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In anticipation of SARU persisting with Allister Coetzee as Springbok coach…

If you ever wanted to get SARU’s attention – get them to pay attention to you the Springbok fan – the only way would be through your wallet. Some things you could do to make your voice heard:

Choosing alternatives to the Springbok’s main sponsors if you are in the market for their products: Blue Label Telecoms and Asics.

Downgrading your DSTV package. The easiest thing to do with potentially the greatest impact. There’s no need to cancel your subscription entirely, just downgrade to the cheapest package (EasyView R29pm) which then gives you the option of upgrading temporarily at any point and then downgrading again after a minimum period of 1 month. You can do this all online with a minimum of effort and save yourself thousands of rands in the process. Email them HERE to let them know why you downgraded.

Not buying any official Springbok merchandise – this includes jerseys (have you seen how much they cost these days??), gifts, tickets to the Springbok Experience.

Not attending the live matches. The host unions will put pressure on SARU on your behalf. The upcoming French series will be lost at the following venues:

  • 10 June: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
  • 17 June: Kings Park, Durban
  • 24 June: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Saturday 19 Nov 15:00 Italy v South Africa


Rob (Ou Grote): Italy by 1
James (Ou Grote): SA by 11
Gary Lemke: SA by 16
Jon Cardinelli: SA by 25
Craig Lewis: SA by 17
Sportsbet: SA
Sportingbet: SA
Bet.coza: SA

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Johan Goosen.

Sat 12 November 15:30 – England v South Africa (Twickenham)

Rob (Ou Grote): England by 20
James (Ou Grote): England by 11
Gary Lemke: England by 6
Jon Cardinelli: England by 10
Craig Lewis: England by 10
Mark Keohane: England by 15
The Money Man: England 35 – 9 SA
Sportsbet: England
Sportingbet: England
Bet.coza: England

Squad for the Tests against England, Italy and Wales:

Johan Goosen, Pat Lambie, Ruan Combrinck, Sergeal Petersen, Willie le Roux, Jesse Kriel, Lionel Mapoe, Francois Venter, Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Damian de Allende, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk, Rudy Paige, Piet van Zyl

Warren Whiteley, Teboho Mohoje, Roelof Smit, Willem Alberts, Jaco Kriel, Jean-Luc du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert, Vincent Koch, Steven Kitshoff, Jannie du Plessis, Trevor Nyakane, Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss (capt), Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx

Squad for the Barbarians match:

Cheslin Kolbe, Jamba Ulengo, Jesse Kriel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Sergeal Petersen, Ruan Combrinck, Francois Venter, Damian de Allende, Tian Schoeman, Pat Lambie, Rudy Paige, Faf de Klerk, Piet van Zyl

Nizaam Carr, Roelof Smit, Uzair Cassiem, Jean-Luc du Preez, Oupa Mohoje, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Trevor Nyakane, Thomas du Toit, Lizo Gqoboka, Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi

Johan Goosen 5.5
Sport24: 5.5 | Rugby365: 4 | NZ Herald: 7
Ou Grote: 6

Bryan Habana 5
Sport24: 5 | Rugby365: 5 | NZ Herald: 6
Ou Grote: 5

Jesse Kriel 5
Sport24: 5.5 | Rugby365: 5 | NZ Herald: 5
Ou Grote: 5

Juan de Jongh 5
Sport24: 5.5 | Rugby365: 6 | NZ Herald: 4
Ou Grote: 5

Francois Hougaard 5.5
Sport24: 6 | Rugby365: 6 | NZ Herald: 5
Ou Grote: 5

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New Zealand vs South Africa
Saturday 17 September | 09:35 | Christchurch NZ

New Zealand 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

South Africa 15 Johan Goosen, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Damian de Allende.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistants: Pascal Gauzère (France), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)


Rob (Ou Grote): All Blacks by 32
James (Ou Grote): All Blacks by 44
Sportingbet: All Blacks
Bet.coza: All Blacks
Sportsbet: All Blacks
Jon Cardinelli: All Blacks by 25
Craig Lewis: All Blacks by 18
Gary Lemke: All Blacks by 18
Mark Keohane: All Blacks by 15
Sport24: All Blacks by 8+

“I have always put the Springboks first in my time as coach and since returning from England I have realised that as much as I believe I still have a lot to offer, the time has come for change,” said Meyer.

“My integrity has always been very important and I feel I can leave with my head held high. I’ve always maintained that my only motivation was to serve my country and to do what was best for the Springboks.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time as Springbok coach – although it has been highly pressured at times and especially tough on my family, and I would like to thank them for their unwavering support in the last four years.

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30/10 22:00 Bronze Final: South Africa v Argentina (Olympic Stadium)


Rob (Ou Grote): South Africa by 3
James (Ou Grote): South Africa by 11
Sportingbet: South Africa
Bet.coza: South Africa
Sportsbet: South Africa

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The Back Three [6.5]

15. Willie le Roux [6]

Rugby365: 6/10
Was caught out of position a few times, his kicking also left a lot to be desired and he missed a couple of tackles. However, he made plenty of good metres with ball in hand.

Sport24: 5/10
This was a decided off-day for the mercurial character, although he showed ticker for his perseverance that led to some improvement as the game wore on – including one snaking burst that troubled the Welsh defence. Generally blunder-prone, though, including misjudgement of a high ball that led to try against Boks in first quarter when the No 15 was at his shakiest. Some innocuous kicking.

Daily Mail UK: 7/10
Unimpressive first-half display but settled more into match as it progressed with sharp running.

Telegraph UK: 6/10
Left all at sea both positionally and in the aerial battle by Biggar for Davies’s try. One nice break in the second half but no fireworks.

OuGrote: 5/10

14. JP Pietersen [6.5]

Rugby365: 7/10
His workrate was phenomenal, especially on defence. Was not bad with ball in hand either or chasing kicks, also making all his tackles.

Sport24: 6.5/10
One brilliant aerial win in a fierce one-on-one, and looked fairly dangerous on the relatively few opportunities he had to gallop into space. Some rock-like defence.

Daily Mail UK: 7/10
Sharp and dangerous throughout and unfortunate not to get bounce of ball.

Telegraph UK: 6/10
Barely employed in an attacking capacity, yet that was not his fault given South Africa’s restricted gameplan. Just about kept North under wraps.

OuGrote: 6/10

11. Bryan Habana [7]

Rugby365: 6/10
Won a crucial break-down penalty on his own 22 and was rock solid on defence. Not many chances with ball in hand.

Sport24: 8/10
Still waiting to nudge ahead of Jonah Lomu for most RWC tries, but heck, it wasn’t for any lack of effort! At least two turnovers when Boks under cosh, and always competing, harrying, hustling. Heart-and-soul performance.

Daily Mail UK: 6/10
Didn’t see much of the ball in broken field where most dangerous but always a threat.

Telegraph UK: 7/10
Even when he does not stamp his mark in attack, he still has an influence on the game winning a first-half turnover won turnover.

OuGrote: 7/10


Daily Mail UK
Telegraph UK

» Next: The Centres

31/10 18:00 RWC Final: New Zealand v Australia (Twickeham)


Rob (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 5
James (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 7
Sportingbet: New Zealand
Bet.coza: New Zealand
Sportsbet: New Zealand

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