Thu 09 Nov 2017, 10:46
Don't miss the action when the Springboks face Ireland for an exciting match.
Don’t miss the first match of the Springboks’ tough northern hemisphere tour when they take on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 11 November live on your Channel of Champions.
The Springboks will seek to build on the momentum gained in last month’s thriller against the All Blacks at Newlands when they kick off their end of year tour against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday (kick-off at 19:30).
Whether part of the psychological games that usually characterise the build-up week to a big Test or not, it wasn’t without painstaking thought that Bok coach Allister Coetzee hailed the Irish as ‘the New Zealand of Europe’.
The Boks’ form on tour hasn’t been anything to crow about with a lone win over the Pumas this year and Coetzee surely doesn’t want the ghosts of 2016 to come back and haunt him, as his charges plodded their way through Europe without a single victory and only had a lone victory over Argentina to show in an entire year.
The men in green and gold’s last trip to Dublin also doesn’t hold particularly good memories as the South Africans slumped to a 29-12 defeat in 2014 but surely the class of 2017 are determined to prove they are an entirely different proposition this time round.
The Irish have blown hot and cold this year in the Six Nations with three wins and two defeats, but it is noteworthy that all of the victories were in Dublin, including a massive one over Eddie Jones’ seemingly invincible England side.
There will probably be no shortage of niggle either. As Munster winger Keith Earls put it earlier in the week, he expects Ireland to end up ‘battered’ by the Boks whether in victory or defeat.
The plan for Coetzee’s men ideally is to look ahead and not dwell on the past and the narrow one point defeat to the ‘real’ All Blacks in Cape Town must be seen as a vital springboard to better things.
Part of that would be as Coetzee put it to “start winning the tight games”.
Saturday’s match is the first of four northern hemisphere Tests for the Boks. They also face France (18 November), Italy (25 November) and Wales (2 December).
Springboks (Last Six): New Zealand 24-25, Australia 27-27, New Zealand 0-57, Australia 23-23, Argentina 41-23, Argentina 37-15.
Ireland (Last Six): Japan 35-13, Japan 50-22, USA 55-19, England 13-9, Wales 9-22, France 19-9.
Springboks vs Ireland (Head to Head):
Overall: Matches Played – 25
Wins: Springboks 18. Ireland 6. Draws: 1
Biggest Victory Margin: 33 points – SA 33 Ireland 0 (Loftus Versveld 1998)
Ireland vs SA (11 November): Referee – Ben O’ Keefe (NZ). Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes (Eng), Ian Davies (Wales). TMO: Rowan Kitt (Eng).
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By Trevor Cramer