Re: Official Rugby World CUp (and the lead up tests) Thread
Just got the teams for Saturday. I see Drew Mitchell made it into the starting line-up for you guys with Mark Gerrard on the bench. Tough choice - both are class.
Personally I would have started with Freier at hooker. Good team and pretty evenly matched, except for the front row and our jumpers possibly compete a little better in the line-outs. Should be close. I'm calling it 34-22. To the Boks, of course!
Springboks - 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Ashwin Willemse, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Butch James, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Gary Botha, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Johann Muller, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Wynand Olivier, 22 Frans Steyn.
Wallabies - 15 Julian Huxley, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 George Smith, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Dan Vickerman, 4 Nathan Sharpe, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Matt Dunning.
Subs: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Al Baxter, 18 Mark Chisholm, 19 Stephen Hoiles, 20 Phil Waugh (vc), 21 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 22 Mark Gerrard.
And here's the 81st minute of the Super14 final. Classic Habana.