Danie back in Bok team

2010-08-31 12:34

Bloemfontein - The Springboks have made two changes to their match 22 for their final Tri-Nations Test of the season against Australia at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

GALLERY: Springboks in training

There is one change to the starting XV with Danie Rossouw getting the nod ahead of Flip van der Merwe at lock. Van der Merwe moves to the bench.
The second change is among the reserves where Gio Aplon returns in place of the injured Butch James.

Van der Merwe and prop Jannie du Plessis were both cleared to play after undergoing medical assessments on Monday. James, meanwhile, was ruled out through a shoulder injury.

Asked why he had preferred Rossouw to van der Merwe in the Bok engine room, coach Peter de Villiers said: “We feel that Danie will be better suited the to the type of game we would like to play as well as to what we expect the Wallabies may bring to the game on Saturday”.

De Villiers said that his players were determined to do well in Bloemfontein, which has so far been a happy hunting ground for the Boks during his tenure. “There is still the Mandela Cup to play for and whilst we do not play only to win trophies we do see them as just reward for hard work, so hopefully our hard work will pay off and we can celebrate a win at the weekend”.

Vice-captain Victor Matfield said he had been pleased with the improvements in the forward play in last week’s 44-31 win over Australia in Pretoria.

“The lineouts were better but I was really impressed by how well we did at the breakdown,” Matfield said. “I was also very happy with the scrums which were a good launching platform for us. We will continue to see where we can improve this week”.

The Boks were put through their paces in extremely warm conditions at Shimla Park on Tuesday morning. The session included a run against a Free State Under-21 group in which they focused on structured play. Then forwards also put in a good scrumming session.


South Africa:

15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (capt), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp

Reserves: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Juan de Jongh, Gio Aplon



Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)


  • BAAS - 2010-08-31 12:39

    Why is Ricky still in the squad - Please people, help me understand!!

  • Aplon - 2010-08-31 12:40

    I'm a huge fan of Habana's but on current form Aplon should be in the starting line up and Hab's on the bench.

  • JoeBob - 2010-08-31 12:45

    Hoekom is Januarie nog op die bench? Al wat hy goed is voor is om lemoene aan te dra vir die spelers!

  • edwin - 2010-08-31 12:46

    I still say drop Habana. He is a has been.

  • Grim - 2010-08-31 12:46

    ?????. Can't believe Habana is still there, don't players usually get dropped, when out of form. there are at least 4 wings in the country playing better than him and not getting selected...

  • TheDon - 2010-08-31 12:48

    Ag no Peter, why are you playing useless Banana again?

  • Div_da_Clown - 2010-08-31 12:49

    I think there is a bit of Jake White piggy backing going on here ???

  • piepies - 2010-08-31 12:49

    Still no Beast or Bismarck,this is very sad,luckily we playing the Ausies again,AB will give us a hiding with that team,ugghhh Wayne Barnes (ref) is gana nail us!!!!!!!

  • Gary - 2010-08-31 12:51

    PLEASE, please reconsider the Habana inclusion!! He is not on form and how many tries will he still have to give away before you (Snorre) realise this?? His passion for the game is lost! Please don't cause yet another disappointment. The Boks displayed some character on Saturday to come from so far behind to finally win the test, but it will be short lived if Habana gives away yet another few tries and we loose the game in Bloem!

  • AB Supporter - 2010-08-31 12:53

    Was this thug not sent of too the naughty bench against the Great All Black Team after he tried to hit Master Richie? Rocky, all you need to do is run past this thug and tell him his mother stinks.You will have him on the naughty bench and secure 6 points. Go All Black's...The greatest team ever... We just love Paddy.... bok's suck big time...

  • Vdub - 2010-08-31 12:56

    Ja Div. Habana must have a special place in your heart. He needs a permanent rest!

  • MikeM - 2010-08-31 12:57

    Why is fatty januarie still on the bench...he's gonna break it one of these days sitting on it for so long! Surely he does not think he is gonna get any game time? Anyway just about anybody else on the bench could play scrum half better than him so why waste the space, put someone on the becnch we can actually use!

  • Anti - 2010-08-31 12:59

    I suppose it's Frans to cover for flyhalf? Not bad I guess.

  • RSA - 2010-08-31 13:02

    Why Bryan Habana? This would have been a good time to give him rest.

