All Blacks vs Springboks – 17 July 2010

Round two of the battle of the best of the best. (ding ding ding)

Last week, in the New Zealand vs Springbok post, I predicted a close game with victory to the Spingboks. FAIL. I did not count on the fact that the Bokke would be out-muscled in almost all facets of the game. Nor did I count on Bakkies Botha head-butting Jimmy Cowan and then being yellow-carded soon afterwards (although thinking back, I really should have).

The All Blacks schooled the Springboks and full credit to them. I think they would have beaten any team last week but it must be acknowledged that the Bokke played poorly.

Last week, however, is history and the beauty of it all is that the Bokke have a chance at redemption so soon.

The weather is going to be pretty rubbish on Saturday which will make the performance of the forwards even more important than last week. Francois Louw will need to improve dramatically in his battle with Richie McCaw but Schalk Burger should be better this week at the tackle point and hopefully make his job easier. Danie Rossouw should make a difference when cleaning out the rucks and providing some extra grunt but John Smit is the key to the forwards improving in this game.

Smit leads by example and last week he had a shocker, especially with his line out throw-ins. Being the humble man that he is, he said as much after the game and has since vowed to improve his own game significantly. Smit will need to lift his team on and off the field but he has proven himself time and again and I expect him to do it again on Saturday.

If the forwards can front up, I really do see this game being much more even. Morne Steyn will have learnt his lesson from last week and will surely attempt to kick the ball way out (of the stadium) when kicking for touch, thus giving Matfield a chance at dominating the line-outs once again.

Jean de Villiers needs to come to the party this week and actually chase the ball and make the tackles when needed to. Enough with the intercept attempts already. Gosh! Wynand Olivier needs to once and for all make the no 12. position his, as another quiet game should see him benched and replaced with De Villiers.

As for Ricky Januarie, can he silence his (very many) critics?

If he does not improve his kicks out of hand and speed getting to the rucks, he should be dropped in favour of Ruan Pienaar. Apparently he was caught eating a Big Mac on Friday before the game. Nice one, tubbikins.

Once again we are stuck with a Northern Hemisphere ref, in Alain Rolland, let’s pray he can keep up with the pace of the game.

Can the Springboks come back from such a poor performance?

Is one week enough time for them to get their SHITake together?

Will The All Blacks again dominate the set pieces and continue to out muscle the Bokke at the tackle?

Will McDonald’s offer to sponsor Ricky?

Who realistically hasn’t wanted to headbutt Cowan?

All valid questions and tomorrow we get to find out the answers to at least some of them.

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Kick Off: 09:35am (SA time)

Prediction: All Blacks by 7

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~ by bowlphilosophy on July 16, 2010.

One Response to “All Blacks vs Springboks – 17 July 2010”

  1. BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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