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Saturday, July 10, 2010

All Blacks power past the Springboks in Auckland

The Springboks looked a shadow of their former selves as they were heavily beaten by a far hungrier and supremely physical All Black side in the opening match of this year’s Tri Nations in Auckland. Four unanswered tries left the score at 32-12 before the reigning champs could work out what hit them.

The top two sides in the world wanted to get the early ascendency in the tournament and it was the All Blacks who showed greater guile and passion as they not only were more physical, but managed to disrupt the visitors' set piece and pestered at the breakdown regularly.

Bakkies Botha managed to get himself cited, as Jimmy Cowan pulled him back before Botha laid into the All Black scrumhalf with the head. The incident was replayed countless times, and Botha will no doubt be out for a few weeks following the disciplinary hearing in Auckland tomorrow.

"I don't approve of any of my players playing outside the rules and it was an ill-disciplined, very poor first half which meant we had no momentum. Only Bakkies can explain what goes on in his head," captain John Smit said.

Botha was yellow carded soon after for a first offence in the redzone, with the earlier incident perhaps playing on the mind of referee Alan Lewis, who missed it at the time.

The momentum shifted and New Zealand got off to a flyer, eventually resulting in an impressive 20-3 lead at half time. The Springboks looked fresher in the second half, but couldn’t claw their way back to a decent position as the home side continued to dominate.

"The All Blacks were really good tonight but we just didn't rock up, the lights were out tonight. A very poor, ill-disciplined first half killed any momentum, but we played better at the start of the second half.

“If we could have kept that pressure on, there was enough time for us to get back on even terms. But we were non-existent at the breakdowns, there was nothing going on on our side and we didn't put up much of a contest," Smit said.

"Our minds just weren't in the right place, there's no need for over-analysis. It was totally out of character, normally physicality and bringing that attitude to the set-piece comes naturally for this team. But it's nothing we can't get back.

"Our lineout has been good for a long time, but I have to take it on the chin, I've been poor all week in missing my jumpers. We should have done a lot more in the air and Victor will be frustrated with the kind of balls I threw to the guys," he added.

"There's no need to panic, it's nothing we can't fix. It's not a train smash, it's only the first game of the Tri-Nations. Now we need to stop the momentum of a great team but our destiny is in our own hands," De Villiers said.

The Botha incident will be posted seperately soon, as will the Haka if anyone wants to see it.

Time: 05:04



  • Thanks RD!

    I'm wondering though: could you guys include more than scoring (and yellow card) moments in the highlights? Earlier this year I noticed that a lot of the northern hemisphere highlights also included some of the more exciting passages of play, tries-almost-scored, really big hits, etc. I enjoyed that. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Donovan, at July 10, 2010 7:08 pm  

  • first to say first! :D

    By Anonymous james, at July 10, 2010 7:10 pm  

  • can you guys put up the hit on habana from brad thorn?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 7:18 pm  

  • wowowow!
    thats so.. crazy!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 7:22 pm  

  • it would be nice if you can post some of the all blacks counter attacks... how they broke through the bok's old tactics etc... it'll be inteeresting!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 7:23 pm  

  • the team we fielded was horrible... I can't believe the selection. De Villiers was not thinking... the experimental team combinations used that was pretty weak against Italy was still retained.. why is Botha a first choice.? he is a thug. I think danie russouw has been far more consistent. louw had a very below average performance and the kick and chase thing only works when dupreez is in the squad calling the shots. unfortunately he is out, but i think januarie is not really an able body replacement against the all blacks. another thing is when the boks are down they revert to intercept seeking mode which never works... this happened with the loss to France and Ireland last November.
    The all blacks were intense and played great rugby, did not play to our strengths but still beat us in the areas we were considered "better". on a whole the boks just did not defend or contest. I would take jdv off the wing cuz roko has him beat everyday of the week. wynand is too predictable and defensively par with de jong who looked great in green and gold. butch james should not even be considered because he just wants to fight. aplon on the wing with Frans steyn in 15... just by having him on the field makes the opponents more cautious because of the boot. m steyn could have done more too with an almost try and the drop kicks were not set up right... wishful thinking really, even though he is good it makes it look like a good attempt but those should be slotted just like penalties if set up correctly.
    I have now said my bit, I hope the team can learn from this defeat as the all blacks did from last years games.
    Amazing play from All blacks. deserved to win.. I just hope a week is enough time to make the next game more of a competition rather than a massacre.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 7:34 pm  

  • 1 -- This has to be it for Botha. Yet again, going out out of his way to take a cheap shot on a smaller man. I wished Richard Loe would come out of the stands to deal with him.

    2-- Wow, when was the last time the Boks forward pack was completely outmuscled like this? Du Plessis has to go, Woodcock tore him up. Also, Kieran Read far outplayed Spies, really surprising.

