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Preview – Springboks v All Blacks


Nobody have been able to stop the All Blacks this year, in fact they have demolished everyone that dare came on the same field as them and it will be the Springboks last chance to try and get that win against the worlds best team.


It has not been anything close to a smooth transition for new Springbok coach Allister Coetzee since he took over from Meyer in April this year. In fact it has been somewhat of a panicking when it came to selections with different combinations almost every week.

With the South African public getting more vocal every week, the pressure to turn it around gets more on the Springboks.

They may have already clinched the Rugby Championship title but New Zealand still have plenty to play for when they face the Springboks at Kings Park. The All Blacks need one more victory to equal the record of 17 consecutive Test wins, a feat previously achieved by two previous All Blacks sides.

Most nations are for ever looking to be the first team to upset the All Black apple cart and get that win that so many want. This weekend the Springboks get there last chance of the year and with Morne Steyn again selected at fly half everyone including the All Blacks knows what game the Springboks intend to bring to the Kings Park turf

The New Zealanders are favorites to win the test and end the season unbeaten but at home the Springboks are normally a different team and they normally have close contest against their old rivals.

It seems we will have the conservative approach against the full out skills from the All Blacks comes Saturday. They will be eager to dominate with the forwards and putting pressure on the All Blacks so that they have Steyn to slot over the penalties and build a score.

The problem is that the Springboks have yet again a different 9,10,12 and 13 starting the match and to top this all they have gone again for only two backs on the bench. Coetzee explain that it is high risk for high reward but last week this selection almost cost the Springboks the match.

Against Australia they might survive such a risk but against a world class team like New Zealand it can be yet another devastating defeat.

With De Allende back in the midfield it also beg the question again on the defense of the Springboks. It is a known fact that De Allende has not been the best defending midfield player over the past year and it could be the hole the All Blacks needed to concentrate on.

Fire power at the back three are also not the most explosive that we have seen from a Springbok side and one does not see the Springboks scoring much tries out wide on Saterday.

The All Blacks have all the skills, players and game to take yet another test match this year and only time will tell if the Springboks have it to upset and take a win on Saturday

Previous results:

2016: New Zealand won 41-13 in Christchurch
2015: New Zealand won 20-18 in London (RWC semi-final)
2015: New Zealand won 27-20 in Johannesburg
2014: South Africa won 27-25 in Johannesburg
2014: New Zealand won 14-10 in Wellington
2013: New Zealand won 38-27 in Johannesburg
2013: New Zealand won 29-15 in Auckland
2012: New Zealand won 32-16 in Johannesburg
2012: New Zealand won 21-11 in Dunedin
2011: South Africa won 18-5 in Port Elizabeth
2011: New Zealand won 40-7 in Wellington

Prediction: Can not see any other result than a All Blacks win by +20 points.

The teams:

South Africa: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Stephen Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Willie le Roux

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 George Moala

Date: Saturday, October 8
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)

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  1. If SARU (and their journo cheerleaders ) are still tipsy from the Australia win from last week….
    Here comes the hangover courtesey of none othe than:
    Steve ” Puffy” Hansen.

    But the BIGGER story is how a loss sets up the biggest game for SA which is really this fall vs England a team SA has OWNED for like….a decade.
    A loss to the pompy EJ-led English would be the bitterest of pills & the knives will definitely come out after that.

    AC knows this – and he’s worried because he knows that Puff Hansen is pals with HM so he may wanna twist the knife a bit on his successor.

    Drama-A-Plenty. Ignore the above all ya want – you’ll recognize I’m spitting gospel at ya when BC confirms it ALL through his sources very soon.
    Bunny is it possible to have a countdown clock for when Bikini Strauss will FINALLY be gone??

  2. This Preview would be a Review if……
    It was accompanied by CARROT RATINGS.
    Looking forward to those this weekend!!!!

  3. Has NZ v ENGLAND taken over for NZ v SA as the “Marquis Match-up” in Rugby Union?
    Verdict tomorrow.
    Clancy good ref to have.

  4. I look forward to Strauss having a huge game, as well as DDA proving me wrong and monstering the AB’s in defense and on attack, our forwards to dominate, Steyn to keep us on the right side of the field, Faf living up to expectations and a famous Bok win.

  5. Must say, for all the mistakes Strauss has made, he still has done his made job better than any other number 2 in the country. He hardly misses his jumpers, his scrum is top notch and he almost always plays 80 minutes. We are going to miss him when he leaves. Thank goodness he is still signed for the Bulls till 2019.

    Americano is going to hate me, but if Strauss stayed at the Cheetahs, they would’ve been a force under Smith. And he didn’t leave to pocket more money at the Bulls. He left because the Cheetahs refused to let independent analysts look at the Union, when he believed there were major issues at Board level. He was proven right I believe, with many a fan complaining about the broederbond at Cheetahs and now saying they wonder how long before the broederbond interferes in Smith’s team.

  6. Gimme a break Aldo
    After what I wrote before & what happened during the slaughter that just got done today….
    I should change my name from Americano to Oracle of Delphi

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