Div salutes Boks' character

2011-08-20 20:40

Port Elizabeth - Peter de Villiers has paid tribute to the character of his Springboks as he declared his team 'right on track' for the World Cup.

The Springboks traded heavily on the unerring boot of their flyhalf Morne Steyn to avert a Tri-Nations whitewash after they ran out 18-5 winners over the All Blacks at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Steyn rifled six kicks through the posts to account for all the side's match-winning points after he gave the Boks a 15-5 lead at halftime.

The morale-boosting win for the Springboks will do the side's confidence a world of good ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand where the global showpiece kicks-off in three weeks' time.

The All Blacks, who fielded a largely untried combination enjoyed the distinction of scoring the only try of the match.

"The victory was a just reward for the hard work that we were able to put in a very short space of time," said Springbok coach Peter De Villiers.

"Last we had a chance after many players were out injured, and I thought that we player better at stages last week.

"But I also want to say that I'm grateful to the people of Port Elizabeth for their support.

"This win will do us good, and the people will start believing in us again.

"I must also pay tribute to the character of this Bok team, especially when you have guys like Victor (Matfield) and Heinrich (Brussouw) who picked up injuries in the second half and then carried on playing.

"I'm pleased to say we're right on track. Our line-outs were good and it provided a good platform for the backs."

The Springbok defence appeared vulnerable out wide on the channel near the main grandstand touchline and early runs by New Zealand Israel Dagg (fullback), Richard Kahui (centre) and Isaia Toeava (wing) often took play up to tryline. However, desperate cover defence by wing Bryan Habana and centre Jaque Fourie avoided early disaster for the hosts.

The All Blacks opening effort was easily worth two tries in the opening six minutes but it spoke volumes for the Springboks' improved defence systems.

To add insult to injury for the visitors, their infringements close to the halfway and just inside their own territory were severely punished by Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn, who imposed himself on the game with his prolific place-kicking ability.

After a mere 17 minutes into the game, and somewhat against the run of play, Steyn gave the Boks a 9-0 lead after he rifled three penalties through the post.

There was a strong response from the All Blacks who drove down the middle with a string of sorties from their pack but the scrambled well to thwart their best efforts around their 22-metre area.

The All Blacks should have opened their score account at around this time but flyhalf Colin Slade hashed a goalable penalty from the Boks' 10-metre line.

Soon afterwards, Bok fullback Patrick Lambie left the field, holding him arm with what looked like a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Francois Hougaard, who moved on the rightwing with JP Peterson moving to fullback.

Fourie and Habana saw off the persistent All Blacks penetration by launching a counter-attack out wide down the left channel and the ploy helped to transfer play to the All Blacks' 22-metre area.

The All Blacks finally managed to open their account when they carried the ball strongly with fine back and forward inter-play and Kahui exploited shoddy defence near the corner flag to corkscrew his way over for the first try of the match.

On the stroke of halftime, Steyn was fractionally wide with another drop goal attempt.

The regular advances on the scoreboard, courtesy of Steyn's prolific boot, had clearly give the Boks' play a lift and his early contributions meant that visitors were left chasing the game for most of the half.

A spirited start by the All Blacks might have helped to reduce the deficit but a try by scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan was disallowed after Dagg showed a fine turn of speed to catch the Bok defence napping out wide.

Hougaard's cover defence stopped Dagg five metres from the tryline.

The Boks' made their let-off good with a relieving kicks to transfer play into the opposition half, where their pack were able to keep their side on the front foot, especially after one impressive maul on the All Blacks' 10-metre line.

The Boks' forwards pressure made its presence felt for once at a 59th minute scrum and Steyn exploited the advantage by goaling the resultant penalty (18-5).

With play restricted for a long passage of time around the halfway area, Toeava set off a strong crossfield run and the Boks defended well to thwart his supporting runners just short of the tryline.

Towards the end the Springboks finished strongly as play fluctuated from one end of the field to the other.

Scorers: South Africa:Penalties: Morne Steyn (5). Drop goal: Steyn.

New Zealand: Try: Richard Kahui.


