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The Springboks will have no trouble maintaining their unbeaten streak on home soil against Wales in Saturday’s second Test in Bloemfontein. Photo: SA Rugby website

Springboks vs Wales: Official Preview & Prediction

The Springboks take on Wales in Bloemfontein in a Test match that could decide the series. We preview this encounter with more than the final outcome being predicted!

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The Springboks will have no trouble maintaining their unbeaten streak on home soil against Wales in Saturday’s second Test in Bloemfontein. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springboks take on Wales in Bloemfontein in a Test match that could decide the series. We preview this encounter with more than the final outcome being predicted!

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The Boks host Wales in the second Test match of the three-match series in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 9 July 2022.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

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PREVIEW & PREDICTION – SPRINGBOKS VS WALES

A win for Jacques Nienabers men will see them secure the Test series and maintain their world number one ranking. However, the men in green and gold will not have everything go their way. This is something the Welsh showed us in the first match at Loftus Versfeld. They have grit and they know that they have to win to keep the series alive. Nienaber also made an incredible 14 changes to his starting XV.

Meaning, the Welsh have continuity on their side. This side has trained and played together for months while the Boks are using no less than six debutants. While only three men are regular starters. They are Handre Pollard, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Eben Etzebeth.

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Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber named two uncapped players in his starting line-up for their second Test against Wales. Photo: SA Rugby website

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The first 20 minutes will go a long way in deciding the winner of this game. Expect both sides to come out the blocks hard as the Welsh look to bounce back and the Bokke look to impress Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. For several of these players it is a golden opportunity to make their mark in the mind’s of the Springbok selectors.

Something tells me the sheer passion of playing for the Boks mixed with the talent and form of this side will be enough to secure the match and Test series. In fact, I would go as far as saying this side may before even better than the so called ‘A‘ team.

Prediction: Springboks to win by 10-15 points.

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TEAMS:

SPRINGBOKS:


15 – Warrick Gelant (Racing 92) 9 caps, 15 pts (3t)
14 – Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls) – uncapped
13 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 51 caps, 60 pts (12t)
12 – Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins) 8 caps, 0 pts
11 – Aphelele Fassi (Cell C Sharks) 2 caps, 10 pts (2t)
10 – Handre Pollard (captain – Leicester) 60 caps, 601 pts (6t, 83c, 131p, 4d)
9 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) 2 caps, 5 pts (1t)
8 – Evan Roos (DHL Stormers) – uncapped
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) 58 caps, 25 pts (5t)
6 – Marcell Coetzee (Vodacom Bulls) 30 caps, 30 pts (6t)
5 – Marvin Orie (DHL Stormers) – 7 caps, 0 pts
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) 98 caps, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92) 54 caps, 5pts (1t)
2 – Joseph Dweba (DHL Stormers) 1 cap, 0 pts
1 – Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks) 13 caps, 0 pts
Replacements:
16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) 47 caps, 55 pts (11t)
17 – Ntuthuko Mchunu (Cell C Sharks) – uncapped
18 – Vincent Koch (Wasps) 32 caps, 0 pts
19 – Ruan Nortje (Vodacom Bulls) – uncapped
20 – Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse) – 3 caps, 0 pts
21 – Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers – uncapped)
22 – Grant Williams (Cell C Sharks) – uncapped
23 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) 17 caps, 12 pts (1T, 2C, 1P)

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