SOUTH AFRICA VS NEW ZEALAND
This weekend we are going to see two super titans giving it there all in the Rugby Championship match, South Africa VS New Zealand #MargateAttractions
Enjoy this clash of the titans at The Cock & Tail Café this Saturday 25 July at 5:05pm where the atmosphere promises to be as good as the game.
It’s been six years since South Africa managed back-to-back wins over New Zealand and Saturday’s clash between the world’s top two teams represents an important chance to lay down a marker.
Last year’s last-minute victory for the Springboks in Johannesburg – only their second win over the All Blacks since 2009 – ended a three-year losing streak against their great rivals.
Self belief can be an elusive thing and that result was a massive mental boost for the Boks in their quest to regain the World Cup, but it will mean very little if they can’t repeat the feat this weekend.
Much of this week’s build up has been focused on the playing personnel. Given the experimental nature of certain selections, it’s impossible to look at the match from any other perspective other than the road to the World Cup.
Indeed, under no other circumstances would the All Blacks pick a rookie flyhalf when they have three other perfectly fit, world-class playmakers at their disposal. Lima Sopoaga’s fantastic Super Rugby season earned him a crack at the black 10 jersey, but throwing him into the deep end – a Test against the Boks Emirates Airlines Park is as deep as it gets – is a very bold move.
Likewise, starting with a flanker who has only played a handful of games this year when facing the world’s number one ranked team can only be described as a gamble. Heyneke Meyer admitted as much.
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