>In the S12 it was proven over & over again that home ground advantage is
>becoming (and ever was) a decider, not even a factor anymore. The
>granite-like Auckland defence in the final lacked exactly that a few
>weeks previously against Transvaal, who didn't even feature in the S12.
>Test rugby is a whole different ball game, proven by the Springboks in
>the WC95 final, where they won against a better team (IMHO).
>Only one of the 5 tests between za & nz is played in nz. That will
>definitely favour za, and frankly, they will need it! :-)
>Point is, (which I'm very loath to say) if the All blacks can put up a
>show the likes of Auckland in the S12 final, there must be a very
>dedicated team indeed on the other side to stop the tide. Period.
>How can any team overlook a player like Tonu'u, his pass must rank as one
>of the strongest ever in the game.
Jeeezzzz Carel, and I thought Potchedstroom University people know their
If you look at the WC95 final stats you will see that SA was by far the
better team on the day. It was pure bad luck (refereeing?) that caused a
close game. Think a bit, how many times did SA cross their goalline and
how many times did the AB's cross ours? I will be the last person ever
to call the Boks a better team than the AB's. We have 100 years of
history proving that these two team are very evenly matched indeed, but
SA beat them solidly in the World Cup.
Yes, if the AB's can put up a match like Auckland did in the S12 final,
they will be extremely difficult to beat, but:
1. Even the NZ comentators were in awe during that match, constantly
pointing out that that is the best that they have seen Auckland
play in years.
2. We all know Natal was nowhere near there best.
My point is that the chances of the AB's playing like Auckland on a
constant base is not very likely and SA have the players to beat them
even if they do. I have to agree though that it will be a mighty big
I sincerely hope that the SA players are not as negative about the AB's
as you and many SA supporters seem to be. If the SA players, coaches and
team management think in terms of stopping the AB's instead of thinking
in terms of beating them, then we have already lost.
I believe that SA can beat the All Blacks and the Wallabies on a given
day, but that they can beat the Boks too. This is what makes the
e***ment when TITANS clash.