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Springboks Take Aim At Dragons

It’s time for business and business is good!

Yes, we have reached the quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup 2015 and no more second chances are allowed!

Well, that has pretty much been the story for Heyneke Meyer and his Springboks since week 2 of the tournament after that famous loss to Japan. However, that is in the past and the Boks are only looking towards Saturday when they come up against an injury riddled Welsh side.

Twickenham will be the venue for the first game of the weekend and just like the other four matches this one is sure to be a battle of note.

Many are calling this the battle of the fly halves and rightly so. Handré Pollard and Dan Biggar have been some of the big talking points at RWC and their stats make for interesting reading with Pollard clearly leading the way in all stats but penalties.

Massive debates have been held over the past months and weeks when it comes to Pat Lambie and who the in-form 10 is at the moment. In our honest opinion Lambie is a great flyhalf, but when it comes to Internationals we feel he is a more solid fullback and he has proven that since RWC 2011. We are not saying he should replace Willie le Roux, no! We are merely stating where we feel he has more worth for the Springboks and a stronger Bok side is a better Bok side in our opinion. Another much talked about combination has been of Eben Etzebeth and the rising star Lood de Jager. The two locks have been in devastating form for the Springboks and seeing a legend like Victor Matfield saying earlier in the week he won’t mind playing off the bench behind de Jager says a lot for the young man’s confidence.

Talking about combinations that is gaining much airtime is that of Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel, who in our opinion are yet to show us their combination as a Springboks centre pairing. They combine well with others around them but we have not seen them deliver as a pairing on attack.

A big concern for us however is de Allende constant bashing and breaking away from the rest of his team when moments are on. We feel he can achieve so much more for the team if he can break the line and offload to either Kriel or whoever his supporting player at that moment is. We already have Schalk Burger carrying the ball into contact; surely we don’t need de Allende for this as well?

Fourie du Preez to his own surprise is leading the Green & Gold for a third week running and he has done a stellar job. The boys have been much more tactical and clinical under his guidance than they have been in a long time and we really hope this weekend won’t be any different. In fact we would like them to take another step up in their performance as they have over the past 3 weeks.

Much talked about Jannie du Plessis will play a different role this week after being selected on the bench behind Frans Malherbe who has made a huge difference to the frontrow in this World Cup. We reckon this might just be the thing the Doctor from Durban needed and we are convinced he will smash it when he gets onto the park on Saturday.

Overall we feel this is truly a great team that Meyer and his generals have put together to take South Africa through to the semi-finals hopefully next week.

Our feeling for this game is that the Springboks will try and improve on their previous three performances and be more clinical in their execution and therefore we are backing them to win this match by no less than 6 points and 3 tries with Bryan Habana breaking Jonah Lomu’s 15 tries RWC record.

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