On Gold coast, New Zealand and South Africa close the date 6 and Rugby Championship 2021 in a duel that promises a lot. The All blacks, led by Ian Foster They are already champions of the tournament but now they want to remain undefeated. For their part, Springboks from Jacques nienaber They want to end a party and ruin the entire party for the Maori outfit. They will face each other on Saturday, at 6:50 am live on Star + and ESPN 2.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: It is not a comfortable situation for the last world champion, who comes from three consecutive defeats, two against the Wallabies and last weekend against the All Blacks by 19 to 17. A negative streak that has not occurred since the series of four straight falls from 2016, versus Wales, Italy, England and New Zealand.
On the other hand, the All Blacks regained the Championship title that they lost in the 2019 reduced tournament, which the Springboks won before obtaining the World Cup in Japan. They remain undefeated this year, with wins over Tonga, Fiji (two), Australia (three), Argentina (two) and South Africa. They are going for the tenth success of a record season, in which they will play 15 tests (they still have to face the USA, Wales, Italy, Ireland and France).
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: The All Blacks are going for the Grand Slam, a record they already obtained in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017. They will no longer be able to match their best mark, which was 30 points in 2016, when they won all the bonus games. They arrive with 24 units and, if they obtain the offensive bonus in Gold Coast, they will exceed the records of 2013 and 2017, when they won the Championship with 28 points.
For South Africa, the rematch against New Zealand is a huge challenge. They do not want to repeat the negative streak of 2016, with four falls in a row. The objective of the Springboks will be to impose conditions from the start with a pack that proved to be on the same level as the kiwis.
THE KEYS: The duel of styles was clearly reflected in the opening minutes of the first test held in Townsville, last Saturday. The greatest fluidity was shown by the All Blacks in handling and in the search to break their rival in order to run with the ball and take advantage of their multiple attack options. With 25 tries they widely lead the statistics, and surpass South Africa with 15 more wins. In the quality displayed by the roster designated by Ian Foster, the absences of Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith and Samuel Whitelock were not noticed.
South Africa showed how well they use their foot to hurt their rivals. This was confirmed with the try that he scored against New Zealand, which caused Bridge’s reception error and Nkosi’s conversion. However, Nienaber’s team is called for greater audacity and not depend exclusively on the kicks to load and what the forwards generate, which are a machine for manufacturing infractions for Pollard to transform them into points. The Springboks will have to risk more if they want to return to triumph in the farewell of the contest.
BACKGROUND: After playing the 100th game in history, South Africans and New Zealanders meet again to close the Rugby Championship 2021. It will be the fifth game on neutral ground, since the other four were for the World Cup. South Africa won the third-place match at Cardiff 1999, 22-18; New Zealand did it in the group stage in Yokohama 2019, by 23 to 13, the semifinal in London 2015, by 20 to 18 and the quarterfinals in Melbourne 2003, by 29 to 9. For the Championship, the superiority is wide of the All Blacks, with 12 wins, a draw and two falls. The Springboks only won in 2014 by 27 to 25 and in 2018 by 36 to 34.
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager , 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nché
Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn
New Zealand: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala; 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Scott Barrett; 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Ardie Savea (cap), 8. Luke Jacobson; 9. Brad Weber, 10. Beauden Barrett; 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. David Havili, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Sevu Reece; 15. Jordie Barrett.
Substitutes: 16. Asafo Aumua, 17. George Bower, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Patrick Tuipulotu, 20. Ethan Blackadder, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Richie Mo’unga and 23. Damian McKenzie.