Sam Burgess breaks cheekbone, plays on


Southland sensational try after big bump


Ben Funnell slamming tackle on Hawkins


Streaker starts mass brawl after tackle


Ludovic Mercier crazy reverse pass


Springboks edge All Blacks in thriller


Richard Hibbard & Kalamafoni double hit


The Human Hurdle Attempt


Ben Flower red card for vicious punches

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Wallabies come right against the Springboks in Brisbane

The Wallabies come right against the Springboks in Brisbane

The Wallabies had a spring in their step in Brisbane on Saturday as they looked a totally different side to the one that went down to the Springboks last weekend. This week they fronted up, coming away with a convincing 21-6 victory.

They upped the physicality, made far less errors, and looked more organised on defence. The passing was also far more accurate. Will Genia and Berick Barnes made a huge difference to the team that had lost six Tri Nations matches on the trot until this great win in Brisbane.

The Springboks created a few things, but weren't quite clinical enough to take advantage.

"The intensity was not quite where it should have been. Its hard to pinpoint where it went wrong. We had our moments and just couldnt put it together," Bok captain John Smit said.

Bryan Habana was forced to make two excellent try saving tackles, Fourie Du Preez ripped the ball from Genia's grasp over the tryline, and Matt Giteau came within inches of scoring but was tackled out by Jaque Fourie. Those are the inches that change Test matches, yet the Aussies still won convincingly. This was their game.

"We had a few things go against us but they kept their heads up and they played for the full 80 minutes," Wallaby coach Robbie Deans said.

"Some you win, some you lose. Well done to the Wallabies; they were brilliant at keeping us under pressure," said South African coach Peter de Villiers.


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jej September 05, 2009 8:37 pm

Firsttttttttttttttt

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supa September 05, 2009 8:43 pm

So, South Africa still wins the 3N, yeah?

Or is there still some hope for NZ?

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Anonymous September 05, 2009 8:51 pm

south africa still win IF they get 2 points against new zealand next week

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bD September 05, 2009 9:19 pm

i fear thats the end of luke burgess.

recently burgess has had the position all to himself!! hopefully this rivalry will bring out the best of both

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Arfare September 05, 2009 9:43 pm

Man got to love Aussie commentators, almost a enthused as the french

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Anonymous September 05, 2009 9:48 pm

Brussouw was anonymous.

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Joe September 05, 2009 9:57 pm

Brussouw was but GREAT job by the aussies glad someone beat them and i love the aussies

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realrugby September 05, 2009 9:57 pm

@ supa - Yeah, what if NZ pulls it off? Will SA ever live it down if that happens?

Love the commentators - "The Wallabies have stopped the rot!"

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alexmclaughlin September 05, 2009 10:47 pm

thankgod the boks lost.

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MD September 05, 2009 11:05 pm

glad to see the wallabies throw the ball and stick it, thats how they are going to regain top spot!
And how good is Suncorp! has to be the best rugby ground goin round!

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Buttcramps September 06, 2009 12:41 am

Springboks too cocky.

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Andrew September 06, 2009 12:43 am

Congrats to the Aussies on a well played game. I didnt get to watch the game due to work, Thanks RD for the highlights.
Die hard Bokke Fan

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Ben September 06, 2009 1:11 am

Great to see the wallabies win, next week will be huge, a real final. But the three great try-saving tackles by the boks were great as well i thought.
all blacks!

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Ben September 06, 2009 1:13 am

....just saw that the all blacks need at least one bonus point along with two wins. that will be tricky, I think...

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hi ho September 06, 2009 1:49 am

Ridiculous Anonymous comment:

"aussie commentators are cunts. New Zealand wont win cos they are shit. Wayne Barnes is a fucking retarded, biased twat. Boks by 40 next week!"

Complete brainless arrogance!!!

Springboks have been awesome this year and are true world champions, but how about a bit of graciousness when you lose. Especially when you have been outplayed. Australia were fantastic last night and thoroughly deserved the win.

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ToddTheClutchClever September 06, 2009 2:03 am

the ref was soooo damn horrible, i was literally yelling at him at 3 0'clock in the morning. he had a big impact on the game. i think in his head, he thought the wallabies deserved to win, and should of won, so he had that in the back of his head when ever he blew his whistle!

