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I really like the voice of this South African artist: Helena Hettema. She sings the song about her uncle on a farm in ‘Africa’ – he’s in trouble and can’t uphold his payments with the bank and in his letter, he asks to send Mannetjies Roux his greetings. Mannetjies Roux is a legend in South African rugby. You can see him in the video clips near the bottom of this entry. As a rugby-lover myself, I enjoyed watching these clips and wonder if the Springbok team will ever be the mighty ‘power machine’ they used to be a few years ago. I’d seen quite a few games on Loftus Versfeld and haven’t seen the brilliant rugby from the team after the 1995-team of Francois Pienaar. I hope anyone reading here disagree with me as that will give me some hope. Helena sings the very famous and popular song: Send Mannetjies Roux my greetings.

Greetings to Mannetjies Roux

My uncle’s car is an old machine,
He fills it up with diesoline,
And he sings on the roads when he comes to see me,
My uncle is old and I’m just about thirteen.

My uncle drinks coffee and my auntie tea,
I ask about the rain and he says ‘yes, no!’
And he drinks sweet coffee with one eye closed,
And he talks of the try of Mannetjies Roux.

Oh send us just a little rain,
My uncle has a tankful of diesoline,
And bless my mum and bless my dad,
And my uncle on his farm in Africa!

My uncle struggled on the farm,
Because the sun was too hot and rain was little,
The clerk from the bank just nodded his head,
Because my uncle, yes my uncle, was deep in debt.

Oh send us just a little rain,
My uncle has a tankful of diesoline,
And bless my mum and bless my dad,
And my uncle on his farm in Africa!

And in the morning, if you walk through the fields,
Then, you hear my uncle with his car with its ‘clack, clack clack,’
But my uncle, yes my uncle’s eyes are both now closed,
And in his letter he sends his greetings to Mannetjies Roux.

Oh send us just a little rain,
My uncle has a tankful of diesoline,
And bless my mum and bless my dad,
And my uncle on his farm in Africa!


Mannetjies Roux – the rugby player

A true legend

Mannetjies Roux interview – telling how he heard about this song the first time – very emotional.

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The new Springbok Captain: Jean de Villiers [image:sportsillustrated.co.za]

I’ve always been a rugby lover, but don’t know the current squad, but like always, will support them and stay loyal to the Bokke! So, go Bokke go! I don’t know Jean, the new captain, but hey, who cares, he’s a Bok, so he will be BRILLIANT!

The squad to face England here:

http://www.sportsillustrated.co.za/rugby/bok-squad-named-to-face-england/

Springboks: fixtures

Date Match Time Venue
June 2012
09 June South Africa v England 17:00 Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
16 June South Africa v England 17:00 Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg
23 June South Africa v England 17:00 Port Elizabeth
August 2012
18 August South Africa v Argentina 17:00 DHL Newlands, Cape Town
25 August Argentina v South Africa 21:10 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
September 2012
08 September Australia v South Africa 12:35 Patersons Stadium, Perth
15 September New Zealand v South Africa 09:35 Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
29 September South Africa v Australia 17:00 Pretoria
October 2012
06 October South Africa v New Zealand 17:00 FNB Stadium, Soweto
November 2012
10 November Ireland v South Africa 00:00 AVIVA Stadium, Dublin
17 November Scotland v South Africa 00:00 Murrayfield, Edinburgh
24 November England v South Africa 00:00 Twickenham Stadium, London

Source: news24.com


First of 3 tests

2nd Test – one more to go! Morne Steyn, jy  verdien nie om ‘n Springbok te wees nie!


Photo: Telegraphhamburger photo! lol
Click HERE to see how the two teams got rated for their play in the second test.

Test 3: 14-14 – Draw

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You’re in my heart, you’re in my soul – today! Good luck, you know you can do it!  If you watch this video, see if you can spot the Lions in the breakers.

Bokke: I wished you good luck this morning…well done!

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Great Bokke!!

Wallace goes down short side but Boks force him into touch easily. O’Connell pinches throw and ball is spread wide. Roberts breaks first tackle and feeds O’Driscoll, who cuts back inside. Pietersen stops O’Driscoll but pops the ball up for Croft who goes over for lovely try. 13-5.

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33 min…Pienaar from in front of the posts makes it 16-7.

35 min –Pienaar from wide out makes it 19-7….wow!

38 min…Lions again penalised at scrum and again Vickery is ruled guilty party. That’s three times now and the England prop gets warning from ref. Thankfull for Lions Pienaar off target with kick on goal.
40 min…Ref blows for half-time and the Lions trail 19-7. Not a good half for the tourists. Things not going there way at all, especially in the scrums, where they were supposed to have the edge. It’s not over yet, but it will take a monumental effort to turn this round!

