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Bok fans divided in Italy predictions

2016-11-18 13:05
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Cape Town - This weekend's clash between Italy and the Springboks could go either way - if South African rugby fans are to be believed. 

According to a Sport24 poll this week, which attracted over 75 00 voters by Friday morning, anything could happen. 

It seems ridiculous, given that the Italians are ranked 13th in the world and that they have never come close to beating the Springboks, but the results show how much South African supporters have lost faith in their side. 

Staggeringly, 3 352 voters (43.5%) believe that the Boks will lose in Florence. 

Even those who think South Africa will win do not seem overly confident. 

3 414 people (44.3%) believe that the Boks will win, but by 10 or less points. 

Only 932 (12.2%) of those who took part think the Boks will win comfortably, by more than 10 points. 

Kick-off on Saturday is at 16:00 (SA time). 

Teams:

Italy

15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Sami Panico

Substitutes: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 George Fabio Biagi, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Tommaso Boni

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19, Franco Mostert, 20, Oupa Mohoje, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Johan Goosen

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