15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:45:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SA Rugby thanks Theron for his contribution to the game http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/sa-rugby-thanks-theron-for-his-contribution-to-the-game/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/sa-rugby-thanks-theron-for-his-contribution-to-the-game/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:45:06 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55728 SA Rugby President Oregan Hoskins on Sunday thanked Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron for his immense contribution to rugby in South Africa as a coach and player and wished him luck for the next chapter in his career in Japan.

Theron completed his six-year reign as the Junior Springbok coach on Saturday in the bronze playoff at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester England, against Argentina, in which the team suffered a 49-19 defeat.

Under Theron’s guidance, the Junior Springboks won the Junior World title in 2012 and collected one silver and two bronze medals in the past six years.

As a player Theron earned 13 Test caps, while he played for the Griquas Rugby Union from 1996 to 2009, before working his way up to become a celebrated provincial coach at the Kimberley-based union.

He will join the Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan on 19 July at their summer camp in Hokkaido, with his contract running until 31 March 2018.

“On behalf of SA Rugby I would like to thank Dawie for his immense contribution to South African rugby,” said Mr Hoskins. “Dawie has been a fine ambassador for South African rugby having established himself as a top class provincial player and later a Springbok, and then a fine coach.

“In the past six years the side has consistently been one of the best junior teams in the world.

“The Junior Springboks may not have achieved their objective of being crowned the champions in the World Rugby U20 Championship in England, but despite this Dawie can proud of his achievements over the years.

“I wish Dawie the best of luck as he embarks on this new chapter in his life in Japan.”  

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Willie le Roux suspended for one week for dangerous tackle http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/willie-le-roux-suspended-for-one-week-for-dangerous-tackle/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/willie-le-roux-suspended-for-one-week-for-dangerous-tackle/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:39:03 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55724 Photo: Anton Geyser / Rugby 15

Springbok fullback Willie le Roux was suspended for one week after pleading guilty to a charge of breaching Law 10.4 (i), during the test match between South Africa and Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Le Roux was cited by commissioner James Absaloms of Kenya for making contact with Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran in the 11th minute of the match as they both leapt in the air for a high ball, causing the Irish player to somersault and land heavily on his upper body and head. Le Roux accepted the citing complaint.

Judicial Officer Terry Willis of Australia heard the case in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and found that the relevant entry point for the offence was at the lower end and accepted the submission made by Advocate Attie Heyns on behalf of Le Roux that a one-week suspension was appropriate.

Le Roux is suspended for the match between his province, The Sharks, and the Lions on Saturday, 2 July, after which he will be free to play.

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England U20 crowned World Champions http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/england-u20-crowned-world-champions/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/england-u20-crowned-world-champions/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:07:51 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55722
England were crowned World Rugby U20 champions for the third time in four years after recording an emphatic 45-21 victory over Ireland at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

Martin Haag’s side scored three first half tries through Joe Marchant, Callum Chick and Huw Taylor with Harry Mallinder converting all three in a fine first-half of rugby to go into the break 21-0 up.

Ireland came back into the game with converted tries from Adam McBurney and Shane Daly but Mallinder crossed twice himself, also kicking two conversions and a penalty.

A second try from Marchant, which Mallinder converted, added further gloss to England’s victory despite Ireland’s late consolation through Max Deegan.

The six try victory rounded off a memorable day for England Rugby following the success of the senior side in sealing a 3-0 series whitewash over Australia.

Head Coach Martin Haag said: ‘We’ve shown incredible team spirit which is a key ingredient to any side.  The performance was outstanding; I thought the way we adapted and turned defence into attack was brilliant. We played with high intensity, the first half was superb. We still missed some opportunities, and in the second period we let them back in, but the way the players handled the pressure over the 80 minutes is massive credit to them.

‘We’re in a good place, the first-half performance was electric to watch.  That’s how these guys want to play – they want to play an exciting brand of rugby.  Sometimes there are a few errors that come with this, but they want to express themselves and it’s great we’ve been able to implement that approach in a short space of time, they’ve come on leaps and bounds.  Rory Teague [Assistant Coach] must take credit for the great work he’s done with the backs and the attack.

