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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Wallabies bash the Boks in Brisbane

The Wallabies made South Africa pay for their indiscipline as they took the points on offer, disposing of the visitors 30-13 in their Tri Nations match in Brisbane. They scored two tries a piece, but ultimately a lack of discipline cost the Springboks, while the Wallabies looked more industrious with ball in hand.

The Springboks were their own enemy once again as they managed to have a player yellow carded within the opening minutes for the third match running. Jaque Fourie was yellow carded for a lifting tackle within two minutes, while Quade Cooper saw yellow for a similar offence later in the match.

The Wallabies kept ball in hand brilliantly and worked up the phases while the Springboks, despite at times looking sharper with Ruan Pienaar at number nine, failed to create opportunities and were punished by the boot of Matt Giteau.

Drew Mitchell juggled the ball well to score a try before the half time break, while Will Genia sniped over from the base of the ruck late in the game.

A second yellow card for the Springboks, this time to BJ Botha, had captain John Smit incensed as it appeared to be the first offence of that kind, with no previous warnings.

Fourie crossed for a determined try in the second half, as did Gurthro Steenkamp from a powerful maul, but the Wallabies played the better rugby on the night and were deserving winners as they got their Tri Nations campaign off to a great start.

The Springboks return home now with nothing but dented pride, while the All Blacks lead the table with 10 points and will face the Wallabies in Melbourne next weekend.

Time: 10:59
Note: Better highlights will be posted soon



  • Another SA loss caused by the world conspiracy against South African rugby!!!

    By Anonymous Joost, at July 24, 2010 2:32 pm  

  • Pokock - the new McCaw. Awesome and legal 95% of the time though. Great player. Poor decision by Clancy for that second yellow.

    Genia's a little champ. He controlled things really well I thought. It'll be interesting to see how Aus fair against NZ, and then over in Africa

    By Anonymous Flinto, at July 24, 2010 2:36 pm  

  • excellent game from O'Connor on the wing, wasn't it? I was hoping to see more from Kirchner and Ashley-Cooper though

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 3:00 pm  

  • awesome game wallabies, gona be a very exciting game next week, 2 teams that like to run the ball.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 3:23 pm  

  • Wallabies are going to get smashed by the all backs.

    By Anonymous Yes they are, at July 24, 2010 3:40 pm  

  • how long till SA fans are crying about the ref?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 3:41 pm  

  • ^ A few minutes. His call for that second yellow was a shocker. Damn those UK refs.. ;)

    By Anonymous Oh yes I did, at July 24, 2010 3:47 pm  

  • ^Ireland ISN'T part of the UK. That's like calling a kiwi ref Australian. Really annoying.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 3:50 pm  

  • I'm well aware of that. I was winding you up. It was a reference to last weeks match..

    Anyway, the Wallabies were far better on the night, so deserved the win. A few positives for SA in that if we'd kicked our kicks it might have been closer (and if Gits had missed some of his!). But in general Aus were better.

    Suddenly this tour looks like somewhat of a shambles, and PDV's selections must be questioned.

    It would have been good to have a guy like Brussouw out there competing at the break down. Oh and first time tackling - awful!

    It looks as though Robbie Deans finally has things taking shape over there. I do think the AB's will be too good next week though

    By Anonymous Benson, at July 24, 2010 4:04 pm  

  • How good was that eye-gouge on pocock by burger? I guess PDV was serious about teaching his players to cheat

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 4:52 pm  

  • man that first try by mitchel shouldn't have been a try, when boks tackled the guy he knocked it forward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 5:02 pm  

  • I am so sick of these SA commentators whinging and making the Springboks the victims. The boks have been thoroughly thoroughly outplayed the past 3 weeks and they have no one to blame but themselves. I can't wait to hear PDV's comments this week! They will be legendary

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 5:03 pm  

  • Giteau didnt knock it forward, a saffer knocked it back. Good try, but the ABs will smash the Aussies.

