The media is a buzz with content relating to how happy and positive the Springboks currently are, that there are no injury worries, that the Springboks are grounded and yet want to go up a step or two and continue to improve. Scribes from all over say the All Blacks are on edge and South African supporters seem to be favouring a win for the Springboks in New Zealand on the weekend.
The weather and possible game plan variations are being discussed at lenght, questions are asked whether the Springboks will continue to play more ball in hand rugby or whether this weekend will see a slight shift towards a more conservative approach.
The All Blacks say they will stick to their game plan and they will match the Springbok physicality.
Let’s face it though, it will be tough… it will be war, it will be hard as nails between the two best sides in the world.
The pleasing signs from the Springboks is that their forwards are doing so well in all aspects of a complete game and that the backline suddenly seem capable of executing the running game too.
I do not think there can be a semblance of complacency in the spirited Springbok camp at present, there is a deserved respect for the All Blacks, rightly so.
The 2 arch rivals bring out the best in each other, in the scribes of the game and in us, the rugby mad supporters of the beautiful game.
One thing we do know is that the Springboks would have to be clinical and deadly accurate on the weekend to win and vice versa.
I am hesitant to call a winner for the battle and think that the All Blacks have a very important edge, playing this game at home in Auckland, New Zealand.
… The proof of the pooding lies in the eating thereof…
These two sides are worthy of the number one and number two spots in world rugby!