badge on both their jerseys (and don't forget the cricket guys).

  • David - 2010-07-21 13:11

    @lefty - it seems that you are smoking wonder grass, pal. The Springboks and their indivuduals are not "over-played" as you stated. Both the All Blacks and Aussies are subjected to the same amount of Tests at the end of each year like the Boks, they both play the same amount of Super 14 rugby matches, except in the case where one of the franchises are either in the semi's or finals. They all play the same amount of June tests every year and the same applies to the Tri-Nations. Both the All Blacks and Aussies do have provincial competitions, same like the Springboks. Your argument of "over-played" doesn't hold any water! It is all about player management. The All Blacks and Aussies do managed their players better than South-Africa. Period!!!

  • @tTHE MAN - 2010-07-21 13:17

    Who on earth are the spring bucks? Its springboks you moron.

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-07-21 13:33

    Hoeveel driee het Aplon gedruk in die S14 waar hy blykbaar uitgestaan het? 0 = fkol = nothing. Aplon is k@k. Verdien verseker nie n boktrui nie. Almal weet hoekom hy daar is, dieselfde rede hoekom Ricky en Chilliboy daar is. Enige groter vleuel sou Ranger se drie kon keer laasweek, maar nie Aplon nie, hy ry eerder bo op Ranger doellyn toe. Te lig in die broek vir groot rugby. Bring JP Pietersen, Hougaardt of Basson.

  • Deon2 - 2010-07-21 13:45

    Nee bliksem man kan ons nie een keer almal agter die Bokke staan en hulle support nie. Dit is altyd die WP en Bulle ondersteuners wat mekaar gas gee maar mense dit is nie die WP of Bulle wat speel nie maar die Bokke. Hulle dra 'n groen trui met 'n Springbok op en nie 'n Dhalia of Daisy nie. Ag nee man watse tipe rugby ondersteuners is julle? GO BOKKE

  • Mike - 2010-07-21 13:49

    Hougaard & Aplon must be the combination. Habana is over the hill. PdV got it right in dropping Januarie. Lets hope he can move up a gear and get rid of John Smit & Bryan Habana. Habana must surely be having the worst time of his career. From hero to zero in half a season. Sorry Bryan, time to play overseas. Way to overated and playing on your name at the moment. Do SA rugby a favour and go play in France or Wales...or Ireland.

  • DeonL - 2010-07-21 13:57

    It will be a dark day if the Boks loose again, the past Saturday did have 1 good result: January is out of the team, wish it could be permanently! THE MAN in Rugby both teams can not be losers, they at least don't blaim apartheid or the ANC or economy for everything!

  • Julius M - 2010-07-21 14:01

    @ PDV-Hater...Funny how such a small man can get to you...

  • GarethV - 2010-07-21 14:09

    Whats it like being an underdog? Ruff!

  • Hot Ms White Blond Bombshell - 2010-07-21 14:15

    would all of you stop with your absurd comments on our sprinbok hero Ricky Januarie.i think ricky is the hottest man in the sprinbok team and is built almost to perfection.I'll have some of ricky anyday than any other player there, and i think most girls would agree with me that Ricky Januarie is all hot delicious sticky man,yum yum

  • nigel - 2010-07-21 14:17

    Against all odds, I have a funny feeling that we might just break the Suncorp vodo this time, maybe its wishfull thinking, lets hope not.

  • Vito - 2010-07-21 14:21

    Lizzy, one too many Aussie Oi's; unless you folk downunder have some problem remembering simple tunes.

  • kaaskop - 2010-07-21 14:56

    din bokke gan win!

  • Karootjops - 2010-07-21 15:07

    What concerns me, is that looking at the scores from this article, that we last scored a try on that pitch in 1997. So in the last 4 matches we could not manage one single try. That is very worrying. I think PDV got it right this time, except Meisiekind. The oak is doing the basics right, but he and JF doesn't gell that well, too many gaps in the midfield. I would have played De Jongh with JF, afterall they are the Stormers centres pair, and they have proved their defence over and over again.

  • Scolari - 2010-07-21 15:30

    I am a proudly South African who is naturally disappointed by the losses against the AB's. I am not a rugby guru but know a little bit about the game so please keep your guns away. My question is how does chilliboy Ralepelle gets to be in the team? What is the selction criteria for the Boks? I have hardly seen that dude play any rugby except with the boks and I am just confused as to how he gets picked for the boks. Maybe I dont watch enough rugby to see him play anywhere else i guess. Lastly, when do rugby players get a break? These guys seem to be overplayed. Maybe we blame Bakkies for acting the way he does but what if he just needs a break? Matfield, Spies, Smit, etc these guys sure do need a break. Are they seriously going to play the WC too next year? Rugby gurus pls help me understand.

  • Oom Bossie - 2010-07-21 17:35

    Aplon is te lig in die broek.Koos Kaap, jy is reg, mater.As hul n AA speler wil speel, bring eerder JP Pietersen in. Die wallabies gaan oor daai klein mannetjie hardloop.

  • Simon - 2010-07-21 18:07

    Apart from Fourie at # 13, I would pick every single player in the Aussie back-line ahead of their opposite number from the Bok team. The Aussies have flair and creativity. The Springboks have Steyn and Olivier, arguably the two least imaginative players in the entire world... As a result, the Australians will be scoring tries, and the Springboks will be kicking the ball away as usual. Until we learn to keep the ball in hand and play running rugby, South African matches will continue to be frustrating times for us supporters. Ricky January needed to go, but he was just the tip of the iceberg... His exclusion alone has failed to reassure me that we can get back on a winning streak.

  • Bill - 2010-07-22 06:37

    @Simon I reckon the better Aussies are Benn Robinson Rocky Elsom Quade Cooper Will Genia Matt Giteau James O'Connor Adam Ashley-Cooper don't see much in the rest of them, other than Michell, but I'd still take Habana instead.

  • StuartW - 2010-07-22 08:42

    @Koos Kaap, wys my watter ander vleuel daardie drie sou stop....Aplon het 'n baie goeie "tackle" ingesit, dit was 'n goeie drie gewees, klaar. As Aplon te lig in die broek is, hoe kom hy dan deur al daardie "tackles" wat die ander nie kon deur kom nie? Hy is sterk op sy voete en ja, het miskien nie so baie driee gedruk nie, maar kyk hoeveel hy gemaak het...en terloops, gaan kyk na jou stats, hy het in die super 14 driee gedruk.

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