Matfield named to skipper Boks

2011-09-26 20:07

Cape Town - Victor Matfield will captain the Springbok team to play Samoa in the deciding Rugby World Cup Pool D clash at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland on Friday.

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Matfield returns from a hamstring strain - after a two-match absence - as one of seven changes to the team that defeated Namibia 87-0 at the same venue on Thursday.

He assumes the captaincy in place of John Smit, who drops to the bench, in a pre-planned move to allow Bismarck du Plessis to start his first match of the tournament.

The Springboks need at least one point from the match to be sure of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

There are five changes in the pack as Du Plessis is partnered with the returning Tendai Mtawarira and brother Jannie du Plessis in an all-Sharks front row. The final change among the forwards sees the return of Heinrich Brüssow to the back row.

Bakkies Botha was unavailable for selection after injuring a hamstring against Namibia but the remaining four forwards (Smit, CJ van der Linde, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Willem Alberts) all drop to the bench.

JP Pietersen and Fourie du Preez return to the starting line-up among the back division while the versatile Francois Hougaard drops to the bench where he is joined by the fit-again Jean de Villiers as the two backline replacements in a 5/2 split on the bench.

Friday’s match kicks off at 20h30 (09h30 SA time).


South Africa: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 John Smit, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 CJ van der Linde, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Jean de Villiers.

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  • BulvanBulle - 2011-09-26 20:12

    JdV should not find a spot in a average club team

      Hansie - 2011-09-26 20:20

      So how do you justify Wynand Olivier in Bulls team????????

      Jan - 2011-09-26 20:20

      Jy is 'n tipiese arrogante blou bul ondersteuner. JDV bly steeds strate beter as julle meisiekind olivier

      First48 - 2011-09-26 20:21

      You must be pretty stupid if that's the only thing you have to say about that article. I actually feel sorry for you, you must live a terribly negative life.

      Bobmac - 2011-09-26 20:22

      This is a very ignorant comment! Frans deserves his place at 12 but Jean is one of our best ever players!! Go Bokke!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-26 20:52

      Evening P.I.C.(BulvanBulle) I see you are raising the stress levels of the forums citizens once more - I'm not surprised you do it though, as you do get the reaction you seek - time and again. That said....on the Jean/Frans debate my 2 cents: I have always believed Frans Steyn is a 12 and that is where he should play in an ideal world - especially now that the Frenchies have improved his distribution so much, it is a crime to see him stuck at 15, where I don't believe he has the outright speed to be an international fullback. HOWEVER: I am not entirely convinced with Lambie at 15 for the 'big games'. His positional play was pretty poor, and that is a worry IMHO. Better teams will exploit that. So yes, I would love to say let Frans play 12 and put Jean on the bench with Lambie at 15.....but I can't say that with 100% conviction yet as I am worried about Lambie a little. If Lambie (and I know I am going to be crucified for saying this) doesn't convince at 15 on Friday - I would rather hedge all bets and play Jean at 12, and put Frans back at 15 for the bigger games, because as we the knockouts the reliance on attacking play falls away somewhat - and the reliance on a 15 who can position himself well and who has a massive boot become MASSIVE. Just my opinion.

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-26 20:53

      @Hansie I never have

      Magmansa - 2011-09-26 21:20

      @Safs You make a good point. About Lambies positional play, do you mean on defence or attack? He seems pretty sound on D. He seems to run into his own players or gets tackled as he catches the ball on attack tho, hopefully they can work on that.

      René Müller - 2011-09-26 22:24

      @BulvanBulle JdV used to be an exciting player, but no longer. @Hansie & @Jan I rather have a Wynand Olivier in my team (you can keep JdV), at least Wynand plays his heart out week in and week out for the Bulls, JdV unfortunately is 90 % being sidelined due to injuries. This is an article about the Bokke, (let's drop provincialism) good team however would have preferred Gio Aplon to JdV on the bench. Good luck Bokke, will be an exciting game!!

      JimbOb - 2011-09-26 23:38

      Sorry Rene, but when Wynand Olivier plays then we bet money on when he is NOT going to simply crash ball. No dimension whatsoever, any linebreak is plumb luck - would rather play De Jongh or even Ebersohn before him.