  • I Like Everything - 2011-08-20 20:48

    I like how they had character today

      Thandiwe83 - 2011-08-20 20:59

      Well done boys - Bismarck du Plessis cements the pack.

      mobiles - 2011-08-21 02:29

      Well done Bokke ! But , let`s forget about the 8 1st team players being rested ! Not ``INJURED ``, but rested !

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-21 22:25

      @Thandiwe, I agree. It was Bismarck that gave the Boks character, together with Brüssow. It was their hard work that gave Morné Steyn the time he needed to play. (I do not denigrate the other forwards, but these two srood out.) @mobiles. You selected your team and we played them and thrashed them. Stop your whining about not being full strenght. There were only two or three that had less than 5 test caps and nobody that made his debut. On our side Schalk Burger did not play and I can easily think of another couple of players that were damn unlucky not to be in that team. We also rested our illustrious captain ~ he only came on when you were already soundly beaten. Had you picked your best team we would have trounced them as well on the day. And do not argue with me: It was you who failed to play them!

  • Kobie - 2011-08-20 20:54

    You cannot prepare a side by practising a defence strategy and hope to win all your games in the RWC you need to play rugby also. Please study the tape and apply the lesson offered by the AB.

      Logoll - 2011-08-20 22:49

      Kobie historically defensive strategies have always won the world cup. Expansive rugby has never won it. Ignore the pool games look at the history of the play off games and you will see they are mostly low scoring games with a lot of kicks and few tries.

      Stox - 2011-08-21 12:29

      Kobie does have a point. While I agree that the defensive plan historically works well in world cup knock out games (and we did that quite well aside from one or two mishaps), the All Blacks were as usual much more penetrating on attack while our attack lacked dimension. I just hope they field Carter and McCaw against Aus next week and they both get their knees broken :D Nah, just kidding... mostly... ;)

      James - 2011-08-21 12:35

      You have a point in that the ABs were far more dangerous with ball in hand on attack, and looked like scoring more tries. But having said that, there were some real positives from the boks.... The commitment in the rucks, turnover ball, scrums and ball-carrying underpinned an impressive team effort...

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-21 22:45

      We must take a lesson from the ABs? Why did their running rugby and try scoring opportunities not give them a win? It is no solace if you create 100 try scoring opportunities but fail to convert them into points because your opponents frustrate your attempts with solid defence. Perhaps they should take a lesson from us about how you frustrate the hell out of your opponents and force them to make stupid mistakes which lead to penalties. Remember: looking dangerous with ball in hand does NOT equal points on the scoreboard! Tries are important, but if you apply pressure they will come. Where we faulted yesterday was that PdeV took all the pressure off when he started bringing on less capable subs with 20 minutes to go. That is the period in which you score your tries. "Maak eers sag voor en slaan dan agter". We had almost done the softening up and was set to start striking from the back when Bismarck was taken off. What a reward for winning a tighthead! By the way: that tighthead shows that the ABs was starting to buckle!

  • slg - 2011-08-20 21:01

    That's about all they could rely on, given the lack of top-level fitness and strength, and obvious lack of edge in the coaching.

      Spyker May - 2011-08-20 21:12

      Spot-on slg. The only "track" Vet-Smit and Paw-paw-Peter de Fruitcake, is on is the "Groot Trek" back to SA, to watch the RWC final from home... The flower-boys (ie Proteas), should have taken this game, with at least a 25 points margin. It was the worst All Black performance (and team) I can remember - even worse than Durban 2009. - 2011-08-20 21:58

      did you two guys watch the same game as the rest of us?

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-21 00:37

      These two kwaks should spyker each other.

      slg - 2011-08-21 03:45

      Who's "us" Herb?

      Spyker May - 2011-08-21 11:08

      My apologies Graeme.., it seems as it some of “us” tainted YOUR ambitions of a “spyker” festival with at least fifteen flower-boys. But then again, perhaps not – you can still look forward to a ‘close encounter of the t*rd kind’ when you watch the RWC final, from home, with your favourite “boys”.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-21 11:50

      @Spyker - what the f#$% are you talking about? Idiot.

