All Blacks v Springboks 2: Same Tactics creates Roadkill
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All Blacks v Springboks 2: Roadworthy v Roadkill

All Blacks v Springboks 2: Roadworthy v Roadkill

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John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Tom Donnelly, Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Keven Mealamu, Kieran Read, Brad Thorn, Victor Vito, Samuel Whitelock and Tony Woodcock.

Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Mils Muliaina, Ma’a Nonu, Josevata Rokocoko, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley and Piri Weepu.  Alby Mathewson will also assemble with the squad as cover for Weepu who is preparing for the arrival of his first child.

All Blacks 31 Springboks 17

In a match with some eerie similarities to last week, the All Blacks showed tonight that there is a resurgence with their rugby and it’s something not to be sneezed at. 

The win wasn’t as spectacular or as comprehensive as last weekend, mainly due to the conditions and a more hardened attitude by the Bokke, but a bonus point win was achieved with some elan. 

It was back to the future for the wearer of Springbok jersey No 4. I think the quote earlier in the week was “I’d imagine he won’t be wanting to be sent off in his 50th test match” (like Bakkies was on Saturday). 

Unfortunately, the Irish referee – how can you be Irish with a name like Alain Rolland – saw fit to send Danie Roussow to the bin for a bit of slap and tickle on His Highness Field Marshal The Untouchable Sir Richie McCaw, Order of the NTBYC (Never To Be Yellow Carded). 

How can you send someone off for this? How soft is rugby becoming? Sacre bleu et merde, get a grip on yourself Alain you snotklop! It was kak and it changed the game. 

Not only did it lead to a reversed kickable penalty but two tries were scored by bro’Town while Danie was profaning in his plastic chair on the sideline. 

And it all started so well for the Boks. The hot Japie chick with the big tietkops and peroxide hair looked and sounded great belting out Nkosi Sikelel’ Jongi Nokwe iAfrika

It’s a pity Percy wasn’t still around because he’d have had buxom Antjie behind the changing sheds before the warmup…. 

This game was in effect a continuum of the last test. Same tactics, same result. Wellington is a beautiful place on the one day and night each year that its fine. Unfortunately, tonight wasn’t the night. 

Did you see what the wind was doing to the goalposts? Its no wonder that Carter only had a 25% success rate. The showers made the ball greasy and its a surprise that some quality rugby was intermittently played. 

The All Blacks were dangerous in any open play situation or when counterattacking, as is their want. Their defence was again outstanding and the conditions had little impact on their ability to defuse the bomb (note: Shmoo). 

The battle of the breakdown was again won by the All Blacks. In this, His Highness really was on another level. He effected turnover after turnover. He was ably supported by others. Why can’t the Wallabies ever counter ruck like these guys? Ah, it’s in the genes Bruce. 

The first try was scored in the 8th min, shorthly after Danie was yellowed (if ‘medalled’ can be a verb, so can this). It originated in a Cory Jane burst down the sideline, carried on by His Highness and ended up with Mils at a ruck 5m out. Nonu picks up and with some support is unstoppable powering over the line. 

A minute later, Piri Weepu (the guy who pokes out the big tongue in the haka that Antjie is quite taken with) makes a terrific break near halfway and fires a well directed 10m pass to an unmarked Muliaina who streaks away from cover to score. 

After a Carter penalty the Springboks put on a big play. Januarie augustly marched through a lineout gap and flick passed to Jean de Villiers. A strong run by him is follow by another from Danie, who’s now cravening a try. He smashes through to score by the posts. After Styen converts its 13-7 at halftime. 

In the 2nd half Ranger (43 min) finishes a sharp move by Muliaina by diving over in the corner and having the presence of mind to keep his feet above the touchline for his first test try. 

Francois Louw: best Bok on show

Likewise, Israel ‘Fred’ Dagg scores a beautiful individual try late in the piece by evading both Spies and Burger using guile and pace to touch down in substitute Bekker’s tackle. Bonus point. 

In a consolation try Burger does a run-around with Skylab Bekker for the final score of the match. 

For the All Blacks Weepu, McCaw, Carter and Read were terrific. It’s Weepu’s first start in 18 months and he grabbed the opportunity with both mitts. Read is maturing fast and featured in every aspect of play. He’s looking the complete No 8 now. His Highness and Dan the Man are simply world class. 

