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Watch: Springbok press conference

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'Rassie Erasmus says he was impressed by some of the individual Bok performances against the Wallabies, even though the victory was far from ‘world class’. . The post Watch: Springbok press conference appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

Aussies slam ‘out of depth’ ref

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and former captain Phil Kearns have slammed the officiating at Ellis Park and questioned the overall standard of elite referees after Australia’s loss to the Boks.The Wallabies slumped to a 35-17 defeat against the
'Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and former captain Phil Kearns have slammed the officiating at Ellis Park and questioned the overall standard of elite referees after Australia’s loss to the Boks.The Wallabies slumped to a 35-17 defeat against the Springboks in Johannesburg on Saturday.The visitors spurned a couple of scoring opportunities and conceded a controversial yellow card when replacement prop Taniela Tupou was sent off for a late, no-arms clean out on Rynhardt Elstadt.The TMO said he believed it was ‘clearly a shoulder charge to the chest’, while referee Paul Williams said on the field: ‘The guy is sitting there and he’s come running in with the shoulder.It’s clearly dangerous, it hit him in the chest after the whistle.Away you go.’ Th e Springboks scored 14 points in his absence.But Cheika believes the yellow card should have been given to a Springbok player. ‘ I make it as the wrong call,’ Cheika said after the game.  ‘The other guy [Springbok player] should have been sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge. ‘The fourth official should have focused on the green guy who came in with a shoulder charge and then Taniela came in after that to get him, with his arms wrapped at the right height. ‘I’m not sure if big contact is a penalty these days but that’s the wrong decision,’ Cheika lamented.The outspoken Kearns also lambasted the decision and the general standard of refereeing in the game. ‘I think it was a disgraceful decision,’ Kearns said. ‘That is a game changing moment and some of these guys are out of their depth.’ ‘I think so many times we put referees that are out of their depth into these games.We’ve all talked privately about the World Cup referees and there are a whole bunch of guys that are totally out of their depth.’ “I’m not sure if just big contact is a penalty these days” – Michael Cheika on Taniela Tupou’s yellow card against the Springboks Full Story: https://t.co/BRwpN9s8X3 — Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) July 21, 2019 Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images . The post Aussies slam ‘out of depth’ ref appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

Aussies slam ‘out of depth’ ref

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and former captain Phil Kearns have slammed the ‘disgraceful’ officiating at Ellis Park and questioned the overall standard of elite referees after Australia’s loss to the Boks.The Wallabies slumped to a 35-17 defeat
'Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and former captain Phil Kearns have slammed the ‘disgraceful’ officiating at Ellis Park and questioned the overall standard of elite referees after Australia’s loss to the Boks.The Wallabies slumped to a 35-17 defeat against the Springboks in Johannesburg on Saturday.The visitors spurned a couple of scoring opportunities and conceded a controversial yellow card when replacement prop Taniela Tupou was sent off a late, no-arms tackle on Rynhardt Elstadt.The TMO said he believed it was ‘clearly a shoulder charge to the chest’, while referee Paul Williams said on the field: ‘The guy is sitting there and he’s come running in with the shoulder.It’s clearly dangerous, it hit him in the chest after the whistle.Away you go.’ Th e Springboks scored 14 points in his absence.But Cheika believes the yellow cars should have been given to a Springbok player. ‘ I make it as the wrong call,’ Cheika said after the game,’ he said.  ‘The other guy [Springbok player] should have been sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge. ‘The fourth official should have focused on the green guy who came in with a shoulder charge and then Taniela came in after that to get him, with his arms wrapped at the right height. ‘I’m not sure if big contact is a penalty these days but that’s the wrong decision,’ Cheika lamented.The outspoken Kearns also lambasted the decision and the general standard of refereeing in the game. ‘I think it was a disgraceful decision,’ Kearns said. ‘That is a game changing moment and some of these guys are out of their depth.’ ‘I think so many times we put referees that are out of their depth into these games.We’ve all talked privately about the World Cup referees and there are a whole bunch of guys that are totally out of their depth.’ Photo: AP . The post Aussies slam ‘out of depth’ ref appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