    3-- The ABs need to give Weepu a start, I thought his service was much better and faster than Cowan's.

    The Boks will rebound next week, should be a great one in Wellington.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 7:36 pm  

  • Add James to that list too, his only accomplishments in his short time on the pitch were starting fights. His test match days need to be over.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 7:38 pm  

  • Well done NZ - hard luck Boks. The Kiwis looked pretty good against Ireland and Wales, and I think that was borne out here.

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 10, 2010 7:48 pm  

  • Specific requests are to be posted in the Request section please, where they can be answered and addressed. This video mainly focuses on the points scored. Enjoy

    By Blogger RD, at July 10, 2010 7:49 pm  

  • Great comprehensive victory by the All Blacks, Mils Muliaina made a statement today, he still is the most experienced and classy fullback in not only NZ but also the world. Flawless under the high ball, and his counterattacking and ball carrying was phenomenal. Forward pack worked as a unit, supporting the ball carriers and being strong in the rucks. With that said, this exposed flaws in the Boks team selection. Pierre Spies was absolute garbage. He may be fast, tall, and huge, but he was smashed in tackles. He didn't break the line once. Jean de Villiers on the wing? Come on! Get real, he is an inside center, and world class. Olivier is only good in Super 14, nothing more. He can't link with Fourie like de Villiers can. The Boks missed du Preez, his influence on the game is incredible, and Januarie can't bring the kicking, passing, and running skills that du Preez brings. Without du Preez, I hate to say it, but I think the All Blacks will return the favor and whitewash the Boks 3-0 this year. He means that much to the team

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 8:10 pm  

  • i would like to see the on habana!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 8:27 pm  

  • Haha wheres 'Bokke_2007' now?
    Spies is just an overrated gym monkey.
    All blacks were awesome again, a step ahead of anyone else at the moment.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at July 10, 2010 8:31 pm  

  • Some great hits in this match. Spies had no room to work with.

    I remember someone trying to justify Botha's actions on Aplon by saying he was traditional an religious off the field. On the field, he is a scum bag. And idiotic. Firstly, don't take a take shot with the head on a smaller man from behind. Secondly, don't do it with cameras all over you. Thirdly, don't do it with a ton of bans behind you. I mean, if your team and management protested together last year (justice armbands and all that) about the barge on Jones and you follow it up with blatantly malicious offenses over the next year, it speaks badly of you and them.

    It's a shame, because I love Botha's aggression. He put in a huge hit today which I really enjoyed seeing.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 10, 2010 9:25 pm  

  • WelshOsprey, the Spies hype was created by none other than the British media last year. Get over it.

    All Blacks were great, but Botha did his best to ruin things for the Boks. They really miss fourie du preez too..

    I thought Mealamu was good all match, as was Nonu. Cant wait for next weekend

    By Anonymous Scotsdale, at July 10, 2010 9:36 pm  

  • KG, agreed. I've been a fan myself but that was just plain stupid. He should be punished internally too. You can imagine the other 14 looking at that replay and thinking to themselves 'Oh god, what the eff has he done now'

    By Anonymous Scotsdale, at July 10, 2010 9:46 pm  

  • Agression within the rules - or only outside the rules by accident - is great. But aggression where you go to hurt guys illegally is dangerous, dirty and needs to be dealt with harshly.

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 10, 2010 10:53 pm  

  • When was the lst time the Boks pack was totally outmuscled like that?

    Probably at Murrayfield a couple of years ago led by Euan Murray taking the Beast apart.

    Still, scarily good stuff from the Boks, just hope for their sake they haven't peaked a year too early again!

    Not looking forward to the AB's coming to Murrayfield this November, we'll just need to hope they send a tired 2nd string to avoid a humping, despite how well Scotlands playing at the moment.

    Looking forward to playing the Boks after though on this form! ;)

    By Anonymous Believer, at July 10, 2010 11:33 pm  

  • - Januarie is simply bellow par. Hell, call Kocket, but not Ricky.

    - Surelly this has to be the last we see of bakkies in the bok jearsey? He is a big enough liability to anihilate any advantage he brings to the field, and Sa have enough quality locks to not need him. Russow to start

    - De Jong to get another chance instead olivier, who just seem really uninteresting, no spark at all.

    - I've allways said this. WTF PdV?!?!?! This guy is nuts, and he wouldn't survive in any other nation than SA, who has enough quality player to more or less compensate for his recurring plonkers in and off the field.

    Now for the Abs

    - AWESOME WIN!!! Mils is simply the best fullback overall. May not have Frans Steyn's ubber boot or whatever, but is simply sublime in his good day, and offers great vision.

