Leicester bully woeful Boks

2009-11-06 23:47

Leicester - Leicester clinched a famous 22-17 win over world champions South Africa at Welford Road on Friday as the mighty Springboks suffered a dismal start to their northern hemisphere tour.

Leicester even overcame the handicap of missing England internationals - Tom Croft, Lewis Moody, Jordan Crane, Dan Hipkiss and Louis Deacon - as well as having eight players on the injury list.

Jongi Nokwe's eighth-minute try put the Springboks in front but the Tigers hit back with a try from Argentina international wing Lucas Amorosino while 17 points from the boot of scrumhalf Ben Youngs proved crucial.

A couple of late penalties from Ruan Pienaar brought the Springboks, who had also defeated the British and Irish Lions 2-1 and took the Tri-Nations this year, to within a score but Leicester held firm.

The English champions opened up a surprise 16-8 lead in the first half on the back of sure kicking from 20-year-old Youngs, and Amorosino's superb try.

Leicester marked the first-ever visit of a South Africa side to their 117-year-old stadium with an official unveiling of a new 14-million-pound, 10 000-seater stand before kick-off, which swells capacity to 24 000.

South Africa named five uncapped players in their XV, as they prepare for Tests against France, Italy and Ireland.

Only Odwa Ndungane remained from the team that beat New Zealand in the final Tri-Nations match in September.

After Youngs missed the chance to put Leicester in front, Pienaar kicked the first points.

Within 10 minutes the Springboks had the first try of their tour.

Fullback Earl Rose floated a perfectly weighted kick which fell into the hands of Nokwe. Pienaar missed the conversion before Youngs kicked a penalty to cut the deficit to five.

South Africa were robbed of their captain midway through the first half, when Chiliboy Ralepelle hobbled off.

Then the match turned after 27 minutes on an uncharacteristic moment of carelessness from the Springboks which allowed the Tigers to pounce.

Teenage centre Manu Tuilagi ran through unchallenged, and off-loaded with Amorosino in support.

Amorosino jinked past two tacklers to go in under the posts. Youngs converted to open up a two-point lead at 10-8.

Youngs then kicked two further penalties while Pienaar added three points for South Africa as Leicester held a 16-11 lead at the break.

That was restored to eight points two minutes after the restart when Youngs profited from South African hands in at the ruck.

In the 55th minute, former Australia wing Lote Tuqiri came on for his first Leicester start.

After Youngs found the posts again from the 10-metre line, Pienaar had to kick from wide out to bring the deficit back to eight.

Leicester dominated possession and twice turned over ball as the Springboks became increasingly ragged.

Pienaar reduced the gap to five from in front of the posts, setting up a five minute period of intense South African pressure.

But the ball spilled loose and Tuqiri's first major contribution was to scramble it to touch and end the game.


Leicester Tigers:
Scott Hamilton, Lucas Amorosino, Andy Forsyth, Manu Tuilagi, Johne Murphy, Aaron Mauger (captain), Ben Youngs, Brett Deacon, Ben Pienaar, Geoff Parling, Ben Kay, Calum Green, Martin Castrogiovanni, Mefin Davies, Marcos Ayerza.
Reserves: George Chuter, Dan Cole, Tom Armes, Dan Hemingway, James Grindal, Greig Tonks, Lote Tuqiri

Springbok XV:
Earl Rose, Odwa Ndungane, Juan de Jongh, Wynand Olivier, Jongi Nokwe, Ruan Pienaar, Heini Adams, Ashley Johnson, Davon Raubenheimer, Dewald Potgieter, Andries Bekker, Danie Rossouw, Jannie du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle (captain), Gurthro Steenkamp. Reserves: Bandise Maku, Heinke van der Merwe, Alistair Hargreaves, Jean Deysel, Francois Hougaard, Meyer Bosman, Riaan Viljoen 


  • mike - 2009-11-06 23:51

    Well i saw the game.... ok we lost but the try was a forward pass from tigers so we can - 5 points ... but i must say we played kak we were not cleaning any rucks and not moving fast enough ... bring the normal Bok team back this for me is the BOk C team not B team...