Springboks vs Lions

First Half…SA 19 – Lions 7

Whoops!! just look at this one!

47 min…Pienaar adds conversion and Lions trail 26-7.

49 min…Attacking scrum for Lions and again Roberts and O’Driscoll combine to make inroads in Boks midfield. Wallace makes good ground, Phillips dummies and goes for the line. Has he got it down? Ref goes to TMO and it looks like Phillips lost control. Scrum five to Boks.

53 min…O’Driscoll’s turn this time to get caught in midfield and Boks earn penalty.

55min …Lions stringing together some phases here but not really making any ground. Roberts makes half break in midfield but again the Boks tackling is good. Monye hands off Smit to make some space but Lions going sideways.

 59min…Game seems to have gone a little flat, maybe because Boks are so comfortable! Lions need a try and a try soon if they are going to get back into this.

64min…Lions attacking deep in Boks 22, but tackling is fierce and they are not getting quick ball. Boks offside and Lions have penalty in front of posts. O’Connell opts for scrum.

Second half..Bokke 26- Lions 7

65 min…More Boks replacements: Carstens for Mtawarira, Steenkamp for Smit and Steyn for Pienaar.

66 min…Boks concede another penalty – and why not. Lions need to score tries and they know the Boks know they won’t kick. Williams on for Wallace.

 69min…Lions keep on battering Boks line. Roberts and O’Driscoll again prominant and the Irishman pops ball up for Croft to go over for his second try. Well played.

Springboks…26-Lions…14

72min…Lions keep on attacking. Another try now would make it very interesting. Boks concede another penalty and Phillips takes quick tap. Ball is recycled and spun wide to Monye, who cuts inside for what looks like certain try only for Fourie to knock ball clear.

76 min…Spies knocks on after picking up at scrum 5m from his line. Lions have put in. Boks feeling the heat now, but they know they are still 12 points clear. Lions must score. Monye almost clear, ref awards another penalty and Lions opt for scrum.

75min…Heaslip picks up and feeds Roberts on the crash. The centre is just held up. But Lions recycle ball and Phillips darts ocver. 26-19 – game on!

NO!! BOKKE!!

76min …Jones adds conversion to make it 26-21

77min…Jones kicks downfield and Januarie makes glaring knock on in his own half. Is this the Lions last chance?

78min…Roberts breaks tackle in midfield but unable to find Bowe in support – so close! Boks kick long and O’Driscoll chips ahead. Boks penalised for offside and Jones kicks for corner.’O’Driscoll down but thankfully up again. Jones kick for corner too conservative! Boks knock on at lineout and Lions have scrum.

2 minutes to go!

80min…Lions try to break through midfield but Boks defence good and they force penalty for Lions failing to release. Pienaar kicks for touch and one line out left.

80min…Lions need to pinch this ball as hooter goes. But Bekker takes catch cleanly and Januarie kicks to touch for final whistle. Boks win 26-21

Springboks Lions final score test 1

Habana

Habana… only one of my favourite Springbok rugby players – Images: yahoo

Fourie Du Preez

Another favourite: Fourie Du Preez (right)

Second Test : 27th June 2009

Lions tour 2009 test 2

Bokke: 28 – Lions: 25

The Springboks did a great comeback…they were behind during the first half! You should read this update about the 2nd test from the bottom to the top. Comments from Yahoo:
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/rugby/lions-2009/2009/s-africa-lions-279939.html

80’Morne Styen has chance from 5m inside his own half to win the series. Steyn on target and Boks have won the series. 28-25. What a game. Epic is the only word to describe. Lions will feel they let it slip but got to hand it to the Boks for coming back. Thanks for joining us.

80’Du Preez darts into Lions defence. Last chance maybe for Boks to reclaim the series. Steyn break first line and Jacobs almost clear but for tackle of Williams. Morne Steyn is in the pocket but his drop is short. Kearney kicks up field. Steyn replies, O’Gara responds and Boks earn penalty for O’Gara taking man out in the air.

78’Williams tries to counter but is flattened by Brussow. Lions win penalty for high tackle Bekker on Stephen Jones continues attack. Jones has chance to level scores from touchline. And he does! What a kick! 25-25.

74’Steyn adds conversion and Boks lead 25-22. 74’Boks lineout 15m from Lions line. Spies falttens O’Gara as Boks continue to attack. Boks work Fourie into space on the right wing, the replacement rides the tackle of Phillips and crashes over in the corner. Lions look out on their feet as ref goes to TMO – tough call. TMO is saying yes but touch judge asks again. Try and Boks lead 23-22.

