This is going to be a great weekend of test match rugby and we ca not wait for it to start….
The last time these two sides met the Springboks beat Scotland 26-20 with Handré Pollard good for 18 of the Boks points on the day. From what we saw the past weekend we know this is going to be a massive clash at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Scotland made a few changes to their side that beaten Australia last weekend with Matt Scott coming back in place of Sam Johnson as well as Rufus McLean taking Darcy Graham spot for this weekend.
In the pack Stuart McInally was given the nod ahead of George Turner who drops out of the squad this weekend. Nick Haining will also start on the blindside with Jamie Richie moving to the openside.
This means that the highly rated Hamish Watson who started last weekend against Australia moves to the bench. Jamie Ritchie also gets the nod to start form the bench this weekend.
The Springboks also made some changes with Willie Le Roux coming in at fullback and Elton Jantjies at ten. In the pack Franco Mostert gets the nod ahead of Lood de Jager next to Eben Etzebeth.
Our Prediction: Although we believe it will be tight throughout we still believe the Boks will take it by 10 points
Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg (Captain, Exeter Chiefs) 14. Rufus McLean (Glasgow Warriors) 13. Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby) 12. Matt Scott (Leicester Tigers) 11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors) 10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) 9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors); 1. Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) 2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) 3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 4. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) 5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) 6. Nick Haining (Edinburgh Rugby) 7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) 8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)
Replacements: 16. Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) 17. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) 18. Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) 19. Jamie Hodgson (Edinburgh Rugby) 20. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) 21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) 22. Adam Hastings (Gloucester Rugby) 23. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby)
South Africa: 15. Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), 14. Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), 13. Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), 12. Damian de Allende (Munster), 11. Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), 10. Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes), 9. Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers); 1. Ox Nché (Cell C Sharks), 2. Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks), 3. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), 4. Eben Etzebeth (Toulon), 5. Franco Mostert (Honda Heat), 6. Siya Kolisi (Captain, Cell C Sharks), 7. Kwagga Smith (Yamaha Júbilo), 8. Duane Vermeulen (Ulster)
Replacements: 16. Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears),17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), 18 Vincent Koch (Saracens), 19. Lood de Jager (Sale Sharks), 20. Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers), 21. Cobus Reinach (Montpellier), 22. Handré Pollard (Montpellier), 23. Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs)
It is just getting better as Saturday afternoon moves on with the next one Ireland hosting the All Blacks in Dublin. This is our match of the weekend. Ireland looks like they have a real chance to upset the All Blacks this weekend. The All Blacks have not been their brilliant self since the loss against the Boks in the Rugby Championship and this weekend will be a real test of their character.
But we all know that when you just think you can right off this All Blacks team they come back at you and proof you wrong. There is no question that this is a quality All Black team but then you have a quality Irish team against you which just makes for brilliant test match rugby.
The All Blacks made 14 changes to the side that won against Italy last weekend with only Sevu Reece keeping his place in the starting XV.
Ireland on the other hand made only one change with Iain Henderson retuning to the starting XV.
This match is so even that we do not expect this to be a bigger win that 5 points.
Prediction: In the beginning of the week we though Ireland will be good for the win but come match day we are given this one to the All Blacks by 5
Ireland: 15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Bundee Aki 11. James Lowe, 10. Johnny Sexton (captain) 9. Jamison Gibson-Park; 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Ronan Kelleher, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Iain Henderson, 5. James Ryan, 6. Caelan Doris, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Jack Conan.
Replacements: 16. Rob Herring, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Tadhg Beirne, 20. Peter O’Mahony, 21. Conor Murray. 22. Joey Carbery 23. Keith Earls.
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sevu Reece, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara; 1 Joe Moody, 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Nepo Laulala, 4 Brodie Retallick, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 6 Ethan Blackadder, 7 Dalton Papalii, 8 Ardie Savea.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 David Havili.
This is another test match we are looking forward too. These two teams are normally at the other end of the scoreboard and on Saturday they have a chance to get a win for the year. Argentina had one of their best test matches last weekend against France this year and go into the match as our favourites.