    By Anonymous watch the replay, at July 24, 2010 5:09 pm  

  • I hope the citing officer looks at the 'contact with the hand in the eye area' by Fingers Burger. He's a great player but he seems to love a gouge. He was obviously annoyed that Pocock had just flattened him.

    Which yellow are folks complaining about this time? The one on Botha was fine and the one for the mini-spear by Cooper was fine too - it was similar the De Villiers one last time, but a bit worse as he did seem to throw the guy down a bit. I may have missed the controversial one, only saw 60 minutes of the game.

    Well done Aus, some work to do for the Boks.

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 24, 2010 5:23 pm  

  • I'm missing something.. you're talking about when Pocock and Burger were on the floor and Pocock had his forearm on Burgers throat? Or when did this eyegouge happen?

    And he loves it as much as any other player who's done it in the past. Give him a friggin break. Parisse, Jennings, Quinlan, Best, Dupuy, Atoub, the list goes on.

    The dodgy call was for BJ Botha, when Pocock had done the exact same thing just before that. There was no consistency in the call, and no warning. Very harsh.

    About the try, yes, it went back off a SA hand. Not a forward pass. Mitchell did well to control it! Teased us all for a few seconds

    By Anonymous Benson, at July 24, 2010 5:35 pm  

  • The eyegouge happened when Pockok hit Burger driving through a ruck. I'll wait for the replay, but I don't recall any forearm on the throat, and from what I recall of the camera angle that wouldn't have been visible anyway.

    I'll give Fingers a break when he stops trying to stick his fingers in guys' eyes. He clearly has not learned from the incredibly lenient ban he got on the Lions tour - ban him properly this time, if the replay is sufficient evidence.

    Regarging the rest of your list, Attoub, like Burger, is repeat offender. He got an appropriate ban. I don't know if any of the others are.

    I thought the Botha call was a good one, would have to see a replay of the Pocock incident to comment on that, but I agree with you that consistency is key.

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 24, 2010 5:53 pm  

  • are there two sets of rules for the teams it seems that the Safas are getting shafted and the rest get warnings ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 6:20 pm  

  • I've noticed on RD that everyone hates South Africa and is incredibly biased against them.

    The same happened to England after we won the 03 world cup. Inferior fans couldn't stop themselfs badgering England any opportunity they had.

    If you had no idea about Rugby and came into the RD comment section you would quickly realise who the most dominant and feared team in world rugby is, simply from all the hatred directed at them.

    The Boks play rugby how it should be played, and the weaker inferior nations(including my own) cannot hack it.

    It's always Irish people who seem to lead the way in whinging about South Africa, or any other country for that matter(NZ, England etc)

    The Boks are being hard done by, by soft referees who want to change the game into Soccer(Irish refs, obviously, same as Irish fans... soft).

    Boks will win the 2011 World Cup. If not the Boks it'll be France or England.

    Bow down at the mgiht of the Boks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 6:44 pm  

  • Yes anonimous. Every ref gets two rule books one has the following in the cover "Rulebook", while the other has "Rules only for those nasty saffas, who we'll never allow to win anything again". It's the new world order!

    Come on, I admit that the refs haven't really helped you latelly, but that's life. We've all been cheated before, I believe. I just can't stand that after being outplayed for 3 weeks in a row all you have to say is not "well done ABs and OZ, but dont worry, well work on improvement" or something, but "bah, we we're friggin robbed by the bloody ref".

    Anyway, nice to see some competivity. Aussie youngsters are really pushing through. Nzed to beat them all the way, though.

    Cheers, RD

    By Blogger Xavier, at July 24, 2010 6:45 pm  

  • @ Mike, how is Burger a repeat offender?? Unless he's proven guilty of this allegation you've made today, he's only ever been done for 'contact with the eye area once', which makes him the same as every player on that list.

    And once again, he got the same ban as Sergio Parisse did.. It's amazing how emotionally the Lions (and it seems mainly the Irish?) have taken that incident. It's BOD in 2005 all over again. We'll never hear the end of it.

