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Muir pins hopes on NZ

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 24 Jul 2008 at 11:39

Another Saturday, another desperately hard-to-call match in the Vodacom Tri-Nations competition.

So what is the most desired result from a Springbok point of view as Australia and New Zealand meet for the first time this year in Sydney?

Rob Houwing reports on News24 that Bok assistant coach Dick Muir thought long and hard before venturing: “I guess we should be hoping the All Blacks win it. Otherwise, the Wallabies go two from two (in wins) and possibly jump away from the pack a little bit.”

The present, bunched log has New Zealand on five points from two matches, South Africa on five from three and Australia four from just one outing – theirs obviously the most favourable position at this juncture.

“There is also a case for wishing that teams win their homes games from now on,” Muir said, clearly referring to the fact that the Boks have already bucked that trend by winning famously in Dunedin.

“Ignoring South African considerations, though, my gut feel tells me Australia will win in Sydney. I think they are far more balanced at the moment. The All Blacks are a little light up front, while the Aussies’ ball-carrying is excellent — and their defensive organisation, too.

“Having Robbie Deans as their coach is bound to have some sort of impact; he knows lots of the New Zealand players really, really well.”

Muir reiterated that winning all three matches on home soil was the Boks’ minimum requirement for claiming the title.

“Absolutely. Our aim is all three, while some sort of bonus-point pickup could be relevant too.

“The truth is that any side in the Tri-Nations on the day can do the business. It’s that tight.”


  • Now why on earth would you want NZ to win AWAY from home?

    Surely Muir Doesn’t expect Aus to beat NZ at HOME later on.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.08 11:44:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Would be best if everybody from now on in wins their home games. 😎

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.08 11:57:05 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 2) :

    EXACTLY. ALL their home games!

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.08 12:03:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • AB’s are the weakest they’ve been for ages. Whereas Aussies are the strongest they’ve been for a while. Take Carters goalkicking out of the equation and things don’t look so bright for them!

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.08 13:44:03 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 4) : Agree, although NEVER take that bloke out of the equation. Both teams will come out fighting their heart out though. IMO we can field a really worldbeating squad at the moment. Maybe it would be an idea to set up a voting station on this blogg for one’s own Bokteam???

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.08 13:53:20 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 5) : I know you can’t. I’m just pointing out how crucial he is to the AB’s and also how vital it is to have a reliable 85-90% goalkicker!

    Fully fit I’d have:

    15 Monty
    14 JP
    13 Fourie
    12 JDV
    11 Habana
    10 Butch
    9 FDP

    1 Heinke
    2 Smit
    3 BJ
    4 Bakkies
    5 Matfield
    6 Schalk
    7 Juan Smith
    8 Kanko

    Bench: Januarie, Adi, Steyn, Bismark, Beast , Bekker, Spies

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.08 14:07:48 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 6) :

    Awesome team that.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.08 14:12:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : I had to think about 14 and 1 carefully….but I want a strong scrum and I believe Heinke VD Merwe is the best scrummaging loosehead we have. He might not be as prominent in the loose but I picked him purely on scrumming ability. I then have Beast to come on in the 2nd half to make his usual impact.

    Am also aware that I don’t have a tighthead on the bench but CJ just doesn’t do it for me and Mujati is not quite there yet.

    At 14, JP isn’t in the greatest form but I still believe in him and at this stage he cracks the nod ahead of other contenders.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.08 14:21:22 by Villie Reply
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  • I also had to have ONE Lion…just for Walter! 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.08 18:02:07 by Villie Reply
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  • Only 2 affirmatives in your team Villie… would have to remedy that…

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.08 19:07:27 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 10) : don’t you even dare

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.08 19:17:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :


  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.08 19:43:11 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Rob. The affirmatives are the two LIONS players… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.08 19:54:10 by wpw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 10) : Yeah I realised that..but I was picking a team purely on who I believe are the 15 best at the present moment. I realise that this would not be possible and I also know that not many people would pick the same 22. We are all selectors and very rarely do people agree.

    I was however trying to go for specialists. I’m concerned about the Bok scrum. You can’t play an expansive style without securing solid front foot ball and a player like Kanko needs a solid base before he can show off his range of skills!

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.08 21:47:59 by Villie Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : 😆 Good morning …

    @Villie (Comment 14) : The best 15 at the moment? including guys who just came back from injury?

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.07.08 08:21:17 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!

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