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South Africa v New Zealand Rugby Championship Rd.6 Preview




All Blacks vs. South Africa - Preview (Durban - 2016)

The Rugby Championship reaches it’s final round in Durban this weekend where South Africa’s Springboks host New Zealand’s All Blacks.

The All Blacks have already won the Rugby Championship title but this weekend they will be playing to match their record of 17 straight wins.

Only the Springboks and the All Blacks in Tier One nations have equalled this record. The All Blacks have gone 20 tests unbeaten (2011-212) but in the midst of that they had a draw so did not win every match.

In the last meeting between the All Blacks and South Africa the New Zealanders won 41-13 in Christchurch as the Springboks were outscored by six tries to one.

Overall South Africa have played New Zealand 92 times and the South Africa have won 35 matches and lost 54 times. There have been three draws. This gives South Africa a record of winning 38% of their matches.

The average score when South Africa play New Zealand is : South Africa 16 New Zealand 20.

This weekend the match will be played in Durban which has not been a particularly friendly city for the All Blacks. The two teams have met in the coastal city 8 times and South Africa have won 5 matches or 63% of the clashes.

The average score when the South Africa play New Zealand in Durban is : South Africa 20 New Zealand 16.

The All Blacks have had to deal with a scandal in the camp this week after Aaron Smith hit the headlines for an incident in Christchurch airport but while this has been one of their bigger scandals it shouldn’t impact on their preparations too much as he did not play last week and might not have played this week anyway. Often these scandals give a team an extra resolve.

The All Blacks have made four changes for this clash and TJ Perenara retains his place in the starting line up.

In the forward pack lock Sam Whitelock moves from the bench to the starting five jersey, replacing Patrick Tuipulotu; loose forward Jerome Kaino is back in the six jersey, with Liam Squire moving to the replacements; while Matt Todd takes over the seven jersey from Ardie Savea, who also moves to the replacements.

Charlie Faumuina replaces Ofa Tu’ungafasi as one of the replacement props. In the backs, wing Waisake Naholo returns to the matchday 23 replacing Julian Savea in the 11 jersey. George Moala is the only other backs change in the matchday 23, coming in for Damian McKenzie in the replacements.

Having ended a three match losing streak last week by beating Australia, South Afirca have made two injury enforced changes for this clash. Faf de Klerk and Damian de Allende both return to the side following injuries to Rudy Paige and Jesse Kriel respectively.

In a positional change in midfield, Juan de Jongh moves from inside to outside centre, with De Allende now wearing the No 12 jersey. The two wings, Bryan Habana and Francois Hougaard, will swap jerseys for this Test.

This season the All Blacks have played five matches in the Rugby Championship and they have won all five with bonus points. If they beat South Africa with a bonus point on Saturday they will also become the first Rugby Championship team to win all of their matches with bonus points.

The Bookies have given South Africa a 12 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The All Blacks are the measure of global rugby currently while South Africa are still rebuilding. Only the boldest of Springbok fans will expecting a home win this weekend as the All Blacks are just too polished and have to much depth. The All Blacks should win this by 18 with a bonus point.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: South Africa 16 New Zealand 20

Last five results
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 SAF v NZL 13-41 Rugby League Pk, Christchurch
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 WC Semi SAF v NZL 18-20 Twickenham, London
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 SAF v NZL 20-27 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 SAF v NZL 27-25 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 SAF v NZL 10-14 Westpac Trust, Wellington

South Africa’s overall record against New Zealand
Played 92 , Wins 35 , Losses 54, Draws 3

Match No.11:South Africa v New Zealand
Date : 8 Oct 2016
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 17.00
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Ref 1:Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Ref 2:George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO : Jim Yuille (Scotland)


South Africa

15. Pat Lambie , 14. Francois Hougaard , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Bryan Habana (vc) , 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Faf de Klerk , 8. Warren Whiteley , 7. Oupa Mohoje, 6. Francois Louw , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Adriaan Strauss (c), 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Julian Redelinghuys , 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Willem Alberts , 21. Jaco Kriel, 22. Lionel Mapoe , 23. Willie le Roux ,

New Zealand

1. Joe Moody, 2. Dane Coles , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Samuel Whitelock , 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Matt Todd , 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. TJ Perenara , 10. Beauden Barrett , 11. Waisake Naholo , 12. Ryan Crotty , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Israel Dagg , 15. Ben Smith

Replacements: 16. Codie Taylor , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Charlie Faumuina , 19. Liam Squire, 20. Ardie Savea , 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22. Lima Sopoaga, 23. George Moala

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