Wallabies snatch win from Boks

2011-08-13 18:51

Durban - A painful Tri-Nations campaign for South Africa continued on Saturday at Kings Park as they surrendered a six-point half-time lead and lost 14-9 to Australia.

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It was the third southern hemisphere championship reverse on the trot for the Springboks and while heavy losses in Australia and New Zealand were blamed on leaving 21 mainly senior stars at home, many returned to action for this match.

South Africa deservedly built a six-point half-time advantage but could not maintain the momentum and lost some crucial breakdowns while their scrum came under pressure as the game progressed.

The Springboks have one more Test - against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth next Saturday - before launching their Rugby World Cup title defence against Wales in Wellington next month.

South Africa fielded a near full strength team boasting a world-record 850 caps and were desperate to avenge a humiliating 39-20 loss in Sydney last month with a virtual 'B' team.

The first scoring chance in cool, windy conditions fell to the Springboks after three minutes when Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom committed a dangerous tackle and France-based fullback Francois Steyn made no mistake from 45 metres.

Australia hit back and looked set to score in the left corner until South Africa outside centre Jaque Fourie intercepted a James O'Connor pass and the danger was eventually averted.

Much attention was on Springbok flyhalf Butch James, making his first start in the green and gold jersey for three years after a spell playing for Bath in England, and he calmly slotted his first penalty kick between the posts on 16 minutes after the visitors infringed at a scrum.

But his second penalty shot at goal four minutes later drifted wide of the right post after the ball fell over and the 32-year-old seemed anxious as he went through his routine a second time.

Bok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was impressive on his return after a 21-month injury-induced absence and when Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper failed to grasp a kick ahead, Fourie touched down only for the TMO to disallow the try for a knock-on.

Chances were few in a close first half fought predominantly between the 22-metre lines and James scuffed a drop kick attempt, O'Connor hooked his first penalty shot and Steyn was short with an ambitious drop goal effort.

Australia had a great opening 10 minutes into the second half that yielded an O'Connor penalty and a Pat McCabe try for an 8-6 advantage that stunned the home supporters.

O'Connor planted his penalty kick between the posts from close range and almost in front of the posts and he also featured in the slick handling that ended with inside centre McCabe having time and space to dot down near the corner flag.

South Africa were back in front by the hour mark thanks to a close-range penalty kick from James only for Australia to edge ahead again at 11-9 on 66 minutes as O'Connor kicked his second penalty.

The mood of the crowd matched the dark rain-bearing clouds and another successful O'Connor penalty six minutes from full-time after a superb Wallabies scrum forced South Africa into conceding a penalty stretched the lead to five points.


South Africa:

15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Butch James, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Danie Rossouw, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Gio Aplon

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 James Horwill, 4 Nathan Sharpe, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.

Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Salesi Maafu, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Radike Samo, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Anthony Faingaa


  • Dal2000 - 2011-08-13 18:54

    This confirms that we won't be winning no world cup. Cheers fellas.

      Bobby - 2011-08-13 19:26

      we might have a chance if Bryce Lawrence ref's our games - he was like a 16th man for us today....

      Yolandi - 2011-08-13 19:42

      The fact that most of the guys haven't played rugby for 6 weeks and that some haven't played for the boks in two years and that this same team(with a few injured players back in the team making them a better unit ie Nathan Sharpe) beat us so badly last time....come on there's hope we still have a couple of great players out injured and to be honest for a team who've had a lekka 6 week holiday to come and play like this esp. the first half, I have not given up hope!!

      Spazman - 2011-08-13 19:43

      The problem lays with bad coaching, what the hell is Muir still doing there he was Lions coach for one season their worse season in history! Now that virus is rubbing off on the Springboks, I wont even comment on Snor, the performance today says it all....

      kumo - 2011-08-13 19:47

      Yeah Bobby, there is nothing that Bryce Lawrence hates more than a gold jersey, however Yolandi is right, there were a lot of positives to be taken for the Bokke faithful no matter what the choker supporter Maori says..

      Andy49 - 2011-08-13 20:47

      @Dal2000 There once was this great rugby player who had this belief that he had to play the game forever as he was the best captain & only he could motivate HIS team, and as time passed him by his performances became more & more embarrassing for the the team & the fans became more frustrated (pissed off) with an ever increasing losing streak. Yet still he had the mindset of an addicted gambler that the next game will be be the win that he so desperately seeks. Alas it was all in vain as he was eventually told that he was not permitted to use his walking frame on the field of play but when the coach finally had the courage to take it away from him he collapsed in a heap of Smit.

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-08-13 23:00

      @Andy, I agree with you. But, the fault lies with more than just John Smit. Fourie DuP was really bad, Jean Div sucked, Frans Steyn is a total waste of space. And Geo Aplon (Lionheart) is just not big enough to count. Habana is way past his prime, and JP Pietersen is a Currie Cup player at best. Suprisingly, Pierre Spies and Butch James played the best I have seen them play in a while.

