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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Springboks seal the series win with victory over England

The Springboks claimed a 2-0 Test series win with a 36-27 victory over England at Ellis Park on Saturday. The home side led comfortably at 28-10 before England did well to come back into the match in the second half.

The result was seemingly clear by halftime as South Africa bullied England into submission with powerful play up front, including a much improved performance at the breakdown, and some speedy service from halfback Francois Hougaard.

England fought back in the second half, as Morne Steyn missed kicks at goal, and scrumhalf Ben Youngs scored two well taken tries. JP Pietersen started and finished a great try for the Springboks though, taking the game away from England and thus clinching the match and series win.

The two sides meet again in the third Test in Port Elizabeth this coming Saturday. The Springboks have made some forced changes through injury, with flyer Gio Aplon coming in for Pat Lambie.

"He can do something magic from the back. He runs great lines, has unbelievable feet and brings an X-factor," said Heyneke Meyer, who named Jean De Villiers as captain for the rest of the season.

"Jean has been unbelievable as captain and has matched my expectations. We want to plan for the rest of the year. It was very easy to make him captain.

"It is always important to have a special leader to gel the team and there is a lot of respect for him from the players. I have worked with a lot of good captains and he is right up there," he said.

Below are match highlights, and if you'd like to watch the whole thing again you can do so here.

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:16 am | View Comments (28)

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Murina June 20, 2012 5:25 pm

Great game. SA were enormous in the first half, and I thought Eng did well just to keep the score as it was. Jean DV played out of his skin and seems like a good choice for captain. Youngs sparked the comeback and I didn't see why he was taken off (injury?). Fair play to England though. SA deserved the win overall, but the young Eng side are becoming a competitive unit. Looking forward to Saturday.

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cool calm and collected June 20, 2012 6:11 pm

SA were BRUTAL in the first half, I feared a battering,.. but fortunatly England fought back with abundances of passion and grit, a characteristic of which for a young team is very imprssive, and managed to claw back to withing 4 at one stage.
Bismark is AWESOME, unquestionably the best hooker OF ALL TIME! he plays in all postions at the same time! and is so strong.

Englands forward are an absolute unit, especially with Corbisero back! I remember when Jonathan Davies said (during the recent six nations) that the english had lost their forward physicality! how wrong that judgment turned out to be!
Ashtonn and Flood linked up well, back to their 2011 six nations best.

My England team (considering injuries):

1. Corbisero
2. Hartley (c)
3. Cole
4. Plamer
5. Botha
6. Johnson
7. Haskell
8. Waldrom
9. Care
10. Flood
11. Foden
12. Tuilangi (USE HIM ON THE CRASH BALL!!!!!!!)
13. Joseph
14. Ashton
15. Goode

16. Marler
17. Youngs (Tom)
18. Botha
19. Morgan
20. Dickson (Lee)
21. Farell
22. Wade

England can win this one, especially with SA loses, including: Steyn, Alberts and Lambie, all of which have been awesome. 3 form 5, would be an awesome achievment for England, giving them a boost heading into the Autumn internationals. Where I believe that England can win 3 from 4

2 Great teams, in arguably the best test series this summer!

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dave June 20, 2012 8:11 pm

if england played the back and forth game from the second half onwards in the first half they would have won by a try or a try and a kick, looking forward to watching the game this saturday, if england plays 80 minutes they can beat this bok side, I also think england is superior to wales, england would relish a test series in australia, but nh is on the rise

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Facepalm June 20, 2012 9:39 pm

England are going to seriously suffer without Robshaw and Youngs. They were the best two (english) players. Still, Care is looking dangerous and it probably means Haskell will be back in the team. England are in dire need of his physicality.

Unfortunately I can't see anything other than a big fat miserable whitewash being served up for this team and indeed the other northern teams. The home autumn internationals will be a good chance to claim southern hemisphere scalps. I sense the gap is closing.

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ArfurJock June 21, 2012 12:28 pm

Oh I don't know... Scotland seem to be doing pretty well

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acosmann June 21, 2012 7:49 am

Highlites didn't include JPP's break to set up the try that clinched it for the bokke!

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katman June 21, 2012 8:48 am

That was the stand-out moment of the game. Surprised they only show the end of the try.

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Pretzel June 21, 2012 1:04 pm

No idea why England had Strettle on.. I don't know much about him but personally I think he's pants...

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FatProp June 21, 2012 2:41 pm

Agreed I dont see why you would choose him. Good to see that Foden is back on the wing and Goode starting at fullback. Dont see the point of taking wade and not using him, same with abendanon and may

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Brian June 21, 2012 4:21 pm

I canot wait for the Autumn Internationals, so that the Boks can batter the English on their own soil. People saying that the gap is closing do not seem to understand that this current Boks squad still has players in that are not perfoming and shouldnt be selected, the oly reason that they are there is becuase they play for the Bulls (Meyer's old team). There are a lot of players that will be coming into this side to make it better. Burger is coming back from injury, Brussow should be in this team, Vermeulen should replace Spies, Peter Grant should be replacing Morne Styen as he's kicking has been utter rubbish this year, Olivier shouldnt even be anywhere near this team, Aplon should be starting or at least be coming off the bench, and Joe Peiterson is by miles the best full back SA have. With all of these inclusions still to come, I feel sorry for the English come the Autumn tours.

