By: Bunny (Jacques Nortier)
The second head to head we look at for Saturday important World Cup semi-final between the All Blacks and the Springboks must be the important number eight jumper.
The Number 8
Vermeulen and Read can be describe as the best there are in the game at this stage when it comes to world number eights. Between the two they have shown there big match temperament and they are players for the big occasions.
Vermeulen was nominated last year as World Player of the Year and received South African highest accolade when he was named SARU Player of the Year and Players Player of the Year.
Read on the other hand have been in the same boat with New Zealand Rugby and is a player that is feared all over the world. He is what you will call a try-scoring machine when it comes to forwards crossing the white wash.
Although both players are some of the finest you will see in the game…..they play a total different game to each other but equally important to their teams.
Both players have suffered some injury setbacks this year but in the last two matches have return to their old best as what we got used to. The combination that these two will have with their sidemen will be the difference who comes out on top on Saturday.
According to stats we can see how different the games are which these two are playing…..
One thing is for sure, both the All Blacks and the Springboks needs these two stars to pitch up on Saturday for there teams.