According to just about any pundit you can be arsed to listen to, this game is a foregone conclusion. The plucky young Wallabies are going to cause one or two moments of mild concern, but otherwise get swept aside by a near flawless, World Champion Springbok side who have beaten all comers and are ranked #1 in the world.
Guest blogger Matt from www.greenandgoldrugby.com shares his thoughts with Sharksworld.
But before we all crumble to this perceived wisdom, let me piss on those flames of adulation just a little.
- Do you remember where this same World Champ Springbok side came in the last two Tri-Nations? Dead last is where. What revolution has happened since?
- The Lions series was anything but a whitewash. Had Monye known how to fall over a line, it would have looked very friggen different.
- Anyone would be happy wooping the ABs twice – but remember, the ABs were away from home. The Wallabies had the game to belt the ABs in Auckland, and in the end lost by only 6
- A less composed Wallabies side won in Durban just last year, 27-15
Sure, a few shoulda, coulda, woulda’s, but I’m not quite buying ‘best Saffa team ever’, just yet. As Juan Cote astutely pointed out, there are weaknesses in this side, and a smart, organised side could well take advantage.
Over and above what my learned friend pointed out in his post, there’s been an uncharacteristic characteristic in this Wallaby side this year – fast starts. We’d gotten use to them clawing their way back into a match, but the side this year has come out at a belting pace. The best example being in Auckland last week, when they should have been at least 17-3 ahead after 17 minutes.
We all know how much the Boks love to get ahead, and in a stadium like Newlands with the crowd sitting right on the pitch, it’s like an injection of PCP to the marauding Saffas when the fans have something to howl about. Witness the game last Saturday. Everyone talks about the Boks being a pressure team – get ahead on the scoreboard early, and it’s like taking the lid off the cooker.
If I’ve managed to get you feeling a bit better about the Wallabies prospects – then a bucket of cold water. Despite their best efforts, the Saffa selectors have managed to unearth two gamechangers: Morne Steyn and Heinrich Brussow. A lot has already been said about their respective freakish abilities. I’d just point out that the Kiwis lived at #1 for the last five years based on a kicking 10 + talented fetcher combo. This looks spookily familiar.
Cock on the block? If the Wallabies take this, then they will by definition impress the shit out of everyone, including me. This is still a team on the rise, undercooked in competition this year, taking on a confident battle hardened unit of seasoned pros.
Gagger’s head says: Boks by 6Tweet