The Boks were better in patches with some of the usual suspects stepping up. I thought John Smit had a productive game, Ruan Pienaar certainly freed up the backline when he came on and Francois Louw was the pick of their loose forwards. Their backline just ain’t firing – Jean de Villiers is wasted on the wing. 

The Springboks reasserted their dominance in the lineout taking four of the All Blacks throws. That said, the times the Bokke tried to initiate their vaunted maul from the lineout, the opposition splintered or negated it. The Bok scrum was more solid than last weekend. 

The stats of interest today were: AB v Boks Possession 50% v 50%, Time in Opp Half 56% v 44%, Tackles Made 84 v 100, Tackles Missed 21 v 36, Rucks/Mauls 99 v 85. 

The Springboks are now looking vulnerable. Defuse the bombs and counter attack – this appears to be the message.

  • Gumby

    Well Lance we will see next week! There will be no excuse if we blow the chance to make this a mortal wound for the Boks.

  • “Unfortunately, the Irish referee – how can you be Irish with a name like Alain Rolland – saw fit to send Danie Roussow to the bin for a bit of slap and tickle on His Highness Field Marshal The Untouchable Sir Richie McCaw, Order of the NTBYC (Never To Be Yellow Carded).

    How can you send someone off for this? How soft is rugby becoming? Sacre bleu et merde, get a grip on yourself Alain you snotklop! It was kak and it changed the game.”

    Take a look at the video at 0:55 and you’ll see why he deserved to be “yellowed”.

    • gothereds

      geez you are a weak prick, there was nothing in that, like youre name implies, maybe you’d prefer rugby to be more like soccer

      • DPK

        That’s some good constructive comments there, gothereds…

        • Useless

          Despite the derogatory comment at the start, I tend to agree with him, in it not being a binnable offence

        • DPK

          Yeah, maybe not. But its a matter of drawing the line early to prevent people commit extreme offences.

  • Chris

    0.55 secs – Roussow attempts a little eye gouge on McCaw… looked half hearted and more so done just to upset/annoy McCaw then to actually inflict injury. But it shouldn’t be accepted. And he should be cited for it.

    • Who Needs Melon

      The fact that it was so casual and ‘half-hearted’ and so open was why it was so shocking for me.

    • James

      Eyegouge?? it was a tap on the side of the head.

      The ref was extremely generous to NZ early on (btw I am not a boks fan). Also still yet to see the footage of Nonu actually touching down??

      • louie

        he flicked his fingers to scratch his face, i would have smacked him for that.
        boks where dirty and crap. deserved everything they got

  • ScrumJunkie

    Scary that the AB´s have finally realised that Ranger is the hardest runner in world rugby… But great to see them peaking the year before the world cup, as per usual…

    • JJJ

      The scary thing is they don’t look close to peaking yet. They have a lot of young players with plenty of room for improvement. It’ll be interesting to see if they can maintain it away from home. Not that they’ll need to with the WC in NZ.

      They are a very balanced side atm. Hard to say i

  • JJJ

    *if they’re stronger in the forwards or the backs. Both are very very strong.

  • chriscullen

    How bout kieran Read? I was one who had him pegged in the Reuben Thorne mould of good honest toiler but he has really stepped up this season. Surely he must be the most improved test player around.
    Piri Weepu played a blinder too.

    • Davey

      Read has also mastered the McCheat art of flopping on the wrong side of a breakdown and not getting penalised for it.

  • D

    Once again I saw the flankers for the Ab’s join the front row, and Ritchie McCaw is the biggest cheating bastard out there. I think it was about the 34th or 38th minute where he grabbed RJ’s leg by using his thighs and causing Ricky to trip and give a shit pass.

    This guy needs some time in the bin or a couple of weeks off. Why he isn’t pinged by refs is beyond my comprehension. They get a formal warning and he gets penalized again and he still doesn’t get sent. WTF!!!!!

    • Garry

      I ran into a Yarpie friend of mine last week who was angry that the AB’s weren’t penalised more at the breakdown (last weeks game). I just thought that the AB’s had a great platform, fast clean ball to work with. Perhaps we were both right?

