South Africa face Wales in the second round of the elusive Grand Slam in Wales this afternoon and we will all be hoping to see a similar performance we saw last weekend.
Mercurial Frans Steyn is the only change to the starting line up, and the team should be able to build on the win over the Irish and build momentum to complete a win over all four home nations.
Wales have called up teenage sensation George North, and it will be interesting to see how he fares against a rejuvenated Bryan Habana, who has been around the block a few times.
The Millennium Stadium with its closing roof will make matters on the field nice and easy as they will not have to deal with rain or mud, but one has to wonder whether this will play into South Africa’s favour or not?
If last weekend is anything to go by, this weekend’s match has the ingredients for a great battle. The Springbok pack outplayed the Irish all over the place while the Welsh pack destroyed the Wallabies’ scrum but lost everywhere else. The contest between the two packs will be an interesting one at scrum time. Last weekend the Wallabies won the line-outs in Cardiff, as did the Springboks in Dublin. That suggests that the battle for primary possession could be even.
Wales: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 George North, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 James Hook, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jonathan Thomas, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees (captain), 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Paul James, 18 Ryan Jones, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Richie Rees, 21 Andrew Bishop, 22 Chris Czekaj.
South Africa: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 François Hougaard, 21 Zane Kirchner, 22 Patrick Lambie.
Date: Saturday, 13 November 2010
Kick-off: 16.00 (16.00 GMT)
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Expected weather: They do not matter if the roof is closed, not once you are inside. Outside it looks as if it will be cold and wet.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Stuart Terheege (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)