    And to those bitching about SA supporters - there's been a few who've mentioned the ref, so why such hatred because of that? FFS every SA fan will admit how sh*t we played.

    The Anonymous guy above Xavier had some good points there..

    By Anonymous Benson, at July 24, 2010 7:03 pm  

  • Come on, I admit that the refs haven't really helped you latelly, but that's life. We've all been cheated before, I believe. I just can't stand that after being outplayed for 3 weeks in a row all you have to say is not "well done ABs and OZ, but dont worry, well work on improvement" or something, but "bah, we we're friggin robbed by the bloody ref".

    Mate, read my post. I'm ENGLISH. I have nothing to do with the Springboks other than I'm tired of people from inferior nations whinging and attacking them without any objectivity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 7:16 pm  

  • And once again, he got the same ban as Sergio Parisse did.. It's amazing how emotionally the Lions (and it seems mainly the Irish?) have taken that incident. It's BOD in 2005 all over again. We'll never hear the end of it.


    I'm English and it is the Irish. They're the absolute worst for it. They cry for decades after certain incidents.

    As you say its BOD all over again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 7:17 pm  

  • What the hell have 'the Irish' got to do with this??

    Fact: Fingers Burger stuck his finger in the eyes of Pocock.

    Fact: He did it before

    That is all. I just want to see consistency - you stick your finger in someone's eye, you get a long ban. We'll see what the citing commissioner says about it I guess, but I notice on Keo some Bok fans complaining about Fingers' antics.

    On the hilarious rant by some anonymous guy above Benson - I'm pretty sure it's a spoof, but I'll answer anyway - the Boks are not the 'most hated' by any means. Every team gets criticised. Also they are not 'the most feared' team - NZ are, and they do not 'play rugby the way it is meant to be played' in my opinion - NZ, France and Wales do that.

    If you really are English, you will know that it was your countryman Alastair Campbell who stirred up all that nonsense about BOD years ago, not 'the Irish'. It didn't distract from a disastrous Lions tour for the BIL where Sir Clive relied on lots of unfortunately over-the-hill England players, which I presume was the intention.

    Finally, there are enough people here already whining on behalf of the Boks without you joining in...if you actually are English

    Quit whining about your imaginary 'Irish' conspiracy and get your own house in order.

    By Anonymous Gavin, at July 24, 2010 7:57 pm  

  • The 'nonsense' about BOD was because he got speared by two people who got no punishment at all. There would have been people up in arms even if Campbell wasn't there. The 'nonsense' for Burger is because he got 8 weeks for one of the most clear cut cases of gouging you are likely to see.

    There was a bigger fuss in NZ for the forward pass in the semi against France than there was in the UK for spear on BOD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 8:23 pm  

  • Fuller highlights at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHS8dYVWgMw

    By Blogger Shaun, at July 24, 2010 8:53 pm  

  • no more excuses.
    this campaign was a diaster. losing to australia and new zealand at home in itself is nothing to panic about but its the way the boks did it.

    the boks have had some bad calls against them, but thats what every team has to go through and its the mark of a good team to run afoul of the ref, learn and win.

    i havent seen the replay but if burger had "contact with the eye area" he should face a lengthy ban. if he actually did try to gouge he should get at least half a year ban.

    By Anonymous miguel, at July 24, 2010 8:57 pm  

  • Miguel, should we start the 'Justice 4 Fingers' campain now, just in case he gets cited? :)

    By Anonymous Gavin, at July 24, 2010 9:01 pm  

  • Funny how the ones bitching on eachothers teams are usually the ones who also have a go at rugby league, or in fact football. There's some irony there.

    Things are degenerating fast thanks to the internet. Or have rugby fans always been jerks, simply hiding behind this 'gentlemans game' facade?

    In future I hope to read some intelligent comments on the match itself, rather than this childish drivel thats on here so far.