Mallett: Win is so good for Boks

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What NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the Springboks’ Rugby Championship victory over the Wallabies at Ellis Park on Saturday.What was really good was before this game people were saying who after Faf de Klerk?
'What NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the Springboks’ Rugby Championship victory over the Wallabies at Ellis Park on Saturday.What was really good was before this game people were saying who after Faf de Klerk?Suddenly we have Cobus Reinach playing well when he came on and we have Herschel Jantjies, with a Man of the Match performance on debut.That is so good for the team.The same with Elton Jantjies, who has battled at the Boks for a while now, but there he was playing at Ellis Park and he was able to came through with a good kicking record today.Elton kicked beautifully and as the forwards started to dominate he began to play better because he was much standing much flatter.He grew into the game well.We know that Handre Pollard and Faf de Klerk are the No 1 halfback pairing, but going into the World Cup it won’t be a complete disaster if one of them get injured.You feel as though you got a bit of strength in depth there which is important.In fact, he wasn’t in control in the first half but it was a better last 20 minutes by Elton because he looked a little more comfortable having Francois Steyn on his outside.Steyn was brilliant when he came on in the last quarter, he have direction in the team.And he gave poor, old Bernard Foley a terrible time in that flyhalf channel because he ran at him off the back of scrums and got momentum every single time.Set pieces are a very important part of our game and I thought both front rows were outstanding, but Beast Mtawarira just absolutely came out on top of them.We’ve said what a great Super Rugby campaign Lizo Gqoboka has had and when he came on the scrums were just as affective.Sekope Kepu’s tendency is to go to ground as soon as he is under pressure and he did it early on and the ref allowed him to get away with it.But then it was obvious that he was the guy at fault and he started getting penalised regularly.And that was a very big part of why we dominanted in the first half.What I’ve heard through the players and the coaching staff is that it is a very united camp.The players respect each other and have been going flat out in training against each other.Honesty is the most important things in this team.The players know exactly where they stood three weeks ago.They knew who was going to start this game and who was going over to New Zealand earlier.This win is so good for the Boks because the team in New Zealand will have watched this and will be saying “listen some guys really put their hands up and it’s important for us now to perform well against the All Blacks”. It’s hard to win there but they did it last year and I think we are going to see a passionate performance from them next week.Photo: @Springboks/Twitter . The post Mallett: Win is so good for Boks appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

Three key points from past weekend

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CRAIG LEWIS identifies some of the good, the bad and the ugly to take away from the opening round of the Rugby Championship.THE GOOD Well, Herschel Jantjies, of course.It was a joy to watch the young scrumhalf in action on Saturday.In his Bok debut,
'CRAIG LEWIS identifies some of the good, the bad and the ugly to take away from the opening round of the Rugby Championship.THE GOOD Well, Herschel Jantjies , of course.It was a joy to watch the young scrumhalf in action on Saturday.In his Bok debut, he simply looked born to play Test rugby.His speed and accuracy of pass was outstanding, while he was quick to the breakdown and kicked well.Then there’s just the small matter of scoring two tries – the last of which saw him display the sort of vision that would make Fourie du Preez proud as he sniped around the fringes of a ruck to score.For a ‘second-string’ Bok side to clinch such an impressive win over Australia, it bodes particularly well for this Test season, while overseas-based returnees such as Cobus Reinach and Frans Steyn looked hungry for international rugby.One also has to make mention of Elton Jantjies’ goal-kicking, with the Lions flyhalf looking in fine rhythm from the kicking tee.READ: Rassie hails ‘awesome’ Herschel THE BAD It’s undoubtedly a good sign for the Springboks that it’s difficult to find anything bad to really say.Of course, it was by no means a perfect performance against the Wallabies, with the side lacking some defensive cohesion at times . However, that was certainly understandable when one considers how many new combinations there were in the first Test outing of the year.It can’t be forgotten that Australia did have one try disallowed for a forward pass, though, while Dane Haylett-Petty also knocked the ball on with the tryline at his mercy, which could have changed the context of the clash.So there will certainly be a few things for the Boks to work on, but ultimately they will be thrilled with Saturday’s outing.ALSO READ: Bok player ratings THE UGLY This was actually reserved for the clash in Buenos Aires, with the All Blacks and Argentina contesting a scrappy, inaccurate affair in their Rugby Championship opener.It’s not often that you see the All Blacks struggle with their finishing as much as they did in Argentina, with coach Steve Hansen acknowledging afterwards that there were plenty of early-season blues as a host of new combinations were sent into action.Yet, when one considers just how poorly the All Blacks played, the Pumas will be gutted that they failed to find a way to clinch what would have been a historic win over the world champs.In the dying stages, Argentina had two golden try-scoring opportunities, but could not strike the decisive blow, and ultimately fell to an agonising four-point defeat.REPORT: All Blacks survive Argentina scare Photo: SA Rugby . The post Three key points from past weekend appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