      Grey B - 2011-08-14 06:39

      @ Phelan Wulf, I agree with you 100%. They are all fossils, no drive anymore. Go over to Australasia and get thrashed, come back, put in our most capped team EVER and lose. Talk about pathetic. I am DEEPLY disappointed.

      Hayden - 2011-08-14 07:56

      Thank you Yolandi for coming. Definately not giving up hope.

      Sarge - 2011-08-14 09:41

      Not with Danie Rossouw in the team anyway!!! The man has no drive left at all!!

      FJ2 - 2011-08-14 10:25

      You guys really thought that this team was going to come out and fire on all cylinders immediately? Be realistic. There is a lot to be optimistic about. It was a 300% better performance than in Australia. And if some of you would would leave your bias against certain players aside and get you heads out of your asses, you would have seen that Habana actually played well and that Frans Steyn was solid enough. JP Pietersen has nothing to prove to anybody of the ill-informed opinion that he is not of test standard. FdP wasn't up to his usual standard, but he was certainly not worse than Genia. Butch is the sort of flyhalf that asks questions of the other team both on attack and defence (where is all those dense cries of "yellow card" now?) - he knocked Genia out of any ideas of snappy breaks and had Cooper pissing his pants and forgetting all his fancy steps). The players who were really bad was Rossouw, who missed a hell of a lot of tackles and John Smit, who is not up to it any more. Aplon also struggled. I would not write this team off just now.

      Dwarslat - 2011-08-14 10:39

      In my opinion it was an even game, could have swung to any side at any given time, plenty of 50/50 calls, J Fourie’s try and all, let us hope that this is the beginning of an upward spiral towards a peak in the world cup playoffs.

      Bobby - 2011-08-14 11:20

      not sure about the 50-50 calls (he would only penalize one team at the breakdown) - how quick did the blow up that ruck 2 meters out the the wallabies had gone the full field? I think he saved us 7 points then for sure....

      Gazza69 - 2011-08-15 08:58

      Besides our poor catching, passing and kicking, i thought the Boks were brilliant. Please drop Danie Roussouw and Habana....

      Sporter - 2011-08-15 12:40

      @ Phelan Wulf agree on most although must say I think J P Peterson is better than many people think. However Danie Rousouw is a disgrace. He ambles around the field and is very inaffective with very little committment. He is way to slow for a lose Forward although perhaps the best impact player around. Yet PdV and team take off a briliant Brussow - No sense in that unless he got injured AGAIN. BTW I am a Bulls supporter if in doubt

  • Rawter - 2011-08-13 18:55

    We never played badly we just have to learn to CATCH THE BALL, pretty standard thing really

      steam_engine - 2011-08-13 19:10

      Thats true man. The perfomance was better from a team that hasn't for a while.

      rvcg - 2011-08-13 19:15

      They do not even know the most basic rule: Keep your eyes on the ball until you have it under control. Each missed catch you could clearly see the player taking his eyes off the ball. Don't the coaches know this? Should'nt the players know this? Ag nee wat.

      Andy49 - 2011-08-13 19:36

      @Rawter Old ballies can't catch balls but they don't know that yet

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-13 22:46

      @Rawter - I dont see things as negatively as most here. I thought our forwards were quite good - with the exception of Rossouw, and Smit at prop. Our big problem is our backs are not able to break the Aussie's line. This was the Stormers problem this year, and why they didnt have a realistic chance of winning the S15. JDV and Butch didnt create opportunites to put Fourie or our wings in space. BUT, although there were definate positives to be taken from the match, I am concerned about our weak attack.

      majordad.007 - 2011-08-14 00:15

      GrahamBB. The attack must come from depth, create the space and move the ball. The Aus side had two support for each ball carrier. Break the tackle and off-load to the next player. We spend too much time with two people tackling a player, leaves gaps in the defence and only frenzied actions /errors allow for the ball to go dead. I personally dislike the interpretation of the tackled/tacker release. The number of potential injuries with support at the ruck diving in, not using the two hands first then the bind is poorly judged. The playing of the ball on the ground, ostensibly placing the ball is so open to abuse. These are rules, so we must play to the rules. I want a "tactician" to assess the Referee for strengths/weaknesses / leniencies and modify play to suit. BUT, firstly up the ante and start running the ball, with support; remember that an active ball is more difficult to stop than pounding down ruck/maul after ruck/maul. I don't care who is in the side, just create a winning side, irrespective of race, creed, belief, whatever ! A winning side will get a Nation more behind them and get juniors really following a role model. The import of Frans Steyn and Butch James shows that even with the relatively slow pace of the SA side, they were blowing in various snapshots, the entire side must lose some kilos and get wind-sprints up.

