Pool D preview: South Africa v Namibia

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 00:00
Large 2502 5551 5784 0 2626152
You know it, we know it, the Springboks know it and the earnest Namibians know it - the Springboks will win as handsomely as they choose in their World Cup Pool D clash.

You know it, we know it, the Springboks know it and the earnest Namibians know it - the Springboks will win as handsomely as they choose in their World Cup Pool D clash.

But all of those people also know that Jacques Burger and his men will give of their level best. There is just a huge cap between a rarely selected team of club players and tried and tested professionals.

Bless the Springboks, they have picked a worthy team to face their neighbours - so worthy that it is hard to see, individually and collectively, where the Namibians could get on a par with the South Africans.

The Namibians are hardy men but hardly of the same standard, though probably the loose forwards are the nearest they will get to parity and even there the Namibian trio is likely to be fighting for survival, not victory.

For the Springboks it is a chance to confirm their centre combination with Pat Lambie at fullback, their likely plan for the future.

Players to Watch: Chrysander Botha, the Namibian fullback, is adventurous and has dancing feet, flyhalf Theuns Kotze has a clever boot and tough, determined, unbowed Jacques Burger will again lead from the front and be as tough as any forward in the universe.

There are lots of Springboks to watch but especially perhaps electric Gio Aplon and zealous François Hougaard getting a rare chance to play scrumhalf where he is perhaps best suited. Veteran lock Bakkies Botha can confirm that his fitness really is all right. And maybe, just maybe, Bryan Habana will score a try!

Head to Head: The battle of the Burgers, both intent me, both fearless men, both 100 percenters - Jacques vs Schalk.

Previous Result

This was a form of match practice before the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

2007: South Africa won 105-13 at Newlands

Prediction: Namibia have been much better than they were at previous World Cups and stood up reasonably well to Samoa who beat Australia this year, but we expect South Africa to win by between 40 and 140 points.

Are you going to bet with or against rugby365.com? Click here NOW to place your RWC 2011 bets with World Sports Betting!

The teams:

South Africa: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn , 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Danie Rossouw, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Francois Louw, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Juan de Jongh.

Namibia: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Danie van Wyk, 12 Piet van Zyl, 11 Heine Bock, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 7 Jacques Burger (captain), 6 Tinus du Plessis, 5 Nico Esterhuyse, 4 Heinz Koll, 3 Marius Visser, 2 Bertus O'Callaghan, 1 Johnnie Redelinghuys.
Replacements: 16 Hugo Horn, 17 Jane du Toit, 18 PJ van Lill, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Ryan de la Harpe, 21 Darryl de la Harpe, 22 Conrad Marais.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2011
Kick-off: 20.00 (08.00 GMT)
Venue: North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Expected weather conditions: Mostly cloiudy with a 20% chance of rain clearing, a high of 16°C, dropping to 11°C.
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Tim Hayes (Wales)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

By Paul Dobson

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 29 April 2016
Sale Sharks v Gloucester 18h45 AJ Bell Stadium
Treviso v Connacht 19h30 Stadio Monigo
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Munster v Edinburgh 19h35 Irish Independent Park
Sat, 30 April 2016
Blues v Rebels 05h15 Auckland
Highlanders v Brumbies 07h35 Dunedin
Reds v Cheetahs 09h40 Brisbane
Border v Pumas 12h30 East London
Namibia v EP Kings 13h00 Windhoek
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Welford Road
Northampton Saints v Bath 14h15 Franklin's Gardens
Western Province v Golden Lions 14h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 14h30 Millennium Stadium
Ulster v Leinster 15h00 Kingspan Stadium
Lions v Hurricanes 15h05 Johannesburg
Dragons v Scarlets 17h00 Millennium Stadium
Stormers v Waratahs 17h10 Cape Town
Jaguares v Kings 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 01 May 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 12h00 Sandy Park
London Irish v Harlequins 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons 14h15 Allianz Park
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 19
Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 18
France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2
RELATED ARTICLES