Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Looking good for the World Cup
South Africa rugby is peaking at just the right time just months out from the 2007 World Cup in France.
The South African super 14 teams are actualliny winning games on a week by week basis.
The Coastal Sharks won 10 of their 13 Super 14 games to finish on top of the points table for the first time which is great,
while the Northern Bulls jumped from sixth position to second after beating the Queensland Reds 92-3 last Saturday to also host a play-off game.
What is good news is our teams are winning away from home this could be that New Zealand are resting their players in the super 14 to focus on the world cup.
White said this week the performances away from home by the South African sides was crucial to the Sharks and Bulls ending one-two in the points table.
Former Australia coach and Eddie Jones admitted South Africa are on the march. Jones said: “I think they are the only Test side that can consistently beat the All Blacks, particularly with their rushing style of defence.
“They have a good scrum, an outstanding lineout, blinding pace in (Bryan) Habana, strength and power, even invention in the backs. That’s a force for any opponent to be worried about."
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