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hi ho September 06, 2009 2:38 am

ToddTheClutchClever - you have got to be kidding mate. The ref had an excellent game. I can't think of one decision he got wrong.

The Wallabies won because they finally got their intensity up and were aggressive at the breakdown.

And we smashed them in the scrums. Ben Robinson annihilated John Smit for the third game in a row. How many times did the Bok scrum pop straight up under the immense pressure.

Smit would not be in the side if it wasn't for his inspirational leadership... but he won't last in that position.

Blaming the ref is just making ridiculous excuses. Face it! you were beaten by a better side on the night. Even the article in sarugby.co.za said it was an "unexpected but deserving win".

Face facts!

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loud and proud! September 06, 2009 2:46 am

Gah, Peter De Villiers really is a knob!

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 3:04 am

Could someone please link to a video that has Habana's OTHER try saver? This vid only shows one of em!

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DIEhardBOKfan September 06, 2009 4:19 am

Fucking peter de villiers
retarded coach
WHY WHY did he go back to the kicking game
Complacency is a HUGE problem of the Springboks, and something they need to resolve right now.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 4:57 am

Wayne Barnes only refs one team.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 5:36 am

Well deserved Wallabies win. Now the All Blacks still have a chance to retain the tri nations trophy, but it will require hardwork since the Boks already has one bonus point

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 5:43 am

well done the wallabies deserved win. thought it was a pretty crappy game to watch though lost count of how mid field bombs there were i thought i was watching AFL for a while till i saw the pitch was square and not oval

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vinniechan September 06, 2009 6:00 am

I only watched the first half, and caught the highlights for the second half.
From what I gathered, the lesson is that when faced with a power pack, u can't hide and hope to run them around. The Aussie really fronted up. Elsom was instrumental and Genia asked a lot of questions about the best defence in world rugby.

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vinniechan September 06, 2009 6:02 am

wut do u ppl think about Wayne Barnes? OF course there'd be difference in the interpretation in the break down area, but I think he had been very sharp with decision making, and he was not shy to consult the Assitant referee and TMO at all

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FrankyH September 06, 2009 7:10 am

Well done Aussies.. picked it up and looked great with the home crowd behind him.

I'm not mad about Barnes tbh. Took centre stage, which is never a good thing.
He was concise and confident though, just missed a few things and didnt allow the game to flow enough.

Boks lacked 'oomph' unfortunately. Not sure what happened.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 9:36 am

Nice win Wallabies, Ashley-Cooper went crazy when he got his try, along with his fans, wohoooo !!

Gotta love the Australian commentators :)

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Hackney Griffin September 06, 2009 9:44 am

About time!!!! Teams have been beating themselves when faced with S.A recently - shouldn't be surprised that it's the Aussies who finally had the self belief to play their game al night...

Even from the highlights Barnes looks to have called up both sides... he's en excellent referee... but then we also shouldn't be surprised that some S.A fans are moaning... it's a shame that such a great team has some supporters more negative than De Villiers style of play

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BoomShaka September 06, 2009 10:42 am

Ozzies desrved the win, no doubt.

That said, Wayne Barnes is certainly not a top tier international ref.

In my opinion he made some poor calls in this game. The ozzies were still the better team and earned and deserved their win.
To be honest though I don't see how Wayne Barnes can be reffing top tier international games after his disgraceful performance in the NZ v FR RWC game. He single handedly knocked NZ out of the RWC.

I know being a ref isn't easy but that's entirely irrelevant.

I'm a Bok supporter not a Kiwi, so that's not sour grapes.

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Madflyhalf September 06, 2009 10:56 am

When oz centres are in form, it's heaven for any fly half!

10-12-13 could teach geometries @ Boston MIT! :D
One of the few matches I didn't miss Bernie!

Well done to the Aussies (I'm a supporter), but I also think it's been a bad day at the office for SA! It happens sometimes... They're gonna win 3N anyway!

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 11:27 am

the new aussie scrumhalf looks good.