‘These players have a huge amount of potential, they have a bright future ahead of them and this is just part of their rugby journey.  The key thing for me is that they’ve made some friendships and bonds that will last for life and have made a little bit of history for themselves. Some of this group will be available next year and we want to continue the great work that is being done at under 16 and 18 by John Fletcher and the player pathway.

‘We saw England complete a series whitewash this morning and the majority of those guys have come through that pathway.  Our challenge as coaches is to continue that.’

Captain Harry Mallinder said: ‘I’ve gained some great experience during this tournament.  It’s an amazing opportunity to play with your mates, who you have played with through age-grade rugby, and test yourself against the very best in the world.

‘It’s been an amazing journey from when we first met up in Newcastle to this moment.  It’s been a huge squad effort, we were very unfortunate to lose the likes of Theo Brophy Clews, who was a big part of our group, but the resilience we showed after losing him and also Jack Walker, a key leader and personality, shows our character. To win the tournament was the icing on the cake. We’ve put in a lot of hard work, it’s great to get the win as reward.

‘It’s been a great summer, what we’ve enjoyed most is the support and relationship we’ve had from the seniors and Saxons.  We’ve heard from them throughout and that’s a huge boost because as players that’s where we want to be.’

Tries: Joe Marchant, Callum Chick, Huw Taylor, Harry Mallinder (2), Joe Marchant
Conversions: Harry Mallinder (6)
Penalty: Harry Mallinder

England v Ireland: 

15 Max Malins (Saracens)
14 Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins)
13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12 Johnny Williams (London Irish)
11 Matt Gallagher (Saracens)
10 Harry Mallinder – Captain (Northampton Saints)
9 Max Green (Yorkshire Carnegie)

1 Lewis Boyce (Yorkshire Carnegie)
2 Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)
3 Billy Walker (Saracens)
4 Stan South (Harlequins)
5 Huw Taylor (Worcester Warriors)
6 George Nott (Sale Sharks)
7 Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
8 Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons)


16 Charlie Piper (Harlequins)
17 Tom West (Wasps)
18 Will Stuart (Wasps)
19  Andrew Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
20 Jack Willis (Wasps)
21 Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby)
22 Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie)
23 Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)

England fixtures:
England 48-10 Italy (Tuesday 7 June) KO 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 44-0 Scotland (Saturday 11 June) KO 18:00, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 17-13 Australia (Wednesday 15 June) KO 19:45 AJ Bell Stadium
England 39-17 South Africa (Monday 20 June) KO 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Final England 45-21 v Ireland (Saturday 25 June) 7pm AJ Bell Stadium


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Willie le Roux cited for tackling a player in the air http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/willie-le-roux-cited-for-tackling-a-player-in-the-air/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/willie-le-roux-cited-for-tackling-a-player-in-the-air/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:05:36 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55720 Springbok fullback Willie le Roux was cited for allegedly breaching Law 10.4 (i), tackling a player in the air, during the test match between South Africa and Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.


Le Roux was cited by commissioner James Absaloms of Kenya for making contact with Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran in the 11th minute of the match as they both leapt in the air for a high ball, causing the Irish player to somersault and land heavily on his upper body and head. Le Roux was given a temporary suspension (yellow card) for the offence by referee Glen Jackson. South Africa won the Test 19-13.


The hearing will take place at the Southern Sun Garden Court hotel in Port Elizabeth and be heard by Judicial Officer, Terry Willis, of Australia.


Photo: Anton Geyser / Rugby 15

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Coetzee hails resilience as Springboks edge Ireland to win series http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/coetzee-hails-resilience-as-springboks-edge-ireland-to-win-series/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/coetzee-hails-resilience-as-springboks-edge-ireland-to-win-series/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:40:11 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55704 Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, on Saturday hailed the resilience of his team and lauded the impact of senior players after South Africa clinched the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland with a 19-13 win at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The win secured a 2-1 victory in the series, after Ireland won the opening test in Cape Town and the Springboks edged them in Johannesburg.

