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Preview – England v Springboks


The Springboks move to London to take on the English at Twickenham on Saturday with not too many people giving them any change to upset Eddie Jones team.


Another strange selection from struggling Springbok coach Allister Coetzee have also not given South African supporters any confidance going into the Authem Test series.

Coetzee have pulled a Heyneke Meyer on us with selecting players he knows rather than players that most supporters believed to be inform players. Coetzee has picked a bulky pack with Pieter Steph Du Toit and Willem Alberts on the side of the scrum and Etzebeth with De Jager in teh secodn row.

Whiteley keeps his number eight jumper and upfront he went with captain Strauss, Vincent Koch and Tendai Mtawarira. The gameplan is clear, Spingboks needs to dominate set pieces and slow England ball down and hope that their backline can put points on te board when needed.

Lambie will form the key at the back with Paige at nine and De Allende at inside center. Francois Venter gets rewarded for a great season as he partner De Allende in teh midfield and we see JP Pietersen and Combrick at the wings which should be much better in defense as lst week.

With Kriel back in South Africa Willie Le Roux is back in the fifteen jumper to complete the starting fifteen.

The bench also do not scream impact with only Mostert and Carr giving backup for the loosies and Mapoe, De Klerk and Goosen for the backs.

England is not so much an improved team in the way they play but rather the confidance in which they have done things on the park since Eddie Jones took over. With injuries to content with as well Jones have put forward a great team to try and break teh Springbok hoodoo at the home of rugby.

Over the last 12 months South Africa have won four and lost five games which, to their expectant supporters, is far from good enough. The embarrassing 57-15 defeat to New Zealand in Durban is still a demon they want to bury but a victory at Twickenham would certainly do that.

 Victory this Saturday would be another step towards an unbeaten 2016 for England, with Fiji, Argentina and Australia to come heading into December. With the Springboks struggling, one would expect the latter two opponents to pose the greatest threat but if they do show signs of rust this week or are not up to pace physically, South Africa have the men to punish them up front and Pat Lambie will do the rest.

Previous results:

2014: South Africa won 31-28 at Twickenham
2012: South Africa won 16-15 at Twickenham
2012: 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth
2012: South Africa 36-27 in Johannesburg
2012: South Africa won 22-17 in Durban
2010: South Africa won 21-11 at Twickenham
2008: South Africa won 42-6 at Twickenham
2007: South Africa won 15-6 in Paris
2007: South Africa won 36-0 in Paris

Prediction: South Africa seem to be lacking in confidence and team selection have been questionable all year I give it to England to win by 16

The teams:

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ben Te’o, 23 Jonathan Joseph

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Lionel Mapoe

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