The Springboks chances on winning may have increase just a little bit with the news this morning that Wallaby N0 8 David Pocock will not be playing due to the neck injury he picked up against the All Blacks.
This has anger the Aussies even more that Owen Franks was not cited for a clear neck roll on Pocock in the last test.
Pocock was unable to recover from ongoing neck soreness and stiffness he suffered during the Wallabies’ second Bledisloe Cup loss against the All Blacks last month.
The exact nature or extent of Pocock’s neck issues were not revealed, but he was not able to participate in contact drills in training this week.
Former Crusader Pete Samu – who isn’t a noted no 8 – will replace the injured star in the Wallabies’ starting lineup.
Head coach Michael Cheika hasn’t commented on Pocock’s injury, but after naming him in his initial team on Wednesday, he said the Wallabies team needed to protect Pocock a bit more at the breakdown.