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zacaria September 06, 2009 11:31 am

devasted about the lack of highlights of the Tongan wrecking ball(polota nau), great effort Australia

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zacaria September 06, 2009 11:32 am

i think i hear the clock ticking for john smit

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 12:05 pm

bit harsh picking up the ref as an excuse given that on another day those unbelievable try saving efforts may not have come off and this would have been an absolute mullering by the aussies

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 12:06 pm

actually, do sa work on try saving tackles in training? considering all those efforts made today and those in the lions series youd think so

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 12:07 pm

GO THE MIGHTY WALLABIES

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 1:14 pm

boomshaka how is the fact that referring is hard "irrelevant" Barnes doesn't always get it right but at least he does consult the TMO when needed. Referring can be very subjective and to be honest rugby can't be played without a ref so bit of respect please.

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 1:53 pm

I'm a neutral fan and must say that Barnes was poor. Favoring the home team.

Watch the replay of the game, see how often the Wallabies dive over and disrupt the rucks illegally or how they seal the ball off or how often they play it on the ground.

Shouldn't be reffing at this level.

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Ben September 06, 2009 2:05 pm

Well deserved win Australia. Been curious as to which team will put the Boks' winning streak down.

5/5 match + Adam Ashley-Cooper is the man.

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ilikeboobs September 06, 2009 4:56 pm

I was wanting the Wallabies to win for the sake of keeping the tournament going, so I'm glad that they won.

I have to agree with some of the at aspects of Barnes' reffing, though. He did seem to penalize SA a lot more at the breakdown in situations where OZ got away with it - as one anonymous mentioned, they simply dived over the ball on a few occasions. No big deal, things like that happen and refs can't catch them all.

But one thing comes to mind that confused me was when Elsom got a break away just before du Preez try-saver and he was deep in Bok territory when he got tackled. He held onto the ball (even OZ commentators thought it was stolen), but for no reason at all, Barnes gave advantage to the Wallabies. I'm not sure if he just got confused about who should get the advantage or what. Things like that seemed to happen a few times during the match.

Not a horrible reffing job - he certainly didn't decide the match, that's for sure. He just didn't seem as confident or capable as most other international referees....

Australia simply outplayed South Africa..what a match!

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 5:10 pm

gania's try at 4;13 i think.. weren't they players who tackled him off-side? how far back show the defense be on a penalty?

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Bonzai September 06, 2009 5:37 pm

Adam Ashley Cooper always seems to putin an ace performance

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Crosser September 06, 2009 6:46 pm

The Aussie commentators are great. They really are enjoyable to listen to. Even when things don't go their way, they remain pretty objective. Kearnsy is funny.

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ToddTheClutchClever September 06, 2009 6:59 pm

hi ho-

who said i was a sa supporter, by the name u would guess im a yank supporter, if god forbids it...

and looking at other peoples post, i found alot more agreeing that the ref was harsh on sa, but yet u said he did a good job, a mixed bag... hmm just like the refs reffing. i was just hoping for a free flowing game, like the one before, sa had running rugby and hoping for a comeback by aussie, but all i got was: set piece, two phases, penalty. scrum... penalty, lineout, high kick... penalty!

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Bobby Nations September 06, 2009 7:25 pm

Anonymous on Genia's non-try. Barnes set the mark for the penalty on what appears to be about the 11 or 12 meter line. You can see Genia race past the 5 meter scrum hash a little more than half way after he takes the quick tap. Neither Brussow nor Du Preez (sp?) hit him until he's about 1 meter from the line, so no off-sides.

I really like how Barnes handled the whole incident from waving off Smit to consulting the TMO for a ruling on the resulting put-in. Well played.

BTW, I'll bet Genia holds the ball with both arms next match and dives lower ;-)

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Bobby Nations September 06, 2009 7:35 pm

ToddTheClutchClever, people probably assume you were an SA supporter because your earlier comment whiniing about the ref. Also, the real Todd Clever plays in SA, so most folks probably put 2 and 2 together.

BTW, Are you in America? I ask because 3 AM was when the match aired in the Pacific TimeZone in the USA. I was yelling (though quietly, very quietly) at 5 AM here in the Central Time Zone. I *love* catching games on P2P now that that is more widespread.

