World Rugby defending champions New Zealand will kick off their title defense against South Africa in what is arguably one of the best games from the opening round of the 2019 RWC. These two southern hemisphere rugby powerhouses will lock horns at the International Stadium on the 21st of Sep, 2019 as from 18:45 local time. The All Blacks will be looking for a third consecutive RWC triumph and fourth in total while the Springboks will be looking to add a third world cup trophy to their cabinet. With both sides being serious contenders for the coveted trophy, a win for either side will high boost their credentials in going all the way in Japan.
all blacks vs springboks Rugby World Cup 2019 Game Kickoff Time, Dates, Venue, What Channel Live Onlne is the Game
- What: all blacks vs springboks Rugby 2019
- When: Saturday, 21 September 2019
- Where: Yokohama
- Kickoff: 18:45 local, 09:45 GMT
- Television Match Official (TMO): Japan (host): IGBS
- Australia: Nine
- France: TF1
- New Zealand: TVNZ and Spark New Zealand
- South America: ESPN
- Sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport
- United Kingdom: ITV
- United States: NBC Sports, Univision, UniMÁS, and UDN
- Wales: S4C
Most Recent Meeting
These two sides shared the spoils when they last met in a Rugby Championship classic in Wellington, New Zealand. Each side registered similar stats with both scoring 1 try, 1 conversion, and 3 penalty goals apiece. Goodhue’s 1st half try for the Kiwis was answered by Jantjies in the 2nd half for the Boks and both were duly converted by Barrett and Pollard respectively. Pollard kicked 3 penalties for the Boks while Barrett scored one penalty and Mo’unga scored 2 more for the All Black to tie the game at 16-16 at the final whistle.
Head to Head
These two sides have met 98 times in competitive rugby matches with New Zealand winning 58 times, South Africa 36 times, and 4 games ending in a draw. They have met 4 times in RWC matches; twice in group stages with each side winning once; Once in a semi-final which was won by New Zealand; and once in a final which was won by South Africa.
Beauden Barrett has been a gem for the Kiwis and is a very dangerous player for any opposition. Accompanied with fellow back liner, Ben Smith, the All Blacks have what it takes to open up any kind of defense. Also important to the Kiwi’s squad is Kieran Read and will be very valuable in this game.
The Springboks also have effective weaponry in their armoury in the form of Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux who are both sublime and lethal to opposing defenses. They also boast a world class forward line that’s led by Siya Kolisi and hooker Malcolm Marx.
The All Blacks have only lost 6 RWC games in 50 appearances, winning all the other 44 games for an impressive 88% win rate. They also have managed to score 6.22 tries and 46.04 points on average in all RWC matches.
South Africa have equally lost 6 matches in WC appearances albeit in 36 matches and also boast 83% win rate in all world cup games having won 30 of those. The Boks have an average of 3.92 tries and 34.72 points in all RWC matches and they will also come into this game off a successful 2019 Rugby Championship. Both teams come into this game in good momentum with the Kiwis having demolished Tonga 92-7 while South Africa beat Japan by 41-7.
Prediction: New Zealand to win New Zealand 29-27 South Africa