Steyn: I wasn’t ready to start

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Frans Steyn believes that he still has a lot to prove in the lead-up to the announcement of the World Cup squad.JON CARDINELLI in Johannesburg reports.The Boks beat the Wallabies 35-17 at Ellis Park on Saturday.While the collective performance was
'Frans Steyn believes that he still has a lot to prove in the lead-up to the announcement of the World Cup squad.JON CARDINELLI in Johannesburg reports.The Boks beat the Wallabies 35-17 at Ellis Park on Saturday.While the collective performance was far from polished, a few individuals caught the eye of coach Rassie Erasmus.Herschel Jantjies scored two tries on debut and received most of the plaudits.Cobus Reinach also made an impression in what was his first Test in four years.ALSO READ: Rassie hails ‘awesome’ Herschel André Esterhuizen, however, made several errors and conceded a yellow card for a high tackle that ultimately cost the Boks points in his absence.When Steyn was introduced in the second stanza, the Bok backline appeared to stabilise.Steyn himself played like a man possessed.The Test marked his first since 2017 and possibly a last chance to stake a World Cup claim.The centre has nothing left to prove in the context of his career.He was part of the Bok side that won the 2007 World Cup.Two years after that, he featured prominently for the team that beat the British & Irish Lions and won the Tri-Nations.That said, the cameo he produced at Ellis Park this past Saturday suggests that he’s hungry for another crack at the Webb Ellis Cup.COMMENT: Jantjies show stuns Aussies ‘I was nervous,’ Steyn told a group of journalists at the stadium. ‘My wife was pacing up and down at the hotel before we left for the game.Watching her made me nervous. ‘When we started to warm up at Ellis Park, I calmed down a little bit.’ Erasmus felt that Steyn played well  in the second half.The player himself, however, believes that he still has work to do. ‘I’ve been around and I’ve had my bad years,’ Steyn said. ‘Careers have ups and downs.It’s one of those things.Mine has gone up and down, as everybody in this room knows. ‘I’m actually happy that I didn’t start against Australia, because I’ve been in the squad for just two weeks and I’m still trying to get used to all the structures.I can’t say we don’t get coached that well in France, but Rassie and his team have really stepped up.They’ve done a great job.’ BOK PLAYER RATINGS: Jantjies stars The Boks will face the All Blacks in Wellington next Saturday.A group of players travelled to New Zealand earlier this week.The rest of the squad will fly out in the next 24 hours, and Steyn is expected to feature in the 23-man side at the Cake Tin. ‘It will be a massive game,’ he said. ‘We’ll have to wait and see if I get picked.If I don’t play, I’ll be there supporting the guys who do. ‘If I play, I’ll try my best.During my time here there probably will be some screw-ups.But I’ll do my best.’ Steyn refused to the entertain the idea that he’s already taken one step towards selection for the World Cup squad.What he has been pleased to note is the progress of this Bok side since the dark days of 2016 and 2017 – a period that witnessed a series of humiliating defeats. ‘The Boks have been through ups and downs.I don’t know who’s [part of the] A and B team at the moment,’ he added, referring to Erasmus’ split-squad policy for the Rugby Championship, ‘but there are 14 guys overseas and we still managed to beat Australia and get five log points. ‘Two years ago, who would have thought we would beat Australia like this?I was sitting in France, and I wouldn’t have predicted this, even if I was in the squad. ‘It’s just unbelievable what Rassie and SA Rugby have done.It’s unbelievably special for the players.’ Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images . The post Steyn: I wasn’t ready to start appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

