‘Boks give Wallabies a scare…

8 07 2007

‘Boks vs WallabiesDespite all the talk of the South African’s only sending a ‘B team’ to Australia/New Zealand, it didn’t stop them from storming out to an early 17-0 lead against Australia in Sydney last night. Two tries within the first 8 minutes, and it looked like it was going to be a torrid affair for the Australian unit. However, after scoring off a penalty, the ‘Boks wouldn’t score for another 65 minutes.

Gradually the more experienced Wallaby side worked their way back into the game, and asserted their will on the game, and ran out eventual winners 25-17.

Still, the local Australian crowd in Sydney gave the visitors a warm welcome, and the respect shown was well-deserved too. The supposed B team gave as good as they got – and despite fears of the game getting dirty, the Springboks played good, hard, clean rugby. George Gregan & Stephen Larkham – two Australian stalwarts for many, many years – played their last game on Australian soil last night, and this result was a fitting end to two great careers (they will still be playing in both New Zealand & in the World Cup in France later this year).

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The Mother of all Grudge Matches… Australia vs South Africa (Rugby)

7 07 2007

berger.jpgThe Springboks are angry. Very angry. For a few days now the insults have been flying, with Australia & New Zealand declaring that the South African Rugby team is resting 20 players just prior to the World Cup, sending basically a ‘B’ Team to tour the Southern Nations annual Tri-Nations series.

Australian Coach John Connolly has warned his troops that the team they are playing tonight at Telstra Stadium in Sydney will be playing for both pride & places in the World Cup squad. They are not to be taken lightly. South African Coach Jake White has sounded the battle horn. This from Rugby Heaven:

“The more I think about this team being labelled a ‘B’ team, the more angry it makes me,” White wrote. “And let me tell you – the players feel the same. They will be breathing fire when they charge on to Telstra Stadium.”

White was just as aggressive earlier in the week, when he said that the B-team tag was demeaning to him and his players. He even decided to thank the Australian media for helping him “with a huge amount of motivation”.

wallabie.jpg This certainly brings pause to proceedings – in past games, a team of angry Springboks has led to allegations of spitting, eye gouging, biting and altercations between team officials.

One things for sure, the fur will fly when the game kicks off at 8pm tonight – July 7th (Australia time).

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