      Hayden - 2011-08-14 08:02

      Thanx for coming Rawter & GraemeBB. 1. Ball droping was due to dew on field as they same happened to the Wallabies 2. Lack of attack penetration was due to Div's game plan to play with forwards more 3. Lack of attack also due to guys not playing much rugby & lacked the sharpness Quite a bit of positives to come from the game as you could see first half the Boks determination!!!

      goofree - 2011-08-14 11:08

      Deans can not be happy other then a win in south Africa that was a ugly win. Rawter you did play badly this is a South African rugby team not the stormers or the bulls with 800 odd international caps they where labouring and blowing when you make mistakes at this level its because you not fit basic catch the ball the crowed had to be disappointed going there to see their Heroes loose your coach wanted this win to say we back on track they played 2007 game plan boring boring. Frans steyn should be in the front row. When pat mckay scored the try Rossouw was caught in noddy land tripped over his own feet lets get real that try was soft . Victor gave it all I thought he was the best forward for south africa. P.D.V has to think about bringing youth and mixing them with of some of these old heads 2007 game plan is gone Peter.

  • slg - 2011-08-13 18:55

    The team lost its strength and direction with Peter's substitutions again.

      slg - 2011-08-13 19:02

      He just doesn't have it. He does not have a real feel for a game.

      Andy49 - 2011-08-13 19:15

      @sig No coach in any sport has ever scored a point, that is the responsibility of the team players on the field, so don't only finger this useless coach. Perhaps the best, most successful, team motivator captain in the world & his players should also shoulder some responsibility for this abysmal performance

      steam_engine - 2011-08-13 19:21

      You must remember that PDV said results 4 this game were not important, what was important is momentum, combinations and game fitness.

      slg - 2011-08-13 20:41

      Every game should be played to win. That's the basic problem with this coaching team. They don't know how to do that.

      i_heart_wht - 2011-08-15 10:49

      wht is rht

  • cupid - 2011-08-13 18:55

    Im so FRUSTRATED that I might riot.

      Warren - 2011-08-13 22:06

      I'm with you.

      mileslogan - 2011-08-15 13:47

      Im in let's start with Snor's snor

  • Petras - 2011-08-13 18:56

    What I learned from today’s game is the Frans Steyn is still our No: 1 full back. And that our FIRST HALF team definitely has the ability to bring back the WC , unfortunately I don’t think our coaching staff is intelligent enough to give them the game plan to do it.

      slg - 2011-08-13 19:05

      Agreed. Gio should never play Full Back. He's too small. He should be an impact player on the Wing. This way he can fall back occasionally. The worrying thing is that Peter just doesn't get it. He's on another planet.

      clark - 2011-08-13 22:03

      - Personally I think Steyn is overweight and sluggish. He appears to be more suited to weightlifting . Certainly not our best choice.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-14 05:41

      Petras, what did he do to teach you that? Frans Steyn does not respect the Springbok jersey enough to pitch up in a fit condition. Looked like he had borrowed Ashley Johnsons body. (Sorry Ashley, no disrespect intended)

      Whoosa - 2011-08-14 07:33

      Have to agree with you howzitekse, Petrash is smoking his socks, so is the 38 that gave him a thumbs up. Apart from a try-saving tackle, which was pointless anyway seeming that we lost, he was pritty inafective. Hes kicking( hes main attribute) was pritty shabby and average. And yes hes overweight and out of shape. He lost lots of his mobility and cant step his way out of wet paper bag. Aplon way more effective and valuable. But lets give Steyn another chance next weekend to prove his worth.

  • standoff - 2011-08-13 18:56

    Now we know for sure! We have the players , but Snorr and company have no idea as to when and how make substitutions. One prediction for sure: the aussies will NOt win the World Cup.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-08-13 19:01

    What is the excuse this time. Evidently we are just not good enough. So what is the plan SARU? Idiots.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 19:02

    There's no blaming Bryce Lawrence this time.

      Rawter - 2011-08-13 19:07

      we lost :(

      slg - 2011-08-13 19:10

      Ja, but rugby is still too much of a lottery because of the narrow officiating system. It should not be officiated by one person. True results are the exception, not the rule.

      BokBru - 2011-08-13 22:09

      Just a question then Bulldozer. Spear tackles are permitted then. No yellow cards for that anymore. Last time I looked it was a yellow card for spear tackles. Just asking.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-14 08:09

      Wake up Bokbru. That was probably the only negative call he made towards the Boks. The rest of the time we got away with ALL the 50/50 calls.

      Hayden - 2011-08-14 08:18

      There ref was OK man taking into consideration all the hard physical tackles going on all over the park. Good advertisement for Test rugby but watch this space regarding the BOKS!!!

      kiwiruz - 2011-08-14 10:18

      Hayden - no reason for insults! You obviously could not understand my point, What will you say when/if AB's win? Congratulations I hope, but I doubt it.

  • kumo - 2011-08-13 19:02

    Ok, so it was the coaches fault? Damn, u Sth Africans sure do know how to identify a scapegoat, what was it 2mins? Yeah, stoopid coach...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 19:07

      Your ignorance is bliss.

      SlayerSaves - 2011-08-13 19:08

      well making the substitution in the frontrow directly led to the disintegration of the bok scrum, which allowed the wallabies to get their last penalty from which was originally a bok scrum ...

      slg - 2011-08-13 19:11

      Our back-bone was lost, and our all-round strength.

  • Petie - 2011-08-13 19:05

    Smit you certainly silenced us - in the worst possible way GET THE F OUT!!!

