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South Africa Vs. New Zealand
2012 Rugby Championship, 7 October, 2012
|FNB Stadium, Soccer City, Nasrec, Johannesburg|
|New Zealand 32 defeated South Africa 16|
|South Africa||New Zealand|
|Referee: ACP Rolland|
|Touch judges: R Poite & G Garner|
New Zealand travel from South America to FNB or ‘Soccer’ Stadium, Johannesburg, to face the South Africans in their country’s largest stadium, at 1.00am AEST Sunday.
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The All Blacks, fresh off a dazzling victory against Argentina, would be keen to notch their 391st win. This would see out their inaugural Championship undefeated, and one win away from equaling the world record of 18 on the trot.
An army 90,000-odd strong is expected to fill the stadium to see the All Blacks fail, in what will be the largest attendance for a Springboks test since 1955.
Regardless of New Zealand’s form, they don’t go to South Africa and get handed victories. Their most recent loss was over a year ago, in Port Elizabeth. The rivalry between these nations demands a top notch game every time they get into it, and there’s not much in it between the teams in South Africa; the historical aggregate score is an 18-18 draw and the wins are 56% in the home team’s favour.
Hansen and Co have made two changes to New Zealand’s run on team. Luke Romano was caught in friendly crossfire against Los Pumas and copped an All Black elbow or seven to the head, requiring the surgeon’s best work and a week off the frontline. He’s replaced by lock Brodie Retallick.
Hosea Gear is the only other change to the starting team; Hansen in his wisdom taking the curious decision to reward Savea’s form with a spell in the dugout.
Tamati Ellison is promoted to the team in place of Ben Smith, who has been dropped from the 22 despite his great impact off the bench last week.
South Africa named an unchanged starting team after slapping and bashing the Wallabies about Pretoria last week. The only change to their cavalry is Coenie Oosthuizen replacing Pat Cilliers on the bench. Oosthuizen, or ‘Shrek’ to his mates, has been monstrous for the Cheetahs in 2012.
A combination of pace, size and passion made him top try-scorer for the Freestate Cheetahs in the 2010 Currie Cup. Of course there’s a free space in the Springboks front row; Dean Greyling’s aneurisms and subsequent sin binning against NZ in round four probably cost his team the game, and his relegation to spectator status will likely be a permanent one.
And so the world’s top two teams go head to head with individual contests right across the park.
Johan Goosen vs Dan Carter. All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster has come out and said they have no special plans to target Goosen. Which of course means they have a plan to target Goosen. Dan Carter plays his best when he’s pitted against some young up-start, he put Quade Cooper to bed a few times and the emergence of Aaron Cruden as a world class fly half has appeared to put a rod in his back in recent months. Morne Steyn has been floating about the national team like a man distracted and has never provided any real threat to Carter’s crown as the best fly half in the world. It will be a fine challenge for Goosen as no doubt Carter will call him out.
Jean de Villiers vs Ma’a Nonu. We all know how consistently good Captain de Villiers performs. And he will play well on Sunday. Nonu, on the other hand, has recently had a career revival.
Ever since SBW did the Phantom of the Opera, disappearing from life possibly to play an organ in some underground dungeon, Nonu has slowly got back to his best, filling the space left by the former champion. It’s been a rocky road getting to this point; his early combination with Conrad Smith was more awkward than divorcee’s reuniting at their daughter’s wedding. Last week against Los Pumas saw the renaissance of the romance, and with it came three glorious tries to golden child Cory Jane.
Bryan Habana vs Cory Jane. This will be fireworks as the two form players in world rugby look to own the ‘world’s best’ tag. Both finally getting the ball on the wing, and both finally getting the opportunity to remind the world how beautiful the game can be.
Willem Alberts vs Liam Messam. Not opposing numbers but same job description; drive back the opposition and make things smaller with your fists.
Tendai Mtawarira vs Tony Woodcock. The Beast has been a consistent performer in 2012, has a real rugby brain and rarely penalised in the scrum. Good on the pilfer and always breaking the advantage line. Up against Mr Unfazed, Tony Woodcock, who provides a solid anchor in the scrum and a permanent 7/10 performance.
Odds are currently $1.47 for an All Blacks win, with the home team paying a generous $2.65.
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