Match 8 of the Tri Nations is the Boks first in NZ this year and there last game of the competition. Boks failing to seal that all important bonus point against the Wallabies has left the All Blacks with a slight chance of winning the Tri-Nations. All Blacks need to win and win it well, ideally without letting the Boks get a Bonus Point and getting themselves 4 tries. ABs acheive this a lot will ride on the final game against the Wallabies in Wellington.
NEW ZEALAND: Mils Muliaina; Joe Rokocoko, Ma'a Nonu, Stephen Donald, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Jerome Kaino; Isaac Ross, Brad Thorn; Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Aled de Malmanche, John Afoa, Adam Thomson, Rodney So'oialo, Brendon Leonard, Isaia Toeava, Cory Jane.
SOUTH AFRICA: Francois Steyn; Odwa Ngungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow; Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha; John Smit (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira; Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jannie du Plessis, Danie Rossouw, Schalk Burger, Ricky Januarie, Adrian Jacobs, Ruan Pienaar.
New Zealand have gone with the Carter, Donald, Nonu combination to start with Ice (the current most overrated player in NZ rugby) on the bench. I am very pleased to see Adam Thompson getting a bench spot, the man definitely deserves it, and interesting to see we haven't gone with a specialist Lock on the bench, looks like So'oialo will come on as Lock cover if needed. Still sticking with Joe, lets hope he proves us wrong by snatching a hattrick on the weekend, but the man better have his catching gloves on because he will be getting hit with high balls all night.
South Africa have gone back to starting Fran Steyn at fullback and Ruan Pienarr is back on the bench. That is there only change to the team that got done by Wallabies last weekend.
My Tip: All Blacks by 12, with 4 tries to 2.