“We started the series with a loss and we were 19-3 down in Johannesburg. And here today we were really put to the test, so I am very pleased in the result and series win,” Coetzee said.

“The resilience and character of the team really came through. We fought in the trenches and played test rugby out there today. It was not attractive, but we needed to win,” Coetzee said.

The coach hailed the attitude of the team.

“The attitude cannot be faulted,” he said. “The performance of senior players was great. What was also pleasing was the way the new players adapted to test match rugby. There are many instinctive players in the team, but they learned valuable lessons from the step-up to test rugby.

“This is all part of the building process for this team and the foundation looks solid,” the coach said.

“We are busy creating a new culture that must develop and bear fruit over four years. It was rewarding and pleasing that new guys got the opportunity and each and every player took ownership of his position and delivered. The guys need to continue playing well for the remainder of the Vodacom Super Rugby. I will keep on rewarding form.”

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss was also a pleased man.

“The last couple of minutes we showed a lot of character,” he said. “They were still in the game at that time and we defended for our lives, so the effort was brilliant. I think we progressed technically and tactically over the three weeks. We had to, we played against a very good team.”

Strauss gave credit to Ireland for their effort.

“They were very tough opponents and really tested us. They forced us to improve from where we started and I am happy that we could respond accordingly.”

The Springboks next test is against Argentina in Nelspruit on 20 August.

Photo:b Anton Geyser

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Springboks win series decider against Ireland http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/springboks-win-series-decider-against-ireland/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/springboks-win-series-decider-against-ireland/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:49:43 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55701 The Springboks beat Ireland in front of a 42 242 strong crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the deciding match of this year’s Castle Lager Incoming Series in Port Elizabeth this afternoon.

The homeside took a narrow three point lead at halftime after Jantjies kicked three penalties and one first half conversion, 13 – 10.

After a few minutes of armwrestling it was Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies who added the first points for his team through an early penalty as they took a 3 – 0 lead after just 5 minutes. He had another opportunity three minutes later, but failed to stretch the lead.

Springbok fullback Willie Le Roux was yellow carded for a dangerous challenge on Irish fullback Jared Payne in the tenth minute. With the Springboks only fourteen men on the field, it allowed Ireland to score their first points through a Luke Marshall try towards the end of the first quarter, flyhalf Paddy Jackson converted as the Irish took a 3 – 7 lead after seventeen minutes.

Jackson stretched their lead to 3 – 10 after 23 minutes as the momentum shifted to the Irish.

After a territorial battle with either side giving away an inch, Jantjies added another penalty goal for the Boks from about 45 meters out to trail 6 – 10 with nine minutes to half time.

South Africa continued to dominate in the scrum and another South African penalty almost ended up in a try for the visitors as scrumhalf Faf de Klerk opted for a quick tap instead of an easy three points on offer.

The Boks started to advance back into Irish territory. A well executed cross kick from Jantjies landed in left wing JP Pietersen’s arms as he held on to score in the corner. Jantjies added the extras to regain the lead 13 – 10 as the half time hooter blew in the back ground.

Ireland started the second half doing most of the attacking, but it was again South Africa to score the first points, this time through a 50 meter penalty kick from right wing, Ruan Combrinck, as the Boks extended their lead to 16 – 10 at the start of the third quarter.

Elton added another three points before Jackson kicked a penalty for the Irish on the 70 minute mark to edge closer to the Springboks score, trailing 19 – 13 as the clock ticked into the final 10 minutes.

The Irish threw everything at the Springboks in the final 10 minutes, but a try saving tackle from de Klerk secured a win for the home side, 19 – 13 and a 2 – 1 Series win for the Springboks.

Written by Pierre Mc Leod

Photo: Anton Geyser / Rugby 15

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Theron describes Argentina defeat as massive disappointment http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/theron-describes-argentina-defeat-as-massive-disappointment/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/theron-describes-argentina-defeat-as-massive-disappointment/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:46:16 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55699 Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Saturday described his team’s 49-19 defeat against Argentina in the bronze playoff at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, as one of the most disappointing moments in his career.

