It’s week three of RWC 2015 and New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have all booked their spots in the Quarter Finals. All that remains to be seen is where Australia will finish. The winner of the clash between them and Wales will decide who avoids a quickly improving Springbok side in the first round of knock out matches.
The Boks utterly destroyed the USA Eagles on Wednesday, running in 64 points and holding the Americans scoreless. It seems the green machine is starting to find its momentum and coach Heyneke Meyer probably wishes there was another pool game for him to give his players, many of whom still look a bit rusty, time to gel with one another.
The battered and bruised Boks can look forward to ten days of rest before they are required to go into battle again. Meyer has already indicated that players will be given some time off this week to get away from the game and get their heads right.
It is expected that the Kiwis will dispatch Tonga tonight and remain unbeaten throughout the pool phase. The All Blacks have had a relatively easy ride in the first three rounds of the competition, which is flagged as potentially negative by some pundits, but the World Champs are looking in fine, if somewhat stuttering, form.
Steve Hansen will hope that his side get past the physical Tongan’s without any further injuries. The talismanic Richie McCaw has been rested for this game due to a slight niggle he picked up against Georgia, and everyone from the Land of the Long White Cloud will be hoping to see him back on the field for the quarters.
The Wallabies are being punted as the team to beat at this year’s tournament and it’s not hard to see why. After crashing hosts England out of the tournament they now face their final hurdle: A clash against Wales on Saturday to determine who finishes top of Pool B. The runner-up will have the daunting task of playing an improving and relentlessly physical Springbok side.
Michael Hooper is still serving a one-week ban and will not be playing. It remains to be seen what his absence will do to the balance of a loose trio that has been terrorising opponents since the Aussie victory over the All Blacks in the last game of the 2015 Rugby Championship. Will the Welsh break their ten-game losing streak against Australia on Saturday? Or will the Wallabies continue their relentless march to the knockout rounds?
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