Springboks v All Blacks
Revenge at Loftus
Springboks v All Blacks at Loftus, this should be a cracker! Three weeks ago the Springboks pulled off a miracle, not even I gave them a chance. Sure I backed the plus and won, but honestly it had been nine long years since the Boks won in New Zealand.
Rassie Erasmus has been the first coach for quite a while that has managed this small feat. All Blacks should have a proper backlash for the Boks, but the Boks have belief, something that has been lacking for almost a decade. The last time the Boks won at home against the old foe was in 2014. Four years ago Patrick Lambie had a pressure kick to win the game.
Last year the Springboks lost by a solitary point, yes it was a dead rubber and although this game is also a dead rubber the Boks do in fact have something to play for.
Freedom Cup, a little known trophy that is played for outside of the Rugby Championship. The Freedom Cup does not yet have the stature that the Bledisloe does, but who knows one day it will. Currently the Springboks have had possession of this Cup just twice, the year it started in 2004 and again in 2009. It’s been nine long years, but realistically South Africa have the upper hand this year.
South Africa have won the away leg, all they need to do now is win at Loftus and the Freedom Cup is all theirs. NZ have won it eleven times, there have been two draws, but the holding team keeps it if it has not been won.
The last time these two great nations played at Loftus was twelve years ago in 2006 where the All Blacks won comfortably. 2003 when my eldest son was born was another drubbing by the Al Blacks.
South Africa have been given a modest eleven and a half handicap, this may seem high, but in the last few years it has been higher. We have seen plus eighteen before for a home game for the Boks. Considering that the Boks won the reverse fixture one would assume that this handicap is indeed fair.
What does interest me is the 4/1 about the hosts to win on the board. South Africa should stay within this handicap, but and I say but, this is New Zealand we are talking about and you can never go massive here. I have not had a 5 unit play against them and I am unlikely to ever.
My call here will be one of respect, nothing big. I just feel the Boks do have a chance here, and I also feel the price is of reasonable value.
Kick off is scheduled for 17h05 GMT +2 on Saturday at Loftus. The referee for this game will be Angus Gardner (AUS), Click here for the Weather in Pretoria and if you want to follow the game on Twitter click here for the Hashtag #RSAvNZL
Call: Springboks +11.5 at 9/10 for 1 unit and an additional unit on Springboks to win on the board at 4/1
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