Brave bookies: Boks to cruise against Italy ...
Cape Town - The Springboks will not suffer the same embarrassment on Saturday against Italy as they did in 2016, according to local bookmakers.
When the Italians beat the Boks 20-18 in Florence last year it was considered one of South African rugby's darkest days, but according to local bookies BET.co.za, the Boks will be comfortable victors in Padova this time around.
Allister Coetzee's men are overwhelming favourites at 3/20, while Italy can be backed at 5/1.
The draw is on offer at 30/1.
Handicap-wise, the Boks are 13.5-point favourites, suggesting a relatively comfortable afternoon out for the visitors.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 16:00 (SA time).
15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Giovanni Licata, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Substitutes: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Francesco Minto, 20 Renato Giammarioli, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Matteo Minozzi
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Dan du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant