Krige: Easy win for All Blacks

2011-10-20 14:01

Cape Town - Former Springbok skipper Corne Krige is among the many rugby fans surprised to see France in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup final, and while he’s not ruling out a miracle from the French, Krige fully expects to see Richie McCaw lift the trophy in Auckland on Sunday.

“I was extremely surprised to see France make the final!” Krige told Laureus and Sport24 ahead of this weekend’s final. “When they lost to Tonga in the pool games, I really didn’t think they would get past England in the next round.”

But they did, and got past Wales as well; can the French make it three in a row? “Miracles do happen!” Krige conceded. “The French are extremely difficult to play against because they are very unorthodox. You just never know which French team is going to arrive on the day. If they do arrive at Eden Park on Sunday, then they will only lose by a small margin. But if they decide to play like they did against Tonga, then it will be a big score for the All Blacks.”

One senses that Krige expects the latter of those two scenarios, particularly given the indisputable strength of this New Zealand team. “They really are a phenomenal side and they probably deserve to win this World Cup,” an admiring Krige said. “Everybody thought they would struggle without Carter, but they have huge talent in New Zealand, and he was hardly missed against the Wallabies.”

That talent includes captain McCaw, and as a former loose forward, the Kiwi captain’s battle with Wallaby openside David Pocock in the semifinal was a highlight of the World Cup.

“I thought it was a fantastic battle,” said Krige. “(Referee) Craig Joubert, who will be representing South Africa in the final, really handled the pressure well, and he managed Pocock and McCaw as good as humanly possible.”

Ultimately, though, it’s been one team and its collection of stars who’ve stood out for Corne Krige, and he expects just reward come Sunday. “Gut, mind and everything else you need to make a good decision says the All Blacks will win,” he concluded. “They should win it comfortably.”

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  • Odavids24 - 2011-10-20 14:47


  • Dougir - 2011-10-20 15:41

    Well one good thing about the world ending tomorrow is that Richie McCaw wont get to take home the Web Ellis ....

      Razz - 2011-10-20 15:46

      Why dont you ask Ritchie to courier it to you, I am pretty sure he will.

      Theo - 2011-10-21 08:36

      err Dougir just one point Id like to make on your not so well thought out comment about the world ending tomorrow is that : were that really the case then if the boks made it to the final then neither would they be lifting the cup eh? now log off and go and take another bitter pill twice daily, avoid rwc sites and come and see me again next week eh?

  • Barry - 2011-10-20 20:20

    Any side but the silver ferns Go France !!

      Bob - 2011-10-20 20:33

      still sulking barry ??

      tim.hickson1 - 2011-10-20 22:16

      Silver Ferns are our netball team. Cheers for Van Dyke btw

      James - 2011-10-20 22:47

      poor little barry....can't even get the title right.... I'm thinking even our netball team the Silver Ferns you mention would beat the Boks at the moment !!!

      Nzbro - 2011-10-21 08:56

      lol another one needing therapy

  • Dale - 2011-10-20 21:11

    I am hoping NZ win, they are the team left that deserves it most. I am still wishing we had played NZ last week as I was curious to what the outcome would have been and would have felt better if they knocked us out. Go NZ, your time has come to end your drought..

      Klark - 2011-10-20 21:15

      Thank you Dale for being a true Rugby Fan who acknowledges a better team. There are a few of you on here like Zion etc. The rest are very bitter sad sad people who seem as they get up in the morning and baptize themselves in Lemon Juice. Go the Blacks easily the best team in the World, and the most successful sporting team of any code ever

  • Dale - 2011-10-20 21:23

    Thanks Klark, the only thing I have to disagree on is your statement that the AB`s are the best in the world. In my heart I believe we had the team to beat them after our show against AUS. I do however acknowledge that they would possibly have beaten us.. I think the saddest part for me is that we never had the chance to find out.. It took me 2 weeks to get over our loss thou :D

      Klark - 2011-10-20 23:38

      Dale I personally dont believe your team was as strong. I believe it has been poorly coached since 2007, and hasnt really developed. They didnt have a good game plan when you played Australia to score points, and Im sure if you played thay way against the ABs you would have lost.Bismarck should have started every game, and there were Locks that were left at home that should have gone. For me the true hero in your team for the tournament was Burger he gave 110% every game.How ever you didnt really have back up to him spies didnt fire all tournament , brussow was ok in some games not others.

  • kevin.rack - 2011-10-21 04:55

    Wow trolling All Black fans on a South African news blog. Surely you have a life??? Dont count your chickens beofre they hatch matey's. This RWC is a bigger joke than 1995's fix.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-21 06:56

      Cheers Kevin, it's always a special heart felt moment knowing that you are thinking of us All Black fans with such high regard and it's also great that we both agree and acknowledge that the '95 WC was fixed although I differ regarding this WC. Once again, thanks Kevin

      Nzbro - 2011-10-21 09:03

      kevin.rack thats funny coming from a bloke living in Oz. are you an Oz fan now or a SA'cn still living the bok fan dream in another man's country? lol this just cracks me up lol

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