New Zealand v South Africa in the Tri-Nations

New Zealand and South Africa renew their rivalry once again on Saturday, with the second instalment of the Tri-Nations taking place in Dunedin.

Graham Henry and Peter de Villiers have been engaging in a so-called war of words, each criticising the other’s team’s interpretation of laws and trying to expose a number of areas of contention.

De Villiers has a point in my view – the recent England series suggested as much in the land of the long white cloud where Richie McCaw is god and can do whatever he likes on the field without penalty!

However, every coach wants his team to play to the limit of the referees tolerance, and the laws are only relevant if the referee chooses to apply them – both coaches are meeting with tomorrow’s official to try to agree what’s allowed and what isn’t.

Both teams have made a couple of changes, and it’s likely to be another close game in the cold and wet House of Pain. I’ve gone for the All Blacks by 9 on SuperBru…

Here are the teams:

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Rodney So’oialo (captain), 6 Adam Tomson, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Anthony Boric, 3 John Afoa, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Kevin O’Neill, 19 Sione Lauaki, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Leon MacDonald.

South Africa: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Adrian Jacobs, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Butch James, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.

Replacements: 16. Schalk Brits, 17 Brian Mujati, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Luke Watson, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Francois Steyn, 22 Conrad Jantjes.

2 thoughts on “New Zealand v South Africa in the Tri-Nations

  1. I am a stern rugby supporter and live to watch the All Blacks play the Springboks. My grandfather use to tell me about the might of the Springboks and how great it was to beat them. I have some very interesting facts:

    1921 was the first time SA NZ played. It ended up a drawn series.
    Thereafter the Springboks won all series between each other (unitl 1955) and took claim to the title of world rugby’s greatest team for 76 years, always leading the All Blacks by having a superior win/loss the All Blacks. In 1992, after 11 years without any international rugby, the Springboks re-entered the rugby world with 20 wins to NZ’s 15.

    In 1997, NZ took over that title and have held it now for 12 years. It has taken the Springboks, ironically, about 11 years to get themselves sorted out and now look set to dominate us (All Blacks) again. The scary thing is, even when they were underperforming for the last decade and a half, they still won 2 world cups!

    South Africa have 2 world cups, New Zealand 1 (a world cup without the Springboks because of Apartheid).

    I hope NZ can hold on to their lead of wins between the All Blacks and Springboks, but it looks very much like the Springboks are going to dominate this century like they did the previous one.

    It is an honour to watch these great nations play each other and I hope for our sake, NZ keeps it up!

    Go All Blacks!

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