Brus say Boks, Bookies say France

The Boks head to Paris with Bookies and Brus disagreeing (only just) as to how things are going to pan out. Take in our preview before making your SuperBru picks.

The line-up:

Saturday, 18 November
16h00 – Italy vs Argentina
16h30 – Wales vs Georgia
17h00 – England vs Australia
19h15 – Scotland vs New Zealand
19h30 – Ireland vs Fiji
21h45 – France vs South Africa

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Our picks:
Argentina by 7
Wales by 21
England by 7
New Zealand by 17
Ireland by 27
France by 5

What the Bookies say:
Argentina (11/18) over Italy (15/8)
Wales (2/17) over Georgia (9/1)
England (2/5) over vs Australia (45/17)
New Zealand (1/16) over Scotland (12/1)
Ireland (1/16) over Fiji (20/1)
France (8/13) over South Africa (17/19)

The SuperBru Community picks:
Argentina by 5
Wales by 17
England by 5
New Zealand by 17
Ireland by 18
Boks by 0.2

The bookies look pretty damn confident! Might the primarily SA-based Brus be picking with their heart? Or will Duane make that much of a difference?

Plenty of tweaks to the Bok side listing to port after a horror showing in Dublin, but will they have the desired effect? Ross Cronje and the back three were incredibly poor last week, yet they all get another chance. The coach is obviously hoping for a little loyalty payback. We are not convinced!

FRANCE: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Bench:
16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Damian Penaud

SPRINGBOKS15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (c), 3 Wilco Louw 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Bench:
16 Bongi Mbonambi , 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane , 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Dan du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian de Allende

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Will you be watching live on Saturday night with tour feet resting on a well-stocked coolerbox, or via PVR on Sunday morning with coffee and rusks? Either way, good luck with that prediction!

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- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

Let's chat

  • francois williams

    Critical change here is Venter at centre…

  • Peter

    Can Pollard and Venter ignite breaks and not stuff up opportunities the way De Allende did last week….

  • Maxwell

    I believe Cronje is our top scrumhalf and his downfall will be the same as Hougard if he doesnt retify he playing skills. Running from a ruck or scrum to the flyhalf lets the defense on the lose. He is killing the forward momentum of attack. Secondly he needs in this case to pass to Pollard to make the decision, which will give the team more time on exit and attack. Slowdown the game with forwards, kicks needs to go in the stands and this will frustrate the French. This needs to be our gameplan for all our upcoming games.

  • Peter

    Boks will win 21-16…..French dont have enough to keep out concerted 80 minute onslaught by P…d off Boks

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