    By Anonymous Laz, at July 24, 2010 9:07 pm  

  • Oh, and well played Australia - that team had an average age of 24, the rebuilding is coming along nicely. And the Boks may have come a step closer to getting the coach that the quality of players they have deserve.

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 24, 2010 9:15 pm  

  • For information:

    I wish anonymous retards would stop posting insults and off-topic rubbish. The topic for discussion here is what happened in today's Aus-Boks game. Can we please talk about that again?

    Boks fans happy about the refereeing this time? I see some complaints about the cards again...but overall?

    By Anonymous JimB, at July 24, 2010 9:45 pm  

  • Quality match, the Australian back line is one for the future,

    does any one know where you can get matt giteau's boots from? i really want them

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 24, 2010 10:15 pm  

  • RD- There some real Douche Bags posting on your site recently.
    Do something about it ?
    Thought rugby fans had a little class.
    Obviously not the kids posting on this site.

    Some good clips though

    By Blogger Jay, at July 24, 2010 11:19 pm  

  • Have to agree with Jay. It's sad to see all this bickering. Can't we just have a decent discussion about rugby?
    Of course we get emotional when our team looses (in my case the Boks) but that doesn't give anyone the right to get personal.
    In all fairness... the Boks played awful. They deserved to be beaten. And even if the refs had made the correct calls it wouldn't have made any difference.
    No game plan, no defence and even our dominance come line-out time is gone.
    Don't know what I wish for more... a nice wooden spoon with not a single win or the at least get the wins at home.
    To be honest: I hope they won't win. That'll be the right wake up call and will demand drastic measures.

    By Anonymous Ray, at July 24, 2010 11:57 pm  

  • Ray, it's tough to have a bad coach - we had a similar situation in soccer in the Rep. of Ireland a few years ago where we had an appalling coach and I actually found myself cheering for the other teams in competitive games. I don't think De Villiers can last too long if things keep going as they are, and the Boks deserve much better leadership than what they have right now.

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 25, 2010 12:12 am  


    can i be confident now? we beat the boks twice at home, then they lose to the wobbleies....anyone else seeing the tri nations title in our hands? (NZ)

    Fantastic game by Oz, well done guys...

    By Anonymous Tui, at July 25, 2010 12:31 am  

  • Tui, you clearly only see SA as the only threat to NZ winning the TN title. Nice compliment to the Boks, but Aus haven't lost a game in the competition yet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 1:21 am  

  • James O'Connor had a great game. We need a highlight that includes where he used quick foot work to elude 3 tacklers in close quarters.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 1:37 am  

  • As an aussie supporter i'm very happy with the result. Thought it was a cracking game of rugby too. Epic defence, epic rucking.

    I liked that 2nd try by South Africa, how they formed the rolling maul right after the line out that was awesome.

    Pocock was everywhere man of the match deserved.

    By Anonymous Bondi surf club., at July 25, 2010 1:59 am  

  • Yeah apart from that botched game-starting kickoff and the one dropped pass from Robinson (probably only because he had to shift all the way down to 2nd gear from 5th to grab it) he played awesome, you could have a neat little highlight clip of him. Also, Kanko played fairly well with ball in hand and didn't make huge tackles, he made plenty. I think playing out of position hurt him a little though. Pocock certainly was frustrating him. Spies had an improved game, a bit more physical in defense, hitting rucks and tackles like I havent seen before, he's usually a little soft. Genia and Cooper are awesome. Will greatly look forward to the (hopefully) Weepu-Genia and Carter-Cooper clashes next game.

    By Anonymous w00ot0, at July 25, 2010 2:01 am  

  • 'Tui, you clearly only see SA as the only threat to NZ winning the TN title. Nice compliment to the Boks, but Aus haven't lost a game in the competition yet.'

    ummm no, but the fact is the boks were so cocky about winning the TN this year....so when we beat them twice and i laughed i was told i was being over confident and that only 2 wins against them was nothing....so yeh....now they are losing to everyone in sight... hardly a compliment..

