Game review of the game Attika Springboks vs Spartakos Salonica – Final score 56-0

Referee: Andreas Frangopoulos
Spectators: around 70.

Due to last minute defections, Spartakos team leaded by Babis Demertzis could align only 12 players (Babis enter to replace an injured player to keep the numbers at the mandatory minimum of 12). Referee and team coaches agreed to have uncontested scrums.

In the first minutes, Mike Henderson (Nr10) converted a penalty (3’).

A strong move of the Springboks forwards near Spartakos line was completed by a “passage en force” of Vassilis “Billy” Poulopoulos (Nr4) (17’). The try was not converted. In a similar move, Vassilis scored minutes later (33’).

Just before half-time, Vincent Peducasse (Nr8) made a break and scored (38’). Conversion by Mike Henderson.

During this half Spartakos was near to score two tries, but fumbles (knock-on) next to the try line stopped the nice moves through Springboks defense lines.

Half-time score: 20-0

In the second-half, the Springboks backlines could alternate the scoring with the front lines.

Jineuk Yi (Nr14) scored after a long run along the touch line (42’). No conversion.

Four minutes later, Springboks new Eden Tipene (Nr2) landed the ball after a collective forwards’ move (46’). No conversion.

Sotiris Stergioulis (Nr11) avoided tackling along the touch line and scored (53’). No conversion.

It needed more than a quarter to see a new try from Springboks. Again by Vincent (70’). Mike converted.

Nontas Serafeim (Nr13) broke through Spartakos defense and scored (74’). Mike converted.

The score ended by a Giannis Paschalidis’ try in his own powerful style (79’). Mike converted.

We must refer to the courage of the Spartakos players, who, despite the lack of numbers, managed to offer a strong opposition and to bring on some opportunities with a series of passes the danger next to Springboks’ lines. Next game in Salonica will be for sure more equilibrated.

Attika Springboks: Oualid Baklouti, Eden Tipene, Nathanael Courcelle, Vassilis Poulopoulos, Greg Ioannidis, Giannis Paschalidis, Emmanuel Ballu, Vincent Peducasse, Fotis Sitaras, Mike Henderson, Sotiris Stergioulis, Loukas Botsis, Nontas Serafeim, Jineuk Yi, Kostis Papadopoulos. Replacements: John Kosmas, Angelos Sitaras, Russ Mayhew, Antonis Kapellas, Fotis Sakellariou, Giannis Mastrotheodoros, Paul Kolyvas.

Tries (9): V.Poulopoulos (2), V.Peducasse (2), J.Yi, Eden Tipene, S.Stergioulis, N.Serafeim, G.Paschalidis.

Penalty (1): M.Henderson (1/2)

Conversions (4): M.Henderson (4/9)

16 Responses to “Game review of the game Attika Springboks vs Spartakos Salonica – Final score 56-0”


  1. 1 yeah Oct 29th, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    you guys should be ashamed ,playing with 15 and your opppenents only 12!!!!! wow congratuelations you teach very well how sportsmens should play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 2 mc02667 Oct 29th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    You are right my friend. We should also use only 12…
    This is the championship we are talking about!

  3. 3 cock Oct 29th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    To yeah
    It’s not our problem that other teams do not bring enough players. I think that every team would have done the same because every team wants to win every game. I give my congratulations to the 12 players of Spartakos that came in Athens. For sure the game in Salonica will be totaly different.
    Thanks

  4. 4 Faoust Oct 29th, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    It’not our fault if the other team couldn’t have 15 players in the pitch.Nevertheless the opossition was really strong and Spartakos deserves our respect for their great effort.I believe that the game in Salonica will be a real derby.

    Faoust

  5. 5 yeah Oct 29th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    so you guys do agree that it was unsportsman like? i always believe be a good sportman first!!!!anyway my opinion,congrats on victory and wish you will have teams with 5 playing against you!!!!

  6. 6 yeah Oct 29th, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    15

  7. 7 HMarc Oct 29th, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    1) instead of blaming AS (it is an official competition and there are rules), it would be better to congratulate Spartakos for the good opposition they provided
    2) following your thinking, if a team is playing e.g. with only two replacements, the other one must drop its own to two?
    3) I can assure you that AS would have preferred to play against a full team.

  8. 8 Faoust Oct 29th, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Yeah,I think that the boys from spartakos would the same if we didn’t have enough players.It’s the championship,if it was a friendly game we would give players to the other team.None likes playing against a team with fewer players.You should cogratulate the 12 players of spartakos who played full 80΄, they were really astonishing.

    Faoust

  9. 9 kaktos Oct 29th, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    You are all missing the bug picture.

    Rugby is played in this country.

    The time when we will have 20 – 30 or more playes per club is going to happed, but for now lets just play the game.

  10. 10 angelo seitis Oct 30th, 2007 at 12:55 am

    boys lets be reasonable it is a competition match and every point will count at the end… So i think it is fair that the springboks put their best team on the field. It happen when rhodes played spartans in the first championship….

  11. 11 yeah Oct 30th, 2007 at 9:44 am

    ok then you changed my mind!!!!!! i wish you springboks goodluck for the rest of the year !

