Springboks vs Italy – 19 June 2010 Preview

Italia!! Si! Donda esta tryline? Wait is that Italian or Spanish? Either way it will be useful info for an Italian team that may not get to see our try line all afternoon.

Last week we trounced the French. It was a dominant display of superb, aggressive rugby interspersed with flair, speed and discipline. Not to mention accurate kicking and Speedy Gonzales Aplon showing off some of the skills learnt in 7’s rugby in scoring a quality individual try.

Francois Louw and Aplon looked like test veterans with polished displays and skills a plenty. PdV will be a happy man with the way the fringe players have stepped up in the first two games so far.

As expected he has rested some players this week but has not made the wholesale changes many were expecting. I see his point in that he wants to see what the new guys have to offer in settled combinations. Once again our mustachioed coach has shown that there is more to him than random, out there, often humorous, sometimes confusing but all in all good family fun comments.

This week we see Dewald Potgieter getting a start at 7. Butch (finally) getting to show whether he still has anything to offer, this time at inside centre, Jean De Villiers partnering him in the midfield and Bakkies returning to the side after suspension and surgery.

Let’s hope he can play a whole game without flying head first into a ruck, because I fear the next citing may be for a year. He is a marked man and on the evidence of the Bulls vs Stormers game where he smashed poor Aplon, he definitely seems to take the role of the enforcer quite seriously, sometimes over stepping the mark by quite a distance. Keep it legal big boy.

The front row will be interesting to watch, with Chilliboy and Jannie Du Plessis getting starts. Chilliboy is in for Smit and if he can pick up where he left off from last week, he can go a long way to silencing his many critics. Last year on the end of year tour, Martin Castrogiovanni smashed Gurthro Steenkamp in the scrums, with Gurthro limping off injured. I don’t quite see that happening again though on Saturday as Gurthro has improved significantly this season but the scrums may be where there is at least some parity.

As for the other players in the team, Sergio Parisse is a player to watch out for, there are some others but none are really on the same level as the Bokke. They do have a great coach in Nick Mallett, skilled in the coaching ways and filled with rugby and specifically Springbok rugby knowledge  but poor Nick just doesn’t have the personnel to really challenge the Bokke.

We may take a while to gel together as a team (similar to the Welsh game) but after a possibly slow start we should school the Italians in nearly all facets of the game. I believe we could beat the Azzurri with our B team but the fact that we have Bakkies, Steyn, Kirchener, Spies and Habana in the team will mean that we will beat this team by at least 25 points.

Kick off: 3pm

Venue: Puma Stadium, Witbank

Prediction: Bokke by 28

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~ by bowlphilosophy on June 18, 2010.

2 Responses to “Springboks vs Italy – 19 June 2010 Preview”

  1. Nick Mallet sucks balls.

    Also, what is with the new header picture? I miss Jeff. No one wants to see that Cape Town shit.

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