    By Anonymous Tui, at July 25, 2010 3:11 am  

  • cant wait for the oz vs ab game this week, both looking in good form and both have a running mentality. the mcaw/ vs pocock/elsom battle is gona be awesome plus the wingers and fullbacks of both sides are looking good aswell. was starting to go off international rugby but the nz maori, abs and wallabies have brought me back.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 5:44 am  

  • cooper banned for two matches but devilliers only got banned for one!
    They both guilty of exactly the same spear tackle tactic.... SO BOKS FANS CLAIMING THE REF CONSPIRACY .ANSWER THAT ONE HEY????

    By Anonymous SPEARTACKLETICKLE, at July 25, 2010 8:11 am  

  • Don't worry - Jaque Fourie got banned for four. De Villiers wasn't carded, both of these guys were. Suspensions are harsh imo

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at July 25, 2010 9:45 am  


    Not the same offences.
    De Villiers tilted the guy.
    Cooper picked up, tilted, and then drove the guy into the ground. It's all about intent.

    I do not agree with spear tackles at all, but according to the rules Cooper should have received 4 weeks.

    By Anonymous BOOMER, at July 25, 2010 11:19 am  

  • how awesome was that push over try for the boks tho, matfield is pure class. shame they couldn't put up more of a fight. i think things may be different when they are on home soil, but only if PDV selects or coaches properly, the boks need to get shot of that guy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 11:23 am  

  • To the Boks --> you know its not your day, or your Oceania tour in general when even an opponents opening penalty kick is ruled successful, and nobody notices it was a miss :-Oh yeah, Giteau's first 3 points! Check it out in slomo and you'll believe. The bounce of the ball and the rub of the ref decisions have certainly trickled into the Bok's psyche - exactly where they are most vulnerable. Saffers need learn to get their minds coached a little - getting angry, frustrated or blaming external factors is exactly the opposite of the correct reaction to these problems. Aus knows this all too well, their mental strength shines through and is most visible in their cricket (compared to RSA). That's the cut above the rest that makes for long term success.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 12:28 pm  

  • Damn those refs eh? Making you play like shit for not 1, not 2 but 3 games.

    That must be a lot of ref errors to cause you to lose 3 games on the bounce.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 1:10 pm  

  • have a cry please!!!
    springboks dont dominate world rugby anymore and their arrogance might finally be broken!!!

    that hit by Rob Horne was my personal Highlight of the game!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 1:31 pm  

  • Tui, no-one remembers or cares what you said, you be as 'confident' as you want, you simply emphasise how arrogant NZ's are.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 1:52 pm  

  • LMAO at Aussies and co. who insinuate (that means 'to suggest' for all you inbreds down there) that they never bitch about ref calls!

    For the love of god stop embarrassing yourselves, you're quite ridiculous enough as it is lol!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 1:57 pm  

  • why are all these winging saffas saying that refs are being harsh on them? there were 2 dangerous tackles (fourie's was worse) and they both got binned. stfu.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 1:57 pm  

  • I dont get it. Why was Fourie's takle twice as bad as Cooper's?

    By Anonymous ?, at July 25, 2010 2:08 pm  

  • Man.. the bok supporters have been mighty quiet lately. Lol

    By Anonymous Hugh Johnson, at July 25, 2010 2:29 pm  

  • Not sure why all the criticism is levelled at the Irish ref, when he had not noticed the infringements of the 2 "spear" tackles, and was acting on what he thought was sound advice/recommendations from the 2 NZ linesmen (assistant referees)?

    The commentators themselves were whingeing on the quality of NH ref's w/ regards to the physicality of the match, but forgot it was the SH officials who thought it necessary to dish out the yellows. The glaring mistake that the Irish ref (Mr. Clancy) made in my opinion was in the phases leading up to Fourie's try where he neglected to inform the Australian ruckers to leave the ruck alone.

