I get very, very nervous when the Boks start talking about whitewashes and start focusing on sideshows, such as Smit’s captaincy record, when we face a key test against a wounded foe – with an untried player in a key position.
Let’s face it – for all the Boks’ dominance in the first half in Bloemfontein, there were a few minutes deep into the second half when it honestly looked like we were going to lose the test. Far from being the all-encompassing, utterly indisputably amazing thrashing that everybody remembers it as now, it was a typically hard Bok-All Black test that we did very well to win.
The All Blacks, though, were not thrashed by any means and I don’t really see why we’re so keen to allow them the underdog tag going into the Durban game. Fact is, they were jet-lagged as hell in Bloem and probably weren’t really targeting that game as a must-win anyway. Durban will be a different story. The altitude will suit them better anyway and they should be in much better shape.
And we have lost our first-choice flyhalf and playmaker and replaced him with an untried goal-kicking specialist, who, in his only starting test to date, has looked out of his depth.
Add to that the fact that at least half the Bok team are likely to be in celebration mode and we face the very real possibility that we might have find a way to put the champagne corks back in the bottles after 80 minutes. I see that the All Black coaching staff have been blowing smoke up Victor Matfield’s ass as well about how much of a lineout king he is. I hope he doesn’t fall for it.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying we’re going to lose this one, but I just really hope that the boys are really focused on playing for 80 minutes and celebrating afterwards, if that turns out to be appropriate.Tweet