South African Rugby

Saturday, December 01, 2007

22-5 to the Barbarians !

The boks lost on Saturday with a 22-5 defeat to the Barbarians .The Springboks fielded several top players against the invitational side at Twickenham, including Francois Steyn, Schalk Burger and Bryan Habana but maybe the thought they had already won the game before they got on the field.

The barbarians played one of the better games I have seen for the last couple of years.
Australia's Matt Giteau and retired Wales’s flanker Martyn Williams scored in the first half, with Rocky Elsom adding a third score in the second. Barend Pieterse got South Africa's try in the 35th minute, and his team was denied another touchdown by some amazing defence late in the second half.

The Barbarians fielded a really strong side, starting with six past and present All Blacks and Jason Robinson who was playing his last game

"I didn't know at the start if I'd be able to play," Robinson said "I'm feeling a bit stiff. In the second half, I got a bit of cramp, but who cares now?

We were never in the game,the Barbarians played some amazing running rugby and made sure we did not come back at the end.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

SA Line up for the Barbarians

Bismarck Du Plessis will be replacing John Smit in the bok’s line-up against the Barbarians on Saturday after his French club Clermont Auvergne refused to let him play,Johann Muller will be the captain for the game
England hooker Mark Regan is confirmed as captain of the Barbarians there has been a bit of a spat with his English club Bristol over them wanting him to rest for their upcoming games.

Johan Ackermann replaces Bakkies Botha, he injured his ankle against the welsh , JP Pietersen makes way for Akona Ndungane.

South Africa:

15-Ruan Pienaar
14-Akona Ndungane
13-Jaque Fourie
12-Francois Steyn
11-Bryan Habana
10-Andre Pretorius
9-Enrico Januarie
8-Ryan Kankowski
7-Juan Smith
6-Schalk Burger
5-Johan Ackermann
4-Johann Muller
3-Jannie Du Plessis
2-Bismarck Du Plessis
1-CJ Van der Linde.

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