      I saw Richie McCheat involved in a couple of spectacular pieces of no.7 play around the ruck early in the play, and found myself becoming focused on his number as the game progressed. You should try it, it’s frightening. The bloke turns up unexpectedly at the right moments. Like Phil Waugh (in some respects) , he has the ability to read play and to position himself to be there at the important plays (clean-out, a turnover, support link to the backs).

      As much as I dislike seeing the WB’s being beaten by the AB’s (and enjoy seeing the Boks beaten on any day), I must give him due. Like Michael Jones, Poido and David Wilson (to some extent), and George Smith did before him, McCheat has raised the bar on the expectations of the No. 7.

      That said, I agree that he gets off much to lightly from the refs. Why is that? Is it the work he puts in talking to the refs, is it a respectful manner even when it’s gone against him? What ever it is, we’ve got to learn it.

      If he was pinged more often, the last two games would have been much tighter, even a different result?

      What effect did the binning early in the matches have on the psyche of the Boks usual negative play at the breakdown?

  • nick

    hate to say it but the AB’s have effectivly rapped up the tri nations , wallaby’s talk themselves up abit but from what i’ve seen there just not ready to beat the AB”‘s or bocks anytime soon, although dropping gits may help! im just hoping they’ll fight in those matches properly!

    • sammy

      Uphill battle for sure – But I’m going to make a bold prediction that the tri-nations comes down to the AUS-NZ game on september 11.

      The crazy money says yes.

  • piggies 7

    read and weepu did have blinders…it scares me that as useless as the springboks up and under tactics are against the all blacks, i think that they’ll be enough to roll the wallabies…

  • miguel

    thats not an eye gouge. is it “dangerous”? i suppose it is and unacceptable. very stupid thing to do it. why did he do it? maybe he meant to just pat/swat him on the head to annoy him and mccaw rightly took exception to what ended up happening.

    i want to know what rollaind said about the yellow. seems like people were talking about “stamping” which it wasn’t.

    what I thought at the time:
    he kicked mccaw just a bit- which was an immaterial action(but doesnt explain why mccaw reacted that way) ref saw him and yellow carded him for the kick- any use of the boot- even one that turns up harmless should be at least a yellow

    what i think actually happened:
    if it turns out, it was danie’s hand in mccawas face, than everything was fair from mccaw’s reaction to the yellow card and lack of a citing.

    burger gouged fitzgerald just as atoub and dupuy(i beleive) gouged ferris.
    this wasnt a gouge more along the lines of reckless contact with the face like parisse and ross.
    foolish move not necessarily dangerous, but the kind of thing that needs to be taken up if were to remove gouging from the game. players need to know they’ll face severe consequences for gouging and that their behavior will be carded for even incidental actions.

    • Garry

      So for two weeks in a row the Boks lost a player for 10 minutes for a harmless and stupid incident, that had a large points effect on the game. I wonder how the Bok supporters feel. I know if the WB’s did that 2 weeks in a row, I’d be gutted.

  • simon

    Well the beauty of what the three wise coaches of the AB’s are doing is building a phenomenal bench. I do not think that they have peaked at all. The real interest in the run up to next year will be to see which of the bright young stars that were on the bench last night, those that were stood down after the june tests, and SBW,come through for starting positions next year.Despite the money available in the Northern Hemisphere, there is still real depth available for the AB’s.

    • Garry

      I watched a the game with an American (NFL fan)friend of mine and he was amazed that the substitutions weren’t used more regularly to freshen the side. He said that it must be difficult for a player that’s been on for 70 minutes to defend against fresh players.

      He made this comment just a moment before Fred Dagg stepped through 4 Bok defenders to score. He looked at me, nodded.

      Why won’t Deans use the bench more often?

      • louie

        i’ve always wondered this

  • gothereds

    Percy was there as kicking coach

    • Lance Free

      Antjies lips are sealed….

  • Darkhorse

    All blacks backline next year:
    Weepu, carter, ranger, SBW, nonu, dagg/jane , muliaina

    All have size, power, pace, agility and skill.

    Weepu is debateable

    • chriscullen

      oops you seem to have forgotten the very underated Conrad Smith

      • Antony

        Nonu/SBW need him there to tell them who to hit and which way to run.

  • Dougs

    All Blacks were the better team (frighteningly good really) but gee I thought they got a dream run from Rolland.

    Roussow tapped McCaw on the side of the head. There was no eye gouge. That yellow was ridiculous. 10 point turn around too when you take into account the missed 3 and the AB try not soon after.