    - Thanks for all the points you earned me in my fantasy squad (lol)

    - I REALLY wouldn't be in the shoes of any aussie that has to face this squad later on


    By Blogger Xavier, at July 11, 2010 12:08 am  

  • Bakkies Botha has a thing about cheap shots from behind. He looked like he was trying to get 'intimate' with Cowan.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 12:15 am  

  • He can bench press 165kg, power clean 135kg, dead lift 240kg and has even been known to do pull-ups with a 50kg weight between his legs... but he couldn't tackle Read.. lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 12:24 am  

  • Ma'a Nonu is a God!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 12:26 am  

  • Tony Woodcock had to destroy his record of only scoring tries against Australia, previously scoring all five tries against the Aussies. This was his sixth test try against a different team (South Africa).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 12:28 am  

  • I love that first 40 minutes, the All Blacks played a lot of running rugby with a clear plan and sharp passing - backed by an obvious hunger for the try line.

    In fact, All Blacks, please play like that for the rest of the season :)

    By Anonymous Jeremy, at July 11, 2010 1:18 am  

  • I'm right here welshy you old sheep shagger! Had a sleep in. ;-)

    Well, that was disappointing!!! It really seemed like one team wanted it and the other couldn't give a shit. Bakkies is welcome to his long lay off after yet another brain-fart. Idiot. Honestly, it's hard enough playing the ABs with 15 men!! The men in black definitely stuck it to the boks, and this is certainly not a time to go experimenting with old players in new positions. PdV take note!!

    JdV is not a winger.
    Olivier can't step up to a test match.
    Kirchner is not a Frans Steyn. Januarie needs to lose 2 stone!
    Bakkies needs to be put on ice, permanently.
    Chiliboy is only there because he's, ehem, brown.

    But hey, maybe a good stuffing is exactly what the boks need. nothing worse than complacency heading into a world cup. just ask the all blacks (in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007) Haha!

    What is nice is that we have two teams so closely matched that home advantage actually matters! if this game was in pretoria you could probably reverse the scoreline. Gotta love the 3N!! and on a positive note, at least i don't have to live and work with a nation of kiwis on suicide watch!

    By Anonymous Bokke_2007, at July 11, 2010 2:36 am  

  • Bokke_2007said
    "What is nice is that we have two teams so closely matched that home advantage actually matters! if this game was in pretoria you could probably reverse the scoreline"
    LOL closely matched my ass! south africa got smashed and will get smashed in pretoria.

    By Anonymous ElTigre, at July 11, 2010 3:31 am  

  • Do you really think the situation would be the same had the ABs flown across the world and rocked up to Fortress Loftus. Behave. The ABs played bloody well, but lets not go pretending it's on the same level as a world cup victory. Eden Park to the ABs is like Ellis Park to the Boks. Nobody goes there and wins. It's the funny thing about the 3N that the draw so heavily favours one side each year. Last year it was the Bokke, this year it's the Blacks.

    By Anonymous Bokke_2007, at July 11, 2010 3:49 am  

  • NIce that you got these highlights up so fast RD. The only thing better would be the 10 minute option, but thanks anyway.

    By Anonymous BRT, at July 11, 2010 3:51 am  

  • RD why are you always so mild with your headlines when the Springboks get smashed, but have no problems going over the top when NHs sides get heavily beaten. I think your title should read


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 4:47 am  

  • This clip really should've included that part when Brad Thorn (was it?) got his pants pulled down. The whole pub erupted in cheers lol.

    You can deprive a man of his pants but you can't take the game out of the man.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 4:54 am  

  • Springboks got well and truely smashed.. Looked like they didnt even wanna be there.

    By Anonymous Gregor, at July 11, 2010 5:12 am  

  • "This clip really should've included that part when Brad Thorn (was it?) got his pants pulled down. The whole pub erupted in cheers lol."

    It was Kieran Read, I'd recognize that ass anywhere.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 5:21 am  

  • @ the above:

    HUGE lol

    By Blogger Xavier, at July 11, 2010 6:36 am  

  • The hit on Habana was HUGE! cant wait to see that highlight put up. AB's dominated every aspect of the game, including lineouts which was unreal. If SA want any chance at winning this year, they need a complete overhaul of their backline.

