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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Springboks impress as they beat the Wallabies in Perth

The Springboks silenced their critics as they produced a powerful running game on their way to a 32-25 win over the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday. This leaves them unbeaten in this years Tri Nations, with one hand on the trophy.

While previous tactics have been to kick and chase, the Boks came out firing with great running lines and flat balls, for which they were rewarded with as they scored four tries and picked up a rare bonus point.

Two early tries set the South Africans off to a flying start, which the hosts never recovered from, committing far too many handling errors and not taking their opportunities.

Despite playing well in patches, the Wallabies have now reached their fourth successive defeat, and their sixth in a row in the Tri Nations, equalling their the 2004-2006 bad patch, which was their worst run of losses in the history of the tournament.

The Springboks on the other hand continue to rise, as they’ve now shown that they fully justify their number one position in the world, following the British & Irish Lions series win, and four consecutive Tri Nations victories.

Bryan Habana scored two well taken tries, while Jaque Fourie sliced through the Wallaby defence to cross for one of his own.

Scrumhalf Fourie Du Preez, playing in his 50th Test and controlling the match as well as ever, scored from a quick tap as he caught the home side off guard.

With the result a formality, the Wallabies came back to score two late tries to add some respectability to the scoreline. To their credit, they never gave up and while the Boks slipped into defensive mode, the Australians had the better of the second half.

Matt Giteau scored two nice tries, and Lachie Turner snuck in near the end the match, making the scoreboard look a whole lot better than it could have, with the score at 22-6 to the visitors at halftime.

The All Blacks will have watched intently as their grip on the Tri Nations title loosens. If the Springboks beat the Wallabies in Brisbane next weekend, it’ll be South Africa who will lift the trophy, capping off a great season so far.

Time: 05:03
Community: Discuss the Tri Nations on our forum




    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 3:10 pm  

  • anyone know who the ref was for this one? Missed the match...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 6:12 pm  

  • Bryce Lawrence (kiwi) was the ref

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 6:56 pm  

  • Can't wait to see these highlights RD as I missed the match!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 7:43 pm  

  • Yeh - please get the highlights up asap - can't wait to see it too...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 7:53 pm  

  • Never seen 2 missed cons from under the posts before. Whatever about Steyn hitting the bar, Giteau's drop con was awful. If the Boks can play like that again, they'll have the slam.

    And Habana finally recieved a pass, even 2. Granted one was from an Aussie (Turner), but they all count. Great game from the centres, Fourie and De Villiers. Every time they got the ball, they went over the gain line. After the 3Ns though, they're probably never going to play together again.

    Lawrence was very poor today. The scrum was a lottery, crocked feeds, and SA spent most of the second half off side. And how is Burger back already when Quinlain was suspended weeks before him and isn't back for another 2/3 weeks??

    Now just as the 3Ns season comes to a close, the European one is starting.... NICE!! If SA do win the slam, the Ire v SA game at the end of Nov will be a good end to the year.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at August 29, 2009 8:54 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 9:01 pm  

  • Thought the Boks went to sleep in the 2nd half again - hope that was just due to jetlag - can't wait for the next game!! GO THE BOKS!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 9:03 pm  

  • As much talk there as been about the Boks and their style of play...

    Not sure what everyone will whine about now...now that we've all seen that every time the Boks were on the attack it was expansive, controlled, deliberate, quick ball stuff. When Australia attacked they were hanging onto possession by the narrowest of margins...it was disorganized, sloppy and ugly.

    I don't think second rate forward packs that aren't dominant enough to produce their own quick ball have any place in our beautiful game. You didn't see teams 20 years ago pour six players into a ruck only to have the ball be sloppily dug out and flung to a pod of forwards on the fringes of the breakdown.

    By Anonymous bigox, at August 29, 2009 9:26 pm  

  • Now that game is the reason I LOVE RUGBY!! Beautiful!! Well done to the Boks, deserve no1, deserve World Champs. Boy I have to get my hands on some tickets for the Ireland v Bok AI!!!???!! Might be too late though???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 9:56 pm  

  • Du Preez = WORLD CLASS. He's more often than not involved in almost all of the Boks tries in some shape or form. NZ & OZ have to put pressure on him if they wana beat this bok side..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 10:14 pm  

  • superb pass by whichever aussie it was for giteaus second

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 10:22 pm  

  • The bok centres were BRILLIANT today!! Think J Fourie is an amazing player - always gives 110%

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 10:37 pm  

  • I gotta agree with those other guys
    The IRE vs SA is gonna be the game of the year if IRE are still playing the way they were back in the 6N
    From a new zealand point of view i hope the irish win it

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 11:43 pm  

  • How did Brussouw go against George Smith in this game?

