The final week of the inaugural Rugby Championship starts with the Springboks hosting the All Blacks at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, the scene of a come from behind victory for the All Blacks not so long ago.
The Boks come off a good victory over Australia last weekend, but will have to improve to overcome the challenge they face today, against a team that has not only wrapped up the Rugby Championship already, but has not lost in 15 consecutive test matches.
The All Blacks will go out today looking for their sixteenth victory on the trot, one away from a record 17 wins they share with the Springboks, and two away from the World Record holders Lithuania.
Any talks of a dead rubber are completely out the window in a clash between the world’s two best teams, a game that is sure to be a mammoth affair, and a match that will give the South African rugby loving public a great boost of confidence if a victory is pulled off.
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 François Hougaard, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 François Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Elton Jantjies, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Pat Lambie.
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock , 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Tamati Ellison.Tweet