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Test Preview – All Blacks v Springboks


As coaches neither Steven Hansen nor Rassie Erasmus will need to do too much motivational talks to get their players up for this weekend clash.

As it has been for 99% throughout history, this one will be epic as many before it.

Both coaches have made plenty of changes to their starting XV from the sides that won last week against the Argentinians and Australians.

This test is not just important in the Rugby Championship but also will serve as a dress rehearsal for the opening match in their pool later this year in Japan.

This time around there are more surprises in selection from Hansen in his All Black side than from Erasmus in his Springboks side.

Hansen has decided it is a good time to test Mo’unga at ten and Barrett at fifteen.

This means that Ben Smith will move to the wing with Ioane on the other wing.

In the midfield Hansen has gone for Sonny Bill Williams and Jack Goodhue in the midfield but the biggest surprise was TJ Perenara that was selected to start at nine.

Perenara has been brilliant throughout the Super Rugby Season and deserve a look at and with a World Cup so close it is important that you give enough game time to your best players.

Erasmus have done much the same with his side for this weekend clash. We see Le Roux back at fifteen and in the midfield he went for Am and De Allende meaning Kriel and Frans Steyn will play from the bench.

On the wings we have Kolbe and Mapimpi  with Pollard back at the number 10 jumper. His partner at nine is yet again Faf De Klerk.

With Kolisi still out Vermeulen will lead the Springbok side from the number eight jumper with Kwagga Smith and Du Toit his partners on the side of the scrum.

It is going to be interesting to see how Todd and Smith fight it out for control in the loose.

In the second row Erasmus went with Etzebeth and Mostert and they will face up against Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick.

Upfront the two teams match up evenly and that is going to be a huge battle but if one look at the backs the All Blacks just looks like a side that can run circles around any team.

Like always you will need the whole 23-man squad to be on par against this All Blacks side otherwise things can turn nasty very quickly.

There will also be some pressure on the guys that did not play against the Aussies with some players breathing down their necks for that starting spot.

One feel that this game will give Rassie Erasmus his final clarity on who will be his starting XV comes 21 September in Japan.

Defence will be very important as always but one feel that the side controlling that dark art upfront again will take this test.

Some Interesting Facts (OPTA)

  • New Zealand have won 12 of their last 14 Tests against South Africa, including a 32-30 win in their most recent encounter.
  • South Africa picked up a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their last clash in New Zealand and will be looking to win consecutive iterations of such fixtures for just the third time in Test history (1937 & 2008/2009).
  • New Zealand have won 22 of their last 25 Tests (L3), including their last two on the bounce.
  • New Zealand have won 20 of their previous 24 Tests played at Westpac Stadium; however, they have lost two of their last three at the venue, including a two-point defeat to South Africa.
  • South Africa have won three of their last four Tests after having won only two of their six prior to that run.
  • South Africa have won only two of their last 12 games away from home in The Rugby Championship; though, they will be looking to pick up back-to-back wins in such fixtures for the first time since 2013.
  • New Zealand (77%) and South Africa (62%) have the two highest win rates of any Tier 1 teams in Test rugby history.
  • New Zealand need just six more points to become the first team in Test rugby history to score 16,000 points – no other team is yet to break the 14,000 mark.
  • South Africa scored two tries within the final quarter of their 35-17 win over Australia in Round 1 of The Rugby Championship 2019 – as many as they had managed in that period across the entire 2018 campaign.
  • Ngani Laumape (New Zealand) gained 7.2m per carry in Round 1 of The Rugby Championship 2019, the most of any player to make at least 10 carries.

Prediction: Although one believe the Springboks has a chance in this test, the brain keep saying All Blacks to take the win by 8


All Blacks: Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Richie Mo’unga, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, Shannon Frizell, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Vaea Fifita, Dalton Papalii, Aaron Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge.

Springboks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Kwagga Smith, 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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  1. My ultimate Bok side would be:

    1. Kitshoff 2. Marx 3. Louw 4. Yster 5. PSDT
    6. Kolisi (c) 7. JLDP 8. Vermeulen

    9. Herschel 10. Willemse 12. DDA 13. Serfontein
    11. Aphiwe 14. Kolbe 15. Frans Steyn

    Beast Bismarck Sadie Elstadt Kwagga
    Faf, Pollard, Sunking, Sbu

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