      Whoosa - 2011-09-27 05:17

      JDV has been avarage for 2 seasons, but got the call up cause no one else put their hand up. Frans has been a total revelation at 12, offer so much more than JDV. Ive got nothing against Lamby, but i think he might be a bit overrated at the moment. He has shown a little bit of promise, but not near enough to be having a start at 15 for the boks in knockout tournament. I would play Aplon. Offers so much on the counter attack, got a very educated boot (better than Lamby) and is solid in defence and the high ball. Aplon especialy will come into his own with Frans at 12, creating alot of space out wide with his distribution skills and accurate bullet pass. Is Butch james injured?? I reckon hes a way better option on the bench than JDV.

      FUBAR - 2011-09-27 05:44

      @SAFFA-CAT... I agree completely with you on Pat Lambie, but there is an option that is thinking out of the box a bit... Jacque Fourie started out as a full-back. Move him to 15 and bring JdV in at 13 leaving Frans at inside. It will be a move that is unexpected, and will catch the other teams off quard, and with Fourie's power coming into the backline will cause a headache for any defense...

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-27 07:58

      Agree BulVanBulle, ... .....Intercept, can't tackle, Jean de Villiers is very overrated... ...just like the 10-year-losing-team, ...aka WeePee... ....Frans Steyn much better no 12....

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-27 10:48

      Saffa-Cat, How about Aplon at full back instead of Lambie? He may be smallish but he has the heart of a lion. Besides, he is lightning fast on the attack.

  • First48 - 2011-09-26 20:18

    Happy with that. Going to be a great match!! Go springboks!!

  • Gecko14 - 2011-09-26 20:18

    Glad Frans Steyn is still on centre. And Jean on the bench is not bad either.

      Bandleader - 2011-09-26 22:48

      Agree. JDV's injury was a blessing in disguise. Frans has been solid at centre, and he should be the first pick going forward. JDV is living on past glory, and he seems to be struggling to get his game together. Still, to have him on the bench says a lot about our depth. - 2011-09-27 10:40

      Yes. Its not that JDV is a bad player, its just that Frans Steyn seems to have that X factor, which could be the key to a third World Cup.

  • Dundermoose - 2011-09-26 20:21

    That's getting close to our strongest team! Looking forward to the test...

      Conrad Pieterse - 2011-09-26 20:30

      I agree 100%. Moer hulle Bokke!!!! Check out this link. I cannot help but smile each time I watch it:

      BardofAvon - 2011-09-26 20:32

      Totally agree, Dundermoose - very close to our strongest team. I'd like to see Gurthro and Hougaard in the starting team though,and Bakkies of course.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-26 20:40

      @Dundermoose - what are u doing with my profile pic? Change it nowwww! Disagree with Matfield as captain and still think that JdV and Fourie are our best midfield combo.

      pants - 2011-09-26 22:20

      I think its a good team, would like to see Hougard start though.

  • Bobmac - 2011-09-26 20:28

    I hope Bakkies is OK! He adds a lot to our side! Happy with the selections, I just hope that Habana can step up this game because he is skating on thin ice... there is a fire behind him, in the form of Hougard, snapping at his heals!

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-09-26 20:31

    Go Bokke, even if 99% of the players dont look like me. Go Bokke!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-26 20:56

      Why don't 99% of the players look like you? Do you not have 2 ears, 1 nose, a mouth? Are you a visitor from a galaxy far far away, with green skin and 6 eyes? If so, welcome to earth friend, would you like me to point you in the direction of our leader?

      Karoobloed - 2011-09-26 21:06

      Nice angle Saffa, but we all know what Poloyatonki is referring to. And he has a point. And he supports the Boks. So good on him. However Poloyatonki, the vast majority of Saffas supported Bafana Bafana during RWC 2010. And none of my friends were unhappy that the team was virtually all-African. Really should not matter as long as then best players are chosen at National level. Social engineering could and should happen at school, club, provincial and franchise level.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-26 21:12

      @Karoobloed - Evening :) I have read so many of Poly's 'comments' on the political threads that I just had to take a small dig :) Couldn't help myself.

      AA - 2011-09-26 22:22

      Poly it is great to see everyone supporting the team, welcome buddy, hopefully you will be enjoying a few cold ones during the match. I look very forward to the day though when people are seen as people and not judged by the color of their skin. You know i did not realize i was white until somebody told me.

      DeonL - 2011-09-27 10:09

      They like all supporters poly.

