European Bok Tour Watch – Week 2

The Springboks are in Paris for the second week of their end of year tour as they prepare to face France.

We all know what happened at Twickenham and we can only say that South African supporters globally have a new “favorite” referee in Angus Gardener, who has dethroned all his predecessors in this role formerly held by Bryce Lawrence and Romain Poite respectively.

The best World Rugby has done was this:

It will be Rassie Erasmus’ 12th match in charge of the Springboks and things aren’t looking that well for the Coach of South Africa’s National team, having won 5 and lost 6 matches to date. If ever there was a victory needed it will be this weekend.

Anyway, the Springboks have a tour to concern themselves with so let’s get to it…

Saturday 10 November 2018 – France v Springboks, Stade de France @ 22h05

The French are awaiting Coach Rassie and his Springboks as they prepare for one another this weekend and this French team is a slightly improved outfit since these two teams last met 12 months ago.

The Springboks, some will tell you, are also somewhat better than this time last year, even though the results column does not really reflect this.

Both teams will be keen to show their growth over the last year has not been coincidence, so it’s a matter of who can get out the blocks best and maintaining it throughout the full 80 minutes.

Rassie has his 6 overseas Boks back and he has not hesitated to use all of them this weekend.

One question we do have is, how does Ivan van Zyl go from starting against England to being completely left out a week later?

Another one we have is, what does Francois Louw offer that keeps him in the side week after week?

One thing is sure, these guys that Rassie keeps rewarding better start returning the favour and with good interest as well as time to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is running out fast.

The French on the other hand have a few names that have stood up since Jacques Brunel has taken over the reins, notably Captain Mathieu Batareaud and Louis Picamoles who are sure to make the Springboks life difficult come Saturday.

One area the French are in dire need of improvement is flyhalf and Handré Pollard must be licking his lips at his weaker opposition this weekend.

The Boks have loaded it upfront and this weekend it has to come together! Rassie’s men are due for a big one and we hope it is this weekend before they head North of Mud Island next week.

PREDICTION: Springboks by 8

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