    By Blogger butler, at July 25, 2010 2:42 pm  

  • Im a massive AB fan, and personally cannot stand the bok fan mentality, i.e 'We are the best, we never lose, if we lose it was someone elses fault, and if we lose to an NH team well, im sure another SH team beat them so we still rule'

    (I cannot stand this SH brotherhood crap, its either a global rugby brotherhood, or no brotherhood in my opinion) but anyway, i cannot stand their arrogance so for me the fact they have lost the last 3 games (2 to the AB's :) ) is great, however, Tui, is trawling for feedback. He is obviously after a rise from bok fans, so don't give him one. I for one do not know if he is posing as an AB fan, but honestly he does not speak on 'behalf' of all NZ's.

    So dont tar all of us with the same brush. Especially considering it appears to be ONE person acting arrogant (tui) at least when the rest of the world calls bok fans arrogant, it is infact, the REST of the world!

    By Anonymous JC, at July 25, 2010 2:46 pm  

  • The Boks lost 3 games in 3 weeks away on tour against the All Blacks who are number one in the world and against the Wallabies in Australia! The tri nations is far from over and both the All Blacks and Aussies still have to go on tour and play in SA also so dont count your chickens!

    The yellow cards for the tackles were fine but the card for BJ Botha was rediculous. He lost his footing and at most it was a penalty! Pokock played off side all game long and got away with it.

    The Boks missed tackles and were not good enough.

    Maybe if we stop moaning about the ref and play the game we will get better results!

    I am confident the Boks will bounce back.

    By Anonymous Jot, at July 25, 2010 2:51 pm  

  • The Springboks played terrible rugby . . again! But one has to question the sighting committee after this game. Yes Jaque Fouries tackle was dangerous and got a yellow card as according to the laws of the game. Quade Cooper also got a yellow for his tackle- yet Fourie gets a 4 week suspension and Cooper doesn't get any suspension at all for a tackle, which in my opinion, was just as bad-or even slightly worse- than Fouries????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2010 3:08 pm  

  • Fourie got a longer ban because he was done for the same thing before. Its coopers first time, he just popped his citing cherry.

    There, that wasn't so hard.

    By Anonymous get it right, at July 25, 2010 3:25 pm  

  • What does everyone think of that second Springbok try? It seems as if the ball was moved to Steenkamp, who was bound behind his own players, before a Wallaby player bound on. Is this a truck and trailer?

    By Anonymous Alex, at July 25, 2010 3:48 pm  

  • nah, burger got it first, and only pass the ball to Steenkamp after they got over the tryline.
    That's one slick try from a line out drive.

    By Anonymous Jeroz, at July 25, 2010 4:30 pm  

  • I think through this thread I read that someone was moaning about Irish referees?? Or maybe UK refs.. well I think if you actually watched the f*cking vid you'll see the IRISH ref was advised by a SH sounding touch judge..

    By Anonymous H, at July 25, 2010 4:54 pm  

  • Something has to be done about guys like Pocock and McCaw just living offside all game. I don't understand how refs don't pick up on it. The change in emphasis in the laws at the breakdown went some way to addressing the problem because it eliminated some of the negative influence of guys like Brussow, who are nowhere near international standard but were just on the field to fulfil the 'jackal' role, slowing up ball for the whole game.

    Even with those changes though, these guys just get away with so much. Even when refs are now being very strict in calling up players ahead of their kicker, Pocock still constantly gets away with it. And any ref who goes out to ref an NZ game and doesn't keep an eye out for McCaw infringing in rucks is an idiot who has obviously never watched a game of rugby.

    It's completely ruining the game and it needs to be sorted out.

    By Anonymous DH, at July 25, 2010 7:35 pm  

  • What's the deal with all these Irish refs in the 3N? I don't think they've done a poor job or anything (a few mistakes, sure, but that happens with any ref), but are Barnes, Owens, Lawrence, etc. on vacation?