    Brussouw actually reminds me very much of a young George Smith in 2000/01/02....basically he just turned over ball at rucks and did it very well, but that was all he did.

    IMHO Smith bulked up way too much after that and is less effective than he used to be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 12:30 am  

  • Good game...great game by the Boks....You's truly are the best team in the world at the moment and deservedly so(from an Irishman)...

    I think the only way you're gonna be beat is if someone can either beat you up front and control possession or else completely shut down your back line and score with what little possession we get....

    IMO the latter is the only way in which Ireland will possibly beat ya's but when you's play France they could maybe do it either way and that is why France "might" be a tougher test than Eire...Anyways cant wait until the Autumn tests aas they should throw up some great games....

    By Anonymous themull, at August 30, 2009 12:55 am  

  • Has anyone else noticed that Lachlann Turner is just one mistake after another? Whenever I see him he either misses a tackle or does something stupid.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 1:31 am  

  • Man Australia sucked, no excuses they really were awful!!!
    Looked like Italy at times (Big scrum, Useless backs)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 2:41 am  

  • Bryce Lawrence penalty count was 15 -4 to the Wallabies, really trying hard to get his precious back into contendership. What a loser!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 2:51 am  

  • The try from Fourie was etremely embarrassing for the Wallabies defence...

    By Blogger vinniechan, at August 30, 2009 4:35 am  

  • To the above, yip I agree - everyone kept saying how predictable the boks were and it shows with FDP's try - they were 100% sure that the boks were gana go for the sticks...and it backfired on them, BIG TIME! Great game also agree the boks v france and boks v ireland games are gana be great!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 11:07 am  

  • can anyone tell me can anyone but the boks still win the 3n??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 11:08 am  

  • New Zealand are 9 points behind, so they would have to win both of their games with a bonus point, or win both with only one bonus point and score a lot to win on points difference. And South Africa would have to lose their remaining games with only a maximum of one losing bonus point. So essentially SA have pretty much won it for sure.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at August 30, 2009 12:22 pm  

  • Great to see the Boks back in the saddle as a team running the ball. Still a bit worrying that we are still going to sleep in the 3rd quarter of the game...defending the lead and letting the opposition bring the ball to the line...hence the Second Giteau try...

    First Giteau try should NEVER have been allowed...Burgess was nowhere near the mark for the quick tap and looked in front of the mark even if he was on it...???

    By Blogger durrie, at August 30, 2009 2:06 pm  

  • Ye, basically it's going to take a miracle for anyone but SA to win, they by far deserve it, if their backs can play like that with the set of forwards they have it's gona be extremely hard for anyone to beat them. I just hope the Ireland backs play like they can in the AI, they've a lot of potential, after the France game though they only really played in patches i thought

    By Anonymous Rocky, at August 30, 2009 2:07 pm  

  • did Ruan Pienaar play at fb in the end. I know the 'boks have a policy of 3 overseas players, and with de villiers going to Munster, he'll probably still get in the team, but if they clinch the tri-nations next game, why not try ruan pienaar at 12 - he has brilliant distribution, speed, change of direction ect...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 2:09 pm  

  • Wheres all the smug SH comments now? Their teams cant even catch a ball!!

    By Anonymous JustAteAPie, at August 30, 2009 3:38 pm  

  • You could have driven a truck through the gap for Fourie's try.

    In fairness to the Aussies they are missing Berrick Barnes and Mortlock, and there lack of familiarity and organization showed because of it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 4:45 pm  

  • JustAteAPie, aren't South Africa in the SH?


    By Anonymous Dave, at August 30, 2009 4:51 pm  

  • Looking forward to ireland v boks but word on the street is that the boks will bring a second string team.Hopefully we will beat the annoying as fuck boks or at least give a good account of ourselves to show that there isnt as much of a gap between sh and nh as 2008s autumn internationals suggested.Surely now ireland and maybe france are better than this aussie team which is in dire form.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 7:52 pm  

  • not a great game to be honest.
    Once again rubbish defence, and bad attacking play from Australia contributed to a lackluster international.

    But well taken try's by both teams, Habana 2nd was a cracker, but SA's foot off the pedal again got Australia back into it - that's got to be a worrying trait for the coaches.

    Funny all the moaning about the Lions tests from the SH fans, and now the other SH teams are doing exactly the same against the boks.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at August 30, 2009 8:32 pm  

  • ^Anonymous, with the way things are going, I wouldn't be surprised if England beat Australia and New Zealand at the moment. They're both just all over the place.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 8:32 pm  

  • It's amusing that people are mentioning Ireland as having a chance against the Boks. I'm not sure what that's based on really. The captain is a P.O.S.. no wait, POC, my bad. Secondly, flyhalf if ROG who was useless in SA and is generally a bit of an arrogant SOB who cant tackle for sh*t..

