‘Wounded’ Boks to rebound (again) and beat Australia

September 17, 2021

Why is it that the Springboks always have to be “wounded” before we see them at their best, writes Gary Lemke for GGGaming.bet

Last week they were woeful when compared to how good they can be, when losing 28-26 to Australia in Perth. Given they only lost by two points in an error-strewn game suggests they will be too much for the Wallabies at their Brisbane fortress on Saturday.

There are suggestions that the Boks went into last week’s game complacent which, if true, is a poor indictment not only on the players but the much-celebrated coaching staff. If they were indeed showing signs of arrogance then the coaching staff must also take responsibility for the defeat.

The last time the Boks lost two Tests in succession was in late 2018 when New Zealand beat them 32-30 and then England beat them 12-11. Also in 2018 Argentina beat them twice in a row (!) Actually, 2018 wasn’t a good year for the Boks. But, generally speaking, they always com back from a defeat with a big effort the following match.

However, after winning the World Cup the players might have actually started to believe the hype. One controversial South African rugby writer had predicted that the “Boks would wallop Wallaby wimps” ahead of last week’s match. Perhaps the alliteration and “bold” prediction made the Boks believe it as well, but the Australians did their talking on the field.

For this week’s game at the Suncorp Stadium we should see a return to form for the Springboks who have also been labelled “boring” for their style of play. Certainly, with the dominance they get up front, one would like to see the backline and wings see more of the ball, but would a supporter rather take the “W” playing to their strengths, or the “L” because they’ve tried to throw the ball around like the Harlem Globetrotters.

GGGaming has set the spread for a Bok win at -7.5 points (at 9-10). Therefore you can bet whether you think the Boks will cover the handicap (ie, win by eight points or more), or whether the Australians will “win” the game when you add 8 points to their final score.

Given their history and ignoring the hysteria, I think the Boks have enough to rebound and win by at least two scores, which means they will cover the spread. But it is a reason why the Boks will never truly be regarded as the No1 team in the world until they conquer the habit of losing a game and then rebounding as a “wounded” animal.

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