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Huh!! the 3rd September 06, 2009 9:04 pm

Although I picked Aus from the outset as possible champs and they've dissapointed up until now, a part of me wanted to see the Boks win just to do the slam.

Possible bias on my part, as then that would've meant the Lions were the only team to beat them, que sera sera!!

Great defense from both sides, especially SA even though they lost. Was Habana's injury serious, haven't heard anything? Could spell trouble if they're without both first choice wings next week.

Barnes isn't the best ref, but when it comes to instructions his pretty clear. I like the way he also refused to listen to Smit for Genia's nearly try. Smit was trying to influence him to a non existant foul (ie, not releasing the ball when tapping), but Barnes was closest to Genia and he tapped correctly, maybe not from the proper mark, but that wasn't Smit's conplaint.

If NZ play like Aus next week they have a good chance, the Boks looked spent after 60 min.

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hi ho September 06, 2009 10:11 pm

ToddTheClutchClever:

When I was watching the game I honestly felt Barnes did a good, fair job. As another post said, his instructions to the players were clear. He communicates well with them.

But, given the number of posts that seem to support your view that the ref favoured the aussies a bit, maybe i'll watch the recording of the game that i have. I'll make sure i remove my green and gold glasses when i do.

Bottom line, thouhg, as rightly pointed out by others, Barnes did not influence the result. Wallabies were ligit winners.

Maybe you can be influenced by commentators, but Gordon Bray, Tim Horan and Dan Crowley on Channel 7 (i don't have foxtel) were pretty complimentary of Barnes during the telecast (mind you, Crowley is pretty bloody biased towards Oz i admit).

One of the earlier posts even criticised Barnes for referring Giteau's drop! Bloody hell, that's a bit rough, better to be safe than sorry. According to the commentators, they said he was at bad angle so it was fair enough he checked with the video ref.

My point is, it is pretty easy for people to form completely opposite views watching the same thing.

Geez, my posts are too bloody long!

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Anonymous September 06, 2009 10:29 pm

Habana, best wing in the world.

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zacaria September 07, 2009 12:01 am

habana = best winger in the world= gets away with kneeing lachlan turner in the ribs to stop him from scoring.

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Boks number 1!! September 07, 2009 12:22 am

Think all of us Bok fans will agree that the ref was against us, the boks are obviously gonna be world champions for many world cups to come, cos no one else is in our league, the northern hemispheres game is ruined by elv's plus they arent as strong as us up front anyway, and the southern hemisphere teams are weak up front.....and all over, and slow as can be!!!

boks will always lead the way everyone else is shit!!!

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Lennox September 07, 2009 1:40 am

You are a sad inditement on the human race ^

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Timmy September 07, 2009 1:51 am

zacaria, I highly doubt that was an intentional knee to keep him from scoring. How the shit did you expect Habana to tackle Turner while Turner was mid-dive??

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I love seeing try-savers, and this game was full of them! Way to go, Australia, though. They created so many try-scoring opportunities that eventually, you knew they were going to get one.

Shame about the number of players getting injured, Habana and Polota especially - both put up some great defensive tackles....the way Polota just threw himself into the lower half of Boks and made the ball just pop out of their hands...awesome!

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 8:37 am

Zacaria, Locky Turner got owned by Habana, deal with it you convict bitch.

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zacaria September 07, 2009 10:55 am

if you open your eyes and look at the replay please tell which body part connects with turner???

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MB September 07, 2009 12:31 pm

zacaria, you're absolutely right
also brussow kneed aussies's hooker (cant remember name) in an air ball dispute. both lachie turner and the hooker had to be replaced because of the kneeing.
im not an aussie fan btw

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OpenSesame September 07, 2009 4:20 pm

yeah! Knees have absolutely NO place in rugby. Because of those extremely reckless plays, those Aussie players won't be able to play against NZ this coming match. I mean, Habana really should have decided that since Turner was diving, he should've just let him score the try rather than risk injuring the man! What did he think rugby is, a full-contact sport?!?

And Brussow never should have jumped for the ball! The shortest player on the team shouldn't be allowed to go for a ball in the air - it's bound to end up injuring someone. I say we start a petition to make that a new law: "ELV 2.0".

The NERVE of those Bok players!!

