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Preview – All Blacks v Springboks

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All Blacks and Springboks clashes over the years has been describe as epic battles which started in Dunedin 1921 which the All Blacks won 13-5. They went on to Eden Park the next week where the Springboks got one back with a win of 9-5. The last test on that tour was a draw.

That was the perfect start to a rivalry that will last for years. Since the 1995 the All Blacks have had a much better record against the Springboks home and away and is the best test side in the world for almost 10 years now.

This weekend we will see these two take on each other again and as it has been over the last couple of years, the All Blacks will go go into the match as the overwhelming favourites.

With two losses in the last two test the Springboks are with their backs against the wall. Although not everyone will agree the biggest problem for the Boks this year has been their game management and decision making on the field.

They have created plenty of opportunities in all the test we have seen but seems panicking almost if they do not score immediately.

The All Blacks are great in the way they can defend through multiple phases in their red zone and most of the time even able to create opportunities for themselves from deep in their own half.

Protecting the ball must be the Springboks highest priority this weekend against the All Blacks. They are almost unstoppable on the counter with the high level of skill they have from number 1 to number 15.

The All Blacks kick more than any other team but the difference between there kicking and most of the other teams are that they have purpose. Territory will play a big role in the test but it can be the Springboks downfall against a team like New Zealand as well.

We have seen too many senseless or missed directed kicks from De Klerk and Pollard this year. If they keep it up in this test match no defensive system will be able to safe them from a hammering.

Although there was an improvement in the defence against the Aussies the Springboks will have to raise to a new level in their defence against the All Blacks.

Most coaches in the world would have seen that the Springboks are struggling out wide with there defence and we can be sure that the All Blacks with their great ability to see space will test the Springboks in that aspect.

Only the perfect game and some luck will give the Springbok a win in New Zealand against the best team in the world.

There was some poor performances from players we expect to lead in this team. Players like Willie Le Roux, Faf de Klerk and Pollard will have to step up now and show that they are the number one in their position.

Less than 100% from them will cost the Springboks dearly. There is a huge worry to have another new combination in Am and De Allende in the midfield.

We have almost change every test out midfield and need to get a combination which we believe in and stick with.

Marx comes in for Mbonambi and the focus will be on the lineouts this weekend. An aspect of the game which needs to be perfect and one that we have failed in almost every test this year.

In the loose trio we have the same combination in Whiteley, Kolisi and Du Toit and they will be infront of their biggest test against the likes of Read, Cane and Squire.

All three Barrett brothers are in the starting lineup, with Jodie taking up the fullback position and his brother Beauden coming back after being rested last week against Argentina.

The bench will also play a vital role in this test with the All Blacks known for running away with test matches in the second half.

It is all class on the All Black bench with Saveu, Perenara, Goodhue and MecKenzie that will test the Boks in the second half.

The Springboks have stick with Louw on the bench and Rassie still can not find space for Van Staaden in the matchday sqaud. Papier, although not playing part of one 1 minute in last weeks test lost his spot to Ross Cronje on the bench.

The Springboks will go into the test with 426 caps in their starting line-up and 235 on the bench.

New Zealand have won 11 of their last 12 games against South Africa, including the last six on the bounce by an average margin of 23 points.

The All Blacks have the best success rates at both the scrum (100%) and lineout (83%) which makes the set pieces the one thing that will stand out in this test.

Nigel Owens will take charge of this test which add to the excitement of the test. He is the most experience referee in the world with 83 test matches behind his name.

Prediction: All Blacks at home can not be denied and with the current poor form of the Springboks we see only one result, All Blacks by 12 or even more if things really go south for the Boks

Teams:

All Blacks: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Jack Goodhue, 23 Damian McKenzie

Springboks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jesse Kriel 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Beast Mtawarira, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe

We will be chatting live during the game….

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  1. I’m really trying to be positive about this match, but so can’t see the Boks winning it. Nor even competing. But come tomorrow morning so will be rooting for a miracle. My burden to carry for supporting the Boks. Go Bokke!!!

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  2. SA selection policy is an affront to sportsmanship of all sorts, rugby union is just collateral damage.
    If I’m Steve “Puffy” Hansen ( FYI I’m TOTALLY NOT as I’ve got amazing skin & exercise dietary choices that in no way resemble those of a catfish that resides at the base of a river dam) I’m looking to PUNISH the “casual criteria” that mimics test side selection in a SA v NZ test match.
    Dunno the line but I’d take SA to keep margin under 20.
    What a dismal state of affairs !

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