The Freckles seek to end a 9-year drought against Australia Art Adelaide on Saturday. These THREE men will prove decisive in this mass Rugby Championship collision.
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The sides have faced a combination of heartbreak, heavy defeats and misfortunes over the past 9 years in Australia. Only last year they lost the first Test against the Aussies after a dubious penalty after the buzzer Wallabies a 28-26 win.
The irony is that every year we go there as favorites and somehow come up short every year. There are two reasons for this… First, the Wallabies are playing some of their best rugby against us, they are upping the ante at home. Second, we tend to go there overconfident and then be shocked by their high pace. Something that hooked the Boks against New Zealand in the second Test at Ellis Park.
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Considering all this, we pay attention to THREE Bokke, which can help us end this drought once and for all.
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1) JOSEF DWEBA
Dweba was the talk of the town in SA. Well, so did Dweba’s performance against the All Blacks Jacques Ninaber fell shockingly Malcolm Marx. Surprisingly, Dweba was chosen to start over. Ninaber and Rossi Erasmus focus on the bigger picture of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
So attention turns to Dweba.
We cannot afford any more poor shots from the schedule or Dweba being a step behind the pace or intensity of the Aussies. For us to end this 9 year drought, we need a fit Dweba. He is a quality player and one bad performance does not define his talent or potential. He is extremely powerful, has an explosive career and is a strong defender. Our opening hooker has a lot to prove to any doubters after his performance against New Zealand. I think he will have a much better game if we are to finally end this drought.
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2) DUANE VERMEOLEN
Vermeulen was similarly lackluster and fell behind Dweba. However, he did not come under the same criticism, despite also being substituted at the start of the Test at Ellis Park. This may be because he has already established his reputation as a Boca legend.
However, form is what counts, not reputation, and Vermeulen will need to prove he is still fit enough to play international rugby. He will be vital to our momentum and getting the ball across the advantage line. We need Duane at his best if we are to stop the pace of the Wallabies attack and dominate the break.
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3) FAF DE KLERK
Faf has not featured prominently for the Boks this year. He started the first Test against Wales at Loftus before being ruled out of the next two as a result of an inaccurate tackle in the box and poor decision-making. He then started the Test against New Zealand but was withdrawn in the first minute.
So this is his biggest game of the year for De Klerk. He needs to be very precise – every kick from the box needs to offer a competitive 50/50 and he needs to know when to use the backline to attack space. The timing and accuracy of our explosive scrum are perhaps the most important and decisive factors in Saturday’s Test match in Adelaide.
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Boxing and all Springbok fans are desperate to end this drought. It’s been 9 years that seem even longer and so many painfully close losses.
If these THREE men on song, they will almost certainly win the test match.
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