73’Great tackle Bowe on Habana in midfield. But Boks still have ball and Lions under pressure. Shaw tackles high and ref awards penalty to Boks, who chose to go for the corner. Home side going for juggular here!

72’O’Connell forces turnover but Brussow immediately forces pinches ball back for Boks. Shaw has been immense this game and despite his age is stil going strong.

70′ O’Gara and Martyn Williams on now. 70′ Lions have had to make all sorts of changes to their lineup but Burger a mile off side and Lions have kick right in front of goal. Jones nails kick and Lions lead by four. 22-18. 69′ Steyn lands penalty and Lions lead now by one point. 19-18. 68′ Lions in disarray with injuries as Roberts now off. 66′ O’Driscoll is off and Shane Williams on as Boks pressure Lions in defence and earn penalty. Boks opt for quick tap but lose ball. Madness by Boks not taking kick on goal! Lions win penalty but Jones fails to find touch. Steyn chips ahead but Roberts claims ball, only for ref to award Boks penalty.

64′ Steyn adds conversion and Lions lead now just 19-15. 64′ Lions lineout not straight, Boks opt for scrum and Habana comes flying in off his wing and scores under posts. 19-13. Nice try as Boks right back in it. 62 Brussow on for Rossouw. 62′ O’Driscoll flattens Rossouw and both players look knackered. Rossouw got up but collapsed immediately, O’Driscoll is getting some treatment. Rossouw being taken off on buggy, O’Driscoll back in the fray. Good on the Irishman! 61′ Smit concedes penalty and Jones has chance to extend Lions lead. Not an easy one but he must get it from towards touchline. Beautiful kick moves Lions 19-8 ahead. What composure from the Llanelli man!

59′ Rossouw on for Smith, Bekker for Botha. 58′ Boks getting their hands more on the ball now and one has the feeling this is going to go down to the wire – the Lions are going to have to tackle themselves to a standstill and get more points too as Boks up the tempo. 56′ Fourie on for De Villiers. 56′ Habana almost clear as he cuts inside but Phillips makes a superb tackle after Spies missed by Croft. 55′ O’Driscoll and Roberts both make inroads into Boks defence. Lions recycle but Lions knock on in midfield. Match has gone a little flat as Morne Steyn comes on for Pienaar.

53′ Jonjes chips ahead and Habana knocks on, but ref calls Lions back for offside. Another chance for Pienaar. Looks like Alun-Wyn Jones was man penalised, but Pienaar again misses. Another let off for Lions as Pienaar looks to be cracking under the pressure. That one was right in front of posts and six points have now gone begging. 51′ Uncontested scrums for remainder of the game as Jones high ball marked by Steyn. 50′ Ref having a word now with Botha and Sheridan for constant verbals between the two.

50′ Boks looking to spin the ball a bit more now. Lions hack through and force Boks back, but ref has awarded scrum to Lions for Jacobs knock on. 48′ High tackle Rees on Burger and Boks have penalty just inside Lions half. Pienaar to have a shot at goal but the fly-half scuffs it and score remains 16-8. 47′ Pietersen charged down but Shaw offside for not retreating. Pieanar kicsk Boks down to halfway.

45′ Botyh props off the field now. Alun-Wyn Jones on but there will be uncontested scrums now. 45′ Adam Jones also in the wars with an elbow injury! 45′ Jenkins has taken another knock to his face during tackle with O’Driscoll on Habana. The prop is leaving the field and Sheridan back on. 45′ Lions being stretched here as Boks string together series of attacks. So far the tackling good and Lions force turnover allowing Jones to kick downfield. Steyn outside 22 but gets away with his kick to touch. 44′ Du Preez takes lovely high ball and Boks kick deep downfield. Fitzgerald back to clear. Boks break down the right but Lions counter-ruck superbly and force turnover. Habana smashed by O’Driscoll as Boks trty to counter.

42′ Another glorious take by Kearney, who swivels and finds another lovely touch back on Boks 22 line. The boy is on fire. 41′ Pienaar starts the second half. 40′ A fantastic first half for the Lions as the ref blows for half-time. Lions 16-8 and there’s all to play for. If the tourists can maintain parity up front their backs look more than capable of causing the Boks problems.