The Junior Boks were outscored six tries to three by a physical and well-balanced Argentina side at the AJ Bell stadium despite an enterprising opening quarter, which saw them build up an encouraging 19-7 lead.

“This is one of the most disappointing moments of my career and certainly the biggest disappointment in my six years with the Junior Springboks,” Theron said after the match. “This young team has a lot of talent, but they need to complement that with the right decisions at the right time on the field.

“We started off well against Argentina, but one try against the run of play resulted in us losing belief. We didn’t stick to our structures and we made bad decisions, while Argentina stuck to what worked for them.

“Argentina dominated physically and England did the same in the semi-final, and we could not counter that. We certainly missed the international competition in our warm-up games coming into this tournament.

“That said, this team contains amazing talent, and some of the players showed that if they get going, they could do well. Several players in this squad are younger than 20 years old and can represent the Junior Boks again next year, and I believe they would have learned a lot from this tournament.”

The Junior Springboks showed intent from the outset as they put together phases on attack and applied pressure on Argentina with their solid set pieces and mauls.

Their efforts paid off in the sixth minute with flyhalf Manie Libbok scoring a try initiated by a good counterattack by wing Edwill van der Merwe, which handed the Junior Springboks a 7-0 lead.

Van der Merwe added the team’s second try minutes later as he dashed to the tryline after a dominant scrum allowed them to get on the front foot.

Argentina hit back with a try in the 14th minute from a grubber kick to reduce their deficit to 12-7. But Junior Springbok hooker Jan-Henning Campher cancelled out this try as the team produced a solid rolling maul to stretch the team’s lead to 19-7.

Argentina, however, forced their way back into the match with a try by Juan Cruz Mallia who gathered a loose pass by the Junior Boks for their second converted try, while their flyhalf Domingo Miotti added a penalty shortly before the break to leave the team 19-17 behind.

The pressure on the Junior Boks during the half was compounded by the fact that lock Ruben de Villiers received a yellow card for tackling a player in the air in the 27th minute, forcing them to play with 14 men for 10 minutes.

Argentina continued to stamp their authority in the second half and earned the rewards with four tries and two penalties to stretch their lead to 44-19 with 13 minutes to go.

The Junior Boks, however, had their chances, as they worked their way close to Argentina’s tryline on several occasions throughout the match, but they were unable to convert these opportunities into points, which cost them dearly.


Junior Springboks 19 (19) – Tries: Manie Libbok, Edwill van der Merwe, Jan-Henning Campher. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (2).

Argentina 49 (17) – Tries: Gaspar Baldunciel, Juan Cruz Mallia (3), Julian Dominguez, Mariano Romanini. Conversions: Domingo Miotti (5). Penalty Goals: Domingo Miotti (3).

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WEDSTRYDVERSLAG: Steval Pumas vs EP Kings http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/wedstrydverslag-steval-pumas-vs-ep-kings/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/wedstrydverslag-steval-pumas-vs-ep-kings/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:29:27 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55694 Wedstryd: Steval Pumas vs EP Kings

Toernoooi: Inter-Provinsiale Kwalifiserende Rondte

Plek: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Afskop: 17:00, 24 Junie, 2016



MBOMBELA – Die wedstryd hier op Mbombela Stadion tussen die Steval Pumas en EP Kings het soos oudergewoonte op ‘n hoë noot begin na Yaw Penxe, vleuel van die Kings in die tweede minuut ‘n onderskep drie gaan druk het. Michael Brink kon nie die addisionele punte bydra nie.


Dit was egter die laaste sien van die bal vir die besoekers na die Pumas ongelooflike spel tussen voor en agterspelers opgelewer het. Frank Herne het na ‘n goeie dryfmaal sy eerste drie van die aand gedruk, waarna Justin van Staden nie net die drie verdoel het nie, maar ook sommer ‘n minuut later ‘n strafskop deur die pale gejaag het. Herne het sy tweede drie in die 18de minuut gedruk met Van Staden wat se skopvoetkorrel op koers was.