  • SJC - 2009-11-06 23:54

    Against a regional team the 2-3rd team of the Springboks (and the reserves of the Bulls) should have done much better. They were overwhelmed in the lineouts, scrums, looseball, they were outrunned, in not 1 part of the game they came out tops. Boy, have they some planning to do. Or if the best players were selected, it would have been another story. Our supportplayers for the 1st team must be a problem and need to be solved very quickly.

  • jm - 2009-11-06 23:58

    This is too freaking funny. This is what happens when you pick Colour!! Wake up South Africa, pick merrit and stop this BS. No one wants to watch loosers.

  • SportSouth - 2009-11-06 23:59

    This is the only way that the new bloods in the Bok team will learn - playing more games against top club (multi-national?) teams such as Leicester. Don't worry too much about the score - it means nothing as long as we learn in the process (there are a number of provincial teams in SA that will also beat English dirt tracker teams - so no big deal)

  • dion Glatthaar - 2009-11-07 00:04

    WP, met Luke as kaptein, sou beter gevaar het. Skande , SA

  • John Paul Jones - 2009-11-07 00:06

    There were much better players left behind at home in favour of pet selections, and this favouritism over genuine merit has GOT TO STOP. The Cheetahs front row would not have been "bullied" tonight. Thanks Piet and DICK for disgracing the Bok jersey. The next thing to backfire will be the omission of Jean de Villiers and Frans Steyn from the 1st XV just because they are "based overseas". What limited thinking. Actually, Jean is in Ireland and Frans (fittingly) in France already, having adapted to the local conditions, and both in good form. Since we are playing France and Ireland, why leave them out? Why must Piet and DICK shoot us in the foot when we have our best foot available to put forward?

  • tony lundin - 2009-11-07 00:07

    what is the purpose of this team touring? rather send the vodacom cup winners have some glory! when are we going to learn that we cannot play on reputation alone!

  • Bloubal - 2009-11-07 00:12

    What have we learnt from this game -? 1. Andries Bekker has come of age as one of our best locks (including Victor and Bakkies). He was the sole man on the field today that gave his all for 80 odd minutes. 2. Francois Hougaard good understudy of Fourie Du Preez 3. Jean Deysel more than good enough to replace Danie Rossouw on the bench for the real boks

  • gregory hirst - 2009-11-07 00:13

    The springboks. Stop exagerating the loss it was a 'B' side springbok team lets not get excited children the real BOKS are still to come. The media headlines and sports commentators amke me laugh!!!!

  • Pity - 2009-11-07 00:17

    Outplayed. Excuses could be bad ref, bad calls etc but this clearly shows that our 3rd string team is just that.

  • Gavin - 2009-11-07 00:18

    Absolutely brilliant, well done Leicester! Time has come to prove the idiot de Villiers wrong. Quite frankly rthe 2007 winning boks could have and have coached themselves with Jake Whites tactics. The moment Pieter de Villiers got to choose his own team we have the greatest loss in S.A history, rememeber this is not S.A A team loosing, this is the Springboks loosing to a provincial English side coming 4th in the premiership.Sorry to harp on color but we have an idiot playing as captain who has not even played a minute of currie cup rugby lasting a whole 15 mins, what a joke. Tiger woods playing full back. Finally we have a black captaining the team, a 80% black team and a black coach and we play worse than bafana bafana. Please can we now realise that blacks cannot play rugby, they have zero talent just as whites have zero soccer skill! What up S.A

  • Nkosi - 2009-11-07 00:22

    I am disgusted. Blacks need to stick to the basics, kicking a oval ball around a rectangle field, come on, simple stop being ignorant monkeys guys.

  • Andre - 2009-11-07 00:25

    This wasn't the World Champ Springbok side, these were all second hand and third class players - pathetic to say that Leicester clicnched a famous won - even the Bulls would have done better than this so-called Bok team. The format of this team was wrong, so wrong that Leicester won the game.