40′ Boks concede free-kick from lineout and Lions allowed to clear danger. Lions scrum very solid as they spin ball to the right, Jones loops O’Driscoll and is clear but ref penalises for crossing and Boks have penalty. A chance for Steyn from his own half and this time it’s on target. Fine kick as he cuts Lions lead to 16-8. 38′ Habana smashes Bowe from the kickoff but Lions retain possession and Jones kicks downfield. Boks reply and Kearny again takes another supebr catch, but Roberts kick for touch is straight out and Boks have lineout in Lions 22.

36′ Lions pick and drive their way towards Boks try-line. Jones drops back into the pocket and nails a lovely drop goal. 16-5. Well played by the Lions. 34′ Another great scrum from Lions and they pinch ball before Burger steals it back. Lions force turnover and work Fiztgerald into space on the left wing with some lovely hands. He feeds the ball back inside and O’Driscoll is hauled down. But Lions are on front foot here! 31′ Pienaar tackled by Roberts and O’Driscoll in quickly to earn Lions penalty. The Ireland skipper is so good in defence. Jenkins back on for Sheridan as Kearny finds lovely touch on Boks 22.

29′ Good counter rucking from Lions and they force turnover. Pienaar sends up high ball but Kearny takes it quite superbly, feeds O’Driscoll and the centre kicks ahead. Lovely stuff from the Lions full-back. 27′ Nice drive from Sheridan sets up Lions attacking position in middle of field. The big prop takes it again but this time he’s pinged for holding on. Good effort though, but it allows Boks to kick down to Lions 22. 26′ Habana fails to find touch, Kearny gathers and goes for long drop goal but it’s never going over.

25′ High charge Pietersen on Kearny. Daft from the Boks wing as Kearny was stuck in corner and had nowhere the go. Jones kicks 40m donwfield. 24′ Sheridan on for Jenkins who is off for repairs. 22′ O’Driscoll loose pass intercepted by Habana and the wing almost gets away. Shaw high tackle in enusing Boks attack and home side have penalty. Steyn handed ball as it’s a long chance. It has the legs but is wide.

19′ Fasntastic scrum by Lions and Jones gets the better of the Beast and earns Lions a penalty. Stunning from the Wales prop! Boks concede penalty at lineout and Jones kicks Lions down to Boks 22. 18′ Lovely box kick from Phillips but Bowe knocks on as he challenges Spies. Bowe buzzing at the moment as scrums set for the first time. Cross kick from Pienaar superbly claimed by Pietersen, who chips ahead and Fitzgerald forced to touch down. 5m scrum for Boks.

15′ Phillips dummmies and goes as Lions attack into Boks 22. Wallace continues drive and Boks are offside. Easy chance for Jones and he makes it 13-5. 13′ Danger signs for the Lions with du Preez looking on form. 13′ Somehow Pienaar misses conversion and it remains 10-5. 12′ Boks win throw comfrotably, Du Preez runs at Lions defence and pops ball up for Pietersen who glides through for Boks opening try. Nicely created from set piece. 10-5. 11′ Heaslip crashes into the Boks backs and sets up ball. Jenkins takes ball into Boks midfield but is pinged for not releasing. Looks a tad harsh as Jenkins’s hands were not on the ball. Boks kick down towards Lions 22 as Burger comes on to boos of Lions fans.

9′ The Lions always said they felt they had the Boks in the backs and it’s proving as much so far. 8′ Jones adds the conversion and Lions lead 10-0. What a start from the Lions! 7′ All Lions here. Great Jones offload to Kearny and the Irishman shows great composure as he dummies the defence and slides over in the corner. Lions lead 8-0. 5′ Boks charged down and the Lions have them rattled here. Sadly ball does not break for the visitors, but the pressure is all on the Boks here. 5′ Bit of afters between O’Driscoll and Matfield as scuffle breaks out. O’Driscoll penalised but Boks miss touch and Fiztgerald launches high ball.

4′ Kearny takes fine catch and launches counter from deep. Rees is on his shoulder but sadly spills ball as Lions move deep into Boks 22. 3′ Jones on target and Lions lead 3-0. Great start! 2′ Croft wins throw and Boks penalised for offside as Shaw takes ball into midfield. 1′ Looks like Burger is in trouble already for a finger in the eye of Fitzgerald. yellow for Burger and Jones kicks Lions into Boks 22. What a start! Burger lucky to get just a yellow. 1′ Boks take kick-off and launch early rolling maul and earn penalty. Good start for Springbok pack and worrying for the Lions.

1′ Big day for French referee Christophe Berdos as he starts the game, with Jones kicking off for the Lions. – Ian McGeechan has never lost a second Test as a head coach and will hope to maintain that record this afternoon. It’s one almighty task for the Lions: what have they up their sleeve to negate the massive Boks pack?

