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.