  • Jabu - 2009-11-07 00:26

    I feel like a caged monkey. I am embarrassed by being black right now. My black like me captain could not last, he must have been a cheap hooker! Bring the whites back please! Keep the blacks to kicking a round ball!

  • ImpartialCanuck - 2009-11-07 00:27

    Mr. de Villiers, you and your selection committee owe an explanation to your SA fans for this performance and some of these inclusions! Many on this site predicted this outcome, so do hope you are listening, as this was a weak Tigers team!! Only able to listen on BBC, but sounded convincing - do hope it is not a sign of things to come........ Pick your best!!!!

  • Thomas Smith - 2009-11-07 00:29

    Well done Earl Rose, great game you showed why you should be in the team. I am you number one fan!

  • phillip strydom - 2009-11-07 00:30

    this is what happen when you "maak die bulle almal bokke" maybe its time to put players in the team and not the bull marketing team or you end up in a tin like "bullbrand".unfortunately kaplan was not there to help the guys with a few funny tries!!!!!

  • SAFFA - 2009-11-07 00:37

    What a pathetic game of rugby by the Boks!

  • Barend Pieterson - 2009-11-07 00:40

    Well done tanned boys. Did you forget you actually don't have teeth and thought you should play for your aunti. I am afraid tik won't win you gold teef, you actually need to play like those hard men from de norfen traaaansvaal, ja dardie wit pooses. Peter you need to wake up from you preteen sex and start coaching your tanned players, loose the gold teef and talk to the public, we want answers to the worst defeat in Springbok rugby!!!!!

  • Alexandra Ferguson - 2009-11-07 00:41

    Whislt i do agree, that the SA XV were absolutely appaling, apart from a select few..... the referee did use absolutely no favours what so ever. being in a green and red jersey would probably have been more of a favour to us, then we wouldn't have had to deal with his laborious uselessness. Im not sure that an SA XV side qualify as world champions, given that most of them are uncapped. Kudos to leicester though, you capitalised on your cheats going unnoticed, but actually in all honesty, did play fairly well

  • Upset Springbok Supporter - 2009-11-07 00:43

    I am very disappointed with the poor play in rugby tonight, I really hoped that some of the players could step up and play Springbok level rugby.

  • Wickus - 2009-11-07 00:48

    Leicester Tigers clinched a famous 22-17 win over world champions South Africa.....wonder hoekom....dalk moet Petersielie beter span keuses maak....sjoe ons skrum het darem gesukkel...vyf spelers in daardie span behoort daar!....Gurthro kan nie skrum nie. beter hakkers as Maku, Chilliboy het weer 'n besering, daar is beslis beter spelers as Hougaard en so gaan dit aan!! We are the best team in the world, but with the proper players we can be much better! best of all time!!!

  • Alexandra Ferguson - 2009-11-07 00:49

    Whislt i do agree, that the SA XV were absolutely appaling, apart from a select few..... the referee did use absolutely no favours what so ever. being in a green and red jersey would probably have been more of a favour to us, then we wouldn't have had to deal with his laborious uselessness. Im not sure that an SA XV side qualify as world champions, given that most of them are uncapped. Kudos to leicester though, you capitalised on your cheats going unnoticed, but actually in all honesty, did play fairly well

  • Bill Hemsley - 2009-11-07 01:19

    Just got back from the game. A good game from Tigers' viewpoint. Boks' scrum given a pretty good workover tonight I thought, and although they strove to score at the end a Boks win would have been undeserved

  • Owie - 2009-11-07 01:25

    I wasnt able to watch the game, but read the live feed. Scrums? Steencamp? They should seriously have opted for the freestaters. This would have been a great chance for them! I think its a great eye opener, Id rather lose this match, than lose a test match! Go bokke

  • Koos - 2009-11-07 01:28

    Hahaha, that comes from sending a "political correct" team in stead of a good Springbok B side. The Bulls B side will kill this "Springbok" side.

  • True Lion - 2009-11-07 01:36

    Earl Rose . . . . Enough said!

