Ahh the home games.
Back in the Mzansi hood and no mistake. Let’s all sit back and enjoy the comforts of this great land, (hopefully) clear skies and Cape hospitality.
Gatsbys and beers, get in my face!
This Saturday the Springboks take on the Wallabies at Newlands and I am going!
I am glad there has been a break from the Rugby Championship. Especially as it seems most peeps have calmed down and stopped harping on about being deliberately “cheated” out of a “definite” win. I am all for a fair and professional ref and Poite’s display was woeful but we are in serious danger of sounding like a bunch of whiny little bitches.
Yes the ref made a couple of errors but their was no bias and Bokke will be the first to admit they were below par for most of the game. I for one am looking forward to the team moving on, improving and getting in a solid win with hopefully no controversy or referee boo-boos.
The Wallabies have not won in CT since the ’90s but we have not exactly smashed them down South either. Coach Meyer says he wants to focus on the win first and then the bonus point and fair play to the man but truth be told, the bonus point is an absolute must if the Bokke are to have any chance of winning the Rugby Championship this year. So let’s get up…get on up and then get down, get on down… to a closer looksy at Saturday’s situash.
Rugby Championship round 5, Sat 28th of September 2013
Springboks vs Wallabies
Coach McKenzie has recalled fit again captain James Horwill to the side but has kept faith in scrumhalf Nic White, who keeps Will Genia on the wood for the second game in a row. James boozer O’Connor has of course been dropped from the squad after being refused entry onto a recent flight because he was intoxicated. LOL. O’Connor has been one of their best players so far this season and will be missed, he is replaced by Adam Ashley-Cooper who moves from centre to right wing. Taking Adam’s place is Brumbies centre Tevita Kuridrani. On the other wing, Joe Tomane comes in for the injured Nick wild hair Cummings.
With Horwill back and prop Benn Robinson and lock Sitaleki Timani on the bench, the Wallabies will be looking to at least match the physicality of the Springbok pack in an effort to provide good ball for their backs. Their team looks better than the one they fielded in Brisbane but matching this current Bok forward pack is easier said than done and it will be a surprise if the Wallabies are suddenly much better only three weeks on from the collective Brisbane dick punch to the face.
For the Bokke, only two changes to the side, with Fourie du Preez starting at scrumhalf (thank FiretrUCK) and hooker Adriaan Strauss once again getting a start in place of Bismark du Plessis. The changes were apparently always going to happen and had nothing to do with the previous game, according to Meyer. To be honest, I would prefer Bismark to start but perhaps a fiery but controlled run off the bench is a good way to prepare him for next week.
With Fourie du Preez back at scrumhalf, the Bokke should enjoy better territory and a better kick chase situash. They should once again have the upper hand in the scrums and at ruck time and with guys like JdV, Eben massive guns Etzebeth, Duane Vermeulen and (later in the game) Siya Kolisi playing in front of their home crowd, expect a passionate and far improved performance topped off with a solid win and four try bonus point.
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-Off: Sat, 5:00pm (SA time)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès
Springboks vs Wallabies Prediction: Springboks by 10-17