The video everyone must see before writing off the All Blacks
By Rugby Onslaught

The video everyone must see before writing off the All Blacks

Since South Africa triumphed over the All Blacks 26-10 last Saturday, their biggest win over them in 94 years, everyone and their dog has been writing off Ian Foster’s side in their rematch this Saturday at Ellis Park.

Plenty of fans, players and pundits have said that the All Blacks were bullied up front at the Mbombela Stadium, and the same will happen again in Johannesburg.

However, a video is circulating on Twitter that seems to tell a different story. The video shows former Springboks assistant coach Swys de Bruin saying after the match that the visitors’ defence was “not very good,” and then is followed by a montage or carries and tackles by the All Blacks where they had the physical upper hand. These consisted of tackles that stopped South African carriers dead in their tracks or even forced a ball spillage, or times when All Black carriers were able to break free of tackles.

These are just a handful of tackles from a combined 272 attempted tackles in the match, so it does not paint the full picture. But it does indicate that the All Blacks were not entirely steamrollered, and perhaps why Foster was actually quite complimentary of his side after the match.

Watch the video here:

South Africa have already named their team to face the All Blacks this weekend, with five changes to the starting XV (two forced and three unforced):

Springbok team to face New Zealand in Johannesburg:
15 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 19 caps, 12 pts (1t, 2c, 1p)
14 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 52 caps, 60 pts (12t)
13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 29 caps, 25 pts (5t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 61 caps, 35 pts (7t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 28 caps, 100 pts (20t)
10 – Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers) – 63 caps, 649 pts (7t, 88c, 141p, 5d)
9 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) – 5 caps, 5 pts (1t)
8 – Duane Vermeulen (Ulster) – 61 caps, 15 pts (3t)
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) – 61 caps, 25 pts (5t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 66 caps, 35 pts (7t)
5 – Lood de Jager (Wild Knights) – 59 caps, 25 pts (5t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 101 caps, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 49 caps, 5pts (1t)
2 – Joseph Dweba
1 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 10 caps, 0pts

16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 50 caps, 55 pts (11t)
17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 62 caps, 5pts (1t)
18 – Vincent Koch (Wasps) 35 caps, 0 pts
19 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 54 caps, 5pts (1t)
20 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 14 caps, 0 pts
21 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 22 caps, 5 pts (1t)