  • coenie.koch - 2011-08-13 19:05

    Two main problems; Too much senseless kicking. They ( Brussow ) must stop "drifting" with the attacking ballcarrier!! Needs to go in, and tackle. - 2011-08-13 22:23

      the drift and strike tactic did seem to catch us at times, but in the end we were undone by pace and er umm more pace. Wallabies held onto the ball like it was a hot potato.

  • Derek Savy - 2011-08-13 19:06

    SA RUGBY????????????

      slg - 2011-08-13 20:47

      Proteas rugby, really.

  • Hercules - 2011-08-13 19:07

    Not a bad loss. Our team is strong and can win the WC, no doubt. Brussow is overrated, proven today play Bismarck on no6 if Schalk is injured. Div has no idea how to use subs effectively, he is to blame for the loss and not the players. Spies is back to how we know him, Butch made a hell of a difference in the line and got the centres away, Brain ...oh yes. I have hope...

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-13 21:57

      Are you deluded? Butch passed, and that is that. Besides Rossouw (again), the forwards got the job done - untill Smit was moved to prop. Our backs are woeful. No imagination, no moves - some tried hard, but nothing to get us excited. BUT - first game in a while, and I thought there was a glimmer of hope - far too many pesimists. Supporting your team means when things go well AND bad!

      Warren - 2011-08-13 22:16

      @ Grant: First you trash the team... & then you say there are far too many pessimists. You've got the hot & cold thing going in the same comment now. P.S. So much for your kicking game then... you CHOP???

      daspoort - 2011-08-13 22:35

      1) Danie Rossouw IS NOT A FLANKER!!!!!! HE IS TOO SLOW!!!!! 2) John Smit is NOT a prop......or a hooker.....or a captian...... 3) Can someone please teach the loose forwards to ALL push in the scrums, and stop flapping around the scrum like used condoms...for f.sakes. Not once did our 6-8 actually scrum!! 4) Patience...patience.....patience.....we are too damn impatient on attack. Build phases, be patient. When we don't break the line immediately, we either kick the ball away or do some silly trick. KEEP THE F*%@^$ BALL!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-13 23:02

      @Warren - it is Graeme. This is exactly why you should sleep off your alcohol abuse before you make a comment. Secondly, when you read my comment, it is a bit deaper than the Dick and Jane books you read - so slowly. Your PS comment is as stupid as I imagine you to be. Stupid cockroach.

      Warren - 2011-08-13 23:08

      @ GRANT: Read the comment above yours for a good dose of rugby common sense. P.S. When are you going to post your chop (picture) next to your name.

      Warren - 2011-08-13 23:58

      @ Wally's Lover: Yawn, you're still my biaatch... now go wash the peanuts out of my undies.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-14 00:23

      Warren - clap-clap! Where did you crawl out from? Thanx for the chat, but I dont have time for your lack of class. Bye-bye

  • Andre - 2011-08-13 19:07

    John Smit please retire you are rubbish

      slg - 2011-08-13 19:12

      He played well until he was moved to Tighthead.

      Andre - 2011-08-13 19:15

      I do not deny that so why do they put him tighthead. Bismark is miles better and he can fecth. Imagine Brussow and Bismark we will be potent.

  • Andy49 - 2011-08-13 19:07

    John Smit please do the honorable thing & just go, you have played your last game @ Kings Park hoping for a win, Ha still empty handed. Your goal is apparently to become the 1st captain to win back to back RWC, guess that aint going to happen either.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 19:10

      His financial greed has overtaken his desire to bow out with dignity.

      No Good - 2011-08-13 20:54

      Frans Smith get a life, you do not have to post the same comment over and over again. Besides, who cares what a bunch of European has-beens have to say?

  • Grant Stevens - 2011-08-13 19:08

    Well klapped by the Aussies. Hope the ABs do the same next week. As Snor said, judge me by this weeks result. Well, you have been judged and so what. I no longer blame you Snor, rather your employers for not having the balls or respect for the Bok supporters to invoke your performance clause and get rid of you now. This team may as well go over to the world cup without a coach and give your salary to the homeless. Now that would be a result.

  • dachshund118 - 2011-08-13 19:08

    Some good advice to Div… get rid of Fourie du Preez, Francois Steyn and Danie Rossouw if you want to win the World Cup. Francois Hougaard should be the scrumhalf. Aplon (fullback) and Schalk Burger (No. 6) will also make a huge difference.

      slg - 2011-08-13 19:14

      No way. This is wrong.

      K-R - 2011-08-14 00:31

      @ Jamiside Quite standard practice to let the captain who finished the game take the interviews, especially since Smit was taken for scans to reveal the extent of his torn hand ligaments. De Preez might irritate you but he is still a world class perfomer, watch McCaw and you will see the influence he has on the ref with his complaining (same case George Gregan - most capped rugby union player of all time) Mvovo, Nokwe and to a lesser extent van der Heever are prime examples of your 2/78 analysis, with negligible sustainable impact as was seen on the away leg of the 3N. This team has the BMT that alot of other don't have. We had a shocking tri nations in 2007, and its not about some superstition, its a reminder to the boys that they really need to work to win, and too much confidence can be a spectacular downfall. Just watch these guys, Australia's first match of the season they lost to Samoa, this was basically our guys first match of the season/year. The boks are just warming up...

