When you run into battle lacking your key weaponry, expect losses. When your focus is on another objective, you bestow your component the edge.
When the Springboks apply their war paint this Saturday at Mr Price Kings Parkin Durban, they will be bringing their full arsenal, and the target for the fourth game of the 2011 tri-nations series isAustralia.
In the opening two games against the Wallabies and All-Blacks, the South African’s were well-beaten, firstly 39-20 then 40-7 respectively. Something to note however is that even with the B or even C grade line-up, they still managed to put 20 on the scoreboard in front of 52,718 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
My prediction is for the home team to reverse the result of game 1 and record a comfortable win; here is why.
In their games to date, the Boks have left our 21 of their best personnel due to a mix of injuries and keeping players fresh back home with the main goal being the 2011 rugby world cup which is held later this year in New Zealand.
For Saturday night’s clash of the two powerhouses of world rugby, the hosts welcome back star winger and speed demon Bryan Habana, locks and Vice-captain Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha, Jean de Villiers in the centre, as well as halfback Fourie du Preez.
Of the players who have crossed the white line in the two losses, there are nine left standing, or should I say retained.
The Boks skipper Jon Smit has a good deal of confidence that his charges can regain regularity and start to gain impetus with the world cup ahead. Smit told reporters on Monday that his side have that ability to surprise the detractors who undermine them.
The Wallabies will enter the arena in Durbanlooking to put behind them a 30-14 loss to the All-Blacks. Although Matt Giteau is still struggling to find a place in the side, Nathan Sharpe, Salesi Ma’Afu and Radike Samo return.
South Africawill then host New Zealandon 20 August at Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, and it will be the first time that a tri-nations test will be played in the city; the final game will see the Wallabies host the All-Blacks.