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The Springboks host the Wallabies in thier last Tri-Nations and Mandela Plate encounter of 2010 against one another.

As far as Tri-Nations glory goes, this is a dead rubber apart from playing to avoid the wooden spoon.

We preview this game below.

The SPRINGBOKS have just had an important win over the Wallabies at Loftus but have had a disasterous Tri-Nations according to their standards.

There are glaring weaknesses in the Springboks at the moment, with defence and individual bloobs 2 of the main factors and coaching incompetance the other.

The Springbok team is a team with some players on the bring of fatigue-breakdown, with only guts and determination keeping some going, but connected to that there are still some serious questions which needs asking regarding their game plan and variation of play.

Players like Juan Smith and Francois Hougaard have been revelations in their importance to the team, whereas Pierre Spies, Bryan Habana and John Smit have been the complete opposite.

I recon we’ll see a momentous effort from this team, knowing that this is their last 80 minutes of rugby for a while, due to being rested and placed on conditioning programs.

The WALLABIES on the other hand are a relatively young team, in the building phase under Robbie Deans and the team selection of this week indicates that Deans was obviously unhappy about the way the Wallabie forwards fronted up, specially in set pieces.

Once the exciting Wallabie backline sniffs blood, they are a dangerous side with youngsters like Genia, Cooper, O’Connor and Beale all capable to be game breakers.

They came out like a house on fire last week against the Bokke but fell away heavily after the half-our mark, where the Bokke killed them off slowly but surely.

I recon that the Springboks will be weary of the initial Wallabie surge in the game and despite Wallabies beafing up the forwards, they won’t be able to surprise the Springboks early on like last week.

I predict another tough encounter, like it normally is but I favour the home side to do it….. Bokke by 10.


South Africa: 15 François Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 François Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Gio Aplon.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Mark Chisholm, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benin Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Anthony Fainga’a.

Date: Saturday, September 4
Kick-off: 17.00 SA Time (15.00 GMT)
Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Expected weather conditions: Clear with a high of 28°C, dropping to 2°C and a westerly of 25 km/dropping to 3 km/h – perfect weather for rugby, as one would expect in Bloemfontein in spring.
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)

36 Responses to Preview: Springboks vs Wallabies, 4 September 2010

  • 1

    Lions, Bulls and Aussies for the treble this week end!!!!
    He he he he !!!

  • 2

    wp, sharks, boks

  • 3

    #1 Lions, Bulls, Boks!!!!!

  • 4

    @ Ashley:
    Just when I thought we were becoming chommies and I was going to let you scrum against me!!!

  • 5

    #4 shame tighthead, aren’t you slightly bigger than Ash? you would have hurt our buddy man!!!!

  • 6

    tighthead @ 4
    bloody hell, and you call pushing my head up my arse friendship? :shock:

  • 7

    tripples @ 5
    thanks trips
    jy’s ñ goeie mens. dis darem ñ fokken jammerte dat djy jou lieeewe soe weggooi deurie bulle te support!!

  • 8

    o, and trips …. i wouldnt call tighthead “slightly bigger” than me … not when earl rose, luke watson, gio aplon etc etc are far bigger than me!! :lol:

  • 9

    #8 bwaaahahahahahahahahaha

    en met my spontane lyfie is ek seker ook baaaaaie groter as jy!!!!

  • 10

    #7 darrem was ek nie as kind aan kindermishandeling blootgestel deur om geleer te word om vir die wiepiee alweers te skreeu nie!!!

  • 11

    @ Ashley:
    It’s okay. Earl Rose has been playing with his head up his arse for ages.
    And look how far that got him.
    A Bok!!!

  • 12

    Big,bigger,Ashley :)

  • 13

    Please do not mention the name Earl Rose, if PDV hears his name we have problems.

    Sharks, WP and Boks.

    I suspect the game will be more structured, better defensive organisation, the Aussies will hope to bring more physicalty to the party, the boks will hope Pierre Spies, John smit and Bryan Habana plays much better.

  • 14

    Boks to win by 20+ …this time their collective experience will show

  • 15

    Impossible to Please
    A group of girlfriends is on vacation when they see a 5-story hotel with a sign that reads: “For Women Only.” Since they are without their boyfriends and husbands, they decide to go in.

    The bouncer, a very attractive guy, explains to them how it works. “We have 5 floors. Go up floor by floor, and once you find what you are looking for, you can stay there. It’s easy to decide since each floor has a sign telling you what’s inside.”