  • andre collins - 2009-11-07 01:39

    These guys are just not motivated for this so called autumn internationals. We play rubbish rugby every year and undo the good work done earlier in the regular season. I really wish they would abolish this crazy system and get back to the old days of full tours to a single nation! We will go home humiliated once again, as every year up north!!

  • Vernon - 2009-11-07 01:53

    SASCOC please step in and do what you did to ASA. Suspend SARU for bringing SA rugby and the country into disrepute thanks to their quota system, A national team - the world champions - losing to a club (minus their star players). What a disgrace!

  • George - 2009-11-07 02:03

    That is what you get if you select a political team as oppose to a rugby team. Earl Rose, Adams, Chiliboy, Hougaard. speaks for it self. Shame on the selectors once again, The result speaks for itself.

  • JJ - 2009-11-07 02:18

    Serves them right for picking a team not containing players worthy of representing their country and who at best warm the bench for their provincial teams. This might be the future of SA rugby when the ANC and PDV are done.....disgraceful....

  • Yebo - 2009-11-07 02:40

    Eish, what happened chilliboy??? Definite weakness at hooker, you have to scrum at hooker as well not just throw the ball in!! Back down to earth Boks! Danie, hang up your boots!

  • Marcus - 2009-11-07 03:23

    This is sweet. All throughout the Tri Nations people here have been talking trash about the Wallabies (and Australians in general), and now the Springbok second-stringers have been beaten by a mid-strength Leicester while the Wallabies' "dirt-trackers" hammered Gloucestershire! To be fair though, that really wasn't the best second side you could have put out. Strauss should have been starting hooker and captain, Wicus Blaauw deserves to be in the squad, Joe Pietersen should have been fullback and maybe Peter Grant or Naas Olivier as flyhalf- Pienaar could have started scrumhalf with Kockott or Pretorious to come off the bench. And Steven Sykes is unlucky not to be there too.

  • Theo - 2009-11-07 03:43

    And there the Polical Team loose the game. What will the excuse be: Apartheid? We cannot blame it on quotas, as the public was told the team was based on merit selection. The fact is in 20 years from now the statistics will still be: A Club Team beat the World Champions coached by Pieter de Villiers. It will not say a Springbok XV coached by the Assistant Coach. This is a disgrace, well organized by political interference.

  • Steph - 2009-11-07 04:19

    Well I don't think the experiment worked. A team needs an inspirational Captain or they will struggle when the going gets tough. I don't know what to say when a Bok team goes down to a club team. Maybe a bit to much wishfull thinking from the selectors, certain key players just have what it takes and can not be replaced by players you want to have that something special. Wake up, rugby players are born with boots on, you can't force average players to compete with them. The combination was woefull, no one dictating the plays and leading from the front. Very very sad situation.

  • Gav - 2009-11-07 04:39

    Well what did we expect from our fourth team?

  • Marius - 2009-11-07 05:32

    Hope this puts the Ruan Pienaar, Morne Steyn debate to rest once and for all. Ruan who is supposed to be this fantastic playmaker was so predictable that the whole evening he tried the same tactics of either passing to Johnson and later Deysel or kick the ball everytime he received the ball over and over again. Neither Wynand Olivier or Meyer Bosman when he came on received the ball even once from Ruan. Olivier was reduced to doing Johnson and Deysel’s job in trying to secure the ball from the ruck, because Ruan was passing the ball to them everytime and all they did with it, was to run into 2 or 3 defenders and the ball then taken away from them. There was absolutely no unpredictability in Ruan’s game at all.We also have a huge problem when it came to scrum time, because both our locks were useless in the scrum and Raubenheimer did not scrum at all. When Jean Deysel came on, there was a slight improvement because the loosehead prop finally had someone extra scrumming behind them. The real power in a scrum doesn’t come from the front-row, but from the guys scrumming behind them as a unit and not individually. Allthough I hate to admit it I also have to say that Earl Rose has a fairly decent game.