  • Bokmad - 2011-08-13 19:09

    Good to see the passion and hunger in the Bok team again - just need to work on execution. Its quite clear that John S should not be on the field for more than 60mins and that the team can function with Victor at the helm in the last 20mins. Seriously lacking the old try scoring Habana - he's playing well with a very high work rate - just no points to show for it.

      Grant Stevens - 2011-08-13 19:16

      Sorry, but don't know which game you were watching as I certainly saw no passion there! And for been walked backward in the scrum, where is the commitment there I ask? Lazy, unfit and were played off there feet after 60 minutes. Butch was blowing like a steam engine.

      Bokmad - 2011-08-13 20:06

      It was a lot better than it had been in the last couple of farce games, and as for being beaten int he scrums - it was circumstantial. Smit is not a tighthead and Danie R had been injured earlier - both on the same side of the scrum - it had to give. Nothing to do with committment. and to be honest - this Ozzie side is where SA were in 2007, they peaking at exactly the right time. They are going to be very danderous int he RWC - we still have a lot of work to do - but I saw a lot of positives and lessons in this game - just hope that Snorr was paying attention.

  • Real Deal - 2011-08-13 19:09

    Div you.....

  • Bobby - 2011-08-13 19:10

    Even with all the help we got from the ref, just were not even in the same league as the Wallabies.

      Dmitri - 2011-08-13 19:14

      I really want to blame snor, but to be totally honest, I really hqve to blame those who are in charge. I suppose it is too late to change coaches this close to wc2011 which is a pity.

  • wood - 2011-08-13 19:11

    Give PV a break. This is more or less what he has got to work with.Old fat guys in the forwards who ran out of puf after 60 mins.Two centres who could not make a break if their lives depended on it and a fullback who seems to be playing a different game to everybody else

      Brencis - 2011-08-13 19:13

      I thought you were going say old fat guy at full back :)

      Wormtongue - 2011-08-13 19:15

      And here we thought thought the coach had the final say in selecting the team.

      Grant Stevens - 2011-08-13 19:20

      That is Div's fault. He did not blood enough new talent in 4 years. Where is Lambie...too young they say. Well, who in the Aus team just celebrated their 21st birthday last week. Go figure!

      Wormtongue - 2011-08-13 19:51

      Yes Kumo, losing is the new version of winning. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...

  • Met - 2011-08-13 19:11

    SOS -SA RUGBY Wanted: Coach and assistants, 25 rugby players, preferably with league experience. Ball skills an absolute necessity

  • Brencis - 2011-08-13 19:12

    Pity. Negatives: FSteyn and James's decision making; The coach must learn to make intelligent substitutions not wholesale 'fresh legs' changes - he messed up the continuity of the forward play in the 2nd half Postitives: dePreez and Brussouw looked good; Habana showing some creativity again. Did anyone else see the Aussie No 4 grind his elbow into Habana's head which was on the ground during a ruck - 1st half?

      wood - 2011-08-13 19:18

      No Brencis I missed that but I saw Bakkies do it 5 or 6 times

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-13 19:13

    Well done Wobblies. Well done SPIES - yup, the man had his best game in years, and credit to him. Why all the doom and gloom chaps? I can take more than enough positive out of this game to leave me feeling a heckuva lot better than I usually do after a loss. The negatives are all things that can be solved, (EXCEPT the John Smit dilemma....which can actually be solved pretty easily). Nah, I saw enough from the guys to keep me feeling pretty happy for now. Match fitness will come....along with that a fine tuning of the defensive system (which wasn't bad at all). Rustiness will go...and with that better handling, decision making. Of course we were supposed to win.....but me, I'll take a loss with a few lessons NOW rather than later. Eye on the PRIZE!

      kumo - 2011-08-13 19:28

      Yes! This is how u should think SA supporters., absolutely agreed.

      Maori - 2011-08-13 19:34

      Positives?? You must be joking. You clearly watched different game. But at least bokkies are the world champions and kiwi's will choke in October! LOL

      kumo - 2011-08-13 19:42

      @Maori, hurry up and choke already, that's what u do best (apart from talk a lot of 'kak' b4hand that is)

      Andre - 2011-08-13 19:42

      Maori I told you this site is for South African enthusiasts - go play with your sheep, nobody cares about you. not even your mother!

      Maori - 2011-08-13 19:44

      @Andre, I love it on this site reading these sickening comments! Moaners, suurgatte, losers!

      Andre - 2011-08-13 19:47

      Moari the only skin you may possibly be under is some sheep.

