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Springbok News: Lower Stakes, Higher Gains

3929870Springbok News: (SuperSport) There will be a full house at Emirates Airlines Park and as always the Springboks will get vocal support, but the atmosphere in the build-up to Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship match between the world’s two best teams somehow hasn’t quite ratcheted up to its usual intensity.

The World Cup is to blame for that of course, and the possibility that these two teams will clash again in a semi-final less than four months from now with a whole lot more on the line than there is now has contributed to the flat build-up.

Yes, both coaches have spoken about the special rivalry, and so have the players, but when asked what the game meant to the World Cup itself, All Black coach Steve Hansen was on the money. To paraphrase what he said, it comes down to not a whole lot, or maybe even nothing at all.

As it turns out, the weather, which is predicted to be bleak for Johannesburg at this time, might conspire to make the conditions not completely unlike what the teams will encounter in London towards the end of October. Which could suit the Boks if it means it takes the pace that the Kiwis thrive on out of the game. But otherwise it is unlikely that either coach is looking at the combination that he will put into the field on Saturday as the finished product.


author: Zone Fitness