    Or maybe the IRB is just trying to get a good base of referees with international experience before the world cup next year...

    By Anonymous Dancing sprocket, at July 25, 2010 8:34 pm  

  • Don't know why there were 3 Irish refs so far, very odd really, but Rolland has already reffed a world cup final and is a capped international, and Lewis has done two world cups. Clancy is the only one inexperienced at this level, and ironically got the least criticism.

    I think it was a dumb move though, it just means that Boks fans will be throwing darts at the map of Ireland for the next while... (joke)

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 25, 2010 10:16 pm  

  • Well done Wallabies!

    South African must be a bit worried, they really haven't looked like a threat in any of their games this year....

    Maybe Steyn isn't the key, maybe bring in Peter Grant or someone else at 1st 5.... He's a classy player who seems to run a backline nicely. Even Butch James looked ok when he came on....

    Just a thought.

    By Anonymous Nicko, at July 26, 2010 1:09 am  

  • hahahahah at whoever the muppet is hiding behind the Anon comment at the top. If South Africa are so "feared and dominate", why can't they win a game in the tri-nations?

    They are an old team, face it... They're not going to threaten anyone for the next few years.

    They need new blood and a new coach.

    By Anonymous The Truth, at July 26, 2010 1:15 am  

  • Pocock wasn't offside the whoel game you bitter myopic Saffers.
    He was man of the match, he dominated the rucks, and he did it by outmuscling the South African players who tried to stop him.
    They simply couldn't handle him, he was too strong on the ball, too aggressive at the ruck.
    He, Elsom and Brown were outstanding in this game and were probably the difference between the two sides.
    Brown did some amazing defensive work, Elsom was all over the park and Pocock simply outbashed the Boks.
    The Boks won last year based on one tactic, the up and under (or garryowen, or bomb, whatever you want to call it), followed by a strong chase and defensive line, then feeding off the errors and inability of teams to hold onto the ball last year (because of the way refs were controlling the ruck, giving all the advantage to the defensive team).
    Now that South Africa have to actually run and pass the ball, they are getting shown up as limited in attack, and struggle defensivly against a team that can now get away with running the ball.
    Now that NZ and Aus aren't scared (like everyone else) top hold onto the ball, the Boks can't handle their running games.

    By Anonymous Jono, at July 26, 2010 2:05 am  

  • Oh, and RD can we get a clip up of Cooper getting pushed over the sidline and then headbutting the camera lense. There's a funny shot of him after that with blood running down his face from where he hit the camera.

    By Anonymous Jono, at July 26, 2010 2:08 am  

  • >> "you know its not your day, or your Oceania tour in general when even an opponents opening penalty kick is ruled successful, and nobody notices it was a miss :-Oh yeah, Giteau's first 3 points! Check it out in slomo and you'll believe."

    That surely shows that last year was SA's year. They won a game over the All Blacks with points from a kick that never actually went over the posts.

    Swings and roundabouts.

    By Anonymous Herman Munster, at July 26, 2010 5:22 am  

  • "Wallabies bash the boks" Lol perfect headline..

    How bout Spies picking Faainga up with one hand and choke slamming him lol that was funny.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 26, 2010 6:58 am  

  • The bit that summed it up the best was when Pocock slammed Burger onto his back at a ruck, absolutley owned him and Burger lost his discipline and raked his fingers across Pocok's face.
    Pocock kept his discipline and just stood up.
    Summed up the night.

    By Anonymous Jono, at July 26, 2010 7:30 am  

  • In response to the comment of Jono above “Pocock wasn't offside the whoel game you bitter myopic Saffers.”

    No he was not offside the whoel game, but he was offside the “whole” game.

    You remind me of the England fans who still say that a try was scored by England when it was clearly out in the world cup final / SA vs England.

