Tri-Nations predictions: South Africa by 8

The second Tri-Nations fixture takes place this weekend and New Zealand are in action again after surviving the Wallaby onslaught last week.

The All Blacks travel to Bloemfontein to take on the Springboks, who have been nicely warmed up by the British and Irish Lions.

New Zealand looked out of sorts last week, and Australia missed an opportunity to turn them over at Eden Park. The Boks will be a different proposition though, and won’t let them off the hook so easily, and they are strong favourites to get their Tri-Nations campaign off to a winning start.

South Africa are without Schalk Burger who is serving his sentence for gouging, but the back row of Pierre Spies, Juan Smith and Heinrich Brussow is still formidable. There is strength all over the home team’s line up, and it’s no surprise that they are favourites despite having lost their last two home games to the All Blacks.

New Zealand have made two changes to the side that beat Australia with Joe Rokocoko and Brendon Leonard coming into the side to add more pace.

This match is a thrilling prospect, with firm ground, good weather and two unbelievably strong teams. I have predicted that the Boks will edge it by 8 points, and it could be more if New Zealand give them a 10-point headstart as they did last week.

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South Africa: 15-Francois Steyn, 14-JP Pietersen, 13-Jaque Fourie, 12-Jean de Villiers, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Ruan Pienaar, 9-Fourie du Preez, 8-Pierre Spies, 7-Juan Smith, 6-Heinrich Brussow, 5-Victor Matfield, 4-Bakkies Botha, 3-John Smit, 2-Bismarck du Plessis, 1-Tendai Mtawarira.

New Zealand: 15-Mils Muliaina, 14-Joe Rokocoko, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma’a Nonu, 11-Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10-Stephen Donald, 9-Brendon Leonard, 8-Rodney So’oialo, 7-Richie McCaw, 6-Jerome Kaino, 5-Isaac Ross, 4-Brad Thorn, 3-Neemia Tialata, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock.

11 thoughts on “Tri-Nations predictions: South Africa by 8

  1. Saffas by 3. One of the Steyns to kick the winning drop goal with time up from inside his own 22.

  2. This match should go down to the wire. Any ill discipline by the Boks will be sorely punished by the kicking ability of the All Blacks. Div has made the mistake of selecting Pienaar in place of Steyn. Pienaar is a poor kicker and this might cost the Boks dearly.

    Would love to see a Bok win though!!

  3. I’m South African, I think New Zealand will win this one.
    We played poorly against the lions, we won because they’re a crap side.
    Bloem is a great ground for New Zealand, their backline should light up, and although Broussow is a great player he will have to match the experience of Mccaw.

    All Blacks by 10

  4. Sherwyn do you have to play up so well to the South African stereotype of magnaminity in triumph and defeat! Give the Lions another 6 weeks stick them in the tri-nations and they would win it.

    THe Boks by 7 because they are rested and altitude adjusted.

    Strange lop-sided tournament the Tri-Nations , I understand they are making a dog’s dinner out of the Super 14 too just to make sure that there is some Aussie interest in the latter stages -more SKY viewers there presumably.

  5. Pontylad: better than the English way of celebrating through losses.

    I’m glad I seem to be wrong though, it’s currently half way through the game and we’re playing well, we could of scored two more tries and a few more penalties. But we’re playing very well

  6. hate to say it but pound for pound the boks r currently the strongest side in the IRB. They couldv humiliated NZ if it werent for the missed 12 points thru wayward kicking

  7. I am an ex South African now living in Canada, my mother came from New Zealand many years ago and I do have a place for the all Blacks in my heart (besides being very good). I watch all world Tri Natioins, Super 14 and othe World rugby rugby. Last Saturday July 25 2009 I watched the Tri-Nations game Sringboks – All Blacks in Bloemfontein. My first objections is why do I have to listen to Tony Johnstone and Grant Nisbit when the game is in SA – I really object listening to them at any time. They are so biased and almost arrogant about NZ rugby and I would much rather have listened to a South African or Englis commentator (both unbiased). They NZ commentators mention near the end of this game how the All Blacks have actually won about 40 games to SA about 30 games and harp on this. Isn’t this quite untimeous and bitter remarks. Do they forget that the current World champiuons are the Srpringboks, who have one the world cup more times than New Zealand, who were humiliated by the French in the last world cup, and the Blue Bulls humiliated theThe Chief ? in the super 14 in 2009 if I recall correctly 61 -17. When listening to their commentary unless it is blatant they infer that the referee has made a mistake. I feel that these rugby commentators generally do NZ rugby an injustice. Stephen Allenberg Proud Springbok rugby supporter.

  8. Stephen , Stuart Barnes and his pals were not neutral in their Lions commentary I can assure you .In the UK we got Joel Stransky and that guy with the accent that makes Sprongboks sound like Springbucks and to be fair they do compliment good play by both sides without being entirely neutral either. Punditry and cheerleading should be left to the people in the studio and the supporters and not thosed commentating .

    Sherwyn I do hope you are not suggesting I’m English ;-) . It’s just that the Lions were far from crap as were the All Blacks in the second half yesterday but the Boks got the win against both , they deserved yesterdays based on the first half . I think it’ll be tighter next week though .

  9. Hey guys,

    The commentary was crap, they said Bismark wasn’t allowed to tackle a player because he wasn’t on his feet, wtf? the law says you can’t play the ball

    Durbs is going to be tough, beating the all blacks on consecutive weekends is a rare occasion. We had a lot of dominance with the boot, I think that might carry over to durbs because it’s F Steyn’s and Pienaar’s home ground. Beast will have a really good game, cause of the crowd. If the game opens up it would be good to Kanko in the second half.

    I don’t like the All Blacks tactic of not competing in the lineout. It didn’t stop our maul and just allowed us to get organized for it that much quicker. I think the long kick off for Habanna to chase is genius. Pins them back in their 22 and if they kick it in field sets up Steyn for a drop goal from around the half way line.

  10. Great game, but (as usual) the idiot Alain Rolland missed half of it. From the word go. And Sherwyn, NO you cannot tackle the oponent when lying on the ground. Off your feet = out of the game. Law 14.2C. Laws of Rugby are simple. Just have eedjits (Rolland et al) that cannot apply them properly.

  11. Excellent results dis time round :-) i wonda wen are u putin up dis wekends predictions bud ? i wil b waitin to see if u can mak it 2 on 2 aye lyk las wek hmm..

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