Looking back on this past weekend’s results, I must honestly say that just as Ireland, I think England’s one hope of victory is as my English teacher always said: Past Tense. If they were to beat the Boks it would’ve been the first test. I mean, the Boks had only five days of practice and prep together. With the new squad and coach everyone was a little nervous and then the damn weather played well into English hands.
Now, I think even the dearest English fan will admit that the Boks dominated this game. They never looked like losing and although things were still a little rough around the edges, Heyneke can feel very positive about things going forward from here. The Boks had most of the possesion and although a little reluctant here and there (maybe due to nerves, or bad weather), they were always in control.
WILLEM “THE BONE COLECTOR” ALBERTS – The Sweet Chariot is swinging high and far from this oke…
It won’t be soon before any Englishman forgets the name Willem Alberts. What an awesome display of hunger and pure f*cking power. This guy played as if there was no tomorrow. Whoever wants to play no.7 in a Springbok jumper ever again, I dare you to try and take it from the big Sharks loose forward!
“BONE COLLECTOR” VICTIM – MIKE BROWN
I think one of the main problems for England was (although they were quite good at the breakdowns), they tried to take the Boks on up front. Big mistake! They eventually realised this and started to rely on the backline. Tuilagi managed to carry the ball 13 times with only 45 metres gained! I mean, it’s like he ran from his own goal area and never made it to the halfway line (for the entire game!). I think his total metres gained, was as much as Willem Alberts’ first carry alone. The Boks’ just did a usual, but still different, breaking down of an opponent, forcing an error and cashing in on mistakes. But it was a very controlled and patient effort, considering the absolutely wonderful weather.
Tuilagi had a very average game – 45 metres only…I meant to say poor game…
Now there’s one thing I don’t understand.
Dylan Hartley went on to say after the game that England could’ve snatched a draw and that they managed to take the Boks’ big runners head on. I don’t know if Hartley is smoking something or maybe suffering from a concussion, courtesy of Alberts, but he clearly didn’t play or watch the same game as all other rugby enthusiasts!
The Boks welcomed and also disposed of Brad Barritt, who had an awfully average game not to mention him not featuring anywhere, once. I remembered he was on the field when he came off with that horrible shiner! Bad luck Brad, but it was quite good to see the man back on SA soil (although he didn’t feature).
Luckily Schalk wasn’t playing – otherwise we would have never heard the end of this one…
Many SA fans would probably be happy to have heard of Kirchner’s injury and that Gio Aplon has been called up. Unfortunately Coenie Oosthuizen is also been undergoing scans due to his neck and might be replaced by yet another nightmare for the English, Dean Greyling. Willem Alberts has been nicknamed the “Bone Collector”. Greyling is that guy that softens up the bones for the “Bone Collector”. But on a more serious note, I hope Coenie recovers so that he can show off his skills. The guy is a fantastic prop and has a great future! The hair of Coenie vs the hair of Marler will be an interesting affair if the scrums turns out to be a shambles (which the Boks also dominated in this first test).
What it just boils down to is that I believe this was unfortunately for England the best chance they had at winning. They Boks I honestly feel will only grow from strength to strength from here on. And playing in Joburg might prove to be a dryer (please no rain) game…might be in for a cracker!