    BOD is a legend, but come on.. can people not see how good this Bok side are playing right now??

    They've picked it up another gear, and are playing better now than in the Lions series even. NZ and Aus arent looking great, but if you analyse the matches closely you'll see that many of the errors are caused by incredible Bok pressure. NZ and Aus would still trounce most sides around the world.

    This Springbok team is quality guys, and they're still getting better. I still feel they're playing at 90% only... and in the second halfs, only playing at 50%.

    But hey, time will tell. It's just a pity some people find it so difficult to give credit where credit is due..

    By Anonymous Scotlandish, at August 30, 2009 9:46 pm  

  • Scotlandish since whens P.O.C. been Ireland captain?? Last time i checked it was O'Driscoll who captained us to a Grand Slam this year

    By Anonymous Rocky, at August 30, 2009 10:15 pm  

  • Scotlandish.....POC is not Ireland's captain....BOD is....POC is also a very good player btw why you are trying to discredit him is beyond me.....

    I would have been able to respect your opinion if only you'd used facts rather than uneducated opinions...

    By Anonymous themull, at August 31, 2009 12:06 am  

  • Scotlandish, I agree 100% with all your comments about this bok side. NZ & OZ are the 2nd and 3rd teams in the world are they not??? I just believe that this bok side is just too damn good at the moment ... not that OZ & NZ are bad but the Boks are better...yip, I'm giving credit were it is due well done Boks & well done to your coach (who hasn't been given any credit this far, however this clip shows how organized and well coached this side really are) & I also agree that they haven't reached their true potential yet either, scary when you think of it. Good luck in the 3n and can't wait to see this side play here in the AI's.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 12:06 am  

  • Watch how the Ozzies watch Fourie du preeze when the gap opened wide for Jacque fourie - shows how this bok side know each other inside and out and how they know to 'throw' the opposition with 'clever' rugger! Well done boks ( from a french fan) can't wait to play you this year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 12:09 am  

  • Yeah, my bad.. I had POC being captain of the Lions in my head still.. and Munster.. so, I apologise.

    Nothing uneducated about slipping up when saying something. Chillax.

    By Anonymous Scotlandish, at August 31, 2009 12:09 am  

  • Habanas 2nd try is like rugby poetry!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 12:52 am  

  • Although I do agree that SA have the potential to be even better, it won't involve alot of this squad. They still have alot of players who are close to retirement age. I know Matfield and Botha are irreplaceable, but there isn't anyone anywhere near their level coming through, as the Lions tour didn't provide decent 2nd row opposition.

    De Villiers won't be selected while playing outside SA, so his International career could be over, he's 28 now. And Clermont are suing the Lions as they claim they've signed Fourie for this season. Frans Steyn will also be playing in France.

    Also, after the world Cup, Habana will most likely go to Eng/ Fra for a couple of seasons. Smit doesn't look suited to tighthead yet, but will lengthen his career if he manages to adapt long-term.

    And for all the positives from their season, considering the giants in their pack, the scrum has been awful.

    If the rumours are true about a weakened squad for Nov, then the SH can quit whining when France send down 2nd string teams in June as SA have done this every couple of seasons, 2006 comes to mind.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at August 31, 2009 1:28 am  

  • So hang on, SA aren't playing to their potential? Are Ireland and France and Australia and New Zealand playing to their potential? The way everyone keeps going on about them, it's as if they're not even trying but still beat everyone. They're playing the best they ever have probably, and to say that they can only get better and will beat other teams even more convincingly is simply wishful thinking.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at August 31, 2009 2:16 am  

  • Can't wait to see this bok team in the flesh on Saturday. Hoping for an entertaining game, the wallabies have a lot of pride at stake. Might wear my Irish jersey;)

    By Anonymous Doyler, at August 31, 2009 2:19 am  

  • Bok befok. End of story.

    By Anonymous Dave, at August 31, 2009 10:54 am  

  • Kearneyfortests, I agree with you. I'm just pointing out what most BOK fans are saying. Yes they can improve, not too much, they're already near their peak. But they will lose irreplaceable players sooner rather than later. Look what happened NZ when they peaked in '05/'06, they went and crashed badly in the WC. Now they still haven't recovered from it, even including their Home Nations GS last year.