    Roussow shouldn’t have been sin binned, but Ranger should have. Blatant shoulder charge right in front of the ref.

    McCaw got 5 warnings after his first warning where he was told he would get no further warnings. Numerous times he was handling the ball whilst he was off his feet and didn’t get pinged too. As an Aussie I was gnashing my teeth as he has done that to us a dozen times too.

    ABs were the better team and deserved the win but Rolland should have some time in domestic rugby after that shocker.

  • grim reaper

    Look, the springboks have always been known for dirty play in their game, and whether or not they offend in a big or small way there is always that element of intent with them.

    They exhibit “spoilt kid syndrome” especially when things aren’t going their way. Like spoilt kids, they are open and blatant in their offending.

    But when the springboks want to play good footy, they’re a formidable force. They have skill, speed and brute strength. However, it’s the team with all of that and the best strategy that wins on the day.

    I believe that when the springboks pick up their game, Australia and NZ migh be doing more defending then attacking.

    I think we can look forward to some hard and exciting tri nations football in 2010.

    But for me, “GO THE ALL BLACKS”

    • Gumby

      You might be right in one aspect at least Grim. What ever the rights and wrongs of the Yellow Card to me I have seen much worse not even penalised.

      It seems that teams and players do get a reputation with the Referees and decisions are regularly made on that basis. This of course explains why Referees penalised Baxter continuously when they didn’t have a clue what was going on in a scrum.

  • ForceFan17

    This test saw a new milestone in rugby for R. McCaw. His century of final warnings.

    The AB’s do look good, but does anyone remember another time (or two) in history when the AB’s peaked 12 months out from a RWC.

  • GregT

    Most impressive thing for the ABs is their intensity. Incredible. They just didn’t let the Saffers in the game and even when they gave the Boks a sniff, they bounced back immediately. Great NZ backrow and second row mobility and involvement. (The Wallabies just don’t have that impactful, agile game through the middle). And they read the game so beautifully — knowing when to counter ruck in numbers and they swarm wonderfully in the counter attack. I’m not a G. Henry fan, but gotta say, some of that’s gotta be coaching. Ref Rolland is a shocker, though he was better than his usual awful self. Nevertheless, he was, as usual reffing one side at a time. McCaw got away with the kind of murder the Boks usually expect to get away with .. nothing should detract from the AB’s wonderful, confident performances, however.

  • Robson

    What would happen if the Wallabies constantly got the same numbers to the breakdown at the same speed with the same intensity as the ABs – when they were playing the ABs?

    Well frustration would set in, that’s what would happen. And it would set in among the ABs first. They are used to getting their own way at the breakdown and when that momentum becomes blunted they would start to incur a flow of penalties.

    The ABs attention to the breakdown is the key to their whole gameplan because no counmter attack or continuity in the running game is possible without fast recycling of the tackle ball.

    If the WBs want to compete with the ABs they firstly have to compete at the breadown. Not just for parity, but for dominance. So that is the message Robbie Deans should be bludgeoning into the Wallabies from first thing tomorrow morning until last thing before they go on to the paddock to play the ABs in two weeks time.

    If they can get this aspect of the game right against the Boks, they will not only come home against them, but they will be in with a royal chance of giving the ABs a hell of a fright at Melbourne on the 31st of July.

    It’s not nuclear physics. The WBs can understand it. But can Deans get it across to them with the sense of urgency which is needed to chisel it indelibly into their brains??

    I hope so.

  • RedsHappy


    Not to detract at all from your analysis, but you could have written this, well, anytime in the last 5-7 years when it comes to the Wallabies vs ABs and it would have been just as valid then as now. Honestly, if you had a grand for every time a Wallaby side has lost the ABs and the post-mortem commentators say…’geez, beaten again at the breakdown, ABs just too good there, scored tries off it, Wallabies got turned over too many times…’, you could almost retire on those earnings. (Btw, our weak work at the breakdown vs England’s much better work there was a prime reason we lost in Marseilles in RWC 2007.)

    This very element and skill of top Test rugby has been the hallmark of the ABs for all this time, and more.