  • Luke Wright - 2010-08-31 13:02

    I am happy with the side except that Jonathan Smith our captain is really struggling. I would like to see Earl Rose selected again instead of Hougaard as it seems as if he is too small and Test Rugby is not for him. Kom aan Bokke!!!!!

  • kyle veitch - 2010-08-31 13:04

    how in gods name do you carry on with the out of form player like jp pietersen is PDV related to him or owe his father something from the old days it baffles me when they leave gio on the bench in place for the 10% pietersen. some one explane please

  • mike - 2010-08-31 13:05

    Team looks good on paper, lets hope we benifit from a virtually unchanged side for saturday. Defensive lines need improving and we need to bring our outside backs into play more when we in the opossition half. Would love to see more kicks being directed toards touch deep in Aus territory since our lineouts cause problems for them. Habana needs to watch some video of how he used to play and JdV and Jaque need to find away to create some space.

  • blou snor - 2010-08-31 13:05

    ek sou habana met aplon vervang het en ek hoop om meer van dejong te sien.

  • Rugby lover - 2010-08-31 13:06

    Flip had a great game! Why did div relegate him to the bench? Danie is a great impact player...

  • Herb - 2010-08-31 13:09

    We need some BEE here.... Beast, Bismark, Bees (ok maybe not him),

  • @AB Supporter - 2010-08-31 13:09

    Keep talking big boy. Keep talking. You are a champion team between world cups, and a chumpion team during. Win the cup and then you can come and be big mouth. Before that, bow down to the 2 time world champions.

  • jack - 2010-08-31 13:09

    @AB Supporter: 'bok suck big time' Just like you when you take out those front teeth.

  • Swannie - 2010-08-31 13:09

    @ THE MAN : you dont even know the surname of the captain, what do you know about rugby? Bugger-off with your racist tensions! Bloody agent!

  • glen - 2010-08-31 13:10

    Div must be scared of his senior players that he is not prepared to drop Habana .

  • ARNO - 2010-08-31 13:10

    Remember Chilliboy Ralapele is not even 2nd choice for the Bulls. Although even he is better than John Smit, there are at least 5 hookers that should be selected (on merit) ahead of Chilliboy.

  • Joe - 2010-08-31 13:12

    This is crap team.. and a poor bench especially in the backls. Lets hope Morne will finish the match without injury else who will cover! Frans Steyn. He was poor at fullback and poor at flyhalf in EOY tour 2009 so how will he perform!

  • rugga fan - 2010-08-31 13:12

    looks like snorre isn't brave enough to make the necessary decision to drop habana..... i will laugh my longs out when we loose to Australia in bloem

  • Breidbach - 2010-08-31 13:12

    PDV kruip gat by die boere want Habana het mos n wit vrou. Make ur own decisions PDV because you are afraid the white people wont like your decisions as they dont approve of you being the coach. It seems like Gold and Dick are running the show. You are their just to window dress.

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  • Sharky - 2010-08-31 13:14

    I'm glad Beast & Bismarck are not part of the Bok setup, we need them on Loftus this weekend against the Bulls. Another loss for the Bulls this weekend! :-) @ all the Naysayers, I say leave the Bokke alone. They've beaten the Ausies last week and will do so again this weekend. Why disrupt the Currie Cup teams by picking inform players to come play for the Boks? They cannot win the 3Nations anymore, pride is all they can play for. So let Habana, Smith and Co play for the Boks, and the CC teams for the trophy! :-D

  • Dirkie - 2010-08-31 13:14

    Yeeeeeeee!!! Some continuity will go a long way. Good side.

  • Blitzi - 2010-08-31 13:14


  • @ THE MAN - 2010-08-31 13:14

    Why don't you strike?!!! It's the only thing you and your ANC buddies can do, o sorry, and steal!! Gaan speel sokker of sing n struggle lied, maar asb moenie oor iets praat wat jy _okkel van weet nie.

  • @ the MAN - 2010-08-31 13:15

    You shouldn't comment on sites like this. Chilliboy is in the team because of his colour not because of his abilities. He's probably the 5th best hooker in the country so what's he doing there? Must be awful fo him just knowing that. Wow, he made 2 tackles and one turnover and now he's the best??? Take your rose tinted glasses off!!! I agree that Smit must go but replace him with someone who's deserving..... gary botha, derick kuhn, tiaan liebenberg or adriaan strauss....

