Springboks vs France – 12 June 2010

Last Saturday the Springboks beat Wales by 3 points but in reality it could have been by at least 7 points more.

The Welsh really talked themselves up for this game and even went so far as to call themseAlan Lewis scrum bewildermentlves the favourites, of course underestimating the amazing depth of SA rugby and coming up short once again. They certainly sang the anthem well and played with passion but take away the intercept try off John Smit’s embarrassing slowest pass everrr, some rusty performances and often quite interesting (poor) officiating and it is quite obvious that they are still far away from beating the Springboks.

How bad was Alan Lewis at scrum time? “Crouch…Touch… Paaaauuuusssse………… (stops to look at himself on large screen)  …… Engage”

On to this week and a far sterner test for the Springboks awaits.

PdV has wisely brought back his best players, mostly players from the S14 final and has included the likes of Spies, Habana, Olivier, Steyn, Gurthro, Schalk and Kirchener.

Gio Aplon and Francois Louw have retained their starting places after instrumental performances last week and well done to them. Aplon may be small but his tackling is surprisingly solid and with his tiny dancing feet is super fast. Some people say he once ran on water, true story.

Juan de Jongh scored a great try on Sat and after looking a bit nervous initially, played very well thereafter and has rightly been included on the bench with Jean De Villiers back from Munster and injury, in that order.

Some people (Stormers fans) have called on De Jongh to keep his place in the run on team but Olivier deserves his chance. Him and Fourie could well dominate the French midfield, Olivier with his flair, hard running and flowing locks and Fourie with his uncompromising defence, brick wall smashing abilities and fantastic smile. On current form, he is by far the best centre in the world. Let’s relive THAT try against the Crusaders.

Our loose forwards should have the upper hand on Sat but it is in the scrums that the French may shade the Boks. They didn’t perform very well initially in the scrums last week, thanks in part to Alan Lewis but will need to be much better against a very good scrumming team. I think it is a great move bringing in Os du Randt as scrum coach.

Springbok Legend Os du Randt

His input will be invaluable, not only he has won two world cup medals but has scrummed for so much of his life that he no longer seems to have a neck.

Les Bleus have been downplaying their chances and are apparently ‘tired’ after a long season but I wouldn’t buy too much into that. Our current record against France is not that great and last year they out muscled us to win in Toulouse.

Marc Lievremont has selected debutant, Biarritz star Wenceslas Lauret at flank. When told he would be playing against Schalk Burger, had this to say “qui ? oh merde”. France have a few injuries but with guys like captain Thierry Dusautoir and Lionel Nallet will look to dominate us physically. Quality players like flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc and Vincent Clerc, nose rugby pioneer, should make for an entertaining game.

Vincent Clerc rugby ball in the face

This should be a cracker on Sat, take a break from the Soccer and enjoy as two of the most physical teams in the world show you how to really make a guy roll around on the floor in agony after a tackle.

Prediction: Boks by 6 – 10.

~ by bowlphilosophy on June 10, 2010.

4 Responses to “Springboks vs France – 12 June 2010”

  1. Holy shit that was a great try.

    I once saw Jaque Fourie in an Indian restaurant. I did the “whatsup” head nod movement with my head at him and he looked furious.

  2. I did the same thing with Bryan Habana at the CPT airport, he was like, bitch please! He was in a hurry though.

  3. Yes, my full name is Jonathan.

  4. ‘Bitch please’ hahahahahahah

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