Springboks vs Samoa 2013: Preview and Prediction

Disappointing. That is the word I would use to describe the Springbok’s performance last week. ‘Shoddy’, ‘Dire’, ‘Awful’ and ‘SHITake’ come to mind but let’s not freak out too much, we still won and it is better to have a poor game now than in the Rugby Championship. We’ve got to keep calm, learn from it and move on.

Thanks Frank, well said.

The Scots did their utmost to disrupt the Bokke and pushed the boundaries as far as possible at the rucks and mauls and credit to them for nearly pulling off an upset win. The officiating was shoddy, it must be said, especially the ‘blind eye’ to players going off their feet and tacklers not rolling away but you need to adapt in these situations and Heyneke Meyer’s men will have worked on this part of the game and should be better for it. Hopefully.

In the other games this past weekend, Samoa continued to impress with a solid victory over Italy, the English dominated the Pumas again and the All Blacks face smashed Les Bleus 30-0. Le ouch. The men in black played an outstanding tactical game and smothered the French with superb defense and then pounced on the counter attack. Pounced. Like mountain lions. Hungry mountain lions..in winter.

This week the ABs welcome back Dan the man Carter, Piri two pies but with a side salad Weepu and Andrew Hore back into the side. Flank Victor Vito and wing Rene Ranger both get starts with Steven Luatua, Tawara Ker-Barlow and Charles Piutau all getting their chances at first caps off the bench. Will they still beat the French? … Do the Proteas choke in knock out games?

proteas-choke

All Blacks vs France Prediction: All Blacks by 15-22.

Onto the Incoming Series Final now and what should be an extremely physical situash on Saturday. Can the Bokke improve on last week’s performance or will Samoa continue to build on their very impressive form? Let’s have a look-see.

Springboks vs Samoa

The Samoans have found the SA conditions to their liking and have benefitted from the majority of their players plying their trade in the Northern Hemisphere or in Super Rugby and have moved to 7th on the latest IRB rankings. They will rely on their big and fast ball carriers and monstrous wing to try to physically dominate the Bokke, possibly using illegal tactics ala the 2011 RWC but are a far better side than 2 years ago and will be a handful for the inexperienced Bok side.

Adrian Strauss Bok captain

Coach Meyer has given captain Jean de Villiers until Friday to prove his fitness but if he is ruled out, hooker Adriaan Strauss will take over the captaincy with Jan Serfontein moving up from the bench into the centre posish. In other changes, Flip van der Merwe comes in at No. 5, Francois Louw comes back at No. 6 and either Willem man mountain Alberts or Siya Kolisi will start at No. 7. I would have preferred a change in the front row but otherwise not much to complain about. Let’s hope for a better showing from Morne at flyhalf but Loftus should bring out the best in him.

The Bokke will do well to adopt a similar strategy to the All Black’s from last week and try to play the majority of the game in the opposition half, be ruthless on defense and then counter when it is on. They should look to dominate the set pieces and force the Samoans into trying to run from their half. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-Off: Sat, 5:15pm (SA time)

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Springboks vs Samoa Prediction: Springboks by 10-17

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on June 20, 2013.

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