  • Frans Smith - 2011-08-20 21:01

    Well lets see where we are? We are hoping to win the WC on kicking penalties..and 1 or 2 drop kicks (and i take nothing away from Steyn - he did what he had to do). A more experienced side will put more pressure on us, causing us to give away penalties. A more experienced 15 will not give away so many penalties (as did this inexperienced AB team) and not within kicking range. A more experienced 15 will convert their chances. The AB'S are capable of scoring a minimum of 4 x tries any day of the week against the Bokke (4 x 5 = 20, without converting any). We need minimum 7 x penalties (21 points), and we cant miss 1 of them to win by 1 if Carter (DREAM ON) dont convert 1? And PDV says we are on track?

      hawk - 2011-08-20 22:04

      Frans smith. As my antie eiers gehad het was sy my oom. Gaan kyk liewer tennis swaer want van rugby weet jy niks

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-20 22:22

      hawk - jou antie het eiers. sy was a "sexchange". jou tannie is nou jou oom. Wat ek al vergeet het van rugby (gespeel op hoe vlak en bietjie gecoach) sal jy nooit eers van weet nie. LOL. Tennis, nou moet ek erken, weet ek niks van af nie. Bye the way, jy hoef deesdae nie baie van rugby af te weet om n opinion te he nie...kyk bv, jy en PDV?

      Logoll - 2011-08-20 23:14

      How many tries were scored in the last WC final ? 0. 2003 World Cup Final 2 tries. 1999 World Cup Final 2 tries and 11 penalties, 1995 World Cup Final 0, 1991 World Cup Final 1, 1987 World Cup Final 4. So in 6 finals 9 tries have been scored. In all the Semi Finals there has been a total of 39 tries scored, that is in 12 matches. Of these 14 tries were scored in 1987 so that means 25 tries have been scored in the semi finals of the last 5 world cups. In these same 10 matches 69 penalties were scored. So just for arguments sake let's say all the tries were converted which they weren't that means a total of 175 points came through tries while 207 points came from penalties and drops. So it looks like kicking does win after all.

      Logoll - 2011-08-20 23:44

      May I also add that in both the finals we have won not a single try was scored.

      Roland - 2011-08-21 00:06

      @Frans, stop thinking that scoring tries is going to win a world cup, apparently that only matters if France is in the final...check the're like a Superrrrrrrugby (score 15 tries per game) fan. 'tis not real rugby my friend. Stop trying to get the Boks to play away from their strengths (FFS we have never been a try-scoring-machine like the AB's...we graft, graft, graft (like tonight). And we got two RWC titles to show for it.

      transkeidave - 2011-08-21 05:16

      frans s--some truth here-it was not pretty but we showed some guts and character--i have never seen a poor ab team and remember they have been the red hot favourite at every world cup--come semi's they close shop like every other team--must be a mental thing in test rugby--our problem is scoring tries when we have the oportunity--big issue for me but one thing i am certain of--it will be very difficult to beat us come RWC time--we may not win but hell its going to be great--go bokke

      Riaan - 2011-08-21 09:13

      Good kicking and gutsy defense is what will win you the Webb Ellis cup and we showed that we can do both well so there is a bit more hope for us. Maybe its something the AB's are missing and that the reason they won it only once 24years ago... feel Aus will miss Matt Gittau in this regard.

      patrickb - 2011-08-21 09:52

      Logoll: Great info, thanks. It's the quarter finals that I am worried about.

      Spyker May - 2011-08-21 14:44

      Everyone is right here. The value of a "tri" (not a "try" - ie what the flower-boys are doing at the moment) exceeds that of a penalty. Tight defence alone though, simply cannot score points - I am sure everyone here understands that. That said – it is only Paw Paw Pieter de Fruitcake (and those alike) who will think that his Flower-boys’ defence was anything other than somewhat above average. There were numerous holes and a plethora of first-time tackles missed – so dream on... In a tight game, with both teams having impenetrable defences, the team that scores the most penalties – and converts enough of them – is the team that exerts the greater pressure, in the kickable zone, WITHOUT CONCEDING PENALTIES and WITHOUT CONCEDING THE BALL... Are we that team..?

