Springboks vs All Blacks – Tri-Nations 21 Aug 2010

After a week of reflection and some classic Currie Cup games, not to mention a superb victory by an up and coming Lions side, the Tri-Nations is back with the two best teams in the world squaring off once again, this time in Soweto, who could ask for anything more.

Feel it, it is here and far better than soccer.

The Springboks are looking to re-gain some lost pride after an epic FAIL in the away games and the All Blacks are just one point away from clinching this years Tri-Nations with three games still to play. With all the talk of ‘cheating’ and being favoured by refs aside, this All Black side has outplayed both the Springboks and Wallabies by some margin this year and full credit to them.

The pace, skill and accuracy which is now a trademark of this All Black side is unmatched and truth be told they do indeed adapt far better to referees than any other team. Slightly worrying is that with a year to go until the RWC2011, this side can and will still improve, at least that is the opinion coming from the All Black camp.

Richie McCaw is pretty over all the talk of cheating and refs and this week said as much even going so far to say that only idiots would not adapt to the ref’s interpretations. It is of course easier to say that when your team is dominating almost all of the breakdowns but he is right. If the Springboks are going to have any chance this weekend they need to adapt to Welsh referee, Nigel Owens’ interpretations and fast.

Pieter de Villiers has chosen a team that on paper looks very promising. Some of the changes are forced due to injury or suspension but some look to be changes with an eye to the future and that is encouraging. Check out the changes and full squad here.

The game is being played at FNB stadium and is sold out. I am going (yessss) and regardless of the outcome this match is going to be massive. Not only is this the first ever Springbok Test in Soweto and one of the biggest crowds to watch a rugby game in South Africa but it is John Smit’s 100th game. Not to mention that there is going to be a Guinness Book of Records attempt for the most Elvis impersonators in one area! That’s right people… Elvis.

On to the game and the Springboks will be itching to right some wrongs and should at least be well rested. They tend to play better at home and even more so at altitude. A concern is the lack of a fetcher in the team and how the lock and midfield partnerships will perform; being relatively new but all in all the Springboks should make a better showing and even possibly sneak a win.

The All Blacks have said that they want to avenge last year’s whitewash with a whitewash of their own this year, so there will be no lack of motivation but I do wonder if they will be quite as motivated as they were for their first two games.

The Springboks have a side that is capable of playing the kick-chase game that worked so well last year but have included players who can be very dangerous on the counter attack and from set pieces. Let’s hope for some tries, especially for Bryan Habana as he will then become the leading try-scorer for the Boks in history (a record he currently shares with Joost vd Westhuizen with 38 tries).

Be sure to watch this game wherever you are and whoever you support, it is going to be FiretrUCKING worth it!

Kick off: 5pm

Venue: FNB Stadium, Soweto

Prediction: Bokke by 5

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~ by bowlphilosophy on August 19, 2010.

One Response to “Springboks vs All Blacks – Tri-Nations 21 Aug 2010”

  1. Bokke!!!!!!!!!!!

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