    So they start going up and on the first floor the sign reads: “All the men on this floor are short and plain.” The friends laugh and without hesitation move on to the next floor.

    The sign on the second floor reads: “All the men here are short and handsome.” Still, this isn’t good enough, so the friends continue on up.

    They reach the third floor and the sign reads: “All the men here are tall and plain.”

    They still want to do better, and so, knowing there are still two floors left, they continued on up.

    On the fourth floor, the sign is perfect: “All the men here are tall and handsome.” The women get all excited and are going in when they realize that there is still one floor left. Wondering what they are missing, they head on up to the fifth floor.

    There they find a sign that reads: “There are no men here. This floor was built only to prove that there is no way to please a woman.”

  • 16

    ABC’s of ex girlfriends
    is for Arteries.
    You know, the things that your ex-girlfriend ripped out because she really didn’t care for you you twit she was only after your money and could have given a shit about you.

    is for Bitter. Who, me?? No way. I really hope things between them do work out. I hope they get married and have 2 children that are little devils and her hips get huge and his eyebrows finally grow completely together and they get fat and old together and then DIE!!

    is for Call ya later.She won’t. She never has before.

    is for Dumped. Does D need to be explained?

    is for Eating like a pig. Remember when you took her out and she said “I’m not hungry” so you figured you could take her to a nice place because you were able to afford a nice meal at this fine restaurant. Then she ate more than your Uncle Roy (you remember Uncle Roy the one with the mustard stains on everything). So you flip the bill and are broke for the next two weeks and she wonders why you were unable to call her that week and go see movies.

    is for Friends. That is what she just wants to be. As if you can even stand to look at her.

    is for Gun. And yes there is a waiting period.

    is for Horny. Remember when she looked nice and even had a personality? Well, you figure it out.

    stands for I still hate her. Odds are I always will, unless she calls me and offers me favors.

    stands for Jim. This is her new boyfriend. Doesn’t Jim have a nice car ? Doesn’t Jim have a good job? Why does Jim want to date her? I think Jim could do much better. I hate Jim. Jim is my mortal enemy.

    stands for Kill.

    is for Love. It’s a great euphoric feeling that exists between two people and is shared upon by both parties.

    is also for Lunatic. Lunatics are crazy. Lunatics are the last people that actually believe in love.

    stands for Mephistophiles. That is who she worked for.

    stands for Necropheliac. She didn’t move very much, did she?

    is for On top. When on top she has another O word.

    is for Pill. She said she was on it. She lied. She is now sueing you for a few hundred bucks a month.

    is for Quitter. She couldn’t last.

    is for Rich little Bitch. She bought my love but I paid for it.

    stands for Suffer. That’s what she made me do.

    is for torture. Torture is what she did. She tortured you with the truth. She also tortured you with lies.

    is for Understatement. Saying you hate that bitch is an understatement.

    is for Voluptuous. That is the primamry reason you were dating her in the first place.

    stands for Whine. She was a pro at this.

    is for Xylophone. Because X is always for xylophone.

    stands for You suck! Remember when she yelled that at you.

    stands for ZIPPER. This is what you got your hair stuck in while trying to get dressed too quickly while she yelled “QUICK! They’re home!”

    stands for period. Which is a couple of weeks late, because she lied to you about taking what P stands for. It also means you won’t get any for a week.

  • 17

    @ Ashley: I was sucking of my new Thai bride last night, when I suddenly thought, “hang on a farking minute!!”


  • 18

    Go Bokke. Think Boks by 7

  • 19

    Freetate stadium inspires!! :)

    “The Boks in the modern era have a magnificent record at Bloemfontein and are unbeaten here since 2000 when the boot of Johnny Wilkinson kicked England to victory against Nick Mallett’s side at the venue. Australia have only won here in 1933 and have lost three of their four games in the city of Roses.”

  • 20

    28 dropping to 2 degrees

    That is quite a temperature swing when the sun goes down ! No doubt the Wallas will blame the cold for the loss.

    Can anyone advise me – I have 20 peeps coming for a braai tomorrow – are cold baked beans acceptable as a salad or not ? Got tjops, boerie, sosaties, home marinaded flatties, krummel and stywe pap etc but cant decide on the rest.

    Any help gratefully recieved.

