RE: Team to be announced
October 03, 2012, 12:05:17
Why would Meyer play a less than 100% fit player in Goosen if he is carrying aninjury? If that is not a sign of a complete lack of confidence in the backup player Morne Stains then I dont know what is?
That Ozzie team was [removed]e and have been since the RC started no amount of glory hunting will hide the fact they area depleted and desperatley underpowered and underskilled team especially their forward pack without so many frontliners.
The SpringBoks are missing Hulk Burger and Bismark Duplessis( hes a seriously good player) but your replacments are equally good and the SpringBoks havent lost a lot if any from Burger but have lost some impact without Bismark. But the player group in South Africa is way better than in Australia.
Its interesting the way I read what some South African posters put on here about the arrogance of the All Blacks because you are obviously listening to the wrong bunch of people. You need only watch our Rugby Channel and you will see that the All Blacks themselves hold massive respect for the SpringBoks and most of our journalists put the South African clashes as the ones that New Zealand most fear but look forward too. So guys we are not arrogant in anyway and I suggest that you be careful who you listen to as I see just as much arrogance from plenty of SpringBok supporters.
Back to rugby - I disagree with many points raised in this forum but thats all cool - ka pai is what we say in Kiwiland! The Aussies were ok in patches but looked like a bunch of headless chickens at times. Will Genia alone would have made an immense difference - however you would have still beaten them.
There are just as many over-rated players in the SpringBok team Mvovo, Kirchner, Morne Stains, Frans Stains, Flip Merwe, Bekker (has had one good game), Vermuelen(heaps of hype but hasn't done much), JDV (wouldnt make many international teams on his form) Houggard (hes at 6ixes and sevens with his game) and even Lambie for the short times hes been on have all shown inconsistencies and have all failed to meet the level expected of a top international player so it probably cancels out your comment.
The All Blacks completely dominated the Argentinians last week and that has set them up nicely for the return match against the SpringBoks. As for the kicking percentages - whats gone wrong? You cant have "not so bad" kicks that miss lol thats silly the only good kick is the one that goes over the bar.
Be mindful that this All Black team will be coming to South Africa to win and not come second. The SpringBoks will be a massive challenge and that is fantastic but I predict a win the the All Blacks by 15+ points and in the end do it easily after taking some pressure for about 60 minutes from the SpringBoks.