All Blacks vs Springboks: Latest Odds and Analysis
The last two weeks have proven to be extremely eventful in the Rugby Championship, as attention now turns to the much-awaited clash between the All Blacks and world cup champions Springboks. This is not only the 100th Test match played between the two, but it is also 100 years since the first meeting back in 1921.
It's unfortunate that, because of the pandemic situation in New Zealand, the game has been moved from Dunedin to Townsville in north Queensland. For those who are unfamiliar, Townsville is stinking hot even at this time of year, with the temperature for the game likely to be over 30 degrees. Whatever the weather, the All Blacks go in as heavy favourites with all the best rugby betting sites after their two thumping wins over Argentina.
Meanwhile, it’s almost panic stations for the Springboks. They have dropped two in a row against the Wallabies, a team the All Blacks handily beat three times already this season. However, it is worth remembering that their last win against the All Blacks, in 2018, came after successive losses also.
2021 All Blacks Rugby Championship Fixtures & Results
- All Blacks 35 vs Australia 22: August 7 (Eden Park, Auckland)
- All Blacks 57 vs Australia 22: August 14 (Eden Park, Auckland)
- All Blacks 38 vs Australia 21: September 5, 2021 (Optus Stadium, Perth)
- All Blacks 39 vs Argentina: 0 September 12, 2021 (Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast)
- All Blacks 36 vs Argentina 13: September 18, 2021 (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
- All Blacks vs South Africa: September 25, 2021 (QLD Country Bank Stadium, Townsville)
- All Blacks vs South Africa: October 2, 2021 (CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast)
What Time is the next All Blacks Game?
The All Blacks’ next game is against South Africa on Saturday and begins at 7:05pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
All Blacks Team
- 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge,
- 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Ardie Savea (c), 6 Akira Ioane,
- 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
- 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu,
- 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Quinn Tupaea.
So not too many surprises with the All Blacks for this Saturday night’s big test, with the major talking points being in the loose forwards. Luke Jacobson gets the biggest game of his career with a start at number eight, while captain Ardie Savea moves back to the openside in place of the injured Dalton Papalii. Codie Taylor starts back in a new front row alongside Nepo Laulala and Joe Moody to combat what will be a big Springbok set piece.
TJ Perenara has got the nod at halfback, which will mean a long night of chat for referee Luke Pearce of England to listen to. While there is nothing really to split him and Brad Weber, it does signify that perhaps Perenara’s kicking game will be employed early and often. He is reunited with his old Hurricanes team mate Beauden Barrett at first five, who is also starting alongside his brothers Scott and Jordie. It’s another family affair for the All Blacks, who also have Rieko and Akira Ioane in the starting team.
Coach Ian Foster has left out Sevu Reece from his side, opting for the height of Will Jordan and finishing skills of George Bridge. Either of those two are a good bet to get across the tryline in this historic match.
All Blacks Stats
This is the 100th Test match between the All Blacks and Springboks. The All Blacks have won 59, the Springboks 37 and there have been four draws.
The last three Tests between the two have been a win each and a draw. The Springboks’ last win, 36-34 in Wellington in 2018, came after two successive defeats to the Pumas and Wallabies. It also came only a year after the All Blacks had humiliated them 57-0 in Albany.
Both the All Blacks and Springboks have won three Rugby World Cups each, although they have only played each other once in a final. This was the famous 15-12 win by the Springboks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in 1995, after which Nelson Mandela presented the Webb Ellis trophy to victorious captain Francois Pienaar.
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