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Springboks Changes after Warning

Sep 24, 2015 - by Dani
South African Sports minister demands Springboks changes

What was that about, Mnr Meyer?! (Photo: Getty/GovernmentZA)

The South African sports minister warned the rugby team they can’t play again like vs Japan, and coach Meyer came back with Springboks changes before the next game.

Heyneke Meyer made eight Spingboks changes to their starting line-up. The overhaul was triggered by the embarrassing defeat they suffered from Japan last weekend. After the game, Minister of sports, Fikile Mbalula warned the side, that one more defeat and they will be referred to us “a bunch of losers”. Mbalula thinks South Africa can’t let to be represented by a side like this.

Mbalula also criticised the team selection and he demanded Springboks changes. He was unsatisfied with the performance of senior players in particular. After all that, national team coach Meyer reacted with a major refurbishing of the side, that did not come as a surprise for those, who follow rugby in online mobile news. Eight changes to Bok team

On Saturday, South Africa will face Samoa at Villa Park, in their second game at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Meyer insisted that the Springboks changes were made with the game against Samoa in mind, not just because of the 34–32 defeat against Japan.

Experts of gambling facts might know that Samoa have never defeated the Boks in their eight previous matches. The average score is 48–12 to South Africa, who are favourites to win the game once again. Unibet Sportsbook offers the Springboks’ success with online betting odds of 1.09 (1/11), and this is the best offer on this market.

Springboks changes before Samoa match

Samoa beat the US, but Springboks have no room for failure left (Photo: Getty Images)

Samoa, who defeated the United States 25–16 in their opening game, are available at 8.00 (7/1). On the handicap markets, Unibet Sportsbook has the best offer for a 19-point Springboks win amongst websites providing online betting odds: draw with South Africa -19 is available at 30.00 (29/1).

Though it is expected to be a tough, overly phisycal game, there is a feeling that the fresh and angry Springboks could do some more serious damage. They are available to win with a -25 handicap at online betting odds of 2.67 (5/3). With Unibet promotions and the operators extensive coverage of the tournament, Unibet Sportsbook is a perfect destination to bet on the Rugby World Cup. South Africa place their hopes on Handre Pollard’s young shoulders

The biggest role in the new-look Springboks side will go to 21-year-old fly-half Handre Pollard. Pollard is considered as one of the best attacking 10 in the world. He is known for his spectacular charges and the incredible tries he is capable of scoring.

However this time his tactical wisdom will be needed from him. Meyer went as far as pronouncing to the media that “there’s a game, you’ll need 23 players, but this game is going to be won and lost by Handre.” Meyer emphasized thet Pollard’s tactical sense helped South Africa’s junior side to win the World Championship in 2012.

Have a look at Pollard’s rugby skills:

The 2012 title came against New Zealand in a rainy final. This time the weather in Birmingham on Saturday will be fine according to forecasts. However the overly physical rugby that Samoa plays will demand an approach from the young player that is different to his usual game. He is not expected to score the most thrilling tries this time but his tactical sense – helped by his fellow halfback, Fourie du Preez – could contribute to the victory.

Meyer also spoke about Du Preez. He said, “He is a true general, he is one of the best rugby minds I’ve ever coached. He will look after Handre and obviously that’s been our dilemma; a lot of our superstars haven’t played a lot of rugby. I said before the World Cup that I thought the guys could handle pressure and now it’s up to them to show that.”

Many fans of rugby and sports scores overall can’t wait to see the side after the Springboks changes were implemented. They are 10.00 (9/1) to win the tournament at Unibet Sportsbook. That would be a major surprise after their fiasco against Japan, but would also generate thrilling headlines all over the world…

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