      FJ2 - 2011-09-27 11:38

      @Poloyatonki. They don't look like me, either. They got sixpacks, I have me a barrel!

  • Zab Juda - 2011-09-26 20:32

    Habana agaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!! GOSH! we are going nowhere slowly...I GIVE UP ON P.DIDDY!!!

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-27 08:40

      .....PDV + Grandpa Smit + Banana = bye-bye world cup...!!! ......weak links in Protea team...

  • Johann - 2011-09-26 20:39

    Good for a substantial win over Samoa. GOOOO BOKKE!!!!

  • Drewka - 2011-09-26 20:47

    I feel for JdV. He's still one of the best no. 12's in the world, but little out of form. Frans on the other hand is the answer for Nonu & SBW.

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-26 21:04

      @Drewka Rook jy iets jou plankdom, onnosel wesel. JdV is absoluut belaglik pateties man. Is daar enige senter op die planeet stadiger as hy??/ Vedediging basies 0 uit 10 Balverspreiding miskien 1/10 So skuif jy maar verby voor jy seerkry hier

      MaestroX - 2011-09-26 21:49

      Drewka, I think you should have said, "He used to be one of the best no.12's in the world" yes he was very good. The last two years he has been very average! I am a Stormers supporter and the biggest bok supporter you can get but he is not the player he used to be. The last time he broke the line was when a defensive player tripped and couldn't get to him. FS has shown us we can still score tries and I am sorry even if it’s only against Figi and Nambabwe it doesn't matter. Had JdV played believe me we wouldn't have scored half the points we did against those two weak sides. However this is where I have to agree with SAFFA on Lambie at 15, I have never seen a player pass the ball as quickly as Lambie, he is so scared to do anything wrong he is refusing to do anything at all. Watch the last 2 games he has played, he fields the ball and passes so quickly he doesn’t even draw a single player in. He needs to step up if he wants to be in the first 15! Otherwise rather choose Aplon.

      Drewka - 2011-09-26 22:27

      @BulvalBulle Nee ek is nie 'n roker van daardie goed wat jy en jou mede bul ondersteuners daar in Pretoria aan skoolkinders verkoop nie. Snaaks hoe gou julle op julle pertjie klim as daar 'n speler van 'n ander provinsie nie op vorm is nie.... @MeastroX Still think JdV has got what it takes. And yes he is not the inform player at the RWC, but that doesn’t make him a bad player. Fourie du Preez is badly out of form but he still earns my respect for being a good rugby player and Springbok. They just need to work harder than the younger guys. John Smit and Spies have played themselves inform and been an example for the others. Agree with you on Lambie, gee that guy have allot of skills and flair. Just hope he can handle the pressure....

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-27 08:43

      ...Jean de Villiers = paloooooka = walking injury......

  • James - 2011-09-26 20:55

    If we had with Gurthro on for Tendai "crowd-pleaser" mtawarira at loosehead, this would probably be our strongest 15 (including Rossouw over Bakkies)

  • msimkins1 - 2011-09-26 20:56

    Here is a thought, Habana started his career as a centre.....defense is solid and commits tacklers everytime he has the ball.....

      Blikskottel - 2011-09-26 21:52

      and leave either Mossie or Frans Steyn out for out-of-form Habana????

  • vusi.msiza - 2011-09-26 21:04

    go die bokke n teach samoans a lesson of rugby

  • christoph - 2011-09-26 21:09

    What still shocks me is Habana starting instead of Hougaard... Anyone disagree??

      Magmansa - 2011-09-26 21:24

      I do think right now Hougies is in better form, but I can see why they want him coming off the bench, he can cover a couple positions if need be. And his explosiveness will be much needed in the final quater of games.

      Karoobloed - 2011-09-26 21:25

      If Brian Habana is the biggest problem the Boks have, then I believe we will end up doing very well at RWC 2012.

      TrippiZee - 2011-09-26 21:59

      Completely agree, but then again, it was expected :(

      Dan the Man - 2011-09-27 15:03

      @Karoobloed, I think Hougaard is a far better wing than Habana right now - he just looks for more work, is far more able to beat the tackle and defensively far less likely to be out of position. Also, there is no RWC in I'm more worried about 2011

  • smahomedy - 2011-09-26 21:57

    Its against Samoa. I would like to see francois Hougaard at no 9. I think John Smit should start and Bismarck should come in as an impact player. I know Bismarck wants to start but he is a good impact player and you got to do whats good for the team.

