What is your take on this weekend's game? Strengths, weaknesses and your prediction on who is going to win.
The Barbarians boasting an exciting all Australasian back line surely gives the impression this is going to be a great game to watch. But I think the quality of the Bok forwards could maybe starve their opponents of quality possession; and that the new/young guys in the Bok squad will be hungry to prove they belong in the Springbok squad. Anyway, I hope it will be a nice high tempo rugby game. True to history of Barbarian rugby (those I saw anyway).
My prediction is the Barbarians to clinch it with less than 10. But I will be cheering for the Bokke to pull this one through!! Will be awesome if they manage to.
15 - James O'Connor (Australia), 14 - Joe Rococoko (New Zealand), 13 - Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand), 12 - Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia), 11 - Drew Mitchell (Australia), 10 - Matt Giteau (Australia), 9 - Will Genia (Australia); 1 - Salvatore Perugini (Italy), 2 - Stephen Moore (Australia), 3 - Neemia Tialata (New Zealand), 4 - Anton van Zyl (Stormers), 5 - Chris Jack (New Zealand), 6 - Rodney So'oialo (New Zealand), 7 - Martyn Williams (Wales), 8 - Colin Bourke (Chiefs).
Replacements: Keven Mealamu (New Zealand), John Yapp (Wales), Quintin Geldenhuys (Italy), Daniel Braid (New Zealand), Andy Ellis (New Zealand), Stephen Donald (New Zealand), Seru Rabini (Fiji).
15-Patrick Lambie; 14-Odwa Ndungane, 13-Adi Jacobs, 12-Andries Strauss, 11-Lwazi Mvovo; 10-Elton Jantjies, 9-Francois Hougaard; 8-Ryan Kankowski, 7-Juan Smith (captain), 6-Willem Alberts, 5-Alistair Hargreaves, 4-Bakkies Botha, 3-CJ van der Linde, 2-Adriaan Strauss, 1-Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16-Bandise Maku, 17-Tendai Mtawarira, 18-AN Other, 19-Flip van der Merwe, 20-Keegan Daniel, 21-Charl McLeod, 22-Gio Aplon.
Answer on Bokke vs Barbarians....?
@ Stumpy; The Bok fans aren't really that arrogant. Well, not as arrogant as the AB and Australia fans. We just love when the Boks win. But even if they lose, as long as they've played their heart out, it's fine.
Anywhoo, I think the BaaBaas will take this one by an inch or 2. A big disadvantage to the Baas all the time is that they don't have enough time to grow as a team. It's just that they have great players and that's what makes them more of the favorites. But I wouldn't say 100% the Boks will lose. We have Mvovo, Lambie and Alberts, excellent young players who I think will definitely shine tomorrow. I'll be routing for the Bokke!