Monday, October 3, 2022

Springboks – All Blacks: The game that could mark the end of the “foster era”, a duel at stake in Ellis Park

An idea of ​​consolation pervades long-suffering New Zealand rugby fans: this Saturday’s struggle against Strong Springbok at Ellis Park We Have Every Chance to See One Last Time as “Foster Imposters” All Black In this time of constant defeat.

this second game of rugby championship It makes sense to have an end point. Or, perhaps, about the beginning of a new era that is soon to come. The look travels from fans of the most popular sport in New Zealand to the press.

This New Zealand team disappointed and bewildered, is certainly going to fly, perhaps regardless of whether he makes an unexpected turnaround, or inflicts a second consecutive defeat for rising South Africa after their July series loss at home to Ireland. This is how the mainstream media sees it, who live closely in the day-to-day lives of their choosing.

All Blacks final practice in Johannesburg
All Blacks final practice in JohannesburgTwitter

a Fifth loss in last six matches -one from last weekend-, and a third in a row for 2022, probably sealed the fate of Ian Foster As manager of the All Blacks. Maybe some miracle will save him. But there’s probably no way he’ll stay in the job. Foster’s owners at NZ Rugby have probably seen enough after their 26-10 loss to the Boks at Bombella last weekend.

One thing that has become clear, through consecutive defeats to Ireland and France in November, a 2–1 series loss at home to Ireland in July, and then the Boks defeat at Nelspruit, is under Foster’s command. All these blacks look lost,

Perhaps Foster’s men act out their folly at Ellis Park and deal a blow to their own credibility as well as to their embattled coach. But it’s all too easy to imagine a scenario where that ferocious bok pack, his disciplined attack, that committed chase, that immaculate physique continues to propel the New Zealanders through the shredders, where they have an all-time 9-5 win record. on your rivals.

A cover of this week's New Zealand Herald is conclusive
A cover of this week’s New Zealand Herald is conclusive

The Ellis Park factor adds to the difficulty. As Beauden Barrett pointed out, it’s a great place to play rugby, and a tough spot at that. “We’re in the Highveld, it’s 1,600 or 1,700 meters above sea level, so when you breathe it stings, when you’re tired, the ball moves forward, the intensity of the Springbok matching the hostility of the crowd. There’s green shirts for everywhere, rugby in the afternoon… it’s the best rugby,” he said.

Captain Sam Kane had similar words about the unique challenges facing this week, including those with low-flying aircraft. “I remember I was driving there and the fans made a lot of noise when the bus ran. It’s a harsh environment, but we like to play in places like this Which really puts you to the test. It’s like you’re 15 against the world.”

Foster said the preparation was not about those five pitfalls, or shortcomings, or doubts over the past six years. It was just about completing one of Test rugby’s big challenges on Saturday afternoon in Jo’burg. “We can neither escape nor worry about what has happened in the past; We just have to go out and respond the way we know we have to,” he said.

Kurt-Lee Arendse's attempt at Mbombella last Saturday
Kurt-Lee Arendse tried on last Saturday in Mombellaap – Associated Press

“We have confidence and confidence high in our group, who have worked incredibly hard this week,” said Foster, adding, “Playing at Ellis Park is always a special occasion for any All Blacks team, and this weekend is no different. Will happen. On top of that, the Freedom Cup is ready to hold, making it a A challenge everyone is waiting for.”

The “Foster Imposters” must drop their unwanted tags, and match the Springboks’ strength with the Kiwi’s brilliance and ingenuity. essential find a way to turn back the clock And play like all the blacks of recent times. If they don’t, this regrettable time will end in a very disappointing way.

South Africa: Damien Willems; Jesse Creel, Lukhanyo M, Damien d’Allende, Makazol Mpimpy – Hendre Pollard, Jaden Hendrix – Duane Vermeulen, Peter-Stéf Du Toit, Sia Colisi (Captain) – Lude de Jagger, Eben Etzbeth – Frans Malherbe, Josef Nchewba,

New Zealand: Jordi Barrett – Will Jordan, Rico Ioane, David Havilly, Caleb Clarke – Richie Mo’Unga, Aaron Smith – (o) Ardi Sevia, (m) Sam Kane (Captain) – Scott Barrett, Shannon Frisell, Sam Whitlock – Tyrell Lomax , Samson Touqi’aho, Ethan de Groot.

estadio: Ellis Park (Johannesburg)

Hour: 12.05 (from Argentina)


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