      Bandleader - 2011-09-26 22:36

      Bismarck is good for the team. John Smit on the bench is a good call. About time they picked the better hooker to start.

  • genisus - 2011-09-26 21:58

    What a team! Hougie makes such a diffs when he comes on... I think our impact players do just that, they make a HUGE impact... when the opposition are getting tired we bring on some AWESOME flair.... I think it would be wrong to start with the "impact" players because then the concept of adding that flair when needed most just wouldn't function as well, HOWEVER, we need to give them more time to make a considerable difference so 30mins should be given. Go BOYS!

  • Vuyo Galeni - 2011-09-26 22:08

    this is the perfect team and a good combination as we doing for win good luck springbok.

  • Kevan - 2011-09-27 00:29

    Magmansa, just a comment about Lambie being tackled as soon as he catches the ball, who ever passed it is selling him.

  • Whoosa - 2011-09-27 05:15

    JDV has been avarage for 2 seasons, but got the call up cause no one else put their hand up. Frans has been a total revelation at 12, offer so much more than JDV. Ive got nothing against Lamby, but i think he might be a bit overrated at the moment. He has shown a little bit of promise, but not near enough to be having a start at 15 for the boks in knockout tournament. I would play Aplon. Offers so much on the counter attack, got a very educated boot (better than Lamby) and is solid in defence and the high ball. Aplon especialy will come into his own with Frans at 12, creating alot of space out wide with his distribution skills and accurate bullet pass. Is Butch james injured?? I reckon hes a way better option on the bench than JDV.

  • hawk - 2011-09-27 06:25

    Finally Smith on the bench and the best captain on the field. You deserve it Vick. Please keep FAT BABY Smith of the field. Steyn much better than Div who has passed his use by date. Now be bold and start Hougie at scrummy. Fourie you will always be my hero but do it for the team bud

  • wozlocksley - 2011-09-27 07:35

    that is the strongest team we can pick. everyone is in the right position and ready to go go go! . next stop - samoa.

  • amabok - 2011-09-27 08:11

    Apart from Habana, this should be the starting lineup v Australia.

  • - 2011-09-27 08:55

    Team looks good. Would like to see Aplon in there somewhere, but good team none the less.

  • PhilipF - 2011-09-27 09:19

    I rate the abilities of Frans Steyn, JdV and Lambie highly and can understand that this selection was very difficult. I also think that Steyn currently is a better 12 than JdV, but he is also a better 15 than Lambie. Are we gaining more with him at 12 instead of JdV, compared to what we loose with him not being at fullback? In the knockout games a mistake by the fullback tends to cost you a lot more than a mistake at 12.

  • Bellakanoose - 2011-09-27 09:25

    I am willing to bet 2 Samoan tries from Hablunder (Habana) coming off his defensive line!

  • dribble - 2011-09-27 09:26

    I really really want to be made to eat my words as i do like frans steyn at 12, but i cant help feeling a little concerned about lambie at 15. yes i know he has talent but i couldnt help but notice that he seems more interessted in being up in the thick of it than being back in position. Maybe it was just the camera angles but it seemed as though everytime the ball got hoisted to the back at us others were doing the cover work, and he was not to be seen...When steyn was at the back he was there and reading the game well...and not to mention his long range boot...Like i said i like steyn at 12 but i would prefer him at 15 for security sake

  • Avi27 - 2011-09-27 09:47

    The Boks team is solid. I like the idea that frans is still at no 12. He adds alot moe value and flair to our backline. Its also good to see Bismark start for a change, he needs some game time esp after not playing last week. What I like most about the bok 22 is that like most of our previous games we have the best impact players on the bench. If you look carefully I think of all the teams our bench is unbelievable and is by far the strongest bench in the tournament. Iv said it before and I still stick to it, rugby is a 80min game and if we play the strongest 15 from the start then we going to lose that flair in the last 10min and it may cost us. Hence having guys like alberts, bismark, hougard and co is going to win us the knock out games. Boks by 24 points Go Bokke!!!

  • james.botha3 - 2011-09-27 13:07

    Best no 2,best captain but still the 2 useless wings

  • carjan - 2011-09-27 14:30

    Div - plse do not play JDV - a game with him on 12 is a game with no tries - check statistics. This is now written by a STORMER

  • Arthur Stead - 2011-09-28 18:59


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