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Do The Springboks Have An All Black Beating Gameplan?

So it’s Tuesday morning and the Springboks are heading to the 2015 Rugby World Cup semi-finals against their old foe the All Blacks.

Both teams had vastly contrasting games over the weekend to earn their spots for this coming weekend’s thriller and this has forced us to change our “gameplan” and do our preview much earlier than anticipated.

And gameplan is the topic of our preview as we try and phathom what the Springboks will bring to Twickenham on Saturday at 17h00 South African time.

As mentioned the Springboks and the All Blacks had two vastly different games in their respective quarter-final matches. The Boks took on the Welsh at the front where the All Blacks smashed the French from the back.

The impression we got was that the Springboks were playing for penalties only and when they realised Wayne Barnes was not buying into their game anymore, Captain courageous, Fourie du Preez made the call to break the game and what a call it was. Credit must go to the whole pack, especially Willem Alberts who kept Sam Warburton at bay for Duane Vermeulen to make the break and give that spectacular offload to du Preez who sprinted in for the try that has been much talked about.

Heyneke Meyer pointed out straight after the game how they had trained that move the whole week leading up to the Wales game and how proud he was of his troops to pull it off in such splendour.

Sadly that was only one moment of brilliance from the Springboks, but that is all that was needed against Wales. The All Blacks as someone pointed out afterwards had nine moments of brilliance against the French…

That is what brings us to our question of the week; will the Springboks be able to take the game to the All Blacks and only need one moment of brilliance to get into the World Cup Final or will they need more than that?

We have to agree with the masses and say that it will take more than one moment for the Springboks. More so we believe that the gameplan the Boks used against Wales was hopefully thrown into the bin when Meyer got to his room on Saturday evening.

As we have always believed in Heyneke Meyer and his abilities to get the best out of his teams when it matters most, we still believe this and therefore, for some weird reason, we are banking on Mr Meyer to pull off the biggest surprise this weekend the Springbok supporters could imagine including the All Blacks.

All we know is that utilizing Schalk Burger at “flyhalf” will not work against the men in black. We have some of the most amazing talent the world has seen in our backline, yet it is not being used in any way or form.

It is time we see the ball go through the hands of our backs as we have seen before and get guys like Handré Pollard, Jesse Kriel, JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana into the attack. The men are all gamechangers in their own right and deserve to offer the team their brilliance alongside Schalk and Damian de Allende.

Since Kriel and de Allende have been paired up we have yet to see them play together. We sadly don’t as de Allende is clearly being used, like Burger, as a battering ram and it does not work. We need Burger and de Allende to take the ball up BUT deliver the offload in the process and get the rest of the backs to show their talents including Willie le Roux.

We also need our forwards to step up to the plate and give du Preez and Pollard go forward ball. However, there are two major injury concerns for the Springboks with Lood de Jager struggling with a foot tendon and Bismarck du Plessis whose hand was accidentally stamped on by teammate Francois Louw.

No one has made more tackles at Rugby World Cup 2015 than De Jager (60) and he has formed an intimidating second-row partnership with Eben Etzebeth since the Springboks lost Victor Matfield to injury. The 38-year-old Matfield, who injured a hamstring in the 46-6 win over Samoa in South Africa’s second pool match, is still recuperating and not regarded as fit enough to resume playing yet.

Rugby is a team sport that is made up of forwards and backs and we need to realise this within the next three days or we are toast!

As we said we believe in Meyer and his ability to bring the best out of his team when it matters most and we truly believe he will show it to us this weekend.

We are not going to give a prediction on this match as our heart and head is split in two and it is still early days. Once we see the team we will make a call and let you know.

In the meantime please leave us your comments below and share with us what you think of this weekend coming up and your score predictions and let’s celebrate the game we love together.

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