    Also, I now believe that Aus are much poorer than their 3rd ranking suggests. I wanted them to do well in 3N but they just don't have strength in depth. Positions will change come Nov.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at August 31, 2009 2:37 pm  

  • Well said Huh!! the 3rd. I can't disagree with that.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at August 31, 2009 3:05 pm  

  • Hang on a second 'kearney for tests and huh' Everyone on here kept saying that OZ were gana win the 3N before it started - take a look at the names in their team and the ab's - all good players and all international teams would agree that these 2 sides are still well placed at 2nd and 3rd - when the ab's were no1 no one said that the other sides weren't playing to their potential - after all the boks can only play who is put infront of them - And by the way the SA coach is allowed to select 3-5 players playing abroad and Fsteyn will be back just as John smit and matfield were - and a recent interview with bakkies and matfield brought to light that they want to be around for another world cup ( injuries permitting) so keep dreaming and keep telling yourselves that this bok is dead and gone and won't be there for the next world cup - wait and see! And before you throw that bok fan remark at me - i am a neutral fan here just saying it like it is!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 3:07 pm  

  • I feel so sorry for oz for habana's first try - it couldn't have fallen into the hands of anyone worse!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 3:16 pm  

  • Is any side ever playing to their full potential?? If the answer is yes then there would be no reason to coach and have training sessions ... point made!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 3:18 pm  

  • still have some Bok players kicking away possesion too much..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 3:33 pm  

  • I was actually refering to the try by Jacque Fourie.
    An illustration that the shortest path between 2 points is a straight line

    By Blogger vinniechan, at August 31, 2009 3:50 pm  

  • Pathetic how some of you are trying to take away from the Boks' success by talking about how they'll be without their top players in a few years time??

    That's a ridiculous attitude to have.

    It's 2009 now. Matfield, Botha, and pretty much everyone else will still be around in 2011, sorry to tell you that. They'll still be of decent age too. The core of this squad will be the same.

    It's two years since 2007 WC win, and they're still pretty much the same bunch.

    Whenever someone wins something in life, do you give them credit, or do you go around telling people that they'll be sh*t in few years time?

    Sad, negative, spiteful bunch. Karma's a bitch. Good luck.

    By Anonymous Scotlandish, at August 31, 2009 4:26 pm  

  • I am a big Springbok supporter and i enjoyed the game even more with the two Oz commentators. Hats off to them!!! So funny.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2009 5:33 pm  

  • unfortunately for the rest of the world Matfield and Botha will be around for the next WC (barring injury). Martin Johnson was 32 or 33 when he won it in 2003, Matfield will be 33 or 34, Botha a couple of years younger.

    By Anonymous Doyler, at September 01, 2009 5:02 am  

  • you are ugly scotlandish.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 01, 2009 3:37 pm  

  • Scotlandish doesn't seem to have a clue, or is unable to read.

    Firstly I'm a fan of SA. Any team who can control, dominate and punish their opponents the way they currently are deserves everything they get, 3Ns, WC and so on.

    'Sad, negative, spiteful bunch. Karma's a bitch. Good luck.'

    Where in my post are any of my comments as above.

    All I'm saying is that some of SA's most influential and irreplaceable players have 2 years max left and there isn't a whole lot filling the void. Now, like Brussouw, they might be under the radar and I'll take my imaginary hat off when it happens, but tell me SA are going to have a pair like Botha and Matfield again and I'll show you a liar. The commentators view that this is the best BOK side of the professional age is undeniable. We, all, as rugby fans should cherish a great team whether French, Argentinian or African.

    Finally, to put your ignorant tripe comments to the side, I'm Irish and a Munster fan and failing Munster, a Leinster fan, what possible reason this rugby year and last have I to be spiteful for. GS, 2 HCups in a row and the past 2 MLs.

    Spiteful??? Yeah, I think so.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at September 01, 2009 4:20 pm  

  • Hey guys, any of you watching the currie cup? SA rugby doesn't have anything to worry about - their will be young guys coming through... Can't wait for the test on Sat

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 01, 2009 5:09 pm  

  • The talks of SA sending in a 2nd string side is rubbish, we have never send a 2nd string to the AI

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 03, 2009 9:00 pm  

  • Not true Anon above me, Nov 06 Ireland completely destroyed a 2nd string team in Dublin. No Smit, Matfield, Habana, Botha, Burger, Monty, James and so on. I have the programme somewhere, Spies did play, but it might have been 1 of his first few caps and was blown out of it by Denis Leamy in the build up to Ireland's 3rd try by David Wallace. Fact.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at September 03, 2009 9:25 pm  

  • Habana was playing in the 06 game, he scored a try.

    By Anonymous Doyler, at September 04, 2009 12:36 am  

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