The two archrivals will clash in Pretoria on Saturday in a game that is considered to be a “dead rubber.” However, Having lost to the Boks in the reverse fixture in September, NZ will be looking to set record straight. The New Zealanders have crowned champions in this year’s Rugby Championship with a game to spare after their triumph over Argentina. The Kiwis have been very strong in scrums in the competition. They’ve recorded 100% success in all their five matches so far. Meanwhile, the hosts will be looking to develop on their already impressive defensive showing when they host the All Blacks at the Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. And this discussion contains All Blacks vs South Africa Rugby Road 6 Game Predictions of The Rugby Championship 2018.
All Blacks vs South Africa Rugby Road 6 Game Schedule, Kickoff Time, How to Watch
Head Coach Erasmus expresses his satisfaction on the overall improvement in the character of his battalion. He was also buoyed by his side’s win over the Wallabies despite making a total of eight changes to the side that had won against NZ Rugby. Let’s have a look at the schedule of the Saturday ascendancy battle.
- What: All Blacks vs South Africa Rugby Road 6 Game of TRC 2018
- When: Saturday 06th of October 2018
- Where: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa
- Kickoff: 15:05 (GMT), 17:05 (Local)
- Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
- Assistant Referees: Jerome Garces (France), Mathew Caley (England)
- Television Match Official (TMO): Graham Hughes (England)
All Blacks and Springboks Rugby Previous Game
The Kiwis came into the previous game needing to make amends after falling 34-36 to the Boks in Wellington. They made a statement earlier on with three tries from Loane (2) and Naholo (1) which were duly converted by B. Barrett. The Argies tried to fight back through Cubelli and Boffelli but a Lienert-Brown try and a Richie Mo’unga conversion set the Kiwis on the way to a successful Rugby Championship title defense.
The Springboks, on the other hand, has to sustain a second-half fightback from the Aussies to ensure they secured a 23-12 win. From the South African side, Dyanti scored a early try and De Klerk which were duly put over by the boot of Pollard. The Wallabies hit back by tries from Hodge and Genia. Toomua converted on one of the tries and missed the other while Pollard scored three penalties for the Boks to ensure his side won by 11 points. The Boks missed good opportunities to register tries that could’ve given them a commanding and comfortable lead.
SA Rugby Key Players to Watch
For the All Blacks vs South Africa Rugby Road 6 Game, Rassie Erasmus makes his best troops to win the battle. Handre Pollard and Dyanti have combined for a total of 57 points in the championship so far. It will be crucial if the Boks are to build on their two back to back wins. Pollard has found his kicking boots again and will be high in morale when they host the Kiwis.
NZ Rugby Key Veterans
To meet the SA Rugby, S. Hansen also does some homework to form the best battalion. Rieko Loane and Richie Mounga has combined to great effect and scored a total of 38 tries between them and will be worth watching on Saturday. However, it’s B. Barrett who has been outstanding for NZ with a total of 55 points to his name in the Championship. The Trio will be crucial for the Kiwis when the hit the road to face the Boks.
Will Erasmus Shuffle the Boks Squad?
Francois Louw is back to the squad to face NZ having missed the win over the Wallabies last time out. Coach Erasmus has been rotating his squad. He might make a number of changes to the starting 15 that faced the Aussies on the 29th of Sep 2018.
Will Hansen Make Changes on the All Blacks Troops?
EXCLUSIVE | 🎙️ "The loss for us in Wellington was a difficult one, they played really well. I'd say they'd be pretty confident to be at home this week,"
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 3, 2018
Having won the championship, the Kiwis might make changes to their squad and test their depth against the Boks. However, Hansen will be looking to maintain his side’s morale by recording a win. He may maintain the spine of his battalion.
All Blacks vs South Africa Rugby Road 6 Game Predictions
The Kiwis have won 4 out of the 5 games they played so far. Interestingly, they lost to the Springboks in Wellington in their only loss this season. Meanwhile, the Springboks have won 3 and lost 2 of their five games so far. The Boks lost to Argentina and Australia before bouncing back to record win over the reigning world champions and Australia respectively. The Boks came close to recording a win over NZ last year in Pretoria with a 25-24 final score but they’ll be looking to make amends this time around. This game will be won on the narrowest of margins and we give an edge to the host South Africa 33-31 New Zealand.
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