    By Anonymous Jot, at July 26, 2010 9:27 am  

  • And you remind me of a typical South african, terrible lsoer, can't accept defeat, have to blame something other than your own performance.
    Pocock smashed the living shit out of half the South african team legally, you just can't accept that.
    The difference between what he does at the ruck (and why he's such a good player) and what your saffers were doing is that he dominates rucks legally.
    It's a skill, but South Africa don\'t play a fetcher (despite having a good one) and then moan when they lose the rucks.
    Oh, and way to pull me up on a typo, are you gonna add that to your list of excuses as to why South Africa have lost three in a row?

    By Anonymous Jono, at July 26, 2010 9:40 am  

  • Hey anonymous England poster - naff off and stop giving us a worse name than we already have.

    On a seperate note, how good is quade cooper - arrogant muddyfunster but his offloading in limited space is magic....like a league player with better judgement.

    Re the spear tackles, I gues the referee got this right. I think SA need to get rid of their coach. People say they are an old team but there is still alot of talent and they are not deploying it effectively. It's like watching a better version of the England team under Jono and they had no answer in the backs to australia's "soft hands". Pocock was awesome too - lookign forward to him against mcgaw.

    Well done Oz, later

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at July 26, 2010 10:11 am  

  • Didn't see the game, so how did the Aussie scrum perform?

    After being so hugely dominated by England, I'd have expected the Saffas to have targeted it as a main point of Aussie weakness

    By Anonymous Paolo, at July 26, 2010 11:56 am  

  • The scrum stood up quite well actually. I think Ben Robinson was penalised for burrowing in, but that was on loose ground.

    The most annoying thing was the timing of the calls the referee made (touch, pause, engage). There was a longer than usual delay between the pause and engage and both teams got pinged for hitting early.

    "You adjust to my call...not the other way around" was what he said (or something to that effect). And they did get forced to adjust their timing to him lol.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 26, 2010 12:34 pm  

  • Good to see that some of the mass cheating by the South Africans is actually being called now.

    The refs still need to work on the crooked balls into the scrums though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 26, 2010 12:50 pm  

  • Funny how it's always the 'Anonymous' commenters who act the toughest and make the most insulting comments, and dubious claims.

    Well done to the Wallabies. Far better on the night. Genia looks pure class

    By Anonymous Shaft, at July 26, 2010 1:05 pm  

  • Shaft, you're 100% right about the anonymous tards posting rubbish. I wonder would RD look into registering to comment? That would help clear up these idiot 'fans'.

    By Anonymous Mike, at July 26, 2010 1:14 pm  

  • I assume Quade Cooper's ban means he won't play in the next fixture tri-nations game.

    how does everyone think Oz will do without him? Is Matt Giteau creative enough to give Oz the options Cooper does?

    i think Oz might lose their next one as a result..

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at July 26, 2010 1:41 pm  

  • --> AB to win by >10, out the Coop or not

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 26, 2010 2:27 pm  

  • agreed with the above anon....i cant see Oz winning the next game with or without cooper, im not trying to be arrogant but just realistic....

    The Oz game has looked shakey, until relatively recently but i dont think they have reached their full potential yet....

    I definatley do not see them winning the tri nations but if they can maintain and improve their game then they'll contend the WC next year well!

    NZ will win the tri nations....im hoping oz second and sa last, but i think 2nd and 3rd will be closely fought!

    By Anonymous JC, at July 26, 2010 8:47 pm  

  • I dont think Aus will lose too much by losing Cooper in all honesty. Giteau to ten, and Barnes to start. Both more experienced than Cooper anyway. He's awesome at his best, but not quite the finished article yet, imo

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at July 26, 2010 9:19 pm  

  • Losing cooper will have a very limited effect to back play imo,he certianly is the most mercurial player at that position for australia right now but Gits is a world class playmaker still and will fill 10 extremely comfortably. barnes is reliable, talented and no doubt itching to show some form after a good stretch out of the starting 15 too. expect more enterprising attacking rugby for the oz backline

    By Anonymous Sam, at July 27, 2010 10:56 pm  

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