Les Blues, the most unpredictable side in the world, or so it use to be. Frankly, they were always seen to have the most flair due to their counter attacking skills, but, lets be honest, under Phillippe Saint-Andre, they are not so unpredictable anymore. Honestly, the All Blacks and even the Wallabies, when they get it right, has more flair than today’s cockerels!
The Green and Gold and Les Blues have clashed 38 times before since 1913. The Boks won 21, the French 11 and 6 ended up ‘kissing your sister’. Of those 11 victories for the Frenchies, 6 was in the Republic. The Boks lost the last 4 outings in France and last time the Boks plucked the cockerels’ feathers in France, le moniseur Mallet was the puppet master with a brilliant 52-10 win! Pieter Rossouw scored 4 tries that day and was for still unknown reason substituted. He could have set a new Bok record at the time if he played on and scored again. Stefan Terblanche scored 5 in 1999 vs Italy and Tonderai Chavhanga scored 6 in 2005 vs Uruguay, are the current leaders for the Boks in tests.
Like many Bok supporters I believe the Boks should win this one; however, I won’t put any money on it, nor my balls under the guillotine!
Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Morné Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Beast Mtawarira.
Bench:: Adriaan Strauss, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Lourens Adriaanse, Bakkies Botha, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Jano Vermaak, Pat Lambie.
PS: Barbarians vs Fidji
Interesting how coach Steve Hansen didn’t select his ‘top All Blacks’ for this exciting game with a +60 000 crowd expected at Twickenham. Rest for his players has more value than our players playing another game instead of well needed rest! Yes, the All Blacks have played more tests on their Xmas tour; however, they were rotated better during the season.
Backs: Willie le Roux (RSA), Santiago Cordero (ARG), Charles Piutau (NZL), Frank Halai (NZL), Jean de Villiers (RSA), Gavin Williams (SAM), Patrick Lambie (RSA), Tom Taylor (NZL), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), Martin Landajo (ARG)
Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZL), Bismarck du Plessis (RSA), Tendai Mtawarira (RSA), Guillermo Roan (ARG), Coenie Oosthuizen (RSA), Matias Diaz (ARG), Eben Etzebeth (RSA), Dominic Bird (NZL), Manuel Carizza (ARG), Steven Luatua (NZL), Luke Whitelock (NZL), Schalk Burger (RSA), Duane Vermeulen (RSA)