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Was the Springbok – Ireland rugby match fixed?

November 30, 2009

Had Saturday’s Springbok rugby match against Ireland been a cricket match there would most certainly been allegations into match fixing.

Possibly one of the strongest facets of the Springbok rugby side is their line out’s. Watching replays you will see that they performed unusually poorly in this area. Why?

Not uncommon in Springbok rugby: there were some very bad referee calls which were notably uncharacteristic of an international rugby match. Why?

I have seen cricket match’s undergo match fixing allegations for less than what transpired on Saturday’s game.

Attached is a summary of the game from our friends at Springbok Rugby South Africa Blog

Ireland 15 – 10 Springboks

Scorers
Ireland 15 (6)

Penalties: Jonathan Sexton (5)

Springboks 10 (10)
Try: Schalk Burger
Conversion: Morne Steyn
Drop goal: Morne Steyn

Match Details
Date: Saturday 28 November 2009
Venue: Croke Park
Time: 16:30 SA (14:30 GMT)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistants: Chris White (England), Carlo Damasco (Italy)
TMO: Hugh Watkins (Wales)

Teamsheets
Ireland – 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (captain), 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Tomas O’Leary, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 David Wallace, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 John Hayes, 2 Jerry Flannery, 1 Cian Healy.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tony Buckley, 18 Leo Cullen, 19 Denis Leamy, 20 Peter Stringer, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Gordon D’Arcy.

Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Danie Rossouw, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Dewald Potgieter, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Jean de Villiers.

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