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Boks beating All Blacks? No way!

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Experienced rugby scribe Dan Retief gives three reasons why a Bok victory is not possible. And it’s hard to differ . . .

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Ever since the draw for the 2015 World Cup was announced it was apparent that if things went according to expectation in the pool stages, the Springboks and the All Blacks would meet in the semi-finals.

So let me get straight to the point – I just can’t see the Springboks beating the All Blacks on Saturday. Under Heyneke Meyer the Springboks have lost to them six out of seven times.

But what really sways me is this: the Springboks seem intent on playing only one way.

It has long been a view that if you stand up to the Boks’ physically there is no fall-back plan. The All Blacks’ know this.

But the Kiwis will also have paid particular attention to the matches against Japan and Wales and noticed the areas in which the Boks fall down; either for affirmation of their own views or to work out new tactics. Here are three of them:

Out wide: Against Japan they would have seen that the Springboks struggle when the ball is taken quickly wide and they will concentrate on moving the Bok pack around.
At the back: Against Wales they would have picked up the gaping spaces that tend to open up behind the backline. The Boks don’t employ a sweeping loose forward (normally the No8) and their wings tend to stand deep for touchline kicks – leaving the gap which Willie le Roux failed to close and which Dan Biggar exploited for Wales. Dan Carter will be sitting up and taking notice; he has run into his best form at just the right time.
Schalk: The All Blacks will have noticed how often the ball goes to Schalk Burger and will have a plan for that.

Wales were able to turn over quite a bit of ball against the Boks and create possible scoring opportunities. Such chances will not be squandered by New Zealand.

To win the Boks would have to bottle up the All Blacks for a full 80 minutes. But not this side. Not this time.

The facts coursing through my mind, I’m afraid, completely outweigh the emotions in my heart.

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  1. all 3 points are exactly right, but I still think the boks can win.

    Contrary to our brainstrust, I think the way to beat them is not to kick ball down the throats of their outside backs but to starve them, The bok pack needs to win this but not with schalk hanging onto it at first receiver. It’s going to require a lot of effort and when the ball does cone out quickly the backs must use it and spread it wide through their hand jus like wallabies, ozzies and all blacks have done to reach this stage, rather than scraping through and losing to Japan.

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  2. @cab:

    Let the Kiwis Focus on Schalk, with quick Hands or using Schlak as a dummy it will open space elsewhere
    They can try and exploit out wide and maybe Habs and JPP can pick off some intercepts
    At the back? Please give Willie a lot of ball – it is time for hime to shine

    Yes it will be an upset if Bokke win but it is not like we have not seen any upstes so far

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  3. If we rattle them in first 15 minutes, we are in with a chance (i.e. let them consider Plan B). But looking at the ref (who will again allow ABs to do what they want on the ground, but go for his pocket if we dare tackle Carter!) and the variety (NOT!) in our play since the defeat to the Mighty Kamikazes – I can only predict one-way traffic. Upset would be great though. If we play as a team, ABs will not be able to just willy nilly throw ball around initially – and let’s see what that do to them.

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  4. It brings tears to my eyes to say it but
    the worst thing that can happen to springbok rugby
    is that we by some miracle
    win this game.
    We need to start playing rugby
    we need our best players -like Frans steyn next to de Allende
    but most of all
    We need a proper coach with the best of springbok rugby I’m his mind and nor
    lining his pockets.
    We have been at an impasse even before our last World Cup victory.
    Any who differs have only to look at our relief when we beat
    countries like Wales /Ireland/Scotland
    Or even worse
    When we lose to Argentina or Japan.
    We don’t need a coach who is cutting his teeth
    We need a real coach.
    Not another pretender like joke white.
    We need nick mallet.oom kitch is gone.
    Nick Mallet can bring us back to the proud nation we used to be.
    A real general.
    What he done to Gary was wrong.
    But show me a real general who hasn’t made a mistake.

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  5. @Duiwel:

    Only way to win is playing something different to the stampkar rugby up to now – but that’s HMs belief and the only style he can coach.
    Tina would have been playing in the same style as Kriel: Die Ellende is not allowed to pass. Tina is useless any way.
    Ek onthou nou: Jou hond se naam is BEN! Leef hy nog?

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  6. Ja Oudste hy leef nog.Hy is in sy prime nou en slap winters binne in.
    Elke kind op sy beurt lief hom stukkend dis net ek wat weet Hy is half hyena.
    😎

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  7. I like reading Dan Reteif but I haven’t in like forever because he doesn’t show on supersport.

    SS decided to instead retain form Messerschmitt-Willie Denier – Gavin Rich.
    Gavin Rich couldn’t even shine Reteif’s shoes.

    The above are cold facts. Now for some opinion.
    I hope “Danimal” Reteif is wrong all day long regarding this article…..& he hopes that too.

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