The first Tri Nations match between SA and the All Blacks, kicks off in Bloemfontein this Saturday, it is the first of three back-to-back home internationals for the Bokke, before they hit the road for a three-match trip to Australasia.
John Smit has high expectations of his team and believes that the victory in the British and Irish Lions Tour has put them in good standings to cinch a victory on Saturday and the overall title. The All Blacks have dominated in the past, by winning 10 of the 14 titles, including the last five, with the Boks and Wallabies two wins apiece.
I think that we have a good team, but if Smit believes they have prepared enough, then I think he is sorely mistaken. Although the B & I tour was extremely competitive and entertaining, we sure as hell weren’t on top of our game, in fact we barely scraped through. I believe there are many areas in which the team can improve on and you can bet your bottom dollar that the All Blacks have already pin-pointed our weaknesses and know exactly how to take us down. The British and Irish Lions are ‘cubs’ compared to the strength of New Zealand, and we definitely have to up our game 10 fold, in order to come out with an all-out victory.
That said, I would like to wish the bokke the best of luck and ask them not to get too ahead of themselves in the lead up to the game on Saturday. They can do it, they just need to play a smart game and avoid giving away senseless penalties.