0 Have your say South Africa pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Rugby Championship yesterday, holding on under enormous pressure to beat New Zealand in Wellington. Given almost no chance of winning after losing their last two matches – and 11 of their last 12 Tests against the All Blacks, including the last six in succession – the Springboks found new spirit in attack and defence to win in New Zealand for the first time since 2009. South Africa trailed 12-0 after only 16 minutes with the All Blacks entirely dominant. But the Springboks rallied magnificently to lead 24-17 at half-time and 29-17 only a minute into the second half. The All Blacks had never previously conceded 24 points in the first half of a Test at home. New Zealand fought back and could have drawn level at 31-31 in the 74th minute. But stand-off Beauden Barrett, who kicked only two of seven attempts, missed the conversion of a try from Ardie Savea. The All … [Read more...] about New Zealand 34
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Rassie Erasmus is only six games into his tenure as Springbok head coach - three wins, three defeats for those counting - with the obvious highlight being a series win over a previously daunting England side. So, unsurprisingly, when the former Munster boss spoke this week about “if” he would still be there for the Rugby World Cup next year, in the build-up to Saturday's Test against New Zealand in Wellington, naturally eyebrows were raised. “Probably just for me to survive it’s fairly important,” was how he responded to a question about the significance of the fixture. "If we can beat the All Blacks here then everybody will think we have a realistic chance of winning the World Cup next year... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Rassie Erasmus concerned ahead of facing New Zealand with South Africa’s dip in form a bad sign for England
Argentina will look to bounce back on Sunday when they take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship. This is The Roar’s guide on how to watch the game and the key information. The game is scheduled for a 5:10am (AEST) start on Sunday, August 26 at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. The Pumas started strong against the South Africans last week, leading 14-10 at the halftime break before a late charge saw the Springboks surge to claim a 34-21 bonus-point win. It was a promising sign for new coach Mario Ledesma, who only took charge of the club at the start of this month, although it marked Argentina’s 23rd loss in 29 Tests since the 2015 World Cup. In an attempt to improve their chances in this weekend’s game, Argentina have eased their self-imposed restriction on European-based players, with four new faces set to take part in the match. Jeronimo de la Fuente, Santiago Alvarez Fourcade, Facundo Bosch and Santiago Carreras will all suit up for the upcoming game. … [Read more...] about How to watch Argentina vs Springboks online and on TV: Broadcast information, start time, key information
They say wise men learn from their own mistakes, but wiser men learn from other people’s mishaps. Will this 2018 campaign demonstrate that the newly-appointed Springbok coach is a wiser man? Judging from Rassie Erasmus’ selection for the opener against the Pumas on Saturday, he is demonstrating, at least for now, that he’s learned from his predecessors’ mistakes. The cardinal sin that Peter de Villiers, Heyneke Meyer and Allister Coetzee made was player favouritism. No matter how poorly his players performed, they were always reselected. Of course, there is a shopping list of other contributing factors, such as incompetent assistant coaches, an outdated coaching approach to the modern game and a lack of intelligence from the head coach himself. Whether Erasmus can navigate South Africa’s political waters in the season ahead is still an open question. Much of what happens on Saturday will set his sails towards success or failure. With Willie le Roux … [Read more...] about Are the 2018 Springboks new and improved?
By Nick Said CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Holders New Zealand face a fresh assault on their Rugby Championship title this year, but for the four sides involved in the southern hemisphere battle, next year's World Cup in Japan will be front of mind. The world champions have been the dominant force in the competition with 15 titles, including five in the last six years. That most recent run was only broken by an Australian victory in a shortened competition in 2015 ahead of the Rugby World Cup that year. The All Blacks have won all 12 of their matches in the competition since, rarely looking troubled in doing so, and will once again be heavy favourites to lift the trophy this year as their polished squad includes returning captain Kieran Read. There were few other surprises named by long-serving coach Steve Hansen, with continuity a key positive for the side going into the campaign. The return of hooker Dane Coles is another, even if he may only be available towards the end of the … [Read more...] about Pretenders to New Zealand’s crown ready for Rugby Championship