      Casperghost - 2011-08-13 20:56

      Butch was average. Can't see that much improvement on Morne. JDV now the same as Wynand. Keep the ball and run into opponents. At leat Wynand can tackle. JDV was sitting more on his ass than gaining metres. Why did PDV took of Brussow?. Frans did not kick well. Did not kick the ball out or when he kicked it out it was not out far. We need to get our support play to standard. To many times the Aussies just drove us of the ball

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-13 22:20

      Well said Saffa-Cat :)

  • Maori - 2011-08-13 19:18

    Kia Ora!!!! CHOKE!!CHOKE!! CHOKE!! Please blame the AA appointed coach, BEE, racist policies, flood lights, the REF, the rain, crime, the crowd, the Cape Crusader Supporters, Chief Kok and Maori, dysfunctional municipalities,the government, the ANC, democracy, Bishop Tutu, gravel roads, high electricity prices etc., but no do not blame the inept performance of the bokkies or the "white golden players of SA rugby". I really thought these whiteys are messiahs of SA rugby. Plonkers!!They needed to win convincingly today, but it showed that the speed and intensity of the game is too much for the saffas. What happened to the wonder kid, Brussow? He was Pocock's bithc. I thought Du Preez was hailed as the best!!! LOL. It seems to me that the Rustenburg camp did not produce the results. Aussies left a couple of points on the field. I really wanted the bokkies to give the Aussies a blood nose as the Aussies are a real threat to the AB's world cup campaign. The pace of the game was too much for Bakkies and Brussow who was exposed by the elusive running of O'Connor.

      Grant Stevens - 2011-08-13 19:25

      Think CHOKE is something you do every 4 years mate :) Idiot. Boks were crap, but ABs are lol

      Andre - 2011-08-13 19:26

      Maori you are a first class idiot - you live in SA and meant to be apart of our rainbow nation. All you do day in and out is wind up people who support a South African team through thick and thin. Apartheid is done nearly 20 years ago but they hate in you still lingers. South Africa will never go froward with useless individuals like yourself. Why dont you do the hounerable thing and go to the country you support. I can guarantee South africa has a way better life style then miserbale NZ. Now take your stupid Kiwi haka that you probably do not even know what they saying.....and move on.

      Backstabber - 2011-08-13 19:34

      Maori = Kokkie = BCC = Legend = legend. Maori is now clearly "the most interesting man in the world". Stay thirsty my friends... Heheheheheheheheheheheheheehehehehehe

      Wormtongue - 2011-08-13 20:02

      Pssssssst Maori. I have a gift for you. Ritchie gifted me the unwashed onderbroek that he wore against the bokkies in Wellington a couple of weeks ago. It is (well it was) a white onderbroek. I am going to courier it over to you just for a sniff. Now remember to share with Kokkie and BCC... Yours truly. Tiehiehiehiehiehiehiehiehiehiehiehiehie

      kurtvs - 2011-08-13 21:48

      And next week they will get hammered by the All Blacks. I wont be suprised if this team fails to make second round in the world cup.

      Whoosa - 2011-08-14 05:09

      Maori - first of all, i did not now they sell cheap red wine in a papsak? Secondly, the reason why we lost, can 80-90% be blamed on the coaching staff. We lost because of bad tactical substitutions. Smit should not start and ffs should never have been moved to prop!!! Danie Russouw should be on the bench backing up bakkies at lock. And i believe Aplon should be at 15 as frans steyn was poor. You are one big fing idiot. Enjoy the loss for now, cause come world cup, you and your Kroesader low life scum will cry in your hands.

  • Andrew - 2011-08-13 19:19

    Comments 1. We are not as physical as we think we are, we were stopped in our tracks and or taken back in too many tackles. 2. Thought Habana played much better looks like his confidence is back 3. Not a Spies fan but he had a good game, better first half than second 4. We missed Fourie, was nice to have him back. 5. Butch has to be our WC flyhalf. 6. We spill too many balls still in tackles 7. Jean and Jaque did not do badly but were outshone 8. John had a good game 9. Still don't rate Frans, don't think he added much value 10. We did well in lineouts 11. Why does Peter always feel the need to sub his players, he has yet to get subbing right. 12. Who says we don't need a fetcher, when Brussouw went off they "fetched a lot of our balls" 13. Hougardt has a long way to go before he plays like Fourie 14. We don't commit enough players to the ruck to secure second phase ball 15. We still have too many forwards in the backline when they should be securing ball for the backline 16. Was it my imagination or was Jean a little pass shy?

  • Bobby - 2011-08-13 19:23

    what do we think of the ref's effort? Kept us in the game - we shouldn't have been close.

  • rvcg - 2011-08-13 19:25

    The Springboks looked old, slow and unfit. Francois Steyn is fat, no surprise he got injured. The Aussies did'nt even have to go to the bench and our bench was exhausted by the time Rossouw got injured. We started to look stretched by the end of the first half and this continued throughout the second half. We'll probably loose next week as well. I shall be surprised if we get past the quarter finals in the WC.

      Cadder - 2011-08-13 19:53

      I agree. PdV has nothing to show for 4 years at the helm. Yes, he beat the All Blacks in Dunedin, and he beat the British Lions in 2009 - with a team that Jake White built. That same team was shown today to be too old. John Smit is a perfect example - he's a has-been. They can play one type of rugby only - physical. And when they cannot dominate physically, they have nothing else to fall back on. So PdV has not brought anything new to the table in 4 years. We will be lucky to make it to the semi's at the RWC.

