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The stage is set.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 20 Aug 2010 at 04:45
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New Zealand is on the verge of their 10th Tri-Nations title as they prepare for a landmark game against South Africa in Soweto on Saturday.

Springbok captain John Smit will play his 100th Test and Richie McCaw will lead the All Blacks for the 51st time – equalling the record of Sean Fitzpatrick.

Soweto, the famous township, will host an international rugby match for the first time.

Soccer City – venue for the football World Cup Final, is expected to attract a crowd of just under 90,000 people, the biggest rugby attendance in South Africa since 1955.

“It’s going to be amazing,” said South Africa vice-captain Victor Matfield.

New Zealand lock Brad Thorn added: “90,000 people. It’s what you dream about. I don’t care if they are cheering for me or booing, so long as they are there.

“These are the things that you look back on for the rest of your life and go ‘gee, I was lucky to be part of it’.”

With four wins from four, the All Blacks need just a point from their last two games to seal a 10th crown in the 15 years of the southern hemisphere championship.

Graham Henry’s team has underlined its ranking as the best in the world with a ruthless brand of high-paced, attacking rugby that took it to back-to-back wins over tournament defending champion South Africa and then successive victories over Australia.

The runaway standings leader has scored 17 tries in four games – versus six by Australia and four by South Africa, who have played a game less.

But for the moment, the All Blacks have set aside overall Tri-Nations triumph in favour of a third win over the Boks.

Henry said avenging South Africa’s sweep of New Zealand in 2009 was “a pretty big deal” for his team.

“It’s a motivating factor and has been since the series began,” he said.

“All we’re thinking about is getting ourselves right to play well on the weekend. If we do the job there will be another focus, won’t there?” Henry said, referring to the title.

“To be honest, I’d be disappointed to win the Tri-Nations with just one point in the next two games,” McCaw said.

Flank McCaw, one of the standout players for the All Blacks this season, also quickly moved past his own personal achievement, saying he didn’t get “too carried away with numbers.”

“Obviously you’re pretty proud to captain the team for a few years but we still have to do the job on Saturday,” he said.

“We’ve got a hell of a test match. We’ve got to make sure we do the job dead right.”

Opposite number Smit will become the 15th player, and second South African after Percy Montgomery, to win 100 caps.

“It’s a lovely milestone, which I’m proud of, but it really does take a back seat in terms of the clash we have against the All Blacks,” the front row forward said.

The struggling Springboks were outplayed by New Zealand and Australia in three straight losses on the road, and have faced on-field disciplinary problems and off-field distractions after coach Peter de Villiers was summoned to a hearing over comments he was alleged to have made about referees. He was cleared.

South Africa can’t retain its title, but can win back some pride in its three home games.

“I think the biggest thing was to get our heads clean again,” Matfield said.

“Just to go away, get away from rugby, and to get back now and refocus. We’re ready to go.”

De Villiers said his team had addressed their discipline issues after having players sin-binned in all three games against New Zealand and Australia. He said discipline was “primary” in the South African team.

Article courtesy of Rugby 365


  • Win or lose this is going to be an epic game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.08.10 04:53:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I agree. It’s going to be massive.
    Go BOKKE :!: :!:

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.08.10 07:09:40 by Jarson Reply
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  • i think Elvis impersonators will may steal the show. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.08.10 08:46:14 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • :mrgreen: Go Bokke Go :mrgreen:

    for what its worth :oops:

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.08.10 09:00:01 by chaz Reply

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  • i promise to take a few photos… :twisted: oh man, cant wait!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.08.10 09:30:41 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 5) : i thought you would be going.

    me too :grin:
    look out for the fancan next monday

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.08.10 09:52:35 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • Huge occasion. Lets hope da boks can sneak it somehow!

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.08.10 10:01:47 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 6) : :oops: fancam not fancan

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.08.10 10:07:31 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 6) : lol thought the fancan was another world record attempt at something… :-) where your seats in the stadium? geez, its going to be great!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.08.10 10:39:35 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : i think in 508 – may need magnifying glass to see stuff on the field :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.08.10 10:55:40 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • Very Misleading heading. I thought this thread was about the game of the weekend. :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.08.10 10:58:54 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 10) : were in 500. same thing for us, but should be good seats allround… you guys got your SA flags? i dont have any, you think i should buy some or you think there will be at the stadium?

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.08.10 11:05:59 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 12) :
    i would really be surprised if they don’t sell flags at the stadium.
    i think we have one but very very old so want to buy another one. will take a chance and leave it for before the game.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.08.10 11:34:35 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 13) : me 2… anyways, njoy the game. i think were going to win by a few. (touch wood) going to be my first haka!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.08.10 11:49:51 by VanWilder Reply

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  • MY BLOOD IS GREEN !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.08.10 11:52:16 by Charlie Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 14) : same here . enjoy :grin:

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.08.10 11:56:52 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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