A meeting which may be decisive for the final victory…
Saturday at 5 p.m., the Rugby Championship gets off to a flying start, with the clash between two titans of modern rugby. The All Blacks travel to Mbombela Stadium to face the imposing South African team, reigning world champions and first world nation until this summer. This match is all the more important as it comes at a time of trouble for New Zealand rugby.
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South Africa: topicality and form
South Africa is confident despite upset certainties. If she emerged victorious from her series of matches against Wales, few people expected such a thin margin (2 wins out of 3, including one thanks to a last minute penalty). However, the Springboks were able to win, despite some notable absences.
The world champions can also count on the return from injury of Faf de Klerk, whose role as a rising defender and the candles play a key role in the South African system. Nevertheless, the tenure at the back of Willemse, to which is added the poor form of Handré Pollard, can worry about the offensive efficiency of the Springboks. Indeed, this summer, the South African game had considerably gained in fluidity when Willie Le Roux entered the game. Finally, we will have to deal without Cheslin Kolbe, injured in the jaw. But the South Africans will be keen to move up to first place in the IRB rankings.
New Zealand: news and form
It is a New Zealand that we know only too little. A New Zealand full of doubts, without benchmarks, criticized from all sides and without a specific project just over a year from the World Cup. The All Blacks suffered two consecutive defeats against their new Irish beast. A first series lost at home since 1994 which means that in their last 5 games, New Zealand have won only one.
If coach Ian Foster emerged unscathed from this summer debacle, he can do no less than win the Rugby Championship if he wishes to appease the spirits. However, the game of the fern men still relies too much on possible individual prowess for this lack of confidence to be anecdotal. The All Blacks will have to put on a radically different face if they are to defeat the South African golgoths. However, there is nothing more dangerous than an injured animal, New Zealand has already recovered from similar crises and South Africa could pay the price.
South Africa – New Zealand: stats and key points
- In their last six meetings (excluding the World Cup), the point difference has never exceeded 2 points.
- Out of 101 games played between them, New Zealand have won 60 times and South Africa 37 times.
- From 2004 to 2019, the first place in the IRB ranking has always been occupied by one of these two countries.
- This summer, the All Blacks have scored the most tries (11) of any Tier 1 country.
|South Africa||New Zealand|
|Etzebeth – de Jager||2nd line||Whitelock–Barrett|
|Kolisi (c) – Wiese – Du Toit||3rd line||Ioane – Cane (c) – Savea|
|from Allende–Am||Centers||Havili – Ioane|
The South African attack is much less effective than the Irish machine, the New Zealand defense will therefore have less difficulty in containing the Springboks’ offensives. Moreover, if there is an opportune moment for a reaction of pride, it is at the opening of the tournament, far from the pressure of its own public.
- Rating : 2.05
- Bookmaker: Betclic
A bet to be almost sure not to lose money by betting on the two predictions. Given the point differences in the last confrontations between the two teams, it seems very likely that this match will also be close.
- Rating : 3.20
- Bookmaker: Betclic
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