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-21 16:29

      the world cup is every 4 years. So what a lot of you are saying is that the game of rugby has not evolved in the last four years to a more attacking game and that we should rely on the previous WC strategies and statistics and the way the game was played then, based on the previous WC stats? Funny that sides winning most games are the sides that keep the ball phase after phase, attack after attack which results in penalties or tries? It creates pressure. The last world cup (where south africa had the best draw and never played any of the top world sides except an "old" england side), we ended up playing an old england side in the final who played like south africa, "milking" penalties and relying on drop kicks. Had we played the ab's, would it have gone the same way (remember they lost against a very good france side and due to a blatant forward pass). I could be wrong, but i dont think the game is played the same as 4 or 8 years ago at all? I think even the type of players that are selected now by the aussies and the ab's are different from the type of players that were required say 8 years ago i.e. 1) a fetcher now is more important than ever; 2) a flyhalf playing flat, that can distribute and create opportunities like a number 12, seems to be more successfull than a flyhalf lying deep kicking away possession; 3) wings and a fullbacks that can counter atttack, rather than receiving the ball and kicking it back. But i could be wrong...?

      Riaan - 2011-08-21 17:54

      No Frans, we're saying in a rugby world cup final or semi-final a different kind of rugby is played to what you'll see in super rugby, tri-nations, or the start of the WC. Simply because its 4 years of preparation that boils down to 80minutes of rugby and in the semi's the pressure is on if there's a tackle missed or a penalty leaked it could mean the end of everything so the pressure is great and in the final even so much more. I think coaches would wring your neck if you even considered offloading a 50/50 pass. They would tell you to keep your possession and take it through the phases, play in the opponents half and take every single opportunity to score! Your kicking game and defense is just that much more important in these games. I don't think NZ's game changed that much since ever.They always played expansive rugby hence the name All Backs that was given to them during their 1905 tour of Britain,where as we always tried to dominate physically. I don't think any country's rugby changed that much in the past 4-8 years or even since the beginning of the professional era, except those little changes that was a result of changes in the law of the game. But sides always had their own unique way of playing and played to their "historical" strengths. The only side I can say changed notably is the Aussies who has "game breakers" in every position in the backline and are playing a very flashy, spectacle kind of rugby which I think will be their ultimate demise.

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-21 18:19

      Riaan, i agree with 90% of what you are saying except that like in one day cricket, i think the scores this WC (even in the semi final and final) will be higher. I know it is a huge statement to make against what you have pointed "correctly" out so far, but i think the attacking game of australia and new zealand has grown. I also agree that all sides play according to their strenghts and traditionally for the boks it was the powerfull forwards dominating, especially the set phases. Can we still say that our forwards are dominant??? i dont think so. I think we have lost that advantage. Now the opposition forwards seems just as strong, but also more mobile and with better skills? But i will eat "humble pie" if i am wrong. Just because something has not been done before does not mean it can and will not be done next time round.... I truely hope you are right - it will suit us

      Riaan - 2011-08-21 18:35

      I hope I'm right also I am ever the optimist. One thing is for sure no World Cup has gone by without an upset and I bet neither will this one... just hope its one that favors us. If we reach the semi's anything can happen. 19 Days and counting...

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-21 23:01

      Spyker May, the word is 'try", not "tri'. Perhaps you should find yourself a proper Oxford Dictionary.

  • Ian - 2011-08-20 21:02

    well played boys but too little too late, also no Dan Carter and co, lets see what they got in NZ

  • Jackool - 2011-08-20 21:13

    Today the Bokke were more willing to get hurt than the All Blacks.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-20 21:16

    Well done Bokke! Do not believe for a minute THE CLOWN,MUIR,GOLD had anything to do with it. Why in Heavens' name,did Captain SLOW(JS) replace an in-form player like Bismarck? Go on pension JS

      Ian - 2011-08-21 14:33

      And there it is once again when the boks when its the players but when they lose its the coaches (Pieter de Villiers). Bismarck played exceptionaly good but he tends to give away a few penalties althought he didnt in this game, therefore i think it was a good idea to bring John on even just to calm the boys a little bit and we all know he is a good leader, and we all know th all black are famous for come from behind wins against the bokke

  • Anneck - 2011-08-20 21:17

    LOL! CHARACTER??? What character, Mr de Villiers??? Where do you get character from only managing six penalties? We are lucky the ref was on our side for change! What if it was Mr. Dickerson, the referee we all hate? We didn't even score a single try for the second week running! CHARACTER??? What an absolute JOKE you are Mr. de Villiers! I'm sorry guys, but the headline: "Boks win bruising encounter against a second string All Blacks side" doesn't do it for me! Not the word "bruising"! On paper we should have COASTED through!

