South African Rugby

Sunday, October 21, 2007

We Won

South Africa punished England's slack ill-discipline for a tight 15-6 win over the 2003 defending champions in the rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

Percy Montgomery kicked four penalties and 20-year-old centre Francois Steyn stepped up and kicked a great long distance kick to punish the English.

England did hold their own especially in the second half but could not keep the cup thanks god if they had won this game they would have been entitled to keep the cup permanently. They played some brilliant games against Australia and France.

Percy “the hair” Montgomery started his game by kicking his first penalty in the seventh minute when England centre Mathew Tait slipped on the pitch and held on.

Bryan Habana put in a bone-crunching tackle on Paul Sackey on the right wing but did not roll away allowing Wilkinson to kick a tough penalty

Thanks to Lewis Moody he must be feeling sick after a stupid and cynical kick to trip up Butch James, Montgomery levelled the score.

The Boks came close to scoring a try in the closing stages of the first half. The forwards had their drives repelled by England's defensive before the referee awarded the Springboks a penalty, which Montgomery kicked.

A big bone of contention came two minutes after the halftime interval. England's Mark Cueto looked to have touched down in the corner as he was tackled by Danie Rossouw, only for officials to rule that part of his leg, knee was out of play before he grounded the ball, and if you watch the video you can see clearly that his leg was over the line the poms are having a hard time getting used to it but when Martin Johnson said the video referee was right you have to accept the result.

Rather than the try, the referee awarded a penalty, which Wilkinson slotted between the posts
England captain Phil Vickery and fullback Jason Robinson both wobbled off in the second half and Wilkinson missed another drop goal attempt after 71 minutes thank god.

We beat the English at their own game we made less mistakes them and punished them when their bad discipline plays from Moody and Corry.

We clinically took England apart to be World champions for the next four years which is bloody brilliant.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Bryan in action

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Here we go

South Africa’s roadmap has gone to plan so far. Through the side there are settled combinations in virtually every area from one to fifteen, with the selection Francois Steyn at inside centre providing unpredictability and hopefully keep a couple of the English players preoccupied

The Bokkie strengths are well documented: kicking: lineout: tough back row: defence around the fringes and panic inducing blitz defence as they start going through the phases.

England has had a dire couple of years but their belief has been restored ,they don’t know how but enjoying being the underdog what has happened though is Jonny Wilkinson is back to calm the ship plus their new find Andrew Sheridan who took out the Australia pack.

There is talk of Sheridan's illegal method of scrummaging – something about him 'boring in' South Africa need to have a cunning plan for the scrum ,CJ van der Linde who is in the firing line on Saturday.

Our scrums against Argentina were not great but we have the line outs with best in the world Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha to work their magic.

Fourie Du Preez has made his mark on this tournament for me when he took England apart let’s hope for some surprises this Saturday will just leave you with this quote which made me feel better.

“WALLABY Chris Latham is tipping a 30-point triumph for South Africa in the World Cup final, with "backline speed and skill" rendering Jonny Wilkinson irrelevant.”

South Africa team for Saturday.

· 15 Percy Montgomery
· 14 JP Pietersen
· 13 Jaque Fourie
· 12 Francois Steyn
· 11 Bryan Habana
· 10 Butch James
· 9 Fourie du Preez
· 8 Danie Rossouw
· 7 Juan Smith
· 6 Schalk Burger
· 5 Victor Matfield
· 4 Bakkies Botha
· 3 CJ van der Linde
· 2 John Smit
· 1 Os du Randt

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A South African Handshake

Can Steyn step up the pace?

Steyn has been one of Springboks' coach Jake White's young lions ,he has played in all of the Springboks' matches at the tournament so far, after replacing the injured Jean de Villiers, and has scored a try and a penalty, admits that sometimes he tries White's patience.

"He doesn't come down on me, but I think he wishes he could give me a hiding - but it has been good," said Steyn, who will win his 16th cap on Saturday.
"I like Jake a lot and he gave me a good opportunity and I just hope I can take it with both hands.

As for whether he can outdo England's master of the drop goal Jonny Wilkinson, Steyn, who landed two monster drops in the Tri Nations win over Australia earlier this year, is a bit coy ,he has been fluffing the last couple of games and panicked in the Kiwi Tri-Nations game.

Maybe Steyn will be our surprise for England this Saturday.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Jannie in action

Do you remember jannie destroying England in the 1999 World Cup ,Looks like the final will be on on drop goals.

Which player do you think will have the highest tally of drop goals for this final?

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We are in the Final

The Boks overpowered Argentina 37-13. We led 24-6 at halftime but it was only late in the second half that we came back into the game and made sure there were no surprises.

Two tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half had seemingly put South Africa in control but the Pumas scored just four minutes after restart when Manuel Contepomi crashed over.

The boks scored three first half tries, to halfback Fourie Du Preez, Habana and Danie Roussow.
Du Preeze scored in the seventh minute, intercepting an attacking pass.

Two of these tries came from mistakes from the pumas allowing Habana and Roussow to score, the Pumas have had an amazing world cup tournament but did seem to choke or lose their composure today.

The Argies scored early in the second half going to 24-13 and pressured the bookies favourite on a number of occasions, threatening to get even closer.

However, two Percy Montgomery penalties who the argies were supposed to pressure and disrupt and an classic intercept try to winger Bryan Habana - South Africa's second of the match did the dirty on the Pumas.

Game over Bring on the Poms

Saturday, October 13, 2007

"Vamos Vamos" The Bokkie

Times have changed Argentina is rated as a genuine world class team lately and the side is packed with quality players such as Juan Martin Hernandez who been labelled "the best player in the world" by Butch James.

We do have Bryan Habana though who hopefully will put in some nice tries even if he does not the argies will have two to three players marking him for the game allowing our boys to play some nice running rugby.

If South Africa plays to the form they showed against England, especially up front they will beat argentine and maybe win the World Cup but if we go into the game thinking it is only Argentina we will be in for a nasty surprise.

This world cup has been great for all the surprises in this tournament what with the first game Argentina, the kiwis and the Aussies out nobody saw that coming especially the bookies.

"You have to respect Argentina. They have done wonders with what they have been given. They are a unique team and do things differently," Jake White thoughts on Argentina he has made just one change, recalling CJ van der Linde, who missed last week's game against Fiji.

Just look at the stats Argentina have never beaten the Boks ,They have been the minows star of the tournamnent and should have a place in either the Tri Nations or the Six Nation's, If the argies were playing any other team I wish them good luck .I am sure is will be a great physical game.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Dougie has lost the plot

The Kiwi winger Doug Howlett has been arrested on suspicion of "causing criminal damage "by jumping on two cars outside the Hilton hotel near Heathrow airport.

Dougie trashed two cars by jumping on them ,this is kiwi style for the early exit did happen at three in the morning ,must have been totally trashed.

We are all human but the locals back home are telling him off on his personal website.

"Thats crazy as Doug.What were you thinking?" and "You better have a darn good explanation Mister! "

Dougie has been a very bad boy,classic.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Five Minutes of Panic

Juan Smith and Butch James scored late tries allowing the boks to survive the Fiji backs in full attack mode the final score was 37-20.

The Fijians came back from back from 20-6 ,first half was pretty boring ,but in the second half the coach pep talk must have been inspirational.

Rabeni was sinbined and they scored two amazing tries within five minutes,the first Vilimoni Delasau kicked and outran two South Africans to score ,two minutes later Sireli Bobo scored another one.

We played like idiots for another five minutes and finally slowed the ball down making sure we used the forward strength to control the game, allowing Smith and James to score.

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