A Chance At Redemption
Saturday’s stand-off between the All Blacks and South Africa will be only the 10th encounter between the two teams ever at the iconic Newlands venue in Cape Town, South Africa, with the very first stand-off between the two sides at Newlands having been back in 1928 – a match that was won 13-5 by the All Blacks.
The Springboks are without a doubt feeling the pressure after having made history for all the wrong reasons during their recent 57-0 defeat at the hands of the All Blacks. The margin of defeat is now officially the largest that the Springboks had ever suffered, trumping their 50 point defeat at the hands of the English at Twickenham in 2002.
The Springboks will arrived in Cape Town on Sunday afternoon, ahead of what will be their final fixture of the 2017 Rugby Championship Test. Tickets for the game were already sold out on 11 September, less than an hour after having become available online.
Eben Etzebeth To Remain Boks Skipper On Saturday
The Boks will be facing New Zealand after having come away from yet another stalemate result against the Wallabies in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The 27 all draw is the second consecutive draw in a row for the two teams. Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies had the power to make the all-important difference during the 79th minute, but was sadly stopped short by the tight angle of the penalty. The ball went flying wide and so did South Africa’s chances of winning the match.
South Africa played an effective strategy in what resulted in a high-energy, fast paced game, having attempted to run Australia to rags from the first. The Wallabies’ defence had it covered though, at least to the point of stopping South Africa short of running the ball to a victory.
Ruan Dreyer, Jan Serfontein and Courtnall Skosan all scored tries for the Springboks and will be hoping to do the same in the match against the All Blacks. Not many changes have been made to the Boks side since the Wallabies match. Bok No. 8 Uzair Cassiem has been excluded as a result of an injury to his ribs – one that was sustained during the standoff with the Wallabies.
Wilco Louw has also been released from duty in order to play in a Curry Cup Match between Western Province and the Blue Bulls on the weekend.
Eben Etzebeth will once more stand in for Boks captain Warren Whiteley. Whiteley is expected to return to his post come November, when the Boks commence their year-end tour to Europe.
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