      Anneck - 2011-08-20 21:19

      Note the word "bruising".

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-20 21:23

      100% correct - a full strenght AB 15 would have put a minimum of 4 to 6 x tries or more on us, any day of the week? We cant milk enough penalties out of experienced opposition to compete with that?

      Anneck - 2011-08-20 21:27

      Frans, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what we say or believe. What we do on the field at the World Cup will either prove Peter de Villiers right or wrong. Remember Rudolph Streauli made the same noises back in 2003.

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-20 21:56

      sad but true Anneck - in about 20 days time we will know how "...right on track..." PDV and the Bokke is? I cant see them winning two big games in a row (i.e. Aussies and AB's). Maybe if we had the 2007 draw, we would have stood a chance.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-21 12:41

      Idiots, what is he supposed to say?

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-21 18:17

      Riaan, i agree with 90% of what you are saying except that like in one day cricket, i think the scores this WC (even in the semi final and final) will be higher. I know it is a huge statement to make against what you have pointed "correctly" out so far, but i think the attacking game of australia and new zealand has grown. I also agree that all sides play according to their strenghts and traditionally for the boks it was the powerfull forwards dominating, especially the set phases. Can we still say that our forwards are dominant??? i dont think so. I think we have lost that advantage. Now the opposition forwards seems just as strong, but also more mobile and with better skills? But i will eat "humble pie" if i am wrong. Just because something has not been done before does not mean it can and will not be done next time round....

      FJ2 - 2011-08-21 22:15

      Please, Anneck: buy a rule book and study it. The ref couldn't keep up with the pace of the game, which is not unusual for referees from Europe when they officiate at Southern Hemisphere games, and he missed a heck of a lot of infringements from the AB's at rucks - couldn't even spot a blatant offside at a maul - and obstructive running by the AB's. In any case, the AB's full side would also have struggled on Saturday, as they thrive on fast ball, and Brussouw and Bismarck slowed that down considerably. Yes, we lack creativeness at the back. It will cost us in the long run, but we are still going to be a force to be reckoned with at the RWC. @Frans Smith: Pofadder o/11 c tel nie as hoë vlak rugby nie. Ek hoop ook nie jy is ernstig daaroor dat jy rugby afrig of afgerig het nie, want dit kan net 'n gemors wees jou kommentaar op hierdie forum getuig van 'n baie eina-kennis van die spel.

  • Henri_D - 2011-08-20 21:17

    Congrats to the Boks! But don't fool yourselves with this win, you may be on the wrong track after all. PDivvie's strategy has been worked out for players 1 - 9 (maybe). No. 10 - 15 plan will still follow. MSteyn's kicking may have won the game, but so would any flyhalf or fullback with a +75% (ie. mediocre) record. MSteyn's tactical kicking is a concern, and even behind a winning pack he and FDup appear to be asleep. The ball rarely goes beyond the no. 10, so we may as well replace our backline with more loose forwards. I liked the energy that Hougaard brought to the side, hope he makes the WC team somehow. As for the AB try, was that TWO forward passes in one move? The IRB should start looking at that . . .

      Roland - 2011-08-21 00:19

      @Henri_D, thank God I am not alone!!!!! I have been saying the following since the super XV "New Zealand: "how to win the world cup? Perfect the forward pass and get away with 80% of them" reinvent the fwd pass with SBW as the specialist. It's just not cricket..."

      Riaan - 2011-08-21 09:22

      Aus... and Cooper are mastering the same pass. Would hate to see a do-or-die match in the world cup being won by one of these sides when by scoring a try from a forward pass..

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-21 18:41

      2 x forward passes - i thought so, even on replaying it a few times! remember ab's against france 2007 - how they were knocked out by a blatant forward pass? the last four years the slightly forward pass has not been called by the refs - it seems that they feel they have to allow the attacking side the advantage and allow a more flowing game....thus rewarding the "flat" (bloody forward) pass?

