In the name of the centennial clash, injured Springboks must win against Australia

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DURBAN – THE Springboks will tell you that the most important game for them is the one ahead of them but that may not always be true, especially if you happen to play the All Blacks the following week as part of a jubilee. long-awaited centenary.

This is the situation for the Boks as they face the Wallabies in a Rugby Championship rematch in Brisbane tomorrow, which can be seen as a kind of warm-up to this almighty 100th test in 100 years of clash with the oldest and most bitter of the Boks. rivals.

And that is said with the utmost respect for the brave Australians who surprised the rugby world by beating the error prone Boks last week and will be determined to win their first consecutive tests in two years.

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The Boks sincerely want to win next week, but if they lose tomorrow, not only will the ‘Clash of Champions’ shine be taken away, but the Boks’ confidence would also be seriously – perhaps fatally – compromised.

After all, the All Blacks have just demolished the same Wallabies in three consecutive Tests and last week, during the “curtain raiser” of the South Africa-Australia game, they scornfully fought off Argentina.

The Kiwis are indeed building a mighty head of steam ahead of the Centennial Test as their opponents faltered last week and cannot afford to do so again.

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A convincing Springboks win over the Wallabies tomorrow will keep the appeal of the Centennial Test intact, a loss would tarnish the shine.

Ahead of last week’s game, South Africans who understand the Springbok psyche were deeply concerned about the outcome as history shows the Boks have a knack for losing games they should win and play their game. best with their backs to the wall.

That’s the big difference between the Boks and the All Blacks, who are the favorites every time they step on the pitch but rise to the occasion almost every time.

Of course they do. The rugby world knows that the Boks are still the most threatening the week after a shock loss.

“It was a very disappointed locker room last week,” Smith said.

“Obviously we had analyzed them beforehand and looked at the things they were doing off the ball to manipulate the defense, but even though we knew it was going to happen, I think we didn’t do enough to stop their momentum. , and it gave them a chance to build phases. and attack us, ”lamented the 28-year-old.

“We could have ended the game easily at the end, but there were also opportunities in the game to take control, and we scored three tries against one,” said Smith.

“Although they only scored one try, they have gained a lot of momentum so we have to make sure we support our defense and stop them in their tracks.

“Fortunately, these are things we know we can fix – it’s really up to us to build momentum while stopping theirs – and we’ll be ready. “

For the sake of the big centennial party next week, hopefully. I have a feeling all of New Zealand will join South Africa in cheering on the Boks.

TEAMS

Springbok from XV: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Duane Vermeulen, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (capt), Marvin Orie, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Trevor Nyakane; Substitutes: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse

Wallabies from VX: Tom Banks, Andrew Kellaway, Len Ikitau, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Nic White; Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper (captain), Lachlan Swinton, Matt Philip, Izack Rodda, Taniela Tupou, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper; Substitutes: Feleti Kaitu’u, Angus Bell, Tom Robertson, Darcy Swain, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia.

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