They will need something. – It’s a wonderful, sunny afternoon at Loftus Versfeld, home of Super 14 champions the Bulls, who have five players in the Boks’ starting XV. – Despite being on the end of a potential hiding for the first 50 minutes last week, the Lions finished with aplomb and almost sneaked a remarkable victory. They will need to retain that memory if they are to overcome a Boks side that is likely to be even stronger. – The Boks make just the one change, with former world player of the year Schalk Burger back at blindside flank after recovering from injury. Burger replaces the unfortunate Heinrich Brussow, who was outstanding last week. – On the bench, Shane and Martyn Williams will hope to get the chance to show off their undoubted skills, while Andrew Sheridan will likely get the chance to make an impact in the front row late in the game. – A few changes to the Lions starting XV after their mullering up front last week: Adam Jones and Matthew Rees into the front row, and Simon Shaw at lock to add some ballast. Behind the scrum, Rob Kearney comes in at full-back for the injured Lee Byrne, while Luke Fitzgerald gets his chance on the left wing in place of Ugo Monye. – Good afternoon and welcome to the big one: the second Test between the British and Irish Lions against world champions South Africa from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. A must-win game for the Lions after their thrilling 26-21 defeat last weekend.

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South Africa humiliate England
Eurosport – Sat, 22 Nov 19:06:00 2008

World champions South Africa pounced on another error-strewn performance by England to consign the hosts to a record 42-6 defeat at Twickenham.

 England v South Africa

First half tries from Danie Rossouw and Ruan Pienaar were added to after the interval by Adi Jacobs, Jaque Fourie and Bryan Habana as South Africa ran in five scores despite having a man sent to the sin-bin in either half.

“It was a brutal lesson,” Johnson said. “We created a lot of opportunities but the execution was poor.”

“It’s a real character week for all of us now. We can either pack it all up or come back and try to win the game. We have to bounce back and play our hearts out.”

England made a solid start to the match with Danny Cipriani giving the hosts a three point lead within a minute, but Pienaar quickly levelled up for South Africa when England were penalised for not releasing the ball at the breakdown.

Cipriani had a second chance to put England in the lead but his effort for the halfway line fell just short.

It was a decent effort from the young England fly-half but South Africa took the escape as a signal to run riot as England produced another error-riddled performance.

Roussow forced his way over for the first try after an attacking line-out for the hosts when the England defence was exposed.

Pienaar added the extras before single-handedly exposing England’s inexperience – Cipriani took far too long over a clearance kick allowing the Springbok to charge the ball down and run away for an unchallenged solo try that he also converted.

England once again found themselves penalised at the breakdown, allowing Pienaar to add another penalty to South Africa’s tally.

Cipriani recovered his composure enough to double England’s output in the first half but it was scant consolation to the hosts who were being dominated in all aspects of the game.

Things were to go from bad to worse though for England as, not only did they fail to put any points on the board while Tendai Mtawarira was in the sin bin, but they were also forced to defend frantically for the last 10 minutes of the half to keep the score down at 20-6.

There were better signs from England at the start of the second half as Ugo Monye and Delon Armitage, both bright points for England, strung some moves together. But again the final ball was a problem and the hosts were unable to capitalise.

South Africa quickly recovered though and Adi Jacobs scored their third try of the afternoon after a brilliant decoy run from Jean De Villiers had opened up acres of space for JP Pietersen.

Pienaar again added the conversion before kicking a third penalty when Nick Easter was caught playing the ball off his feet.

South Africa saw Conrad Jantjes sent to the sin-bin for a late shoulder charge on Armitage, after the London Irish man had already chipped the ball away upfield.

But again England failed to take advantage of the opportunity and the final 10 minutes will be some that Johnson will want to forget the most as South Africa ran in another two tries.

Fourie got the first by out-muscling Paul Sackey for a loose ball before running through to touch down unchallenged. Replacement Francois Steyn added the conversion before the Boks finished with a flourish working the ball across the field for Habana to cross over on the right wing.
Source: Yahoo http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/22112008/58/south-africa-humiliate-england.html

This report is from Yahoo…minute-by-minute and you should start reading it from the bottom:)

FT Referee Rose calls time on England’s misery and that concludes out coverage for now as well. Stick around for Wales v New Zealand in an hours time. England face the All Blacks next week of course in their final match of the year

80′ Steyn misses with his second conversion attempt but South Africa have already consigned England to their heaviest ever defeat at Twickenham

79′ It’s too easy now for South Africa as they work the ball across the field to Habana, who touches down on the right wing to add salt to England’s wounds

76′ Francois Steyn takes over from where Pienaar left off and adds the conversion. This is embarassing for England now

