All Blacks v Springboks

It’s been a good year for rugby. First the Lions tour, drawn. Then Australia came very close to upsetting the All Blacks in Dunedin after a great come back from a poor first test.

Tonight the ABs get to test themselves against a resurgent Springbok team. This is the last home game of the year but it should be a good one.

It’s good to have a diversion from the election campaign.

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  1. I didn’t expect that. The ABs annihilated the ‘Boks, took their chances, often brilliantly. And didn’t let up in the second half.

    • Corky

       /  16th September 2017

      I would expect the coach to resign in ignominy. I will be surprised if the SA rugby community accept this result.Obviously the ABs have worked on their defence. How much better that defence is will be gauged by their remaining games.

      Only Andy( haven’t typed that in a while) will know how these Springboks are feeling. They came to the game strong and confident, but meet a foe in a different league. Just like Andy, their egos have been completely crushed.

  2. duperez

     /  17th September 2017

    Brilliance is hard to achieve at any time in a madcap exercise like rugby let alone when an equal number of highly trained, capable, focussed people are trying to stop you.

    Well done to the All Blacks for so much high level consistent application of so many of the qualities needed in rugby. Strength, power, timing, cohesion, skill, subtlety, speed, daring and imagination were there in abundance.

    A brilliant performance.

  3. “I’m pleased with a couple of brilliant defensive efforts and a lot of positives that we can still take out of this game,” Coetzee said after the match.

    It’s hard to see how a coach can be pleased with ‘a couple of brilliant defensive efforts’ when eight awful defensive efforts blitzed them, plus no brilliance in the Springbok attack.

    57-30 would have been a hammering, but 57-zip is an awful result for South Africa.

    • Corky

       /  17th September 2017

      “I’m pleased with a couple of brilliant defensive efforts and a lot of positives that we can still take out of this game,”

      I was trying to remember where I had heard that deluded commentary before. Then it came to me- Steven Kearney explaining how the Warriors are coming along nicely.

  4. Trevors_elbow

     /  17th September 2017

    Boks were dreadful. ABs finish well for the first time this season and the forwards set piece was very good overall, with scrummage growing more powerful the longer the game went

    Hansen will be happy but defensively we were average in first up tackling at times… a better side would have scored points against us in first 15 or so minutes.

    • Blazer

       /  17th September 2017

      I think you’re right Trevor…the amount of possession and territory the Bok’s enjoyed was not turned into points.That new AB winger Ioane has super star written all over him.

  5. Zedd

     /  17th September 2017

    what happened to ‘it dont matter if you win or lose, but how you play the game’ ? SPORT

    since it became professional.. its become like business, win at any cost & rub their noses in it, for maximum effect ! (a bit like politics too)

    57-0… BORING sez I&I !

    • I didn’t find it boring. The AB’s performance was like watching poetry in motion. It was almost more Art than Sport.

    • duperez

       /  17th September 2017

      Since it became professional it’s become like business? It is business pure and simple.


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