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Rugby World Cup Preview – All Blacks v Springboks

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Surely the biggest opening match in years at the World Cup when the All Blacks and the Springboks clash on Saturday in their first Pool B match.

The two teams are set to top the pool no matter what happen in this first game on Saturday but it does not get much bigger in test match rugby when these two meet.

Not much have separate them the last two years, with a win each last year and a draw this year in the Rugby Championship.

From where the Springboks was 20 months ago nobody would have given them any chance to even be competitive in this World cup but Rassie Erasmus has created not just a great group of players in 18 months but also created a team that are a contender to lift the trophy again.

Although the All Blacks has taken a few losses the last couple of years and many think they are that as good as they were 4 years ago, they are definitely still the favourites to retain the cup.

It all looks like the team that looses on Saturday will have to face Ireland in the quarter finals and England in the semi finals which make it a much harder road to take than facing Scotland or Japan in the quarter finals and Wales in the semi finals if our prediction is right.

It will not be the end of the road for the team that looses on Saturday but just a harder road to take.

The two teams have different strengths, with the Springboks one of the better packs and the All Blacks the deadliest backs. The reason the Springboks have been so competitive against the All Blacks under Erasmus, is because they went back to their old way of dominating with the forwards to create space and time for their backs.

Starving the All Blacks from possession is the only way to beat them because with ball in hand not many can stop the a rampant All Black side.

Barrett at fifteen have it positive and negatives but at the end you need to stay in touch with this team and have a deadly defence if you want to beat them.

With wet weather predicted one can expect the All Blacks to test the Springboks back three with the high ball and it may be the difference if they can not coupe.

However you look at this game it is going to be a massive clash between two of World Rugby’s greatest rivals.

The All Blacks went again with Barrett at 15 and Mo’unga at 10. Scott Barrett will also start at lock with Sam Whitelock.

The loose trio for this test will be Cane, Read and Savea with Smith at nine.

For the Springboks, Erasmus kept the same side except from captain Kolisi as the team that drew against the All Blacks early this year.

With some great impact players of the bench we can be sure of 80 minutes of exciting rugby.

Predictions: Really want the Springboks to win but it feels the All Blacks will take this by 7 points.

Teams:

New Zealand: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Sonny Bill Williams, 23 Ben Smith

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Jesse Kriel

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