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Monday, December 03, 2007

End of Year Tour - Springboks vs Wales

End of Year Tour - Springboks vs Wales

I've had a lot of requests for highlights of the Springboks vs Wales game from last weekend. It's difficult to sing the Boks' praises for this game after watching them lose to the Barbarians so badly at Twickenham only a week later. The reality is that it was a different game completely, and in a lot of ways, a different Springbok side.

So, taking each game as different occasions and to be judged differently, here are the highlights of the Boks precision and execution of some wonderful tries.

With this display the South Africans showed why they are currently the best team in the world. Soaking up the pressure and defending with great understanding of each other, the Boks took every opportunity they got when getting into the Welsh half.

Precision does not begin to describe a few of these tries, particularly Jacques Fourie's second. Continuity was also oozing out of the Springboks game, as shown by the offloading to set up Fourie's first. John Smit's pass to put Habana into space was also an illustration of the confidence that this side currently has. Perfectly timed, Habana showed great hands though and darted into the outside gap for him to straighten and offload to JP Pietersen perfectly.

Wales competed manfully, but this Bok side had a lot still left in the tank and took their foot off the gas in the second half.

Despite the latest hiccup against the Barbarians , the current group of Boks are mostly a young side that will feature strongly in four years time in New Zealand. The majority will be there at the next World Cup and will no doubt carry the tag of World Champions with great pride and continue to produce attractive, exciting, and physical rugby for many years to come.

Posted at 6:45 am | 9 comments

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Bezzlie December 03, 2007 2:01 pm

why is it just highlights of the boksdosnt realy show how well wales played and their tries either or the offloadin by henson etc etc

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Dave December 03, 2007 4:06 pm

Yeah, Wales played great too given the circumstances, and the lack of key players, (Shane Williams). Morgan Stoddart was phenomenal on his first start. Try fixing up the Wales tries if youc an. Well done SA tho for making it look so easy.

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Anonymous December 08, 2007 5:08 pm

boks showed us how its done basically...i hope once our key players have returned and warren gatland is settled in our form will return to at least how it was in 2005.

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Anonymous December 11, 2007 4:29 am

who over took monty's 15, anyone know?

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Anonymous December 12, 2007 11:19 am

ruan pienaar - # 15 for the boks

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barry D March 02, 2008 4:36 pm

...commentator keeps on calling schalk burger...'Scott burger'...

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David April 21, 2008 5:06 pm

cant wait for our Tour of SA this summer, hopefully we'll play some great rugby.

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Chazza June 01, 2008 1:09 pm

did anyone notice that Habana changed Jerseys, first a normal long sleve, and then and short sleve with white arms????

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mr.clutchcleverismyh October 19, 2008 7:01 am

I have to say.... that was probly the game of their lives, i've never seen more fluent rugby, SMILES on all their faces, those games on once in a life time. even though the final against england was technically the game of their lives, thats one in a million!

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