Now for the real test!!

September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

So the Boks surprised all by not just winning but humiliating Aus in Brisbane. They played a pretty good game although a lot of early silly penalties (by the captain mostly) really disrupted our flow and we could have dominated from much earlier in the game.

Nick Mallet said it was the best Bok performance in 2 years and it is hard to argue although we still let a few tries slip.

Truth be told this Aussie side looks more and more like they have no clue what is going on. Ewen wants them to play with less structure and more freedom like in the glory days of Aus rugby but their forwards just ain’t up to international standards and an Argentina upset might even be on the cards!!

These new scrum laws has really benefited the Boks with, unlike many in Nz predicted, the stronger you are the more dominance you will have. No more sneaky illegal tactics of old the Aus props so loved to do and they will really struggle until some of their South African born props becomes available.

The All Blacks is a whole other ball game. They do have a forward pack that can match the Boks and have one of the best backlines in the world if not the best? I think the Boks could and should at least match Nz in the forwards with them maybe edging them in the end. (like last year in Nz?)
But the biggest test will still be our defense out wide against the All Black outside backs.

With the Boks almost guaranteed not to dominate the forwards battle so much against Nz the real test of JJ and Willie still lies ahead. I like the fact that JJ against Aus concentrated a lot on his defense even though it dropped his attacking play level a bit.

It is set up to be a monumental game and one the All Black should still be comfortable favorites to win.

A lot will be said about whether HM has vindicated his selection of Kirchner and Willie on the wing. Some will still say that maybe Lambie would have done even better?
That doesn’t really matter because the game was won by Duane Vermeulen and Flo. What a deadly combination they have become and Vermeulen was everywhere and deserved his MOTM.

Cheers

3 responses to Now for the real test!!

  1. I was very surprised that they didn’t try harder to exploit JJ. And I was very impressed with how well Willie stuck to the defensive structure on the wing for most of the game.

    On the other hand, its easy to defend in the 13/14 channels when the forwards are monstering the opposing pack.

    NZ should get parity up front, and then I expect Dagg or Conrad Smith to run the line straight at JJ’s inside shoulder. And then later on JJ will expect that, and then the moment JJ turns inside the pass will go behind the dummy man’s back to the man on the drift. Willie and Habs tackle in, so they might catch him, but if they don’t its a matter of breaking the line, drawing Kirchner and unleashing Savea (left is always easier than right)

    • That is basically what they did to Jaco Taute last season.

      It is near impossible to keep this All Black team from scoring so we must just score some of our own and then the 2 leaked by JJ and or Willie might no matter?

      • Taute had more trouble than JJ has. Taute just got stuck in no-man’s land.

        JJ just needs to sort out his feet and keep fronton. If we can rush the 13/14 channels to the inside he should be fine, because they will be to worried about the intercept to go that wide with a single pass. He probably turns in because for many years thats exactly what he had to do to when he was on the wing.

        The Willie/Savea contest should be interesting. Savea has superior power and speed, Willie has a better aerial game and pass. (Although the way the All Blacks play Savea doesn’t need to pass).

        We will have to shut them down VERY quickly from turnover, because they will go left as fast as they can. Willie stuck on his wing beautifully this weekend, but I wouldnt put money on him doing it for the entire game against the All Blacks.

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