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 10:20 pm

Zacaria, you're so childish. If I knew you in real life, I'd punch you right in the stupid fucking face.

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Matt_Drinks_New September 07, 2009 11:44 pm

real maturity there, anonymous above.

Wallabies did really well to win - but Boks are still the best team in the world.

Can we please stop bleating about knees, and this stupid whining about the ref? I'm sure anyone here who really has half an brain, and the slightest informed opinion about international rugby believes it was a good game where the underdog did one on the big boy.

Cracker defensively from Polatu-Nau, and the Boks on the try-line, but the Wallabies just dominated possession too much and reaped the rewards.

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Matt_Drinks_New September 07, 2009 11:48 pm

Oh, and just as a footnote (and for a bit of fun)

@ Boks number 1!!

SH teams weak up front?
How good was your front row mate? They got munched by the 'worst front row in international rugby'!

You've got the world cup in the cupboard mate, but you just put your foot in it too...

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georgesmith September 08, 2009 1:49 am

Springboks are overrated. There coach is a dick too.

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 2:38 am

George Smith above, 4 losses out of 5 in this years trinations for your convict buggers.

Nothing overrated about the Boks, just an off day at the office.

We all know you'd love your wallabies to be anywhere near as good as the Boks. When was the last time the Wallabies won the Trinations? or been ranked # 1 in the world?

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Sick_of_Anonymous_Cl September 08, 2009 2:59 am

Hey Anonymous, yeah you the idiot who calls every Aussie you come across a convict.

You've got the temerity to talk tough like that but not to put a name to your ridicluous posts... or are you not smart enough to work out how to do it???

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zacaria September 08, 2009 3:23 am

hey anonymous, i am totally convinced that for you to threaten someone over the internet with a 'ill punch in the face' call,that you inevitably have a small penis, chin up some girls still like that.

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 3:32 am

Zacaria, 4 losses out of 5 in the TN so far this year. Remember that.

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Matt_Drinks_New September 08, 2009 3:46 am

handbags at 10 paces hey anonymous...? it wasn't so long ago that your super 14 teams were the laughing stock of the SH...were you still Mr Bravado then?

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jamestheconvict September 08, 2009 5:49 am

why are all you guys quoting my name

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 6:12 am

Matt_Drinks, its called travel.

Bulls winning the Super 14 twice in three years, get used to it.

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Matt_Drinks_New September 08, 2009 7:45 am

ahhh, i see....so now you've won as many as us convicts!

congrats to the mighty blue bulls of pretoria! 2 wins! the crusaders will be most jealous.

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Andy September 08, 2009 9:56 am

To typical angry anonymous Safa.
I wouldn't be surprised if Australia were number 1 in the world in a few years. Half their team are still teenagers.

Hopefully they'll be a bit more gracious than you whilst they're on top too.

You're good but not unbeatable, you were very lucky to beat the lions and NZ are going through a bit of a blip at the moment. It won't be long before they're back on track.

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 11:06 am

Lucky to beat the Lions, I keep hearing this... Series wrapped up after the first two games? I think so.

Everyones so Jealous of South African rugby right now... we have it all... World Cup, Lions series victory, Irb #1, super 14, 7s title holders...

Shows how much more talented we are, we play with half a bench (the other half being quota players) and we also play with the ref against us, the IRB hating us... yet we still are tops...

I suggest you shut up, Andy.

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 11:57 am

Surprised how weak the SA scrum is at the moment, it's usually one of their strong points. Although the Beast and Smit are good in the loose, they're fairly poor scrummagers. Good work by the Aussies though, tight pack and much stronger at the breakdown. I'm not sure Baxter's going to get a look in for a while and Dunning better start looking for a new job.

SA have played some great rugby and have locked out some close games over the past couple of years. But I think they've got to get some flair working in the team again. Habana was one of the few backs to have a good game (In fairness that's a bit of an understatment, I reckon he was the only back that turned up). But post 2003 that's what knackered England, they tried to play slow conservative rugby and once teams learnt how counter this they were screwed. SA have the backs to do this, a couple of decent props and problem solved. The beast is good but maybe only as an impact player, Smit's best at 2.

