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'Bok Team announced

International Lions
by groovy242003 (U13798480) 16 June 2009
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PDV has seen the light on Brussouw and the Fullback conundrum.


South Africa: 15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Adi Jacobs, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8. Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (captain), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Jaque Fourie, 22 Morné Steyn

Let's get it ON!

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comment by xpat73 (U1677334)

posted Jun 16, 2009

Of course the Boks are never going to put out a poor side. On the other hand, this is NOT a superb side. They have an excellent back 5 in the scrum no doubt, and a very good No. 9. However, their No.10 is very suspect and I doubt his ability to marshall a match in a test level cauldron. At least Stephen Jones knows how to do that......and believe me, that experience counts for a lot.

Burger is the best forward in the world and his loss is a big one. The exclusion of Fourie is a joke.

This will be a close game decided by less than a score.

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comment by xpat73 (U1677334)

posted Jun 16, 2009

The Lions backs are battle hardened and ready to go. Many of the Bok backs are going to be lacking match fitness as they haven't played much due to injury......and the Boks have not even picked their best back Fourie. If the Lions can get parity up front they will win I think.

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posted Jun 16, 2009

Burger is the best forward in the world and his loss is a big one. The exclusion of Fourie is a joke.

No he certainly is not, he has been awful this season, I think it was Brussow who destroyed him in a super 14 match. Elsom, McCaw, Parrise, Spies antually there are too many to count, he is hardly the best forward he is barely the best forward for the stormers. Brussow deserves his chance.

Totally agreed about Fourie, its a farce and I really hope it costs them, and not just because im a Lions fan.

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posted Jun 17, 2009

let's just be thankful that the Burger is not there.

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posted Jun 17, 2009

Im glad with the Bok side chosen, no Earl Rose at fullback is a plus point.
Steyn will be kicking at altitude so expect him to kick from his own 22 back to Lions half or 22. Under the highball he is stable.

Dannie Rossouw to cover the flank and lock positions it seems, he will most likely come on mid 2nd half. Burger not there IS a plus for the Boks, he's form has been appalling this season and injuries has kept him from returning to form. Brussow has been knocking on the door to get into the side for the last 2 seasons now. Also he's an out and out fetcher...something the Bokside rarely plays if ever.

Adi on centre with Jacques Fourie on the bench, good decision, Fourie will come on but he hasnt played much since he was plagued with injuries S14....WHY LION'S fans rate Jacque Fourie so highly im not sure....Jacobs and Fourie runs the same lines, but major difference is that Jacobs creates space with passes in the tackle and steals a lot of ball after the tackle. One simply has to look at the Boks 3 yrs ago with the JDV and Fourie pairing to see that although they were defensively a great combo and regularly crossed the line the ball tended to die and go to ground halting the attack....dont be surprised to see Fourie come on as a replacement on the WING.

Main concern for everyone in RSA is Flyhalf and tighthead. The Boks will be looking to a Bulls style game, whereby even though they got hammered in the scrums its not going to be used for the base of attacks, rather to just get stable ball and not be dominated (which is highly likely).....Pienaar is match unfit, comming off injury and hasnt played in a while this is the channel Lions should exploit.

As for the undercooked theories baring the Namibia test, unknown to most (no televised or media covering) the Boks have had 2 games vs Emerging Boks...(basically the b-side) and full contact training sessions. i doubt they will be "undercooked"....one or 2 might be rusty comming off injuries but other than that they should be ready for the game Sat.

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posted Jun 17, 2009

"What is peoples problem with Jacobs, did anyone watch the Boks last year? he was their second best player behind JDV and made the most linebreaks."

There is nothing "wrong" with Jacobs.

It's just that Fourie is rated by many as one of the top outside centres in world rugby. I place him very firmly in my top 2. He is in fact one very few outside centres that has the pace to go around his opposite number.

Jacobs - 7 tries in 21 tests

Fourie - 24 tries in 42 tests ... and he's 3 years younger and in his prime. It does unfortunately smack of politics and this "quota" thingy they have. Jacobs is a fine player, but not in Fourie's class IMHO from what I've see.

Not many centres out there that beat that.

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posted Jun 18, 2009

Massive mistake not picking Morne Steyn, he was brilliant in this years S14. Then without Burger as well...the Lions definitely have a sniff now.

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posted Jun 18, 2009

I am stunned morne steyn has not been picked, pienaar is totally untested at this level. Steyn was simply brilliant against the crusaders in the S14 semi and final v Waikato. Lions defo have a chance.

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comment by xpat73 (U1677334)

posted Jun 18, 2009

I have a feeling that Brussow will do the same job that then Wallaby new boy George Smith did on the Lions in 2001.....

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posted Jun 20, 2009

comment by xpat73 (U1677334)
posted 4 Days Ago

''Of course the Boks are never going to put out a poor side. On the other hand, this is NOT a superb side. They have an excellent back 5 in the scrum no doubt, and a very good No. 9. However, their No.10 is very suspect and I doubt his ability to marshall a match in a test level cauldron. At least Stephen Jones knows how to do that......and believe me, that experience counts for a lot. ''

''This will be a close game decided by less than a score.''

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Good stuff buddy.

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