But that is not a given with an Italian side that looks like their are finally moving into the right direction. Italy, although well beaten by the All Blacks last weekend, has shown us enough to get a vote of confidence going into this clash.
Italy has made five changes to their side two in the backline with Edoardo Padovani coming in for Federico Mori to form the back three with Matteo Minozzi and Monty Ioane. Marco Zanon has also been replaced by Luca Morisi for this weekend.
In the pack Ivan Nemer gets his second cap replacing Danilo Fischetti in the front row with Cannone coming in for Fuser in the second row. The last change to the Italian side sees Licata replacing Giammarioli at eight.
The Pumas made three changes to their side with Cordero, Martin and Gonzalez coming into the side and Kremer switching to the number four spot in the pack.
Prediction: Although Italy looks like they are improving, we have Argentina for the win this weekend by 12 points.
Italy: 15. Matteo Minozzi, 14. Edoardo Padovani, 13. Juan Ignacio Brex, 12. Luca Morisi, 11. Monty Ioane, 10. Paolo Garbisi, 9. Stephen Varney; 1. Ivan Nemer, 2. Gianmarco Lucchesi, 3. Marco Riccioni, 4. Niccolò Cannone, 5. David Sisi, 6. Sebastian Negri, 7. Michele Lamaro (captain), 8. Giovanni Licata
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Giovanni Pettinelli, 22 Alessandro Fusco, 23 Federico Mori
Argentina: 15. Emiliano Boffelli, 14. Santiago Cordero, 13. Matias Moroni, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11. Mateo Carreras, 10. Santiago Carreras, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 1. Thomas Gallo, 2. Julian Montoya (c), 3. Francisco Gomez Kodela, 4. Marcos Kremer, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Juan Martin Gonzalez, 8. Facundo Isa
Replacements: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Ignacio Calles, 18. Santiago Medrano, 19. Lucas Paulos, 20. Santiago Grondona, 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Nicolas Sanchez, 23. Lucio Cinti
This will be another cracker of a test match when England host Australia on Saturday night at Twickenham. Australia comes off a bad loss against the Scots, one that they should have won and will have to be better this weekend if they want to turn the tables.
The on field discipline was just poor and it was the major reason for their loss last weekend. Usually when your discipline goes south like it did with the Aussies it filters through to the team and it just makes it so hard to play against a quality side and come out winners.
England on the other hand had a nice practice run against Tonga which was just what they needed for the test matches coming up against the Aussies this weekend and the Springboks next weekend.
Jones had made the popular change to his side in selecting Marcus Smith at ten this weekend with Owen Farrell also back in the team.
Farrell will start the match at inside centre which will help Smith a lot having such great experience and his captain next to him.
Jones also shifted Manu Tuilagi to the wing. In the pack Maro Itoje will earn his 50th cap for England.
For the Aussies Kurtley Beale will start at fullback this weekend with Andrew Kellaway going back to the wing. With the injuries to his front row Rennie also had to made some changes upfront.
James Slipper will be at tighthead with Angus Bell getting the nod to start the game.
Predictions: Although the Aussies always have a chance we believe England will take this one by 10
England: 15. Freddie Steward, 14. Manu Tuilagi, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Owen Farrell (c), 11. Jonny May, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Jamie George, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Courtney Lawes, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Tom Curry
Replacements: 16. Jamie Blamire, 17. Bevan Rodd, 18. Will Stuart, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Alex Dombrandt, 21. Sam Simmonds, 22. Raffi Quirke, 23. Max Malins
Australia: 15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Andrew Kellaway, 13. Len Ikitau, 12. Hunter Paisami, 11. Tom Wright, 10. James O’Connor, 9. Nic White; 1. Angus Bell, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. James Slipper, 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Izack Rodda, 6. Rob Leota, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Rob Valetini
Replacements: 16. Tolu Latu, 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Oliver Hoskins, 19. Will Skelton, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Noah Lolesio, 23. Izaia Perese