Springboks vs France



  • Springboks:
    15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

    Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds.

    France:
    15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Loann Goujon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Yoann Maestri (c), 4 Julien le Devedec, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Clément Maynadier, 1 Jefferson Poirot

    Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Mohamed Boughanmi, 19 Bernard le Roux, 20 Kévin Gourdon, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Vincent Rattez



  • Refreshing to see a SA team with (a lot of) the dead wood removed.

    Do they really need to continue selecting Frans Steyn?



  • @Crucial said in Springboks vs France:

    Refreshing to see a SA team with (a lot of) the dead wood removed.

    Do they really need to continue selecting Frans Steyn?

    Good to see Cronje at halfback. He's had a very good season.

    Steyn's not a bad option off the bench given his versatility and experience.



  • I think this will be a yawn feast. Massive plodding forwards just bashing it up at 2 mile an hour. These 2 teams used to have some fantastic backs.



  • SARU so desperate for sponsorship, they accepted a deal with MTN - thereby damaging their relationship with long time Super Rugby sponsor Vodacom, who is a direct rival to MTN.

    At least the Jersey looks amazing though:
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    SARU must be desperate for cash to allow that yellow blob. Why it isn't inverted with the letters MTN in yellow god only knows.

    French are without their players from the T14 final, and if the boks manage to limp past the tired and depleted frogs, there will be a painful few more months of rugby articles about Bok Rugby's "New Dawn" and Alastair's "Road to Redemption".

    ..Until the Rugby Championship results send them scrambling again, that is.



  • Did anyone watch this game? A good win to the Boks.



  • @Bovidae said in Springboks vs France:

    Did anyone watch this game? A good win to the Boks.

    Big turnaround for the Boks. Pace, invention, commitment.

    Rugby needs a strong SA team.



  • @MiketheSnow So Coetzee let the Lions players play like they do in Super rugby instead of coaching the flair out of them.



  • Yep @Bovidae

    They looked good. Hungry.



  • Who is the prop playing on the left wing for France?



  • Geez that Malcolm Marx looks a good player. Boks look like they might have turned a corner, bit worried about how this team can build through the season.



  • Watched most until I feel asleep (from alcohol ....not the game). The Boks looked really good. Malcolm Marx looked an absolute beast.



  • I've just read that the crowd in Pretoria was only a little over 29K. That is the second lowest ever for a test at Loftus.



  • Yep, the public voted with their feet based on 2016 results.

    You would expect close to capacity for Durban.



  • @Number-10 said in Springboks vs France:

    Yep, the public voted with their feet based on 2016 results.

    2016: 12 games 4 wins

    They had lost 7 out of 8 leading into this match

    Hopefully they are turning it around it would be a disaster for southern hemisphere rugby if SA has prolonged decline like Wales did in the late 80's and 90's



  • @Duluth said in Springboks vs France:

    @Number-10 said in Springboks vs France:

    Yep, the public voted with their feet based on 2016 results.

    2016: 12 games 4 wins

    They had lost 7 out of 8 leading into this match

    Hopefully they are turning it around it would be a disaster for southern hemisphere rugby if SA has prolonged decline like Wales did in the late 80's and 90's

    And the Wabs follow that same trend