Brink het in die 23e minuut weer ‘n geleentheid gekry paletoe en nog drie punte vir sy span op die telbord geskop, maar vandaar af was dit weer die Pumas wat die bal in hand gehou het en met goeie interspel briljante rugby opgelewer het op ‘n ietwat natterige veld. Die Kings se losskakel, Courtney Winnaar en haker Warrick Venter is met ‘n geelkaarte gestraf. Maar dit was ‘n helfte vir Pumas-voorspelerdrieë met De-Jay Terblanche en Lambert Groenewald wat die bonuspuntdrie in die 38e minuut gedruk het en Van Staden was akuraat vir die rustydtelling van 29-8.


Dit was weer Penxe wat vir die Kings ‘n baie sagte drie in die tweede minuut van die tweede helfte gedruk het en diekeer was Brink akkuraat met sy skopvoet om die telling nader te laat kruip. Reynier van Rooyen kort hierna met ‘n geelkaart laat afkoel waarna Courney Winnaar ver moes hardloop vir sy onderskepdrie. Brian Shabangu het sy drie gedruk waarna Groenewald weer oor die kalklyn kon rek in die 61ste minuut. Reuben Johannes het sy eerste drie in ‘n Pumatrui gedruk en Van Staden het die telbord net weer laat oortik. En toe kom Deon Helberg en wys sy bene is nog vol spoed vir sy drie in die 75ste minuut met Van Staden wat die kisspykers net verder ingeslaan (of te wel, skop) het.


Die Pumas het die wedstryd met 53-20 gewen.



Wedstryd verloop:

Eerste helfte:


Steval Pumas: Frank Herne (10min, 18min), De-Jay Terblanche (31min), Lambert Groenewald (38min)

EP Kings: Yaw Penxe (2min)



Steval Pumas: Justin van Staden (3) (11 missed)

EP Kings: Michael Brink (missed 1)



Steval Pumas: Justin van Staden (14min)

EP Kings: Michael Brink (1)


Rustydtelling: 29-5 (Steval Pumas)


Tweede helfte:


Steval Pumas: Brian Shabangu (55min), Lambert Groenewald (61min), Reuben Johannes (69min)

EP Kings: Yaw Penxe (43min), Courtney Winnaar (intercept try 59min)



Steval Pumas: Justin van Staden (missed 2) (1)

EP Kings: Michael Brink (1



Steval Pumas:

EP Kings:


Eindtelling: 53-20 (Steval Pumas)



Reuben Johannes druk sy eerste drie vir die Steval Pumas in hulle weghol-oorwinning van 53-20 oor die EP Kings op Mbvombela Stadion. Foto: Riaan Swanepoel | Steval Pumas

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QANTAS WALLABIES TURN ON THE POINTS BUT ENGLAND PREVAIL IN SYDNEY TRY-FEST http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/qantas-wallabies-turn-on-the-points-but-england-prevail-in-sydney-try-fest/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/qantas-wallabies-turn-on-the-points-but-england-prevail-in-sydney-try-fest/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:14:15 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55692
The Qantas Wallabies have fallen to England in an 84-point thriller at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.

Played in front of a ground record attendance of 44,063, the two sides turned on a point scoring blitz with a total of nine tries in an enthralling contest which featured six lead changes and ended in a 44-40 England victory.

With the triumph, the visitors completed a three-nil whitewash in the series and were once again propelled by the laser-like boot of inside centre Owen Farrell, who produced his second 24-point haul of the tour.

A try a piece in the first quarter of the match highlighted the attacking intent of the two nations as Dan Cole and Bernard Coley crossed for England and Australia respectively to level the scores at 7-7.

The Wallabies then snatched the lead through precision passing which was finished out wide by Dane Haylett-Petty, who scooted over for his maiden Test try, taking the score to 12-7.

Both Australia and England traded penalties and it was 15-10 to the home side when England clawed back the lead with a try to Mike Brown, who dragged two defenders and slid across the line.

The lead changed hands again however, when a Foley penalty goal on the stroke of half time gave the Wallabies an 18-17 advantage at the break.

It was a disastrous start to the second stanza for the men in gold when Billy Vunipola caught the defence unaware and powered over out wide after taking off from the back of the scrum.

