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Two rugby titans clash at the 2019 World Cup as New Zealand and South Africa meet in Pool B on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.
Leonard Solms by Leonard Solms 2019-09-20 05:17in Rugby World Cup
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Siya Kolisi and Steven Kitshoff of the Springboks sing the national anthem. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images
Arguably international rugby’s greatest rivalry resumes when the All Blacks and Springboks face off at Yokohama’s International Stadium on Saturday in their Pool B clash at the World Cup.
New Zealand have won the last two World Cups and knocked the Springboks out 20-18 in the 2015 semifinals. However, South Africa appear to be peaking at the right time and lifted this year’s Rugby Championship.
More recently, South Africa eased past tournament hosts Japan 41-7. Handling was somewhat shaky, but it was a mostly polished performance from the Boks, who will surely now be more used to the conditions.
Erasmus has stuck to his guns, selecting the same 23 from that game. The only change from this year’s 16-all draw with New Zealand in Wellington sees captain Siya Kolisi start at number six.
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Kwagga Smith started the Rugby Championship encounter with Kolisi injured, but he drops out of the 23.
The All Blacks, meanwhile, have kept faith in their dual playmaker approach — Beauden Barrett starts at 15 and Richie Mo’unga 10.
Anton Lienert-Brown and Ryan Crotty start in midfield with Sonny Bill Williams benched. Ben Smith also fails to make the starting XV as Sevu Reece and George Bridge are preferred on the wings.
The mind games have already kicked off between Erasmus and Steve Hansen, with referees a talking point.
The Springbok coach has suggested that the men in the middle have shown New Zealand too much respect in recent years, while Hansen accused his counterpart of trying to put pressure on Saturday’s ref, Jerome Garces.
“It’s pretty obvious what they’re trying to do and whilst I’ve got a lot of respect for South Africa and particularly Rassie, I think he’s a great coach, I don’t agree with what he’s doing,” Hansen said.
“He’s trying to put pressure on referees externally and they’re under enough pressure already. They don’t need us coaches doing what he’s doing.”
New Zealand vs South Africa: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: The action kicks off at 11:45 (SAST) on Saturday, 21 September 2019. It will be live on SuperSport 1.
For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.
Prediction: New Zealand by nine points.
But the human prediction is this: South Africa have momentum behind them going into this game. Rassie Erasmus’ men are predicted to scrape through, claiming a crucial win over their fierce rivals by three points.
RWC 2019 live scores and result: New Zealand vs South Africa