Stefan Terblanche (Gallo Images)
Good day to you all from a very mild and rather
pleasant Newcastle in the North East of England.
Considering where I find
myself and autumn approaching fast in the Northern Hemisphere, I can only think
that the rugby gods are shining down on us all and that they must be looking
forward, like the rest of us, to Saturday's big game, Scotland against South
I am behaving a bit like a schoolboy on his way
to his first live Springbok game, but I think it’s wonderful that in
this day and age with so many other distractions keeping us occupied that rugby
still holds this power and aura.
Finally we have seen a Springbok team that most
of the nation is happy with and that we all agree on.
ruled out Victor Matfield and tour captain Jean De Villiers and you have to
feel for these individuals.
Between them they amassed over 230 Test caps and
it’s amazing to think that Springbok coach Rudolf Straeuli fielded a team with
only 234 caps - in the whole team - during The Rugby World Cup 2003. Just an
interesting fact and this will give you a better understanding of what
experience these two guys brought to this team.
the youngsters and the current form players to really show that they can cement
their positions in the starting XV and that they can give all South Africans
hope that our Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign is far from over.
I always said
that we have the players to win a record third Rugby World Cup but the
challenge would be in getting them all on the field at the same time. This team
is as good as it gets and as close to getting team selection 100% spot on and
for once I have to congratulate the management team - well done lads!
If we put my and I am sure your excitement aside
for a moment and look at the game and the Scots we are facing we must
understand that the Boks will be in for one hell of a game.
under the guidance of New Zealand coach, Vern Cotter has shown vast
improvement. They have gone away from the traditional kick and charge game and
have brought some unbelievable skill and flair to their backline play.
pack of forwards they are incredibly competitive at the breakdown and with two
former South Africans in WP Nel and former Lions captain Josh Strauss they
have developed a real hard nose approach to the game and will not stand back to
be bullied by any team.
With the rugby gods shining down on us and the
weather forecast perfect for rugby, I believe that we will see a very
entertaining game of rugby.
The Scots will try and play their running game,
off-loading in the tackles and trying to keep the ball away from the big South
African pack of forwards.
They will unfortunately miss their game breaker Finn
Russell through injury in the No 10 shirt.
On the other side we will have
the Bok team hoping to build on their solid and well-structured performance
I believe that The Boks will not change a single aspect form the
Samoa game plan and will again build their innings by keeping structure and
wearing the opposition down through clever kicks, driving lineouts and hard-running forwards playing of Fourie du Preez, the captain for this game.
I am very confident that the Boks will win and
that they will win well. I might be getting ahead of myself and I
think we just need to keep the following in mind before opening the champagne. The
Boks are still playing for survival and a loss could be the end of their
campaign. Don’t forget the extra pressure this will bring to the individuals
The game is taking place in Newcastle, just south
of the Scottish border. We can expect a
massive influx from the north and many a Scotsman at the game to support their
team. They have a genuine believe that this could be their moment.
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Tweets and pictures live from the game @StefanT15 and @JohnBoydSA Dunlop
Score prediction: Boks to win by 15
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