  • Rob Jones - 2011-08-20 21:17

    I thought the All Blacks played poorly yet created at least six chances where they could of scored one where they did. Im amazed at the lack of Knowledge by the Rugby Journalist Rob who said the video ref correctly ruled the cowan try out. As a referee I know that the Video Ref by law cant rule on the foirward pass in the feild of play. He can only rule on the what happens over the try line. Therefore that try had to be awarded by him forward pass or not as there was nothing wrong with the grounding. It was the refs fault that he or the linesman that they missed that. This sort of refereeing decision could only happen in South Africa where your officia;s are so biased, and take no notice of the rules I thought the Springbok backs look woeful and rudderless never looked like scoring a try. If the Bok Supporters think you win this World Cup with that sort play. I believe you have another think coming. 5 penalties and a drop goal wowwwwwweeee South Arfican rugby is on top of its game !!. Even though this was an All Balck team with eleven changes missing carter and Mccaw. We were able to cut through your backs like a knife through butter. The bad thing for the Boks is you really cant play much better that is what you have got. The All Blacks as we all know can ,and will play much better than that.

      Hux - 2011-08-20 21:55

      Then the rule is stupid. A forward pass is just that. Against the rules of the game. therefore it was NOT a try. The video ref should be able to rule against anything when a try or no try is queried. That should be the only question a ref can ask. Try or no try? Then the video ref can refer to anything which may prove or disprove the try.

      Nikki - 2011-08-20 22:00

      ...Rob, if the ref gave the score to Cowan that would have been WRONG as the ball was in fact FORWARD. Typical AB mentality is see you share with mate Richie and his forever borderline cheats: "Hey lets try it...if we get away with it, it's not our fault but the officials not blowing it"'s AGAINST the spirit of the game pal ...besides I see it as JUSTICE as passes from AB's were going forward all night (that's right the other try scored was ALSO from a forward pass!) ....the bad thing for the all blacks, chop, is that we also all know them to be chokers!

      Henri_D - 2011-08-20 22:07

      @Rob. The referee is from Ireland . . . . .

      Roland - 2011-08-21 00:28

      Sonny-Bill forward pass, Sonny-Bill forward pass, Sonny-Bill forward pass...over and over and over again since the Super XV started... Hopefull social media such as this will alert the RWC refs to this. Are the All Blacks reinventing the rules of rugby??? Well they are getting away with murder currently.

      slg - 2011-08-21 07:27

      You've pinpointed the biggest problem with Rugby Union: the mindless and ego centered officiating system. It's beyond ridiculous. It's the only sport where the referee is talked about as much as the players and the game itself. Results are unreliable. Almost half the games are strongly influenced by refereeing errors or controversies. This is the main reason I hardly watch it any more.

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-21 08:29

      Yes Rob, the All Blacks will play better than that. Until knock-out time. *Kof*

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-21 08:38

      @Hux, Nikki: Rob Jones is correct if he says that the TMO was allowed to comment on something that was legally beyond his scope (Rob says he is a referee so on that basis I will believe him). If the pass was indeed forward, and the on-field referee did not see it, the try should have been awarded, even though it was "wrong" and "not in the spirit of the game". The rules are the rules, even if they are "stupid". Full credit to any team that exploits them. Winding down the clock is also not in the spririt of the game, but smart teams do it. So are drop goals.

      Riaan - 2011-08-21 09:39

      @ BardofAvon I think there was nothing wrong with how it happened. If you look a the game again you'll hear that the TV ref said their is nothing wrong with the grounding of the ball then asked the match ref if he needed any further information to make his decision ... to which he said yes. If he said no the try would've been awarded no prob but he asked for more information to which the TV said their was a forward pass. So I don't think any "rules" were broken there. The TV ref didn't comment on anything the macth ref didn't ask for!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-21 12:10

      @Rob Jones - you dont mind if I call you idiot? Thanx. Well idiot, the ref can ask what he wants, for example - if a try is scored in the corner, and he is not sure if the players foot is in touch, he will ask if there is any reason that he shouldnt award the try. If he stepped in touch, that happens IN THE FIELD OF PLAY. So, my conclusion is that you speak sh1t. Dont pretend you know the laws, when infact you are thumb-sucking. If the ref specifically asked about the grounding, that is a totally different story. Now, watch the game again - the TMO confirmed with the ref if he only wanted to know about the grounding, but the ref said no. The TMO only then informed him about Secondly, the move started with a forward pass, and ended with a forward pass - and you cry foul? My goodness, am I missing something here?

