The EOYT and what we can expect

October 31, 2013
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Benedict Chanakira gives us his previews on our opponents in the EOYT.

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WalesHas to be the best side in the Northern Hemisphere. The current Six Nations champions. Warren Gatland has a youthful side that poses some serious threats for any opposition. We won’t forget how Wales came close to beating the Springboks at the 2011 world Cup. The bulk of the successful British and Irish Lions team being Welsh. This is the toughest game for the Springboks on tour on the basis of France’s unpredictability. A win would set the tone for the tour.

Players to watch: George North and Leigh Halfpenny

Scotland – Earlier in the year they managed to push the Boks. It wasn’t until the last few minutes that their wheels fell off. A competitive side, one that has managed to beat the Springboks and Australia in recent years. Scotland will have Murrayfield on their side; they will want to test themselves against this Springbok side. An opportunity for Heyneke Meyer to test some young, hungry players. No chance of an upset, a big win for the Boks on the cards. Johnsons’ side continues to improve are on a steady rise.

Player to watch: Greg Laidlaw

France - The unpredictable side. You never quite know what you will get with this side. They can be horribly bad and magnificently brilliant. They have the players to be a force in world rugby, they have the flair but they never manage to be consistent. Horrible in the Six Nations and under estimating them would be a mistake. Who would have thought they were going to make the 2011 World Cup final after losing to Tonga? The Springboks must play their strongest side to ensure they stamp their authority. Whatever French team we play, we must pitch up to play!

Player to watch: Louis Picamoles

We have to admit, the gap is closing and the Northern sides are getting better. However with the recently completed Rugby Championship; are the Boks a level up? Cementing their spot as the planets second best side having pushed the All blacks all the way only to lose in the dying minutes.

The All Blacks are the best in the Universe, only the Boks will be able to topple them according to recent displays. On tour I expect the coach to try some players for the future. A lack of depth in the prop department (back up for loosehead and tighthead) will need some reinforcements there. Will any of the youngsters raise their hands if they get the call?

The future looks bright for SA rugby and the Springboks should finish the tour undefeated. We just need to integrate both youth and experience the way New Zealand has done it. With more talent than most countries in the world we must surely be invincible.

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5 Comments

  1. avatar Craven says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I know Picamoles was out of the French training camp due to injury, will he recover in time for the tests? Claassens were called up to replace him at the camp.

    On Wales being the best side in the Northern Hemisphere, I am still not convinced. Of the British and Irish sides I still feel England is the better side. Now before I get told to have a look at what Wales did to England in the Six Nations, let me say that I hear you and agree they are a good side, but their success, or should that be lack of, against the Southern Hemisphere giants, indicates to me that they still need to take a step up. England on the other hand have had the odd win against the boys from the South.

  2. avatar bchanakira02 says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I agree with you. Let’s also not forget how England managed to get one over the Mighty All Blacks last year. Note that England-NZ game will be massive ! Expect the Kapa o Pango.

    Wales are poor against the power unions, but they show something that maybe one day they will prove it. I hope Picamoles recovers.

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Yeah I think the Poms are the better side too… however Wales are most definitely a worry…

  4. avatar Craven says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Must say, I am really looking forward to the Wales and France games. We have not played them in the last two seasons and it will be good to see the Boks play someone other than ABs and Wallabies.

    Just wish we could have still had Bill McLaren commentating on the Scotland test. Was always great to listen to him.

  5. avatar bchanakira02 says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Good commentator. I also enjoy English commentary . They will be good games. France must pitch up with their best side to make it worth while . Wales believe so we have very good tests up next . Fourie will be key

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