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Pretzel June 21, 2012 4:45 pm

Whilst I do not wholly agree that "the gap is closing" as people keep saying, I think you're either trolling or are oblivious. I like to try and keep a neutral view on most rugby matches, it makes watching all the more enjoyable when you can see "good rugby" from any team.. Anyway, you comment on the lack of key players in the Bok squad... Not that I am massively clued up on what is going on with the English team, however last I heard they had players making their international debut's this tour... It will always be marked down as a win, and a victory is a victory, however beating a team that is blooding new players is slightly different from beating a well seasoned team.

Not that I expect the same thing to happen again, but I recall there being a lot of; perhaps overly confident, Bok fans who were gravely disappointed up in Murrayfield in 2010... Perhaps try and avoid dishing up your own portion of humble pie...

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katman June 21, 2012 8:20 pm

Both England and SA were missing some key players due to injury, and both teams were giving 2 or 3 players their first run. I don't think either of them was at a distinct disadvantage. Should be interesting to see what happens up north later on.

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katman June 21, 2012 8:17 pm

Ha ha, might as well call them the Stormers then and save a bunch on new kit.

Grant and Pietersen are nowhere near first choice Bok selections. The only guys from the Cape who should walk back into the Tri-Nations squad once fit are Burger, Bekker and possibly Vermeulen.

This Meyer/Bulls conspiracy theory is also wearing a bit thin now. He had to put a team together at very short notice with less than a week to practice and half a dozen big names missing. Obviously he'd go with what he knows and combinations that know each other.

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dave June 21, 2012 10:46 pm

no one cares about your boks

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dave June 21, 2012 10:52 pm

hey brian how about you go finish last in the tri nations again and brag about it, go play your neanderthal rugby and hope argentina doesn't beat you out for third in the rugby championship

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bian June 21, 2012 9:18 pm

Grant has a 96.88% kicking success rate compared to Morne Steyn with 77.78% so far this year in Super Rugby. can you tell me who is the best fullback for SA? im all ears. Lambie is too small and not good enough under the high ball, Side show bob is just pathetic. Aplons best position is on he wing. Im not saying that all the players should be from the Stormers, im saying that the best players should be getting picked, and currently, most of them happen to be Stormers players.

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katman June 21, 2012 9:28 pm

Grant has very little distance on his kicks and never attempts anything beyond about 45m. If Steyn were to only try the short ones, his stats would look impressive too.

Regarding fullback, I think Frans Steyn would probably be our best bet, but the problem is he's an even better inside centre. After him, I'd go with Jaco Taute (who might very well have ha a look in if he wasn't injured), and only then would I look to the little guys like Lambie, Aplon and Pietersen (in that order).

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Murina June 21, 2012 4:49 pm

The most boring blogs come from those saying "when X is back, and when Y is replaced, then....then....it'll all be different. Be afraid!"

The only thing more dull would be someone replying saying that England will be better once X comes back, Y is replaced ...the Boks are going to get a kicking....

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cool calm and collected June 21, 2012 6:10 pm

Henkeye Meyer's comments on Englands tries left me annoyed and frustrated.
He stated that all of the English tries came form Springbok mistakes, which is clearly not true as the first ty came from a great break from Ashton, and the third came from a snipe from Youngs after a strong driving maul. Granted the second try came from a Springbok mistake (overthrow) however one of the springboks tries came from a ball going through the scrum (should not have been a try anyway, as it did not touch the props' legs) and the second of which could have been argued to have been held up by Joseph.
Not a fair judgement by Meyer!

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dave June 22, 2012 2:08 am

that's the nature of coaching man
the coach wants to install a sense of belief that they're better than that even if it's not totally true
you look at things as what you did wrong, not what they did right, after all, you're not coaching the opposition and you don't want to give off a sense of weakness for other teams to asses that "this is their problem"
motivation and striving for perfection is the key

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dave June 21, 2012 10:49 pm

aside from the fact that haskell is a natural 7, I think this guy has the potential to be such a menacing force at 6 beside robshaw, In my opinion that flanker pairing would give england the meanest, most intimidating flanker pairing I may have ever seen in white and red

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katman June 21, 2012 11:04 pm

That's like getting excited about the meanest Morris Minor ever.

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katman June 21, 2012 11:04 pm

That's like getting excited about the meanest Morris Minor ever.

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dave June 21, 2012 11:14 pm

well lets all get excited then

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Brian June 21, 2012 11:11 pm

What is the point of your comment dave? If you have nothing constructive to say don't say anything at all. Your commentating on a video from a springbok vs England game and saying that no one cares about the boks. Then why comment

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dave June 22, 2012 8:21 pm

lol and what...your comment about the boks beating england in autumn is constructive?
your view and my view oppose, I think come autumn sh teams are going to get ambushed hard

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