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Good and bad news for Boks

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Good and bad news for Boks

INJURY UPDATE: Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is set to return to full training this week after recovering from a foot injury he sustained against England at Twickenham two weeks ago.

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Sexton eyes another historic win

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Sexton eyes another historic win

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Ireland's Jonathan Sexton says he wants to make more history with a home win over world champions New Zealand in a clash of the top two-ranked teams in the world on Saturday.

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Bulls confirm negotiations with Brits

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Bulls confirm negotiations with Brits

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bulls have revealed that they are negotiating a contract with Springbok hooker Schalk Brits.

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SBW's replacement revealed

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SBW's replacement revealed

SQUAD UPDATE: Sonny Bill Williams will miss the Ireland Test, however, the centre will remain on tour, with the All Blacks hopeful he will be fit to play against Italy next week.

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Hi Gav

Will you make changes to the team for next week or will you keep to the same. We all know the game plan needs to change

I said earlier on another article i think its time to give some guys a run:
Thomas(we know what kitshoff and beast can do, we need a 3rd choice)
marx
louw(he needs a start ro show what he can do from the start, not a impact player)
rg( deserves an opportunity)
mostert
kolisi
psdt(where he belongs) vermeulen(thought he would be a good 7 but looks a lot better at 8)
papier( deserves a chance to show what he can do)
pollard
dyianti(had a really poor game but needs to show that he is better than that)
andre(deserves a chance)
nel(lets see what he can do)
kolbe
willemse

Bench:
Bongi(give him 20 ninutes, not 5)
Kitshoff
Nykane
Jd(20 minutes in place of rg)
Louw(made a huge impact)
Faf( only when we really need him, time to give papier a full 80 minutes)
Elton(30 minutes, pollard to 12, better as an impact player)
Willie(only when its necessary, otherwise leave him on the bench so thay the guys can gain experience on the pitch)

Happy with the ugly if very exciting win, but unhappy at how we played

1) Faf is one of the few No9's in the world who can keep a defence honest because he can always snipe and break, devastatingly so at times. But if his instructions are to kick slow telegraphed box kicks endlessly, then it's a complete waste of him.

2) Time to try Wazza as an impact player--pity it can' be He-Who-Cannot-Be-Benched as well. PSDT needs to be in there with Vermulen at 8. For the second game in a row the back row was imbalanced and only came good when Wazza and Kolisi went off. So if Unmovable has to start, it will be 50% better if PSDT/Duane are in correct positions.

3) Did the Boks manage any offloads yesterday? Not any in the backs that I saw- for the second game running. Maybe they should move RG to centre..at least he can chicken-wing the odd one. Seriously, can we do anything except crash-ball? Why do we starve two of the best wings in WR?

4) Linking fwds and backs and interplay within and between each unit significantly improved in the last 20. You can say the French were tired or maybe we switched on. Why must we switch off for long periods of the game?

Haha, my son who should know better - Masters degree with a research dissertation on rugby coaching - stopped watching after 73 minutes, he tells me. He was too young to remember when the Loftus crowd left before the final whistle when their heroes were well ahead on the scoreboard, only to find that Natal had scored two tries in the dying minutes to win the game. Big surprise when they turned on their car radios.

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I think Ireland are going to suffer the redemption the All Blacks are seeking after their performance at Twickenham against England. The All Blacks were too hyped up in the first 20 minutes but will be right to go for this one.

I hope BB doesn’t try take on Sexton. He’ll be very Confucius/ Concussed 😁
5 more sleeps

Depends what he calls the week. If it's just Monday, that's a worry
Speaking of Twickenham I'd had four pints and a jäger in The Shack before kick off

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Problem is most of us can't remember what 20 year old BB played like

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Not just Cole, big Barrett. All of sudden we had 3 world class line out jumpers. Add a half each for Read and Savea and you might say 4 jumpers.

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FROM THE SIDELINES

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Hi Gav

Will you make changes to the team for next week or will you keep to the same. We all know the game plan needs to change

I said earlier on another article i think its time to give some guys a run:
Thomas(we know what kitshoff and beast can do, we need a 3rd choice)
marx
louw(he needs a start ro show what he can do from the start, not a impact player)
rg( deserves an opportunity)
mostert
kolisi
psdt(where he belongs) vermeulen(thought he would be a good 7 but looks a lot better at 8)
papier( deserves a chance to show what he can do)
pollard
dyianti(had a really poor game but needs to show that he is better than that)
andre(deserves a chance)
nel(lets see what he can do)
kolbe
willemse

Bench:
Bongi(give him 20 ninutes, not 5)
Kitshoff
Nykane
Jd(20 minutes in place of rg)
Louw(made a huge impact)
Faf( only when we really need him, time to give papier a full 80 minutes)
Elton(30 minutes, pollard to 12, better as an impact player)
Willie(only when its necessary, otherwise leave him on the bench so thay the guys can gain experience on the pitch)

Happy with the ugly if very exciting win, but unhappy at how we played

1) Faf is one of the few No9's in the world who can keep a defence honest because he can always snipe and break, devastatingly so at times. But if his instructions are to kick slow telegraphed box kicks endlessly, then it's a complete waste of him.

2) Time to try Wazza as an impact player--pity it can' be He-Who-Cannot-Be-Benched as well. PSDT needs to be in there with Vermulen at 8. For the second game in a row the back row was imbalanced and only came good when Wazza and Kolisi went off. So if Unmovable has to start, it will be 50% better if PSDT/Duane are in correct positions.

3) Did the Boks manage any offloads yesterday? Not any in the backs that I saw- for the second game running. Maybe they should move RG to centre..at least he can chicken-wing the odd one. Seriously, can we do anything except crash-ball? Why do we starve two of the best wings in WR?

4) Linking fwds and backs and interplay within and between each unit significantly improved in the last 20. You can say the French were tired or maybe we switched on. Why must we switch off for long periods of the game?

Haha, my son who should know better - Masters degree with a research dissertation on rugby coaching - stopped watching after 73 minutes, he tells me. He was too young to remember when the Loftus crowd left before the final whistle when their heroes were well ahead on the scoreboard, only to find that Natal had scored two tries in the dying minutes to win the game. Big surprise when they turned on their car radios.

390

I think Ireland are going to suffer the redemption the All Blacks are seeking after their performance at Twickenham against England. The All Blacks were too hyped up in the first 20 minutes but will be right to go for this one.

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Problem is most of us can't remember what 20 year old BB played like

374

Not just Cole, big Barrett. All of sudden we had 3 world class line out jumpers. Add a half each for Read and Savea and you might say 4 jumpers.

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The smart money should go on Scotland to tip the Bokke over. Thus far on tour we have seen 2 poor teams x2.
Too much made of the Bok games v the ABs.
Astute observers would have noted that the ABs are struggling themselves. A couple of blowout games v the Wallabies is a measure of nothing.

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