The five New Zealand franchises have collectively scored more tries (167) than South Africa’s six teams (161).
It’s unanimous that the Kiwis have a more potent attack than any of their South African rivals can muster. However, while the popular view is that teams from these shores cannot score tries because of a lack of skills, a review of the playing stocks available to each country paints a different picture.
It’s not too difficult to make metres, offload in contact and sustain the attack when a physically bigger ball-carrier dominates the collision with a smaller tackler.
New Zealand’s teams are stocked with backs that dwarf some SA forwards. The Kiwis boast 21 strikers over the weight of 100kgs and just 24 that are sub-90kgs, while the SA contingent are deploying for battle with the least one-tonners (12) and the most mini-backs (45).