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 12:03 pm

'IRB hating us'

I wouldn't call a weekend off for gougin hate...

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 12:17 pm

Anon above. The IRB tried to ban the Springboks from the 2011 World Cup. They tried to BAN the WORLD CHAMPIONS from the WORLD CUP. THINK YOU SHIT, THINK!

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 1:40 pm

Boohoo! you going to get an armband made up now too?

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 5:02 pm

i aM, I AM , I AM SUPERMAN AND I CAN DO ANYTHING.

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 6:07 pm

Amazing pressure
Great game
Loved seeing the Aussies win
O'Conner!

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 10:05 pm

Everyones jealous of how awesome the Boks are.

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J.p September 08, 2009 11:55 pm

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS PLACE ?????
This place sounds like its filled with a bunch of 15 year olds.Lets all comment on the game,and not on punching each other in the face and the size of penises.
Well done AUS,you guys did really well to stop us,you deserved to win.
Googd luck bokke for this weekend,they wont dissapoint again.
Peace !!!!!

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Doyler September 09, 2009 3:47 am

jeez I had an idea that 84 comments would have some heated arguments but this is ridiculous, the keyboard warriors are dishing out threats and all!!!
I won't say anything too controversial in case I get punched through my monitor but...
Amazing saving tackle from Habana, I can't stop watching it.
Great job by the wallaby pack.
Great job by Elsom and Polota Nau, they stuck their bodies on the line and set the tone.
Well done to such a young team having the confidence to take out SA like that.
And finally, did the boks turn up at all?

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Anonymous September 09, 2009 5:31 am

Didn't look like the Boks were trying. They looked tired. Still the best team in the world. Australia should be behind Ireland.

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Bill September 09, 2009 6:32 am

as if, clearly Australia is a different class to ireland.
And yes the Boks were trying, you idiot.

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Doyler September 09, 2009 7:05 am

Come on now Bill, they looked a bit disinterested.
On the subject of Aus - Ireland, can't wait for the test in November, hopefully you'll be about on this forum to offer your excuses after the game.

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Bill September 09, 2009 7:52 am

Yeah, they didn't weant to win, because they don't really want to wrap up the tri-nations or anything. That makes heaps of sense.
And Australia has beaten more and better teams than Ireland repeatedly, which is why they are ranked higher.
Once again, your an idiot.

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Anonymous September 09, 2009 8:10 am

Hey Bill, its "you're" not "your"... both are totally different words, who's the idiot now you convict pig?

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Anonymous September 09, 2009 8:11 am

Rugby as a whole is dying in Australia, expect the Wallabies soon to be ranked behind Scotland.

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Anonymous September 09, 2009 8:42 am

'Anon above. The IRB tried to ban the Springboks from the 2011 World Cup. They tried to BAN the WORLD CHAMPIONS from the WORLD CUP. THINK YOU SHIT, THINK!'

Get the armbands boys, it's going to be a long season. Hang on, that didn't work so well...

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Jon September 09, 2009 9:12 am

It's called a typo anonymous, who gives a shit.
You know sweet fuck all about rugby, I think that matters more in the context of this website.

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Anonymous September 09, 2009 9:35 am

Nobody cares about ireland.

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zacaria September 09, 2009 2:02 pm

i just ireland get all theyre top players out of club rugby long enough so they can have some an adequate amount of training before they start their international season

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Doyler September 09, 2009 10:35 pm

Like I said, can't wait for the autumn internationals. Oh and Bill can't type yet he's calling everyone idiots???

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Bill September 09, 2009 11:50 pm

Not everyone, just the idiot from Ireland who knows nothing about rugby.
Your, you're, whatever, it's called a typo numbnuts.

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Anonymous September 10, 2009 9:21 pm

WELL PLAYED THE REF! He was the best ozzie player on the field! FACT (I'm not even a bok fan and I could see it!)

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Anonymous September 11, 2009 6:40 am

some typical blame-the-ref SH comments. just take your beating.

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Jon September 11, 2009 7:31 am

Everyone blames the ref whent hey lose, the whinging from Lions supporters still hasn't stopped from 2005 let alone 2009.

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Anonymous September 11, 2009 11:51 am

Adam Ashley-Cooper amazing !

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