All Blacks survive Argentina scare

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The All Blacks were held scoreless in the second half, but still managed to grind out a 20-16 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday.CRAIG LEWIS reports.
'The All Blacks were held scoreless in the second half, but still managed to grind out a 20-16 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday.CRAIG LEWIS reports.In the opening game of the Rugby Championship, the Springboks laid down a real marker when they secured a bonus-point win over the Wallabies despite fielding what was largely seen as a ‘second-string’ side.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had also opted to field a somewhat experimental side against Argentina, and when one considered the success of the Jaguares in Vodacom Super Rugby, it was always expected to be a highly competitive battle in Buenos Aires.It turned out to be just that, with the All Blacks holding on to a tenuous four-point lead for the majority of a second half in which they spent plenty of time on defence.When one considers just how lethal the All Blacks usually are with ball in hand, they will be bitterly disappointed by this disjointed performance, although it should give the Boks even more reason to believe they could have a real shot at victory when the two teams meet in a Wellington rematch next weekend.In the dramatic final stages of the clash in Argentina, the Pumas twice kicked the ball to the corner and set up attacking 5m lineouts in search of a historic victory, but ultimately couldn’t find the means to break down the All Blacks’ defence.Earlier, the visitors had headed into half time with an undeniably fortuitous 20-9 lead, with Brodie Retallick snapping up an intercept to score a 50m try in the 39th minute.Re-live Brodie Retallick’s sensational intercept!Watch the second half live on @skysportnz #ARGvNZL pic.twitter.com/UhrxArtfes — All Blacks (@AllBlacks) July 20, 2019 However, soon after the restart, Argentina cut the deficit back to just four points after a cross kick from Nicolas Sanchez set up a key try for Emiliano Boffelli.From there, both teams had opportunities to strike key blows, but lacked the necessary finishing, with the All Blacks ultimately holding on for victory.Argentina – Try: Emiliano Boffelli.Conversion: Nicolas Sanchez.Penalties: Sanchez (2). Boffelli.All Blacks – Tries: Ngani Laumape, Brodie Retallick.Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2).  Penalties: Barrett (2). Argentina –  15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matías Moroni, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.Subs: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 23 Joaquín Tuculet.All Blacks –  15 Ben Smith, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Jordie Barrett, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ofa Tuungafasi.Subs: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Braydon Ennor.Photo: Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images . The post All Blacks survive Argentina scare appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

Watch: Boks media conference

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Hear what Rassie Erasmus had to say following the Boks’ impressive bonus-point win over the Wallabies in Johannesburg on Saturday.
'Hear what Rassie Erasmus had to say following the Boks’ impressive bonus-point win over the Wallabies in Johannesburg on Saturday.Rassie Erasmus on the travel plans and how he plans to select the side for the next game against New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/TleUY6rFyW — SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) July 20, 2019 Rassie Erasmus says the performance against Australia wasn’t anywhere near world-class but several individual impressed. pic.twitter.com/PWZXltSsIv — SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) July 20, 2019 Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus praises Herschel Jantjies’ performance on debut. pic.twitter.com/8fR8doUUIj — SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) July 20, 2019 . The post Watch: Boks media conference appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'

Rassie hails ‘awesome’ Herschel

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Rassie Erasmus has heaped praise on Herschel Jantjies after the scrumhalf’s man-of-the-match performance against Australia.JON CARDINELLI reports.The Boks scored five tries in their 35-17 win over the Wallabies at Ellis Park on Saturday.
'Rassie Erasmus has heaped praise on Herschel Jantjies after the scrumhalf’s man-of-the-match performance against Australia.JON CARDINELLI reports.The Boks scored five tries in their 35-17 win over the Wallabies at Ellis Park on Saturday.Jantjies, starting in his first game for South Africa, scored a brace and made some key contributions with the boot and on defence. ‘You don’t want to praise a guy too much, but you can’t do other than praise him after the way he played,’ Erasmus said afterwards. ‘If you look at where he was in the Currie Cup last year, and to see him in Test match rugby now… his service, his box kicks, the technical things and the grit on defence, as well as the way he attacked… it was just awesome. ‘Hopefully he can just grow from here.The confidence is certainly high.The opposition will just be tougher and tougher as we get closer to the World Cup.But it’s a great start from him and he can be very proud.’ REPORT: Jantjies show stuns Aussies While the Bok coach was happy with some of the individual performances, he admitted that the side lacked cohesion at times.That was to be expected, though, given so many first-choice players were missing and Erasmus opted to field several brand new combinations at Ellis Park. ‘We know that this was not a world class performance.Not even close.The way we played today won’t get us into World Cup playoffs. ‘We expected that with the team we picked.The big takeaway was the performance of individuals.’ Erasmus said that the squad will comprise 34 or 35 players by the time everybody has arrived in New Zealand.The Boks will face the All Blacks in Wellington next week. ‘Thirteen players are already in New Zealand,’ he said. ‘Eight more will fly tonight with the coaches.More will fly on Sunday. ‘The players already there will know that they will probably be in the match 23.There are no guarantees that they will start. ‘Some of the guys who fly tonight might start.Some of the guys who travel on Sunday might be on the bench. ‘We’ll sit on the plane and do our selections and analysis.At least the bulk of next week’s team is used to that time zone and are acclimatised.A few guys who played well tonight will make us think.’ Bok player ratings: Jantjies stars  Photo: EPA/Kim Ludbrook . The post Rassie hails ‘awesome’ Herschel appeared first on SA Rugbymag .'