    The notable fact is that despite the essential correctness of your analysis and advise, virtually nothing has improved in this aspect of Wallabies play for this entire period. (Btw, we have another issue: as you know, the subtle but critical breakdown skills of the ABs are not just intensity, force and numbers, it’s also the bio-mechanical technical skills of knowing how to intervene precisely in the breakdown or counter ruck to actually have the opposition’s player extracted from ball control at just the right moment and in the right plane to maximise the chance of a fast turnover. These harder-to-see skills seem to elude the Wallabies all too often with ‘bash away’ vs ‘precise leverage’ being the attacking norm.)

    My concern is that after 2.5 seasons, whilst in fairness Deans inherited this major problem, he and his forwards coaches have simply not corrected this glaring deficiency in Wallaby land. Some observers blame ‘poor Australian forwards cattle’ for this, but I think that’s only partly true at best. I believe that the attributes you describe can be incessantly coached, enforced and reinforced with the right training methods, forwards motivation, and mindset.

    • Robson

      Of course you’re right RH and I don’t know how many times I’ve written about this aspect of the WB game in the last two and a half years. But until someone in Wallaby land does something about it I’m probably doomed to write about it another four million times.

      I don’t think Deans is stupid and if he hasn’t put two and two together about the effectiveness of the ABs at the breakdown and the rich vein of gold it produces I would be more than mildly surprised. Because these skills can be transmitted to the Wallabies. The All Blacks don’t have a mortgage on them. If Jim Williams can’t get the message across to the WBs, Deans really has to do it himself.

      • Garry

        Maybe I’ve been watching too many spy films lately, but could it be possible that Dingo is a double agent, sent over here and on the pay-role of the NZRU? His job is to hold back the progress of our team of youngsters at least until the WC.

        • Alex-A

          I agree with you…. you have been watching too many spy films

      • RedsHappy

        Robson, I think Williams and Graham have largely been flops (assessed on delivered results on the park to date), but that’s for another day.

        I hate to be brutal, but the fact is that if you compare Wallaby land 2008 to that of mid-2010, the only hard variable that has really altered is average player age, that has dropped (and history will decide just how valuable that is). Qualitatively, I am hard pressed to think of a play quality KPI that has materially improved (and I suspect intuitively that some have gone backward, such as handling errors). The scrum in the EOYT ’09 was an incremental improvement I guess, but sadly injuries have marched that progress backwards.

        Yearning to see measurable and sustained improvement in the Tris.

        • Robson

          Mmmm sobering thoughts so I won’t get too optimistic about Saturday’s match up with the Boks. It seems that I always switch on just before game time and sit excitedly on the edge of the couch waiting for some gems or pieces of gold to shine out of the Wallabies game plan, but end up slumped in the corner in a state of dejection once again. I tend to think the players are there, but injuries and overly conservative selection policies are blunting the team’s real potential.

          I have some concern about how players with clear potential are either discarded or kept cooling their heels in the wings. A Faingaa, Simmons, Slipper, Higginbotham to name just a couple. And what the hell happened to Weeks?

          But the skills area is the big one. The skill level does seem to have receded and that is pretty discouraging for a team which once had the most finely honed rugby skills in the world.

  • Skip

    As long as that clown coaching the boks thinks it was the ref who was the sole reason for their defeat, the boks are in for a long TN, especally against the ABs.

  • Useless

    Not much there, still no need

  • Blindsided

    Another amazing performance by the AB’s but not perfect. Looking fwd to seeing what the WB’s have got this Weekend.

  • Nat

    Predictable result… The All Blacks always peak and are unbeatable a year before the world cup. They’ve been doing it without exception for the past 20 years.

  • Joe

    LOL @ all you haters creaming at the thought of “The All Blacks have peaked the year before the World Cup!!!!!”.

    Change the record you bunch of girls and come up with something original.

    The All Blacks have hardly peaked. Their scrum is very suss at the moment, lineouts still are their achilles heal, and they still have some questionable defence as shown against Ireland, Wales and South Africa.

    There’s still a lot to work on and as shown last year, without Carter and McCaw they are very vulnerable. Unlike a lot of other teams like Australia and South Africa, the AB’s lack depth in those positions.

    The All Blacks won because they played very efficiently in most aspects of the game and took their opportunities with both hands. South Africa will be very dangerous on their return jersey home and I’d expect them to win all 3 of their home games, and could even pull out a win in Brisbane.

    Wallabies have a soft forward pack. Their best chance lies in their backline.

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