Another Farrell penalty goal extended England’s lead to 25-18, but it wasn’t long before the scores were knotted once again courtesy of the outstretched arms of Michael Hooper who continued his hot try scoring form after being given the green light by the TMO for grounding the ball on the line.

After a further three points from Farrell, the Wallabies kicked up a gear, as Matt Toomua sliced through and found Israel Folau on the inside to give the home side the ascendancy once more at 32-28 after Foley’s conversion.

Another England penalty bridged the gap to one point, but then the tourists landed what would be the telling blow in the 67th minute when replacement hooker Jamie George scored a scrappy try next to the posts after a loose pass, which was touched by a Wallabies defender, propelled forward off his legs as he reached down to collect it and rolled in goal for the big number 16 to dive upon.

Both sides traded penalties as each looked to crack the other’s defence but the visitors held a 44-35 advantage until the siren sounded. The Wallabies continued to attack after the bell and eventually found their fifth try of the night when replacement winger Taqele Naiyaravoro crashed over.

It was Australia’s first defeat at the Sydney venue since 1995 and the 3-0 series defeat was the first suffered by the Wallabies since 1971.

How it happened:
11 mins: Dan Cole try, Owen Farrell con AUS 0-7 ENG
13 mins: Bernard Foley try, con AUS 7-7 ENG
21 mins: Dane Haylett-Petty try AUS 12-7 ENG
26 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 12-10 ENG
28 mins: Bernard Foley pen AUS 15-10 ENG
30 mins: Mike Brown try, Owen Farrell con AUS 15-17 ENG
40 mins: Bernard Foley pen AUS 18-17 ENG
44 mins: Billy Vunipola try AUS 18-22 ENG
48 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 18-25 ENG
51 mins: Michael Hooper try, Bernard Foley con AUS 25-25 ENG
56 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 25-28 ENG
58 mins: Israel Folau try, Bernard Foley con AUS 32-28 ENG
62 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 32-31 ENG
67 mins: Jamie George try, Owen Farrell con AUS 32-38 ENG
70 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 32-41 ENG
72 mins: Bernard Foley pen AUS 35-41 ENG
80 mins: Owen Farrell pen AUS 35-44 ENG
80 mins: Taqele Naiyaravoro try AUS 40-44 ENG

England 44 (Dan Cole, Mike Brown, Billy Vunipola, Jamie George tries; Owen Farrell 3 cons; 6 pens) defeated Australia 40 (Bernard Foley, Dane Haylett-Petty, Michael Hooper, Israel Folau, Taqele Naiyaravoro tries; Bernard Foley 3 cons; 3 pens)

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MY BOKKE IS GROTER AS JOUNE! #PaleToe http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/my-bokke-is-groter-as-joune-paletoe/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/06/my-bokke-is-groter-as-joune-paletoe/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:21:19 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=55686 Simon Riekert van #PaleToe

In Suid Afrikaanse rugby is ons oor die algemeen nie goed as dit kom by liggaamshoogte nie. Ons spelers het reuse lywe en is groot gebou. Dis nie net die probleem as ons die bal dra nie, maar ook as ons kontak maak.-Allister Coetzee

