It really is the exact same old story of sibling rivalry. Squeak and Pip are both interested in the leading role of the play, Silence of the Ewes. They have not talked to each and every other in a week. Items had been exacerbated when Pip blurted out, "there’s no way we had the identical Dad!"
Bakersfield, California 2011
By davidseibold on 2011-01-07 14:00:43
Rugby’s greatest rivals, the Springboks and the All Blacks go at it once more in Durban. This Tri-nations match requires on huge significance in that it may possibly establish a new era in this excellent rivalry. Final week saw the Springboks beat the All Blacks in Bloemfontein, to move to number 1 in the IRB rankings. The All Blacks will be gutted and pride themselves on becoming the dominant force in World rugby, at least between World Cups anyway!
The Springboks and All Blacks have named largely unchanged sides from Bloemfontein for their 77th clash. The Springboks have replaced Ruan Pienaar with Morne Steyn in what I feel is a very good move, and gives the side a considerably greater potential to convert stress into points, through it is goalkicking. And don’t be surprised to see a few drop-goal attempts, as I feel the Springboks try this to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
The All Blacks have replaced Neemia Tialata with the tiny identified Owen Franks. There is never ever a weak All Black prop nonetheless, and while many from both countries are speaking up his capacity, he must be respected but not over-awed. The other adjust sees Brendon Leonard swapping with Jimmy Cowan, in a move that must give the All Blacks greater kicking strength from the base of the scrum/ruck.
This Springbok side has evolved into a a lot more complete side than the 1 that won the Rugby planet cup in 2007.
The forward pack is dominant, and is really robust in the set-pieces. The lineout is extremely solid on Springbok ball, but it is the potential to uncrack the code of the opposition that will see the All Black lineout come beneath intense stress. In Bloemfontein we did this brilliantly, and attempt as they may possibly to repair it, Victor Matfield must be good sufficient to demolish it once again.
The Springbok pack at the breakdown operates nicely as a unit, and while the two sides often have a fantastic go at every single other, I don’t believe Richie McCaw has adequate back up to compete on his own. In Durban, count on to see Heinrich Brussow when once more benefit from getting Bakkies Botha, Bismarck du Plessis and Juan Smith performing the hard yards. this need to allow Superman Spies to be faster than a speeding All Black, and give even much more opportunities than he developed in Bloemfontein, as he appears to be hitting top type after once more.
Whilst the All Black backline looked dangerous final week, if they are once again starved of the possession, they cannot hurt the Springboks. Meanwhile I anticipate Fourie du Preez to lift his clearances and get this Springbok backline going far more fluently than they did in Bloemfontein, to develop additional opportunities for the Boks. I am choosing Francois Steyn to be far more prominent hitting the backline and bringing the Springbok back three into play.
For the All Blacks to win, they will have to show their characteristic tenacity, and use their scrum to dominate. If they get outplayed in the forwards again, any opportunity they get through the backs will require to be taken with clinical precision. But if the Springboks make better use of their possibilities, it could result in a knockout blow much earlier than was the case final week.
What impresses me the most with this Springbok side is their mental shift. Starting with the coach Peter de Villiers, he appears to be understanding the lessons that the past 15 months have thrown at him and emerging a far better coach for it. Nonetheless it’s hearing players like Victor Matfield, speaking about wanting more trophies, a lot more Tri-nations, a lot more dominance that excites me most.
Too typically in the past the Springboks have appeared to give the All Blacks as well considerably respect and lacked the self-belief to win. 2 Super 14 titles in the final 3 years, a second Rugby Globe Cup and a core group of experienced hardened experts sees this Springbok side hungry to start off establishing Globe dominance. While some of our players will inevitably leave for the higher monetary rewards overseas, it guys like Morne Steyn who speaks of wanting to play 50 tests for the Springboks, that epitomises the heartbeat of a proud and hungry Springbok. At the very same time it is major to the breakdown of the All Black aura, that may just see this rivalry enter a new phase…a single exactly where we slowly even up the score once more.
I am excited, I am predicting a Springbok win by ten and i’m looking forward to seeing this Springbok side move to a new level…
“My blood is green”