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Can South Africa win the Rugby World Cup?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 4 Aug 2015 at 13:10
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The 2015 Rugby World Cup gets underway on 18th September and there are a number of sides that will fancy their chances ahead of the competition, which will be held across England and Wales. Stuart Lancaster’s men, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia have all been tipped for success and are likely to reach the latter stages of the tournament but South Africa could be the team to go all the way and lift the trophy on 31st October.

The Springboks are exceptionally talented and have one of the toughest squads in rugby union. They are blessed with sheer speed and power in the backs and their forwards are capable of dominating matches and getting over the advantage line on a regular basis. South Africa have some of the quickest, most powerful wingers in the sport and the legendary Bryan Habana – who equalled Jonah Lomu’s record total of eight tries in a single World Cup back in 2007 – remains a focal point of their side.

South Africa have been drawn in Pool B along with Samoa, Scotland, Japan and the United States. While there are easier groups in the tournament, the Springboks should canter through the primary stage of the competition after securing four victories in their opening matches. From there, however, it could get tougher. They are likely to face England, Australia or Wales in the first knockout fixture – one of the harder quarter-final fixtures possible.

Heyneke Meyer’s side are renowned for being warriors and often make it difficult for themselves. While they are incredibly gifted, South Africa have made a habit of starting games on the back foot and can find themselves behind in the early stages. However, one must be aware of their immense ability to come from behind and could take advantage of Coral’s bet in-play facility throughout the competition. The Springboks shouldn’t find the group stages too testing but will face tough fixtures as they progress through the tournament.

South Africa are more than capable of lifting the title but must improve from their 2014 Autumn Internationals against Ireland and Wales if they are to achieve World Cup glory. The Springboks are incredibly experienced and won’t take anybody for granted – which is key for those sides who want to progress to the latter stages of the competition. While their route to the final may be difficult, South Africa are one of the strongest units in the tournament and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see them emerge victorious in the final at Twickenham on 31st October.



19 Comments

  • Can we? Sure. Will we? No.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.08.15 13:11:49 by Seth101 Reply
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  • If HM carries in with the current team selections the Bokke is going to win World cup!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.08.15 13:16:39 by JD Reply
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  • Boks can definitely win the World Cup….we have a tricky game or 2 in the pool stages and then quite possibly a very tough semi final…assuming we get through the quarter. Boks havnt played their best rugby in the NH in recent years so that is what is making me think they may come up short.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.08.15 13:18:49 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Highly doubt it. Amped for the cc tough!

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.08.15 13:22:18 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Can win it, but wont, in all likelihood.

    We’ll either pick the wrong team, will have political interference the evening before the big game or we’ll have a bone-head forward get a red card 10 minutes into a semi against NZ.

    I don’t feel this one is written in the stars unfortunately.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.08.15 13:23:53 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Are you planning on attending any games Rob?

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.08.15 13:26:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 5) : Agree. Also not enough buy in for the “new” style of play and many of his selections or non-selections show that he still likes the old ways. Don’t be surprised to see us going back to old crash and burn when the screws are tightened.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.08.15 14:57:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Short answer is NO.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.08.15 14:58:48 by coolfusion Reply

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  • No

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.08.15 16:54:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • For those who would like the read.

    http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/Du-Preez-twins-big-ambitions

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.08.15 19:18:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 10) : that article worries me a lot.

    Sounds like the Sharks need to pull finger to get Rob back.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.08.15 19:41:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Agree Bro, dare I say it but since a certain oke left the Sharks our contracting is worrying :???:

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.08.15 19:45:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • As for the Question above can we win the WC? well I believe we can with the correct team and maybe even a better coach like Ackerman. Here is team I put together that if all are fit I think can take it.

    I know it is only a pipe dream as to which Bok team should be selected, but no doubt the pensioners and favourites of Heyneke Meyer will take preference his team selections, form does not plays a role.

    Here is the team I would select right now and I know there are one or 2 of the players that can be swopped around when it comes to the Starting 15.

    15 Le Roux
    14 De Allende
    13 Kriel
    12 F Steyn
    11 Habana/Mvovo
    10 Lambie
    09 Pienaar (unless Fourie is fully fit)
    08 Duanne
    07 Alberts
    06 Marcell
    05 PSDT
    04 Eben
    03 Jannie
    02 Bismark
    01 Beast

    16 Britz
    17 Koch
    18 Kitshoff
    19 Lood
    20 Kriel / Brussow
    21 Reinach
    22 Pollard
    23 Mvovo/ Habana
    The following players should be there for backup: JpP, Matfield, Strauss, Nyakane, Faf de Klerk, Louw, Schalk the hulk, Hougaard, Elton Jantjies and Lionel Mapoe.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.08.15 19:50:08 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • In saying al that I must admit HM has the Boks playing some brilliant rugby at times and is refreshing.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.08.15 19:52:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • We definitely don’t deserve to be favourites…but we always have a chance!

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.08.15 21:18:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : when does his contract with province end? We could really use him, he brings a different element to the game than lambie, always helps to have something different as an option

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.08.15 21:58:44 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 16) : ja must say a lot has happens since he moved to WP and suddenly there’s not a lot of cover at 10 for the Sharks!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.08.15 00:01:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : Exactly! If he stayed for 6 more months,he would probably be the FH behind Lambie. But let’s hope the sharks make him an offer, think he is further down the pecking order at province than he would be with us

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.08.15 07:24:49 by HeinF Reply

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  • “However, one must be aware of their immense ability to come from behind”

    When have the Boks done this in the last few years?

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.08.15 08:25:25 by Seaton Reply

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