It’s the final round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday, with the early game a repeat of the 1995 World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand.
On that occasion, the Rainbow Nation willed the Boks to victory, with Joel Stransky’s extra-time drop goal sealing the Webb Ellis Cup, which was famously presented by Nelson Mandela.
Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since then and while that game took place at altitude in Johannesburg, this one goes down on the coast at Cape Town’s Newlands, a venue where the All Blacks have not lost since 2005.
In fairness, there’s only been one game in that time but the stat the still sounds good.
However, they did win 57-0 when the pair met last month, extending their run to 10 wins in 11 meetings and have already wrapped up the tournament.
The Springboks need a result to restore some pride after their record defeat in Albany and having coached in the Cape, boss Allister Coetzee will have an inside track on how to maximise the conditions.
Ominously the All Blacks rested a number of their stars for last weekend’s win in Argentina, with Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane and Ryan Crotty the most notable names set to return.
In Whitelock and Cane, they have two men who will relish the gargantuan collisions up front, while Crotty’s midfield nous is marking him out as the natural successor to Conrad Smith.
On paper, it could be a real dust-up but rugby is not played on A4 so realistically speaking, an All Blacks win is likely.
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