  • S12 - 2010-08-31 13:16

    @ THE MAN. Grow up moron, its because of you and your bunch of banana friends the ANCY that Peter Div is the coach and thats why we lose...Put Jake "White" back and you will see the real bok team.....The one that wins

  • koos - 2010-08-31 13:17

    must agree with run on team we can field at the moment

  • Koos - 2010-08-31 13:17

    @THE MAN, it's John Smit, not Smith. You clearly don't know sport which renders your comments useless! And I'm sure everybody who reads your stupid comment will also tell you where you can shove the ANCYL! Maybe we should find a Smith to captain Bafana?

  • Bokbf@k - 2010-08-31 13:17

    Why not give others time to show what's in them?? PDV complains of players not being manage properly, but he is doing the SAME. We know what these players can do. Saw what happened when Fourie got injured. It took him how long to find a replacement in Hougaard. Prepare the WC squad. That should be the priority now.

  • Gareth - 2010-08-31 13:18

    Talking about Habana and seeing that you're all so clever. How man balls did the wings get via the backline. I counted one in two tests. South-African centres never passes the ball and thats why Wings doesnt score any more. Just have a look at the All Blacks and Wallabies.

  • Chris - 2010-08-31 13:18

    @THE MAN, are you serious? What knowledge of rugby does the ANCYL have? and the man's name is John Smit, not Smith. Your comments clearly has nothing to do with rugby and in making such ridiculous comments you're making it harder for everyone to see the use of transformation.

  • Neil - 2010-08-31 13:19

    @THE MAN are beeing a racist .....

  • Griffels - 2010-08-31 13:20

    @ THE MAN - Keep politics out of this! It's due to politics that we are in this mess in the first place.

  • Ha - 2010-08-31 13:20

    Chilliboy is a great impact player, but let me remind you "the Man" he is only 3rd choice hooker for the bulls. John Smit is a great leader and gets the boys fired up, don't think the ANCYL could run a bath never mind a world class rugby team.

  • Luke - 2010-08-31 13:21

    Play badly (F Steyn, Habana, Smit) and you get picked again and again. Play well (Van der Merwe, De Jongh, Aplon) and you get dropped. Upset Buthana Komphela (Beast) and you get forgotten.

  • What!!!! - 2010-08-31 13:21

    What???? I thought you said you (PvD) are going to rest the senior players cause they overplayed! You say one thing then do another! PvD is such a knob head... it is his fault that the players are looking bad and are out of form, cause he is overplaying them... bet he will take a full strengh squad to UK as well! SA has lost the Tri-Nations...rather play some young players to give them exposure! I am a 100% female bok supporter, and love to watch rugby, but this is honeslty becoming a clown show! Would rather watch Idols if PvD continues to coach our national team!

  • " THE MAN" - 2010-08-31 13:22

    You call yourself THE MAN, sadly you do not know much about rugby. John Smiths work rate is one of the highest in world rugby not to mention he is a captain that all team in world rugby look up to and respect. He is the best captain in South Africa at the moment! I take nothing away from Chilli boy who is an excellent player but sadly not at John Smiths standards yet. LEARN ABOUT THE PLAYERS BEFORE YOU COMMENT PLEASE!

  • @THE MAN - 2010-08-31 13:23

    The only Smith in the team is Juan not John. John's surname is Smit. Please get your facts right before commenting on a subject you know nothing about.

  • @THE MAN - 2010-08-31 13:27

    freedom of speech - consists of 2 words FREE & DOM .... i think your hanging towards the second. Everytime you comment on anything you become racist. Are you being hard done by !! shame, should you not maybe go see someone who can help - I think keep your comments on politics and leave sports for the real men - who dont complain about their skin colour all the time..... its getting a bit old now - You will be black for live my friend, get over it !!!!!

  • Joe Rugby - 2010-08-31 13:27

    Habana is off form and the Aussies will target him. Aplon should be starting. He's more productive and needs game time at international level. Frans Steyn is too slow to cover flyhalf. His kicking time is longer than what is needed for pressure kicks. Let's hope Morne can stay on for 80 mins. I'd also like to see Kankowski come on for Spies at some stage...

  • Bryan - 2010-08-31 13:27

    @THE MAN, just breath my friend, everything is going to be fine. The ANCYL will soon fix all this nonsense. Shhh, its all right, shhh, there there.