76′ TRY SOUTH AFRICA! Jacque Fourie sprints away with the loose ball after muscling Sackey off the ball. Armitage does well to track back and ankle tap Fourie but the South African does well to get back up and has an easy run in for the try

75′ Easter has the ball but he is driven back again and Cipriani spills the ball forward

75′ England now are within sight of the line as Monye breaks … Armitage is with him … he finds Shaw but England are hassled into touch

73′ South Africa break again as Burger gets within inches of the line but England’s defence stands firm this time and they turn the ball over

69’To their credit, England are still pushing for territory but again their passing is letting them down as a ball out wide to Sackey goes astray

66’Again South Africa push them back and Januarie turns the ball over before clearing downfield

65’England take the scrum and quickly get another – this time on the five metre line – when South Africa are penalised

64’Armitage breaks for England … he could be on here for the try … he chips through but Conrad Jantjies shoulder charges the London Irish man after the ball has gone and he is off with an immediate yellow card. Shocking from the South African

63’PENALTY SOUTH AFRICA! Pienaar doesn’t miss chances like that – he thumps the ball between the posts and South Africa have 30 points at Twickenham

62’Easter is penalised for going in off his feet and South Africa hav another chance to extend their lead – again

60’Monye picks up the ball and looks for something positive again but he is driven back a good five metres and that just sums up England’s day

58’England decide to go for the corner and push for the try – they are forced back but Danny Care again is almost away. The ball finds it’s way out to Cipriani, whose pass out wide is shocking. He is having a horrible day. All that needed was a simple pass to Flood, who had Sackey outside him, but Cipriani put the ball into the middle of nowhere and it dribbled out into touch

57’Rossouw then adds another horrible tackle on Nick Easter – really very high with one arm before grabbing Easter’s head with the other arm. England have the penalty

56’Monye and Armitage are the two highlights for England today as the former is on the receiving end of a horribly high tackle from De Villiers

50’Pienaar, unsurprisingly, adds the extra two points and the Boks are well and truly in control of this match over every inch of the park

50’TRY SOUTH AFRICA! De Villiers provides a brilliant decoy run off the back of a line-out, to create acres of space for Pietersen, who offloads to Jacobs for the third try of the afternoon

47’Sackey is in acres of space on the right wing but the pass out wide to him is a poor one and he has to stop dead to pick it up off his feet and South Africa turn the ball over before Pienaar clears down field. How did England not score there?

46’Sackey picks up a loose ball on the right wing but he is dragged down five metres out – England recycle the ball across the pitch to the left wing where they get within milimetres of the line with Danny Care

45’Monye makes a great break down the left wing making a good 30m or so after receiving the ball from Armitage. Habana brings him down but England still have possession

44’A high ball causes havoc as De Villiers puts a lot of pressure on Armitage at the back … but England escape when South Africa knock on

43’Care on the break as England look to make a better start to this second half

41’Second half underway at Twickenham .

..40+2There is the half-time whistle and England have held on to remain just the 14 points down! They really need to come out firing on all cylinders after the break if this match is to be turned around. It’s been a furious first half, go grab a brew (or a beer if you prefer) and we’ll be back in about 15 minutes time40+1England turn the ball over again before Cipriani finds Monye, who in turn charges away on the right wing … he kicks upfield before being taken out and the ball has gone out on the full

40’The ball only goes as far as Habana but Care has chased his kick on and puts in a great tackle to stop the South African’s charge

39 ’90 seconds until half time should be called and England must not concede again as South Africa work throught the phases before Danny Care comes to the rescue to clear

37’Oh dear, oh dear – England are in all kinds of trouble as they spill the ball and Monye is forced to collect, run the ball back over his own tryline before being able to clear36’Pienaar has another chance to kick at the posts albeit from inside his own half. But his kick doesn’t quite have the distance and England escape

35’Another Cipriani kick bounces off a South Africa player and the visitors have possession back – with Januarie looking to fashion a move after a stunning, through the legs offload from Smit! South Africa are looking really confident now, and why wouldn’t they be?

