Who will dominate

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 23 Oct 2015 at 12:25
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The fierce rivalry between the Springboks and the All Blacks started in 1921 in Dunedin New Zealand when the home side won 13 – 5, but little did anyone know that 94 years later these two proud nations will still be battling it out to dominate the known Rugby World over 80 minutes.

South Africa dominated the early years as they won 21 of the first 42 tests played, 3 ended in a draw, but that figure changed dramatically at the start of the professional era as the All Blacks won 34 out of the last 48.

Despite only a 39% win record against the men in black, the Springboks are one game up when it comes to Rugby World Cups, having won 2 out of their 3 encounters. The first a 15 – 12 win in the 1995 Final in South Africa followed by a third place play-off 22 – 18 win in 1999 when the tournament was hosted by Wales. New Zealand won the 2003 quarter-final when they beat South Africa 29 – 9 in Australia.

The scene is set for another Rugby World Cup encounter, this time a crucial semifinal at Twickenham in England.

The Springboks will have 701 caps in their starting XV, 377 caps amongst the forwards and 324 in the backline with further 461 on the bench. Bryan Habana is the most experienced back with 114 caps, while Schalk Burger is the most experienced forward with 84 caps. Victor Matfield will be the most experience player on the bench with 125 of those 461 caps.

Undoubtedly all eyes will be on the man in the middle, French referee Jerome Garces. At this Rugby World Cup he officiated three test matches, including South Africa’s lost against Japan in the first round. This will also be his seventh involving the Springboks, of the previous six South Africa have won three and lost three.

The Springboks have played 21 tests in the 81 605 seater Twickenham, winning 12 and losing 9. Two previous Rugby World Cup matches at this stadium were against Australia in 1999 and Wales a week ago.

South African records at Twickenham inludes Jannie de Beer with the most points, 21, against Australia in 1999, he also holds the record for the most penalties, 6, scored in the same match. Chester Williams holds the record for the most tries, 2, against England in 1995. Ruan Pienaar holds the record for the most conversions, 3, against England in 2008. Andre Pretorius holds the record for the most drop goals, 4, against England in 2006.

We are all too familiar with what will happen on Saturday. South Africa needs to be 100% accurate in their execution and all we can hope for is that it does not come down to a 50/50 call in the last minute.

With all said and done, the only thing left to speculate is whether the All Blacks will do the “Ka Mate” or the “Kapa o Pango”.


  • I’m hoping for the Kapa o Pango! Love the intensity! 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.10.15 12:30:28 by ChrisS Reply
  • Going to be a big game. Heart says Bokke…

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.10.15 12:33:19 by StevieS Reply
  • They’ll probably go for the Kapa o Pango as it’s a big game against us and it’s their “special” one. I wish they would stop “honouring” us and do the Ka Mate.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.10.15 12:34:11 by Hulk Reply

  • Love the rivalry. Hoping to see some aggression from the Boks tomo. Cannot deny All Blacks have the quality on paper.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.10.15 12:41:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • Spotted a mistake Pierre: “while Schalk Burger is the most experienced forward with 84 caps”. Nice article otherwise, thanks for the write-up.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.10.15 12:59:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Nice one Pierre! Will be one epic battle. Looking forward to it. We should just go, focus and RIP THEIR HEADS OFF!! 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.10.15 13:00:23 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : thanks πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.10.15 13:27:10 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Another Nick (Comment 6) : yip we need to dominate up front, we have been poor in securing our own ball at the breakdown and Richie will be on it like a rash

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.10.15 13:28:37 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Let’s hope the occasion is not too big for the French ref, i mean surely Richie can’t be playing his last test for a 3rd place play-off at a RWC πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.10.15 13:31:32 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • We’ll probably hang on for 60 minutes. That’s as positive as I could get thinking of tomorrow. Unless Heyneke pulls some kind of genius left field strategic move out of bag, we’ll be experiencing Rugby Championship dΓ©jΓ  vu.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.10.15 20:58:10 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 10) : We are all hoping Meyer has a sneaky tactic the allblacks don’t expect. Otherwise there will be 10 point difference by half time.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.15 12:32:57 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : pfffft the Boks were one-dimensional and preditcable as ever. Too easy for the creative and dangerous All Blacks to beat, as usual. With less than a minute to go in our own 22, needing points, we were still giving the one pass to forwards to bash up and set up another ruck… πŸ™„

    It’s not much of a “rivalry” any more, it needs to be an even contest to be a proper rivalry. We should stop talking it up to feel good about ourselves and just accept we are just another team within the very distant second pack who almost never beat the All Blacks.

    Until the Boks add an attacking threat to their armoury, one which relies on speed, off loads, clever use of turn over ball, etc we will I fear continue to remain a poor second to NZ. Ironically Meyer and PDivvy tried to instil an attacking approach but neither found the correct balance.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.15 22:21:31 by Gold_Must_Go Reply

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  • My feelings verbatim.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.10.15 00:02:12 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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