  • Peter - 2009-11-07 05:42

    Ag shame. They have got to start getting used to it

  • Embarrassing! - 2009-11-07 05:59

    Embarrassing to say the least. If this was our “B’ team then I’ve got NO hope for the future. Ashley Johnson tried his best and was together with Potgieter and Bekker the “better” forwards. Ruan started ok but was poor later on and proved once again that he should play at 9 as FDPreez’s 2IB.Rose did one or 2 good things but never looked better than a average Vodacom Cup player. Guthro Steenkamp is pathetic BUT so is John Smit in the test side! PDV should urgently get decent front rows and appoint Os as their coach. With 11 players (8 BB and 3 Cheetahs) in the team who was involved in the CC Final SA can hardly claim that the BB is the best provincial team in the world! Raubenheimer was nowhere and then CHILLIBOY.......yes he certainly looked like the boy he is between the men! He can’t even throw the ball into the lineout! Please guys get someone else to do window dressing with because this guy + Rose, Adams, Maku and Raubenheimer are an embarrassment to the team that calls themselves champions of the world! Even tellytubbie Januarie is miles better that Adams. WAKE UP SNORMAN, get rid of the passengers, including John Smit and sort out our serious problems in the scrums. TAKE MY WORD FOR IT THAT THE Bulls will be nowhere in 2010 if they don’t sort out their scrum as well. Last question....who will be the back-up hooker in the test 22......Chilli??

  • Hurting - 2009-11-07 06:04

    PDV, did this team provide you with the result you wanted? 24000 spectators witnessed a trial squad get bullied by a club team also missing 6 key players, and themselves using a centre pair from the Tigers academy. Obviously the Tigers experiment worked, especially in the scrum. As for the SA team, back to the drawing board I guess.

  • Walt - 2009-11-07 06:19

    This Springbok side had a mere week or so to prepare, practise and get to know each other. Entering into a game like this is pure madness and hopefully will teach SA rugby a lesson.

  • Jakes - 2009-11-07 06:29

    This so, called Springbok side would not be able to beat the Freestate or WP for that matter. I do not see anything good coming from taking a side like this on a Springbok tour.

  • Jeepers - 2009-11-07 06:31

    The only surprises in the squad that Peter de Villiers selected are the exclusions of Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema.!! The rest of the squad is pretty much consistent with what you expect from out politically appointed coach.

  • DivvySchmivvy - 2009-11-07 06:35

    Pieter de village-idiot. true to form!

  • Frank - 2009-11-07 06:44

    Div should stick to mainly the team that Jake White built for him. Clearly when he experiments with a team of his own choice he starts to show that he's out of his depth coaching at this level. Jake (or any other coach with proper qualifications) would have chosen a "Springbok B" team that would have at least taken care of a Leicester 3rd team. The joys of politically based appointments.

  • Dissapointed - 2009-11-07 06:45

    @Koos: Guthro, Chilliboy, Danie, Francois, Dewald, Heinie! What do you mean by the BB 2nd team will beat this "Springbok" team? It was the BB's 2nd team that played!

  • False teeth - 2009-11-07 06:56

    Div, your young team of colour lost to a Leceister 2nd team.....did you hear me - LEICESTER 2nd TEAM!!!!??? Eish, so this is really what Div is capable of producing - otherwise it's nice to sit and get results from a team that your predecessor built.. Here we go again - our politically based appointments starting to show what we can expect in future.

  • DR - 2009-11-07 07:00

    There we go, now we on the same level as Bafana.

  • paul - 2009-11-07 07:08

    This was an ideal oppurtunity to de Villiers to show his insight into team selection as far as building a team for the future goes. He did just that!!!! Once again, the political rot in our sports starts to show it's face again.

  • Mark - 2009-11-07 07:16

    I bet there'll be an idiot on this blog that posts a comment like "we all forget that Div beat the British/Ire Lions and won the tri-nations".......well to that idiot I say don't forget that that team was built by someone else (not Div). In fact, the coach that built that team also won the world cup. Div is a politically appointed clown that's happy to advertise publically that he votes ANC.....obviously to ensure he keeps the job.