34’Flood makes his first impression on the South African’s as he kicks upfield and chases himself. It doesn’t fall kindly for the Leicester man but Sackey is there to help tackle Pietersen, who has collected

32’Simon Shaw has also been brought off to be replaced by Tom Palmer and Martin Johnson is looked to address this bad start quickly which is a good sign

31’Flutey limps off but Flood will replace him and his right footed kicking game should just help Cipriani settle into his left footed game now

29’The referee has had enough of the penalties at the breakdown and Mtawarira has been sent to the bin for 10 minutes

28’PENALTY ENGLAND! Much better from Cipriani there as he holds his nerve to put another three points on the board with a solid kick from the right wing. Still 14 points in it though

26’It’s become really quite scrappy now as England desperately search for a way to get back into this match

24’PENALTY SOUTH AFRICA! A great kick from Pienaar from the left touchline and the visitors are beginning to run away with this

23’England are penalised once again for being off their feet at the breakdown and Pienaar will have another chance to extend South Africa’s lead

20’Care to Rees, to Haskell. Haskell finds Armitage on his outside and the London Irish man is away down the left wing … brilliant covering from South Africa as Pietersen and Botha shove Armitage into touch with just millimetres to go to the line

18′ Pienaar again adds the easy conversion kick and South Africa have 14 points from two trips into the England 22

18′ TRY SOUTH AFRICA! That’s just embarassing from England’s point of view as Cipriani, with 10 metres space to clear, sees his kick charged down by Pienaar, who then has an easy run in over the line for the Boks second try

16′ Pienaar adds the straight-forward conversion and South Africa have a seven point lead after just quarter of an hour

15′ TRY SOUTH AFRICA! Danie Rossouw receives the ball after a moment of brilliance from Januarie and the Springbok back rower touches down just to the right of the posts

14′ Scrum five to South Africa now as Pienaar tries to find his man on the right wing

12′ South Africa steal the ball from Haskell and make a break of their own – they’ve made it out of their own half. Bryan Habana with the ball and it’s great play from Sackey to get his fingertips on the ball and knock it out of the hands of the South African winger

11′ England pushing for the try line from a five metre scrum – they work the ball out wide through the hands of Cipriani, Rees, Haskell, Noon, Flutey

9′ Cipriani with a chance to put England in the lead again but it’s the kick is from the half way line and it doesn’t quite have the legs to get there 6′ PENALTY SOUTH AFRICA! Ruan Pienaar levels up for South Africa after England are penalised for failing to release the ball

2′ PENALTY ENGLAND! A great start for England as Cipriani quickly puts a simple kick in between the posts to snatch the early lead 1′ Here we go then – we’re underway at Twickenham for a replay of last year’s World Cup final …

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SOUTH AFRICA VS WALES



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Fourie Du Preez… the latest addition to my Springbok-heroes! Where is Percy! I do miss you today Percy!! The score is now 13-3 …of course South Africa leading..so far…it’s half time now! GO BOKKE!! MWHUAH! to Jean De Villiers! 20-3 now. Hmmm….20-12…South Africa…come on! I’m not even aware of the existence of Habana in the team today…is he getting “old” or what! and Schalk Burger (having the same name and surname as my great grandad..but luckily not family!) you shouldn’t be in the team…firstly, get a good hair cut! (before playing as a Springbok again) and don’t be “all over the place”! Also, you have calmed down a bit, but you can calm down a little bit more…Game over! 20-15 and South Africa: you are not as good as you were before! Wales played a good game and Alan Powell (Wales) is a great player! Congrats South Africa!! Glad you won! but too many penalties! All the points Wales scored were just because of penalties!! No good, my favourite team!! and I guess you know it! But, at least you fought a great battle against Wales as they couldn’t score a try although they tried very hard. Well done to the Boks being there every time the players of the Wales-team thought “now is that moment”…and then you were there to tackle them!

Jean de Villiers

I have a few countries’ National Anthems here for you too…South Africa’s in Afrikaans, then in English, then the new Anthem of SA…in all the official languages of SA- 11 of them!! -..then the British/American anthems too. You can also listen to SA’s in both languages.
Here are the words to Die Stem: written by C J Langenhoven

Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee.
Deur ons ver-verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa –
Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika.

Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra:
Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe – ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika

In die merg van ons gebeente, in ons hart en siel en gees,
In ons roem op ons verlede, in ons hoop of wat sal wees,
In ons wil en werk en wandel, van ons wieg tot aan ons graf –
Deel geen ander land ons liefde, trek geen ander trou ons af.

Vaderland! ons sal die adel van jou naam met ere dra:
Waar en trou as Afrikaners – kinders van Suid-Afrika.

In die songloed van ons somer, in ons winternag se kou,
In die lente van ons liefde, in die lanfer van ons rou,
By die klink van huweliksklokkies, by die kluitklap op die kis –
Streel jou stem ons nooit verniet nie, weet jy waar jou kinders is.

Op jou roep sê ons nooit nee nie, sê ons altyd, altyd ja:
Om te lewe, om te sterwe – ja, ons kom Suid-Afrika.

