SA Rugby

Springboks Beat Argentina In South Africa

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, said he was pleased with the performance of his squad following their 37-15 win over Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, but warned that further improvement in key areas will be needed if they want to build momentum in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The Boks scored four tries, with the wing-duo of Courtnall Skosan and Raymond Rhule crossing for their first Test tries, while Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit also crossed the whitewash. Elton Jantjies added 17 points with the boot.

South Africa face Argentina again next weekend in Salta and Coetzee said they need to improve on Saturday’s performance if they want to beat the Pumas in their backyard.

“I am very pleased with the win, although it was not a perfect performance,” said Coetzee.

“We did some good things out there, our scrums were outstanding, with Coenie Oosthuizen delivering an exceptional performance, our mauling has improved and once again the bench made a telling difference when called upon.

“But for us to deliver another winning performance, we need to improve in a number of areas, such as tactical kicking and our lineouts.”

Coetzee was pleased with the patience the Springboks showed on attack.

“The Pumas were a tough team to break down and a lot of credit must go to the leadership of the team, who stayed patient,” said Coetzee.

“The message at halftime was to stay patient and keep on doing what we were doing. We also needed to play in behind them, they were leaving gaps at the back and I think we exploited that. We managed to create the space and the players backed themselves when that happened.”

The Springbok defense also deserved a mention, the coach insisted: “The Argentineans are very physical, but we were spot-on with our defensive tactics. They attacked us close to the rucks and we were ready for that, with the guys putting in some big tackles and double hits.”

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth was also pleased with the performance – the Boks’ fourth successive victory this season.

“We wanted to play in their half and we managed to keep them down there and punished their mistakes,” said Etzebeth. “We must try and take some of this momentum into next week’s game. We need to change the mindset that away matches are tough and try to stay positive.”

Both Etzebeth and Coetzee were full of praise for the support they received, with the official attendance for the Test at 43,513 spectators.

“A lot of credit must be given to supporters here in PE,” said Etzebeth.

“They created a great vibe, not only today but also at our open training sessions during the week. We really appreciated that. The crowd today was awesome, the people were great all week, we really enjoyed it to stay and play here.”

Coetzee indicated that they will stay and train in Port Elizabeth until Tuesday before the squad of 28 players and management start their trek to Salta via Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires.

“Most of the work will be done here and hopefully that will freshen us up for next weekend’s match in Salta,” said Coetzee.

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Cabinet Approves Financial Guarantees For Rugby World Cup 2023 Bid - Sudden Turn About By Government

16 months after the then Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula suspended SA Rugby from bidding for international events due to a lack of transformation, the current Minister has approved the financial guarantees needed for South Africa to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. World Rugby is asking SA Rugby for guarantees of R3.7 billion. The decision by Mbalula in April last year did little to deter SA Rugby from continuing with the bidding process. In September SA Rugby submitted its bid. And by March, even though a decision hadn’t been taken regarding the suspension, Mbalula (still Sports Minister) was already privately supporting the 2023 World Cup bid. A World Cup technical team was in the country to begin its assessment of the SA Rugby bid. It was as if the suspension didn’t exist. But officially a favourable report was needed from the Sports Ministry’s Eminent Persons’ Group which was set up to monitor transformation targets. In May, the EPG report confirmed SA Rugby was meeting the targets, and the suspension was lifted. Now we wait until November to see if South Africa’s bid trumps those of France and Ireland. – David O’Sullivan

SA Rugby on Thursday thanked the South African government and the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Thulas Nxesi, for their support in providing the required financial guarantees to bring the Rugby World Cup tournament back home in 2023.

The Cabinet approved a request for guarantees to the value of R2.7 billion, which was required from World Rugby, as a prerequisite in hosting the showpiece rugby spectacle.

“We could not take this journey alone and we’re delighted to take hands with Government as we bid to bring the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa for the first time since 1995,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“They have been supportive of the bid for every step of the process but this is a big moment to share a stand with Government on our shared vision. We’re very grateful to Mr Nxesi, the Director General, his department and the entire Government.

“It would be a marvellous, inspirational nation-building moment to recapture some of the excitement of 1995, but it would also have enormous practical benefits for our country.

“Hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023 would have an R27 billion direct, indirect and induced economic impact on South Africa; R5.7billion would flow to low-income households; 38 600 temporary or permanent jobs would be sustained and there’d be an estimated R1.4 billion tax benefit to the government.”

In a statement, the Ministry said: “Cabinet has approved the overall proposed package for this tournament which is an economic bid which would minimise the demands on the fiscus as well as stimulate economic activity, employment and empowerment.

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“The tournament will contribute to stimulate our economy by supporting government priorities, especially as it relates to preferential procurement and adherence to the Sport Transformation Charter and the sharing of the profits derived. The event will further boost our tourism and hospitality sector.

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“A successful bid will be a win-win for sport development, for the economy and for the nation as a whole.”

Roux reiterated that the backing from Government is an important step in the country delivering a compelling bid to host the Rugby World Cup, underlining South Africa’s obsession with the delivering a world-class tournament.

“The final decision on hosting rights will be made on 15 November and we’ve now taken a massive step towards what will hopefully be the beginning of six years of preparation to host the biggest and most spectacular Rugby World Cup yet,” said Roux.
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“When it comes to our capacity to host major international sporting events, we can deliver like no-one else on earth. But this bid is about more than what it will mean for South Africa to host the World Cup, but also about what we can do for world rugby.”

Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, said that he was convinced that at the fourth time of asking (having Bid for the 2011, 2015 and 2019 tournaments), South Africa had produced on unarguable case: “We believe our bid is technically the strongest of the three, with our world-class venues and training facilities, tourism infrastructure and wonderful climate.

“We will maximise the commercial benefit for World Rugby with a low-cost, high-return event in a country that has the infrastructure and major event experience to turn on a colossal event with 2.9 million match tickets available for the showpiece.”

World Rugby will announce the host nation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup on 15 November 2017. Also in contention are Ireland and France.

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