Springboks vs Australia – Tri-Nations 4 Sept 2010

Crazy times on the rugby field last week.

The Wallabies started like a dingo on fire and caught the Springboks napping to surge to a 21-7 lead after the first 20 min. Bryan Habana had a nightmare game and you could see him willing the field to swallow him whole after a he failed to field a kick-off that went straight through the bread basket to pop up for James O’Connor to run in for the easiest of tries.

Habana is world-class and although most people reckon he should have been rested after playing in every game for the Stormers and Boks this season, he will be glad to be playing on Saturday. He sets high standards for himself and will be itching to make up for his blunders with a solid performance. He has been backed by the coaches and rightly so, he is too good not to come right and my money is on him scoring a try this weekend.

The Boks did very well to claw their way back into the game and showed real fight, character and experience to out score the Wallabies 20 – 3 in the second half. It was not a great start and the defense looked pretty ordinary by both teams but it certainly was entertaining. Check out this end to end passage of awesomeness.

Francois Hougaard played a blinder. The young scrumhalf looks incredibly composed and calm for someone who is so new to Test rugby and has received high praise from Fourie Du Preez, who reckons he is the man to take his place when he retires. Expect more of the same come Saturday as his confidence grows.

Juan Smith again had a massive game. He is my choice to captain the Boks on the end of year tour and was my man of the match last Saturday. With him back the loose trio seem to be much more balanced and Pocock’s ball stealing was all but nullified.

Victor Matfield, playing in his hundredth game, had a sketchy start allowing Will Genia through to score the first try but it was only a matter of time before he came into his own. He was dominant in the line-outs made a couple of telling steals in the game, one in particular that looked like he was actually the jumper Fainga’a was aiming for. Quality.

The Wallabies do not have their best team available to them at the moment and as good as Burglar Cooper and Will Genia are they are still relatively inexperienced at this level. The Aussies  will get better and better especially looking ahead to the World Cup but will once again struggle against this Bok side, which will be the most experienced side ever (750 caps in the starting 15).

The Wallabies blew their best chance to win at altitude in 47 years last week. Bloemfontein is nearly 1400 metres above sea level and I would not be surprised to see the Wallabies once again fall off the pace in the second half.  This week expect the  Bokke to be better and to  retain the Nelson Madela Plate.

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Kick Off: 5pm

Prediction: Bokke by 12

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~ by bowlphilosophy on September 3, 2010.

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