South Africa v New Zealand

Springboks         V         All Blacks

I have already discussed this match in a longer article (here) on The Rugby Blog, but I wanted to reiterate what a fascinating encounter this is likely to be.

As the top two teams in the world go head to head, the outcome could have a massive bearing on the World Cup as the winner of this match will take a huge boost in confidence.  It’s a fascinating context for the showdown, with New Zealand showing one or two signs of weakness (which is a word you couldn’t associate with the All Blacks over the last 3 years), and with the Springboks on the rise following record wins over England and a close (but solid) victory against Australia last weekend.

My prediction is a 9-point win for the Springboks, and a second World Cup victory in September.  Don’t forget, the odds will shorten dramatically if South Africa win on Saturday, so put your bets on now – see my Rugby Betting post.