  • 21

    @ Mielie Pap Mike:
    I like good old mengelslaai and kerrie boontjies with my braaivleis :)

  • 22

    @mieliepap mike aartappel slaai and braai brood or fresh apricot saamies,also try a nice bananna salad

  • 23

    Good day to you all hope we get good results today, that is wins for the Boks and the Bulls!
    Mike you lucky man sounds like you are in for a great one with all those folk coming to your braai, you might want to add to your growing list of suggestions a few mielies and what about toasting some tomato and onion with chutney as well.

  • 24


    Dont want to turn this into a rival to the Koeksister blog (check it out – but be careful as google can misinterpret Koek + Sister……)

    Thanks for the ideas – mengelslaai /mixed salad is in, banana salad looking good, Boontjies – need to see whats in cupboard

    No mealies in UK (apart from my ears)

    Is that toasted onion and tom sarnies? Fridge full of beer, 1 bottle good red for when the plebs have left and I can review the game.

    Only I have to cut the grass and wash the car 1st – no assistance here I’m afraid.

    Rugby should be awesome, Boks often pull a massive one out against the Ozzies in the last rubber- 61-22 (one of my favourite Bok games), 53-8 etc

  • 25

    @ Mielie Pap Mike: hey Mielie…where in the uk are you? They sell mielies in most supermarkets…called corn on the cob :) Seen it sold at Waitrose, Asda, Tesco’s. Not sure if it’s in season atm though.
    Have you ever tried mushrooms on the bbq?…just put them on the grill with a bit of garlic butter….lovely!!

    …then again, you can always do it the british way….bangers and hamburger patties! :)

  • 26

    @ Mielie Pap Mike:
    oo forget to say…I also think we will win very comfortably today. The boks record in Bloem is amazing…think last time they lost to the Auzies in Bloem was like in 1933 or something. Must be the clean plattelandse air giving the guys that extra umphf!! :)

  • 27

    I have seen tried corn many times – just too sweet for my liking. I am a purist – kids enjoy it though.I tried growing proper mielies a few years ago but the short summer wasnt hot enough and they never ripened properly.

    I actually enjoy a good spicy british banger from a proper butcher on the braai. Needs to be 100% pork and no filler in it. In a soft roll with mustard and a good pint of IPA on a hot afternoon its very good rival to boerie roll.

    Also a 100% beef burger – not a frozen scrotumburger from ASDA – is another good and economical way to get my protein fix. Yesterday 100% Burger from butcher £1.25, Rump £18.99 per kilo. Its all in the percentage of meat used. I trust both my local butchers and avoid supermarket meat.
    I’m in Leamington Spa, just south of Coventry.

  • 28

    @ Mielie Pap Mike: yea, some places do make a good pork sausage…and I suppose there might be some good butchers in your area…the butchers in London are all these halaal or some other european owned places…their meat is appaling.

  • 29

    Mielie Pap Mike wrote:

    I’m in Leamington Spa, just south of Coventry.

    that’s quite close to Rugby :)

  • 30

    Ja,about 10 miles, but Rugby (the place) is a dump. In 13 years of living here I have only been there 3 or 4 times. In about 1998 I went to the Gilbert shop and Museum and the old toppie working there thought I was Joel Stransky !! When I pointed out that I play front row he then thought I was Gary Pagel !

  • 31

    @ Mielie Pap Mike:
    Hi Mike, going to be a great day for a ‘Barbie Braai’. I am about 30 miles from Leamington!!

    Cold baked beans are a very BAD move on the salad front!! Avoid at all costs!!

  • 32

    The word Barbie is banned in my dictionary ! Unless its a foxy advocate doing “boep”.

    (Before anyone gets offended it was filthy what she and that crazy oke did and no one can ever condone it) … but she is still a looker

    I steadfastly try and call it a braai and I will wear my takkies to it !

    I agree on the cold beans – just a flash back to my youth.

    BB – where are you ?

  • 33

    @ Mielie Pap Mike:

    Chipping Norton, a very windy place where we very seldom ‘braai’!! :-)

  • 34

    Back later…Hope the Braai Boys beat the Barbie Boys !!

  • 35

    Lovely place, I know the Cotswolds pretty well. When I was talking about bangers on a hot, sunny late summer afternoon I was thinking of a wedding I was at a few years ago in Moreton on the Marsh.

    Anyway got to go fire up the lawnmower and get moving as the Missus is getting very Kwaai !


  • 36

    The Springbok Game Thread is scheduled to appear at 12:00 already!


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