Saterdag lê om die draai en vir die eerste keer sedert die Coetzee-era aangebreek het, wag daar weer ʼn nuwe uitdaging.
Ek sê “weer” en “nuwe” want sy vorige twee het gelykop geëindig; een verloor en een wen, teen die verwagting in.
“Die groot les is dat die spelers geleer het dat Toetsrugby gebou is op gebiedsvoordeel en oorheersing op die voorvoet. Fisiese dominansie is belangrik, maar so ook is druk op die telbord. Dis die drie wat ononderhandelbaar is vir sukses op hierdie vlak”, het Coetzee na afloop van verlede naweek se terugveg sege gesê.
Hy hamer nog steeds op spelers se grootte en alhoewel daar al amper boeke geskryf is hieroor, is ons blykbaar nog nie uitgepraat nie.
“In Suid Afrikaanse rugby is ons oor die algemeen nie goed as dit kom by liggaamshoogte nie. Ons spelers het reuse lywe en is groot gebou. Dis nie net die probleem as ons die bal dra nie, maar ook as ons kontak maak. Dis ʼn voortslepende werksproses en iets waarop ons moet fokus, nie net op internasionale vlak nie, maar ook op skoolvlak.”
Die nuwe, moderne spel vra dat daar waar ons juis sukkel-die afbreekpunte, beter doen, word allermees aanvaar.
“Ons het die afgelope twee Toetse 19 keer balbesit verloor teenoor Ierland se drie, niks het verander met die spel rugby nie, jy moet nog steeds skrum, lynstane doen, skop, tackle en hardloop met die bal, al wat verander het is die reëls”, sê die oud Bok kaptein en losskakel, Naas Botha.
“Ons meet spanne daaraan oor hoe goed ons verdedig het, dis nie rugby nie, rugby is hoe goed jy die bal kon dra en jou opponent klop om drieë te druk.”
Wat kommerwekkend is, is dat ons speelplan blykbaar nie voorsiening maak dat ons balbesit behou en kry nie. Ons is letterlik vasgevang tussen een of meer plan.
“ʼn Springbok moet môre reg wees vir ʼn Toets as hy vandag gekies is. Dis hoekom hy ʼn Springbok is en as jy in ag neem dat hy die heel beste in sy posisie is (en daarom gekies word), moet hy dit kan wys op die veld”, sê Botha op Groot FM se Donderdag-aand program “Groot Rugby”.
Damien de Allende is een van die rugbywêreld se fisiese, groot senters. Op 1,89 meter en 101kg is hy gebou soos ʼn dekade of wat gelede se voorspelers. Maar sy statistiek lyk nie so goed op nommer 12 nie: 4 duikslae gemis en een strafskop afgestaan.
Vergelyk jy hom met Willie le Roux op heelagter, lyk die prentjie só: 1,85 en 90kg wat ook in die ‘groot’ speler kategorie is.
Le Roux het egter reeds 4 aanslane en 4 hanteerfoute gemaak. Nie een van die twee groot agterspelers het egter balbesit omgekeer in kontak nie.
In die moderne era, met groot spelers soos wat Coetzee het en Naas hulle as “atlete’ beskryf, verwag jy beter.
In kontak verloor ons steeds te veel besit, en dit pla die kenners. Vrae word gevra soos ‘weet elke speler wat van hom verwag word by die afbreekpunte, waar is ons tradisionele fetchers, en hoekom word ʼn bal so maklik ge-rip?’
Richie Gray, ʼn Skot was die Bokke se spesialis afrigter by die afbreekpunte, toe Heyneke Meyer nog daar was. Na Coetzee se aanstelling is sy kontrak nie hernieu nie.
Gray word wêreldwyd erken as dié spesialis op afbreekpunte en hy het groot sukses met die Springbokke gehad en het op ʼn stadium gesê dat wedstryde gewen of verloor word ‘ met die top twee of drie duim’, verwysend na balbesit op die afbreekpunte.
Siya Kolisi en Francois Louw is seker hier een van die grootste teleurstellings as dit by die besit by afbreekpunte kom.
Maar Matthew Proudfoot, voorspeler afrigter hou vol; “beide spelers was baie goed, veral Flo. Hy het gedoen wat ʼn oopkant flank moet doen, en dis nie net om balle te steel nie, maar hy moet die momentum kan hou in die eerste afbreek kontak.”
CJ Stander is vandeesweek terug vir die Iere en skielik word daar planne gemaak om hom in toom te hou.
“Dis eintlik lagwekkend, want ʼn paar jaar gelede was Stander nie groot genoeg vir die Bulls en die Springbokke nie, nou gooi ons afrigters wal om hom te neutraliseer en ons besef dat ons ʼn groot fout begaan het om hom te laat gaan”, sê die oud Noord Transvaalse flank en Springbok, Thys Lourens..
“Dit gaan oor ingesteldheid en ʼn klein mannetjie met ʼn plan in sy kop is gevaarliker as twee grotes wat hom wil keer.”

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