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Springboks v All Blacks Preview

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At one stage this test at Newlands was made out to be the decider of the Rugby Championship this year but that was quickly changed when the Springbok draw against the Aussies in Australia in match they should have won and got hammered by the All Blacks in Albany a week later.

The Springboks came back from Australasia and disappoint again with another draw against the Aussies last week in Bloemfontein.

This week it is the All Blacks in Cape Town and all that is left for the Springboks is pride.

If they do manage to beat the All Blacks they will end the Championship in second place but it is more likely that they will end third with the Aussies that should beat the Pumas on Sunday.

Allister Coetzee have surprise us yet again with his selection as he went with three locks in his starting lineup and moving Francois Louw to number eight, a position he has never played at test level.

Coetzee reasoning behind this was to correct the wrongs from Albany and have three locks to secure and win lineouts. His believe that experience players for Saturday test was the most important factor.

Coetzee believed that Louw is versatile enough to adopt in the number eight jumper. There was no changes in Coetzee midfield or at fullback.

The other change come in the front row with Kitshoff coming in at prop and Wilco Louw getting a change on the bench. Although Dreyer have struggled so far he kept his place in the starting lineup.

Meanwhile the All Blacks coach Hansen have picked his strongest possible side for Saturday.

Sam Whitelock returns to the second row alongside Scott Barrett, Liam Squire is at blindside flank and Sam Cane is at openside, with Matt Todd moving to the bench.

In the backline, Ryan Crotty has been named at centre, while Nehe Milner-Skudder is on the right wing. Tawera Kerr-Barlow has been named at reserve scrumhalf, while Lima Sopoaga provides additional back cover alongside David Havili.

Although many of the media has made out this test as a dead rubber test for the World Champions, Hansen insisted that they do not underestimate the Springboks and that they have always gone out to be the best they can be in all test matches they play.

For the All Blacks there are no such thing as a dead rubber test and all leads up to one goal and that is 2019 in Japan for now.

Most South Africans will know that the chances of the Springboks upsetting the All Blacks on Saturday is almost zero but supporters want do want to see and improvement not just on the Albany test but also after last weeks draw against an average Aussies side.

Predictions: Although the Springboks are wanting to play a better brand of rugby I believe we do not have the right players in the right positions to do so especially against this All Blacks side. I expect another huge defeat but hope I am wring. All Blacks by 30 points or even more.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6, Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende

New Zealand

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 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 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 David Havili

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  1. Zinzan Brooke’s comment on Elton Jantjies:

    “I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Elton Jantjes has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. His hairstyle is fantastic, but his ability to lead the troops? Questionable at best. He needs to focus on getting South Africa on the front foot, and has serious work to do to be consistently on top.”

  2. I’m sorry guys, but Elton isn’t good enough.

    We’ve grown so accustomed to mediocrity that we can’t see mediocre any more.

    If we want to be competitive with the best and beat them frequently, we absolutely need to be competitive in every position and aspect of the game.

    Where are the years that you had to be a world class player before you were given a Bok jersey, specially at 10.

    Before Elton wants to be competitive, he has to be comparable to Johny Wilkenson, Stephen Larkham, Joël Stransky, Henrie Honiball, Naas Botha, Dan Carter, Barrett, Sexton, Butch James, Mehrtens etc.

    You can’t mention Elton amongst any of those names.

  3. @Welshbok die Brandwag: Jury is still out for me, why do he play such a great game with proper forwards at Lions and gameplan…

    I am not happy with Elton but if idiot AC have picked proper inform players maybe Elton would have grown….

    This is the second time elton looks shit under AC, first at Stormers now for Boks.

    What is the common factor here?

  4. @Jacques:

    yes Jacques, but we all know that the test arena is a very different environment to the super rugby and club arena.

    How many players have looked fantastic at regional level, through the years, but absolutely fall apart at national level.

    Look at Wynand Olivier, consistently the best 12 in super rugby during the Bulls dominating years, his rugby was phenomenal, but the moment he put on a Bok jersey, he consistently went walkabout, he just simply couldn’t pull it off. Same with Francois Hougaard.

    Then you take a guy like Juan Smith, the ultimate professional , had been out injured the whole season with major injury, played no rugby, and played his first game of the season at Twickenham in a bok jersey, and won man of the match. BMT I believe it’s called.

    This whole team is lacking that quality, and they will absolutely NEVER be competitive against decent opposition.

    This team will get hammered by NZ, England, Ireland and even Wales.

    Do yourself the favour, and go and compare the quality of our team now in names with the team that PdV inherited from Jake. Go and check them name for name on this link

    http://www.genslin.us/bokke/sarugby.html

  5. @Welshbok die Brandwag: Yip we have more problems than solutions in the players front.

    I am not a Jantjies fan never was, but I feel sorry for a player when he is not allowed to develop at the highest level due to coaches picking wrong or game plan

    But with you on what you say

  6. Bunny a player does it get to develop at Bok level. The sad thing though, no matter how badly Jantjies is doing at the Boks, we do not have an able replacement. Coetzee is a Pollard fan, but he hasn’t played a lot of rugby, neither has he been good enough when playing. He hasn’t given anyone else a decent opportunity to prove themselves as Bok 10’s. Basically he has screwed us over and hasn’t built depth. Take out Jantjies and replace him with who? He’s done the same at tighthead and now we’re screwed. Jantjies does not belong at the Boks, but we have no choice but to hope that after two seasons of being first choice, he will sometime play well in the big games. We did the same with Hougaard and look where that got us. Looks like we’re going to do the same with a number of other players as well.

  7. Jantjies can’t even see how kak his hair looks. How is he supposed to see space and opputunities?

    Jantjies never played well under Coetzee. Jantjies was playing great rugby at the Lions – moved to the Stormers under Coetzee and his whole carreer fell apart. Moved back to Lions and it took a while before he started playing good rugby again.

    There is no hope for tomorrow… Or the future with this clown in charge. Needs to be fired or resign asap.

    Cheers

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