  12. 12 antonisspartakos Nov 1st, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    1. Mixalis Grammatikopoulos
    2. Manolis Rizos
    3. Antonis Alexiou
    4. Stavros Mpochoris
    5. Giorgos Soilemezidis
    6. -
    7. -
    8. -
    9. Baggelis Basiliadis (c)
    10. Antonis Lalaounis
    11. Baggelis Tsakalidis
    12. Giannis Rizos
    13. Thodoris Fotiou
    14. Andreas Delimporanidis
    15. Mpeka Mpekaouri

    coaches: Mpampis Demertzis, Giorgos Efremidis

    No reason to mention the rest, no meaning to explain..
    All of us made our choices. We all new the result, noone had illussions. We drove 1000 Km because we love this game, we support our teammate and I think 70 rugby fans saw that in glyka nera. We cut our eye brows, we broke our feet, we twistwed our wrists and legs, but we didn’t throw the white towel. We continued running, pushing, rucking and mauling. And all these for what? For nothing? NO! We didn’t take the 3 points of win, but we earned the respect. Maybe that is more valueable. We didn’t play illegally, we didn’t try to ruin the game, we tried to promote it. This is what makes a team great.

    Springboks had every right to have a full squad on the pitch. Spartakos and every other team would have done the same thing. After all there is a championship. No hard feelings.

    We are looking forward to hosting you in Thessaloniki,
    Yours, Antonis.

  13. 13 JOHNNYBRAVO Nov 2nd, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    BIG HAND TO ANTONIS HE IS TOTALLY WRIGHT WE COULD/SHOULD EXPECT SOMETHING IN TESS, SO WE BETTER GET OUR BUTTS PREPARED. I THINK PERSONALLY THAT ALL TEAMS HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR AWAY MATCHES, AS LONG IS IT NOT CONCERNED IN ATHENS AREA AMONG THE CLUBS, BUT INCASE WE TALK ABOUT REAL TRAVEL, THESSALIA AND RHODES ETC THERE COMES THE PROBLEMS, AND THE PROBLEM IS MONEY…. THERE IS WHERE THIS FUCKING UNION IS LETTING US DOWN…THERE IS NO SUPPORT AT ALL THEY ONLY ONE WHOM IS GETTING THE BENEFITS OF IT ARE THE BOARD MEMBERS OF THE UNION, WHOM 5 YEARS AGO EVEN COULDNT SPELL THE WORD RUGBY…. ITS ALL POLITICS IN GREECE, BUT LOVE FOR THE GAME THEY DONT HAVE.

    I REMEMBER AT THE BIG PRESSCONFERENCE AT THE LAUNCH OF RUGBY IN GREECE WHAT NONSENSE THIS MINSTER WAS TALKING, BUT WHERE IS THE MONEY WHERE ARE THE PROMISED PITCHES SUPPORT ETC ETC….

    THEY ALL DISAPPEARED LIKE ALL THINGS IN GREECE, SO IT ALL COMES ON THE BACKS OF US PLAYERS AND SUPPORTERS AND SMALL SPONSORS.

    BUT LETS KEEP IN THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME …. PLAY RUGBY THATS WHAT WE ALL WANT… WITH 15 OR WITH 12 DOESNT MATTER.

  14. 14 Angelo T Nov 6th, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Hi guys I am sending my message from World Champs Bokke land S.A. I would just like to say i was one of the very first guys that tried to introduce rugby in Greece and can proudly say was one of first Attiki Springbok players with alot of my friends back then when i was in Greece from 1999.I unfortuntely had to leave for bussiness reasons back to S.A about year ago but i can say this i really miss the friends i made, trainings,tours and generally the spirit and just fun we had when we got together once a week then to play the game we enjoyed.I am really glad to see the game has progressed and it would be sad to see politics spoiling the game.To all the new teams and new young players to greatest game on earth good luck for league and remember enjoy the game!! Go Bokke championship is yours

  15. 15 Iceman Nov 9th, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Hi guys I am sending my message from World Champs Bokke Land S.A. I would just like to say I was one of the very first guys that tried to introduce rugby in Greece and can proudly say was one of first Attiki Springbok players that was involved to form club with alot of my friends back then when I was in Greecefrom 1999.I unfortuntely had to leave about 1 year ago for bussiness reasons back to S.A.I can say I really miss the friends I made,trainings,tours we used to go on and generally the good spirit and just fun we had when we got together once a week then to play a game of rugga the game we enjoyed.I am really glad to see the game has progressed and it would be sad to see politics spoiling the game.I see it here back home in S.A with the way the coach was sacked and it is all politicaly linked.To all the new teams and new young players over in Greece I wish all good luck for future and league and remember enjoy the greatest game on earth!!! Go Attiki Bokke championship is yours.

    Ciao

  16. 16 GEORGE MACPHERSON Nov 2nd, 2008 at 2:30 am

    you guys should be ashamed ,playing with 15 and your opppenents only 12!!!!! wow congratuelations you teach very well how sportsmens should play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by yeah

    Well i think they did have fifteen but they just did not get their names in time so you just cant go around saying that for no reason at all.

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