  • jockvanwyk - 2011-08-13 19:25

    the loss was the fault of the coach.He should never have taken off Brussow.and It is common knowledge that John Smit is hopeless at tight or loose head.Dannie rossouw was far to slow at flank and Habana was playing on past reputation only

  • bemused - 2011-08-13 19:30

    "Wallabies snatch win from Boks" .......more like "Kuk Boks give win to Wallabies"

  • What de D... - 2011-08-13 19:30

    wat 'n c@c show...what a waste om 3 uur op te staan...Maandag c@c ek we by die week trek ek my AB jersey aan....

  • Davearch - 2011-08-13 19:35

    Ah, its like watching the 3 STOOGES, PDIV, DICK AND GOLD ... what a bunch of clowns .. this is the WORST MANAGEMENT at the world cup .. how very sad .. surely you MUST know by now that Danie Rossouw is a LOCK, not a flank .. John Smit is ABSOLUTELY USELESS ... has the man no DIGNITY . .the harm he is doing to SA Rugby for his own selfish ends .. how can you, PDIV just pick the same team from 4 years ago .. really, all the talent we have had and you have brought NOTHING THROUGH .. a medal ?? u should be SHOT ... the backs are so static .. what do you actually COACH ??? Would any provincial team in the world hire you clowns .. not one !! Dont give up your day job cos you 3 would be UNEMPLOYED ...

      Cadder - 2011-08-13 21:22

      I don't think they can hold on to day jobs - that's why they "coach".

      kurtvs - 2011-08-13 21:58

      dont forget to blame Ricky Januarie while you at it.

  • Zion - 2011-08-13 19:37

    What this game indicated clearly is the Australians are by far superior on the field than the South Africans. in terms of ball handling, retaining possession and general tactics and they rely on those skills. The only skills the Bokke displayed is brute force and brute strength. Where was the South African No2 most of the time. Bakkies Botha was neutralised whenever he made a move but then brute strength had no hold on the Ossies. The icon Habana was of no value against the ozzies and ended up with a well earned bloody nose. The referee Seemed to have a penchant to allow the advantage rule only when it suited the Bokke otherwise he tended to blow up an infringement haphazardly. He awards a penalty to the Bokke and one of them kicks the ball and is caught by an Ozzie in his 10 metre area. The referee deems the ball is not in play and blows up for a penalty again. (56MIN) had that ball went over the oppositions line and touched down by the Bokke he would have awarded a trie undoubtedly. We have problems in times to come.

  • Frans Smith - 2011-08-13 19:55

    LATEST NEWS!!!!!!!!!! Cape Town - Springbok captain John Smit has reportedly torn ligaments in his right arm and may miss out on this year's Rugby World Cup. I HOPE IT IS TRUE - NOW WE MAY STAND A CHANCE with Bismark AND Chilliboy on bench!

  • ozzymate - 2011-08-13 20:02

    How can the boks lose?...your mate JJ Harmse asked the other day. my answer then and again now. ."That way" you blokes talk the talk but ya will never be able to walk the way ya talk! Now I hope this settles it between us. We'll sort out that bloody kiwis next!

  • just-a-fan - 2011-08-13 20:09

    Todays defeat of the Boks by Australia is yet another nail in the coffin of their airy fairy World Cup hopes. It was not the loss per se that bothers me, but the fact that we never once looked like scoring during the entire game, or the past how many games for that matter. In fact, maybe it's the glasses of red wine I've been forced to gulp down in expectation of exciting rugby, but I really can't remember the last time de Villiers' team scored off well executed back line play. I'm definitely no expert when it comes to the game of Rugby, but I honestly can't remember the last time I've seen such uninspiring Boks side. The scrumhalf is so laughably predictable that I know what he's next move is going to be before he even knows. We don't seem to have a single playmaker in the back line who can come up with something unexpected and exciting to surprise the opposition or the spectators for that matter. I'm not even going to bother singling out individual players, the entire team played what I can only describe as dumb rugby. Kicking possession away at crucial moments in the game, not keeping the ball in hand and putting pressure on the opposition and forcing penalties. Not once did I see the Bok captain taking control, taking to his team and steady the ship so to speak. Oh yes, I'm sorry he wasn't there to do his job at the most crucial stages of the game. This current team of past their prime players have shown that they undoubtedly don't have what it takes to win the World Cup.

  • ozzymate - 2011-08-13 20:10

    How can the boks lose?...your mate JJ Harmse asked the other day. my answer then and again now. ."That way" you blokes talk the talk but ya will never be able to walk the way ya talk! Now I hope this settles it between us. We'll sort out that bloody kiwis next!

      Wynand - 2011-08-13 20:44

      Let's see if you can walk you own talk!

  • Blaze - 2011-08-13 20:18

    Somebody give that coach his medal because it sure is not going to be from the RWC!

