As with anything in life, there is always history preceding any event. And this weekend's match between the all conquering All Blacks and the Springboks in their home arena is bound to be a hummer - even given the form of both sides.
1928 Aug 13-5
1949 Jul 11-15
1960 Jul 11-3
1970 Aug 9-8
1976 Sep 10-15
1996 Aug 29-18
2001 Jul 12-3
2005 Aug 16-22
2008 Aug 19-0
See what I mean, all matches were hard fought and not a guaranteed win to either side. Here are some stats:
AB's won 6 Boks 3 (no draws)
Averaging the scores, AB's scored 14 and Boks 10.
In only one match for each team the score exceeded 20 points per side.
It's fair to say that the AB's will be very hard pushed to win and win well given that history. Personally it would do the game well for the AB's to taste defeat heading into the northern hemisphere and summer rest. My score is AB's 17-19 Boks.