Op U Almag vas vertrouend het ons vadere gebou:
Skenk ook ons die krag, o Here! om te handhaaf en te hou –
Dat die erwe van ons vad’re vir ons kinders erwe bly:
Knegte van die Allerhoogste, teen die hele wêreld vry.

Soos ons vadere vertrou het, leer ook ons vertrou, o Heer –
Met ons land en met ons nasie sal dit wel wees, God regeer.

Here are the words to The Call of South Africa:

Ringing out from our blue heavens, from our deep seas breaking round;
Over everlasting mountains where the echoing crags resound;
From our plains where creaking wagons cut their trails into the earth –
Calls the spirit of our Country, of the land that gave us birth.

At thy call we shall not falter, firm and steadfast we shall stand,
At thy will to live or perish, O South Africa, dear land.

In our body and our spirit, in our inmost heart held fast;
in the promise of our future and the glory of our past;
In our will, our work, our striving, from the cradle to the grave –
There’s no land that shares our loving, and no bond that can enslave.

Thou hast borne us and we know thee. May our deeds to all proclaim
Our enduring love and service to thy honour and thy name.

In the golden warmth of summer, in the chill of winter’s air,
in the surging life of springtime, in the autumn of despair;
When the wedding bells are chiming or when those we love do depart;
Thou dost know us for thy children and dost take us to thy heart.

Loudly peals the answering chorus; We are thine, and we shall stand,
Be it life or death, to answer to thy call, beloved land.

In thy power, Almighty, trusting, did our fathers build of old;
Strengthen then, O Lord, their children to defend, to love, to hold –
That the heritage they gave us for our children yet may be;
Bondsmen only of the Highest and before the whole world free.

As our fathers trusted humbly, teach us, Lord, to trust Thee still;
Guard our land and guide our people in Thy way to do Thy will.

This is the official version of the national anthem, combining Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika and Die Stem / The Call of South Africa

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

God Save the Queen (standard version)

God save our gracious Queen,1
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.
O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all.
Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.*

United States of America National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there.
O, say, does that
Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
And the home of the brave?

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Man in the News: David Beckham

I don’t have anything against football… I will watch it, only if it’s the world cup, only then and I won’t watch all the countries and if I miss a game, it’s not the end of the world…but,  I love rugby, won’t miss one single world cup game and when I’m in SA, the Blue Bulls are my favourite… when I was a student…it was WP!!! (think it might still be…hmmm…wonder..) WP stands for Western Province…or just…”PRO….VINCE!”… anyway… this football thingy is just one too much (in London.. I’m not in SA)…. ask any boy from the age of 8 what he wants to be one day…and the answer comes… “I wanna be a footballer”… ok, nothing “wrong” with it… but, hey…there is more in life than to mess up your education and think…hey, I’m gonna be a footballer and will pocket zillions of pounds… many boys in secondary schools…don’t really take education seriously as they think..”football” is waiting…they don’t care about their own education because all that matters…is football. At some stage somebody should wake them up! There’s more in life than that…stop dreaming, you’re not all good enough, you should realise at a certain age that you are not good enough to be the “golden boy” and should focus on your education instead…but no, they still believe in that “football dream” even though they are 16 and not even in the school’s football team! Read in this next article about David Beckham…if you read the  sentence… then you know why so many boys have a “don’t care” attitude..because David Beckham wasn’t good at school (if you read the article, that’s what they say), so why would they care to be “good”… if you take rugby players…well, when I say this, I can only say it by thinking about the Springbok-team… they are all qualified and settled in a career of their own, they are people you can look up to, they are not just “rugby players”, fullstop..they are more than just that…some of them are doctors! teachers…attorneys…Bryan Habana studied at the Rand Afrikaans University…Percy Montgomery studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology…Victor Mattfield…Pretoria University…etc etc.. this is only three of our players…for more CLICK HERE …and I’m quite sure this is the case about rugby players from other countries too.

One biographer laments: “He hasn’t said an interesting sentence in his life.” Beckham, a banal genius, became a vehicle for debating Britain’s dumbing-down.
Read entire article HERE …..

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I love the bit where the crowd joins in with the Anthem in Afrikaans! I can imagine how proud they felt when singing it…you can hear it! And I feel proud of the South Africans over there!! Well done you lot!! You do us proud!!

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These pics about the Boks come from a site…closed it before I could blog the link! But the bok at the bottom…surely not from the same site! 🙂 This impala, is called a Springbok! …for people not knowing it…and for people not knowing…South Africa beat Samoa with 59-7. England is next…so let’s hope the best for the Boks!

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