  • Blaze - 2011-08-13 20:27

    Somebody give that USELESS coach his medal because it sure is not going to be from the RWC!

      kurtvs - 2011-08-13 22:27

      Dont forget to include your other favourite scapegoats Earl Rose and Enrico Januarie.

  • Wynand - 2011-08-13 20:27

    When will the coaching staff learn that poor John Smit is not, is not, is not a prop!!!!!!

  • Anneck - 2011-08-13 20:45

    I hope Peter de Villiers stays after the world cup. I really do... He needs at least another four years to undo everything Jake White (still the best coach we have had since Kitch Christie) has put in.

      kurtvs - 2011-08-13 22:02

      Yes, I agree a drawn tri- nations and lucky packet draw world cup to show for it.

  • jochem - 2011-08-13 20:49

    Who wrote this article? Fourie du Preez was not that impressive. His kicks went too far every time and he should wave his bloody arms less at the rucks and clear more quickly. Our backs are sluggish and one-dimensional compared to the Aussie backs. John at prop? it was embarrassing!

  • Nikki - 2011-08-13 21:10

    Dear Sport24 Editor: Please get you facts straight/Did you actually watch/listen to the game? - "...Bok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was impressive on his return after a 21-month injury-induced absence and when Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper failed to grasp a kick ahead, Fourie touched down only for the TMO to disallow the try for a knock-on." Fourie Du Preez was certainly not "impressive" and that was Jaque Fourie that touched down not Fourie Du Preez

  • thetruth - 2011-08-13 21:24

    DIE F.KK.N STEM uit die blou van onse poephol uit die diepte van ons gatte al wat ons kan doen is ou pieter blameer maar is ons al wit mense useless wat ons nodig het is meer spelers van kleur, anders is ons "all black" en "aussie" kos WAT N LES VAN RUGBY---BLANKES KEN NET HOE OM TE HUIL EN BLAMEER

  • kurtvs - 2011-08-13 21:33

    Blame Enrico Januarie MF´s.

      Maori - 2011-08-13 22:10

      And Earl Rose!!

  • BokBru - 2011-08-13 22:03

    For those uninformed supporters among us let me explain. You build up towards the world cup final. You peak at the right time. I think we are well on course. Support these guys and they might surprise you. Ask the experts, they will all tell you it's about peaking at the right time.

      BokBru - 2011-08-13 22:17

      @Maori. Watch this team. They are going up. Hoe gaan dinge in die Plain?

      BokBru - 2011-08-13 22:32

      Not going to happen. Whities was in the Cape long before any africans.

  • Dan - 2011-08-13 22:03

    Some players just again showed their class, but lack of playing time and fitness took its toll. One thing is clear however - the Boks need a coach and a proper coaching team. These fools SARU pushed down our throats 4 years ago still haven't learnt a darm thing and yet again DIV killed us off with with poor poor timing (and selection of) substitutions. Smit is no prop, Jean Deysel way out of his depth, Guthrow not yet fit enough after no rugby for a very long time. Habanna still too often out of position, but at least he is trying. Please, Please just give us proper coaches after 2011 RWC. We as a rugby loving nation deserve the right to have proper coaches.

      Maori - 2011-08-13 22:14

      What about Jake White, Heyneke Meyer, Rudolf Strauli, Nick Mallet, Louis Luyt, Magnus Malan, Adriaan Vlok, Steve Hofmeyer? Your pick!!

      kurtvs - 2011-08-13 22:17

      The all conquering Jake white the Messiah Jake lucky packet world cup man

      Dan - 2011-08-14 08:09

      @ Maori. Reading your stupid comment, I wonder who is the prick!!

  • just-a-fan - 2011-08-13 22:20

    Most experienced Springbok side in the history of the game, and this is the best rugby they've got on offer. I'm sorry to say this, but I think we currently have far too many players that are hopelessly overrated in world rugby. Best in the world in their respective positions, yeh right! If we really have such superstar players, then can they for once please step forward and show us what they're capable off. We were convincingly outclassed in every facet of the game today, and the time for excuses are over. Some guys are playing better, better my ass! We really needed to win this game at all costs. The World Cup is only weeks away, and we clearly don't have a game plan. Oh sorry my mistake, de Villiers' game plan is to find and dust off as many old Boks as he can find. We have far too many old cotton wooled over praised players hanging on in the hope of a bit of World Cup glory before they hang up their boots in a few weeks time. Todays performance has shown de Villiers & Co that experience alone won't win you games. You need talented playmakers and a good dose of young talent with the uncontainable red hot burning passion to win the World Cup, to win everything dammit! A bunch of tired old overrated underperforming players that have already tasted World Cup victory 4 years ago is not going to meet the challenge. We have more than enough talent, but we're sadly realising that de Villiers don't know what to do with that talent. We sadly don't have an unpredictable playmaker.

  • parmalat - 2011-08-13 22:22

    so sad, and it was our first team!

  • What de D... - 2011-08-13 22:43

    Maak al die bulle bokke.....that worked out week I'll be wearing my AB jersey.....