Final 30 man Bok squad for June Tests

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by Steve-o, May 28, 2008.

  1. Steve-o

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  3. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    Squad:

    Backs: Gcobani Bobo, Tonderai Chavhanga, Bolla Conradie, Jean de Villiers, Peter Grant, Bryan Habana, Adrian Jacobs, Butch James, Conrad Jantjes, Ricky Januarie, Percy Montgomery, Odwa Ndungane, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Steyn.

    Forwards: Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, BJ Botha, Bismarck du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Brian Mujati, Danie Rossouw, John Smit ©, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Joe van Niekerk, Luke Watson.

    ...HMMMMMMM....

    Not too bad, i think all those Zimbabweans are darn solid, and deserve to be there. Not too bad really, i think the welsh are gonna get a beating...
     
  4. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    No Du Preez?

    Wow, that's a big turnaround - last year he was one of the top players in the world, now he can't cut the squad?

    He's not injured?
     
  5. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Yip, injured. Him, Burger, Fourie, Bosman and I darn well hope vd Merwe as well. If that man beast got dropped for not performing I'd be ticked off. Very little players can push him back.
     
  6. Boggle

    Boggle Guest

    I like this squad, not too bad at all.



    People are allways going to whine about someone not making it, but this really is a good squad in my eyes (injuries aside of course), with the right combinations I think they could be lethal.



    Bring on Whales.
     
  7. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    So your starting 15 based on this squad? Here's mine:

    1. Tendai Mtawarira
    2. John Smit
    3. Brian Mujati
    4. Bakkies Botha
    5. Victor Matfield
    6. Pierre Spies
    7. Juan Smit
    8. Ryan Kankowski

    9. Ricky Januarie
    10. Butch James
    11. Bryan Habana
    12. Francois Steyn
    13. Jean De Villiers
    14. Tonderai Chavhanga
    15. Percy Montgomery


    16. Luke Watson
    17. Bismark Du Plessis (SIGH @ no Schalk Brits)
    18. Ruan Pienaar
    19. Conrad Jantjes
    20. BJ Botha
    21. Danie Rossouw
    22. Peter Grant


    I dont see Wales beating this side, i think that if the Springboks have a 'good day' Wales might be in for a whitewash.....
     
  8. It seems you are underestimating the Welsh here, they didnt win the grand slam for nothing and bet the likes of France and England in the process. France especially a team the Boks struggle to beat.

    Anyway onto the squad looks good to me, furious at Steve though for giving me false information about the beast, he's eligible now stoopid :p Really hope they give Bekker a chance in one of the tests, this guy is gonna be the best lock in the world in a couple of years. Even Murray Mexted said so :lol:
     
  9. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    Sorry, i mean under the circumstances. Wales have injuries to key players, and i think they are tired after a pretty long season. The Boks have just come off the tightest Super14 season ever, and based on current form, a lot of these players are going to shine. I think the Welsh wont be as motivated, coming all the way here after a good season, without key players, to play a Springbok team with as much pace as this... I dont know....
     
  10. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Lol, oi! Don't blame me, blame Rugby World SA. They said he'll be eligible RIGHT before the Tri Nations.
    I don't think Jer1cho is under rating Wales too much, as long as they keep Bobo and Conradie on the bench we should be ok :lol:

    Lol, oi! Don't blame me, blame Rugby World SA. They said he'll be eligible RIGHT before the Tri Nations.
    I don't think Jer1cho is under rating Wales too much, as long as they keep Bobo and Conradie on the bench we should be ok :lol:
     
  11. Good squad overall. I definitely have less disagreements with this squad than White's last year, which can only be a good thing.
     
  12. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    Yip, injured. Him, Burger, Fourie, Bosman and I darn well hope vd Merwe as well. If that man beast got dropped for not performing I'd be ticked off. Very little players can push him back.
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    Ah! Of course... totally forgot about Burger as well...

    This squad looks really strong. I'll put it out there now - I wouldn't be surprised if the Boks won the Tri Nations this year.

    I think they've got some really good depth in the squad and there have been some really exciting players unearthed this year. Combined with some of their experienced talent coming back from Europe I really do see the Boks as a real threat.
     
  13. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Now that you mention it all 3 teams are gonna have an interesting Tri Nations campaign this year. New talent, new coaches (well not NZ). Judging by the S14 this year, everybody has a good chance.
     
  14. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    I agree, it will be very tight. I think the 'Boks have the strongest team though, at this stage I'd have them as favourites.
     
  15. I agree, it will be very tight. I think the 'Boks have the strongest team though, at this stage I'd have them as favourites.
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    Yea your right, but the All Blacks are always the team to beat. This could be the closest tri nations ever, all 3 nations have plenty of positives from this years super 14. Could go down to bonus points like in 2004.
     
  16. danny

    danny Guest

    Its a bit of a transitional peroid for the AB`s, the Aussies are still weak in the tight and the Boks have just won the world cup. Getting themselves up after such an emotional high will be tough and the appointment of De Villiers is a negative in terms of the long term selection of the team. I`d still slightly favour the Boks as they have experience in all the key positions and they know how to win. Have to agree with other members when they say this could be a tight tri-nations between the big two.
     
  17. Steve-o

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    Good point you make there danny, Deans has always had a strong pack to work with at the Crusaders. Will be interesting to see how he works the team. Although the Waratahs pack was impressive this year. The Boks pack looks really strong this year. But we got some unexperienced loose heads, I think that could be a weakness. Such a pity vd Merwe can't help the cause, I hope he'll be in the Tri Nations squad.
     
  18. When are you going to propose? :p
     
  19. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    When are you going to propose? :p
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    Leave me alone, I'm still sulking :lol:
     
  20. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    One of the Crusaders' strong points is their fitness levels.

    While Australia might not have the strongest tight five, hopefully Deans can improve their fitness levels because one thing that cost Australia in the World Cup last year was support play. Their forwards simply weren't getting around the park fast enough.

    I think the Waratahs' forwards have already improved this year. Last year they were pretty much playing with nearly the same pack (minus Vicks and Waugh) and they were just hopeless. I believe most of their players had beefed up during the off season and were just completely un-athletic.
     
  21. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    Just read that Schalk Brits is still training with the team, even though he was not selected for the final 30 (Dont ask me how that happened...). This is good news, he is a great player, and has superb skills...

    http://www.24.com/sport/?p=SportArticle&i=844218
     
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