      Ross Cameron - 2011-08-21 14:24

      It's quite ironic that the AB's are doing the very same thing that they bitched and moaned about when they were knocked out of the 2007 World Cup by a French forward pass!

  • BlueRaven - 2011-08-20 21:18

    Well done PdV! Well done bokke!

  • NZdreamer - 2011-08-20 21:20

    Well done Boks! Very disappointed that we did not nail it, but, this was the wake up that we needed! AB were maybe getting a little over confident as to their game watch them step up! But a fantastic game SA!!

  • Vickers - 2011-08-20 21:24

    At last! Bismarck is a MUST for at least 80 minutes. Make JS a non playing captain if you have to take the man along. Wow he must have an exellent contract lawyer

      gatvol4corru - 2011-08-20 21:38

      Agree! He has a hold on the CLOWN & Hoskins. If there were any doubt ,Victor and team proved he is a has-been-captain-slow. Leave JS at home or in the commentatory box -- tired of Bobby & Joel in any case..

      slg - 2011-08-21 03:49

      Excellent idea

  • Eidel - 2011-08-20 21:27

    Good win but it was not the All Blacks best team. Show caracter and beat them at their best.

  • motsokwane - 2011-08-20 21:34

    I have the authentic T-shirt already, AMA-BOKS-BOKS.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-08-20 22:29

      I got a pirate one - same thing half the price :p

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-21 00:55

      Dont cry when crime rips into your life boet - you are a supporter of crime.

  • mikealetta - 2011-08-20 21:34

    The person who wrote this article needs to go back to school, its shocking!!!

      motsokwane - 2011-08-20 23:42

      You bet they are in school alredy, because principals like you are bleeding their essay with a red pen.

  • Anneck - 2011-08-20 21:35

    Very encouraging... What character! The fact we also allowed a second string All Black side to run holes through our defense! Thank goodness the didn't have Nonu and Smith and Sivivatu and Carter and...

  • Warp - 2011-08-20 21:40

    Brilliant game boys!!! Can someone at sport24 please check the freakn spelling.

  • letsee - 2011-08-20 21:41

    Well DONE

  • DrewHV - 2011-08-20 21:42

    As a diehard Bulls supporter I absolutely agree with Henri_D. There was not a single penalty taken by Morne that could also not have been converted by any other average kicker. His tactical kicking is poor- everything down the throats of the opponents. If the AB’s had their A-team here they would have murdered us on the counter. He also fails to organise the defensive patterns. Habana made a saving tackle on the cross early on – but his obsession with intercepts makes us vulnerable against a running side. The return of Schalk Burger for a ponderous Alberts may help and FdP had one of the worst matches of his career. I am not anti-John Smit – but please keep him off the field 10 minutes longer.

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-21 08:48

      When I read your post, for split second I almost believed that your comments about Morne Steyn were serious. Heh heh... good one! Very subtle. "...any other average kicker..." Hee hee!

  • - 2011-08-20 21:54

    Where's Kok?

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-20 21:58

      in jou broek..LOL. net n grappie herb.

      PMG - 2011-08-21 11:10

      @Frans - now,that was very funny,still cant stop laugthing.

  • Hotti - 2011-08-20 22:25

    score tries and stop with the wahl bartman rugby and English attitude where you win one game then you are the best... Bismark must be the captain of this team ... drop Smit and learn from Australia.

  • Rob Jones - 2011-08-20 22:56

    @Niiki I can only tell you what the rule is right or wrong. That is the TMO or video referee has no right to rule on what went on in the Field of play. They are only reponsible for making a decision on what happened over the try line. Dont blame me as AB supporter for the rule that is it. Therefore the match official who was South African had no right to call that a non try. Oh by the way Nikki are you going to tell me that Boks have never scored a try that was allowed from a nock on or a forward pass. I don tthink you can say that . We only need to go back to the World cup Semis where the All Blacks had a try scored againt them from a blatant forward pass.

      namibia24 - 2011-08-20 23:01

      I am not sure why you are going on about this, unless it would have affected the outcome of the game? They still would have lost!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-21 00:41

      So Rob wants to get a try that wasnt a try. Ok, take it.

