DESPERATE ALL BLACKS – COME ON BOYS STICK IT UP THE BOKS

Forget about the coaching and captaincy controversy, the contentious selections, the assistant coach sackings and the often shambolic performance during the Irish series loss, the All Blacks can most definitely beat the Springboks on Sunday morning at Mbombela Stadium.

Clash Of The Heavyweights !
Clash Of The Heavyweights !

Quite simply there’s only one way this team can go from their disappointing last outing against the Irish and that’s up.

Confidence will be down in the camp, a new assistant coach in Jason Ryan will try and come up with a plan to stop the Springboks driving maul and turn ours into a weapon and head coach Ian Foster is now hands on coaching the backs.

In what is the greatest rivalry in test rugby, the All Blacks can be encouraged by their impressive recent record in the Republic. 

In fact the two great rivals have only been separated by more than a conversion once in their last seven clashes. It’s been eight years since South Africa beat the All Blacks in South Africa, 27-27 in 2014. Since then the All Blacks have prevailed 27-20 in 2015, 57-15 in 2016, 25-24 in 2017 and 32-30 in 2018.

The All Blacks haven’t visited the Republic for four years so for many of this year’s team it will be new territory and how they cope with the altitude the hugely partisan crowd and the brutal Springboks will determine the result.

The All Blacks are in one of their worst slumps in history, seemingly bereft of attacking ideas, beaten up front and just not up to it against the best teams in recent times.

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Foster has picked a fairly predictable team once again picking our best fullback on the wing but pleasingly putting Scott Barrett back at lock. Just as pleasing is that finally our best hooker Samisoni Tauke’aho starts.

Caleb Clarke adds power on the wing but how he handles the Springboks aerial bombardment will be crucial. The thing about this Springboks team though is that they can play more than one way as they proved last year on the Gold Coast when they won that thriller helped by some brilliant back play.

IT IS NOT ONLY FOSTERS NECK ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IF THEY LOSE
IT IS NOT ONLY FOSTERS NECK ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IF THEY LOSE

This is definitely Ian Foster’s best team so for him everything about his future as coach hinges on it. I just get the feeling his team will be almost humiliated about the way they succumbed to a very good Irish team, especially the lack of basics, ball handling, set pieces, defence, kicking game, you name it we were not great.

I’m not a betting man but my virtual money is on the All Blacks to restore some pride in the black jersey and win another nail-biter and give their under siege coach and captain a little more breathing space.

ARDIE SAVEA HAS LED FROM THE FRONT SO FAR THIS SEASON
ARDIE SAVEA HAS LED FROM THE FRONT SO FAR THIS SEASON

                                                                            Go The All Blacks !!

Myself and Greg Brimble will do a full review of both the All Blacks v Springboks and the Wallabies v Argentina tests on Tuesday

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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