    By Anonymous Dan, at July 11, 2010 9:59 am  

  • Springboks devastated by All Blacks

    All Blacks destroy South Africa

    Springboks mauled to submission by the All Blacks

    South Africa dominated from 1-15

    A few alternative headings for this clip.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 12:14 pm  

  • good to see AB's starting to peak at the right time for a change. I think even if fourie was playing it might have been a bit closer. But saying that these new rules suit the way All Blacks want to play,counter attack there are the master's at this and even better with these new rules that suit there play. This is just another example of how this game is revolving. NH teams need to stop fighting and move with the times cause if want to beat this AB's you need to get your skills level up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 12:29 pm  

  • when i see botha's head kick, it's a f**** shame, he's been suspended 9 weeks only. The frenchies (Dupuy & Attoub) took 6 months and 1 year and a half of suspension. So unfair! Botha is a jerk, known for being a thug on the field! He should have been punished much longer. When will see a right justice in rugby between Latins and Anglo-saxons (remember Flannery's footkick on Palisson during the 6 nations) ?!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 1:48 pm  

  • Botha isn't a thug, he's a pussy who takes cheap shots, normally when people aren't looking.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 4:22 pm  

  • It'll be interesting to see the Bok backlash next time round.

    By Anonymous Mke, at July 11, 2010 5:14 pm  

  • Also, Botha does have a thing for hitting guys who are not ready for it.

    Also, it's probably worth pointing out that the Boks took a heavier beating than a shagged-out, injury hit Welsh team against the ABs. Unfortunately the Ireland/NZ game became irrelevant as soon as Heaslip came over all MMA at a ruck (but still scored 4 tries with 14 and 13 men!)

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 11, 2010 5:15 pm  

  • yeah good point Mike, Ireland were just about to pounce and destroy the all blacks when heaslip went crazy.... PAHHAHAHAHAHHHA
    sorry, i couldn't keep a straight face.
    the irish are a terrible rugby team and should probably stick to gaelic football and hurling instead of using them as an excuse for how bad the RU side is. you boys couldn't buy a win at the moment - even scotland beat you... AT CROKE PARK.

    By Anonymous aud, at July 11, 2010 6:00 pm  

  • Smashed? They were smashed in terms of the way the game went, but certainly not on the scoreline. 27-12 with a minute left in the game. Nothing too embarrassing, especially as it was 20-3 at halftime.

    All Blacks were awesome though. Great performance on the night.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at July 11, 2010 6:21 pm  

  • there you have bokkes , go play soccer !!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2010 11:46 pm  

  • It looked like men against boys out there.

    Dominating performance by the All Blacks.

    By Anonymous Dave Banner, at July 12, 2010 12:09 am  

  • Good to see the AB's start this years tri-nations after last years rubbish!

    Mills was so good, best FB in the world... Rok's is looking sharp too.

    The Bok will bounce back though, looking forward to next week's game!

    By Anonymous Nicko, at July 12, 2010 12:29 pm  

  • Greiffel please get the Kapa o Pango! It was extraordinary!


    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at July 12, 2010 7:48 pm  

  • whats the name of the all blacks 15?
    the dudes got mad pace

    By Anonymous DK, at July 13, 2010 2:38 am  

  • if possible i would like to see brad thorn's hit on bryan habana!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2010 3:28 am  

  • Will Botha not stop till he gets a mouthful of ear?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2010 3:50 am  

  • Chiliboy isn't in the squad because he is brown, he is in the squad because John Smit payed for his schooling at a private school in Pretoria and has basically funded most of his life. Smit is his mentor. That is why Chiliboy is there.

    Please don't blame everything on the quota system because it is a load of bullshit.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at July 14, 2010 12:17 am  

  • It is the quota system.
    Of course it is. Chiliboy isn't international standard, regardless of Smit's patronage.
    If he were a white guy who'd been mentored by SMit, but was playing at the standard he plays at (Can't even hold down a starting Curri Cup spot) he wouldn't be playing for the Springboks.

    By Anonymous Jono, at July 14, 2010 1:14 am  

  • Whether its one or the other, neither of them are right, especially not the reason Les Bleus gave. It's professional sport, not a popularity contest. Smit is foolish if he's pushing for Chilliboy because of personal reasons.

    By Anonymous Scotsdale, at July 14, 2010 10:26 am  

  • Excuse me, but he was the Boks youngest and first coloured person to ever captain them, okay? He played exceptionally well at age group rugby, I don't know what you have against him but he is a good player and whether you like it or not, he will continue to be in the Springbok squad, good or bad, aslong as John Smit is the captain.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at July 14, 2010 5:00 pm  

  • i think sa needs to contronl their aggression a little bit more as smith said at the of the game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 15, 2010 11:56 am  

  • back to reality for the bokks.this week i think it will be a different story

    By Anonymous "YES WE CAN!", at July 15, 2010 12:05 pm  

  • I think its hilarious the boks lost....

    and whats even more funny is there twit of a made up position 'enforcer' forced his way into a long ban!

    Fret not chaps, im sure the justice for bakkies will be out in large numbers next game...

    Well done AB's :) lets bring the 3N trophy home! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 15, 2010 12:52 pm  

  • did anyone else see how far conrad smith ran when he scored that try ?? watch carefully

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 16, 2011 2:17 pm  

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