      Roland - 2011-08-21 00:43

      There was not one suspect pass from the Springboks tonight, but at least about 30 from the All Blacks tonight. Their backline stands very flat and tests the referee with 50% of their passes and get away with a ton off forward passes. The All Blacks have always tested the rules (Mc Caw at the breakdown), they have found a new rule to test. The more we speak/write/post about it, better the chances that it becomes a priority for referees in the World Cup to keep an eye on.

      Frans Smith - 2011-08-21 16:42

      @roland - very true,but that has been happening for at least four years and YES the refs have allowed the more "flowing" game forward passes unless it is blatantly forward, sometimes even if blatant (remember ab's / france - thanks to forward pass the ab's never ended up in the final? It comes to my earlier point........; the game has evolved from the deep lying flyhalf to a more attacking flat lying flyhalf ending in more opportunities (tries). If it was not for the mad scramble defence and the inexperience of this ab side (and the experience of players like jaques fourie, habana etc), they could easily have put another 4 tries on us?.....Or am I wrong?

  • Michael Avery - 2011-08-21 02:26

    Who the hell wrote this poorly constructed, grammatically incorrect piece of garbage. Does Koos Bekker know he's forking out money for this drivel? Love the Springboks, but they deserve better than this mangled drunken review. I'll write for free if it means sparing the Bok-loving public the ignominy of this trash being published for all the world to see. #Justsaying.

  • Taupstar - 2011-08-21 07:10

    myza beloved all blacks didnt take there chances but the world knows THEY'LL BE BACK !!!

  • TGIL - 2011-08-21 09:02

    "Last we had a chance after many players were out injured, and I thought that we player better at stages last week." News24 you are useless and are starting to remind me of iafrica, another useless website run by children

  • patrickb - 2011-08-21 09:09

    One question: What the hell do we need Smit for?

  • - 2011-08-21 09:26

    Well done Bokke!! Character indeed was on display and the Bokke have plenty! To all the negative comments I say: You are like the "politically correct" masses of the world.........always over-analysing and nit picking!! A WIN IS A WIN!

  • John - 2011-08-21 09:45

    So the boks just won against a weak All Black team, who played poorly? The world cup is going to be a sad story this time around for the Springboks.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-21 10:23

      John Smith is it? Lets support our boys. If we dont win the RWC, its not the worst thing in the world. BUT, dont write us off just yet. Only a fool will write off the Boks.

  • - 2011-08-21 10:09

    Boks- you guys rock, always have, we are 123% behind you.

  • SAtheBest - 2011-08-21 10:58

    Well done Pieter De Villiers!! I always knew you had a plan in place.

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  • macrini1 - 2011-08-22 07:49

    Lol at defence systems aka desperately hope someone can get across and make desparation tackles.

  • SPEARS52 - 2011-08-22 09:07

    All you Sth African fans, I am an All Black supporter from back in the 1970's and truely the game has changed. We hate to admit but we love playing the Sth Africans because the level of tests is way higher than any other team can put through on the All Blacks. The All Blacks look good beating minnows teams like Samoa, Tonga and Wales, Lions, Ireland and Scotland but we are never as strong as we really are since playing against the Sth Africa. The All Blacks are never truely tested against any opponant unless its against the Sth Africans. The AB's sent a team knowing that they can run over and beat the Sth Africans as we are ready for the World Cup, but the win on the weekend proveds that the All Blacks are far from ready as we are still trying to play the more extravaganza flairy type of running game people want to see but does not work in RWC finals. Be proud of your Sth African team they are the pinnacle of any team to set as goals. You have won 2 RWC and have produceds some outstanding players for the future of Rugby. If you think back to the last 3 RWC the All Blacks went into every one of them as the leading team or having won most rugby games during that year and turned up to be cainned by France, Australia and eventually in the final against Sth Africa with our best ever team we lost and were found wanting. The AB's fall for the syndrome that we are the best, No we just haven't been tested properly by a good team. Those good teams are France, Sth Africa and Australia.

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