Friday has arrived and once again we have an eventful rugby weekend ahead. This weekend is the final Castle Outgoing Tour match for the Springboks and an end to some of the International matches with next weekend all tours coming to an end. Last weekend saw wins for South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, a surprising Ireland 53-0 win over Fiji, Tonga, France and Canada. All teams will be looking for a win to secure their place in the IRB rankings. Currently the Springboks are sitting in second place behind the All Blacks and are followed very closely by the Wallabies who are sitting in third. It is crucial for the Springboks to win against England on Saturday to stay ahead of the Wallabies.
England host South Africa at Twickenham and the Springboks will look to increase their 10 match unbeaten run against England. The Springboks were impressive against Scotland in the opening 40 minutes and it was their superb defence in the final quarter that gave them their win. England was not as lucky against the determined Wallabies even though they had the lead at halftime. England will need to improve if they have a hope to match the Springboks.
Head to Head stats in England
27 Nov 2010 – England 11 South Africa 21
22 Nov 2008 – England 6 South Africa 42
25 Nov 2006 – England 14 South Africa 25
The Springboks will be eyeing their third consecutive win for the first time under Heyneke Meyer’s management who has named an unchanged starting XV although JP Pietersen did have an injury knock during the week. The Bok loose trio of Alberts, Vermuelen and Louw will need to be at their best while the kicking from Lambie and Pienaar will need to be perfect. England have not named their side at the time of writing but changes are expected with Johnson, Waldrom and Sharples all dropped from the squad. England’s danger men are Ben Youngs and Mike Brown in their backline and their performances will be critical to England’s chances. This is going to be a tough one for both teams as rain is expected which will make for an exciting encounter for the forwards. A win for the Boks will be the cherry on top for this end of year tour.
Although this weekend sees the end of the Springboks tour, South Africans can look forward to watching the Blitzbokke in action in the Dubai Sevens taking place next weekend, 30 November and 1 December followed by the SA Sevens in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth on 8 and 9 December. Voltbet will be leading the way ensuring that you are kept up to date on all the details.
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